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CLEMSON – Clemson’s second-ever Spring Fling took place on April 14, bringing alumni and Clemson fans to campus in a sea of orange.
Created by the Clemson Alumni Association in 2017, Spring Fling reunited alumni who participated in Greek organizations, intramural teams, sports teams and other student activities with their former classmates. The event was free and open to the public, and included live music, food trucks, tailgating and fun activities for the family, all before Clemson Football’s Spring Game kicked off at 2:30 p.m.
Part of the festivities was the “Be a Tiger” Field Day, a kid zone located outside of Littlejohn Coliseum dedicated to interactive, kid-friendly activities and demonstrations. The College of Science and the Campbell Museum of Natural History came prepared, captivating parents and kids with a variety of reptiles – snakes, chameleons, lizards, alligators and tortoises – as well as a tiger pelt and other preserved animals for display. As families walked through the tent, they stopped at each animal to learn about its feeding behaviors and natural habitat from student volunteers.
“Our goal today with the event is to show kids that snakes are not scary, that they’re part of our environment,” said Chris Parkinson, a professor of biological sciences. “We’re really trying to educate students about the natural environment and some snakes that we find here in the Upstate, so that they can identify these animals.”
Parkinson brought with him a copperhead and a timber rattlesnake, two venomous snake species that are commonly found in the Upstate and near the coast, respectively. The lizards at the event, such as a Northern curly-tailed lizard and a prairie skink, were brought by Kelly Diamond, a graduate student in biological sciences.
President Clements made an appearance at Spring Fling.Image Credit: Clemson University Relations
Diamond spoke with the kids about “all of these really cool lizards, …