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Top five things you need to know this week: April 23 edition

Clemson University trustees approve academic, athletic plans in quarterly meeting

Clemson’s board of trustees approved plans for athletic facilities as well as academic programs at a recent quarterly meeting. 

Among the plans approved were a phase one concept plan for the design of an operations concept for the men’s and women’s soccer programs. The total cost is estimated to be around $8 million. 

Other approved plans were phase two plans which include a complex for the new softball program. 

Academically speaking, the Hayek Center for Business Prosperity was approved. The center is funded by a private gift and is named for Friedrich Hayek, a Nobel Prize winning economist. 

Brooks Center theaters to reopen ahead of schedule

After several bats were spotted above the stage in Clemson’s Brooks Center and a colony was found in a wall separating the lobby from the Brooks Theater, it was closed in March in order to remove the unwelcomed audience members. 

The closing came in the middle of various university events as well as student performances. Scheduled performances were moved to different venues on campus, the city of Clemson or Central. 

Fortunately, the bats were successfully removed and the Brooks Center will open two weeks ahead of schedule on April 27, as opposed to a previously determined May 15. 

Spring Ceramics Studio sale and CSArt shareholders event to be April 25

Clemson’s department of art will hold its Spring Ceramics Studio sale and Community Support Art (CSArt) Pick Up on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hallway in front of the Lee Gallery.

The sale will showcase art made by undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty with everything from functional artwork to sculptural artwork. 

This annual event is a fundraiser to support student travel to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art conference and other professional activities.

Clemson Model United Nations travels to Barcelona

The Clemson Model United Nations team traveled to Barcelona to participated in the Catalonia Model United Nations Conference. 

Topics discussed included women rights, nuclear proliferation, the refugee crisis in Myanmar and territorial claims of Antarctica. 

Of the 10 students from Clemson that attended, five won awards at the conference. Clemson was one of the 60 universities that attended. 

Clemson culinary students cook up melting pot of culturally diverse flavors

Clemson students participating in the Culinary Nutrition Creative Inquiry, led by Margaret Condrasky, are learning about cultural diversity through cooking lessons. 

In the project, students reviewed the design of the curriculum for the South Carolina 4-H Melting Pot program, which is a summer culinary youth camp funded by the Walmart Foundation. 

The cultures focused on include Asia, Africa, Native Americans, Latinos/Hispanics and the Mediterranean. Clemson students, using their knowledge about nutrition science, adjusted recipes from a program at Pennsylvania State University by chef Anne Quinn Corr for campers to prepare and sample. 

Camps will be held in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Fairfield, Jasper, Marion, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties. 

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