Mystery can lead a person to pursue an adventure, get caught in a dangerous situation, or merely to a Clemson tradition. There are two parts to P211.T45. The first is a circular brick structure that mostly goes unnoticed. On the floor of this structure is a plate, and on this plate is a calling number of a book. THE book. The book that has been relevant to Clemson since 2001. The book that many individuals have given a piece of themselves to. The book that will be a rite of passage for many years to come. The subtly of the location of the book makes finding it an exciting endeavor and creates a bubble of importance around it. But through the mystery of the book that tries to stay hidden, it miraculously demands to be found with it's alluring secrecy and rich history. Once I was directed by the librarian to go to ~special collections~ (sounds legit, right!?) that was when the special book was unveiled to me.
The simple idea turned into something truly beautiful- a melting pot of thoughts from an array of students who made a permanent mark at Clemson. Long after their face is forgotten, their name will remain (that is, if they didn't sign it "anonymously").
P211.T45 incorporates, in some sort of way, all five canons of rhetoric. The first one is Invention. David Tillinghast tapped into his creativity complex and thus an idea was born. This idea was made a reality, and we now know it as P211.T45. He created a tradition that existed years before me, and will probably continue many years after. The second is Arrangement. The journey has 2 stops, and was thoughtfully arranged that way. Tillinghast made the book filled with voices of Clemson's past interesting to find and spikes the determination of student's longing to find the hidden book. The next canon is style. The mysterious nature of the book and the artist's intention to keep it this way makes P211.T45 all the more intriguing. The canon of Memory is also involved. While looking at the book, pages and pages of memories live on the pages of the book. The overwhelming choices of pen color picked by each student spring off the page and a wave of inclusiveness washes over you as you read the collective memory and voice of past students. Last but not least, "Delivery, the last of the five canons of rhetoric, concerns itself with how something is said, rather than what is said." The unique nature of the book and the way in which individuals express themselves is quite fascinating. They write in the book with no assurance that their singular piece of wisdom will ever be grazed by human eyes, but they still write in it anyways.
Liv and Sidney know "Chris Edwards"! The book has a funny way of connecting people.