After a quarter century underground, artifacts from UNC student life — from Blue Cups to Blue Books — have remained intact.
The revelation came Friday as past and current students gathered to watch as the class of 1988’s beer-keg time capsule in Polk Place was unearthed and opened — revealing UNC memorabilia ranging from student body president campaign posters to old ticket stubs from sporting events.
The campus grounds committee dug for about 45 minutes before finally pulling the capsule out of the earth. It took the crew another two hours to electrically saw the stainless steel vessel apart.
Time Capsule Coordinator Eric Chilton , who is now a meteorologist at a Greensboro news station, said he was inspired to make the time capsule as a student while watching the movie “Back to the Future.”
“I was just a guy that had an idea,” he said. “I called around to welding companies and asked how to make a time capsule, and they said, ‘Well it sounds cliche for college, but quite honestly a beer keg would be the best thing!’”