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Archive: August 2012

That Gotye Song

If you’ve ever been around me, you might have heard one of my rants on the horrible effects of radio and how they can turn the best of songs into the most irritating and overplayed songs. To witness my gag reflex just play some Adele. No really. Do it. I dare you.

When I stumbled upon the video below, I both understood the quandary that these fellows find themselves in as well as appreciated the hilarity of the situation. I hope that you can understand the internal conflict that is created by these monsters of summer hits.

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Internship and Career Services

A common problem with higher education is a conflicting idealism versus practicality. Sure I can learn how to live a great, well-rounded life but does that mean I’ll be able to not drown in debt?

Besides the many merit and need-based scholarships for which we can thank the Admission’s Office for, there is another office that is unused for three-fourths of a Butler Student’s career, and then desperately sought out during that last fourth.

Internship and Career Services is a fantastic resource that connects what us Butler students have done over four years with what employers look for. I wandered into this office expecting a few run of the mill tips (here’s how you do a resume, here’s how you interview well, blah-dee-blah). What I received was a mountain of resources. Pamphlets, papers, magazines, and books were all gifted, geared towards my specific interests and requests. More importantly, contacts were given out. What I had expected to be a series of vague and broad bits of advice materialized instead as a number of specific, concrete leads that I am now free to explore.

Take that, stereotype of jobless English majors.

Everything that I was given! How awesome

Higher Education: Why?

Here’s a bit of advice: don’t invest tens of thousands of dollars a year into something that you don’t understand, or into a project that you don’t know what you want to do with. The university system in America is experiencing a phenomenon in which students will enter into it, not because they know what they want to do, but because it is the thing to do.

State schools are plagued by people who go off to college, don’t pay much for tuition and don’t give two flapjacks about what they garner for their education. I would suppose they don’t even have a basic understanding of what one should do with an education.

Everybody talks about the Butler Way. It’s associated with Men’s Basketball, but I argue that is only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible part of a system that fights the drone effect of the university system.

Common held belief: you go to college in order to get a better job. If that’s the case, then you’ve already succumbed to the drone effect. A university is not a trade school: one doesn’t go there just to learn how to work. It’s not about the end, but the means. The Butler Way is named so to emphasis a mode of lifestyle, a path that we all seek to take that rises out of the muck of everyday living and takes us into the sublime, the intellectual, but more importantly the communal.

From the Volunteer Center to Greek Life, volunteer opportunities are available everywhere. It’s no longer a requirement, as some high schools boasted. This isn’t about meeting some arbitrary requirement. It’s about living a life that is magnanimous, productive, and sharply witted. (And again, insert iceberg metaphor here).

We’ve asked Why. Now ask How?