Andrew Boldt

Purdue University

Purdue University has settled a dispute with its independent student newspaper over one of the paper's journalists allegedly being roughed up by campus police.

Neither the university nor The Exponent newspaper has disclosed terms of the settlement of the case that dates to paper’s coverage of the January 2014 murder of Purdue student Andrew Boldt by another student, Cody Cousins.

House Committee Considers Expansion Of Death Penalty

Apr 2, 2015
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A House committee has approved one expansion of the death penalty, but put another on hold.

The Senate responded to last year‘s murder of a Purdue student in a classroom on campus with a bill allowing the death penalty for school shootings or shootings during worship services.

But Public Defender Council executive director Larry Landis says the bill would break new and questionable legal ground by allowing the death penalty based where the murder took place.

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A year to the day after an engineering student was murdered on campus, the Purdue community Thursday attempted to mark the event with a campus-wide moment of silence.

There were some solemn observances – but other areas appeared not to notice the anniversary at all.

Bell Tower Designated As Meeting Place

As the Purdue bell tower announced the arrival of the noon hour, a group of students and staff stood in the cold wind, looking up at the tower’s clock.

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3:45 p.m. UPDATE:

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington just called to say he's spoken to Andrew Boldt's family, but he declined to offer any specifics about the conversation. Boldt's family has been quiet since the sentencing -- they didn't talk to the media after Cody Cousins' trial was over and only gave Harrington a short statement to read to the media that afternoon. On his reaction to Cousins' suicide, Harrington says:

“I was thankful that this only involved him making a decision about his own life.”


Purdue News Service photo/Ray Cubberley

Cody Cousins, the man who pled guilty to murdering a Purdue student in January, is set to be sentenced in Tippecanoe County Court Friday.

Purdue officials have spent the time since the shooting beefing up the school’s security measures.

But some on campus say there’s more left to do before everyone knows how to respond to a similar situation in the future.

Purdue Student Government senators are moving forward with a committee focused on campus safety.

Its creation is in response to the deadly shooting and stabbing of a student last week.

PSG Vice President Meg Highley says while the new panel is in reaction to the incident, it is also necessary to try to prevent similar situations.

This committee is tasked with collecting student opinions through open forums.

Highley says the goal is to make everybody feel safe on campus and she is encouraging students to take part in the process.

Funeral today for slain Purdue student

Jan 28, 2014

The Purdue student killed in last week’s shooting and stabbing on campus will be laid to rest today.

The university is providing transportation for students who want to attend the funeral for 21-year-old Andrew Boldt.

Several charter buses will leave campus around 12:30pm today, to make the nearly four-hour trip up to Boldt’s hometown of West Bend, Wisconsin.

Visitation begins at 4:30 at St. Frances Cabrini Church, with the funeral to follow at seven o’clock.

Cousins' attorney has few details about the case

Jan 27, 2014

The attorney for the young man charged with the murder on the Purdue campus last week says he‘s waiting to hear back from the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor‘s Office on their latest findings in the case.

Robert Gevers II is representing 23-year-old Cody Cousins, who prosecutors and police say stabbed and shot 21-year-old Andrew Boldt during a class inside the Electrical Engineering Building last Tuesday.    

Gevers says it’s too early to even speculate about the case.

He says Cousins‘ family extends its condolences to the Boldt family.

West Lafayette police and Purdue officials are urging the public to be wary of fundraisers or merchants attempting to capitalize on this week’s deadly shooting on campus.

University officials say they have not authorized any formal fundraisers or merchandise that include the phrase “Boiler Strong.”

Purdue is asking that, out of respect for the family of Andrew Boldt, individuals and groups not pursue the purchase or promotion of these types of items at this time.

Funeral arrangements set for Andrew Boldt

Jan 24, 2014

Funeral arrangements have been made for Andrew Boldt.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6:30 Tuesday evening at St. Frances Cabrini Church in his hometown of West Bend, Wisconsin.

A funeral Mass is set for the same evening at seven o’clock.

The 21-year-old engineering student was killed Tuesday on Purdue’s campus.

Cody Cousins, also an engineering student, has been charged with murder.