Our Mission Statement:
PurdueLaLa is a web publication for the women of Purdue University. PurdueLaLa’s mission is to empower young women by realigning the media’s distorted image on “true beauty”, to challenge them to reach farther, dream bigger, and dare to do more than they ever thought achievable. PurdueLaLa strives to inspire women to follow their hearts in the midst of what the world may be telling them and of course, to spread a little or a lot of LaLa LOVE.
Katherine Crowley, one of the co-creators of PurdueLaLa, is a senior at Purdue studying Mass Communication and Women’s Studies. She is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she learned how to bait a hook, swear like a sailor, open a bottle of wine at record speed, and make waders look fashionable (just kidding, after years of trying she realized there is absolutely no hope). Her wit, smarts, and creative eye contribute to her main role as the “empowerer”, critical thinker, and perspective builder of LaLa. She has a thing for English accents, batik scarves, foreign films and well, if she is being honest- Taco Bell. You may hear Katherine jingling to class, because she never leaves her gold bangles at home. She likes her roses peach, her jewelry sparkly, and her perfume Light Blue. And yes, she is a cat person. Seeing the women around her change the world gives her goose bumps. Her Hope for LaLa is that the site will promote healthy body image, and women’s empowerment through style, intelligence, perspective, and of course, fun cocktail recipes.
Molly Longest, the other co-creator of PurdueLaLa, is a senior at Purdue University studying Communication and Art & Design who’s from Carmel, Indiana. Molly serves as the creative gypsy for the site, contributing original photography, brainstorming DIY projects, styling photo shoots, and compiling eclectic playlists for everyone’s listening pleasure. When not speaking about herself in the third person, Molly enjoys playing guitar, writing songs about love and other things, running, and daydreaming about a shirtless Anderson Cooper riding a black stallion through a flowery meadow while Air Supply plays softly in the background… did I say that out loud? She also likes making jokes. She has an unhealthy obsession with her Australian Shepherd named Toby and she has a love affair with coffee and wearing men’s sweaters and button-downs from Goodwill. Molly is known for her messiness, her colorful wardrobe, and for her quirky sense of humor. She also strongly believes that eating at least one bite of chocolate a day keeps you sane and that everyone should have a growler of craft beer in their fridge at all times. Her hope for PurdueLaLa is that it inspires people to think more positively, live more passionately, and dream more wildly than they ever have before.