July 28, 2009

Students take free compliments national

A pair of Purdue University students who gained headlines with their free compliments campaign are spreading the love in Washington as part of a sponsored tour.

Brett Westcott and Cameron Brown, juniors at the West Lafayette, Ind., university, have visited several locations in Washington and Baltimore -- stops No. 6 and 7 on their 10-city Kodak-sponsored tour -- including the National Aquarium, Nationals Park for a ballgame, and Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Westcott and Brown, whose tour is due to continue this week to Philadelphia and New York, said they have tirelessly dolled out free compliments at each of their stops, asking only for an optional high five in return.

The compliment campaign was started by Westcott in early 2008, when he began standing in the same spot on campus every Wednesday holding a big sign and giving free compliments. He was soon joined by Brown, and the duo became known around campus as the Compliment Guys. The pair's work toward the goal of nonstop niceness attracted national attention, including appearances on National Public Radio and Good Morning America.

The two students are due to appear Sunday on the Today show in New York.