Patterson Courtyard Speech

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Kody Braun Sean Corbin WRD 110 9-11-2015 The Patterson Courtyard It’s Tuesday morning. I’ve just gotten off of the route 14 bus from k-lot at “The Steps.” They aren’t the only steps on campus, I think to myself, so why are they The Steps? I ask myself that question almost every day as I ascend them and walk towards my first class of the day. I stop in-front of the tallest building on campus, probably also the most well-known building on campus, Patterson Office Tower. The building itself is rather plain to look it. Its most notable feature is its height. I know that twelve stories up is the English department offices. I know that many students before me looked at this building and they felt something. This building and others like it are…show more content…
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