WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – On move-in day you want the weather to be perfect, but in the middle of August that might be hard to find. Rain welcomed Purdue freshmen and their families during Saturday’s move-in day.
It was the threat of rain that afternoon Purdue Police Lt. Keene Red Elk said prompted everyone to come all at once in the morning.
“A lot of people came outside their assigned times,” Red Elk said. “So, we had Third Street completely blocked up trying to get people into Shreve Hall.”
Some families waited in traffic jams for more than an hour. Boiler Gold Rush officials said by the end of the weekend 6,000 students will be calling Purdue’s residence halls home.
“It’s a heck of a hectic time out there,” freshman Brett Rasmus said. “Just trying to get stuff out of the car and into your dorm, figuring out what you need and what you don’t need.”
Red Elk said some of the common problem areas for traffic popped up again this year.
“We always anticipate problems over off McCormick Road in the area of Purdue West shopping plaza,” Red Elk said. “We have that all pretty much down to a science, and we did get it backed up almost to State Street a couple times.”
Once the traffic moves out, the freshmen will spend the week participating in Boiler Gold Rush. The weeklong orientation program puts Freshman into groups, and helps them get acclimated to campus.
This year new classes are being offered to Boiler Gold Rush members.
“These are not necessarily academic classes like physics or math, but they cover topics like academic integrity, academic success, financial literacy and leadership development,” said Student Orientation Committee chair for Boiler Gold Rush, Mitch Koestel. “There are 10 of those classes.”
Rasmus is from Tippecanoe County, but said being on campus is like being in a new city. He hopes Boiler Gold Rush can help make that city smaller.
“Meeting new people is what BGR is all about,” Rasmus said. “You meet people from all across the country and overseas. It’s excellent.”
As Rasmus begins his new journey, he and thousands of others are carrying a certain motto with them.