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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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Music Monday: Snow Won’t Stop

So all on the news, there is nothing but talk about the snow and cold. I even had a hard time trying to shovel the driveway because the snow was so frozen! I basically needed a pickaxe! I’ll have to try for round two later! I shoveled enough to get out the driveway so I could go grab Starbucks. Needless to say, I got stuck trying to drive back into my driveway and had to shovel myself out. Twas embarrassing.

In honor of the never ending cold, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s Music Monday to Sevyn Streeter and her song “It Won’t Stop.” It helps that I like the song and it’s awkwardly appropriate for the weather.

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Music Monday: You Can Call Me King K

So in my previous post, I talked about how I’ve been reading Pitchfork on a daily basis. Just to briefly recap, Pitchfork is this site that reviews independent music. One of the artists I discovered because of Pitchfork is a singer called King Krule.

King Krule is an artist from the UK and his stage name is inspired, ironically enough, by my favorite Elvis song “King Creole.” His music style is very indie rock with some downtempo and electronica elements as well. I first heard of him after the singer Lorde tweeted about him but I didn’t pay him much mind until I saw a good review on Pitchfork that made me decide to check him out and I found that I really like his music! Pitchfork strikes again!

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Beyonce Monday

So I was minding my own business, Thursday night, when I decide to get a hearty meal to celebrate my last class of the semester. That said, I decided to even go to bed early and just relax. Little did I know, Beyoncé had big plans that night. I happened to wake up at 5 AM to a couple texts, mostly along the lines of “BEYONCÉ.” I just knew something big happened.

I checked my handy dandy Internet to find out that Beyoncé released a new surprise album with no prior warning or notice entitled “BEYONCÉ” on iTunes. Not only was it an album, it also contained 17 FREE music videos! I didn’t even flinch and purchased the album on command. Then I spent the next couple of hours watching the music videos and listening to the songs all being amazed how she could keep such a big secret for so long! I guess she’s called Queen B for a reason!

All the videos are amazing, unique, and have spectacular quality. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “XO” and it’s also one of my favorite videos just because of how organic it feels. Beyoncé never disappoints and it’s why she’s my favorite artist out today. I definitely need to see her in concert!

Check it out below:

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

All week people have been wearing costumes and although I do like being wacky, for some reason I can just never get creative enough to dress up as anything for Halloween. Even as a kid I was a Debbie Downer and never dressed up for Halloween because I just didn’t care enough. Besides, I like investing my energy into real holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Tonight I plan on giving candy to my residents in my hallway and probably not play Halloween music on my speakers with my door open. I can say I have gotten into the spirit by having a pumpkin in my room but I’m scared it’s going to rot so I think I might have to get rid of it soon…..

Me posing with Achilles for Halloween!

Me posing with Achilles for Halloween!

Music Monday: Frank Ocean

So I awkwardly go through off and on periods of really getting into Frank Ocean and now is one of those times. I first heard of him two summers ago when his album came out and everyone and their mom loved him. His first single “Thinkin Bout You” was my favorite song for a while until I decided to listen to his older stuff.

Now my favorite song by him is “Swim Good” from his older released stuff. It’s funny I like it because, fun fact, I don’t know how to swim so I listen to it in a weirdly ironic way. As with all of Frank Ocean’s songs I never know what they’re talking about because his lyrics are so abstract but I still appreciate it.

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Early Halloween

So Halloween hit Butler early this year with everyone celebrating it this weekend. I normally don’t get into the Halloween spirit and never get dressed up but after peer pressure from my pals I decided to wear my Kris Humphries shirt and go as him as a last minute choice.

I decided to go to the dance party on campus and while there I saw Bekah dancing up a storm in a onesie! Only Bekah would wear a onesie and not think it’s a big deal. I also went around my unit randomly taking candy from all my residents. Little do they know I’ve been accumulating all the candy I’ve gotten from them in my room so when Halloween comes around I don’t have to buy any. Very smart thinking on my part, I must say.

Me and my pal Elissa dressed as basketball players

Me and my pal Elissa dressed as basketball players

Three Wise Men

My friend Elissa’s boyfriend came into town this weekend to twerk visit her from Wisconsin and I got to meet him and he was spectacularly nice. He even is up to date on pop culture so he’s a plus in my book. He drove us and our friend Lisa to dinner to Three Wise Men in Broad Ripple and, though we had a wait a while, the food was delicious!

When I got back from dinner I had planned on watching Miley Cyrus host on SNL but I was tired so I decided to take a nap before it came on. Unfortunately I overslept and now I’m up at 3 AM writing a blog! Hopefully it’s on Hulu in the morning so I can watch it. I’ve been reading reviews saying she was great so I can’t wait to see it!

The gang at Three Wise Men!

The gang at Three Wise Men!

Mr Kardashian The Frog

One of the classes I’m taking this semester is called the Politics of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. My teacher jokingly said we could get extra credit if we bring in a cat, toad, or an owl just like in the book series so I got a toad and I’m bringing him to class! I’ve named him Mr. Kardashian. He’s a fire-bellied toad and he was really cheap from the pet store!

He has been my project all day. I have to feed him mealworms and give him adequate light and water. He keeps trying to climb out of his tank so hopefully he’s just being energetic and it’s not a sign that he hates me!

Unfortunately toads aren’t allowed in residence halls so I’m letting one of my friends who lives in an off campus house keep him for me but I’m still claiming him as my child. Can’t wait to get my extra points!

Mr. Kardashian living large.

Mr. Kardashian living large.

Children’s Museum

So today I got to go to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum for the first time ever and it was really fun! It was a Reslife sponsored event so we all got to go for free and I’m so glad I went! When we arrived we were greeted by LJ who got us pumped about seeing all the attractions.

I got to see the dinosaur exhibit, the famous children in history exhibit, and browse all the different places and sights in the museum. I even awkwardly got kicked out of the butterfly exhibit because it was only for children 5 and under. Whoops!

I stayed for an hour before all the children there started to get to me and I ended my trip there by visiting the bookstore. I almost bought a sweatshirt before I realized I forgot my credit card in my dorm! Oh well, at least I’ll have more money for shopping tomorrow!

One of the exhibits at the museum

One of the exhibits at the museum

Remembering Blue

Since I didn’t get to blog about it when it happened, today I wanted to blog about Butler’s dearly departed mascot, Blue 2. Blue died earlier this month and it definitely took campus by storm. Everyone’s Facebook and Twitter statuses were filled with grief but also gratitude toward Blue for being such a faithful mascot for so long.

There was a memorial held for Blue in the bookstore with a painting of him and a slideshow showing photos of him from when he was a puppy. I must admit, even I almost shed a tear while looking at it. I regretted having never gotten a photo with him so I’ll be sure to get one with Tripp as soon as possible.

Although it’s sad that Butler is mourning an icon, it also serves as an opportunity for Butler’s newest mascot, Tripp, to step into a leading role now and be the bulldog that raises the spirit of campus. Can’t wait to see him in action!

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