One of my favorite Purdue traditions has to be going on a fountain run. It’s certainly one of the most interesting ways to go through campus, and it can be a lot of fun. It all starts out at Loeb Fountain, just outside the Beering building. After dousing yourself with a lap or two through the ring of jets, head out of the plaza across the street to the John Purdue Fountain. It may look small, but the water’s waist deep! Sloshing through John Purdue fountain is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. As you turn to leave Memorial Mall, you can stop to get a drink from the Lion’s Head Fountain. If you’re really thirsty, you can get four drinks, one from each head. Continuing on, the pool by the bell tower is your next stop though it’s not much of a fountain. It may look a little grimy, but make sure to at least dip your foot in on the way by. Finally, you reach the end of your run: the Engineering Fountain. The giant geyser in the center of the 38-foot tall sculpture rains down on anyone who draws near. Once you get soaked in the Engineering Fountain, you’ve finished your run. That is, unless you decide to turn around and do another fountain run going the other way!
I think the best kind of fountain run, especially during your first few weeks at Purdue, is a fountain run with a group of new friends. I remember going on a fountain run during Boiler Gold Rush as a part of my first week on campus, and again a little later with friends I’d just met from my floor in Shreve. A fountain run is an easy activity that just about anyone can enjoy, and it’s a good way to have fun and get to know people that you’ll be seeing a lot throughout the course of the year. I’d say that going on a fountain run should be on almost any Boilermaker’s bucket list, and if you’re like me, it’s probably a Purdue tradition you’ll want to experience more than once.