Clemson's Not So Secret Book By Jordan R. Wilson

Clemson's Secret Signature Book has been a longstanding tradition at Clemson for quite some time now. What started off as one student's public art project has expanded into a sort of "in the know" activity for all students to enjoy. P211.T45 is the call number for this book, but it is not found on the shelves, instead behind the Cooper Library front desk. It's popularity is so great that it is limited to a two-hour checkout window.

The book, though is only half of P211.T45's secret. There is a small brick and metal silo beside the Academic Success Center. Without paying careful attention, it can go unnoticed very easily since it blends in with the surrounding buildings. Once found, it seems like nothing special, just a hollow interior with two tiny benches, but there is a small plaque on the ground inscribed with "REF P211.T45 COOPER," instructing students to go look for the book at it's call number. Once found, it reveals a bevy of signatures from hundreds of students. Some simply write their name, others add quotes or drawings to leave their own unique mark on the book.

As with anything in this world, there is quite a bit of Rhetoric in it, especially pathos. The book and silo together serve as a testament to Clemson University, and the oneness we have as a student body. Whatever background we have, whatever major we study, whatever dreams we pursue post-graduation, we all shared the experience of being a Clemson Tiger and can hold that up with pride.

The style and delivery of this argument is a unique one, but it is effective. Thousands of students have participated in this same "scavenger hunt" of finding the book and silo, each of them with their own personal story, but each of them a Clemson Tiger. One former student's idea turned into something great that every student who attends this university can share. And together as one, we can all sing "Dear old Clemson / We will triumph / And with all our might / That the Tigers' roar may echo / O'er the mountain height."


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