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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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Old Made New

This past week I visited my relatives in Los Angeles and was able to see it with a new perspective.

A bit of back story: my parents grew up in Los Angeles. The fact that we live in Indiana has been scoffed at, gaped at, and upbraided mercilessly for years. It’s even worse when we tell other people. In order to stay close to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins we visit Los Angeles every summer. It has gotten to the point where I love the city without even realizing what the city is. All I think about when I think “Los Angeles” is good times with family.

LA from a hill

A city is much easier to grasp when juxtaposed with other cities. I am able to compare it to such cities as Milan, Rome, Indianapolis, and New York from recent visits. These incredible opportunities afforded to me in the past have changed me in more ways than I realized.

Above all, I think it’s given me a greater appreciation for food. See why here.

You see some pretty interesting architecture out here. It's like a unicorn sneezed out a house...

Assisi: The Villages of Umbra

Why would someone want to study in Perugia? The city is about 200,000 people large, holds a good amount of history (a wall runs through the city that was constructed by the Etruscans, a civilization preceding the Roman Empire) but Perugia is a drop in the bucket when compared to metropolises like Rome or Florence.

The great thing about Perugia is that it is located in Umbra, the heart of the country. Drive in any direction a half hour, and you will arrive at a city that is small, quaint, and evident of the beauty that exists in the hill country of Italy.

One famous example would be Assisi. The city is a perfect location for a day trip. Last Thursday, I finished class at noon and hopped on a train to Assisi for the afternoon. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! (Note: This phrase is only used because my Italian amico Leonardo finds no end to the hilarity of this phrase).

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Coming Full Circle

Butler borrows the best of both worlds. When I was looking at various universities my senior year of high school, I was intrigued by Butler’s innate ability to exist within a large city (only 15 minutes from Indianapolis’ downtown) yet remain its own entity. The campus does not exist on city street corners.

Try and tell me that's a city campus. Honest, try me

Simultaneously remote and integrated. Last Saturday my friends took advantage of this and visited the Circle Centre Mall, stepping out of the “Butler Bubble,” as it is termed in the area, and entering into the world of fashionable, dimly lit, cologne suffused, and techno pumping stores.

The night ended as a rousing time, full of jokes and memories (ie why did we even walk into that store? I couldn’t breathe). But it won’t end there. Being in Indy opens us to countless options, quite importantly the Lucas Oil Stadium. Super Bowl here we come!