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Purdue withdraws recognition of Gimlet Leadership Honorary

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue officials on Thursday (April 28) announced that the university has withdrawn recognition of the Gimlet Leadership Honorary for ongoing violations of university alcohol and hazing regulations.

The withdrawal means that Gimlet is no longer affiliated with the university and cannot operate an organization, said Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of students. The sanction resulted from a Purdue investigation and hearing, he said.

“It is unfortunate this action was necessary, but after a pattern of similar behavior over the course of many years emerged, it became clear what we needed to do,” Malavenda said.

The Gimlet organization was founded as a booster club for Purdue varsity sports. Its membership consists of juniors and seniors from within the fraternity/sorority community. The organization is most known for its role at Purdue home football games. Gimlet members line the north end zone and after each Boilermaker score execute push-ups equal to the team’s point total. They also ring the Victory Bell after Purdue wins.  Gimlet is one of the oldest running organizations on Purdue’s campus since its beginning in 1922.

The organization has until 5 p.m. Tuesday (May 3) to appeal the sanction to the Campus Appeal Board. If no appeal is filed, the withdrawal goes into effect immediately.

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