Some ‘fresh’ faces attracted to Boilerfest


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Food and music were the focus of a welcome orientation at Purdue’s Black Cultural Center Thursday afternoon.

More than 50 campus groups were represented at the 17th annual Boilerfest.

It’s designed to be an all-inclusive orientation program so freshmen who have just arrived on campus can learn about some of the diverse groups and support services that the university has to offer.

“This is critical because particularly for the African American student community. We want to create a sense of family here, a welcoming and inclusive community,” Black Cultural Center Director Renee Thomas said. “This is our way of achieving that.”

The Center’s theme this fall is Unmasking Blackness Through Rhythm, Culture and Celebration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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