USC students get ready for Clemson with Rivalry Week
Students lined up outside the Swearingen engineering building to take a sledgehammer to the "Clemson Car."
Ryan Pubentz says Theta Tau hosted "Smash A Car" to allow students to both relieve stress before finals, and to boost student morale ahead of the Clemson game.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha allowed students to pie "Clemson fans" in the face to raise money for Easter Seals.
Kimberly Narro says that, win or lose, it is great to use the rivalry to raise money for a good cause.
By Patrick Cloney
A rusted sedan sat outside the Swearingen engineering building on Monday afternoon. It was painted purple and orange, with paw prints scattered across its exterior. Students lined up to don a hard hat and goggles, and take a sledgehammer to it.
Tiger Burn is the most well-known of the University of South Carolina's "Rivalry Week" events, but there are many other events before the annual football game against Clemson. Theta Tau engineering fraternity hosted "Smash A Car" with the game and finals week on the mind.
"Our chapter really wanted to have a bigger presence on campus," says Theta Tau's Ryan Pubentz. "We knew that we have a great rivalry with Clemson and we have a great relationship with their Theta Tau chapter. And so we wanted to have an event where we could not only smash something right before finals but also show our hatred for Clemson right before the game and help bring student spirits up so we can stay for the whole game."
Epsilon Sigma Alpha contributed to Rivalry Week by letting students pie "Clemson fans" in the face. The event also raised money for Easter Seals, a charity that provides services to children with disabilities or special needs.
"We know that whether we win or lose this week, we still hate Clemson," says Kimberly Narro, a sister of the service sorority. "So it's great to use a rivalry for a great cause."
As these events increase excitement around campus for Saturday's game, anticipation about the outcome grows as well.
"I really hope [we win]," says Narro. "I mean, if we win, I will be very excited."