Amber Cripps

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is retracting and apologizing for a comment in which he called African-American scholars, in his words, rare "creatures.”

The apology was addressed to five campus organizations, all representing students or faculty of color.  One of the organizations receiving his apology is the Purdue chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. Purdue NAACP President Carey Walls says he and other students shouldn’t have had to ask for an apology.  

Tippecanoe County’s 2019 Student Rental Report recommends a self-imposed moratorium on building any more high-rise apartment complexes in the near future.

The numbers suggest occupancy rates have decreased in West Lafayette as hundreds of new beds became available this fall. As occupancy rates are decreasing, West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson says so are rental prices for apartments surrounding the Purdue University campus.

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505 more Purdue students now have IDs that will let them vote in local elections thanks to the school’s so-called “fee vacation.”

As of August, Purdue now prints expiration dates on student ID cards to make them comply with Indiana’s voter ID law. These new IDs cost $10, but they were available at no cost to students who exchanged their current one during a specified week in October.

Purdue Bursar Tim Riley says more than 1,300 students have received voter ready IDs since they were released, but only the most recent 500 didn’t pay a fee.

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy prohibiting students and staff from wagering on Purdue sports teams.

This decision comes following the legalization of sports gambling in Indiana on September 1. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says athletes could have been influenced if their peers or teachers were placing bets on them.

“If people around them or their classmates were betting for or against them or their team that it might make them feel very apprehensive maybe intimidated,” Daniels says.

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The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette has announced a new campaign intending to make it easier for Purdue Students to vote. Their campaign called P/UVote is collecting money to help out-of-state students pay for new Purdue IDs. The new campaign will teach students about voter ID requirements as well as reimburse students who must pay a $10 fee to obtain a compliant ID.

League of Women Voters voter services chair Ken Jones says guidance from the Indiana Election Division means students who’ve voted in West Lafayette before might not be able to this November.