An employee rights complaint by a former Valparaiso Menards clerk led this week to a labor victory for all 45,000 of the home improvement chain's workers across the Midwest.

The issue was over mandatory arbitration, which is legal -- companies can require employees settle complaints out of court, but they have to make sure employees know what rights they're giving up.

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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

Wisconsin runs through Purdue, 38-14

Oct 13, 2012

Wisconsin represented the Leaders Division in last year’s inaugural Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis.

Purdue believed it would have a chance to do the same this season, especially with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible, but knew an important step in doing so was beating the Badgers.

The Boilers had their chance, Saturday, at home inside Ross-Ade Stadium, but Wisconsin proved it is not ready to relinquish its title as the division’s best just yet.

There's a new explanation for why the citizens of Clintonville, Wis., have been hearing booms this week:


Two of the iconic symbols at Purdue University are a hard hat and hammer.  They represent the blue collar work of Boilermakers.

That type of lunch pail mentality has been represented by the school’s basketball team for years, but this season, there have been games when the Boilers only punch in for a half day.  Thursday was the most recent example.

“For the most part, from the time most of us have been here we’ve been pretty consistent,” said senior forward Robbie Hummel. 

Houser Lifts Boilers Past Badgers

Jan 6, 2012

The Purdue women’s basketball team remains perfect in conference play.

The Boilers beat Wisconsin 63-52 at Mackey Arena.

KK Houser scored 17-points and held the Badgers leading scorer Taylor Wurtz scoreless.

The win is the sixth in a row for Purdue which is now 13-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

The Boilers have a week off before traveling to Minnesota, Thursday, to face the Gophers.