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JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

September 9, 2002

Discover Purdue Advisory

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Story Ideas

1. Internet research can be hassle-free
2. Homecoming Parade will soon be afloat
3. Purdue president to present jersey to Bill Cosby

Purdue Events

1. Sept. 5-11 – Purdue 9/11 remembrance events
2. Sept. 13 – Board of Trustees meeting
3. Sept. 14 – Black Cultural Center Friends and Family Day
4. Sept. 20 – Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots

Internet research can be hassle-free

Alexius Macklin Smith has tips on how Internet research and homework can be pain-free for the frustrated student and their even more frustrated parents.

Kids are back in school and the homework is beginning to pile up. Macklin, assistant professor of library science and user instruction librarian at Purdue, says students should talk with librarians about Web searches before they start sifting through thousands of hits from a general search engine.

"Students are coming to librarians discouraged with the resources found on Yahoo or Google, where anybody can push anything," Macklin says.

Macklin can share tips such as how to evaluate the credibility and relevancy of a Web site, as well as finding an appropriate search engine.

Macklin says one of the No. 1 problem when searching the Internet is not providing the computer with enough information.

"Students need to better articulate the question they are trying to answer," Macklin says.

CONTACT: Macklin, (765) 494-0297,

Homecoming Parade will soon be afloat

Purdue students are putting the final touches on 15 floats entered in this year's Purdue Boilermaker Night Train Parade.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the intersection of Tower and North Russell drives. It will travel down North Russell Drive and take right on First Street, where it will continue to MacArthur Drive and take another right. The parade will then make its way up MacArthur Drive to Third Street, where it will take a right and head up to North Intramural Drive. There it will take a left and proceed to Ross-Ade Stadium.

The parade features Miss Indiana Tangra Riggle, who is a senior in communications, and Provost Sally Frost-Mason as the grand marshals. The spotlight also will shine on the Homecoming king and queen candidates, Purdue Pete, Rowdy, The "All-American" Marching Band, twirlers and cheerleaders.

A pep rally will follow the parade at 8 p.m. on Slayter Hill. The evening will conclude with a 9 p.m. concert on the hill.

CONTACT: Heather Owen, Purdue Student Union Board program adviser, (765) 494-8909,; Jared Winn, float director for the Association of Landscape Contractors of America, (765) 463-2119,; Stacie Woodrum, float director for Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle, (765) 495-9311,; Jeff Getts, float director for the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association, (765) 743-8089,

Purdue president to present jersey to Bill Cosby

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will present a Purdue jersey to comedian Bill Cosby at the start of Cosby's performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Elliott Hall of Music. Jischke will thank Cosby for his fourth performance at Purdue and for being a frequent part of Purdue's history as the university celebrates the Convocations Centennial Season.

CONTACT: Todd Wetzel, Purdue Convocations director, (765) 494-9712,



Purdue 9/11 remembrance events
• Sept. 5-11.
Purdue University will join the nation in remembering the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a series of campuswide activities. Observance events began with the Community Service Fair on Sept. 5 and a Community Action Day at Gus Macker on Sept. 7. There will be a Sept. 11 Reflection and Remembrance Program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (9/10), and immediately following the program at Fowler Hall, members of the campus community will have an opportunity to express thoughts, draw pictures and write poems on large display boards. On Wednesday (9/11) there will be a fire department ceremony at 9:05 a.m. There will be an ecumenical service at noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Reflections and Remembrance of Sept. 11 from 1-4 p.m. on Memorial Mall and the Greater Lafayette Flag Ceremony from 5-5:15 p.m. at Riehle Plaza. At 7 p.m. there will be a procession that will lead students to the Campus Community Observance on Slayter Hill. The theme for the program is "Looking Forward with a United Community." Speakers include Purdue President Martin C. Jischke, West Lafayette Mayor Sonya Margerum, students and religious leaders. CONTACT: Thomas Robinson, (765) 494-5776,

Board of Trustees meeting
• Friday, Sept. 13.
9 a.m. Board of Trustees meeting. Stewart Center, Room 326.

Black Cultural Center Friends and Family Day
• Saturday, Sept. 14.
Black Cultural Center Friends and Family Day. Black Cultural Center patrons and their families will gather at the BCC after the football game for recreational activities and live entertainment by the BCC ensembles. CONTACT: Donna Hall, (765) 494-3094.

Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots
• Friday, Sept. 20.
10 a.m. Aviation Technology Building, Hangar 1. Approximately 20 American Airlines pilots who are graduates of Purdue's Aviation Technology program will participate in a dedication event. Their picture will be taken for a 4x6 foot framed photo to be hung in the hangar. In addition to the picture of the pilots standing in front of an American Airlines plane, the display will feature medals and pins along with a list of donors. CONTACT: Amy Booher, (765) 494-7967,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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