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The Excommunication of Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman is no longer an alumnus of Purdue University

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This weekend we celebrated one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind with 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This is one of the few events in America that has universal acclaim and respect. With Neil Armstrong being a Purdue alum us Boilermakers have always taken pride in this accomplishment. Neil Armstrong and Purdue are so entwined that the entire 150th anniversary celebration for the university itself is centered around Neil’s steps. All Purdue alums love Apollo 11... except one:


Ryan Newman — who holds an engineering degree from astronaut Neil Armstrong’s alma mater, Purdue University — isn’t a big believer when it comes to the moon landing.

So what does he think this weekend as many celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing?

“I haven’t paid attention,” Newman said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Is it really the 50th anniversary? Or is it the 49th?”

According to a C-SPAN/Ipsos poll released earlier this month, 6 percent of Americans believe the moon landing was staged, including 11 percent of millennials. So in the 37-driver starting lineup Sunday, statistics indicate there likely is a denier in the field.

“I’m not a denier, I just don’t know, I don’t believe it’s true,” Newman said. “I don’t have proof to believe it’s true. I can’t go off a picture or a video or whatever stage they were on. They were just trying to beat the Russians to a good photo opp.”

As a leading Purdue-centric publication it falls upon on us to do this. The H&R staff is in unanimous agreement. Newman is hereby stripped of his Purdue degree and can no longer claim Purdue University as an alma mater. I guess anyone can win Daytona when they only turn left.

He is essentially a stateless person now. He has lost all rights and privileges therein, and if he wanted to attend a football game he can go sing Jack & Diane in the 4th quarter down in Bloomington while Indiana loses at home to Ohio State yet again instead of leading SHOUT.