When I finally was able to check out the book, I opened it, and there was a wide range of different messages and appeals inside. Since the book has become so popular, and through multiple rebindings, the original book is no longer checked out to students. Instead, it is replaced with a signature book every year. Inside were various messages and signatures, ranging from poems to signed handprints. Whatever the case, students used rhetorical appeals to get other students to check out their work in the book. Since so many people check out the book, students have to make something creative to really get noticed. Some had catchy quotes, and others had beautiful drawings. In the end though, I decided to just sign and date it. (on my own page of course).
Upon much research and plenty of thought, I feel like the book was started to bridge the gap between agriculture and english. With the incorporation of the silo, Clemson's true agricultural roots are combined with the rhetoric of the vast English department through this connection of a silo and library. People signing the book has become a tradition over the years, and will probably continue to be so. it was originally created in 2001 by David Tillinghast, who probably never expected it to become what it is today. Regardless, I think the book has become a way to put a few of Clemson's key concepts together in one activity: agriculture, english, and creativity. The student is able to rediscover the agricultural roots of Clemson, while engulfing themselves in rhetoric, and even sparking their own creativity in the process.