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Blood drive, Tigerburn highlight Carolina/Clemson week

Fans, students and alumni of the University of South Carolina can show their Gamecock spirit by participating in the 25th Carolina/Clemson Annual Blood Drive, the Carolina/Clemson Alumni Challenge and attending Tigerburn.

The blood drive will run through Nov. 20, with several convenient locations available on the Columbia campus for giving blood. Blood donations can be made every day from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Russell House University Union ballroom and from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in a bloodmobile located on Greene Street. The bloodmobile also will be available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday outside of The Darla Moore School of Business and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday outside the Colonial Life Arena.

No appointments are needed, and donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in generally good health and provide identification. All blood donors will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and free food. The winner will be announced at the Carolina/Clemson football game Nov. 28. Carolina won last year’s challenge by 700 donors.

Tigerburn, Carolina’s annual pep rally before the rivalry football game, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the grass lot at 743 Greene Street. The event is free and open to the public. The highlight of the rally is the traditional torching of a Clemson tiger. The tiger, standing nearly 20 feet tall, is designed and built by a team of students under the direction of Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, professor of mechanical engineering.

Tigerburn will feature Cocky and the Gamecock cheerleaders, the pep band, Homecoming Spurs and Struts and Step Show winners, spirited students from the Dance Marathon morale committee and, of course, the tiger.

For more information about Tigerburn, call Becka Neary at 803-777-9910.

The rivalry between the two schools deepened this year, with alumni emboldened by a new competition to show their collegiate support.

The challenge is simple: to amass more alumni donors to the school’s annual fund than the other school, before Dec. 31. The goal is participation, not money raised, so gifts of any amount are accepted. To participate, alumni should go to, which also features a playful video in the spirit of the competition. As part of the competition, two tickets to the Carolina-Clemson football game and 50 prints of the challenge artwork are up for grabs.

Not part of the rivalry but certainly part of the festivities surrounding the football game will be Carolina’s focus on sustainability as the final academic theme of the season. University students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans can expect to learn about the university’s many “green” successes. In the meantime, visit Carolina’s new Web site:

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/16/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/24/09 @ 5:14 PM | Permalink

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