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October 12, 2010

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Inn at DePauw Profit Loss

This year the Inn at DePauw, formally known as the Walden Inn, is being run by Dora Hotel Company. Previously, the Inn, the Duck and Two West were all run by Sodexo. During this time multi-million dollar revenue did not offset costs and resulted in major losses.

At the Board of Trustees press conference this weekend, Chair of the Board, Sarah Reece and DePauw President Brian Casey discussed how the new relationship was working. Casey also focused on loss sharing.

Casey said that ultimately Dora runs the Inn and restaurants for the university. In turn, the university does obtain the loss if there is any. They hope Dora will continue the year by managing the facilities well and use innovative ways to draw students and families in.

Bucshon, Baird Speak at Greencastle Rally

Local candidates Doctor Larry Bucshon and Jim Baird spoke at the Greencastle Defenders of Liberty meeting Monday night. Bucshon, the Republican running for the 8th district’s congressional seat, took to the microphone first. The Evansville cardiologist was on his fourth trip to visit with the conservative rallying group before the November 2 election. He claims to hold a 14-point lead over Democratic opponent Trent Van Haaften in a recent poll. Baird followed Buschon, making another push for support in his hotly-contested District 44 race in the Indiana House against Democratic incumbent Nancy Michael. Much of his talk to the large crowd at the Putnam County Airport involved a long presentation on proposed property tax caps and explaining how the system would work. Buschon returns with other Republicans to Greencastle on Friday for a gathering at Marvin’s with State Treasurer Candidate Richard Mourdock.

Fall Preview Day Follow Up

DePauw’s Fall Preview Day took place on Monday. Admissions event coordinator Jennifer Byers (Buy-ers) says that only 75 students attended this year. This is down from past years were the average number of students was 160. The numbers are lower because DePauw has recently added a day called Tiger Pride day. Byers explains why Tiger Pride day may seem to be of more interest to students than Fall Preview Day.

Byers’ says that DePauw normally has about 4,000 students visit DePauw each year and has about 5,000 applications. The low number of students that attended Fall Preview Day doesn’t seem to be affecting the number of applications that have come into DePauw so far. The application turn in rate is up 50% from last year at this time.

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