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#URSuccess Contest Winners

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the third annual #URSuccess contest! More than 100 incredible entries were received from over 50 individuals, creating a tough time for our panel of judges to choose these five winners.

Only students who are registered to live in University Residences next year were eligible to win. Posts were judged on creativity, originality, and showcasing the theme of success in University Residences.

First Place: Nicholas Sabatini (Shreve, recontracted in Cary Quad)

Nicholas filmed “Shrevival” to show how to survive while living in Shreve Hall. He managed to set up camp, find a water source, and go hunting throughout the video. Nicholas was awarded free housing for Fall 2016 semester for showcasing how he is successful on campus!

Second Place: Matt Cunningham (Shreve, recontracted in Third Street)

Matt showed what living in Shreve was like for him and his friends this year. By recreating Pure Michigan’s famous commercial for his floor 6-West, he made it to the winners list and will receive a free meal plan for the Fall 2016 semester.

Third Place: Jamila Hachlaf (Shreve, recontracted in Honors College)

Jamila captured the essence of creating a community on campus with a slideshow of pictures featuring the friends she has made while studying at Purdue. Jamila’s prize is a free parking pass for the 2016-2017 school year!

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Fourth Place: Will Baud (Shreve, recontracted in Shreve)

Will filmed Shreve 4-West having a Viking Floor Dinner at Earhart Dining Court with their Faculty Fellow, Jason Ware, and his kids. Will presented and enforced the 3 rules for a Viking Dinner: no utensils, no cups, and viking noises. Will has won pizza and milkshakes at Harrison Grillé for the whole floor!

Res Life Staff Award: Hyesoo Chae (Shreve, RA in Honors College next year)

Hyesoo has won two tickets to a Convos show and dinner at the Sagamore Restaurant. Hyesoo was awarded this prize because the residents on her floor produced the most entries for the contest.

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Congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s #URSuccess Contest!



#URSuccess Contest Rules

Do you want FREE HOUSING next semester? Then you want in this contest.

The ultimate goal of Purdue University Residences is student success. We at UR want to see that success, so we’re holding our third annual #URSuccess contest, where residents capture themselves or others being successful in University Residences or around campus. Last year’s winner was a YouTube video of residents brushing their teeth with their Faculty Fellow, while the runner-up was a wall of Swipe Out Starvation cards in the shape of the Purdue P. Posts can be funny, or sentimental, or artistic, or even just a selfie.

Post your interpretation of University Residences success on social media with the hashtag #URSuccess and you’re in the contest.

2014 First Place Winner: Alex Hamlin (Shreve)

1. An entry can be text, image, video, vine, meme – anything on social media that includes the hashtag #URSuccess.

2. You can post as many times as you want between before the deadline of Feb. 29, 2016, by 5 p.m.

3. You must be currently enrolled at Purdue and plan to live on campus next year. Only entries posted by students who have signed a housing contract for 2016-17 by the deadline (Feb. 29) are eligible to win prizes.

4. Your legal name must be listed on your profile or included in your post. We have to know your name to give you a prize.

5. Your post settings must be set to “public”  or we can’t see it. We have to see it to give you a prize.

Entries will be judged by a team of administrators, and prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality.

First Place: FREE HOUSING for the Fall 2016 semester (meal plan not included)

Second Place: A free parking pass for the entire 2016-17 academic year

Third Place: Pizza and milkshakes at Harrison Grillé for you and 10 friends.

Res Life Staff Prize: The Resident Assistant or Staff Resident with the highest number of quality posts from his or her floor will receive a customized dinner for you and 10-12  friends at the Athletic Dining Room.

Winners will be contacted the week of March 7 through their Purdue email address and/or the social media platform from which they posted. You will have until March 11 at 5 p.m. to respond to your notification, or your prize will be forfeited. Once you respond, University Residences staff will contact you to coordinate the details of your prize. No cash value can be exchanged for your prize if you win.

Gingerbread Contest Winners

Congratulations to Hillenbrand Dining Court, which won both the Judges’ Choice and Peoples’ Choice Awards in the 2014 Gingerbread Contest!


To see all of this year’s entries, visit the gallery on the Purdue Memorial Union Facebook page.

The judges awarded ribbons for first, second and third place. The judges’ first place winner will receive a bowling and pizza party at PMU and a $1,000 prize to be used in the dining operation. The people’s choice winner also receives a traveling trophy, with Hillenbrand Dining Court keeping the trophy as repeat winner of the fan vote.

Thank you to everyone who voted, the judges who judged, and most of all the students and staff who worked to bring these delicious dwellings to life!


Gingerbread Contest Rules


When I say “the best part of the holidays,” you say…

The food. Obviously. What else are the holidays about?

Only joking. We know that family time and having a break from classes is important, too. But that warm, cozy, happy image isn’t complete without the smell of food. Lots of food. And as we all know, dessert is the best part. At Purdue Housing and Food Services, we want to encourage holiday spirit and get you ready for winter break by holding a gingerbread competition among our various operations, and we need your help to determine the winners!

There will be two categories:

  1. Best Structure: decided by a panel of judges.
  2. Popular Vote: determined by you!

The rules are simple. All you need to do is choose the structure you think should win this year’s gingerbread competition at this survey. You can also vote on-site in the Purdue Memorial Union main lounge (the houses are on display near the tree) or on Facebook. Go to the ‘2013 Gingerbread Contest’ album on Purdue Memorial Union‘s profile and Like your favorite picture! Please only Like one of the entries so we can be fair to all contestants.

Got it? Just to be clear, go to

this link to participate via survey
or this link to participate via Facebook by Liking your favorite structure
or stop by Purdue Memorial Union to vote on-site (with a QR code).

Get out the vote and hurry! The contest is only running from Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. to Dec. 6 at noon!

Upcoming Gingerbread Contest

What's cooking at the Athletic Dining Room?
What’s cooking at the Athletic Dining Room?

Guess what? The gingerbread contest last year was so spectacular that we’re doing it again! Your vote (via our survey or Facebook) is important to determine the most popular structure, but


So come back on Dec. 4 at 9 a.m.! We’ll have links for you to vote, and the structures will be displayed in the Purdue Memorial Union on the main floor. Until then, get the word out!

See you soon!

What You Need to Know About On- vs. Off-Campus Housing

So. You’re thinking about living off campus.

Ultimately only you can decide what works best for you and your lifestyle, but here are some pros and cons to get you thinking.

Pros of living on campus

  • Parking – Many spaces are available for your use across the residential campus.
  • Proximity – Since you’re close enough to walk or bike to classes, you don’t have to worry about finding street parking just to make it to class on time.
  • Meals – The dining courts are buffet style, which means you can always get enough to eat. Every day.
  • Homework help – Not that you can’t get homework help when you live off campus, but the chances of finding someone to help when you’re on campus are greater. And a quick trip to your TA’s office isn’t out of the question.
  • Recreation – Admittedly, most apartment complexes have at least a big screen TV or pool table in their clubhouses. But not all, so I’m leaving it on the pros list.
  • One bill – Instead of having to keep track of monthly rent, utilities and internet/cable, you just have the one housing bill every year.
  • Less cleaning – Your bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Nice not to have to worry about that, isn’t it? And no dishes!
  • Social life – It’s easier to make friends when you see people daily in close quarters. Feeling social? Leave your door open and see what happens. It’s that easy.
  • Leadership opportunities – You’ll have plenty of chances to get involved with your hall club.
  • Convenience – Everything you need is right here. If it costs more to live in the residence halls, it’s because you’re paying for time saved.

Cons of living on campus/Pros of living off campus

  • Rules of the hall – Any community must have expectations for the greater good of all.
  • Sharing space – Be it your room or bathroom, it’s always tough to share. (But you could always live in First Street Towers!)

Cons of living off campus

  • Calendar year contracts – You’ll be responsible for the apartment even when school is not in session.
  • Roommate conflicts – I hope you remembered to figure out who’s buying toilet paper and milk ahead of time. You’ll have to navigate problems without the help of your RA.
  • Unfurnished apartments – You might have to buy more furniture. And then move it out later.
  • More bills – As seen above, you’ll be paying for utilities and internet/cable in addition to your lease.
  • Commute – Will you take the bus? That’s fine, but you have to make sure you’re on time for their schedule. Will you drive? Good luck with parking.
  • Food – Groceries can cost a lot, and ramen or peanut butter and jelly gets really old really fast. And when would you make larger meals? It takes time.
  • You clean – I lucked out with a roommate who cleaned when she was stressed (often), but I hear that’s not usually the case.

In summary, living off campus might cost less in the long run, but what about food? And convenience? It seems to me like you’re paying for health (eating enough, eating good food) and time.

Consider these facts as well.

What haven’t I listed? What are your reasons for living on or off campus?