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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: September 2013

Music Monday: The Neighbourhood

Happy Monday to all. Over the summer, I heard The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” on the radio many a times and quite enjoyed it. The other day, a handful of The Neighbourhood’s songs came on my Pandora, and I fell in love.

The Neighbourhood is an American alternative rock band that formed in 2011. Since playing together, the group has released two EPs and one full lengthy album called I Love You. In June of this year, the group’s song “Sweater Weather” reached number one on Billboard’s alternative chart. As I said before, I heard this song over the summer and really liked it, but had no idea who sang it. After hearing it on Pandora the other day and seeing it was by them, I took a mental note and then got really excited when I kept hearing songs by them and enjoying it.

They kind of sound like One Republic’s creepy, airy, dreamy, band-cousin, if that makes any sense. Since I only recently realized they were the creators of the beautiful music I grew to love this summer, I haven’t heard much of their stuff. What I have heard, however, is really stinkin’ great. Check em out!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Sweater Weather”

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“Female Robbery”

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Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battles

Happy Friday everyone! Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, and it was pretty great. The highlight of the evening was the lip sync battle between Fallon, JGL, and comedian Stephen Merchant.

Fallon had his first lip sync battle when John Krasinski was on the show earlier in the year, and it was hilarious. Unfortunately I can’t find a video of it anywhere. When I heard JGL was going to battle, I had to tune in. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the clear winner of the battle, but the other lads do a swell job, too. As if Joseph Gordon-Levitt wasn’t already perfect enough by proving he’s adorable, dresses well, is a great actor, and supports the arts, he showed us he is a champ at lip-syncing with the utmost gusto. Well played, JGL. Well played.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

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Music Monday: Youngblood Hawke

Happy Monday and welcome back to the first Music Monday of the school year! As you probably know, Butlerpalooza was last weekend. The concert was put on my SGA’s Program Board and featured the band Youngblood Hawke, as well as B.O.B. I thoroughly enjoyed Youngblood Hawke’s performance, so this first Music Monday is dedicated to them.

Youngblood Hawke at Butlerpalooza

Youngblood Hawke at Butlerpalooza

Youngblood Hawke is a six-person indie pop band from California that formed back in 2011. Since its formation, the band released a self-titled EP, as well as a recently released album entitled Wake Up. Most excitingly, their single We Come Running was listed as iTunes’ single of the week in August of 2012. Rock on, guys!

Before seeing them at Butlerpalooza, I had only ever heard their song We Come Running. Since I love that song and repeatedly played it on a mixed cd in my car over the summer, I was pumped to see them perform. Their set was really good and I loved watching them bounce around the stage. Truthfully, everyone else in the crowd seemed a bit dead, but my friends Brandon, Allie, and I danced and whooped it up. After the show, the band was signing autographs and I had them sign the back of an old grocery list I found in my purse. It was pretty great.

The band has a cool sound to them, strangely sounding fun and alive while simultaneously sounding kind of echoey. I can’t quite describe it, but they are definitely worth checking it.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“We Come Running”

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“Stars (Hold On)”

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Chuck Close

Happy Saturday to all. As I’ve mentioned before, I am an art + design major here and Butler. I absolutely love being an art major, and am in two art classes this semester. One of these classes is painting.

Last week in my painting class, we looked at work by an artist named Chuck Close. I learned briefly about Close in one of my art classes first semester last year, so I was glad to see more work by him in painting. Close is an American painter and photographer widely known for his photo-realistic large-scale portraits. Close’s paintings are huge, and many of them are so realistic, you’d swear you’re looking at a photograph. 08139_CLOSE

In addition to his hyper-realistic paintings, Close also follows a grid pattern to create more large portraits made up of different colors and shapes. Even these portraits with abstracted shapes and colors still look fairly realistic, and that just blows my mind. Close is also partially paralyzed due to a spinal artery collapse, so he compensates by strapping the paintbrush to his wrist, painting in a wheelchair, and having his canvas fit through a hole in the floor on pulley system that mechanically adjusts what part of the canvas he can reach. How incredible is that?!

big-emmaI’m such a huge fan of Close’s work, and I am so incredibly inspired that he still paints despite his injury. Here’s a video of him explaining a bit of his work, but be sure to check out more of him on his website.

 

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Have an A+ weekend and thanks for reading :)

iPhone Mania

Happy Thursday everyone! It seems as if everyone and their mother has been talking about the iPhone lately. Between the new iPhone 5s, 5c, and the new iOS7 upgrade, everyone is hooked on the latest apple technology. Although I have no iPhone experience (I have a flip phone), constantly hearing about this new technology and upgrades got me curious, so I did a little research.

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iPhone 5c

Highlights from my research revealed that the iPhone 5s features a fingerprint detector to recognize that it really is you using your phone. No more need for a password. It is also the first phone in the world with 64-bit architecture. Now, I’m not sure anyone really knows what that means, but it sure sounds good doesn’t it? Another new iPhone is the 5c. Apparently the “C” stands for color, because according to the Apple website, this phone is essentially the iPhone 5, but just looks different. And finally, everyone seems to be freaking out over the iOS7 upgrade. From what I understand, this upgrade makes the look of your iPhone sleeker and simplifies some of the tasks it already performs. Since I obviously don’t know much about what the upgrade entails, check out more info on that here.

Personally I think that iPhones are a little excessive, and these new versions and upgrades only further my belief. Do we truly need to have a finger print detector on a cell phone? Absolutely not. Will people go bonkers thinking that is an essential thing they need? Absolutely yes. My flip phone and I have been going strong for about 4 years now and I don’t plan on letting go anytime soon. I will just sit back and observe as the rest of the world becomes robots and still have the satisfaction of angrily slamming my phone closed at the end of a frustrating conversation.

P.S. Come to Starbucks tonight at 7 p.m. for a free Coyote Armada concert. Also, free food. And stop by the Volunteer Center in the front of Atherton and write down your passion and wear it around all day for Passion Project Indy.

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

Get Involved

Happy Tuesday to all, welcome back to school, and welcome back to this blog! Since I kept up with a blog over the summer and also wrote for a site called U lala, I will waste no time telling you about my time away from being a Butler blogger. Let’s dive right into Butler stuff, yeah?

Since the school year is relatively fresh and most clubs and organizations are just starting up with meetings and events, and there is just a lot of stuff going on in general, I thought I’d tell you about all of the things I’m involved in, just in case you want to be involved too.

1. Free concert and free food on Thursday. I’m involved with Program Board’s Coffeehouse, which is an organization that provides free concerts in Starbucks throughout the year. The first one is this Thursday at 7 p.m. and features Butler’s own Coyote Armada. I blogged about them here last semester, and they are super great. I’m a huge fan.

2. Celebrate peace on Friday. Come out this Friday at noon to celebrate Butler’s new Peace Pole, right off the Starbucks patio. There will be music, sandwiches, peace buttons, and a chance to reflect on the peace pole in 16 languages. More info on that herehispic

3. Football game on Saturday. I am on the dance team and will be dancing at the football game this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Come see the dance team, as well as the Butler football team. Yeah, school spirit, yeah!

4. Join the Visual Arts Student Organization. Also known as VASO, this organization is essentially Butler’s art club. All majors are welcome and no artistic experience is necessary. We will be having a callout meeting on Wednesday the 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Jordan 183. Come art with us!

5. Join Demia. Demia is Butler’s feminist organization on campus. We meet every Monday at 8 p.m. in Jordan 225. We are currently discussing events for Good Sex is Consensual Week at the end of the month. Just show up one week if you wanna join!

6. Join Alliance. Alliance is Butler’s LGBTQ/ gay-straight alliance organization. All are welcome, regardless of sexual orientation. Talk of having a gay pride parade was brought up at the last meeting, as well as planning the drag show Halloween event Alliance hosts every year. Email alliance@butler.edu if you want to get involved.

7. Read Archives. Archives is the ever-so-lovely humor magazine on campus. I write and photograph for it, so you should definitely check it out. Everyone on staff is super funny and interesting and I know you’ll love it. We will be passing out copies of the magazine fo free outside Starbucks at the end of the month. 319421_413723962012329_1292098326_n

8. Read U lala. As I mentioned above, I contribute to a site called U-la-la.com. U lala is a fashion and lifestyle blog created for college women. The site is all about positive, inspirational content, and each school has a branch. I obviously write for the Butler branch, but you should most certainly check out the other school’s stuff while you’re over there.

That is enough shameless self promotion for one post and I kind of hate myself now. Comment or contact me in some way if you want to get involved in anything listed above/if you have any questions.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great week :)