Boiler Gold Rush

For months, Purdue faculty have sparred with President Mitch Daniels about his desire to make passing a civics test a graduation requirement – even if both sides broadly agree students don’t know enough about government.

Next week, incoming freshmen will set the baseline for what Purdue students know by taking a voluntary questionnaire as part of Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue’s orientation program. WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Purdue Senate Chair Cheryl Cooky to find out about the test – which was still being written with less than a week before students arrive, and which she’s hesitant to call a “test.”

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UPDATE (3:20 p.m., August 21):

Public relations representatives for comedian Andy Gross have begun circulating an apology for the performer's act during Purdue's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation.

Rebecca Kaufman, a lawyer with Beverly Hills, California firm Glassman Media Group, says Gross is not consenting to taped interviews, but sent a statement which reads, in part:

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WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue acting President Tim Sands about his role through mid-January until Governor Mitch Daniels becomes university president, Boiler Gold Rush activities, and new faculty.