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Feeling the golden touch

By Andrea Campbell

Kyle Orion

Photo by Tom Campbell

Purdue quarterback Kyle Orion led the Boilers to vicotry at the Sun Bowl.

Purdue University has struck gold in Ross Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena is lighting up the campus with a golden glow of school spirit.

"For many years, I have had camera men tell me that the jerseys did not show up well on screen," said Tom Schott, Purdue sports information director. "The jerseys seemed to blend in with the crowd and did not make our players show up well."

The new gold jerseys will hopefull fix this dilemma. The brand of jerseys that Purdue atheletes wear has also changed. The time came for Purdue to renew its clothing contract and Nike put together an atractive package. The company offered to completely clothe the football and basketball teams as long as Purdue was willing to purchase Nike apparel for other sports.

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With all of the new changes being made to the sports teams' clothing, sutdents are voicing their opinions. Some support the effort of increasing school spirit. "I like the new jerseys, and I support the team in everything it does," said Nikki Johnson of Seymour, Ind. and a senior in elementary education.

But not every student agrees with Johnson. "I don't like the new jerseys, and I think they should have kept them black," said Fred Stamper of Brownstown, Ind. and sophomore in agricultural education. "The black jerseys were a tradition and it's just not the same without them."