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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

State Department Visit

Last week, our class took a field trip to the State Department. Unfortunately, Secretary of State John Kerry was in the Middle East during the time or otherwise I would’ve found a way to take a selfie with him. We got to see a lot of historic architecture and handiwork inside the building as well as some historic artifacts like the desk the Treaty of Paris was signed on.

statedeptWe also got to see the Jefferson room, which is the room our tour guide said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton preferred to have her photo ops with Ambassadors. After the State Department, we got to visit the Foreign Service and hear a talk about overseas work from one of our professor’s friends.

It ended up being an eventful day and I got to see a lot of history, surprisingly up close, that I didn’t expect. Heck, it even made me debate wanting to do international work in the future.

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21st Birthday!

Last week I celebrated my 21st birthday! It was actually really fun, but not in the way you’re thinking. I had a weekend class seminar about Cryptography on my birthday. Our class spent all day visiting the National Spy Museum and the Cryptography Museum. The course involved a lot of puzzles and math and surprisingly I learned a lot about cryptic messages and the history behind them!

Normally people don’t like being in class all day on their birthday but I did considering I got to visit two new museums I wouldn’t have otherwise! Plus, I got all my gifts and texts wishing me a happy birthday throughout the day so it still felt like my big day.

Plus, I don’t work on Fridays so the rest of the day I had free! I took the time to do some shopping with my birthday money and trust me, it was money well spent. The only weird part of the day was not being on campus with all my friends on my birthday but I was still with the Butler group in DC so all is well!

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Saudi Arabian Embassy

Our DC professor Ivo decided to take us on a field trip to the Saudi Arabian Embassy last week and it was a lot of fun! When we first got there, we were able to look around a bit and the building was beautiful inside. There were so many displays and building models to see.

Eventually we were led in a room to watch a short slideshow about Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is definitely one of the most westernized countries in the Middle East and its country’s leaders have had a long history of cooperation and support with the United States. Every single US President has met with the Saudi Arabian leader since FDR.

We ended with a couple of us volunteering to try on traditional Saudi Arabian outfits! I got to try on what men traditionally wear in the country and it was so cool. Most of their outfits are long and flowy because of the extreme heat in the region.

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