November 18, 2010
5 Biggest Annoyances at Purdue
Delta Tau Delta
I feel like I need to preface this article by saying I really do enjoy being a
Purdue student. But just like with any good thing, there are some downfalls.
After much deliberation as to what literary genius I should provide you with
this week, I’ve decided to continue my rant tradition and take the time to
explain my biggest disappointments associated with Purdue. In no particular
order, I‘ve listed the 5 Biggest Annoyances at Purdue.
The parking situation in West Lafayette is awful. I’ve lost count of how many
times I’ve driven all the way to the top of a parking garage just to turn around
and drive right back out. And I don’t even need to talk about Waldron Street. I
know it is free parking anytime, but you’d have better chances stealing the
Oaken Bucket than finding an open spot on Waldron.
2) The “Maker” Marketing Campaign
Ok, great call Purdue. Let’s spend a quarter million dollars on some large signs
and a cool pencil statue. I hope you sensed my sarcasm. I know that any position
of authority is going to receive some negative feedback when a big decision is
made. And I usually don’t question or ridicule Purdue’s administration. However,
in this situation, I think we messed up. In-state tuition has increased 15% in
the past two years. I’m glad to see that extra money is going towards a marketing
campaign that more than half the student body disagrees with.
3) Lack of Bars
Purdue is home to more than 40,000 students and is one of the larger Big Ten
schools. Four different bars is not a sufficient amount for this many college
students. My friends from IU literally laugh about our bar scene (I usually
reply by laughing at their athletic program; but that’s beside the point). The
bottom line is I don’t know the exact procedure to getting more bars on campus, but
only four is a major problem.
4) Humans vs. Zombies
I wrote an entire article expressing my thoughts on this game. If you recall,
disgust is probably the best word I can use to describe my feelings towards the
event. It makes us look like our campus regressed to the pre-puberty stages. For
the past few weeks, my Facebook status’ and my Tweets have often contained
something in relation to the game. For the sake of sensorship, I won’t share
them in this article, but you can imagine the general tone of the content. I
could go on and on but I already wrote about this topic in another issue, so
we’ll leave it at that. However, don’t hesitate to voice your concerns to the
editorial in The Exponent because I love reading them.
5) The Smell
I’m not sure if it’s the sewer system, trash, weird plants, or just a run-off
smell from neighboring Lafayette, but Purdue smells worse than a bottle of Sex
Panther. It’s so bad in some areas that I have learned to take alternate routes
just to get where I’m going. I refuse to walk by the Armory. And I know from
freshman year that the corner of Martin Jischke and Third Street smells like a
rotten egg and sardine sandwich. I’m even considering a proposal to Cordova;
install large Febreeze cans in each of the emergency call boxes. I still don’t
think even that would help.