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What’s Inside:
The Hoosier Election Takes It to the House
by Chase Slaughter The idea that Indiana is a “Battleground State” is a common thought to most people. That phrase, “Battleground State,” is becoming uncomfortably valid as the election draws near. In the general run of things, Indiana is often seen as a pure Republican strong-hold. This is certainly not the case this year. All of the MidEastern States have become battlegrounds: Pennsylvania, Ohio, and yes, Indiana. These are the areas where the Republican and Democratic National Committees, Labor Unions, Abortion Groups, and everyone else are sending their armies out in full force. Of Indiana’s mere nine congressional seats, three of them have been considered major battles for the past two years by Republicans and Democrats alike. Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, no matter who you talk to, is ranked in the top 10 most competitive districts, often at number two. This seat has been battled for time and time again with some very close results. In 2002, Republican Mike Sodrel narrowly lost to Democratic Congressman Baron Hill. In 2004, Sodrel defeated Hill by a very slim margin and now it’s a re-match between the two again this year. Both sides will spend millions of dollars in this race because it could very well be the one seat in the nation to determine control in the United States House of Representatives. District No. 9 is the most politically watched district in the state, but there are others as well. Indiana’s 8th District isn’t very different. This seat is often in the top ten most competitive districts and many analysts claim it to be number eight this year. Congressman John Hostettler, long known as an extremely conservative Republican, is facing Democratic opponent Brad Ellsworth, currently the Vanderburgh County Sheriff. The 8th District is constantly referred to as “The Bloody Eighth” because of the fierce battle between both parties. Also joining the battleground is Indiana’s 2nd District. It has been nothing but hot water for many years but second-term

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Sports writers Nick and Collin rank the Top 5 Most Overrated Teams in Follege Football. ....Page 12 Don’t know who to vote for? Check out our candidate centerfold. ....Pages 6-7 Jagshemash! Follow Borat on his controversial journey to the United States. ....Page 10 Find out which Purdue Professor is not voting for David Sanders and why. ....Page 5 See what The New York Times got wrong this time. ....Page 4 Learn how to become a leader with tips from Dr. Robert H. Foglesworth. ....Page 8 Need to catch up on current events? See the news you may have missed with Colorful Headlines of Fall 2006. ....Page 9 Also: Campus Diversions for that Boring Class. Sudoku, Conceptus Kakuro, Comics, and more. ....Page 11
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ELECTION DAY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

6 AM UNTIL 6 PM Find your polling place at www.indianavoters.com Purdue students living on campus should go to Purdue Memorial Union Room 118 to vote

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The Search for the Next Purdue President:
For Your Consideration, Dog the Bounty Hunter
by Rachel Semmel In choosing university presidents, I do not claim to be an expert, nor do I pretend to know what it takes to fill the role. As many of you know, Martin C. Jischke announced this past summer he will be retiring his position as president in hopes of bringing change that will greatly benefit the institution known as Purdue University. He has done a great job with this university, but nonetheless, the time has come to carefully select who is subject to fill Jischke’s shoes. Even though our opinions as students probably won’t be considered in choosing a new president, as one student who contributes my fair share of tuition to the effort, I’m going to go ahead and give my recommendations anyway. Though this task of finding an individual to be the face of Purdue may seem daunting at first, I feel I have found the perfect candidate. Not only will he be a good transition from President Jischke and provide exactly what Purdue’s strategic plan needs, but he is also a lifelong hero of mine: Dog the Bounty Hunter. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is, let me provide a quick synopsis. Chapman is a real-life bounty hunter who seeks notorious criminals and brings them to justice in the U.S. with his wife and son along for the ride. Since 2004, The Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) has put him in the public spotlight with his own reality TV show, bringing viewers an up close and personal look at what bounty hunting is all about. Before you start thinking it is incredulous that a celebrity like Dog the Bounty Hunter is a viable candidate for this job, please consider three reasons for why he is so. One fundamental ability a university president needs to demonstrate is being able to provide safety for students and faculty. Crime on campus has been a concern and was especially brought to the forefront this last year. It is always a priority of a president to protect his or her students and make the campus a safe place. With Dog, this would be the top priority. Campus rapes, drug possession, domestic violence? Not a problem with Dog in charge. Can you imagine prying around campus late at night looking for trouble only to run into Dog in a dark alley behind Heavilon? No way. Crime on campus would not be an issue. The next inherent trait is being able to handle global issues with extreme skill. With Purdue having some of the highest numbers of international students in the nation, it is good to get a president who is socialized in globalization and open to other cultures. The Bounty Hunter not only works with minorities and internationals during the day when he’s on the job, but recently came to face-to-face with the legal conventions of Mexico. Dog was arrested for bounty hunting a rapist (which happens to be illegal in Mexico) and had to come to terms with the country’s government. Fortunately, he was able to negotiate an understanding with Mexican officials. This “quality time” in Mexico most likely caused him to broaden his horizons and learn how to communicate with other cultures. Dog the Bounty Hunter would be a great ambassador to and for our international friends on campus. The fian quality is preeminence. This seems to be a buzz word among strategic plans and goals of Purdue University, and I can think of no one better to bring us there than Dog the Bounty Hunter. He has the charisma, character, experience, and a sense of justice it will require to lead us

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Welcome From the Purdue Review
Dear Reader, College is always an exciting time and recently stress has been hitting the top of the scales. Even though fall break has come, it has also gone. In the past few weeks, we all have had our share of being trampled on by job fairs, interviews, midterm exams, and not to mention a brief snow flurry. But now, it is time to take a break from all this commotion and celebrate. Just recently, many of you celebrated Halloween in a lot of ways. People found it fun to get dressed up as your favorite pirate or French maid (girls are still well aware of Halloween immunity). Others shared in the “spirits” of the evening, risking not making it to that 7:30 class the next day. Some of us kept the boob tube on American Movie Classics wondering what in God’s green earth is Busta Rhymes doing in a Halloween movie. And some of the less socially tuned people spent all night in the pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin (hey, I’m not afraid to admit it). Now, it is time to celebrate something else. Democracy. There are many ways you can celebrate Halloween, but there is only one way you can celebrate Election Day. Vote. It was exciting to see, two years ago, the turnout of voters was the highest it’s been in nearly 30 years for a presidential election. I hope and expect to see similar results for this year’s midterm elections. Whether you like it or not, politics plays a big role in your life. From national issues, like who is going to have control in the senate, social security, the War in Iraq, the vote for gay marriage, to state issues like the Major Moves plan and even issues here at Purdue such as diversity and school funding; all of these affect our future and it is up to you, the public, to determine what the future has in store. It is your choice and your choice alone. The staff and I here at The Purdue Review wish to bring to you some of our thoughts and opinions for you to think about as you head to the polls next Tuesday. Please take time to notice our special Election Centerfold in this issue to see what ou State candidates are up to. We hope to have in the past enlightened as well as entertained you about some of the arguments going on in our home and nation. If there is something we can do next time to help you as you make these all important decisions, we encourage you to write back and tell us about it. In closing, don’t miss out on your chance to exercise your RESPONSIBILITY to vote. After all, the rigth to a vote is one of the very freedoms for which so many dutiful soldiers have sacrificed their lives. So let us honor that sacrifice. See you at the polls! Your fellow citizen, Jeff Schultz

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Hoosier Election...
FROM PAGE 1
Republican Congressman Chris Chocola has already survived two terms and is growing skeptical for a third term in the political battle of his life. He is facing his 2004 opponent, Joe Donnely. The largest city in the district is the fiercely Democratic city ofSouth Bend, and Chocola has been down in the polls lately. In recent weeks, political newcomer Eric Dickerson has shown himself to be a worthy opponent against Indiana’s 7th District Democratic Congresswoman, Julia Carson. This district encompasses most of Indianapolis and only Indianapolis. Carson, who often attempts to rally the AfricanAmerican vote, appears to have a difficult time doing this when her opponent is African-American himself. The future now lies in the faith of Indiana voters and for Districts 2, 8, and 9, the votes will matter more than ever. The Republican Party will have to shake a few more hands if they are to keep their power by next Tuesday. The whole nation will have their eyes set on Indiana to see where control of Congress will go. Contact Chase at chslaugh@purdue.edu.

Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, I read your April 2006 issue with interest. In your “Welcome From the Purdue Review” column, you referenced a publication from “a few years back” called The Independent, as “somewhat of an inspiration” for your newspaper. Many of us who worked on those monthly magazines would be encouraged. Like you, we had inspiration from some papers we found in the “stacks” of the Stewart Center library, these were Independants from 1930-1949. Some of these are still in library archives, as well as many issues from the second season of the paper, which ran from about 1977 until late 1985. At that time, we were a publication sponsored by the Off-Campus Student Association with a free circulation of 10,000. We held fund raisers (parties) and sold ads to cover our costs. This was before the era of computers so to print the paper we rented the Exponent typesetter-production began when their staff left at 5 p.m. and had to be complete before they returned at 5 or 6 a.m. These were some grueling all-nighters and some of my favorite memories from college! In late 1985, the decision was made to fund production by charging ten cents a paper. The rest is history...until now. Congratulations to you for publishing three issues and good luck in continuing the tradition! Tena (Crudden) Woenker Editor, The Independent 1984-early 1985

In the 2006 mid-term election, 33 Senate seats will be decided by the voters of their respective states. The map above shows the current political affiliation of each of the 33 States where a Senate race is underway. 17 seats are held by Democrat incumbents, 15 by Republicans, and 1 by Independent Jim Jeffords of Vermont. Democrats must gain a minimum of seven seats to gain a majority in the Senate.

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Boomer Terror
by James Taranto The American Spectator © October 2006 IN AUGUST ANNA DIGGS TAYLOR held that Americans have a constitutional right to communicate with enemy agents during wartime and ordered the Bush administration to end its terrorist surveillance program. The country’s two most prominent liberal editorial pages disagreed sharply on the merits of her ruling. The Washington Post described it as “neither careful nor scholarly, and… hard-hitting only in the sense that a bludgeon is hardhitting.” But the New York Times praised Taylor’s “careful, thoroughly grounded opinion” that “reasserted the rule of law over a lawless administration.” The next day, the Times reported that the Post was right and the Times was wrong. “Even legal experts who agreed with a federal judge’s conclusion on Thursday that a National Security Agency surveillance program is unlawful were distancing themselves from the decision’s reasoning and rhetoric yesterday,” began the story by reporter Adam Liptak. “They said the opinion overlooked important precedents, failed to engage the government’s major arguments, used circular reasoning, substituted passion for analysis and did not even offer the best reasons for its own conclusions. Discomfort with the quality of the decision is almost universal.” This wasn’t the first time this summer that the Times editorial page seemed to be living in an alternate universe. The day after Ned Lamont beat Sen. Joe Lieberman in Connecticut’s Democratic primary, the Times editorialize d that “the rebellion against Mr. Lieberman was actually an uprising by that rare phenomenon, irate moderates.” Most observers regarded Lieberman as the moderate and Lamont as the liberal— and so did the Times’s news pages. A few days after the election, Times reporters Nicholas Confessore and Avi Salzman interviewed “nearly three dozen Lieberman supporters” and found that most planned to stand by their man, who was running as an independent in November. “Only a handful of those Lieberman supporters interviewed said they would switch to Mr. Lamont, signaling the difficulties he may have attracting Connecticut’s moderate voters in a general election.” The week after the primary, Confessore and Patrick Healy wrote: “As the newly proclaimed Democratic nominee, Mr. Lamont is moving to adopt a general election strategy that attracts more moderate voters, who are crucial to victory in Connecticut elections.” A term like “moderate” is something of a political inkblot, and the Times’s characterizing Lamont this way tells us more about the Times—which enthusiastically endorsed Lamont over Lieberman—than it does about Lamont. One of the most insightful descriptions of Lamont supporters’ mentality also came from the Times— this time from an article by Matt Bai that appeared in the paper’s Sunday magazine. Bai wrote that Lamont owed his victory less to the “young, online activists” who took most of the credit than to “exasperated and ideologically disappointed baby boomers ”: These are the liberals who quietly seethed as Bill Clinton worked with Republicans to reform welfare and pass free-trade agreements. After the “stolen” election of 2000 and the subsequent loss of House and Senate seats in 2004, these Democrats felt duped. If triangulation wasn’t a winning strategy, they asked, why were they ever asked to tolerate it in the first place? The Web gave them a place to share their frustrations, and Howard Dean gave them an icon. Iraq has energized these older lapsed liberals; for a generation that got into politics marching against Vietnam, an antiwar movement is comfortable space. But it was the yearning for a more confrontational brand of opposition on all fronts, for something resembling the black-andwhite moral choices of the 1960’s, that more broadly animated Lamont’s insurgency. Call them Pinch Sulzberger Democrats, after the Times’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who described his worldview in a revealing commencement address in May at the State University of New York’s New Paltz campus: When I graduated from college in 1974, my fellow students and I had just ended the war in Vietnam and ousted President Nixon. OK, that’s not quite true. Yes, the war did end and yes, Nixon did resign in disgrace—but maybe there were larger forces at play. Either way, we entered the real world committed to making it a better, safer, cleaner, more equal place. We were determined not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. We had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government. Our children, we vowed, would never know that. So, well, sorry. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. AMERICA’S MISADVENTURE in Vietnam and the abuse of power in Watergate were tragedies for the country, but to liberal baby boomers, the outcomes— America’s defeat, a president’s downfall—were moral triumphs. Sulzberger’s “apology” for having failed “not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors” is less an honest statement of regret than a show of moral vanity—an indictment of the world for failing to live up to Sulzberger’s high standards. But while youthful idealism and impatience are well and good, there is something sad about a man in his mid-50s reproaching the world for not being free of war and corruption. Furthermore, at a time when America faces a vicious enemy, a politics based on dreams of a perfect world—and on reproaching one’s own country for its real or imagined imperfections—is a dangerous form of escapism. This point was never clearer than two days after Lamont’s victory over Lieberman, when the British announced that they had thwarted a terror plot that might have involved even more murders than 9/11. To those who generally support the administration’s approach to terrorism, it was a reminder that feckless policies—such as the fetishization of civil liberties at the expense of intelligence-gathering abilities, or cutting and running from a difficult battle—have potentially dire consequences. The Times went on the defensive: Within the Democratic ranks, the vice president added, “there’s a significant body of opinion that wants to go back—I guess the way I would describe it is sort of the pre-9/11 mind-set, in terms of how we deal with the world we live in.” The man who beat Mr. Lieberman, Ned Lamont, lives in Greenwich, a suburb full of commuters who work in New York high-rise buildings. They are completely aware of the way international terrorism can come crashing down on an ordinary family, leaving the survivors stunned and bereft. A dozen of their neighbors died at the World Trade Center. They will never be able to go back to a “pre-9/11 mindset.” But the Times remains in a pre-1974 mindset, ever vigilant for Vietnam-style quagmires and Watergate-like abuses of power. As to how to confront the dangers of today, the paper offers nothing but banalities: Here is what we want to do in the wake of the arrests in Britain. We want to understand as much as possible about what terrorists were planning. To talk about airport security and how to make it better. To find out what worked in the British investigation and discuss how to push these efforts farther. “This is a mysterious universe,” the Times opined in yet another August editorial, “and the more we know about it the more mysterious it seems.” The subject of that editorial was the latest discovery in astrophysics, but it’s a nice encapsulation of the worldview of liberal baby boomers trying to make sense of an age of terror. James Taranto is editor of OpinionJournal.com, the website of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page.

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THE MURKY LIAISONS OF A LOCAL CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS
Submitted by Prof. David Bridges It is my belief that the people have a right to know the political connections of local candidates in the upcoming elections. One candidate whose connections deserve scrutiny is David Sanders, an associate professor at Purdue University. His campaign manager is listed as Sheila Rosenthal. She is also the driving force behind a number of radical left-wing organizations. They include the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (LAPC), Progressive Alliance of Greater Lafayette (PAGL), the Lafayette Committee for Israeli/Palestinian Peace and Justice (an anti-Israel and pro-Arab group) and the Indiana Peace and Justice Network (IPJN). The latter is a kind of umbrella organization for Indiana that includes not only LAPC but also Progressive Indiana, an organization endorsed in writing by Sanders. One may well ask whether there is really cause to worry. Unfortunately, there is. In many cases, the contemporary peace movements are dominated by the Communists who once toadied to Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s People’s Republic of China. Before my critics start having hissy fits and screaming McCarthyism, let them ponder the following facts. LAPC, Indiana Alliance for Peace and Justice, Indiana Peace Action Coalition, Indiana Peace and Justice Network, and the Lafayette Committee for Israeli/Palestinian Peace and Justice are all formal members of United for Peace and Justice (UPJ). UPJ has an interesting history. Its origins can be traced back to 1991, when Angela Davis (of Black Panther infamy) and others broke away from the Communist Party USA to found the Committees of Correspondence (CC), which morphed into the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) in 2000. A prominent co-founder of CC and CCDS was Leslie Cagan, an active lesbian-feminist, member of the communist left since the 1960’s, a strong supporter of Fidel Castro and a member of the Venceremos Brigades. In 2002, while retaining her position as co-chair of CCDS, she proceeded to found UPJ. Although UPJ claims to be a non-partisan organization, its three most influential officers are Judith LeBlanc (vice chair of the Communist Party USA), Leslie Cagan (co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism) and Jessica Marshall (Young Communist League). Member groups include the Young Communist League - USA, Communist Party of Central Indiana, Communist Party USA and its regional affiliates, CodePink, Young Koreans United (a pro-North Korea group), Islamic Circle of North America, the Socialist Party USA and a number of international communist and socialist groups. The underlying ideology of UPJ can be summarized simply as “America is always the problem, and is the root of all evil in bulldozers to Israel. With Purdue’s Committee on Peace studies, LAPC has sponsored a series of videos that included one by Lynne Stewart (“I don’t believe in anarchistic violence but directed violence”), who was indicted by the Justice Department for aiding and abetting the terrorist responsible for the bombing of the World trade Center in 1993 and who also planned to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. LAPC member and grassroots supporter of Sanders Kris Hoggatt wrote in the Journal and Courier “it is precisely the (mostly test marches and which he still displays. LAPC member and Purdue Professor Harry Targ is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (see above for the history of this Communist Party spin-off ). Targ’s views are standard Communist dogma. He holds pretty much to the Marx/Engels line that sees society as a struggle between the oppressors and the oppressed (bourgeoisie and proletariat) for the ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange. Targ runs the Committee on Peace Studies that directs the Peace Studies program at Purdue. It has been said that the program is designed to indoctrinate unsuspecting undergraduates in the views that have made Targ such a dedicated communist. This brings us back to David Sanders. To what extent does he share the views of his campaign manager, his committee, his close supporters and all the radical leftist groups with which they are connected? Does he believe that it is Americans who are the terrorists? Does he believe that we brought 9/11 upon ourselves? Does he support Lynne Stewart and her client? What are his views on illegal immigrants and the status of the US-Mexican border? What does he have to say about “global justice”? Is he sympathetic to the ideology of the anti-Israel, pro-Arab groups? Does he buy his gasoline at Citgo and admire Chavez? Does he have any views on Cuba, North Korea, and Iran? And what will he do with all this baggage if he gets elected? It is time for him to step up to the plate and explain himself. Contact David Bridges at dbridges@bilbo.bio.purdue.edu.

“Before my critics start having hissy fits and screaming McCarthyism, let them ponder the following facts...” “To what extent does [Dave Sanders] share the views of his campaign manager, his committee, his close supporters and all the radical leftist groups with which they are connected?”
the world”. This deeply-held belief motivates UPJ and its member groups in all their activities, which involve pressing for troop withdrawal from Iraq, counter-military recruitment, “global justice”, nuclear disarmament, withdrawal of Israel from Palestine, immigrant rights and open borders. Our local peace activists may argue that although LAPC is a member of UPJ, it does not necessarily subscribe to its policies. O.K., so let’s take a closer look at LAPC. For starters, their web site carries a Citgo logo (courtesy of Chavez?) and the statement “Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations”. LAPC has organized rallies against campus military recruitment and Caterpillar, accusing the company of human rights violations in connection with their sale of covert) foreign policy of the U.S. government during the last 40 years that led to 9/11.” She was also author of a pro-Cuba, pro-Venezuela rant to Senator Lugar, posted on the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Web site. LAPC member and Purdue Professor Frank Rosenthal supports mobilizing resources to ban military recruiters from schools and participating in the anti-globalism movement, specifically in opposition to transnational corporate power. Purdue professor Patricia Henley, together with LAPC, launched a petition campaign demanding that Congress support legislation to create a bipartisan Truth Commission to study the role the United States has played in terrorist activities since World War II. LAPC member, self-professed Trotskyite and retired Purdue professor Mark Levinthal speaks proudly of the Vietcong flag that he carried in his Vietnam War pro-

Student Critique on National Issues:
A Realistic Way to Fix Our Health Care System
by Chad Kaschube America has a problem. Not everyone can get health insurance. I have a plan that takes a common sense approach to health coverage in America. Our nation can solve this problem without having to create an inefficient government program. In order to best understand my plan, one must understand my perspective as a college student, why government run universal health care cannot work, and my plan to fix America’s health insurance system. First of all, one must view this problem through my perspective in order to best understand my thinking. I am a 21year-old college student working towards an undergraduate degree in engineering. I also have a chronic medical condition called Crohn’s disease that requires a bimonthly IV treatment. This treatment can cost in upwards of $7,000 per infusion. This boils down $42,000 a year! Right now insurance covers it. However, I will no longer be eligible for my parents’ medical insurance once I reach the age of 23. I will not graduate until I am 24. There is a program called COBRA that allows me to extend that coverage, but I can only utilize this program for two years. This means that I would have a lapse in coverage if I were to pursue a more advanced degree. I cannot afford a $40,000 education and $42,000 in medical bills, so a graduate degree is completely out of the question for me. My problems would not stop at the end of that lapse in coverage. Assuming I can somehow come up with the money to pay for my treatment throughout a graduate degree program, after six months off of insurance, my Crohn’s disease will be a pre-existing condition. This means that even when I graduate and get insured, I will have to wait another year for my new insurance to even begin to cover any medical expenses related to the disease. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are always talking up a universal health care program. That sounds so perfect. Under their plan, everyone would have free medical insurance. No one would have to pay for any prescriptions, hospital visits, or surgeries. This sounds great to the casual observer; however, upon further examination, it is far less beneficial than it sounds. First of all, taxes would have to be raised astronomically to fund such a program. This would place even more burden on domestic businesses where it is already difficult to compete in a global economy with current taxes and regulations. It would be even more difficult to compete because more taxes would further increase costs for product development and production. More importantly, a universal health care system would disrupt the most powerful medical system in the world. Right now, hospitals are competing to provide the most advanced treatments to draw customers. If a socialized health care system is put in place, competition would be replaced with government regulations. This would greatly hinder future advances in medicine. Most importantly,

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state elect
State Representative - District 26

Joe Micon (D)
• • • • • Education is his top priority Opposed to flat lining the budget Opposed to Major Moves Opposed to the Marriage Amendment because he believes it duplicates state law Believes Purdue is the key to economic development

Representative Micon received his bachelors degree from Purdue University in Applied Sociology and a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University. He worked as executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministries for 14 years and now serves part-time as its Director of Development. His wife is a therapist at Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological services. He is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. His favorite hobby is coaching Little League baseball.

State Representative - District 27

Sheila Klinker (D)
• • • • • Opposes the Marriage Amendment because it prohibits domestic partner benefits Opposed the Major Moves program Supports increased use of Riverboats and Hometown matters Opposed flat lining the most recent budget Sees herself as an effective bi-partisan legislator, earning the trust of Republicans

Representative Klinker has significant ties to Purdue. Currently employed in the College of Education when she is not at the Statehouse, Klinker is a faculty fellow at Earhart Hall and a mentor for the Purduettes. She has a long history with the Purdue Musical Organization. A singer when she attended Purdue, her three children all attended Purdue and sang with the Glee Club or the Purduettes.

State Senate - District 22

Dave Vorbeck (D)
• • • • • Supports all day kindergarten Advocates serving the public above all Supports better enforcement of existing state and federal immigration laws Opposes Major Moves Opposes Daylight Savings time

Mr. Vorbeck was born and raised in Tippacanoe County and has been a citizen here for 32 years. He currently lives in rural West Lafayette with his family. Mr. Vorbeck takes tremendous pride in being a successful small business owner. Currently, he is managing Director of Bison Financial here in Lafayette. Vorbeck was named the 2004 Small Business Person of the Year by the Lafayette-West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. As a State Senator, Vorbeck would work to create a healthy atmosphere for business growth, economic development, and job security for every Hoosier.

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tions - 2006
State Representative - District 26

Connie Basham (R)
• • • • • Educational reform as a top priority Supports a balanced budget as a means for full school funding Supports the Marriage Amendment because it will put the issue to the voters Supports the Major Moves initiative Supports Governor Daniels’ economic policies

Mrs. Basham has been a lifelong Lafayette resident. She and her husband started their own apartment business in 1980. Through its success they have sponsored five scholarships to Purdue students and two to Ivy Tech students. Her government experience includes serving on the Tippecanoe County Council for 8 years. She sees her business experience as being key to helping her understand how to run State government efficiently.

State Representative - District 27

Jack Rhoda (R)
• • • • • Economic development and illegal immigration are his two key issues Supports Major Moves Supports the Marriage Amendment Supports Governor Daniels’ economic policies Supports making higher education a top priority

Mr. Rhoda is a lifelong Lafayette resident, who graduated from Southwestern High School and received a BS degree from Purdue. As a teacher for 39 years, 34 of those years spent in the Lafayette School Corporation, Mr. Rhoda is deeply concerned about maintaining the quality of public schools. His government experience includes 11 years of service on the Lafayette City Council, and 8 years on the Area Plan Commission as well as President of the Wildcat Creek Watershed Alliance. He is a deacon at the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Lafayette. State Senate - District 22

Ron Alting (R)
• • • • • Education has been his top priority through career Supports all day kindergarten Supports additional funding for Purdue and Ivy Tech Looking for ways to lower property taxes Had a 100% voting record during the 2006 legislative session

Sen. Alting has lived in the Lafayette community for 50 years, except for 6 years when he lived in New Orleans. He is a graduate from Lafayette Jefferson High School and Purdue University. He is also recognized as a Major in the Indiana Guard Reserve. Alting is greatly involved in community organizations like the Bright National Bank Board of Directors, First Free Methodist Church Board of Directors, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels, Sons of American Legion, Post 11 Board of Directors, and the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. He has served as State Senator since 1998.

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Foglesong on Leadership
by Jeff Crites What’s better than “learning by doing?” To learn from those who have done it. And since more speakers are coming to Purdue University, students are starting to get more opportunities to do just that. On Tuesday, October 3, the Purdue Association of Leaders (PAL) hosted an evening with speaker Dr. Robert H. Foglesong to talk about Leadership. The room was packed for this exciting testimony of career leadership. Dr. Foglesong, President and Executive Director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders. He was nominated by the President, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and served as a four star general in the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 33 years, Foglesong has worked in public service with a sharp sense of how leadership plays a role in establishing character integrity, encouraging service above self, and fostering an attitude of excellence. He is currently the president of Mississippi State University. “Leadership is the most fundamental aspect in an organization,” Dr. Foglesong said. One day you might be, “the person setting at the head of the table taking a group of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” The speaker said it’s important to understand what motivates people. Leaders, in order to be successful, need to be big on understanding the human factor in motivation. Dr. Foglesong believes that you need a pre-game strategy when managing: Understand the mission – know it when you go through the door; Vision – have one and express it frequently. What leadership tactics should you use? Dr. Foglesong recommends: Communication, communication, communication; Rumor control; Character; Integrity; Service before Self; Reaching for Excellence; Passion in the business; Genuine compassion; Courage As any good leader knows, if you, “make courageous decisions every day, it makes it easier to make the big ones later,” said Foglesong. He recommends a “straight talk” meeting every month where everyone can stand up for and say what they believe. But, he also says you should be prepared to lose your job when you do. People need to believe what you are saying. What else would a good leader do? According to Dr. Foglesong a good leader will: Worry about yourself and take a down day – health and family are important; Hire the most extraordinary people you can find; Have people around you who know your leadership style – this helps to get the word out; Match good junior leaders with senior leaders; Show loyalty. When it comes to employees, Dr. Foglesong has found that: 15% will be selfachievers, ethical, do it themselves and be off your radar; 80% will need to be motivated and will do a good job; 5% just don’t get it and you should let them go. Lastly, for the long term benefit of the organization every leader should have an exit strategy. Dr. Foglesong recommends; Always set up the next guy for success; Remember the people who helped you; Accomplish goal overall assessment. With the information from Dr. Foglesong’s visit, anybody would be well on their way to becoming a better leader. If you’re interested in these topics, take an Organizational Leadership and Supervision or Management class. Better yet, take a few of these classes. Getting a minor will vastly improve your chances of being a great leader. As a student of Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship, I would recommend the following: OLS 284 Leadership Principles – Prof. Roland Guay; OLS 388 Leadership Through Teams – Prof. Louis Hill; OLS 440 Leading With Integrity; OLS 456 Leadership In a Global Environment; MGMT 306 Management Science; MGMT 390 International Business; MGMT 390F Leadership and Ethics; ENTR 200 Entrepreneurship I – Prof. Hank Feeser

For biographical information about Dr. Robert H. Foglesong: http://www.msstate. edu/president/foglesong_bio.php.

Contact Jeff at crites@purdue.edu

Ronald Reagan on: Leadership

Monthly Featuring of a Purdue Student Group : The Purdue Association of Leaders
by Mike Primus Normally referred to as ‘PAL’, the Purdue Association of Leaders is a student organization set up to develop leadership skills for its members. Although PAL is considered solely a student organization for Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) majors, any student wanting to gain leadership experience is welcome. PAL is broken down into five committees: professional, social, fund-raising, marketing, and community service. Each committee focuses on their respective aspects of major projects, such as bringing in Dr. Robert Foglesong, as well as smaller sideprojects of their own. A few of the past events PAL has hosted or participated in include Purdue’s Relay for Life, Boo at the Zoo, resume building workshops, interview workshops, bowling at the Union, and several plant trips to local manufacturing facilities. One of the most popular events PAL puts on each semester is the dinner etiquette presentation by Anthony Cawdron, the events coordinator for President Jischke. Anthony teaches an etiquette course in the School of Consumer and Family Sciences. His presentation takes place over a multiple course meal and covers everything from proper dining etiquette during job interviews to hosting events. PAL members know he or she will someday be eating in front of people who are judging them. The material and side-tips Cawdron shares can never hurt a job-seeking student. PAL’s overall goal is to turn good students into great leaders. However, joining the club is not enough to become a great leader. The executive board provides the members with the opportunity to create their own events or to step up and take over an existing event. The members can only get out what they put in towards developing their leadership skills. One important aspect of leadership involves teamwork, which is where the committees fall in. Most events cannot be coordinated by one person, so they must learn to work with others and delegate assignments. For more information about the Purdue Association of Leaders, contact the current president, Nick Keller at nk2985@ yahoo.com or check out their web site at www2.tech.purdue.edu/ols/students/pal Mike Primus mprimus@purdue.edu PAL webmaster

“A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.” - December 5, 1990

Contact Jeff at crites@purdue.edu

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Colorful Headlines of Fall 2006
For those of you with a slight case of retrograde amnesia, here is what happened since the last time you saw us. 11,727.34 with an all-time intra-day high of 11,758.95.

October 15
The UN agrees to sanction North Korea over nuclear testing issue.

October 27
The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series against the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 1. The last time St. Louis took the title was in 1982. The Cardinals’ shortstop David Eckstein is named the series MVP.

October 5 September 25
The largest re-roofing project in the Untied States commences as The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans re-opens 13 months after Hurricane Katrina with extensive repairs. NATO expands its security mission to the whole of Afghanistan, taking command of more than 13,000 U.S. troops in the east of the country.

October 17
The United States population reaches 300 million based on a United States Census Bureau projection.

October 30
President Bush and other Republican leaders demand that John Kerry apologize to the troops and to their families for his comments, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” at an education rally in California. John Kerry reported that he botched the joke and was referring to President Bush, not the troops.

October 6
A azardous waste plant near Apex, North Carolina explodes releasing chlorine gas, resulting in the evacuation of thousands and the hospitalization of over 100 residents.

October 19
The United States adopts documents that reject any proposals to ban space weapons. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Index closes above 12000 for the first time ever at 12,011.73.

September 26
An armed suspect holds 6 female students hostage in Platte Canyon High School located in Baily, Colorado. One hostage is fatally wounded as the gunman kills himself.

October 9
North Korea claims to have conducted its first ever nuclear test.

September 29
Congressman Mark Foley (R) of Florida resigns after it is revealed that he sent explicit E-mails to underage male pages. Later, Foley checked himself into rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment.

October 22
A national referendum approved the expansion of the Panama Canal by nearly 80 percent.

October 10
Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion.

October 31
The long time host of CBS’s The Price is Right, Bob Barker, announces he will retire from the show in June 2007. He will be 83 years of age.

October 24
Musa Matwalli Atwah, one of the FBI’s Top Ten Terrorists, was killed in North Waziristan during an airstrike by Pakistani forces near the border with Afghanistan.

October 2
The Amish school shooting takes place, where Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32-yrold milk-truck driver, kills 5 female students at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before shooting himself.

October 11
A small, fixed-wing plane hits the BelAir Tower in New York City, killing New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle.

October 24 October 13
Record Snowfall in Buffalo, New York and surrounding metro area leaves up to two feet of heavy wet snow, three dead, damaged trees, and over 400,000 residents without power. The WWF conservation group announces by current trends, humans will rid Earth of all its resources by the year 2050.

October 3
The DOW Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Index broke its January 2000 all-time record of 11,722.98 to close at

October 26
President Bush signs a bill authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.Mexico Border.

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Cultural Learnings of Borat
by Jeff Schultz The movie industry is always one for stirring up controversy once in a while. Films like this year’s Death of a President, The Da Vinci Code, and Fast Food Nation deal with themes that are both provocative and incendiary. But there is one movie that is stirring the pot in a different way, not through our heads, but through our funnybones. Jagshemash! This weekend 20th Century Fox brings to you the misadventures of Borat Sagdiyev, the number one journalist in all of Kazakhstan in his documentary Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The man hiding underneath that Jewish afro and Mario Bros. mustache is the notorious British comic Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen is known more famously as Ali G and as the French Nascar Driver Jean Girrard, Will Farrell’s rival in this summer’s Talladega Nights. The character Borat comes from Cohen’s Da Ali G Show, a satire based on the format of an investigative news program. The movie is raising a lot of eyebrows and lowering others, primarily the Kazakh government. In Cohen’s form of comedy, nothing is sacred. His characters (Borat, Ali G, or Bruno) consist of tricking unsuspecting interviewees into thinking they are really being interviewed only to make often hilarious reactions to Cohen’s taunting behavior. Since he appeared on the spot in 2003, Borat has interviewed women at a Texas gun club, the Sons of the Revolution asking them if they like porno, Vietnam war veterans, and Conan O’Brien. In what could be his most controversial ploy, Borat interviewed Republican congressman James Broadwater about his political background and duped him into saying Jews are not allowed into heaven. Broadwater was swamped with hate mail after the show aired in the U.S. Now that his Borat character is reaching global fame, fewer people are not letting Cohen’s antics get away. Borat had the job of emceeing the MTV Europe Music awards where he joked about shooting dogs for fun and portrayed Kazakhs as drunks who participate in sports such as cowpunching. The women are often portrayed as prostitutes and the wine there is made of fermented horse urine. Kazakh foreign ministry stated, “We view Mr. Cohen’s behavior at the MTV Europe Music Awards as utterly unacceptable, being a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is completely incompatible with ethics and civilized behavior,” and threatened to sue Cohen. With doubts they will be able to stop the movie from being played in theatres (although it has been banned in Kazakhstan), the Kazakh government has made efforts to counter Cohen’s portrayal of the country as overrun with poverty, sexism, and bigotry. The Kazakh Embassy has run ads in the New York Times about the country’s culture and tolerance for all. Borat even staged his own guerilla news conference at the Kazakh Embassy criticizing the ads ran in the New York Times claming they were “disgusting fabrications” made by the neighboring country of Uzbekistan while the Kazakh president Nursultan A. Nazarbayev was visiting with President Bush in Washington that same day. Is the film really worth all this buzz that Cohen has created for himself? Well, Joe Podhoretz of The Weekly Standard has called it “one of the four or five funniest movies ever made.” With reviews like that, it is doubtful that this film will flop. Audiences are enthralled with laughter as Borat searches to marry Pamela Anderson, kisses random New Yorkers on the cheek, travels around the country in an ice cream truck, and sings the national anthem at a Texas rodeo. I guess the question is will the extreme comedy factor of this movie be worth the unwanted consequences of new and old stereotypes that Sacha Baron Cohen is hatching. The thing we have to look at is why the elements in the film are so funny in the first place. Borat cannot be denied that it’s a farce, something so absurd it just has to make you laugh. The main purpose of farce is not to deceive, but to make you laugh as hard as you possibly can. As a matter of fact, one could say Cohen’s exuberant, over-the-top antics in promoting his movie are almost admirable. He manages to outdo any ounce of hassle thrown in his way. He knows that if he breaks the act just once, he will undo everything he has worked for. However, I don’t blame Kazakhstan at all for trying to defend their image. This is chance for Kazakhstan to start a movement of cultural learning and understanding that is certainly absent in this world. Anyone who has studied abroad knows the benefits of learning a different culture. It allows you to open your mind and think in ways you normally wouldn’t, making you a stronger thinker and well rounded individual. With our understanding of what culture is, we can learn to accept other cultures. We can even make peace with our differences as President Bush advocates. If you decide to see Borat, you should see it from to angles: One for the comedy aspect and one to see how culture is portrayed in the film vs. how we view different cultures in real life. Borat is one example how entertainment enriches our learning process. If you doubt it, then consider The Daily Show with John Stewart on Comedy Central. More college students and teens get there information and political understanding from The Daily Show than any other news program. Humor offers a large level of comprehension and knowledge. Before the film Borat was made, hardly anyone knew the slightest about Kazakhstan. Some probably didn’t even know it was a country. Now people will be willing to further their research and knowledge about the culture of Kazakhstan. See, there is something good about Borat after all. Although I am sure that some people would rather wait for the DVD. Contact Jeff at jaschult@purdue.edu.

Purdue President Health Care...
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onward. President Jischke has worked well in establishing Purdue as a leading school in research, discovery, and innovation. It takes someone who is fearless and willing to delve even further into these discoveries and innovations. Dog would only continue in the path. Plus, just think of how much he could benefit our image as Boilermakers. He would look great plastered all over our spirit wear, hanging on large posters off the light posts down Northwestern, and sitting in his press box in Shively during the football games. If you think there is no way a macho, muscle-armed celebrity can become a political figure, then tell me who is the governor of California? I hope these arguments are convincing enough for you to ally with me in my quest to see Dog the Bounty Hunter come to Purdue to be our next president. If you even feel so compelled, please help me in my lobbying efforts to spread the word. As the introduction to his Web site says, “He’s fierce. He’s unstoppable. He’s coming.” A great institution needs someone like him to be its leader. There should be no doubt in him coming to Purdue. Contact Rachel at rsemmel@purdue.edu

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this would result in patients receiving the cheapest treatments and not the best. This is clear in the treatment of Crohn’s disease in Canada where the health care system is socialized. The government will not pay for the regular IV treatments that I receive. They will only pay for much cheaper treatments like prednisone. While prednisone is only twenty dollars, it can destroy one’s bones and liver. It also can lead to extreme anger, mood swings, weight gain, acne, glaucoma, ulcers, abdominal pain, cataracts, insomnia, horrible infections, diabetes, and hypertension. Even with all those side effects, it only works in some cases. In my case, my body did not respond to it at all. With the treatment that I am currently receiving, Remicade, I have been nearly symptom free for almost five years. Some people from Canada are so desperate to get Remicade treatments that they travel to the Cleveland Clinic to receive treatments at their own expense. This is not acceptable. I cannot even imagine having to live without my medication. My life would be absolutely miserable. I have a plan that could fix the problem with health care without having to socialize it. The concept is quite simple. The biggest problem with America’s health insurance system is the necessity to be part of a group to get affordable coverage. As a college student, once I am off my parents’ coverage, I have nowhere to turn to. Even if I wanted to pay a premium rate, I could not get coverage. My plan would effectively get rid of that problem. The expected outcome is to allow United States citizens to purchase an individual, affordable health insurance plan through a private company. In order to accomplish that, the federal or state congress will first determine minimal standards for two types of coverage: minimal coverage and premium coverage. After that is set, they will set up a linear tax cut system. This system would provide a certain amount of tax relief to health insurance companies who provide individual plans that meet the standards set. The system would be linear because the amount of tax relief would be proportional to the number of people insured. This would encourage competition between the insurance companies to receive the maximum tax break. Competition ensures the best value for the consumers. It is also necessary for the government to require that the company offer the two plans for the same price to all members. This will help to ensure that people with chronic conditions will be able to afford coverage as well. It is necessary that a dialog take place to determine what level of tax cuts are necessary for the insurance companies to participate. This plan would create and utilize the same capitalistic environment that has made our country such a great and powerful nation. This would make insurance companies compete for tax breaks. Any time companies are competing, the consumer wins. This would allow any citizen of the United States of America to get health coverage at an affordable rate without the creation of an inefficient government program. With the available coverage, the life expectancy and overall health of our nation will likely improve. The tax cuts provided to the insurance companies would also help to improve economic conditions. It would put money back into our economy to help create economic growth. The most important thing about this plan is that all of these results could be achieved without disrupting the operation of our globally superior medical institutions.

Submitted by Chad Kaschube - ckaschub@ purdue.edu

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CAMPUS DIVERSIONS - FOR THAT BORING CLASS
Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley

Curtis by Ray Billingsley

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Conceptis Kakuro
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Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of each horizontal block equals the number on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once.

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SPORTS REVIEW
DISCLAIMER: All rankings and stats were as of November 2, 2006

Top 5 Most Overrated Teams in College Football
by Collin Lewis and Nick Wiesmiller Most college football polls have many people vote on what teams are the best in the nation. So why would we want to do the same thing. This poll is unlike any poll you might have read. We don’t have a lot of people vote on this poll. In fact, there are only two of us (both football geniuses might we add) that vote on this poll. In a means to let out what disappointment, anger, or just plain dislike we might have we present to you the Top Five Most Overrated Teams in College Football. Drum roll please… 1) Texas Longhorns (8-1 Current AP Poll ranking: 4 Texas is one of 5 teams that have been number 2 this season. They are no longer number 2 because they took a beating from number 1 (final score: 24-7). Now, there are loonies claiming Texas should be playing in the national championship, probably against the same team (Ohio State) that beat them earlier! I can’t foresee the result of such a game being much different than the first meeting between Texas and Ohio State. Both of Texas’s last two games have been come from behind victories. One of them was a total domination by Texas Tech (519 passing yards) that in the end came down to a couple of 4th down calls by the Mack Brown Texas Football refs. In my book, an 8-1 record in the Big 12 is deserving of no more than a national ranking of tenth. Maybe the Mack Brown Texas Football AP Poll voters will pay more attention to Texas’s remaining schedule than the loonies calling for a January 8 rematch. Probably not though. 2) USC Trojans (6-1) Current AP Poll ranking: 9 I hope this doesn’t catch anyone off guard. I say that because if it does, you need to forget the past and look at the present. So you might argue that they remained undefeated until they lost to Oregon State… wait, no that’s embarrassing. But they have been annihilating their other opponents… wait, no they haven’t. On paper the Trojans are merely scraping by this season with wins over powerhouse teams such as Arizona and Washington. Who? The USC you all knew and loved to hate is gone. USC managed to score an average 49 points per game last season. This season Pete Carroll’s Trojans average 30 points, which is still a good stat in any conference but the Pac-10 (and the Big 12, MAC, WAC, MWC, and C-USA). If there are two things USC excels at, they are pushing and recruiting. The pushing will come in handy now, as USC will probably need last minute “shoves” to continue a run at a BSC Bowl Game. The recruiting will come in handy later and will keep USC on the college football radar for a long time. 3) Boise State Broncos (8-0) Current AP Poll ranking: 14 This team just doesn’t go away. I have never seen any team play so many opponents with the word “state” in their name. There are definitely good football schools that have the suffix “state.” Those schools definitely are not the ones that have the prefix “Sacramento,” “Oregon,” “New Mexico,” “Fresno,” “San Jose,” or “Utah” (I could have said “Boise” but they are certainly in a different league than the others). Going around the southwest beating up on state schools that are weaker than your state school has its pros and cons. Pros: undefeated seasons, bowl games, top 25 rankings. Cons: no respect and no satisfaction. The whole blue turf idea is pretty cool though. 4) Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-0) Current AP Poll ranking: 15 I will start this one off by telling you I am impressed that the Scarlet Knights have gotten as far as they have. Kudos. However, Rutgers still are not a top 25 caliber team. As with Boise State, Rutgers is undefeated. Also like Boise State, Rutgers runs over its opponents by embarrassing margins. Check out my new magic trick. Now the Scarlet Knights is an impressive team and… (combined opponent record: 26-27; includes teams like 1-7 UNC, 26 Illinois, and 2-5 Howard) now they are not! Please, hold your applause. 5) Miami Hurricanes (5-3) Current AP Poll ranking: none At 5-3, Miami is amazingly right on the verge of getting a bowl game. With 3 losses, no team should be on the verge of a bowl game. Should Miami get a bowl game, it would say something about the ACC for sure. Miami should not be bowl eligible for much longer with upcoming games against Virginia Tech and Boston College (thankfully, because as of yet there is no UFC sponsored Fisticuff Bowl). Here’s a rumor I heard: if you play as Miami in next year’s EA Sports NCAA 08, there might be a play where you kick the extra point then jump the opposing team.

It’s Not the Defense that Matters, It’s the Numbers
Football Icon Joe Paterno Walks Purdue’s Home Turf
by Collin Lewis and Nick Weismiller This past Saturday’s football game against Penn State was a special one. Sure it was a Big Ten matchup, but there was more to it than that. A very important person to college football attended, and more importantly coached, the game. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s Joe Paterno. JoePa (as he is affectionately known by college football fans) is college football history in the flesh, and hopefully you didn’t miss the opportunity to see him coach this past weekend. Paterno will be turning 80 years old this winter (two weeks after Coach Tiller turns 64), yet he never misses a beat. Still almost as jubilant as he was in his younger years, Paterno can be seen running onto the field with his team and getting into the action like a man of half his age. If that doesn’t impress you than this should: despite having the flu during the Ohio State game earlier this year, Paterno stayed on the sidelines to coach and only left twice to use the restroom. Most 79-year-old men use the bathroom twice that much in one quarter of football—without the flu! If you missed out on the game last Saturday don’t fret. Paterno has been with Penn State for 56 years and if it is within his power, he will be back at Ross Ade in two years to take on Coach Tiller and the Boilermakers again. Check out some amazing numbers for Joe Paterno: December 21, 1926 Joe Paterno’s birthday. 40 Years Paterno has been PSU head coach. 56 Years Paterno has coached (assistant or head) at PSU. 359-120-3 Record as PSU coach. 2 National Championships won by Paterno.

PR Stat Book of the Game Some Would Want To Forget
If you were at the Wisconsin game I know how you might be feeling. It wasn’t pretty. I heard a lot of negative comments from fans at the game directed mostly at the offensive struggles. Again I’ll admit it wasn’t pretty. The offense wasn’t clicking in the usual Purdue style. Sometimes the passing was off-target, sometimes the target was off-route. Whatever happened, the stellar numbers and statistics that give Purdue Football fans something to brag about just weren’t being put up. Here are some disturbing numbers. 301.2 Average passing yards Purdue’s opponents have allowed against Purdue this year. 187 Total Purdue passing yards allowed by Wisconsin. 58.9 Percent of passes QB Curtis Painter has completed this year. 50 Percent of passes Painter completed against Wisconsin. 1.8 Average passing touchdowns thrown by Purdue per game this year. 0 Passing touchdowns thrown by Purdue against Wisconsin. Don’t get down now. It’s going to be all right. Those are scary numbers but don’t lose faith just yet. Check out some positive numbers that may ease your troubled mind. 12.4 Average passing touchdowns allowed by Purdue’s opponents all year. 2 Passing touchdowns allowed by Wisconsin all year. 224.1 Average passing yards allowed per game by Purdue opponents. 312.9 Average number of passing yards Purdue has posted per game against opponents. 129 Average passing yards allowed per game by Wisconsin this year. 187 Passing yards Purdue posted against Wisconsin.

Contact Collin at cllewis@purdue.edu and Nick at nweismil@purdue.edu

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