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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 2013

True Life: I’m Addicted to Whole Foods

Lately the weather has been a little crappy and I haven’t liked it one bit. Not only has it been awkwardly cold, it has also been rainy, snowy, drizzly, and just about any other weather term ending in “-y.” That being said, I keep treating every possible bad weather alert like an approaching apocalypse and, in my crazy mind, have been hoarding food in my room.

Now whenever I get a winter weather warning on my phone, I use it as an excuse to go to Whole Foods. Hey, you can’t take any chances when there’s snow on the way because you never know if you’ll get snowed in and can’t get to food! I’ve stocked up on water, tortilla chips, honey, pomegranates, and, my newest obsession, Voss water. Voss is water from Norway so it makes me feel pretentious when I drink it. So, yes, this is the current state of my life, hoarding Norwegian water.

One of my residents and me rocking our Voss water!

The Oscars

Yesterday the Oscars were on so while trying to finish up on my homework, I caught glimpses of the show. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, was the host and from what I saw, he was slightly offensive, which is what I expected. Some of the winners included the film Argo for Best Picture and Jennifer Lawrence who won for Best Actress. She awkwardly tripped while going to accept her award but of course she handled it like a champ and very comically!

Two of my favorite moments involved Michelle Obama and Adele. The First Lady made a surprise televised appearance to present the award for Best Picture and looked spectacular! Adele sang her song “Skyfall” and definitely restored my faith in music once again. It was a good show and I can’t wait until next year’s!

Here’s Jennifer Lawrence’s hilarious press conference after the show:

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Homework Weekend

So this weekend I decided to star being productive and get all of my homework done early. Instead of going to the basketball game on Friday, I decided to stay in my room and do my homework. And when I woke up Saturday morning, I decided to continue doing my homework and getting other stuff done. Since I was being so productive, I decided to take two breaks. My first was to go to Whole Foods with some pals to restock my room with groceries.

After I did that, I went to my friend Karleen’s room whose mom was visiting for a bit and I talked to them. After that I got so distracted from homework and I spent the night watching TV shows on Hulu and eating. So now I’m here on Sunday finishing my homework, not as productive as I had hoped!

Karleen's mom and me while I was taking a break from homework!

Music Thursday

So I missed my usual Music Monday so I thought I’d make a Music Thursday! And there’s not a better way to celebrate my first Music Thursday without highlighting the video of one of my favorite artists: Lana Del Rey. Lana released the new music video to her song “Burning Desire” and of course it’s amazing. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from her.

The video features clips of the new Jaguar F-Type car since Lana has a partnership with the company as their spokesperson. It also features Lana standing on a stage and just singing, which is what I love most about the video. Sure it’s not the most exciting and riveting video, but it’s rare these days that you find a singer that can just stand and sing without all of the frills and whistles.

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Internship Lunch

Today at my internship with the Indiana Democratic Party, we had a luncheon with donors to the party. It was great seeing the political process come to life with representatives from around the state. There were about 30 attendees and Senator Joe Donnelly was the guest speaker.

After we spoke we ate dessert and went back to our office. There I was able to deftly nab a photo with the Senator. It ended up being a fun time talking to the various guests and eating the great food! It was by far one of my favorite days at my internship. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of my internship experience this semester. And on top of it all, I get course credit for it!

The Senator and me after the luncheon

Homework Catchup!

A little known fact about me is that I like getting my homework done on Fridays and Saturdays so I can have all Sunday off. That being said, I was unable to do as much homework as I had hoped because I happened to be on Twitter when I saw that Oprah tweeted that she was doing an interview with none other than Beyoncé that night. I obviously had to stop my homework in its tracks and watch it!

Since I spent my night watching two hours of Beyoncé, I then took a break to unwind from the gloriousness I just viewed and was too tired to finish my homework. So now, on this Sunday, I am catching up to finish my homework so I can at least have my night be free. I am currently working on reading 100 pages of Don Quixote and writing a short reflection on it for class. I’m a slow reader so hopefully I am able to truck through it in a timely manner.

My book and how much I've written so far!

The Valentine Shake

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Instead of boring you with a typical, mushy, love post about Valentine’s Day, I instead will discuss my new favorite Internet trend: The Harlem Shake. This trend has gone everywhere. It’s basically the new Gangnam Style.

Videos of this trend tend to first start with one person dancing wildly in a public setting with everyone else paying him or her no attention. But when the bass drops, then everyone joins in, usually accompanied by props and masks.

When I first saw it, I was confused as to what exactly was happening since I remember the Harlem Shake being a dance I used to do in third grade. But now that I know what it is, I’m obsessed! It’s my dream to participate in one now.

So I basically spent my Valentine’s Day watching Harlem Shake videos.

Here’s a video compilation of funny ones:

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Mardi Gras

Today was Mardi Gras and it was a lot of fun! Unfortunately I was not able to go to New Orleans but I was able to go to the Mardi Gras event held in Resco. Last year I couldn’t go because I was busy but this year I was able to attend! There was so much food! They had Yats, candy, and King Cake. I’ve never had King Cake before so that was exciting to try and it was delicious!

There were many activities too! There was mask decorating, caricatures, and psychic readings. I was able to decorate a mask but I was too scared to go to the psychic for the fear of her telling me that I was going to die in like five minutes. Luckily, I didn’t! I ended my Mardi Gras night with photos in the photo booth and needless to say I’m surprised I didn’t break the booth with all the photos I took! I can’t wait to attend again next year!

Waiting in line for food!!

Music Monday: The Grammys

Last night was the Grammys on CBS and, since none of my favorite artists were performing, I kept watching on and off while doing homework. The show was ok and had a couple of noteworthy highlights. For me, the best performances were from Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys. My favorite presenters were Beyoncé (obviously) and Ellen Degeneres.

There were a couple of surprises in terms of winners for awards. I was surprised Frank Ocean did not win Album of the Year. I was also surprised to see Adele still snatching in some awards after she dominated last year. The awards show this year made me anticipate the show next year since there will be more artists I like/know in attendance so I can’t wait!

The performance of the night.

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Founder’s Day

Yesterday was Founder’s Day on campus and it was actually pretty fun! There were different celebrations on campus commemorating Ovid Butler‘s, Butler’s founder’s, birth. There were cupcakes in Atherton, letter readings in Starbucks, and other events on campus. The event I went to was a portrait unveiling and talk from a direct descendant of Ovid Butler.

The speaker talked about interesting facts about Butler’s life and the university’s beginnings. For example, I learned that when Butler first opened it was a Christian university and that Ovid Butler was a strict abolitionist and strived for diversity and inclusivity in the university from day one. I also learned that the first black female to graduate college in Indiana was at Butler. It was so cool to hear these things about campus that I didn’t even know before as a junior.

The Founder's Day talk in Irwin Library