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Senior Wine Tasting

A wine tasting was put on for the senior class, and what a blast it was. Gary Hulseman, a sales manager for a wine distributor in Indianapolis, provided the beverages as well as the presentation. A wine tasting isn’t about imbibing so much as it is about education of this product that has around 5,000 years of history, and several thousand variations of grapes.

It was a class affair, and all of the seniors showed up in style. At one point I sampled a cheese puff (“Absolutely exquisite,” I declared) and there was a wonderful array of cheeses at our tables. The presentation began with an example of how to taste wine. Due to my own excitement over this very subject, I helped with the explanation to the group. Turns out that going to Italy DOES have its upsides.

The wines were incredible. We had Pinot Noirs, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sangiovese Chianti, a Zinfandel, and many more. And I learned all the fun facts. A mellow yellow is great for food because it won’t overpower the taste of the food. A Sangiovese Chianti has an orange tint around the rim that you won’t find in any other red. It was basically one big exercise in being classy.

An Afro-Cuban Excursion

Instructions: Play song, and then begin reading.

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Do you like Afro-Cuban jazz? Well you absolutely should. On Wednesday, the Butler Jazz Combo put on a concert of Afro-Cuban music, featuring songs by the famous Tito Puente, one of the most important names in the field. This was all done in preparation for a concert on April 20th as part of the opening of the new Schrott Hall.

It was a perfect break from classes and work. Sitting in Lily Hall, I felt myself transported away by the screaming trumpets, the sassy drums, and the rockin’ piano. You could say that, after all of this, I was pretty jazzed up.

It was like a vacation from my problems. Even though the room wasn’t cold, I could feel the beach breeze blowing past me, the warm sunlight on my face, and the sand in my toes. This is the kind of music that should be used to get people through long winter months.

It was also a good reminder about all of the incredible things that Butler students are up to, and how, as long as I am aware of them, there won’t ever be a dull day on campus. I got to see some of my good friends show off their mad music skills, and did I mention how free it was?

Workload

It turns out that whenever students are feeling overwhelmed, that is the same period of the semester when the professor is experiencing the lightest load of work. Conversely, when students are able to relax, professors are smiling and sitting back, enjoying the reprieve.

I mention this because at this moment, I think that many of my professors are experiencing a lull in their work. How do I know this? BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT IS WORKING LIKE THERE’S NO MAÑANA!

I freaking love - I FREAKING LOVE HOMEWORK

It’s what happens when there’s a looming week long break. Professors give us all the work in the world to do before break, so that they get a nice week off to grade it. If there are any professors out there reading this, I sincerely thank you for not putting this work on the other end of the break, because how could we appreciate our week off if we were studying? On a related note, I’m sorry that you won’t have as much free time as us during break.

Getting My Spring Buff On

I’ve been called many names in my day, but “buff” or “jacked” have not come up often (or at least not in a tone). Thankfully, the HRC has provided a program to help me change this.

It’s called Sweat to Spring Break. You choose a location, and the number of miles that it is distant from Indianapolis, the number of minutes you must spend in the gym. I have selected a city in South Carolina. The self-competition started at the beginning of the semester and will end when Spring Break starts. That’s nearly a week away.

Oh dear.

So I’ve fallen behind. Apparently, in order to succeed in this competition, one needs to be “consistent” and “dedicated.” Pshaw. This has been a busy semester. Why do I have to defend myself? I don’t need to put up with this interrogation! It’s still possible, I just have to buckle down for the next week. With a free T-shirt at stake, I can probably accomplish anything.

Of Interviews, Ice Storms, and Galoshes

My foot slurping into a puddle is not a satisfying sensation. In fact, it’s downright dreadful (it should be known that wet socks are as annoying as loud chewers or people who take phone calls in the library). As I walked through downtown Chicago the day after a snowstorm, the purpose of galoshes became very clear.

I was in Chicago last Friday for my interview with the JET program. It was a one-day affair fueled by granola bars and made possible through the wonderful vehicles of Megabus.

Getting onto the Megabus was spectacular. A double-decker bus always means business. Not to mention the Wi-Fi (incredibly slow, but still). There were even outlets for individual seats. I felt like I was riding first class, bus style.

The interview went very well, but I mainly say that because I have to wait two months to hear the results, and I don’t have the emotional energy to worry about it for that amount of time. So for the next two months, you won’t hear a word about it from me. You’ll know when I get the news, because I’ll either be rejoicing in the streets or moping for a solid week.

A Shift In Perspective

It’s easy to go through a day thinking nothing new, doing nothing new. This video breaks through the walls that routine constructs and offers a new perspective of the ordinary. Do yourself a favor and watch the first five minutes of this video. I guarantee that’s all it will take to convince you to watch the rest.

 

3 Reasons to Choose Butler

I was asked to be on a panel today to answer questions for students and parents considering attending Butler. It brought me back to the time when I was looking at universities, and I thought I would take a moment to outline some of the factors that lead me to Butler.

1) Location: The campus is a twenty minute drive from Indianapolis, meaning it is close to a big city and all of the benefits that come with it. There is always something going on around the city. At the same time, campus is a bit removed from downtown, meaning you won’t get lost in the crowds and bustling streets of an urban campus. This porridge was neither too hot nor too cold.

2) Size: At approximately 4,000 undergrad students, I knew that I would be getting into something bigger than my high school, but not so big that I could fall through the cracks. The class size is where this really pays off: most of my classes have between ten and twenty students. The professors are very open to meeting with students outside of class, and understanding and generous enough to help with almost any problem.

3) Students: In the middle of my decision-making, I met with some students from the English Department. They were indicative of the enthusiastic and involved students that flourish on this came. They made me excited to be one of those students who was  part of the Butler Way.

While these are just a small percentage of the reasons to come to Butler, they were a significant part of my decision.

Looking for more reasons? Here’s a video put together by the Office of Admissions:

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The City of Laughter and Blue People

Chicago. It’s a fantastic place to visit, and it’s just a hop and a skip away from Indianapolis. Some say Chicago is the apple of the Midwest’s eye. I guess that’s why they call it the Big Apple.

The PuLSE office put together a trip on Saturday to visit Chicago, and I made sure to sign up as soon as humanly possible. Here was the schedule for the evening. After driving three hours by charter bus, we arrived at Second City to watch some great improv and sketch comedy. We laughed, we cried (from laughing), and then we ate pizza.

The pizza was Giardano’s, a legendary name in Chi-town. After gorging myself on what must have been several pounds of cheese and tomato sauce (realizing that I would probably be blocked up for days), we saw the Blue Man Group perform. And although it was my fifth time seeing it, I enjoyed the entire production.

That same night we drove back. Even the late night ride was enjoyable, since they played the movie “Just Go With It.” I’ll say right now that I think Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston make a great couple.

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Valentine’s Day: Bro Edition

Valentine’s Day is the day of couples, right? WRONG. I decided to take this day and give it to the people. The single people. Because we’re all single people, aren’t we? And I don’t think anyone should tell you that being a single person (as opposed to a double person?) is a problem.

This is how you cultivate a truly platonic friendship.

For that reason I got a rose for my good friend Brian. Brian’s my bro. So really, I got him a brose. See what I did there? And then I got him some chocolates and wrote up a little card, cause my momma always taught me to hand-write my cards.

What should we take away from this story. It could be that the little things are what make a friendship last. Or that everyone deserves to feel loved, even if they’re not in a relationship. Or even that I had a test that day, and this was a good way to take my mind off of it so that I wouldn’t over think it and freak myself out.

Jump-Tastic

Sky Zone! Where dreams come to soar, where the inner Spiderman is drawn out of all of us, and where people go to jump, induce nausea, and injure themselves trying that new daring trick that would have made them look so fly (pun mildly intended).

It was a free trip to one of the coolest places in Indianapolis. After an excitement filled bus ride during which my friends and I formed one of the world’s greatest dodge ball teams (Carmel Cavaliers HOOOOO!!!!) and getting lost around Fishers, we arrived. At this point we learned that we would be jumping without shoes OR socks (ewwww, some said) I forged ahead undaunted! I quickly learned that I wasn’t very good at dodge ball, was the world champion of trampoline long jump, and that there is little more disgusting than going to a public bathroom without footwear.YouTube Preview Image

The night ended with free pizza and drinks. It’s important to rehydrate after all of that jumping (that’s why I had three cups of Dr. Pepper). I also got a free sweat band, which at this point may be more sweat than band. If you’re looking for a fun way to burn some calories and work on your trampoline dunking (that’s right, I did an alley-oop on a ten foot rim) then check out Sky Zone!