MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008
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BREAKFAST CLUB NO LUCK FOR STRUGGLING BOILERS
Check out homecoming’s best costumes DEFENSE PLAYS WELL, BUT PURDUE OFFENSE CAN’T FIND ENDZONE IN LOSS. See SPORTS
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Despite the football team’s loss, school spirit soared this weekend
Your minute read for what is
Sheen Yen | Staff Photographer important to Purdue and the world.
Vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin made an
appearance Saturday evening in Fort Wayne, Ind. Daniels, Gary mayor discuss
Palin appeals to Gary airport’s future
GARY, Ind. – Gary Mayor Rudy Clay
and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are
Indiana ‘backbone’ discussing the possibility of privatiz-
ing the Gary/Chicago International
By Ty Jepson Airport – an idea Clay says “we defi-
Executive Reporter nitely have to look at.”
Daniels mentioned the talks
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took time to focus on tax between he and Clay following a
issues and described Indiana as a crucial state for the elec- Friday ribbon cutting for a new
tion at a campaign stop Saturday in Fort Wayne. Indiana National Guard flight center
Palin said the country is facing tough economic times at the Gary airport. He cited the $2.5
and there is a clear choice on Nov. 4 when it comes to taxes. billion Midway Airport privatization
“We will bring tax relief to every American and every deal that Chicago Mayor Richard M.
small business. Indiana, you are the backbone,” Palin said. Daley hopes to close by year’s end.
“We’ll let you keep what you earn.” “You see what Mayor Daley did
She took time for some comic relief, describing her pre- with Midway, which not only offers
Kevin Daly | Senior Photographer vious interview with Katie Couric as an interview that the possibility of better management
The Purdue All-American Marching Band performs at the Homecoming Parade on Friday night. didn’t go so well and said the questions were irrelevant to but brought a very substantial finan-
issues on the minds of voters. cial infusion to his city,” Daniels said.
the Homecoming pep rally at Slayter Hill. Both “She asked me, what was my favorite movie. I said
were surprised to hear their names announced. ‘Hoosiers’,” Palin said. U.S. considers implica-
“I hadn’t thought about winning at all,” Throughout the event, at the mention of Sens. Barack tions of nuclear decline
Mioton said. “I was in awe of the other girls. It Obama or Joe Biden, there came loud booing, including at least WASHINGTON –
was an utter shock. From what I’ve heard, my one audience member repeatedly shouting, “He’s a commie.” The mighty U.S.
face displayed my surprise.” The signs people were holding were varied, including arsenal of nuclear
Utley said, “We all wanted to be crowned, but “Nobama, Nope, LMAO,” and an acronym of Palin stand- weapons, midwived
(we) would have been extremely happy for any- ing for “Pitbulls against liberals in November,” and “Live, by World War II and
one. All of the candidates are incredible people.” from Fort Wayne, it’s Saturday night.” nurtured by the Cold
Mioton said the next step for the two of them Employees of the Allen County War Memorial War, is declining in
is to put their heads together and line up com- Coliseum estimated 13,000 people attended the rally. Chilton power and purpose
munity service events. At least one audience member said he isn’t a big supporter while the military’s
While she wouldn’t mind receiving advice from competence in handling the world’s
>> See PALIN, Page 5
last year’s winners – Tom Seto, a senior in the School most dangerous arms has eroded. At
of Pharmacy, and Amanda Fox, a May 2008 gradu- the same time, international efforts
ate – Mioton has already generated some fresh ideas. HALLOWEEN
to contain the spread of such
She is particularly interested in assisting with weapons look ineffective.
Kevin Daly | Senior Photographer Reading Extravaganza, a program sponsored by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, for
Homecoming king Sam Utley and queen Mortar Board to raise literacy awareness. In this one, wants the next president to think
Lauren Mioton were crowned Friday night at event, University students and faculty read chil- about what nuclear middle-age and
Slayter Hill. dren’s books to local elementary students and work decline means for national security.
together to create a fun learning environment. Gates joins a growing debate about
By Brittni Ballard Their goal, Utley said, is to build upon the the reliability and future credibility of
Staff Reporter philanthropy base Seto and Fox established. the American arsenal with his first
“I plan to work with many student organiza- extensive speech on nuclear arms
The newly elected 2008 homecoming royalty tions to increase the community service stu- Tuesday. The debate is attracting
have goals that extend beyond campus boundaries. dents do and to work on bettering the commu- increasing attention inside the
Sam Utley, a senior in the College of Science nity in which we live,” he said. Pentagon even as the military is pre-
and the Krannert School of Management, and Utley, too, would like to add a different per- occupied with fighting insurgencies in
Lauren Mioton, a senior in the College of spective by working with the Purdue Alumni Iraq and Afghanistan. The unconven-
Science, share the same focus as king and Association, or PAA. tional tools of war there include covert
queen: Community service. “The PAA is a very important organization commandos, but not nuclear weapons.
Utley and Mioton were crowned Friday during Sheen Yen | Staff Photographer Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander of
>> See ROYALTY, Page 5 Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority pass out candy U.S. Strategic Command, which is
to trick-or-treating kids Sunday afternoon. responsible for maintaining the
Treats come early
Band illuminates night parade for campus visitors
nation’s nuclear war plans, told
Congress last spring that technical
nuclear expertise also is lagging.
“The last nuclear design engineer to
By Ben Colbrese
Staff Reporter Source: Associated Press
By Mikel Livingston
An astronaut skipped down the street, peo- Assistant Campus Editor
ple flung candy for costumed children and the Do you have a news tip
All-American Marching Band lit up the dark Children disguised as superheroes and cultural icons for the Exponent?
as it marched toward Slayter Hill. blanketed Waldron Street Sunday afternoon for a chance You can e-mail the newsroom
Friday, the band was filled with an assort- to trick-or-treat on campus. at email@example.com
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tively quiet streets of Tower and Martin Jischke partnership with the Interfraternity Council and the
drives. Between the flash of firetruck lights, the Multicultural Greek Council, the event gave Lafayette
bright floats and the live band music, the parade
set the tone for a weekend to remember.
area families a chance to visit fraternity and sorority chap-
ter houses to trick-or-treat a week early.
Did You Know?
This event, along with other homecoming “This is probably the biggest participation we’ve had,” Your daily Purdue fact.
activities, was organized by the Homecoming said Michael Kraft, a senior in the College of Education
Committee of the Purdue Student Union and director of philanthropy for IFC. Kraft was dressed as In 1984, the year of the Los
Board. Sarah Pluckebaum, a sophomore in the a chicken, handing out maps to incoming families. “A lot Angeles summer Olympics, the
Kevin Daly | Senior Photographer
College of Consumer and Family Sciences and A float supporting the Purdue football team dis- of families showed up so it’s pretty packed.” famed Olympic torch went through
member of PSUB, helped direct traffic before plays its Purdue pride during the Homecoming The classic costumes such as witches and scarecrows Purdue’s campus.
and after the parade. Parade. were present and also a few unconventional ones such as
“Since this is such a big event, they’ve asked a sheriff and a young Purdue football player. Weather
for volunteers outside of the homecoming marked her family’s fifth year in attendance. “I saw this little girl with a horse around her waist Today Tuesday
committee within PSUB,” Pluckebaum said. “It’s great, it’s fun. We look forward to it. It’s where it looked like she was riding it,” Kraft said. “I’ve Snow Mostly
“I’m definitely very excited. I went last year kind of like a good kept secret,” Driggs said. “I seen a lot of Spider-Mans. I actually had a stormtrooper
and it was raining, and I still had fun in the really liked the band because they were all lit up.” try to shoot me.” 46/28 48/27
rain ...” Her nine-year-old son, Jackson Driggs, was The families moved up and down Waldron and the sur- Index
Despite chilly weather, families and students quick to agree, but thought there was at least rounding areas, taking candy from fraternity and sorority
crowded sidewalks to watch the festivities. Jack one improvement to be made. members who had donned their own costumes. Express 3 Comics 8
Driggs, a local mother of three, said this year “It needs more candy,” Jackson said. Opinions 6 Sports 14
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