2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 16, 2004
'U' to replace 50-year-old time Bnhgiz'don the House
capsule in Union with new one
By Melissa Ackerman
For the Daily "The time cunsulpill he. u fcta~tii'
Most of the students hurrying in
and out of the Michigan Union's side
doors are probably unaware that a
piece of University history lies hid-
den away in the cold gray limestone
of one of the Union's north entrance
A time capsule, placed inside the col-
umn in 1954, contains memorabiliatell-
ing the story of the Union's past life.
In commemoration of the Union's
100th anniversary, the Michigan
Union Board of Representatives is
planning to open the capsule on Octo-
ber 29 as the kickoff to a weekend of
events celebrating the building's cen-
tennial. Current MUBR Chair Ben-
jamin Moerman and other members
will put together a 2004 time capsule
to replace the old one in the Union's
Last Wednesday, University Foreman
Rockey Bennett and his team of work-
ers from the University's Construction
Services began chiseling away at the
column, leaving a facade ripped apart
with holes peeking into the inner depths
of the support structure.
They were searching for the small
12-inch-long, four-inch-diameter steel
After a few trial and error repeats,
the University may call in Ground
Penetration Radar Systems, and Co.
to locate the capsule.
"The time capsule will be a fantas-
tic kickoff to celebrate the anniversa-
ry of the Union," Moerman said.
Student suggestions of what to put
to put into the capsule will be accept-
kickoff to celebrate the anniversary
of the Union."
- Benjamin Moerman
Chair, Michigan Union Board of Representatives
ed during early fall semester events
such as Festifall and the Union Anni-
versary Carnival on Sept. 6.
Some students already have an idea
of what they would like to see in it.
Tyler Liederman, a recent LSA
graduate, said he thinks that "a bong
and some Boone's Farm" would be a
good sign of the times.
Business school grad Brett Kiffer-
stein said he would like to see one
of today's computers put in the time
"It'd be interesting to open it up
in 50 years and see how different the
technology used to be," he said.
Richard Pinkerton, who was the
executive secretary of the MUBR
from 1954 to 1955, will pass on the
legacy to a new generation of board
members, as the original founders of
the Union did to him.
"It was thrilling to shake hands
with the Union's founding president
and original planners and builders,"
Pinkerton said. "Now, we'll embrace
you folks and pass on the torch."
Pinkerton and other members of
the former board said they decided to
capture the essence of the Union and
freeze it in time for future genera-
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The idea came as part of the 50th
anniversary celebration of the Union's
conception in 1954.
Pinkerton, now 71, said he recalls
the time capsule's contents as finely
crafted jewelry - such as buttons
donned with the Union's insignia - as
well as sterling silver and 14 karat
gold keys for service on Union com-
mittees, coins minted in 1954, photo-
graphs of the Union and Pinkerton's
own account of 50 years of Michigan
Union history, a pamphlet titled, "A
Story Without End."
He spoke of the Union's heyday as
something more of a men's athletic
club rather than the busy hub of pro-
ductivity students now know it as.
In the 1950s, Pinkerton said it was
a retreat from schoolwork, complete
with a swimming pool and adjoin-
ing steam room where the Michigan
Union Bookstore now stands, a bar-
bershop where male students could
get a haircut and shave, sleeping
rooms for napping, restaurants and
the existing billiards room. For this
reason, Pinkerton calls the Union, "a
real symbol" of the University.
"When you think of U of M, the
Union flashes through your mind," he
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As the intensity of the pounding
grew, Mundy said first a speaker fell of
the wall in his roommate's bedroom,
then a hammer exploded through the
wall spewing plaster and drywall all
over the bed.
Mundy said the only explanation he
got from the repairman was the mutter-
ing of curse words as he fled the scene.
He said he ended up cleaning the mess
with his roommate, after days of not
hearing from his landlord.
While a story like Mundy's could
ruin a landlord's credibility if posted
online, Mironov said that landlords
will also have an opportunity to defend
themselves by posting responses to
"Landlord replies will help level out
the playing field," Mironov said.
This two-sided approach caters to
those like Ebony Curry, School of
Information graduate student, who
recently investigated her landlord-to-be
on a website that featured only tenant
"There was an overall positive view,"
says Curry, "but I had to take it with a
grain of salt because I saw comments
from the place I currently live that I did
not agree with."
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