Purple Poo, TTS/TTP
Who are the Purple Poo?
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The Purple Poo evolved from the TTS/TTP spirit organizations. The still-secret organization gathers to make Poo signs each Monday night. The signs appear on campus every Tuesday morning and occasionally comment on campus political life and student life. The signs are nailed to the trees on campus and most are designed to promote school spirit.
Purple Poo members appear in public dressed in costume to conceal their identity. Many members “un-mask” at the Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony each April while others choose to have their pictures appear in the Grassburr. At commencement, graduating members will pass a purple pig to the university president as they pass across the stage.
TTS and TTP
Formed when Tarleton was a junior college, the Ten Tarleton Peppers (TTP) and Ten Tarleton Sisters (TTS) are the two oldest organizations on campus. These spirit organizations for men and women were formed in 1921 and 1923 respectively.
New members of these secret organizations are selected by current members. When first organized, the two groups met late at night and prepared signs for upcoming athletic events. The basic signs at this time were made of canvas and were stretched between trees on the campus. The clubs met in the attic of the old recreation hall which is now the Administration Annex.
The identities of the senior members were disclosed in group photos when the yearbooks were distributed. Senior members stood facing the camera while others faced away from the camera with various and sundry items placed over their heads. The groups are sponsored by faculty and staff members.