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Thomas Keon To Lead New Purdue University Northwest

Nov 20, 2015
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Thomas Keon will become Chancellor of the new Purdue University Northwest system when it comes into existence next year.                                                                           

                                                        

Effective July 1, Keon will lead the unified campuses of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. 

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Purdue police have erased the search for a missing 12-foot pencil from their to-do list and are crediting the media’s sharp focus for the sculpture’s return.

The 200-pound pencil sculpture was reported missing earlier this week from its pedestal in Pickett Park.

The Purdue University Police Department reports the pencil, undamaged despite its ordeal, was found discarded in the grass next to the Slayter Center for the Performing Arts on the university’s north side Thursday morning.

Giant Purdue Pencil Still At Large

Nov 18, 2015
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In a crime that’s one part Maltese Falcon and one part School House Rock, Purdue University authorities are looking for a 12-foot pencil reported missing earlier this week.

The sculpture had only been at its new home in Purdue’s Pickett Park for a few months before it was pencil-napped by vandals. Purdue Police say since the pencil was in a somewhat secluded area, there isn’t any video evidence of the heist.

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10:00 p.m. Friday update:

Responding to WBAA's story about the Trustees' decision regarding the role of mentorship in the Purdue tenure process, Academic Affairs Committee Chair JoAnn Brouillette issued the following statement:

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It will take more than engineers to put men on Mars.

That was NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s response to Purdue’s “Systems Collaboratory” program during a recent trip to campus. The initiative is designed to broaden the scope of student understanding in areas other than their major.

For example, an engineer or agriculture student taking communication or political science classes to add what Purdue Provost Deba Dutta calls a “human element.”

Dutta says today’s industries want this type of educational diversity.

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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.

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Purdue University's Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center is set to open in the next couple of months.

Students have been asking the administration for such a facility for several years.

Interim director Victoria Loong hopes the center will support Asian-American and Asian students and provide opportunities for education and awareness for the entire campus community.

The facility is actually a large room in Stewart Center— only big enough for a few desks and a small seating area.

But interim director Victoria Loong says it’s a start.

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A national watchdog group is calling on the USDA to fine Purdue for the deaths of 10 animal research subjects.

According to officials with Stop Animal Exploitation Now, the university was negligent in the deaths of eight chinchillas in November 2013 and two calves in January of 2014.

The group’s executive director, Michael Budkie, says the information was obtained from reports the university submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

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Getting teenagers to practice their musical instruments can be a struggle. But a new app being developed at Purdue is attempting to change that, by turning practicing into a game.

It takes a lot of practice to play music at the level of the West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.

“It’s like a love hate relationship that I have with practicing," says senior Ryan Kim, who plays clarinet for the wind ensemble. He has also been playing classical piano since he was 5 years old, and now “dabbles” in the saxophone as well.

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New research from Purdue suggests if you want to make a positive impression on a potential love interest, serving them sweet tasting food and beverages might give you an advantage.

Lead researcher Dongning Ren says three recent studies establish a potential link between sweets and romantic feelings.

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