Boilermakers are Bowl-Bound!

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The Purdue Boilermakers have claimed the Old Oaken Bucket as of November 25, 2017. The team squared off against Indiana University with an ending result of 31-24. For the Boilermakers, it is time to celebrate. For Indiana University, they are forced to accept a tough loss and the fact that their season is over. The Hoosiers have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for a successful 2018 season. Struggling this year, Indiana University lost their first six games of the BIG 10 conference. They were ready to give it everything they had against Purdue. During the bucket game, Purdue University took advantage of all resources, finishing the game with their second highest rushing total for the season.

The team came in with the mindset of champions, for they were not going to tolerate Indiana University beating them at their own home stadium. Jackson Anthrop brought his “A” game after rushing for his first two scores of the season, while Markell Jones ran for a career high of 217 yards, serving as a nice combination allowing Elijah Sindelar to throw for two scores. With all the success of Purdue’s players, the Hoosiers could not keep up until they were able to claw back in the last quarter. The resurgent Hoosiers rallied as they were able to score two unanswered touchdowns, however the Boilermakers held their ground to bring home the bucket. The atmosphere afterwards was electric. Students and players came together to collect the trophy, as fans stormed the field. The bucket is not the only thing the Boilers brought home after this intense game; plane tickets to the west coast were in order for this newly bowl-qualified team. The Boilermakers are heading to Santa Clara, California on December 27th to take on Arizona State in the Foster Farms Bowl Game.

Daniels Question and Answer Event Announced

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The Liberal Arts Student Council presents Pres. Daniels Q&A on January 29 in Beering 2290. This event is open to all majors and colleges within the Purdue community

It may still be a long way away before the massive mountain that is finals, projects, and final papers is tackled but it is time to think about next semester. After all of this has passed, we would like to ease into the spring semester with you, yes YOU, being able to see President Mitchell Daniels Jr. on the 29th of January. The time and location are to be announced, though most likely in Beering, room 2290, at a later time as the spring semester begins. Pres. Daniels will take questions from the Liberal Arts Student Council (LASC), who will be hosting this event, and will also be presenting prepared questions that will be voted on prior to the talk.

This event may be a part of a larger series of Q&A events hosted by the LASC that will allow students to connect with college deans and other Purdue faculty. According to council members at this stage of the process, the goal is to allow students to grasp a better understanding of general inquires about their dean’s responsibilities to pointed questions about their majors. The council is working right now to have their questions prepared in advance in order to assure that all requests are covered in the time allotted.

New Concert Announcement

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The Student Concert Committee is ecstatic to announce two new concerts this spring! Get excited for:

Ty Dolla $ign will be headlining Elliot Hall of Music on Saturday, February 17th! Student pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 6th, for $22.50. Student prices will rise to $25 on December 16th.

Twin Peaks will be headlining The Anvil on Thursday February 15th! Student pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 6th, for $12. Student prices will rise to $15 on December 16th.

Non-student tickets will be $30 Ty Dolla $ign and $18 for Twin Peaks. General public tickets go on sale this Friday, December 8th.

Get your tickets here

Underestimated Study Spots

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Dead Week has arrived, and the second greatest challenge behind pulling an all-nighter is where to pull it. Go-to study spots like Hicks, HSSE, Greyhouse, and WALC are going to be crammed packed this week, so here is a quick list of some study spots that will probably have some open spots:  

  1. The library on the 3rd floor of the Math building

  2. The Stacks in the back of HSSE’s first floor

  3. The basements of Tarkington and Wiley

  4. The 2nd and 3rd floor of Rawls  

  5. The West Lafayette Library   

 

Quick pro-tip: don’t be afraid to utilize empty classrooms! If the door is open and no one is in there, snatch it up before someone else does.

In the Spotlight: Review of the 84Th Annual Purdue Christmas Show

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As a freshman from out of state, I had never heard of Purdue’s annual Christmas show until I stepped foot on campus.  Since then, it feels like everyone I know has a long-standing family tradition of going to this show every year.  To see what all of the hype was about, I made sure to get a ticket a week before the show. Though I was sitting in the very back row of the balcony, my anticipation to see the show was not dampened in the slightest.

I was immediately struck by the amount of work that was put into the design of the stage and the lighting.  The curtain of the infamous Elliot Hall stage had been transformed into snowy mountains and a large set piece had been painted to look like a welcoming cabin. This was the first hint I got of how truly massive this show would be.  The opening singers from the Heart and Soul group actually entered from below the stage on a moving platform which was a great start to the show.  

As the opening singers began their set, I realized a problem with the show’s venue; the sound of the singers’ voices didn’t carry all the way up to the back row on the balcony where I was sitting, and I was left to hear the band without the singing.  While a couple of soloists and singers did seem to have microphones, it was hard to hear any of the other vocalists so I could not hear any of the complex harmonies that I am certain they were creating.  This problem was not universal between all of the groups performing however; when there was a quartet or a smaller group on stage, everyone had microphones and I could hear them perfectly. It was the larger groups where not everyone could have a microphone that I unfortunately heard nothing from.

One of my favorite parts, much to my surprise, was the Purdue Bells’ set.  I had never seen a group playing the bells before. I thought it was so interesting how they made something that should be chaos, ringing bells at completely different times, something so beautiful and cohesive.  I also really enjoyed all of the beautiful costumes.  Everyone wore some sort of sparkly attire that really added to the Christmas spirit and made the show even more fun to watch. The anticipation built as the audience grew more excited to see what the next group on stage would be wearing.  While the costumes were amazing, the most spectacular part of the show was, of course, the performances by the talented ensembles of Purdue Musical Organizations.  All of the choirs had their own unique sound, but they were all perfectly blended and harmonious.  Heart and Soul had some underlying jazz chords, the University Choir sang more traditional songs, and the Purduettes and Varsity Glee Club had classic show choir sets with a lot of movement.

The uniform dancing, spectacular costumes, colorful lighting, and, of course, beautiful singing in this show truly made the Purdue Christmas Show a spectacle to behold. I have learned that next year I should buy my tickets earlier to get a seat that is closer to the stage so that I can actually hear some of the larger groups. I now see why people have made attending this show a family tradition.  After experiencing the show first hand, I have decided to make my own tradition and to go the show with some of my friends every year for the rest of my time at Purdue.