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Upcoming Gingerbread Contest

You’re ready, aren’t you? The first annual gingerbread contest is coming up soon! Since your vote is important to determine the most popular structure, you’ll need to go to our survey or to Facebook, but


So come back on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.! We’ll have links for you to vote. Until then, get the word out!

See you on the fifth!

Fall Fun

Smell that? That wonderful concoction of coming winter, dried and dying leaves, and occasional piles of burning leaves? It’s fall, and these days (including the wonky weather) are the epitome of it. This weekend may be the last of the good weather!  So grab your jacket and head outside — it’s time for some fun! Here’s what I suggest:

  • Jump in a pile of leaves! Remember the smell and feel of hundreds of leaves around you, and the sun peeking through from above? Happy Hollow Park and reliving your childhood are only a bus ride away.
  • Take a walk through Hort Park. There are other nature walks in the area, but this is the closest and (maybe I’m biased) the best.
  • Make peanut butter sandwiches! They’re the perfect complement to chili, which is basically the official fall food. You can get everything you need at the BoilerJunction in Tarkington or the BoilerCrossing in Meredith.
  • Play touch football at the intramural fields.
  • Tailgate. There’s only one more home game: November 24 (vs. IU). Did you hear me? Only one more chance to tailgate this season and show your school spirit! So Boiler Up!

What fall activities do you love?

Symptoms of Fall

Ah, fall. The leaves. The breezes. The pumpkin-flavored everything. The loud, drawn-out sniffles that interrupt your lectures. It’s no surprise that changing weather means a new round of colds and flus. What can you do to ward off the pervasive germs? Here are some preventative measures, for which I must give credit to webMD.

  1. Wash your hands. Seriously. And keep them away from your nose, mouth and food.
  1. Carry hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. How many other people touched that keyboard, desk or door before you?
  1. Exercise. Even 20-30 minutes of cardio a few times a week will help your immune system.
  1. Drink more juice. At this point nobody is sure whether or not vitamin C prevents colds, but it’s worth a try, right?

Guess what else? Flu shots are available at PUSH for students. They’re $20 and you can go Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30.

If you do get sick, visit urgent care at PUSH. If you get too sick to leave, let your RA know, because sick trays are available through your residence hall’s main office.

The last time I got sick, you know what my doctor’s number one prescription was? Rest and plenty of fluids. If you think rest means “do something other than go to class or study,” think again. Sleep is one of the best things you can do right now. And “plenty of fluids” is at least three quarts a day. Remember that fluids can also be soup, popsicles and gelatin.

Stay well now, or get well soon!

Green Week!

It’s Green Week here on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, and (as you know) that means that emerald hues are mandatory attire, every dining court is serving green eggs and ham, and all green-eyed students receive extra credit.

They ought to listen to my suggestions sometime.

But the bell tower lights are green, if you haven’t noticed yet. Here’s what else is going on as our lovely campus honors sustainability:

Movie Night – “Last Call at the Oasis”
Fowler Hall, 6:30 p.m. w/ Panel Discussion

Tours of the West Lafayette Anaerobic Digester with Dave Henderson
Van Transportation for Tours – Meet at Front Entrance of the Union, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ford College Community Challenge
For more information please visit: The 2012 Ford C3 Competition
Harrison / Hillenbrand Rain Garden, 3 p.m.

France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Tour 9-10 a.m.

Alternative Transportation Expo
Centennial and Memorial malls11 a.m.-3 p.m.

AASHE Campus Sustainability Day
STEW 318, 2-3:30 p.m.
Preparing Students for a Changing Climate – Interactive Screening of Keynote Lecture

France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Tour 9-10 a.m.

Last Day of Campus Farmers Market
Please join us and watch a performance by the Purduettes at Noon.
Take a ride on the Boilermaker Special from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Come learn about Sustainable Food in the following areas:

  • Tippecanoe Urban Farmers
  • Slow Food
  • Full Circle Agriculture at Purdue

Prof. Ejeta Lecture – Global Challenges on Food Security 
PFEN Auditorium, 4:30-6 p.m.

Campus Conversations on Climate Change
More information
HICKS G980D, 1-3 p.m.

End of Week Celebration
Memorial Mall
Tree Planting, 3:30 p.m.
Food Served, 4-6 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced, 4-6 p.m.
NRHH Residence Hall Winner Announced, 4-6 p.m.

Boiler Volunteer Network – Make a Difference Day
MSEE, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Meet with Harry Brown

Wabash River Clean-up

There’s also… (Drumroll, please) … A scavenger hunt! Only a few days left, so get out there!

Maybe campus events aren’t your thing, but you can still make the change. Remember to turn off your lights when you leave your room, use your On-the-Go bottle, and challenge yourself to take five minutes off your shower time.

Go green!

Pep Talk Time!

College is nothing if not about learning. And of course I don’t only mean classes; many great life experiences will help you grow during your time here as well. This is what I had to realize when I started at Purdue:

Nobody’s going to hold your hand and walk you through the process. Nobody checks up on you to make sure you’re doing everything correctly and absorbing the material you should. It’s all up to you. You choose whether to show up for class or not. You choose your study hours. You choose your priorities. Ultimately, you choose how the next four (or more) years will go.

Depending on your attitude today or your overall personality, that paragraph either excited you or made you want to crawl back in bed and stay there for a few days or years. If it’s the former, way to go! You might be ready for this. If it’s the latter, read on – there’s good news!

We’re here to help you! Campus is large and it’s easy to feel anonymous, alone and overwhelmed. But your RA and the clerks and administrators in your hall are here for you. There’s a reason they work here: they want to get to know people just like you. They want to see you succeed. Ask them about study groups, let them know that you’re having a rough time, or just enjoy a friendly face.

Sometimes when you’re stressed or (on the flip side) overly excited about new opportunities, it’s easy to become apathetic toward your obligations. But you’re going to get out of these classes what you put into them, so try to remember that they are the primary reason you’re here!

It’s a lot of responsibility, and nobody is saying it will be easy. But this is one of the greatest opportunities you have right now; this is the time to make yourself into the person you’ve always wanted to be. What’s holding you back? Every year, semester, week and day is a new start.

University Residences at Purdue Off-Campus Services

We want to thank each and every one of our residents for having lived with us this past year. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we are sorry to see you go.  We have enjoyed getting to know you, watch you grow, learn and become the amazing individuals you are becoming. We saw many of you move-out this past week, and we look forward to welcoming you back, returning to live with us next fall.

For those of you who have chosen to move off-campus, we also want to be sure you are aware University Residences is still committed to serving you as a Purdue student with several of your housing needs. This past year we created a new position – Assistant Director of Off-Campus Housing – for this explicit purpose: To provide an expert to help you navigate a myriad of situations that may arise with off-campus housing needs.

Following are just a few ways our Assistant Director of Off-Campus Housing can assist you should concerns arise: 

Housing Selection
University Residences is committed to assisting students in their off-campus housing search.  We provide detailed information on area apartment buildings and landlords, including: price, location, and amenities.  We also provide a database of apartment listings where students may find suitable housing options.  An additional page on Facebook – Purdue Alternative Housing -Student Guide – (must be logged into Facebook to view), allows students to post their sublet or roommate available listings.  Information on utilities, renter’s insurance, transportation, and other topics relevant to housing are also discussed during the students housing search.

Educational Programming
We offer programs that inform our students about their rights and responsibilities as tenants. These programs also include information on living in the community and being a good neighbor.  Programs may also cover information students should consider before deciding whether to live off campus, and an overview of the housing search timeline.

Our office provides consumer information regarding lease terms and housing code regulations.  We also keep sample leases on file and can address questions a student may have before signing a lease.  The office, in collaboration with the Purdue Student Government, will also offer a common language lease available for all students to view.

Landlord/Tenant Issues
Our office serves as an advocate for students dealing with landlord disputes.  We can provide students consumer information on their rights based on the housing code.  We will also apprise students of their options and encourage them to take a course of action that is in their best interests as a tenant.  We will at times make referrals to the Purdue Student Government legal resources that may be available to them as students.

Additional future projects:
Landlord Survey
New Listings Database, that includes sublet and roommate information
Off-campus programming and outreach

No matter where you choose to live, University Residences is committed to serving you. Living on campus or off, we look forward to providing excellence for our students. Have a great summer – stay safe and enjoy every minute!

University Residences at Purdue University
Smalley Center
1225 Third Street, West Lafayette IN 47907-2008
Purdue Alternative Housing Student Guide