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Hi! I'm Andre. I'm a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish at Butler and I'll be graduating in 2014.

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Archive: February 2012

I’m In a Band

Tonight, when we were bored in the Collegian office, five of us decided to make a new band called Madison and the Typesetters. We’re a newly formed punk feminist band and we’re obviously going to take the world by storm.

I’m at backup vocals and lead guitar, which kind of makes me a big deal, except for the fact that I can’t sing or play an instrument. We’re even going to make our first single, and it’s called “Bad News.”

Although I wish we actually were starting a band, I do plan on writing a song. Watch out, Adele, Andre’s coming for ya! I don’t know what it’s going to be about or what it’ll sound like but it’s going to happen.

This is probably be my next single cover. It's wacky enough to get my point across!

 

Spring Break Countdown

Spring Break is two weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited. No, I’m not going anywhere fancy like Florida or Mexico, but I’m just excited to catch up on some good sleep and not have to do assignments. Maybe I’ll even read a book! The only sad part is that it only lasts a week. And if the weather stays the same, it’ll probably be cold too. But the good outweighs the bad!

To celebrate the glorious occasion, the Collegian is planning a Spring Break insert and I was assigned to write a playlist of songs needed to have a good break. I also had to pick five books that are must haves for the week, too. It was so hard picking just five songs since there are so many good ones, but I managed to survive.

But, if this song isn’t on your Spring Break playlist, you just won’t have a good time!

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Lending a Hand

I started my work at my service learning site last night and I really enjoyed it! I’m working at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center and am working as a volunteer tutor. I loved helping all the kids and I was amazed at how fast I could get attached to all the students. There were other volunteers there, too, so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed by millions of kids but even without the others I would’ve liked it.

The night started with all the students having to do homework and it was fun brushing up on my subtracting skills. But I must admit, there were some questions even I didn’t know! The hardest part was just getting all the students on task and not looking up music videos and playing games online. After they did homework it was dinner time and then everyone crowded around the piano to sing. Once the night was winding down everyone was able to play around on the computer and slowly but surely everyone’s parents picked them up.

I had such a wonderful time and hopefully will enjoy myself as much in my future visits this semester.

I got to be a nun when I went downtown for Super Bowl weekend.... No big deal....

Instagram Madness

I just so happened to be creeping on Kim Kardashian’s Twitter the other day and she recommended this site called Instagram. I decided to try it out and I’m OBSESSED! It is a site that allows you to edit photos and add effects to make them really cool. I’m currently addicted to it and have edited all the photos in my phone. I’m basically the next Annie Leibovitz.

While I’ve been obsessing over Instagram, I’ve also been trying to kick off another addiction. Starbucks. I had Starbucks every day last week and have been trying to ween myself off. I made it through today without it and the headaches have been horrific! But, it’s nothing a couple of Aspirin can’t fix! I’ve been going strong for three days now so hopefully I’ll be off of it for good!

Here's a cool Instagram photo I made! I feel so professional!

 

 

The Vow

Yesterday my friend Angela from high school surprised me and came to visit Indy with her family. First we all went to the mall and shopped for a couple of hours and then we went to P.F. Chang’s and ate. I had something called Buddha’s Feast and it was delicious!

After dinner we went to see The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Overall it was kind of a blah movie. I really didn’t know what emotion to have leaving the theatre. Everything happened so fast that it was hard to develop an emotional attachment to the characters so when they broke up, I kind of didn’t care. The acting in the movie wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be but I can say it just wasn’t believable.

I’d recommend it to people who enjoy really sappy love stories but other than that on a scale from 1-10 on how much I liked it, I’d give it a 5 just because I didn’t necessarily enjoy it but I didn’t hate it either. I think I was thrown off by the fact that Rachel McAdams had dark hair in the movie and was distracted by that the whole time.

Here’s the trailer for the movie.

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Service Learning

For my university service learning requirement, I have signed up to work at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. The center basically provides after school tutoring help for students in the Indianapolis community. I start next week and I am really excited to start helping out. I really like working with kids and previously had a job at a summer day camp with kids so hopefully I’ll have the same fun experience.

The service learning is part of my Research and Analysis Political Science class, which I also enjoy. We are supposed to design a research project based on our volunteer work and I am thinking of doing mine on the effectiveness of various tutoring techniques and which techniques work best for students. My topic might change once I start doing my volunteer work but I want it to be something that could help the students in the long run.

I’ll be sure to blog about all my experiences at the service learning site and I’m sure it’ll be a blast meeting and helping all the students.

This is me and my bff Elmo downtown two weeks ago for Superbowl Weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today was a wonderful Valentine’s Day! When I walked into the Collegian office, there were personalized Valentine’s cards on all the computers! Our Print Managing Editor made them for everyone and even brought candy for us! Of course I stole all of the York peppermint patties.

I was also assigned to make the Valentine’s Day playlist in the office full of 56 love songs! It had all the greatest love hits, even Demi Lovato! It was the best playlist ever created. Since I obviously now found my new passion for DJ’ing, I’ve decided to make a playlist for every upcoming holiday! You better watch out National Poetry Month, a playlist is coming for you soon!

Today ended up being a good day! The only thing that would’ve made today better would be for me to meet Kim Kardashian, but that can wait for now!

Lauren, the copy editor, and I celebrating the day with a festive heart in the Collegian office!

 

Midlife Crisis

This weekend I went home to visit my family and do laundry and get a hair cut! It was a fun and brief time home and I really enjoyed just getting a break. Evidently I must’ve really enjoyed myself since I slept almost 11 hours on Saturday! I guess I was finally catching up for all the lost sleep during the week! Needless to say I felt refreshed when I woke up.

After I woke up, I was flipping through the channels and happened to stumble upon my childhood favorite show, The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon and needless to say, I was as entertained as I was when I was little! I even remembered all the sketches and spent hours watching the marathon that was on.

I’m probably obviously having a midlife crisis since I’m turning 19 in a few months and the reality that I have to grow up soon is almost settling in. But it won’t come without a fight! So now I’ve decided to relive my childhood and watch all of the old shows I used to love online.

Here is one of my favorite sketches from The Amanda Show! My favorite is Elizabeth Debbie!

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How I almost Met Kim Kardashian

On Thursday, after Bob Costas‘ show was done taping, I happened to walk by St Elmo Steakhouse to see a huge crowd in front with a barricade. Of course I had to see what was going on and went over and made my way to the front of the crowd. After asking what was going on, I was informed that Kim Kardashian, the Manning brothers, Adam Sandler, and Troy Aikman were eating inside and that everyone was waiting to get a picture.

Being the Kardashian fan I am, I excitedly waited and had my camera in hand ready to snap a shot! Hours went by until Troy Aikman left with his entourage of friends. Then the Giants coach left with his posse  as well. This made me really excited since there was proof that actual important people were eating there!

A couple hours later, the owner came out to inform the crowd that all the celebrities that were once inside had already gone out of the back door directly to their cars and that Sandler was the only one left inside and he would do the same. Although I was disappointed that I missed Kim’s departure, I was able to swing by the mall right before closing to get some new clothes! So the whole night wasn’t lost! And besides, how many people can say they were within feet of a Kardashian!?

A poorly photoshopped photo of my head on Kim's wedding photo! Creepy? Yes. Necessary? Maybe.

Halftime Fun

Madonna‘s halftime show last night was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen! I loved all of the lights, costumes, and songs! She even performed her new song “Give Me All Your Luvin’”  which I’m currently obsessed with.

She even had guest performers, including Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green. Controversially, M.I.A. flipped the bird to the cameras right before the censor caught her! Already the media is calling it Janet Jackson part two even though hardly anyone noticed that M.I.A. did it when it happened.

One of the more exciting parts of the performance was when she sang “Like A Prayer” because there were various Butler choir members who performed with her! Everyone on Facebook couldn’t stop talking about it as it was so exciting!

You can see the whole performance here!

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