This and that: All Out of Loeb edition
Air Supply next in Loeb Stadium series. Syringe exchange gets once over during commissioners meeting. Matt Painter with love for those who talk shit. Updating GPS on Mitch Daniels Blvd.
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This and that for a Monday midday:
ALL OUT OF LOEB: The summer concert series started in summer 2022 at Columbian Park’s Loeb Stadium got its first headliner for summer 2023, with ‘80s soft-rock hitmaker Air Supply at the ball diamond Friday, July 28. Lafayette announced the show Monday, with tickets going on sale Friday, March 10, at www.longpac.org, the Long Center box office at 111 N. Sixth St. or by calling 765-742-5664. (Presale date: Thursday, by using the promo code INLOVE.) Air Supply had hits with “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “The One that You Love” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.” (Hence, the INLOVE presale promo code.) Loeb Stadium, opened in 2021, debuted as a concert venue in 2022, with shows by America and country artist Justin Moore. City officials have said they’re aiming for three concerts a year at the home of Lafayette Jeff and Lafayette Aviators baseball teams. For ticket prices and more details: www.longpac.org.
SYRINGE EXCHANGE LOCATION, A QUICK UPDATE: I’ll have more in Tuesday’s edition, but Monday morning neighbors and others took their case to Tippecanoe County commissioners, asking them to back away from a lease that would move the health department’s Gateway to Hope syringe exchange program to a former pediatrician’s office at North 23rd and Ferry streets. During the meeting, Dr. Greg Loomis, the county’s health officer, apologized to neighbors for not clueing them in on the plans earlier and agreed to hold a meeting in the coming days to talk through options. Not publicly discussed during the commissioners’ meeting: A possible backup location that might satisfy the neighbors’ concerns about having Gateway to Hope blocks from Murdock Elementary, Sunnyside Intermediate School and Lafayette Christian School. Look for more in the next edition. Until then, click on the link below for a look at the situation.
MATT PAINTER, FOR THE WIN: Some great moments on the confetti-strewn court at Mackey Arena after the Boilers held off Illinois to cap a Big Ten Championship season. Having Zach Edey cut down the net – without a ladder – was a nice touch, even if the real conference clincher came days earlier. Purdue did wind up winning the conference by three games.
But leave it to coach Matt Painter, who had the mic during senior day speeches, with the well-placed expletive to capture an afternoon when Purdue had to rally after losing a 21-point halftime lead to beat the Illini, 76-71.
"I'm so glad we won, so that some of you don't talk shit about us on the Internet,” Painter said. “Even when you do do that, we still love you.”
Check it here, at the 17:40 mark:
Meanwhile, on to the Big Ten Tournament, where Purdue plays Friday.
NEW ADDRESSES FOR THE OLD STATE STREET/NEW MITCH DANIELS BOULEVARD: Not sure whether the maps and navigation in your car will make the switch right away, but the U.S. Postal Service last week released the address changes for buildings along the stretch of West State Street, now known as Mitch Daniels Boulevard. West Lafayette signed off on the name change in December, as Purdue looked to honor retiring President Mitch Daniels. The new addresses affect a section between Grant Street and U.S. 231. (Everything to the east of Grant Street – including Harry’s Chocolate Shop, University Bookstore and Triple XXX – are still considered State Street.) For an update, in case you have a letter heading over Pfendler Hall of Agriculture or to your undergrad living at Aspire, here’s a link to the updated addresses.
RANKINGS ON CAMPUS: Purdue was tops among universities and No. 16, overall, for Fast Company’s 2023 listing of most innovative companies. Purdue joined a list that included the likes of Microsoft, McDonald’s, NASA and Roblox. (OpenAI was No. 1.) The West Lafayette campus was hailed for addressing the shortage of U.S. semiconductor engineers with its Semiconductor Degrees Program and development at Purdue’s Discoverty Park. From Fast Company: “The new program is the latest in a series of bold educational initiatives (freezing tuition, expanding degree opportunities for working adults and people of color) that have helped increase enrollment at the 154-year-old Big 10 school by nearly 30% over the past decade and a reminder that Purdue makes one helluva Boilermaker.” Fast Company, which covers stories about innovation in technology and leadership, clearly has a thing for Purdue, after naming it among its Brand That Matters rankings in each of the past two years. Said Purdue President Mung Chiang in a written statement: “It is exciting for Purdue to be recognized in such a public channel for excellence at scale: generating talent, jobs and knowledge together, and for the benefit of Indiana and America.” Here are the full rankings from Fast Company: “The world’s most innovative companies of 2023.”
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