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What Was Really In The Time Capsule From 1965

A decent crowd gathered in Findlay Commons last night as Conal Carr, the director of Penn State’s Housing Operations, revealed the contents of the anticipated time capsule from 1965.


Although most of our predictions didn’t come true, Penn State’s batch of 1965 undergrads did have a sense of humor and proved pretty similar to its contemporaries.


At least one prediction came true — there was a Daily Collegian in the capsule. The front page was concerned with the “high tuition cost,” a steep $525 for Pennsylvania residents. Right below that, Vietnam protests were apparently “set.” For when? Who knows.


When Carr sighed and put an artifact facedown before the crowd could see it, our staff knew exactly what it was. We have a newfound respect for the class of 1965. It missed out on stranger times.


Carr was understandably proud about this dining hall menu making the cut. The crowd learned Sunday dinner used to be a bit more fancy than today’s standard yoga pants and sweatshirts. Women were forced to wear dresses, and men wore collared shirts.

A dime, a slew of brochures and maps, research about protein in a healthy diet (this was most puzzling…did they think it was groundbreaking?), a sports schedule, and a student code of conduct containing rules we can only imagine were among the other items revealed.

Thanks, Penn State undergrads of 1965. You’ve made this week even more nostalgic.

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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