South Carolina News Briefing

September 19, 2019

Antibiotic resistance is transferring from humans to animals
News Medical
Resistance to antibiotics could be moving from humans to animals, research by a Clemson University professor has shown. The research details results that demonstrate reverse zoonosis, a process by which humans infect other species of animal with diseases.

Wells Fargo gives additional $300,000 to Clemson University to support Emerging Scholars and Call Me MISTER
Charleston Chronicle
With the support of corporate partners, especially Wells Fargo, Clemson University is inspiring students who have dreamed of a college education and who greatly benefit from additional support and resources to reach their goals in life.
Covered by: MetroColumbia CEO

EPA awards nearly $7M for PFAS research
Waste Today 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded eight  PFAS grants this week totaling approximately $6 million, including one at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, to examine the chemical process for the destruction of PFAS in leachate and groundwater. This project will assess degradation kinetics, test hypothesized process modifications and conduct trials of leachate treatment.

Architecture + Health program director David Allison receives lifetime achievement and Changemaker awards
Millennium Magazine
David Allison has led the Architecture + Health graduate program at Clemson since 1990. He has received two national honors as a leader in health care design and architecture.

‘Furball’ turns out to be hundreds of creepy-crawling spiders
New York Post
The spider cluster constituents are actually not spiders at all but harvestmen — more colloquially known as daddy longlegs — a species of arachnid more closely related to scorpions. Daddy longlegs are actually harmless to humans, preferring to snack on spiders, insects and even bird droppings, according to life science researchers at Clemson University.

Carillon of the bells
Upstate Today
Though invisible to those walking around campus and nearby parts of Clemson, a giant, million-dollar instrument sits ready to provide background music to their day at nearly any moment.

Columbia automation company expanding to meet manufacturing industry demand 
Post and Courier
A robotics system being built by REI Automation in Columbia can load a rod every 40 seconds, inspecting them with cameras and data-analyzing software to ensure each tiny fastener is without flaws and correctly aligned. “They provide an interesting service,” said Venkat Krovi, a Clemson University professor working within the school’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing.



‘Now it’s all coming together.’ Ray Ray McElrathbey on family, Clemson football and film
Greenville News
Even as he transitioned from small-town USA to Los Angeles, Ray Ray never lost his affinity for Clemson — the place, the people, the spirit.


Diverse Co-Founder to be Honored at Clemson University
Black Newszone
Co-founder and publisher of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Frank L. Matthews will be honored at his alma mater, Clemson University on Sept. 23.



Allow college athletes to profit from endorsements
The Daily Record
The NCAA knows a thing or two about making a buck. The governing body of college athletics, which operates as a non-profit organization, reported revenues of $1.1 billion for the 2017 fiscal year. NCAA President Mark Emmert walked away with $2.9 million that year. But not a dime went to the athletes primarily responsible for raking in the dough. Even though 86% of college athletes live below the poverty line.


Clemson vs. Charlotte football: How to watch on TV, stream online, betting odds
Montgomery Advertiser
Charlotte takes on Clemson at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.  Here’s what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar, in the car or online.


Charlotte getting biggest test ever in Clemson
North State Journal
Fans, overjoyed by upset wins, often call out the national champions with a chant of, “We want Clemson!” Charlotte, who has opened the season 2-1 under new coach Will Healy, doesn’t need to chant.  The 49ers will be getting Clemson this weekend, whether they’re ready or not.


How Muse family splits up seeing sons Tanner, Nick playing for Clemson, Gamecocks
The State
Nick Muse, the youngest of the two Muse brothers, announced he was transferring from William & Mary to South Carolina. Tanner Muse, Nick’s older brother, is a starting safety for Clemson, and his parents Shannon and Kevin have plenty of Tigers attire. But they needed to start adding some USC gear to their wardrobe.

Clemson’s defense starts to stand tall
Three games into the season, Clemson is right where they’d be hoping they were, and let’s face it, right where everyone thought they’d be, undefeated and barely challenged.

Clemson’s high-powered offense continues to improve
Go Upstate
Clemson’s numbers after playing ACC foes Georgia Tech and Syracuse along with ranked Texas A&M are strikingly similar through last season’s three games against A&M, Furman and Georgia Southern. Lawrence split time with Kelly Bryant those first three and then freshman receiver Justyn Ross had yet to develop into a standout.

How these two Clemson transfers are helping build a winning culture at Coastal Carolina
Myrtle Beach Online
Clemson transfers tight end Shadell Bell and defensive lineman Sterling Johnson have made an impact on the Coastal Carolina football team in the past two seasons since arriving on the Conway campus

Clemson Mailbag: Isaiah Simmons for the Heisman? And which player nails his impression of Brent Venables?
The Athletic
It’s Week 4 of the college football season, which means No. 1 Clemson is through the first quarter of 2019. The defense has been brilliant, the offense is ripping off explosive plays even as it works out kinks and Clemson is already through what most had predicted to be the toughest portion of its schedule. Let’s dive into this week’s mailbag as the Tigers host Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday on ACC Network.

Trevor Lawrence is The One to Watch in College Football
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may be the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, but that history could be rewritten soon. The Clemson University Fighting Tigers have found their diamond in the rough. Meet Trevor Lawrence, a 19-year-old from Cartersville, Georgia.



Upstate city listed as one of Airbnb’s top trending rental locations for fall 2019.
The city of Anderson has been listed as one of Airbnb’s top trending rental locations for fall 2019, according to the property rental company. WYFF 4 News spoke with an Airbnb host in Anderson, who said they have seen a steady increase in bookings over the last several years, and many of them accredit the increase to the local universities; Anderson University and Clemson University.

Thankful to serve the Second District of South Carolina
Augusta Chronicle
I am grateful that every year I have the opportunity to visit all five counties I serve and meet with the people of South Carolina’s Second District as part of the annual bus tour.

South Carolina farmers say crops in danger as drought grows
Greenville News
Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread.

University of South Carolina disagrees it is 1 of US’s least-affordable flagship schools
Greenville News
Low-income students will have to take out loans totaling $80,000 for a four-year degree at The University of South Carolina, making it one of the least affordable flagship universities in the country, a new study found.

South Carolina returns 5.8% for fiscal year
Pensions & Investments
South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission, Columbia, posted a net return of 5.8% for the fiscal year ended June 30, below its benchmark of 6.5%, according to board documents from its Sept. 12 meeting.

SC lawmakers set to tackle issues with early childhood education
Count on 2
South Carolina lawmakers have been working all year to fix the state’s education system.  For many years, the state has ranked at the bottom nationally, and several districts in the state are struggling to meet the needs of their students. Well, now the legislature is taking a deeper look into those problems starting with the earlier grades.

Columbia passes new gun restrictions, hate crimes bill
Greenville News
South Carolina’s capital city is stepping into the national debate around guns yet again. On Tuesday, Columbia City Council passed a trio of bills designed to give police more powers to tackle both guns and bias-motivated crimes.

Citadel cadets plan hunger strike, citing poor food conditions
Post and Courier

After two reported rodent sightings last week and multiple reports of undercooked chicken circulating on social media, some students at The Citadel plan to participate in a hunger strike Wednesday.


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