Feathers Will Fly at Fowl Fest Pep Rally

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CLEMSON ? Clemson University students want to see their Tigers beat the birds over the next two weeks.

To get pumped up for the last two football games against the Boston College Eagles and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, the Student Alumni Association is hosting ?Fowl Fest? at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, on the lawn of the president?s home.

The event replaces Big Thursday, a pep rally that featured a mock funeral for USC?s Cocky, which traditionally ends with the burning of Cocky. In light of the recent Ocean Isle, N.C., beach house fire that killed six USC students and one Clemson student, the organizers of Big Thursday thought a different type of event would be more appropriate.

?After hearing the news of everything that happened, and especially being at the vigil that brought so many people together to mourn, the decision was obvious,? said Anastasia Thyroff, a senior marketing major from Pittsford, N.Y., and co-chair of Fowl Fest. ?During this time of grieving, there needs to be a time of celebration, not a time of rivalry. We look forward to having the traditional Big Thursday come back next year, but this year was definitely not the right time.?

The pep rally will feature the cheerleaders, Rally Cats, the Tiger mascot, President Jim Barker, former Clemson football standout Levon Kirkland, the Clemson University Gospel Choir and other special guests. Chick-fil-A will be on hand with free sandwiches.

Long-sleeved Fowl Fest T-shirts will be on sale for $15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the University Union loggia and at the pep rally.

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