From Looseleaf

The Space Chimp & The Poet

In the smoking area behind Heavilon Hall, where Purdue’s MFA program lives, there’s a sweet gum tree that went to space. It’s called the Shuttle Gum. While you smoke your American Spirits and mull over your Nabokov you can read the plaque that explains Purdue Alumni Charles Walker donated five sweet gum trees that germinated during the 1984 Discovery flight. What must those space trees feel like, among the maples and sycamores grown in the Indiana soil? A little out of place, perhaps–like a writer among the engineers and physicists at a very big, very science-focused school that lists Neil…

Looseleaf, Sycamore Storytime & Beard Competition 09

BY RUTH JOYNTON For better or worse, the holidays are here. For better: Sycamore Review has officially fired up Beard Competition 09, an in house celebration of all things scruffy. For worse: A, I’m beardless by nature so will not be winning the prize stack of (already free) bookmarks, and B, December means the end of Sycamore Storytime Sycamore Review gives back to our community of West Lafayette, Indiana, in several ways. Just a few weeks ago, we raised 419 pounds of food and for Food Finders of Lafayette as well as the cash equivalent of 1500 meals. Well known…