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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: January 2013

FF: Spring Break

In my last blog post, I talked about how I joined the ZipCar program on Butler’s campus, and it’s honestly been the best choice I’ve made since deciding to come here. Today I made a trip to Cincinnati with my friend Emily to pick up one of my friends from home. We started our trip at 7AM, and it ended back at Butler around 11AM. It was a really fast trip, really, and it’s the longest distance I’ve ever drove in one setting, but it was fun!

This entire program has gotten me really excited for my spring break, which actually starts on my birthday (March 8th)! Although I’m not leaving on the 8th, my friend Emily and I are heading to either Washington D.C. or to New York City, and if we do make it to the “Big Apple,” we’re hopefully going to see the Atlantic 10 Championship in Brooklyn. I’m incredibly excited for Spring Break in general, though, because I just love travelling all together.

Speaking of my best friends, here's a picture of Emily, Nicole, and I from an ugly sweater party we attended!

My First “ZipTrip”

What’s a “ZipTrip,” you may ask? Well, a ZipTrip is known as a trip you take from renting a ZipCar, which is a program here on Butler’s campus. A ZipCar is a car that you can rent for an hour, multiple hours, a day, or multiple days for a charge when joining the ZipCar program, which I joined because I don’t have a car.

I joined the ZipCar program when I got back on campus earlier this semester and finally got my “ZipCard,” which is a card which unlocks and locks the car from a sensor on the window, and the keys are in the car which you use to start it. There are two ZipCars on campus, too, which are a Honda InSight and a Ford Focus, and I chose the InSight (only because it was the only one available; I prefer Fords).

For my first ZipTrip, I drove downtown to Circle Centre Mall in order to return a pair of shoes, and then to Regions to my bank. I only rented the car for only an hour and a half for about 14$, and it’s only about 8$ an hour! It’s incredibly convenient, and it comes with gas and insurance which comes a part of the membership. I definitely plan on taking more ZipTrips throughout the year, too, and would recommend the program to anyone!

The two ZipCars that are available on Butler's campus!

“Spring” Semester of a Business Major

Happy FRIDAY! The second week of the semester is over now, and everything is pretty much in full swing. I’m really starting to get the hang of all of my classes, too, even though I haven’t gotten all of my books from the bookstore yet (you can buy awesome Butler apparel here that you can’t find in store, too). For the most part I am doing well, too, besides the fact that I’m horrible at foreign languages! My class schedule looks like this, too.

  • FYS 102 - Scary Stories - This class is pretty much a continuation of my year-long FYS that’s a part of Butler’s CORE curriculum. It’s pretty philosophical, too, and I really enjoy it.
  • LE 263 - Legal Environment of Business – This class is a mix between a history course and a business course (obviously). It’s pretty much the introductory course to business law.
  • MA 125 - Business Calculus – Self explanatory. It’s also horrible, too.
  • EI 201 - Real Business Experience – In this course I’m responsible to actually create a business and run it for about a month for a chance to make a profit! Any profits that are made are also split to however many people help with the business.
  • CN 101 – Beginning Chinese – Self explanatory again. This class is actually really fun. I took Latin in high school and never really got the chance to learn a language that can be spoken, but I have so far. My Chinese name is 柯德威, which means noble power & virtue. In English it’s written like Ke De wei.

That’s it for not. While thinking back on these first two weeks of the second semester, it’s really making me miss the first two weeks of the first semester. Welcome Week was by far one of the best weeks of my life, and I had so much fun. In honor of Welcome Week, I found this video on YouTube posted by the Office of Admission and it’s a variety of film clips from Welcome Week that’s getting me really excited for the Class of 2017! Check it out!

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Weekend Recap

Since this past weekend was an extended weekend, I decided to come home (like I said in my last blog). Of course, I missed the biggest basketball game of the year versus Gonzaga, which I actually had a wristband for, but that’s besides the point. I had a great weekend back at home, and I actually had the opportunity to pick up things that I had forgot to bring back to Butler from the break, but I took care of that!

When my bus arrived in Knoxville, there was snow all over the roads, cars, and sidewalks, even downtown! The bus had made a stop at a red light and it began to slide down a hill due to the snow, which was crazy, and according to the weather on my phone it’s supposed to snow not once- but twice- this week!

It's gonna be a cold week!

I’m on my way back to Butler now, and I’m also writing this on my iPhone again! It’s crazy how great technology is, isn’t it?

What Have I Done?

I decided earlier in the week that I was going to go back home for the extended weekend. “It’ll be fun! I won’t be able to see anyone until the summer anyways if I don’t go home for spring break!” Well, I’ve gotten myself into quite a mess…..it’s pretty much blizzard-ing where I live right now, and I’m leaving at 8PM tonight to go home…

What my house currently looks like, which isn't so bad...

 

It just looks like a lot of snow there, but its gotten much worse. The interstate and all main roads are practically shutting down, and I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to look when I get home at about 5AM tomorrow morning.

One of the busiest roads that leads from my house in Knoxville to my high school, which is a disaster currently.

Suit & Tie

Today is a BIG day for the music industry – JT (Justin Timberlake) is BACK! While it’s been over six years since he has released a new single, I do believe that his new single, titled “Suit & Tie,” will be a big hit. I personally am growing to like it the more I listen to it. He’s doing a really good job with his music, and he’s actually turning around the revolutionary MySpace to head in the right direction.

Justin Timberlake bought a massive amount of shares in MySpace back in 2011, redesigned it, and now it’s back and better than before! It’s very simplified, and now open for public registration. Here’s what a screenshot of it looks like:

The New Myspace

You can also only listen to the full song on iTunes or on Myspace. I’ve tried looking everywhere on YouTube and each video is just removed shortly after posting due to copyright issues. I definitely recommend both the song and the new Myspace, though!

Everybody Loves Breakfast

Since I will be traveling back to Butler this weekend as well as being alone practically all week, I’ve decided to update my iPhone (it’s weird saying that) with a bunch of new music.

To start out with, I downloaded the entire “Breakfast” album by Chiddy Bang, which is and American “pop-rap” duo consisting of ”Chiddy” Anamege and Noah Beresin. Coincidentally, Butler’s SGA got Chiddy Bang to play at this year’s Butlerpalooza, and I got a chance to see them. I had liked them before, but I never really got into them as much as I am now, and I can’t stop listening to them. They truly have a unique sound, and I really wish I could go back in time and see them again now that I’m really into them!

It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite song, but if I were to have one it would probably be a tie between both “Whatever We Want” and “Happening.” Both have really good intro music, which usually determines the entire song for me due to being hooked in the beginning. Check both out here!

Whatever We Want
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Happening
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The Only Boy Left

Well, it is now Tuesday, January 8th, and I am pretty much the only soul in East Tennessee that has yet to leave for school once again, meaning I don’t really have anyone to hang out with because all of my friends are either busy at school or work, and I don’t really have many things to do on my own.

I chose not to go through recruitment, or rush, which is starting tomorrow back at Butler. Basically all of my friends are rushing, so I’ll probably be one of the few independents, or non-Greek affiliated students that I am pretty much friends with!

While I will be home for the next few days, I plan on catching up on movies I have yet to watch, seeing family members one last time, and watch the rest of Parks and Recreation. I’m almost caught up for the new season!

 

Parks and Recreation - The Greatest Show EVER.

Science Fiction to Science Reality – 27 Cases

Not only was 2012 a great year for myself, but it was also an innovative year for science as well. In a recent article on Spaceblow, 2012 brought about a variety of new cases of science fiction who were made into realities, ranging from invisibility cloaks to houses built by 3D printers, science is rapidly advancing a lot further than I had seriously expected it to!

I can’t wait to see how far science will advance in 2013! Seriously, check this article out. I guarantee you will be surprised just as I was!