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A bobble head doll of football Coach Tom Amstutz, a marching band CD, and literature from campus groups all are making history at the University of Toledo this week.
UT students and leaders have come together for the first time ever to create a campus-wide time capsule - one that will be buried in a large blue pipe this weekend and remain underground for the next 25 years.
University President Dan Johnson joked with students who were gathered for the time capsule dedication yesterday, saying he might not be around to see it unearthed - but they would be. He later said future university leaders should track them down so they can be a part of the capsule opening.
"You're all going to be rich and famous by then, maybe we could hit you up for a donation?" Mr. Johnson said, receiving laughs from the crowd.
Students who are affiliated with the university's homecoming commission came up with the idea to create a time capsule for the campus community.
The motive behind it was to preserve UT history in much the same way as Blockhouse yearbooks did decades ago.
"This is kind of our yearbook for 2004," said Justin Rudisille, 21, a student who also produced history highlights of UT with help from Barbara Floyd, a university archivist.
The exhibit, which can be found on blue and gold poster boards, will be on display in the south lounge of the Student Union throughout the week in connection with homecoming festivities.
UT history also is the focus of a new history and traditions brochure produced by graduate student and university student trustee Donovan Nichols with other students and UT officials.
That brochure will be passed out this weekend during the homecoming parade starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and the football game at 7 that night. The time capsule will be buried at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Flatlands on campus.