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Hey, I'm Austin, and I'm currently a freshman here at Butler! I'm an ENTJ, a travel junkie, and an entrepreneur. I'm an Alpha Kappa Psi brother & True Blue Mentor, as well as being a part of Entrepreneurship & Innovation club, the volunteer center, and a student production crew member at the brand new Schrott Center. I also am a part of the student-run business, the Butler Bed Buddy. I'm always looking for something to get involved with on campus as well. Go Dawgs!

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Archive: October 2012

Happy Winter! I mean, Halloween?

It doesn’t seem like fall is, well, fall anymore – it feels like it’s becoming winter very soon. I’ve been bundling up in layers on a daily basis in order to make it through the past few days, which have been excruciatingly cold and windy. Perhaps the wind is a side-effect of Hurricane Sandy, but it’s still been really cold. I mean, come on, today’s “real feel” was at 33….and it doesn’t get THAT cold in Tennessee until at least after Thanksgiving! It’s crazy! At least I’ll be working tonight, so I won’t really have to be outside…especially because it’ll get colder.

Proof of today’s weather.

Also speaking of Sandy (yes, we are on a first-name basis), it’s so unfortunate to hear about what happened. My thought go out to all of those without power and for their losses. My friends who live in D.C. luckily were able to remain safe, and their classes were canceled on both Monday and Tuesday. I wish Butler would have done that to save me from this cold weather! But in all seriousness, this winter is going to be a challenge for me.

Check out this awesome time-lapse of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York City. Right around 42 seconds the power on the right side of the city goes out. It’s creepy, yet really intriguing.

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Happy Halloween!

Butler vs. Marian

This past Saturday was the first men’s Butler basketball game of the season, and it was an exhibition match against another Indianapolis university, Marian. It was also my first experience at a Butler basketball game, and words cannot express how incredible it was being in Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time.  I never got a chance to see Hinkle when I toured campus, but it was incredible. The energy of everyone in the arena from both team supporters was awesome, and it was great seeing Butler in action finally!

Butler defeated Marian 62-40 by the end of the game, and I have a pretty solid feeling about this upcoming season. Butler has another match against the University of Indianapolis this Saturday. I’m pretty excited for that game as well, because it’s just a few days before the season actually begins! It’s great seeing some action on campus from both alumni and students getting into the Butler spirit. It should be a good season!

Hinkle Fieldhouse - a national historic landmark, home of Butler Basketball!

Are we done yet?

Here it is- my obligatory “complain about homework” blog! Between this week and last week, I’ve had two mid terms and 3 papers to write…and it’s incredibly hard to get focused with all of this beautiful weather outside. I actually just got back my Urban Ecology exam on Monday and I made an 89 on it, which is completely surprising considering I’m a business major and can’t stand anything science related. I can’t complain much, though- the semester is half way over, and it’s only 23 days until Thanksgiving Break! (but who’s counting, eh?)

This week I have an algebra exam and a paper about zombies for my FYS due on Friday, as well as a short paper for my Urban Ecology class due tomorrow. I’ve been trying different ways and areas to study in, and I still haven’t found a good spot to study in and it’s been over two months since I’ve been on campus! I’ll figure it out soon enough.

I’ve discovered that I’m actually capable of doing homework while listening to music, and some of my favorite bands/artists to listen to while studying are M83, Lana Del Rey, The XX, and Imagine Dragons. Not necessarily sure why, but they just help me focus. This song in particular is one of my favorites by M83. You should check them out if you don’t know them!

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The Walking…what?

As most of you know (if you watch TV or even remotely scan the internet), The Walking Dead is back on air with a new season this fall, and is now two episodes in. And for those of you if you don’t know what The Walking Dead is, well, you should. The show is about zombies (go figure) and how a group of survivors try to survive the apocalypse of the 21st century. The show is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, too. That aspect of the show is really appealing to me due to the fact that my older sisters live in a suburb of Atlanta, and I’m always down there!

Anyways, The Walking Dead is one of the best television series I’ve watched to date, and I haven’t even made it to the third season yet…so I don’t necessarily know what’s going on at this point. The first two seasons are on Netflix, though, which is one of the GREATEST investments my mom has ever made (thanks mom)! But really…I definitely recommend it to everyone. I’m half way through season two, and the first two episodes of season three are on AMC‘s website as well, so I’ll be able to catch up this week and watch the new episode Sunday on tv! You guys should check it out, too!

I’m Not a Political Science Major

As my post says, I’m NOT a Political Science major, nor could I ever be (no offence to those who are, Andre!). The debate last night was quite….interesting, to say the least. I watched bits and pieces of it, and I ended up turning it off due to the fact that I can’t really stand the thought of debates, especially Presidential ones. It’s not like I could have avoided the debate, anyways, because all of my friends all of the sudden think they’re political experts when debates come on and Twitter and Facebook both are FLOODED with people who believe they know what’s best for our country. Oh well, it’s entertaining to say the least!

I did find an article on Forbes that gave an in-depth, unbiased review of the debate to find out what each candidate said on each question, and like the article said in its closing paragraph “It was truly an embarrassing night for each candidate, and as the world was watching, an embarrassing night for the United States more broadly.” You can check out the article here!

An accurate description of how I felt during last night's debate.

Back to Butler

Here I am again, late night blogging, but I’m back on campus after an awesome fall break! If you haven’t read my past few blogs, I spent my fall break with one of my best friends in Washington D.C. who attends Georgetown. While there, we explored every aspect of the city- from the monuments to the malls, we relied on the metro to get us from place to place when we decided we were sick of walking. We ended up in Arlington, Virginia on several occasions…sometimes on purpose, sometimes on accident.

The U.S. Capitol building at night!

The view of the Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument from the bay.

Although I’ve been to Washington D.C. several times, I never get sick of seeing the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, it was gated off and closed due to an earthquake that caused cracks and damage to the monument. That was unfortunate, but it is being repaired!

When I got back to Indy this morning at about 11:30, campus was dead. I ended up taking I’d say a 5ish hour nap after unpacking and what not, and by the time I woke up at 6:30 it was a whole different world. Campus was filled with life once again, and everyone was preparing for the full work-week we have ahead of us. It’s great to be back on campus, though. Happy Monday, all!

10/11/12 & how it’s significant

October 11th of the year 2012 was a Thursday- a significant one at that. Today marks the first official day of “fall break.” Woohoo! Today was an awesome day. First and foremost, I woke up in the beautiful city of Washington D.C., and explored downtown and took the Metro all over the city. My friend Zach and I walked around EVERYWHERE, and it was a blast but also exhausting.

I’m staying until Sunday, and then flying back to Indy and will the back on campus. Butler looks truly incredible in the fall, and it this time last year that I actually visited campus and fell in love with it. So I DEFINITELY recommend checking out campus sometime this fall if you haven’t already! You won’t regret it!

Here’s a song that I pretty much listened to the entire way on the plane ride to D.C.- check it out! Happy fall break!

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So close, yet so far

It’s Monday- the week just began, but it’s a short week! Fall break is on Thursday and Friday, and I’ve not been so excited for a break since I don’t even remember. It’s not that far away, but it feels like it! The reason why I’m so excited, even though it’s a short break, I’m actually flying to Washington D.C. to visit my best friend from high school who goes to Georgetown. We’re going to go to different places, including the National Zoo and a variety of other monuments. I’m incredibly excited!

I also love love LOVE flying, and cannot wait to be up in the air again! I flew for the first time this past April to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference, or ICDC for short. That was one of my greatest experiences in high school by far, and I definitely recommend the organization as a whole itself.  And also Salt Lake City was BEAUTIFUL. Here’s a picture I took when we landed, and there was still snow on the mountains!

View from the Salt Lake City International Airport

All in all, it was a great experience. Happy Monday, and here’s to a great week!

Late night….homework?

I never really thought that college would turn me into a night owl, but it truly has. Every night for the week (and only this week, actually), I’ve been up until about 4 or 5 in the morning at least every night attempting to do some kind of homework. From 5 page papers to short essay responses, to even studying for algebra, I just end up losing track of time and before I know it I’m crawling into bed at 5AM nightly.

Although staying up later (later than everyone on campus, for the most part) isn’t really the best idea in college, I always find myself the most productive late at night. The later the night gets, the more philosophical I get. It’s 4 AM, and I’ve been sitting in the lounge of the basement of Ross Hall, which is one of the two freshman dorms on campus, writing two papers and studying algebra since about 1AM. Sure, I get sidetracked from time to time on Facebook and Twitter, constantly refreshing for something new to pop up, I always work my way back to whatever I was doing and I usually end up doing better than I had prior after a break. This blog post is a perfect example of me getting sidetracked but hey, at least it’s productive in itself! And luckily my papers require deep thought and creativity, which mainly start flowing late at night. I’ve probably come into contact with 2 other people in the past two hours, so it’s pretty much safe to assume that everyone’s asleep.

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Here’s a video that will describe PERFECTLY how I feel when I have to get up for classes in about 4 hours, but hey, it’s Friday! Good night!