A Day At HSSE

On Tuesday October 15, 2013 my class went to the HSSE library in the Stuart Center of Purdue. I went to a presentation that was presented by Profesor David Hovde. Before the presentation started there was a video being played that showed life at purdue around the 40’s or 50’s. There was a moment when they showed all these people out on the football field playing music. I was wondering why there was so many people at the stadium because nowadays you could hardly find half that amount of people in the stands. It was interesting to how many people actually went to football games back then

At some point during the presentation Profesor Hovde showed an Iron object and mechanical devices that students made throughout the classes they had back then. It was surprizing to me that there used to be a class where you learn how to mold and make objects with iron. It does not seem like colleges would have a classes like that, but I guess thats what was popular back then. Also, how people in classes years ago would make their own blueprints and the classes years to come would have to build that object; cool to see the progression in technology.

At the end of the presentation Profesor David Hovde talked about what students would do on their free time. I was shocked when he said that freshmen and sophmores would literally brawl over a water tower to put up their class year on it. It just does not seem possible that Purdue University would have suported those types of things, fighting and people getting hurt. Though I do wish that we could still do that in a more safe manner.

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