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Top five things you need to know this week: Nov. 6 edition

Clemson receives $1M grant for biking/walking trail

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has granted Clemson University $1 million to build a biking and walking trail in the Fants Grove area near campus.

The trail will connect Hopewell/Cherry Farm with Seed Orchard Road. Past projects have focused on bikeways adjacent to vehicle travel lanes, whereas the trail is intended to be separate from the road. 

This is the third grant to the university Planning and Design Office in the last seven years, together adding to more than $5 million worth of improvements. 

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Clemson researchers debut shopping companion

A Smart Shopping Companion Robot, designed to help people with limited mobility, was designed by a team of students at Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. 

The robot, which made its debut in Greenville last week, can be paired with a smartphone and uses sensors to track the shopper’s movements, following behind. It can also be used to carry items. 

It was received well at ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival earlier this month and now the research team is hoping to bring the robot to market.

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Clemson named No. 1 university in South Carolina 

In a recent survey for college-bound seniors on WalletHub, Clemson was ranked No. 1 for South Carolina’s top universities. 

The rankings came after a personal finance website published nationwide rankings for the country’s top colleges and universities. 

Overall, Clemson ranked 2nd on post-attendance median salary, 4th on admission rate and 5th on graduation rate. It was also 20th on gender and racial diversity and 23rd on student-faculty ratio. Nationwide, Clemson has the no. 90 rank. 

Columbia International University and Wofford College took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, while the University of South Carolina – Columbia placed 6th. 

Clemson study finds political beliefs may affect hiring decisions

A three-year Clemson study found political beliefs may play a significant role in how a hiring manager assesses a job applicant’s qualifications. 

The study, which involved more than 400 participants, involved researchers creating two versions of a Facebook profile leaning Democrat or Republican which were sent to employed MBAs and upperclassmen business majors at a Southern university. A series of hiring questions accompanied the pages and at the end of which, the participant was asked their own leanings. 

The research was recently highlighted by a London School of Economics blog. 

To learn more about the study, go to 

Clemson police participate in No-Shave-November fundraising competition

The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) will be competing against Clemson City Police Department (CCPD)  in a No-Shave-November competition to raise money for Fight Colorectal Cancer. 

CUPD Chief of Police Jami Brothers temporarily suspended facial hair restrictions for the event. The departments are doing the competition to honor Chief Tim Tollison of the Easley Police Department, who is currently undergoing treatment for his second occurrence of colorectal cancer. Donations will be accepted through both CUPD and CCPD. 

To learn more about how to donate, visit 

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