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What You Need To Know About Moving Out!

We know you are all excited to finish your final exams and have the summer to relax, work or just lay by the pool. There are few tips we have for you to make checking out of your resident hall easier for you and for us!

  1. Take any food out of refrigerator/kitchenette/room and throw it away in the proper area. If you have non-perishable items that can be donated, consider donating them to the local food bank.
  2. Clean and clear your room. Rooms are expected to be left in the same condition you received them in. Furniture must also be in the same arrangement as when you came here. Do you have items you don’t want to bring home and don’t want to store, consider donating them to Project Move-Out to help local families in need.
  3. If you have rented a Loft and/or MicroFridge from you need to return it to the Bedloft return station on April 26th or 27th at the corner of Stadium Ave. and Martin Jischke Drive. Lofts rented from University Residences are to be left in the room as is.
  4. Guys and Dollies is an approved vender for storage for you. They can be contacted by phone 765-303-9013 or by web They will provide free boxes, tape, pickup and delivery.
  5. You need to sign up for a check out date/time with your RA.
    1. Your RA cannot check your room until the day you are ready to leave.
    2. Until your room is clean and in good order your RA cannot check your room.
    3. Each roommate needs to sign up for a check out time.
    4. You must turn in your room key and submit all check out paperwork to the main office when you leave or you will be charged.
    5. Do not expect staff to do an emergency check out if you have not signed up for a check out in advance.
  6. All residents with the exception of those who are required to attend commencement or are other wise approved by the main office are expected to vacate their rooms by 12 pm Sunday May 6th.
  7. Change address in MyPurdue so mail can be properly forwarded. Notify all mail you received at school of new address.
  8. Take any bicycle that you brought home with you. They will be removed during the summer.
  9. Return your parking permit.
  10. The last meals served in the residence halls will be on Saturday, May 5, 2012 Breakfast at Earhart & Ford from 7 – 9:30 am., Lunch at Earhart & Ford from 11 am – 2 pm, and Dinner at Earhart from 5 – 7:30 pm.
  11. The BOILER JUNCTION & BoilerCrossing will be open regular hours through Friday, May 5th, and on Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  12. Quiet hours start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th and will end at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th, when the last test begins.

It is also important to remember that these are all basic guidelines. You will need to check with your specific hall to see if there are any additional things to consider before moving out.

We have enjoyed having you here this year. We hope to see you back next year! Good luck on finals!

Grand Alternative!

What is Grand Alternative? Well, it is a series of substance free events sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students. Many student organizations and other departments are also sponsoring the event. There are many activities through out the week involved that everyone is invited to! Another great thing? It’s free! There will be concerts, talent and comedy shows, sports, parties and discussions. What’s not to love?

The Grand Alternative came from a mindset of celebrating Grand Prix in a safe manner without alcohol. Steve Cain, a campus minister for the Wesley Foundation came up with the idea. It’s first year was in 1999 and has grown from there!

Sound fun? Here is a list of all the events, dates and times!

  • Sunday, April 15
    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cookout with sailing regatta. Lake Shafer near Monticello, Ind. Sponsored by the Sailing Club.
    • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (preliminaries 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14). World’s Strongest Boilermaker. Turf Recreation Exercise Center. Sponsored by Division of Recreational Sports.
    • Noon to 3 p.m. Barbeque, sports and music. Squirrel Park. Barbeque, soft drinks, music and volleyball will be offered. Sponsored by the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Organization.
  • Monday, April 16
    • 4-6 p.m. Healthy Snack Stop. Memorial Mall. Make your own trail mix, enjoy your own fresh smoothie and get other free giveaways. Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Pizza with professors. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry. Free pizza offered at this social event where students can build relationships with chemistry professors.
    • 7:30 p.m. Trike Races and S’mores. Memorial Mall. Homemade s’mores will be available and there will be a race around Memorial Mall on tricycles. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.
  • Tuesday, April 17
    • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Root Beer Giveaway. Memorial Mall. Free root beer and alcohol awareness information will be available.
    • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drunk Busters Beer Goggles. Memorial Mall. Try on goggles that won’t help you see but will make you think. Sponsored by the Purdue Police Department.
    • 6-8 p.m. BiPartisan Barbeque & Carnival. Beering Hall, Room 2280. Enjoy hot dogs and vegetarian options, and play carnival games. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha.
  • Wednesday, April 18
    • 5-8 p.m. Grand Alternative Cookout. Engineering Mall outside Forney Hall. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
    • 5 p.m. Recess Revival. Engineering Mall. Free food, and music and inflatables. Sponsored by the Purdue Mechanical Engineering Ambassadors.
    • 6 p.m. Lawson Hall, Room B155. Air it Out. Roundtable discussions about social, economic and political standing based on color, the problem of light skin vs. dark skin, police force treatment of minorities, and diversity on campus. Sponsored by Diversity and Retention Initiatives through Volunteering, Education and Networking.
    • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Moonlight Pancake Breakfast. Agriculture Administration Building Lawn. Sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Council.
  • Thursday, April 19
    • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turkish Cultural Day. Centennial Mall. Authentic Turkish gyro-kebabs, art and cultural items. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association.
    • 5-8 p.m. Grand Grillout. Kappa Alpha Theta parking lot. Live music, basketball and sand volleyball, hot dogs and hamburgers will be featured. Sponsored by Caliber, Interfraternity Council, Old Masters and the Panhellenic Association.
    • 5:30-7:30 p.m. SACNAS presents NOCHE DE CULTURA! Fellowship Hall, University Church, 320 North St., West Lafayette. Songs, dance, poetry and food from various cultures represented at Purdue. Sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
    • 6-8 p.m. BMES Cookout. East lawn outside Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society.
    • 6-9 p.m. Latin Nights Finale. South tower of Purdue Memorial Union. Dance workshop to learn traditional Latino dance moves. Beginners and experienced dances are welcome. Sponsored by the Latino Alliance.
    • 6 p.m. Panel on Impressions from Turkey.  Rawls Hall, Room 1012. Authentic snacks will be offered as trips to Turkey are discussed. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association.
    • 7 p.m. The Trevor Project Improv Comedy Show. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 172. Sponsored by Gamma Rho Lambda.
    • 7-11 p.m. Kegaroke. Basement of St. Thomas Aquinas Center. Singing, games, fellowship, root beer and snacks featured. Sponsored by Purdue Catholic Students.
    • 7 p.m. That’s Hott! Performance Night. Fowler Hall in Stewart Center. Talent show featuring dancers and singers. Sponsored by Delta Pi Rho.
  • Friday, April 20
    • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Parking Lot Luau. Fairway Cooperative, corner of Stadium and David Ross Road. Outdoor dance luau with music, snacks, sand volleyball and inflatables. Sponsored by Fairway Cooperative (The Acres).
    • 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Moonlight Pancakes and Open Mic Night. Wesley Foundation Student.
    • Grand Alternative Carnival Night. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Slayter Hill. Special events include Battle of the Bands, midway games and crafts, caricature artist, crafts, free food, funnel cakes, and inflatables. Sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board and Division of Recreational Sports.
  • Saturday, April 21
    • 55th Grand Prix Race. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grand Prix Track, near corner of Cherry Lane and McCormick Road. Free shuttle service from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., running to and from Wiley Hall, the Memorial Mall side of Stewart Center and Ross-Ade parking lot.
    • 2-5 p.m. Turkish Barbeque and Sports. Squirrel Park. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association.
    • 8 p.m. to midnight. Anthropology at the Movies. Beering Hall, Room 2280. Food and drinks provided. Sponsored by the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization and the Purdue Anthropology Society.
    • 9 p.m. Movie on the Hill. Slayter Hill (Rain location is Fowler Hall in Stewart Center).
    • 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rock the Quad. Parking lot under Ross-Ade Stadium scoreboard. For band information, visit Sponsored by Cary Club.


Don’t miss all the fun! See you there!

More Spring Fest!

As you found out from our last post, Spring Fest 2012 will be held this weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. There are some new items being added to Spring Fest’s itinerary this year along with some old favorites.

  • There will be an unwanted medication drop off. This is for your medications that are expired or you no longer need. By dropping them off here instead of your trash can, it ensures safe disposal. This will be at the Heine Pharmacy Building from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday.
  • The Department of Religious Studies is also new to Spring Fest this year. They will be giving information and holding activities based on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • The Department of Animal Sciences will be hosting the Boiler Barnyard. There will be live animals at this event along with activities. You can also enjoy watching the sheep shearing demonstrations and milking a dairy cow.
  • The Purdue Bug Bowl is a large crowd-pleaser. Many activities will be held within the Bug Bowl, just to name a few:
    • Art contest
    • Cockroach Racing
    • Insect Petting Zoo
    • Monarch Butterfly Exhibit
    • Boiler Bug Barn
    • Face Painting
    • Roach Motel
    • Honey Tasting
    • Insects as Food
    • Cricket Spitting Contest
  • There will also be other events at Purdue this weekend. The Challenge 5k Walk/Run will be taking place on Saturday for Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Dia de la Familia will be going on, on Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center. For you Purdue Football fans there will be the free Purdue Football Spring Game at Ross Ade Stadium on Saturday at 1 pm.

This event has numerous events for friends, family and kids of all ages. Invite your families or friends and show them how much fun you can have at Purdue! More information on events, schedules, parking, etc. can be found at

See you there!

Spring Fest!

It’s spring and you know what that means? Spring Fest at Purdue! The weather is warmer, the sun is shining, why not attend the Spring Fest on April 14th and 15th. Next Saturday and Sunday this event will be going on from 10 am to 4 pm. Spring Fest is not just for college students, it’s for students of all ages. Invite your family and friends to attend this school wide event with you! Everyone will find something to enjoy

There are many hands on activities that will be available. Animals, art, astronomy, bugs and several other subjects will be explored at Spring Fest. Yes, I said bugs! The Bug Bowl is one of the most popular events held at Spring Fest. These creepy crawly creatures attract a large audience. The Bug Bowl is in its 22nd year and still going strong. Come see what these bugs are all about! If bugs are your thing there will be some very interesting activities to keep you busy. There will be a cricket spitting contest, insect art contest and roach races, just to name a few.

If bugs aren’t for you there are many other activities that will be going on throughout the weekend. Departments from many areas on campus will be present giving demonstrations and offering hands-on activities.

Maps, flyers and other informational material can be found on the Spring Fest website at: Parking information can also be found there

See you there!

Here is the Spring Fest Flyer SFest flier 2012

Did You Know…?

Recycling and reusing efforts can be seen all around the world. Americans are fairly behind on this curve. In speaking with folks from other countries, many do not have the choice to recycle versus not – recycling is mandatory. We as Americans and university students must continue to try to educate ourselves by increasing our knowledge regarding recycling in order to try and preserve our resources for future generations. For example, I was unaware that many items that once contained food products (pizza boxes for example) can be recycled, regardless of whether they are completely clean and devoid of food particles. In a recent random sampling of some of our residence hall waste, we found that nearly 80-90% of what was thrown in the trash headed for the landfill could have been recycled. What does this mean to you? It means we could do a much better job. Purdue and the residence halls recently participated in Recyclemania 2012, and recycling bins can be found all over campus. Let’s not rely on a competition to highlight our efforts to step up our recycling initiatives. We need to change our culture to adopt recycling as a way of life. The University’s recycling program defines trash as:

  • Food waste and food containers with significant residue.
  • Snack wrappers
  • Liquids
  • Kleenex
  • Restroom paper (hand towels and toilet paper) 

On a slightly smaller scale, Purdue University Food Services does whatever they can to make a difference. What happens to your unfinished mac n’ cheese or the rest of your wet burrito when you put it on the elusive tray return? An interesting and environmentally positive process begins! The food waste is ground up and sent to the wastewater treatment center in West Lafayette. There, the food waste is put into large containers that house a certain form of bacteria that eats the waste. This bacterium then produces a methane gas that is used to provide power to the treatment plant. This process that your un-wanted food goes through helps keep almost all waste from the Purdue Dining Courts out of the landfills and turns it into reusable materials. How can we do better here? Take only what you care to eat, which creates less waste, less need for washing, detergents, electricity and man hours.

The dining courts also recycle many products: cardboard, cans, glass, aluminum, etc. The uneaten food that is no longer up to Purdue’s health standards (but is still healthy and edible) is sent to a local food bank to be served to those who are in need of a hot meal. The dining courts produce very little waste. What waste we do create, is a very small percentage considering the amount of products and food prepared to feed all of us!

I don’t know about you but all the efforts the dining courts go through make me feel better about where I am eating! What is an interesting way that you choose to recycle? Let us know here or on our Twitter @reslifeatpurdue.

Happy Recycling!

How Do You Show Your Leadership?

Standing out from the crowd is an important asset for a Purdue student. We all want to be special and different from others. A way to stand out in person and on paper (for instance, in a resume) is to show how you have proven your leadership abilities. Purdue offers multiple ways to show the leader that you are and can become.

1. Leadership in University Residences. Becoming an RA with University Residences is a great way to showcase your leadership, problem solving and communication skills. It also aids you after college when looking for a job. The traits you can gain when being an RA are very desirable to hiring managers. Think of your opportunities. Not to mention the perks of being an RA!

2. Leadership roles in University Clubs. Becoming involved in University recognized clubs and/or organizations is an important part of being an active student at your school. Once you are involved in these clubs moving your way up the leadership ladder is a great way to show your leadership mobility. Another positive of becoming involved in clubs that interest you, think of the friends and skills you will gain!

3. Leadership opportunities at your part-time job. A majority of students supplement their money situation by getting a part-time job. Not only does this give you money to spend or pay bills with, it also shows a sense of responsibility and work ethic towards your education. Employers like to see that you took your education and your time off seriously. By taking your part-time job to the next level and moving up the ladder it exhibits your leadership skills.

There are many ways to show leadership and these are just 3 simple ways. How do you show your leadership qualities?

Happy Leading!

Why Should You Follow University Residences’ Social Media?

Following our many forms of communication can not only help you see what we are doing to help you have the best home at Purdue but they are also places for you to communicate your wants, needs and concerns. We want to hear your thoughts! It gives us things to be proud of and others to work on.

We have many forms of social media for you to interact with us on:

Facebook: This is a great way to communicate with us through out the day. We post news stories relating to residents, updates on events, photos and more detailed information for our friends.

Twitter: We are on Twitter most of the day and some of the night, especially when big events are happening. This is a way to interact with us and see who else is communicating with University Residences. We post relevant links, news stories, Re-Tweet information for our resident followers and we love to interact with our followers! This is a great way to ask  a quick question or see what’s going on on campus that night. If you ever have questions, comments or information you want Re-Tweeted simply tweet us @ResLifeAtPurdue and we will quickly help you!

Blog: This form of communication is to interact with you but is also to produce content for student’s living the University Residences life. There are usually 2-3 blog posts per week and the subject matter varies. It always comes back to life in University Residences! We always want to hear your comments on our posts or if you have any ideas for future posts.

Webpage: Our webpage has a HUGE amount of resources for you and your parents. There is information about Residence Halls, student employment, dining options and so much more. There is also a Voice Your Vote poll that changes every Monday. These answers help us to make your stay in University Residences a better experience!

Try following one or all of our social media sites! You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Following!

Stress Got You Down?

The time of thinking about the end of the semester has begun. Usually this is met with stress, anxiety or the worst – procrastination. I am going to give you the right tools to fight all of these “End of the Year Symptoms.”

Stress and Anxiety: These are some of the worst symptoms. Not only do you feel anxious but they can physically make you sick if you don’t try to fight them. Break outs, stomach aches or eventually more serious side effects can happen. There are some easy ways to fight stress and anxiety that are  not time consuming and easy to follow.

  •  Eat right. I know sometimes this is difficult but even improving one side dish to a veggie or fruit can help. Many healthy foods contain natural stress fighting ingredients. Now, we all know the dining courts have awesome mac n cheese, Oreo pie and wet burritos and you don’t have to give those up. Try adding an apple or small salad along with your Oreo pie. You’ll feel better about your choices and your body will be happy too!
  • Try a stress relieving activity. On days when you’re really feeling the pressure, try doing something to dispel that negative energy. Walking, jogging, Frisbee, biking, etc. are all great examples of fun ways to help get rid of some of that stress.
  • Visit CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services). Sometimes you just need someone to talk to who can help you through the rough times. CAPS has many services to help students deal with stress and other problems. Some include individual counseling, conjoint counseling, group experiences, psychiatric services and more. To contact CAPS call 765-494-6995, Mon.-Fri. between 8am and 5pm.

Procrastination: I am no fool or stranger when it comes to procrastination. When I look back on how it effected my grades and stress levels I wish I could have found more ways to fight it. There is no easy way to make yourself get focused and stay focused. Here are some tips that can aid you in your fight!

  • Take breaks. When you’re studying for hours it is difficult on you and your body if you don’t let your mind rest every couple hours. When I studied, I would study for two hours and then take a 15 minute break. Take a walk around Hicks, get a Coke or just check Facebook. You’ll feel recharged and ready to go after each break.
  • Give yourself time each day to relax and do something just for you. Watch a favorite TV show, go to a performance on campus or hang out with friends. Doing this each day will help you stay focused when you need to be.
  • Make a schedule. Having a schedule and getting into a habit of studying and taking time for yourself will help you and your body know when it’s time to study and when it’s time to relax.

Following some of these tools that work best for you will help you in your last stretch of school. Making and keeping healthy habits now will help you through out college and beyond!

Happy Tuesday!

Summer Fun…And Work.

The summer is coming (even though it feels like it is already here!) A majority of you will want a summer job to make some extra cash or to save up for the next school year. While working at the local ice cream shop or gym can be fun and easy, now is the time to build your resume. By participating in jobs or events that are of interest to your area of study you will maximize your experiences…and your resume will be buff!

Try spring Job Fairs. These aren’t just for seniors looking to graduate, most of the time any level of student can attend these free events. In the spring, there tends to be a large amount of job fairs held in April. These fairs have all types of jobs, not just full-time, college graduate careers. For instance, if you are thinking about a certain engineering field, go to an engineering job fair. Meet the recruiters and inquire about internships or other opportunities. The recruiters are not there to intimidate you. They love meeting new people and it is their job to answer your questions. Always bring a resume to these events. This helps recruiters remember you and helps them to hand your resume off to the right people.

If job fairs aren’t for you and you want a “fun” job this summer…try summer camps. Having a camp counselor position on your resume shows many different experience levels. Not only do you get to make friends and play outside all day, you get paid to do it! Most of the time you will have housing and food for free as well. This is a great resume builder and a way to network with people from around the world.

The Center for Career Opportunities is a great resource for students! They will help you build your resume. Not only that, but they also have resources to help you find internships and jobs. If you are stuck in looking for a job you really want to enjoy, the CCO can help you find the right path towards your career!

These are just some options to aid in your search for summer work. There are so many resources out there to help students. If you have any suggestions for other students, comment and let them know!

Happy Job Hunting!

Take Pride In Your School!

Having pride in the place that you attend school is not just wearing T-shirts with logos or attending basketball (or your favorite sport) games. That is a fun part of it and can definitely show case how you feel about Purdue! There are other facets to taking pride in Purdue University that you can take part in!

1. Attend events on campus. There are so many different opportunities that Purdue offers their students and staff for free! Take a look each week at who is speaking on campus or what musical/Broadway act that is here that might interest you. Attending sporting events is definitely a part of this but they are not the only events that are located on campus. These events could help you in the long run or just give you time to escape and enjoy a show.

2. Get involved with an organization. Find an organization that is related to your major or choice of career path. There are groups for almost everything. Join a few if you have time. Not only do these groups help you make more friends and connections in your field on campus, they also look great on a resume.

3. If you love your school, shout it from the rooftops. Okay, that was an expression but I’m sure you get the general idea. When people ask me where I graduate from, I answer proudly and confidently, “Purdue University.” From a future employer’s standpoint, being proud of where you came from and what you accomplished is important. It’s nice to see that you show loyalty to an organization like Purdue University.

These are just three ways to show your love for Purdue but there are so many more. Tweet us @ResLifeAtPurdue, Facebook us or comment here with your ideas, questions or additions! Enjoy the weather!