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Last modified: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pizza? Or Stromboli?

IU, Purdue alumni associations wager on Oaken Bucket Game

Nov. 16, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After the Old Oaken Bucket Luncheon Thursday (Nov. 15), even more is riding on the outcome of Saturday's (Nov. 17) IU-Purdue rivalry football game than the Old Oaken Bucket and a year's worth of bragging rights. Now, a pizza and a Stromboli sandwich are on the line.

IU vs. Purdue

IUAA President and CEO Tom Martz hopes to be eating free pizza after the Hoosiers beat the Boilermakers.

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At the luncheon held at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, IU Alumni Association chairwoman MaryEllen Bishop and IUAA President and CEO Tom Martz wagered a Stromboli sandwich from Nick's English Hut that IU would beat Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game.

Kirk Cerny, executive director and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association, responded by betting a pizza from Bruno's that the Boilermakers would come out victorious.

"Long-standing competitions are rarely celebrated on an empty stomach," says Cerny, "so I look forward to enjoying my Stromboli at Nick's following the game in Bloomington."

"I'm glad that Kirk enjoys eating at Nick's so much, but he'll be paying for it," replies Martz. "In the meantime, I'll be enjoying my free meal at Bruno's."

The winning Alumni Association will enjoy its victory meal after the game, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

For more information about the IU Alumni Association, visit For more information about the Purdue Alumni Association, visit