"Hail Purdue!" Boiler Gold Rush Wrap-up
BGR allowed students to not only learn about the various nooks and crannies of campus but to meet their classmates and ease the transition into college life.
The students took a tour of the newly-lit Ross Ade stadium, met Purdue Pete and listened to coaches from football to soccer speak about their upcoming seasons.
Their inaugural trip to Ross Ade as students ended with by learning the words to the “Hail Purdue!” fight song, an unspoken prerequisite to having a blast at any home football game.
Despite having a busy schedule with activities all over campus, team leaders and their respective groups of students found time to explore campus on their own.
Team leaders took their groups down State Street to the Discount Den for most student’s inaugural visit. The large drinks of pop were a welcome reprieve from the hot August sun, but unlike past years, students were also able to sample freshly-made treats at the newly opened Hammer Donuts. The store was added as an addition to the longstanding Discount Den and was founded by Purdue graduate and former track and field star Tate Schienbein.
Towards the end of the week, around 130 of downtown Lafayette’s small businesses, organizations, and eateries welcomed new students at the fourth annual Boiler Bridge Bash. In an effort to literally and metaphorically bridge the gap between Lafayette and West Lafayette, this event allowed students to learn about the thriving community located just a mile off campus for their benefit.