Andre ’14 RSS feed

About Me:

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

Check us out on Facebook Follow us on Twitter! Butler's YouTube Channel Chat with a Student

Archive: April 2014

Television Tuesday: Girls

So I’ve been bored lately and one of my friends suggested I watch the HBO show Girls. So I thought what the heck and starting watching and I really like it! It’s a bit risqué but hey, what isn’t these days?

The show stars writer and actress Lena Dunham, who I’m a big fan of, and it shows her and her friends living life in New York City. Lena plays a character named Hannah who is extremely self-obsessed which becomes a huge funny point for the show. Her other friends, Shoshanna, Marnie, and Jessa also have their quirks.

Despite the title, the show isn’t very “girly” at all and I even saw online that the show has a larger male audience than female audience so don’t let the title fool you! If you decide to watch, make sure no kids are around!

YouTube Preview Image

Music Monday: What is this….?

So I heard Avril Lavigne had a new music video out and I hadn’t heard much about her in years so I decided to check it out since I loved her music back in the day. What I saw next was terrifying……

The song is called “Hello Kitty” and it takes a lot of influence from Asian culture. I’m not entirely sure what’s occuring half the time but it’s entertaining nevertheless. I see Avril’s music has definitely changed a lot from the last time I heard her.

It features a lot of colors and scenes and creepy back up dancers…. I don’t really know how to describe it but it’s making waves across the Internet and I’m not one to be left behind on the latest trends so enjoy.

YouTube Preview Image

Nats Success

The Washington Nationals Game my class went to was a success! The Nationals beat the Cardinals, and we all learned more about baseball as a result of it. Our class seminar was about Baseball in the District. We also got a lecture about how baseball has transformed throughout history and even used baseball as a metaphor for our lives.

natsstad

 

It wasn’t as good as the Yankees game I went to in their new stadium but it was still a good game. I’m glad I’ve gotten to attend a professional game in DC in one of my last weekends here!

natspeeps

 

Going to the game made me slightly want to start liking baseball so when I get back home, I might start following it now! I won’t make any promises though….

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

I always love celebrating Earth Day since the environment is, to me, one of the most important issues of today. Although I try to do it every day, I always try to make sure I recycle everything I can on Earth Day and use the least amount of resources as possible. Also, Earth is my second favorite planet, after Saturn of course.

To make a twist on my usual Earth Day posts, I’ve decided to talk about Saturn since it’s the only planet that’s important. First, and most importantly, its rings are so cool. Earth could only wish to have such a cool looking exterior. There is also world peace on Saturn. Can’t say the same about Earth……

Recently the planet Saturn was in the news because it may have a new moon forming in its rings. Earth only has one boring moon but Saturn not only has multiple, it also has a new one! In closing, Saturn is much cooler than Earth could ever hope to be but we could at least put in an effort to keep Earth up and running in the future hope that it will be as cool as Saturn some day.

YouTube Preview Image

Music Monday: Grande

Today’s Music Monday is devoted to one of my newest favorite singers, Ariana Grande. Ariana is a new singer and she started off acting on a Nickelodeon show called Victorious. I never watched the show but I can’t say whether it was good or not but it was good enough to get her a singing career!

Ariana’s music is very similar to early Mariah Carey music, which I enjoy. She has a spectacular singing voice and a nice personality too, which is why she’s one of my favorite singers.

Her most popular song, and first song, is called “The Way” and features the rapper Mac Miller. I’m definitely going to have it on repeat this summer and I love to sing it to the top of my lungs when I’m in the car by myself. Yes… I’m one of those people……

YouTube Preview Image

Nationals Game

Last weekend, for our last weekend seminar on the History of Baseball in the District, we were able to attend a Washington Nationals Game. Although I have a sworn allegiance to the Yankees, I was still able to enjoy the game. They played the St Louis Cardinals so regardless I wouldn’t have cared if any team lost.

The only previous MLB game I’ve attended was the first home game the Yankees won in their new stadium during the regular season. It was really cool seeing a new stadium and going to a professional game during one of the last weekends of the semester.

The funnest part of the game was seeing how different things connected to some of the historical facts we learned in class. We got to understand why the Nationals came to DC from Canada.

YouTube Preview Image

Cryptography

Last week, my class went on a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum and the National Spy Museum, and they both were great! We had a seminar on Cryptography with a guest professor and it was really enjoyable. It involved a lot of math, which I usually hate and try to run from, but this time it was actually fun.

The National Spy Museum was cool because you were able to assume a different identity and see all different types of real life spy gear and protocol. It blended elements of fiction, in terms of the Bond movies, and reality, in terms of international spy rings. At the end there was a gift shop where you could purchase spy stuff you saw throughout.

The Cryptologic Museum was sponsored by the NSA and showed how cryptography has been used throughout history, even influencing the outcome of war. Being able to see the real life impact of cryptography and spying, was really powerful and made me understand it much more deeply than I previously had.

nsa

Movie Monday: Blue Jasmine

Instead of my usual Music Monday, I’ve decided to do a Movie Monday instead! This week’s movie is Blue Jasmine. It stars Cate Blanchett, who won an Oscar for her role, and Alec Baldwin. Its acclaim, and the fact that renting it was $1 on iTunes, made me decide to watch it. I’m not usually a movie person so it was a nice change.

The movie is beautifully done and, without giving too much away, is basically about a socialite and her downfall into poverty. The movie is by Woody Allen, which has come with its own fair share of controversy, but I tried to watch it through a purely artistic lens and separate the art from the filmmaker and found it enjoyable.

I’d highly recommend viewing. The movie is only 98 minutes so if you’re like me and can’t stand too long movies, then this is perfect for you! I also liked Allen’s previous movie Midnight In Paris as well, which is also a must see, especially for literary lovers.

YouTube Preview Image

Meeting Senator Warren

Last week I got the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite senators, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren is from the state of Massachusetts and was also a professor at Harvard. So when I heard she was having a meet and greet in her office, I jumped at the opportunity!

Warren is pretty well known to political watchers. Some are even urging her to run for President in 2016. She became of a political celebrity after being nationally known for taking a stand on issues for consumer protection after the financial downturn. Here’s a video of her speaking on those issues:

YouTube Preview Image

When I met her, she was extremely nice and we even held a small conversation. It was great seeing how genuinely excited and interested in getting to know everyone at the event. I’m so glad I went and got to meet one of my favorite senators!

senatorwarren

Throwback: National Cathedral

A couple of weeks ago our class visited the National Cathedral and it was a really fun experience. One of the striking things about the building is the cool gothic architecture. It’s such a distinct building and sticks out, which is cool since it’s a couple blocks away from our apartment. Fun note: one of the gargoyles on the building is in the shape of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

natcathe

 

The inside of the building is beautiful as well. One of the stained glass windows actually has a piece of space rock in it from the moon that is over 3 billion years old! It’s hard to tell in the picture but there’s a little black dot in the window and that’s where the rock is.

natcathe2

 

There are tons of other things to see inside such as President Wilson’s tomb and Helen Keller is also buried in the building, which is either creepy or cool whichever way you look at it. If you’re in DC, I’d recommend visiting, whether you’re religious or not. It has so many secular and political things as well, Darth Vader & President Wilson included.