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									                        THE EXPONENT
                                                                                                  MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008

VOL. 122 - NO. 155                                                                                                      PURDUE’S INDEPENDENT DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER

Check out homecoming’s best costumes                       DEFENSE PLAYS WELL, BUT PURDUE OFFENSE CAN’T FIND ENDZONE IN LOSS.                                                             See SPORTS
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                                                                                                                      ELECTION 2008

   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
   ment of flashing lights standing out on the rela-                                                                     Sponsored by the Purdue Panhellenic Association in                   or call 765-743-1111 ext. 209.
   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                            showers        sunny
   “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
                                                                                                                                                            >> See TREAT, Page 5             Classifieds    7

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