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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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Polar Life

I hate this winter with a passion. It has been too cold and too snowy to even enjoy it. Although I wouldn’t trade all the snow days I’ve had for the world, I’d still prefer for it to be warmer now considering we’re 2 weeks away from April.

In Chicago a bit ago they held the city’s annual Polar Plunge and I thought it would be appropriate to talk about since it’s still colder in D.C. My professor here told us that it was not only unusual for DC to get this much snow, but it’s even more unusual that it’s still this cold at this point in time. Strange!

In Chicago’s Polar Plunge, Jimmy Fallon took part this year and his reaction to the cold was priceless! He’s definitely my favorite late night host and it says a lot that he could even be funny in this instance, even though he wasn’t trying to be.

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Betraying The Dawgs

So over fall break I decided to visit my friend Hayley who goes to Loyola in Chicago. We hung around her apartment for a bit and then went shopping at H&M (of course) downtown. It’s funny because I already have an order on its way from H&M already but I just can’t be stopped.

Afterwards we went to a Loyola basketball pep rally for their new season. It was cute I guess but it just didn’t compare to the celebrations we throw at Butler! It was interesting to see how other schools celebrate and to see their gymnasium. Plus I got a free T-Shirt and got to take a picture with their mascot so it ended up being fun!

Being there did make me excited for the Butler basketball season! I can’t wait to be front row in the Dawg Pound to support our Dawgs this year, especially since it’s my last year!

Me and the Loyola mascot.

Me and the Loyola mascot.

Lollapalooza Lineup

So for the past two days everyone and their mom has been tweeting, Instagraming, and tattooing about getting Lollapalooza tickets. Personally I couldn’t get myself to buy the tickets because it was so much money for something I didn’t even know who was playing. The lineup hasn’t been announced so I wouldn’t even know if I liked the people or not. Also, outdoor festivals creep me out.

That being said, today a rumored lineup list appeared on the Internet and got me excited to say the least. It has Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks, and other cool artists were on the list. If that’s the case, I might buy a one day pass just to see Lana and Azealia since all the other tickets were sold out.

Here’s Lana’s newest video just to get myself in the mood:

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Magnificent Parade

Yesterday I went to downtown Chicago and attended the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and I really enjoyed it! I had the secret hope of being on the news but I unfortunately didn’t make an appearance. Maybe next time! The parade/lights show marked the first time that all the Christmas lights in the city were being officially lit up.

There were seemingly millions of people in the streets and I could barely get a good view of the parade! I was tempted to get on someone’s shoulders and pretend they were my parent but decided against it. My favorite balloon was that of Rudolph because, I can’t tell if it was because of the wind or the people holding the strings, he was knocking into the crowd and it was very entertaining.

 

Chicago Break

Over the fall break weekend I drove to Chicago to visit my friend Hayley, who goes to Loyola. The weather was extremely rainy and cold so I had to bundle up and drive carefully to get there!

On my way there!

Hayley had a dance performance at Loyola’s new performing arts center so I was happy to attend and show my support! It was part of one of her dance classes and they did a modern dance routine and I was definitely impressed!

After her performance, we went downtown to go shopping! I needed to go to Apple to get a new phone charger and to H&M to get a new sweater for the cold weather! But first we stopped by Macy’s and there I saw Nicki Minaj‘s new perfume/fragrance stand so of course I had to take a picture! I didn’t buy any since it’s for girls but I at least smelled it.

Overall, I had a fun time and can’t wait to go back to the Windy City (literally since the weather was so awful)!

Music Monday

I’ve decided to hop on the Music Monday trend and do a review of the new Lana Del Rey music video. To give a background, Lana’s music is kind of bleak, dull, and dreary, and I love it! Her most famous song is “Video Games,” which she performed on Saturday Night Live a little bit ago. She’s currently the spokesperson for H&M and of course I had to take a picture with her picture in the store in Chicago!

Lana and I in Chicago!

The music video for her song “Ride” takes place in a desert in Nevada. Lana plays a woman who has to sleep with different men for protection/housing. The video definitely has an interesting concept. My favorite part of it is all of the scenery and the quality of the film. It’s 10 minutes long, which makes it a little lengthy, but I was entertained the whole time. I recommend watching it if you have some spare time.

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Real Finding Nemo

Last week I was able to go to the Shedd Aquarium with my friend Jessica and I ended up having a lot of fun! It was my first time ever going so it was sort of like a reliving my childhood moment. We thought it would be good to get there early to beat all the field trips but after getting there, we realized that didn’t make much sense and were soon bombarded by small children of all sorts.

It was so fun seeing all the animals! I saw all kinds of fish, snakes, sea horses, and much more. I just had no idea all of these species existed. It was like watching Finding Nemo and Animal Planet in real life. We didn’t pay for any of the big exhibits but if we go back again, I definitely want to see the Jellyfish display that I’ve been seeing all the commercials for.

One of the huge fish we saw that day!

Beautiful Weather

The weather has been extremely beautiful lately and I recently went to Chicago to enjoy it. My friend Jessica and I walked around the city to see all the people, to pick up a new book, and to get things out of her locker at Colombia University.

We ended up going to a restaurant called Eleven City Diner for lunch and it was delicious! I got turkey sliders and I couldn’t even finish them all! I am really looking forward to going back and trying something else as there were so many things on the menu that looked good.

My favorite part of the day was sitting out by the beach and starting to read my book! I ended up getting a book called Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. From what I understand so far, it combines elements of the Civil War and vampires. Sounds fun!

Our view by the beach! It was such a beautiful day!

Looking To Summer

I am literally counting down the days until summer vacation and I can’t be more excited. Here’s a list of things I’m excited to do this summer/desperately want to do:

1. Read a book (preferably the Hunger Games)

2. Go to the Nicki Minaj concert

3. Meet Kim Kardashian

4. Go to the Shedd Aquarium

5. Get a job

6.Go to the Museum of Science and Industry

7. Soak up the sun on the beach

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Kardashian Khaos

Last week I found out that the Kardashians would be in Chicago on Friday at Sears. Not only did excitement rush through my body, I was determined to go no matter what. Nothing was going to keep me from meeting Kim. …Or so I thought.

Friday morning I woke up early to drive all the way to the mall they were going to be at just so I could see Kim. When I got there at 9 am to wait to see them, there were already about 300 people there even though the event didn’t start until 5 pm!! Some had even camped out since 3 pm the night before!

So since my chances of meeting her were shot since she was only meeting 200 people, I decided to just wait around the mall just to get a glimpse of her. So I waited hours upon hours prancing around until 5 came. To make a long story short, I did get to see her in the flesh but I was so far back and there were so many TALL people in front of me that I could barely manage a good picture. But I heard rumors that they’re coming back to Chicago in the summer so that’ll be my chance to camp out over night and finally meet Kim!! She looked so good in person!!!

This is the best picture I could salvage of Khloe and Kim