The Secret Book P211.T45

To start my scavenger hunt to find the secret book, I had no idea what to look for, and even originally thought it was a page number in our textbook. Soon though, I thought to do a quick google search for what it was. To my surprise, tons of results came up. I soon learned that the P211.T45 was a secret book, and you must visit a secret silo on campus to find the location of the book.

Me at the silo

After visiting the silo, it was clear that I needed to visit cooper library to find this secret book. Upon entering the library, I went straight to the front desk and asked for "the secret book". The librarians knew exactly what I was talking about, but someone already had it checked out (probably one of my classmates).

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).

My signature

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.

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