Purdue students brighten days

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Bristol, RI " A former associate dean at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island has been formally charged after he sent a litany of letters and postcards to faculty members following his dismissal.

John Dawson, who was fired in 2000, seems to have devoted most of his time harassing faculty with dozens of expletive-laced letters, sometimes going so far as to pose as other faculty members. Dawson even had a letter published in The Providence Journal, which he submitted under the name of his former boss, John Stout.

It appears Stout was one of the main focuses of Dawson’s vendetta. During December 2006, Stout received a letter which proclaimed: “In the spirit of the season, we’re wishing an [expletive] like you is dead before the holidays.”

After obtaining a search warrant, police located evidence linking Dawson to the letters in the trash outside his home, including shredded letters.

In what may be the understatement of the century, police officials reported Dawson was, “unhappy about being fired.”

West Lafayette, IN "Two students at Purdue University have taken it upon themselves to take over a central hallway and yell compliments at whoever passes by.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday the two bubbly second-year students stand with their “Free Compliments” sign, in rain or snow. Even though some feel it necessary to respond to their overly optimistic outfits with derisive yells and single-finger salutes, the two continue to deliver rapid-fire compliments.

The duo’s antics have given rise to a nickname on campus " the compliment guys " and have led students to change their daily routines in order to pass them by.

Of their mission to cheer up Purdue, the pair were humble.

“Just overall, making people’s day is really satisfying ... Not enough people do nice things anymore.”

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