Dead Week for Purdue students is the seven days leading up to final exams.  Sleep comes at a premium, bags under their eyes are the latest accessory, and energy drinks are consumed at Nascar speeds.

But, at the Latino Cultural Center, dead week also is a chance for students to gather one last time before the end of the semester.

On December 6th, about 40 students packed inside the LCC. The center provided free meals for them. 

As David Robledo says, it’s just one less thing students have to worry about as they get ready to take their biggest exams of the semester.

CHE proposes funding increase for state schools

Dec 17, 2012

The state Budget Committee is getting a recommendation to invest more money in Purdue and other Indiana colleges and universities.

The Commission for Higher Education wants the General Assembly to allocate an additional $255-million in the next budget for those schools.

Purdue acting President Tim Sands says that is important to keep tuition cost from rising and make up for previous cuts.

Purdue's ROTC graduates 20

Dec 17, 2012

The United States military is getting new officers from Purdue.

The university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps graduated 20 students, Monday, who took the oath of office to join their respective branches of the armed services.

Eight of the graduates are part of the Army program, seven are from the Navy, four from the Air Force, and there was one Marine graduate.

Major Paul Heslin is the Executive Officer for the university’s Army ROTC.

He says the graduates join a special group who has completed the program on the West Lafayette campus.

If you take a look around the food court at Purdue’s Memorial Union, there is no doubt you will see students’ fingers and thumbs aflutter with their eyes completely locked on their phone screens, tablets, and laptops. 

Social media’s role on campus continues to rise.  Students get election results from there, sports scores and news, and even the heads-up on the next great viral video.

But, sites such as Facebook and Twitter also shed light on some of the darker sides of campus.

Contracts in place for Daniels, Hazell

Dec 14, 2012

Purdue’s Board of Trustees is set to finalize contracts for the university’s next president and football coach.

The Compensation Committee agreed to pay Mitch Daniels $420,000 annually.

Trustees chairman Keith Krach says the contract is performance-based.

“We will decide all of those (benchmarks) by June," he said.  "From a directional standpoint it's along the lines student success, graduation rates, faculty excellence, philanthropic development those types of things.”

The Purdue Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on Mitch Daniels' contract this week. A committee will take up the deal Friday afternoon, while the full board is set to vote Saturday morning.

Purdue welcomes new coach, Hazell

Dec 5, 2012

When Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke first met Darrell Hazell, he was a little bit surprised at the man standing in front of him.

"I thought he was going to be taller," Burke joked.

So far in his career, there has been no task too tall for the new Boilermakers Head Football Coach.

Purdue is closing its construction inspection department in March. That means the elimination of 22 jobs. Instead, inspections will be the responsibility of the architects and engineers.

The university expects to save 10% to 15% – or about $75 million – over five years based on expected construction projects.

Other changes include aligning Purdue’s building specifications with current industry standards. Officials say that should lead to more competitive bids.

Those changes to Purdue's new construction specifications will include:

Purdue to play in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Dec 2, 2012

The Purdue football team is heading to Texas for its final game of the season.

The Boilermakers will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, January 1st.

Quarterback Robert Marve says the game is an opportunity for he and his fellow seniors to go out on a high note.

"Things got rough and the bad times were there for us this year and we haven't forgotten those times," said Marve.  "It's fun to win football games.  It's fine to go out and be IU by 21 points.  That was a fun time.  We want another experience like that.  That's what we are looking for."

Xavier tops Purdue 63-57

Dec 1, 2012

Purdue went six minutes in the second half against Xavier without scoring a point. That stretch allowed the Musketeers to turn a two point deficit into a six point lead and they were able to hold on for a 63-57 win in Mackey Arena.

"I think we had consistency as far as playing hard, in the first half.  We out rebounded them and things like that.  The ball just wasn't going in. It just came down to taking bad shots at bad times and that gave them points," said Terone Johnson.  "Not being disciplined is why we lost today."