Changes made to Boiler Gold Rush

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is making changes to this year’s Boiler Gold Rush.

More than 5,700 students have signed up this year for BGR, the most to ever register for the event.

This year more students and faculty members are pitching in to prepare incoming students on how to deal with the expectations of college academically, emotionally and socially. Nearly 100 more students have also volunteered to help out this year.

One organizer said students will also be grouped differently.

“Instead of being just with students that are in their hall, they will be with students who are within three halls near them,” said Mitch Koestel, BGR student orientation committee chair. “We think that will expose them to a wider variety of people, so they can diversify their friends here.”

But Koestel said, the biggest change will be the focus on academics.

“There’s going to be more of a focus on the academics at Purdue — how to succeed at Purdue, how to maintain your academic integrity, and also how to survive emotionally — all of the academic pressure that students can face,” Koestel said.

Opening and closing ceremonies of Boiler Gold Rush have also been moved this year. Because of the large number of participants and volunteers, the event will be held at Mackey Arena.

BGR officially starts on Aug. 16.

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