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This Week at Clemson

April 12-20, 2014

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Saturday Events (April 12)

The South Carolina Botanical Garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, contact Jeanne Briggs (864-656-2458 or

Pet their manes and necks. Look into their big brown eyes. Feel the special bond between horses and people. You can do all that at the Clemson University Equine Center’s open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for families, longtime and would-be riders. For additional information, contact Rebecca Shirley (864-656-3675 or or Peter Kent (864-723-0491 or

Carnival, concerts and the Color Run — it’s all part of the first ever Spring Scene at Clemson University, a series of events planned for students by students. Saturday events include:

  • The Color Run Clemson at 8 a.m. on Campus Beach. In the Color Run, runners dress in white and are covered in colorful paint by the end of the run. Anyone can participate by signing up at for $35 for a team of four and $40 for individual runners.
  • Profit Shares 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in downtown Clemson. If you get lunch at Chipotle or Cook Out, mention that you are with Clemson Spring Scene to receive discounts. Ten percent of profits will go to the Clemson Community Foundation and the Clemson University Student Emergency Fund.
  • Josh Turner Concert at 8 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Patrons can purchase their tickets at Hendrix Student Center’s guest services desk or at For Upper Bowl seats, the cost is $28, for the Lower Bowl, it’s $35 and tickets for the floor are $45. Students get a $10 discount.

For information, contact Parker Rhoden,

Tigerpalooza continues today at The Esso Club. Sponsored by CUSG Transfer Council, the event brings in thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association each year. Saturday activities include Tigerpalooza Raffle, Silent Auction, games, food, football, and live music at the Esso Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Hannah Leigh Newton (864-684-7468 or

Sunday Events (April 13)

The Clemson University performing arts department presents its annual POPS concert at 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Charles K. Cheezem Education Center at Patrick Square. Tickets are $25 for seats at the tables under the tent and $10 for lawn seating. All the proceeds from ticket sales to the event will fund scholarships for students in the ensembles featured at the concert. For more information, contact David Hartmann (864-656-3043 or, Lillian Harder (864-656-3043 or or Thomas Hudgins (864-656-4428 or

The Spring Scene continues Sunday:

  • Profit Shares — 11 a.m. in downtown Clemson. Eat at The Burger Joint (BGR), Palmetto’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar and Brioso Fresh Pasta. Mention Spring Scene to receive a discount and for proceeds to go to Clemson Community Foundation and the Student Emergency Fund. The event is open to the public.
  • Basketball/Wiffleball Tournament — 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Fike Recreation Center and the upper intramural field, respectively. Three-on-three tournaments for Clemson students.
  • Edwin McCain Concert — 8 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium. Tickets are $20, and once again students receive a $10 discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Hendrix Student Center or

For information contact Parker Rhoden,

Wednesday (April 13)

A partnership between two national leaders in optical fiber will take center stage when Clemson University names a lab after a company that has made a series of donations valued at more than $25,000. The lab will be named for Verrillon, Inc. of North Grafton, Mass. The company, which is a subsidiary of AFL of Spartanburg, develops, manufactures and markets specialty optical fiber and cables for the oil-and-gas, industrial and military markets. The lab naming is a show of appreciation for Verrillon’s support of Clemson’s world-class Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). The sign will be unveiled in the Advanced Materials Research Lab lobby at 2:30 p.m.



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