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Of Libraries and Wondefulness

It’s my dream to live near to a giant library. I would visit every week and find new books, movies, and music to enjoy and expand my mind. When I’m studying at Irwin, sometimes I’ll just walk along the bookshelves and realize how little I know. It’s also a joy to find those books they look like they belong on the set of a movie about the middle ages.

While Butler University has two fantastic libraries (the general Irwin library and then the Science Library in Holcomb Building), the Indianapolis area is home to a number of fantastic libraries, some that are very close, and to which you can order any book in the system. I went to the downtown branch, one of the most beautiful libraries that I have ever seen. The old and new mediums of literature is symbolized in a stunning mixture of architectures; a new flowing glass section directly next to a square, stone building that was the original library. It was a pleasure just walking through the shelves and finding something new to learn.

Presidential Elections: The Digital Age

For those about to enter the college sphere, they may also be nearing another new realm that is much talked about: voting. This year hosts the presidential election, as did my senior year four years ago. I will never forget it, given that I was born two months too late to vote. Finally, my time has come!!!

In our rapidly developing world, technological changes are stark against two presidential elections four years apart. The first, President Obama managed to drive a hugely successful fundraising campaign online. Now, he is entering into a newer form of technology. “Technology 2.0″ they are calling it (they being me. Try and pass it on. Maybe Urbandictionary.com will pick it up).

Despite Facebook’s botched entrance into public ownership, it is able to simultaneously prove its undeniable and massive (if untapped) power through data mining. As the battle becomes more heated between the newcomer and the one defending his title (makes me reminisce about old-school wrestling) they will wring any advantage they can out of new tools. The focus shifts where the social sphere has made a shift towards in the last 4 years.

I only hope that these newer, more advanced ad campaigns do nothing to undercut the old-fashioned method of informing oneself on the state of the country, the records of the opponents, and the promises they are making to the country. Sure Obama can learn a lot about you, but does that mean he’s fit to lead? And the same goes for Romney. You won’t find me favoring one on this blog, but I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, it’s a question you willing to find the answer to: Who would be the best candidate to lead our nation?

Elevators and Shenanigans

I’ve been quite disturbed by one factor of Italian life: the public transportation. I have absolutely no problem with the system itself; it’s great for the environment, fantastic for a budget minded traveler, and is normally very efficient. I only have a problem with the people.

There could be ten people on our mini-metro for five minutes, and not a word would be spoken. It’s like all of the outgoing, happiness in their souls dies moments after stepping through the doors. I do my best to combat this with a number of jokes, but if I’m not getting cold stares from strangers, then I’m being politely asked by my friends to “shut my butt.”

So today, my dream came true when an Italian girl used one of my favorites in the public elevator. We entered and before pressing the only button for up (there are two levels), she asked, “Wait, where are we going?” I immediately responded, “UP!” and applauded her while expressing my relief at finding a fellow appreciator of public humor.

Thus, in honor of elevator jokes, I bring to you the masters of public comedy.

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