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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Archive: March 2013

Blue II’s Birthday

Happy Friday everyone! Today is Butler Blue II’s birthday. The former mascot is turning 9 today, and there was a big party in the bookstore and Starbucks earlier this afternoon. There were cameras, cookies, cupcakes, and a lot of people. Let me remind you that Blue II is a dog.

A picture of Blue II.

 

Personally, I have nothing against Blue II. He’s been our school mascot for many years and everybody loves him. The thing I don’t understand is why there was a birthday party for a dog. All I know is that I have never had such a bangin’ party (my family forgot my birthday once, but that’s a story for another time), and I’d like to think I’m more likeable than a bulldog. Apparently not. Apparently no human being is more likeable than an bulldog because I have never heard of the news being at an average human’s birthday bash.

I’m not complaining exactly because I would by lying to you if I said I didn’t take advantage of the free Insomnia Cookies at the party, but I would also be lying if I said that I thought throwing a dog a birthday party was a casual thing to do. Oh well, whatever floats your boat I suppose.

I was informed that Tripp’s birthday falls over Christmas break, so I wonder what the party situation will be for his birthday next year. We should probably have one party before break and one once we come back, just to be safe. I mean, that’s the logical thing to do. As long as there are free cookies, I guess it’s alright.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

Advising and Art Stress

Happy Thursday to all! We have about one month left of the semester, and you know what that means- it’s time for advising appointments and end of the year shenanigans! I blogged last semester about how stressful it was to figure out my schedule, but I wasn’t nearly as stressed this time around.

Although my advising appointment didn’t give me too much worry, all of my art projects most certainly have. I have mentioned many a time before that I am an Art + Design major. I absolutely, positively love being an art major, but there is quite a lot happening in the art department these days, so I am wigging out a bit.

My most recent project.

The biggest thing I have to do is create a body of work.

For the body of work, the class has to make 5-10 pieces that are related through a concept, and we have to have them done to present at Art Now. Initially, I was going to go to Value World and buy items from the song “Thrift Shop” and create my own interpretation of the song through photographs, but I wasn’t totally feeling it. My new idea was inspired by a video of strangers sitting in a ball pit and asking each other questions so they wouldn’t be strangers when they left the pit (the video is below!).

As you know from reading my blog, I am all about becoming friends with strangers. I am really curious about people’s relationships and how they come to meet and grow in friendship, so I am going to create spaces and instances that, like the ball pit, encourage strangers to interact. I am going to document these interactions through photos and writing, so it’s different from most other projects I have done. This type of art is called relational art because it is about human relationships, rather than a tangible piece of artwork. I’m kind of nervous that no one will want to participate, but you better believe I’m going to try!!

In other kind of artsy-related news, I got an Instagram, so you should follow me!

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Have a great end to the week and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Butler’s Got Talent

Happy Monday everyone! I am baffled by the drastic change in weather since my last post, but today there is snow EVERYWHERE! To keep your mind off the cold weather, give a little listen to some music by your fellow Butler students.

Last Thursday, the Help Heal Haiti chapter here at Butler hosted a benefit concert. There were so many talented musicians that performed, and it made me feel insufficient because I have no musical abilities. Sigh.

First to perform was Freshly Brewed. I blogged about Freshly Brewed last semester, but I am obsessed with them, so of course I have to mention them again. My friend Allie is in Freshly Brewed, so it is always an added bonus to see her sing! They were great as always, and after they performed, a few members from the a Cappella group performed solo. They performed a variety of covers and personal songs, and they were all beautiful!

A few more people performed and did an equally wonderful job, and then Out of the Dawg House performed. I also blogged about Out of the Dawg House last semester, and I am also obsessed with them. They were as spectacular as ever, and did a great job. They did this crazy good mash-up of old school rap songs, and I freaking loved it!

The final act of the evening was a band named Coyotes. They were the winners of Java Jams, which was a music contest held earlier in the year. They played some folky-kinda tunes, and they were so great! They were super high energy and their music was really good. According to my sources, they will be releasing an EP in the very near future, so I highly encourage you to check them out.

Freshly Brewed and Out of the Dawg House will also be having concerts before the year is over, and you better believe I will blog about that too.

P.S. I linked the Facebook pages for all three groups, so go and like the crap outta them!

Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for reading :)

“St. Louis” by Coyotes

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BuzzFeed.com

Happy Friday everyone! The first day of spring officially started on Wednesday, and as a result, the weather today is glorious! Huzzah! Do you know what else is glorious? The Internet.

Over spring break, I was officially introduced to a website called BuzzFeed.com. BuzzFeed is basically a website that has funny articles about pop culture, celebrities, and other ridiculous happenings on the Internet. One of my favorite articles I have read so far is “42 Things That Prove That Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the Perfect Man.” So great.

I stumbled upon an article yesterday about Butler basketball player Andrew Smeathers. During the game against Bucknell, after an exciting three-point play, Smeathers clapped, giggled, and threw up “the three monocle.” For some reason, everybody freaked out (in a good way) when he did this.

Iconic.

This image has been all over Facebook, showing up as people’s cover photos, and as gifs being posted on people’s walls. I’m not sure what the fascination is, but I do think it’s pretty cool that BuzzFeed wrote an article about it.

Anyway, Buzzfeed has plenty of articles to choose from, and is a definite winner for anyone who enjoys pop culture or the Internet. If this appeals to you, check it out man!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

My Observations, Part II

Happy Wednesday! I did a post about my observations last semester, and since then I have observed a few more things. Here are my recent observations.

1. Girls love posing with their hand on their hip. If you look on ANY form of social media, you will see an uncountable number of pictures in which girls have their hand on their hip. I am indeed guilty of doing this as well, and I hate myself for it. It really gets me and I feel like an a-hole every time I do it, but if the other people in the picture are doing it and you just leave your hand by your side, you will look awkward. It’s inevitable. And this is why being a girl is a constant struggle.

Sooo classic.

2. Saying “struggz” is a thing now. Apparently whenever you are struggling (or riding the struggle bus as I like to say), an exasperated sigh followed by groaning, “Ughh struggz!” is a proper way of dealing with your distress. I am a culprit of using dumb abbreviations and slang such as “totes,” “probs,” “presh,” and of course “YOLO,” but for some reason the use of “struggz” bothers me a bit.

3. People don’t know how to use a dollar sign. For example, if something costs six dollars, a vast majority of people write “6$.,” rather than correctly writing it as “$6.” Dude, did you not go to grade school?! The dollar sign comes before the numeral. I truly see more people misuse the dollar sign than I see them use it correctly, and that is SAD!

4. Using “y’all” in everyday conversation is not just for people from the south. I have noticed an increasing number of mid-western people using the term “y’all” on a fairly regular basis. I have used it when typing before, and have noticed it subconsciously creeping in to my vocabulary. I don’t know why this started, or when, but it seems as if everyone is saying it now.

I will most certainly have some more observations in the near future, but these are the most prominent at the moment.

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Justin Timberlake

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome back to school! The weather today is a little dreary and everyone most likely has the back-to-school blues, so allow me to cheer you up by discussing Justin Timberlake on this wonderful Music Monday.

I’m not sure if you were aware, but Justin Timberlake IS ON FIRE!!!! It all started on March 9th when the singer-turned-actor-turned-singer hosted Saturday Night Live, marking the fifth time he hosted the show. I usually don’t watch SNL because I feel like it truly isn’t that funny anymore, but this episode was pretty great. The opening monologue included other great celebs who had appeared on the show at least five times before, such as Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Paul Simon. As if that weren’t a great enough start, Timberlake was also the musical guest for the evening. Well played NBC, well played.

Look at that dazzling smile.

The following week (March 11-15), Justin appeared on every episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, starring in skits and promoting his newest album The 20/20 Experience. While on the show, Timberlake flawlessly performed several songs from his album and sang the History of Rap Part 4 with Jimmy Fallon.

If that wasn’t enough, JT’s album comes out tomorrow. This album is his third studio album as a solo artist, and is considered his “comeback” since his last album was released six years ago. It has already been rumored that he will release another album in November. #Unstoppable. I have only heard the songs he performed on SNL and Fallon’s show, but from these few songs I heard, I have concluded that Justin Timberlake is indeed the most soulful white man you will ever encounter.

In fact, Justin Timberlake is most likely one of the most talented men you will ever encounter. It has been scientifically proven that there is nothing he can’t do. He can sing (very soulfully), he can dance (incredibly well), he can act (he’s hosted SNL five times, duh!), and he got married earlier this year. Oh, and not to mention, he is an incredibly handsome dude! I’m not saying he is an Oscar worthy actor, but he is extraordinarily talented musician and performer. Seriously, just look at the past week he has had and try and tell me that he is not incredible. You can’t, you just can’t.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

The History of Rap Part 4

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Vlog: My Brother Does My Makeup

My brother Ben does my makeup and hilarity ensues. Check it out!

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Thanks for watching :)

Overly Dramatic Pictures

Happy Wednesday everyone! Through my time surfing the Internet on sites such as Tumblr and Pinterest, I have noticed a common theme amongst things that teenage girls reblog or repin. Most of the things I see consist of an overly dramatic quote placed on top of an overly edited, completely insignificant photograph. I assume some of you know what I am talking about, but for those of you that don’t, let us take a look at some examples.

1. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. What a poetic and completely selfless statement, brilliantly executed through this photo of a girl in cowboy boots, casually scratching her ankle and staring at the ground. Maybe she dropped some loose change and is looking at that, because it is what she wants. And you know what, she deserves it.

2. Don’t forget who you are. But in case you do, draw a heart and delicately place your feet around the edge. Make sure you position your feet so they are slightly pigeon-toed, because that’s quirky and unique. It will also remind you of who you are, obviously.

3. Sometimes, you have to be your own hero. A truer statement has never been spoken, I’m sure of it. Just ask Hercules; he was a hero. Nothing says heroism quite like a girl uncomfortably touching her head, casually staring at an empty road. This screams hero and independence for days!

4. They’ll judge you anyway, but this girl doesn’t mind. She’s doing her. Making such a goofy face, throwing her hands in the air like she just don’t care. She’s in a super secret looking location, but she’s just loving life, so it doesn’t matter where she is or who she’s with. Sorry friend in the striped shirt in the corner of the photo, but you didn’t quite make the cut. Your facial expression probably didn’t express just how goofy and fun loving you are, quite like your friend’s does. And don’t mind the fact that the writing covering up her eyes makes her anonymous, making judging her impossible anyway, because if you were to judge her, she wouldn’t care.

5. Five ways to wear a sexy dress. Casually lounging on a white floor in a room with white walls is the sexiest way I know how to look in a super hot dress. Her facial expression is slightly confused and not alluring in the least bit, but that is what makes it so sexy, no? Her hair is also perfectly coiffed without a single hair out of place. Even if she didn’t look too endearing, she is looking so sexy lying on that white floor. You go girl!

Absolutely none of these quotes relate to the photos they are paired with. That last one I found on Yahoo.com, so it is slightly different from the others, but the text did not relate to the picture in any way, so I had to share it. I think all pictures like this are a little ridiculous, and it makes me wonder if people take these seriously. Someone out there is creating them, so the answer is quite obviously yes. Yikes.

Have a great rest of your week, and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Happy Music Monday! I hope everyone is having a smashing spring break! This music Monday is devoted to Macklemore.

Macklemore (his real name is Ben Haggerty) and his producer Ryan Lewis make hip-hop/indie rap music, and have been doing so since 2008. Haggerty started out his career in 2000 as Professor Macklemore and released an extended play, then dropped the “professor” and began making music as just Macklemore. He struggled with substance abuse for a few years, but after becoming sober in 2008, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis teamed up for the first time.

Since beginning his music career, Macklemore has released one mixtape, three extended plays, and two albums, all on independent record labels. Although he has such a large body of work, he didn’t really become super famous until his song “Thrift Shop” got popular in late 2012. The song has over 150 million views on YouTube and just so happens to be one of my favorite songs at the moment. My favorite song by him is probably “Same Love.” This song is about marriage equality, making Macklemore the first hip-hop artist to sing of such a thing, which I think is incredibly cool. I don’t usually like rap or hip-hop music at all, but I love that Macklemore’s songs actually are about legitimate things and have humor in them.

He will be playing at Purdue University on March 23 and at Indiana University on April 17. Click on the date for ticket info for each!

Two of my favorite songs by Macklemore, “Fake I.D.“and “Thrift Shop”, have a few choice words in them, so I can’t really put them on here. Click the name of the song to view those! “Same Love” is down below!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Same Love”

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Art on Art on Art

Happy Friday everyone! Last Friday, I went on the First Friday gallery tour with some other students from the Jordan College of the Arts. I have blogged about this before, but first Fridays are when local art galleries are open for the evening, and a bunch of people come to view the work. We went to the Harrison Center for the Arts and the Murphy Art Center.

The Murphy building was my favorite destination on the last first Friday I attended, so I was anxious to return. The best exhibit I saw there was by Robert Horvath, titled Braincandy. This exhibit consisted of large-scale oil paintings of nuclear, candy looking creations.

Robert Horvath

All of the paintings looked airbrushed or digitally altered, so it blew my mind when I spoke to the artist and he said it was oil paint and described his process. He said if he works in the studio every day, he would only be able to produce about 10 paintings in a year because they are so labor intensive.

Speaking of more crazy art, I met an artist the other day who ate the Bible. The Art + Design program is currently interviewing for another professor for next year, and one of the candidates came and taught two of my art classes the other day. He is a performance artist, which, in simple terms, means you record yourself doing strange things. For one of his performances, he fasted for seven days, and at the end of the seven days, he boiled the pages of the Bible and ate it. He also described how he lived in a bubble/dome structure for a whole month. That is serious dedication.

One final art encounter- the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibit is currently in Clowes Hall. This exhibit showcases the best work from middle schoolers and high schoolers in the area. A few of my classmates and I went and looked at the exhibit this morning, and let me tell you, nothing makes you feel more inadequate than when an 8th grader has more artistic ability than you do.

The work I showed last year.

I showed work in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards show in Illinois last year and received a gold key, but after seeing the great work at Clowes, I feel less special about that accomplishment.

Have a wonderful spring break and safe travels to wherever your destination may be. Thanks for reading :)