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Purdue University

It’s a new year and Purdue’s president has a couple resolutions:

He’d like to expand the student body by several hundred students per class. Where they’ll all be taught figures into the second resolution: use space more efficiently.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we talk about the next chapter in the president’s push to streamline the university.

Also on the program, a brief talk about racism on campus, in the wake of protests late last year that went all the way to Daniels’ office seeking answers about how to improve behavior on campus.

Purdue Athletics

Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke took something of an unusual step this week, calling members of the press together to address the school’s football team.

As it turned out, it was a first step in a new program of advocacy the AD is planning – all leading up, possibly, to a push to spend tens of millions of dollars renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

On this week's Off The Field, we’ll ask about...well...the field. You might be surprised just how much a new scoreboard can cost.

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:

Lafayette Community Bank moving across the street

Aug 23, 2012

The southeast corner of South and 3rd streets in downtown Lafayette will be transformed over the next year. Lafayette Community Bank is planning a two story building there for its main branch.

The former auto repair shop and title company structures currently there will be torn down soon.

Bank President and CEO Brad Marley says the goal is to have a groundbreaking for the new building soon.

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