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Top five things you need to know for the week of March 6

Language and International Trade Conference to be held this week
The annual Language and Internal Trade (L&IT) Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hendrix Center Ballrooms.
The conference gives students of foreign languages in a variety of majors, including L&IT, business, engineering and communications an opportunity to interact with representatives of the international business community. In addition to addresses and panel discussions, there will be roundtable discussions and a networking social.
The event is free, and dress is business casual. All events are walk-in except for the roundtable discussions.
To learn more and register for the roundtable discussions, visit
Clemson scientists preparing for August’s total solar eclipse
While the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is still a few months away, Clemson scientists are already preparing for the historic event.     
Though the entire continental U.S. will be able to witness portions of the eclipse, the total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the U.S. Clemson is located almost dead-center within this narrow band.
The eclipse will begin its pass over the Upstate around 1:07 p.m. EDT and finish around 4:02 p.m. The totality of the eclipse will begin around 2:37 p.m. and last less than three minutes.
Anyone interested in attending the viewing party will be able to learn more details starting April 1 when debuts.
National Championship commemorated by 13 highway signs in SC
Last week, Clemson University unveiled 13 highway signs touting its 2016 National Championship title.
A sign installation ceremony was held on Friday, March 3 off of U.S. 76 at Excelsior Mill Road. Some of the signs will be installed this week.
The signs, which read “Clemson University 2016 College Football National Champions,” will be placed at numerous South Carolina Welcome Centers.
Some will also be installed along U.S. 76, U.S. 93 and U.S. 123, three of the main highways that come through Clemson, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The Tigers defeated Alabama 35-31 in January to win their second National Championship. While Clemson fans will appreciate the signs, the same likely can’t be said for the Gamecock faithful sharing the highway.
‘Walk for Water’ to take place this weekend in Clemson
The 2017 Clemson Walk for Water will be held on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Library Bridge.
The purpose of the walk is to “raise awareness of the global water crisis here in our community,” according to the event’s website. Each participant will begin the walk with an empty bucket. About half-way through, they will fill the bucket with water and complete the remainder of the course. According to the event’s website, the hope is “that all participants end the Walk with a better understanding of the challenges people around the world face daily in search of something that we often take for granted – water.”
The cost is $10 for an individual walker. To register, visit
New off-campus student housing bid for downtown Clemson
A proposal for another student housing project in downtown Clemson will be vetted Tuesday, March 7 by Clemson City Council.
Gilbane Development Company is exploring the possibility of tearing down The Shops of College Place, located at the corner of College Avenue and Keowee Trail, to build new student apartments. The lot is about 2.5 acres in size.
The proposal includes plans for 109 new apartments with a total of 373 bedrooms. A parking garage for 400 vehicles, 14,000-square-feet of retail space, a pool and a fitness center are also included in the proposal.
To view a copy of the proposal, visit

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