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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: February 2013

The Butler Bed Buddy

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, guys! I’ve been so busy with a variety of things going on in my life at the moment, and a lot of it is actually to do with a student-run business that I helped start in my Real Business Experience (RBE) course. Our business is known as the Butler Bed Buddy, and we sell a pillow / stuffed animal that is modeled after Butler Blue II. This is what our product looks like thus far:

The Butler Bed Buddy!

The course is modeled for the university’s College of Business to loan students money to help start a business, with the goal of being able to pay off the loan & make a profit by the end of the semester. Our team has been able so far this semester to outsource our product to a manufacturer in China, build an entire website on our own, get licensing through the university to use an appropriate logo, and also more approvals to sell in certain areas on campus as well. It has taken a lot of effort, time, and work, but it’s definitely worth-while. This class has been the most hands-on class I’ve ever had, and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it so far.

What the actual Butler Bed Buddy will look like.

The best part of the business thus far has been being able to provide a unique product to alumni, students, and families all across the United States. We’re currently selling the Butler Bed Buddy for 25$, and you can view our website above to see more information. The Butler Bed Buddy will also look like the image to the left – we were in between whether or not we were going to use the “B” or use the logo, but we got licensing to use the logo approved and that’s what we’re using. I’m going to blog about the class & business more throughout the semester, but if you’d like to follow up with us more you should like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for constant updates on our business! More to come soon!

Roommate Haircuts

As everyone knows, college students carry the stereotype as being “broke college students.” Well, I have proven this stereotype to be true to all of the guys in my unit when my roommate practically almost shaved my head last Tuesday. I never got the chance to blog about it due to the chaotic week I had last week, which is why I practically fell off the side of the earth!

Anyways, my roommate shaved my head in the community bathroom of my unit for the second time on Tuesday. He cut my hair last time, too, and he actually did a pretty good job! Here’s what was left of my hair prior to cutting it….

The evidence of what was left…

Unfortunately, it was 15 degrees Wednesday morning…so walking around with no hair was miserable. I was so cold, and the little hair I had left was frozen! It was cold, but I feel like my hair looks a lot nicer when it’s shorter.

My First Chicago Experience

Unlike most people at Butler, I had never been to Chicago prior to this past weekend…and it was AMAZING. I loved it, and I would definitely go back if I had the chance. It was definitely one of the nicest, most charming cities I’d ever been to, and I can’t wait to go back.  I got to stay in the Palmer House Hilton, which was beautiful, for the annual Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity’s Principle Business Leadership Institute (PBLI). Both were awesome, and I got to meet a bunch of people from all over the Midwest at other schools who were awesome.

We also got to walk around Millennium Park which was beautiful. I got to see the bean and a bunch of other “tourist” sights. It was incredible, and I especially loved Michigan Avenue. I do plan on going back and shopping at the Magnificent Mile the next opportunity I get!

The face!

The bean!

My Valentine’s “Date”

Happy Friday! First and foremost, I did not actually have an official date this Valentine’s Day, therefore my best friend Emily and I went out to dinner together because she didn’t have one, either. But like a regular date/Valentine’s Day, I surprised her with flowers! She was really shocked, but loved them. I forgot to buy a vase to go along with them so we had to use a Marco’s cup as a vase. This is the way it turned out:

I did good, right?

Although the Marco’s cup takes away from it, I still think I did alright. After my Chinese class last night we went to dinner at Olive Garden! Olive Garden is LITERALLY my favorite restaurant! We had a blast, and ended up coming back to Butler and she helped me with my laundry! It wasn’t such a bad holiday for either of us after all!

A Very Parks & Recreation Valentine’s Day

Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and although I don’t necessarily have a Valentine’s Date – well, except for a friend date with my best friend Emily – I’m going to celebrate by giving out cards!

Valentine’s Day makes me feel very nostalgic. I remember back home when it was Valentine’s Day in elementary school that we would pass out Valentine’s Day cards in class and it was great getting a personal “card” (always premade ones, usually spongebob or something – you get the point) from every in the class as well as giving out personal cards to everyone else, too. This Valentine’s Day I do want to do this once again with the friends I’ve made at Butler – except for this time with humorous Valentine’s Day cards from Parks and Recreation! I found a variety of these online, whether it be through Instagram or Tumblr, there are a ton of great cards that bring back a lot of memories, too! Although these are from Parks and Recreation, there are some other cards I plan on giving out to my closest friends – you should use some of these, too, if you like the show!

 

Now there are honestly plenty of other ones I would use, too, but I just have a new-found love of Parks and Recreation so all of these are completely appropriate.  I’ll probably spend most of my free time on Thursday catching up to where the season is now, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it that doesn’t love it! If you haven’t watched it, YOU NEED TO. That is all.

Dick’s Last Resort

On Friday, a group of my best friends and I got together to celebrate my best friend Emily’s birthday at a new restaurant downtown – called Dick’s Last Resort. This isn’t your typical restaurant, though. We showed up and were greeted by a group of hosts, hostesses, waiters, and more who were all screaming and having a good time, so we knew it was going to be a good time.

When we sat down, our waitress came up (wearing a pink tutu over her jeans) and pretty much screamed at us trying to figure out what we wanted to order. When she brought our drinks back, she just casually threw straws at my friend Kerry who was sitting beside me to intentionally hit her. They also tied plastic bibs around all of our necks, too! The thing is with this restaurant is that their purpose is to be mean, rude, and crude – but in a fun way. When we told the waitress it was my friend Emily’s birthday, she made her a hat that specifically said “high maintenance birthday girl” and got her this giant high chair to sit on, and made her eventually get up on stage and dance in front of everyone in the restaurant – it was HILARIOUS!

Going to the restaurant was a fun experience, and it just opened in downtown Indy – right next to Circle Centre. There are also other restaurants in Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and Gatlinburg! I’ve been to the original one in Myrtle Beach, and I live near Gatlinburg and have been to that one as well – they were both a blast, and the one in Indy is, too. I definitely recommend checking it out if you want to laugh and have a good time with friends!

My friend Emily sitting in her high chair!

Indiana “Weather”

Well, as a newly Indiana resident as of this year, I can now (like everyone else on campus) that Indiana weather is seriously insane. I thought that Tennessee weather was crazy, going from 20 one day to 50 the next, but that’s the case here. Today the weather was SO nice, but unfortunately I couldn’t take advantage of it. I had too much homework and other responsibilities, but hopefully spring will be coming around soon!

The weather has been getting me fairly upset recently, though. I’ve really been missing sunshine and sunny weather and everything that is summer. Last week when it was in the upper-50s, I took advantage of it and even wore shorts! There were a good amount of people wearing shorts and spring clothing on campus today, and someone was even laying out on the mall studying. I decided it was a great opportunity for a photo-op, too, so here is a photo of the mystery student.

The student is to the right, just lounging out on the mall.

#BraveryWins – The Super Bowl

As everyone knows, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for hanging out with friends and family, enjoying great food, watching an okay game of football (depending on who’s playing; I didn’t particularly care for either teams this year), the half time performance, and last – but not least – the commercials! My family isn’t a huge football family, but we usually watch the Super Bowl just because of everything else it entails. This year, Beyoncé KILLED the half-time show! I thought it was epic, and probably one of the better ones yet!

In particular, this year’s commercials were a lot better than the ones prior. I don’t necessarily look for the commercials that are the funniest or the most vulgar, but more over the one’s that stand out to me. This year, Audi takes the cake for the “Best Commercial” in my opinion. I love Audi cars, personally, and this commercial was just really well done and was executed really nicely. Check it out here.

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Another commercial I really liked was Jeep‘s Half-Time show ad, titled “Whole Again.” This commercial was a nice piece leading from the half-time performance into commercials again, and it had a lot of meaning to go with it, too. Check it out here, too!

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