In early October, a 40-pound package, wrapped neatly in brown paper and sent from fictitious student George P. Burdell, was delivered to Dean John Stein in the Student Services Building. Stein lifted the heavy parcel, carried it to his office, and placed it on the floor while he and others contemplated whether to open it.
“When we finally did, we discovered a plaque that seems to have been mounted on a wall at Grant Field back in the day,” said Stein, vice president for Student Life and the Brandt-Fritz Dean of Students Chair. “I was amazed because it looks like it has remained intact since the day they dismantled it. The original dirt is still on it, and it seems preserved in time. It was truly unbelievable.”