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Lindsay Budin ENG 10600 11/14/2011

Rationale Paper How often do you walk around campus? Do you ever notice the many different statues or various items around campus? Do you know the history of all of those old relics and places on campus? All of these Purdue landmarks have a history and tradition that most people don’t know. I choose to take pictures and build a booklet on Purdue traditions and landmarks. I feel that most students don’t know the history of most of the Purdue landmarks. Purdue has a long history, since it’s opening in 1869 so many buildings and other landmarks have been made and then torn down. The few left standing deserve much praise and remembrance of the old years when all the students had were these few traditions. Now so many of them are lost but it is our duty to keep the spirit of Purdue and its traditions alive. I took 8 pictures of some of the most known landmarks and wrote a brief history about each one. My hope is that students will walk away from reading my booklet and be knowledgeable about the everyday day things around them here at Purdue. I want students to really appreciate the universities past and look to see what the future may also bring. One of my favorite Purdue traditions is the Old Pump, which is located just south of Stone Hall. In the 1880’s women were not allowed to have any men over in their dorms or able to leave on the weekdays. The women would use the excuse of ‘getting some water’ to have ‘chance’ meetings with their beaus at the old pump. This is a time honored symbol of romance and how often do students walk by this landmark and not give it a thought. This is our history and the old pump symbolizes what many students find here, love and romance. Let us not forget how the men and women once had to go all the way to fetch water for a date, when we now just pick them up in our car and take them out for pizza.

For the design of my photos and my booklet I wanted it to be simple and old fashioned. For my pictures I wanted them to be sharp and very clear, I want people to see the traditions in today’s light, the way they see them every single day when they walk by them instead of an older look to the pictures. But for contrast (from the C.R.A.P. principle) I made the background of my booklet to be the old gold color of Purdue and old fashion lettering. I want to give a sense of the fact that these are traditions and landmarks, some are very old and we should realize how precious they are. So I made the pictures look like they would with everyday life but with a contrast background that old time feel so signify the important and age of these traditions. For repetition I made the font and colors all the same throughout the booklet. I wanted the same colors and also the colors of our school so that people could understand we are reading about Purdue and not any other part of town or any other place. One the page I had the same layout in all the other pages and had the same old fashioned font on each of the pages as well. I aligned my pages so that everything, except for the caption/title of the page, in the center of the page. The alignment of the page was originally offset to the right or left but because I have different sized picture (some being tall and some wide) I decided that a center view would be the best since it classic, just like the traditions. To make the page look not all centered I added to title/caption to be left center with a tilt to give the page a little more contrast. Last for my proximity I had the all elements that went together put on the same page. All the traditions have a picture of the actual landmark and under the picture is a paragraph describing the making of the tradition and any other interesting facts about the tradition. All elements go together and there is no pictures with the wrong paragraph or wrong heading, to make all the pages have a meaning and be understood by the reader.

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