Thursday, May 16, 2013
Clemson researchers looked into issue after some columnists said gay actors could not convincingly play straight characters.
On “How I Met Your Mother,” Neil Patrick Harris plays ladies man Barney, whose love life is legendary. In real life, Harris is openly gay, raising a family with his partner. Does knowing an actor is gay affect how viewers appraise his characters, particularly if he is playing a straight man? Research from Clemson University suggests it does not. A team of researchers tested the hypothesis claimed by recent news columns that an “out” actor cannot convincingly play a heterosexual because knowing someone is gay will bias perceptions of his or her performance. Led by Paul Merritt, a professor in the psychology department at Clemson University, the researchers published their findings in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture. “Early…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Looking for a camp to send the kids this summer? Clemson has a huge range of options to choose from.
Clemson University has released its list of summer camps, and its a doozy. The university will be offering at least 36 different camps, many of them on campus, but also at sites throughout the Upstate and the rest of South Carolina. The camps, for children through high-schoolers, include a multitude of sports camps, camps aimed at the outdoors, and, of course, academic camps. For more information, and to see the complete list, click here.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
85 percent of graduating seniors this year chosen caps and gowns made from recycled materials.
Clemson University students who will receive degrees May 10 were able to buy caps and gowns made of recycled plastic bottles. Not only are they almost indistinguishable from the traditional caps and gowns, they are manufactured in the U.S. and can be recycled after graduation. There will be recycling bins at the on-campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, which partnered with the Division of Student Affairs to offer the "green" caps and gowns. The recycled versions cost $3 more than traditional caps and gowns. The extra goes to a Clemson sustainability fund to promote other environmentally friendly projects. The manufacturer, Oak Hall Cap and Gown, has agreed to donate an additional 25 cents to the fund for each cap and gown sold. “We decided …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins was No. 27 in the NFL draft Thursday night.
Clemson's DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins was selected as the the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hopkins went to the Houston Texans, making him the 23rd first-round selection in Clemson history and by far the youngest draft pick from the school at the age of 20. The Clemson wide receiver announced in January that he would enter the draft. A record-setting Tiger, Hopkins said he had enjoyed his time at Clemson but was ready for the next level. Hopkins is a graduate of Daniel High School. The NFL draft continues today, with several Tigers and USC Gamecocks hoping to hear their name called. Hopkins is the second in-state product to be drafted first by the Texans since the team was formed in 2002. The Texans' staff and team owner Robert C. "…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Notre Dame will face every ACC team at least once in the first three-year rotation of games.
Clemson and Notre Dame will meet in Death Valley in 2015, the ACC announced Friday. This will be the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tigers since 1979, when Clemson won 16-10 after Billy Lott's late-game TD. The first meeting between the Irish and Clemson, in 1977, was won 21-17 by fifth-ranked Notre Dame and future Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana, against the 15th-ranked Tigers and QB Steve Fuller. Notre Dame will begin playing in the ACC in all sports in 2013-14. The two programs will play each other in men's or women's basketball in 2013-14. Clemson is the only ACC school Notre Dame has never played in men's basketball. As part of the agreement to join the ACC, Notre Dame will begin playing ACC teams five times a year in …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Clemson's Hopkins, who was participating in an NFL scouting combine, was sharing the room with Rutgers' Mark Harrison. Both players said they left the room hours before the incident occurred.
Editor's note: Some readers may find portions of Speak Out objectionable. Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins is making a name for himself in the NFL, but probably not the way most Clemson fans would want him to be remembered. At a February NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Hopkins, along with Rutgers' Mark Harrison, allegedly trashed a hotel room prior to check out. According to Yahoo! Sports, "most of the damage was done in the bathroom, where urine and feces were strewn around the room, and toothpaste was left on the mirror." Football Scouting president Jeff Foster, who runs the scouting combine, also told the publication that there was trash all over the hotel room. Hopkins denied the allegations on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon and…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
USC officials are investigating after a tiger paw was painted on the Gamecocks football field.
University of South Carolina officials are investigating after a tiger paw was found spray-painted in Williams Brice Stadium. The paw located on the 30-yard-line of the Gamecocks football field was found earlier this week at the school. USC cornerback, Victor Hampton posted the attached photo on his Instagram account Tuesday. USC officials are treating it as a vandalism on their home turf. According to WACH Fox, the words "Go Tigers" also were painted on a caboose outside the stadium. Will there be retaliation? Speak Out! Tell us what you think.
Clemson University students hopes to raise money to help pay for Boston bombing victims' medical bills.
Clemson University students are exploring ways to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Rising Senior Alyssa Hess has started an effort called “Tigers for Boston.” “Right now we are kind of playing it by ear to see if a relief fund is being set up,” Hess said. “It's been less than 24 hours, so we haven't found one yet.” The effort could take several forms. “We're playing around with an idea to donate to the Red Cross specifically in the Boston area or setting up our own relief fund to pay for the hospital bills of the people that are injured.” Hess hopes Tigers for Boston can raise a significant amount of money. “I'd like to set a goal of at least $10,000,” she said. “But I don't want to limit us to that. I know we can …
Clemson University President James Barker plans to return to teaching
After 14 years of leading Clemson University, President James Barker has announced he'll be stepping down. Fox Carolina reports that Barker delivered a video message to students Tuesday about his plans to step down. Barker returned to work earlier this month after recuperating from emergency heart surgery he underwent in January to bypass five blockages in his heart. He told students that while he feels he is good health, it's time to hand off leadership of Clemson to someone else. Barker began serving as president in 1999. He plans to return to teaching but will remain on as president until the university's Board of Trustees picks his replacement.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
From on-campus project to Clemson Clubs across the country, students and alumni will be helping their communities.
Clemson University students and alumni across the nation are coming together to help others during the Clemson National Week of Service April 1-7. Clemson Clubs around the country will work on service projects in their respective communities while students volunteer on campus and in the local community. Dubbed “Every Tiger Cares,” the week brings together the Clemson family to focus on serving others, said Reed Cole, director of engagement for the Clemson Alumni Association. “Clemson students are very committed to service and they carry that commitment with them after graduation,” said Cole. “It is great to see the Clemson family come together during this week and to know that they are making a difference across the country.” Nineteen …