The VSU College of Arts and Sciences commemorated the long and stoired history of the college by creating a time capsule to display the work done by the college over the years.
On Friday, April 13, 2018,members of the COAS faculty placed a time capsule in the ground. Earlier in the semester the college asked several organizations and faculty to donate anything to the time capsule. The Spectator donated several copies of old and new spectators to the time capsule to display to future generations what current events were happening in Valdosta and beyond.
The COAS is morphing into two separate colleges at VSU starting in July. The new College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be headquartered in Nevins Hall. The College of Sciences and Mathematics will be in the Bailey Science Center. All of the departments have been split between the two new colleges with 12 in CHSS and seven in the COSM.
A time capsule, according to Merriam-Webster, is a container holding historical records or objects representative of current culture that is deposited for preservation until discovery by some future age.
For years, capsules have housed intriguing things about the modern day human life for future generations to witness. From scrunches in the 80s to an old iPhone in the 2010s, time capsules are a glimpse at what’s modern in the world.
There are multiple reasons as to why a college would want to keep documentation of its history. For example, a groundbreaking football win, a scholastic achievement or a division of a college within a university could be a reason why a university would choose to create a time capsule.
A time capsule’s outer shell can be made out of several items. More durable materials that can withstand weathering are the optimal items to use.
Picking the place to bury a time capsule is parallel with what’s inside the time capsule.
Time capsules are not always buried underground, though. A trophy case can also serve as a time capsule. A statue that’s being commemorated to a university for a special purpose can also be a piece.
We look forward to seeing what the VSU time capsule has in store.
Story by Jacorey Moon, staff writer. Photo by Alex Dunn.
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