The farewell tour starts for Mitch Daniels
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THE FAREWELL TOUR FOR MITCH DANIELS
The farewell tour for Purdue President Mitch Daniels – a series of events the university was calling MitchFest to mark the final month of his decade at Purdue – played out as a huge pep session Friday afternoon at a gateway to the West Lafayette campus.
At the corner of Grant Street, as the university officially unveiled a name change for a section of State Street – going to Mitch Daniels Boulevard for the part that runs through campus, after a West Lafayette board of works OK earlier that morning – Daniels greets hundreds of students who spilled into the streets.
“It’s probably just as well they didn’t run it all the way down to Harry’s,” Daniels said, name-dropping the iconic campus haunt a few blocks away, as Purdue Pete pumped a “Mitch Daniels Blvd.” street sign in the air. (Harry’s, Von’s, University Bookstore and other downtown West Lafayette addresses east of Grant Street will not change.)
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