"Hail Purdue!" Boiler Gold Rush Wrap-up

Author: Atreya Verma
Students at the Memorial Mall with their sign
Boiler Gold Rush is way more than just an orientation program for incoming freshman. Instead of a typical information-distributing snooze fest, BGR fine-tuned a week-long adventure to fit the needs of every new college student. For some students, this experience was the first time exploring a campus they will call home for the next four years.
Purdue students in front of the Purdue University arch.

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.

Purdue students enjoying Boiler Gold Rush.

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.

Purdue cheerleaders at Ross-Ade stadium.
Purdue students at Ross-Ade stadium for Boiler Gold Rush.

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.

Purdue Pete and two cheerleaders pump up the crowd at Ross-Ade stadium.

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.

Eggcited at the Memorial Mall
Purdue students exploring different facets of campus.

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.

Purdue students dancing and having fun with the Purdue Boilermaker Special.
Purdue students pose with props at a photo booth.
Purdue students dancing and posing with Lafayette police officers.
Purdue students pose for the camera in front of Professor Joe's in downtown Lafayette.