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Tigerama highlights: B.o.B and more

Teylor Howard // Senior Photographer

Miss Homecoming runner-ups and winner, Berkley Bryant, posing together.

Friday, Oct. 21 was the 66th annual Tigerama pep rally in Death Valley. The event kicked off with a pre-show performance from Carly Miller Band, a three-member group that played covers of “Valerie,” “Feathered Indians” and “Use Somebody.” They performed a full set, despite Miller saying she was recovering from a sinus infection.
Spectators filled into the stands as the main show began, kicked off by a speech from President Clements and First Lady Beth Clements. The theme of Tigerama, “Timeless Tigertown,” was at the core of the performances and speeches. Maggie Crowe, a senior nursing major and Tigerama director, spoke about how “four years is just the beginning” of a student’s lifelong connection to Clemson.
A timeless group, the men’s acapella group Tigeroar, performed “Carolina Girls” and “Tiger Rag.” Both the Indian Cultural Association and Rally Cats danced for the crowd, shaking the stage. The football team took the stage, asking trivia questions with student volunteers, and closing with a shirtless dance from Sam Judy to “Ice Ice Baby.”
Alpha Tau Omega stole the crowd’s hearts during IFC’s Got Talent with their pledges performing a dance to “Thriller,” complete with zombie costumes and a Michael Jackson stand-in in a red sweatsuit. They beat out the competition, including Alpha Sigma Phi singing “Night Changes” by One Direction and Sigma Nu lip syncing to “Get’cha Head in the Game” from “High School Musical.”
As the winning zombies left the stage, the Miss Homecoming top ten contestants took their place, and the crown went to Berkley Bryant from Tiger Dancers. The pep rally portion of Tigerama closed with a rousing performance from Tiger Band previewing their Funk show for Homecoming halftime. Members of Blue Key lined the stage to lead the alma mater as fans joined in, accompanied by a fireworks show over the stadium.
With the closing of the pep rally, Tigerama transitioned over to the concert portion performed by B.o.B. His DJ, DJ SpaceCamp, hyped up the crowd until B.o.B took the stage, asking fans who remembered listening to him in middle and high school. He then told the crowd he is still making music and promoted his new album, “Better Than Drugs.” B.o.B performed all his hits, including “HeadBand,” “Airplanes” and “Magic.” He leapt onto the wall of the student section to sing with the crowd, telling fans to put both fists in the air. The crowd danced and sang along, a scene that can be found on B.o.B’s recent instagram reel.
Next year’s Tigerama director, Zeke Gaskins, a junior industrial engineering major, said “with each year the musical artists for Tigerama continue to get bigger and bigger. We want to continue to get the students and entire Clemson family excited for this tradition and hopefully bring in another great musical act next year.”

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