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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: January 2014

Stream of Consciousness, Part 2

Happy Friday everyone. I’m going to be honest, I don’t really know what to talk about today. I’m getting sick so my mind feels tired and foggy like I need to sleep for two days straight. This weird state of mind yields perfectly for another stream of consciousness post.

My nose has been running for the past 3 days straight and I just can’t seem to catch it. Ha. I have also been blowing my nose with toilet paper for the past month or so because I ran out of Kleenex and have no car to go buy some more. I know I said this already, but I am inexplicably tired. I think I’ll stop complaining now. Jumbled-Words

I just watched some video made in Australia that was a mock “stay in school” PSA. It consisted of four attractive teenagers skipping school for the day and frolicking on the beach only to discover they were in an explosive zone, resulting in three of the four kids getting blown up. It was super weird and I don’t know how to feel about it. Perhaps I’ll nap today. Or drink a lot of coffee. Or both. I wish hitch hiking was safe. I could hitch hike a lot of places and make a lot of new friends. If my mother sees this she’ll freak out because I’ve discussed hitch hiking with her before. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books before. Does that make me less of a human? Or should I say muggle? I’m not wearing any socks right now. I wish I was at Starbucks writing this because there is prime people watching there. Instead, I am on the futon in my room. I keep almost accidentally blowing my nose with money because I have some money sitting on my lap and keep thinking its my toilet paper Kleenex. Silly Bekah.

My friends Grant and Hanna and I started filming a video in which we break up with strangers. It was super fun. I’ll definitely blog about it once we’re done. I guess that’s all I have to say today. I hope you enjoyed my word vomit. Stay golden, Pony Boy.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

People Are Great, and You Should Tell Them

Happy Wednesday everyone! A few things have recently revealed to me how important and significant it is to tell people how you feel, and I know you’re dying to hear about it.

Last night whilst studying in Starbucks, I made a new friend named Luke. Luke is friends with one of my friends named Alex who I met in Starbucks earlier this year, and he came over to my table and started talking with me and Alex. Luke told me he had seen me around before and had heard of me. I have that experience with a lot of people: you hear of someone and vaguely know who they are, but you have never met, so you’re not really sure how or why you are aware of them. Having someone openly tell me that I was that for them made me really excited. His “confession” of sorts broke ground of any initial awkwardness and allowed us to delve right into getting to know each other. I wish we all did what Luke did. I say screw subtly and delve right in, telling others you are aware of them and their accomplishments. It’s not creepy; it shows your interest in being their friend and makes them feel good. Plus, blatantly putting your thoughts out there takes vulnerability, and vulnerability breeds friendship. great

After my encounter at Starbucks, a kid I went to high school with posted a video on Youtube in which he discussed social norms. He also recently posted a photo (the first in a series he is working on) disturbingly displaying the effect others can have on people trying to express themselves. Being all for expressing your thoughts and feelings at all times and encouraging others to do so, I was naturally jazzed to see him making such strong statements and encouraging others to notice. I messaged him and told him how inspired I was by it, and he was incredibly grateful. I thought telling him that what he was doing was indeed influencing others was important, so by golly I did just that.

Finally, I wrote this post last week about Jamie Woodham’s Twitter account. Much to my surprise, I logged onto Twitter today to find a message from him. Mr. Woodham said he stumbled across my article and thanked me for my words, expressing that nice comments from strangers are less common than rude ones. By me simply expressing my liking of his Twitter account, he was obviously excited enough to thank me. I think that’s totally rad. And by him reaching out and thanking me, that makes me feel good that people actually enjoy what I am writing. IT ALL COMES FULL CIRICLE!

Moral of the story: if you have a thought or want to tell someone you think they are really pretty, or funny, or rad, or inspiring, go freaking do it. It will make them feel great and you will feel great too. People are truly incredible and we should use every opportunity we have to tell them so.

Have a great rest of the week, go tell someone you admire them, and thanks for reading :)

The Grammys

Happy Music Monday all. Last night was the 56th Grammy Awards. Unfortunately I did not watch the show, but I did indeed hear about a few iconic performances. The three performances I heard about most via social media and general Internetting were by Lorde, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In true Music Monday fashion, let’s discuss them.

Lorde: Lorde performed her Grammy winning hit “Royals,” and I heard nothing but weirdness regarding this performance. I heard she convulsed strangely on stage and kind of looked possessed. I watched the performance, and I found no such weirdness. The stage was darkly lit, and her voice and makeup were dark per usual. Other than the eeriness surrounding her voice in general, I didn’t think her dancing was all that weird. She just vibed with the music. “Royals” is a strangely eerie sounding song, so naturally Lorde’s dancing to it would match. It would have been weird if she were happily bopping as if she was listening to a One Direction song.

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Taylor Swift: All I had heard about Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. All that I gathered from Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. I’m only joking because I’m not that big of a fan of hers. She played her song “All Too Well,” and joking aside, I thought her voice sounded really good, and I actually liked the song. When the head banging kicked in, however, I did feel really uncomfortable. She looked like she let out a treacherous slow motion sneeze, rather than lost herself in the music.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: The award-winning duo sang their song “Same Love,” and it was quite an epic performance. Macklemore looked and sounded as great as always, and towards the end of the performance, Queen Latifah hit the stage, announcing that 33 couples (both hetero and homosexual) were exchanging wedding vows in the crowd. Right after the couples wed, Madonna appeared out of nowhere and sang a bit as well. Although I think the message and support displayed by having the couples there was important and totally valid, it does seem a little over the top. The song itself is so powerful that I’m not sure the extra bits needed to be there. Regardless, it was an incredibly powerful and significant performance.

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Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Jamie Woodham

Happy Friday everyone! Since everyone needs a good laugh at the end of a long week, here’s a fabulous Twitter account to follow.

I’ve blogged about my favorite Twitter accounts here on my summer blog, and since then I have discovered the Twitter feed of Jamie Woodham. I stumbled across this hilarious corner of the Internet when my friend Katie showed me a funny tweet of his that I would enjoy. After that I followed him, and since then he consistently cracks me up.

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His Twitter bio reads, “Writer. Comedian. Human Bean. I’m basically Cory Matthews, except I would have never kissed that ski lodge girl behind Topanga’s back. 2Pac without a nose ring.” I tried Googling this man and found no solid information about him, so I’m not really sure who he is. All I know is that he’s hilarious and I Internet-love him. Here are a few of my faves:

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Feel free to give him a follow here if he tickles your funny bone.

Also, shout out to my friend Molly for being a loyal reader and wonderful person all around. Give her a follow on Twitter too if you feel so inclined.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading :)

Aerie’s Natural Ad Campaign

Happy Wednesday everyone. The lingerie store Aerie launched a new campaign in which the models all remain unretouched, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Aerie is a lingerie/loungewear brand associated with American Eagle whose main demographic consists of 15-21 year old young women.  Typically, girls around this age are growing into themselves and getting comfortable with their bodies. In this process, however, many teenage girls struggle with body image. Seeing flawlessly Photoshopped advertisements and magazine covers of models and celebrities in stores and online only aids in the insecurities and body image issues some teenagers might have. In a hope to deflect that self-conscious attitude, Aerie decided to launch a campaign in which their models are not retouched.

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It upsets me thinking about people, regardless of gender, who think there is something wrong with their bodies. After every outrageous retouching scandal, it becomes more and more apparent that the images the media feeds to us are not real. We are all conscious that advertisements present us with false ideals, yet we can’t help but compare ourselves to these flawless images and wish it were us. Although this mindset is common, it is so incredibly skewed. As I’ve mentioned before, I love it when people have imperfections and quirks. It makes us human. Having this mindset naturally means I am jazzed about this ad campaign. It’s very powerful that a company geared towards a group that is stereotypically self-conscious is presenting customers with girls like them wearing the products they wear themselves. Aerie certainly isn’t the first company to feature unretouched images, but there are really only a select few who have.

Although I don’t typically shop there, I fully support Aerie in making it known that even models are not perfect. This campaign is incredibly beautiful and inspiring, and I hope to see more like it in the future.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

30 Things to Do Instead of Homework

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the day off from classes. If you are still not quite ready to tackle your assignments, here’s a list of 30 things you can do instead of your homework.

1. Watch a movie.

2. Watch television.

3. Make a movie.

4. Write a script for a movie.

5. Exercise.

6. Make a new friend.

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See numbers 28 and 29.

7. Stare at people.

8. Run between couples holding hands in front of you.

9. Walk into the library, scream “FREE DOUGHNUTS!!!!” and run away.

10. Speak to someone in only song lyrics.

11. Speak to someone in only movie quotes.

12. Bake a cake.

13. Go shopping.

14. Go fishing in the canal.

15. Go swimming in the canal.

16. Count the number of ceiling tiles in your dorm room.

17. Figure the number of dishes you can make out of a single bag of popcorn, then make them.

18. Draw on people’s faces/arms when they aren’t looking.

19. Lick someone’s elbow.

20. Go into the bookstore, touch every item on every shelf and hanger, then leave.

21. Sit down with a stranger, take their hands gently in yours, and say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” then walk away.

22. Braid someone’s hair.

23. Clean.

24. Reorganize your room even though there is really nothing wrong with the setup.

25. Eat some waffles.

26. Blog.

27. See someone from across the room, wait for them to make eye contact, then shriek, “RACHEL! It’s been so long! How are you?!” Run to them with open arms and relish in their terror and confusion.

28. Make a magic wand.

29. Walk around waving your magic wand.

30. Sleep

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

Second Semester Classes

Happy Friday everyone. Today marks the end of the first week of classes, and somehow I’m already feeling a little stressed even though the semester has just begun. Despite the initial stress, I’m feeling pretty excited about most of the classes I’m taking.

I’m in a global and historical studies class about the Caribbean. I was in a feminism GHS last semester and loved it, so anything living up to those standards is nearly impossible. Although history is not my cup of tea, my professor is really great and clearly excited about the course material, so I think the class will be all right.

I’m also in a design history and theory class taught by one of my favorite professors in the art department (let’s be real, I love all of the professors in the art department). This class looks at the evolution of design through architecture, furniture design, interior design, graphic design, and fashion. I’m incredibly excited for this class, especially for the fashion section. Learning-is-Fun

I’m in an audio production class for my digital media productions minor, and I’m not really sure what to expect. Our last class was cancelled due to technical difficulties, so I’m not even sure what this class entails. My professor seems pretty cool though, so I’m hoping it’s a good time.

I’m also taking a poetry class this semester, and I’m super nervous about it. I used to “write” poetry when I was younger, and I love reading it now, but I have never written a legitimate poem. I feel like it’s hard enough to understand a poem, let alone write one. My professor for this class is awesome, though, and we all snapped for each other after we read our writing out loud. I felt pretty at home.

Also in the English department, I am taking a British literature class. One of my good friends is in that class with me, so that is an added bonus. The professor for this class is very articulate and seems very passionate about the subject, plus I enjoy British literature, so I think it will be rockin.

Finally, I’m taking an interactive art class, meaning we create art that warrants audience participation. The other day we started making a video game app for an iPhone, and that was incredibly frustrating. Towards the end of the semester we get to study relational art, which I love. It’s art that studies how people interact with each other, so I’m just waiting to get through all of the icky digital stuff.

After the first week of class, I’m feeling okay about all of my classes I’m enrolled in. I am a little worried, however, about my desire to reject any sort of digital art because I’m in a digital art class, and digital media is one of my minors. Hmph. Oh well. If any of my classes prove to be rough, all of my professors seem good, and I have friends in all of my classes, so something good will come of it.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

Eavesdropping in Starbucks

Happy Thursday everyone! Yesterday afternoon whilst studying in Starbucks, I overheard an intriguing conversation between two businessmen sitting behind me. They were discussing some sort of art-related event coming up. Here’s what I recorded as they sat behind me:

There are two business men wearing chunky knit navy blue sweaters sitting behind me. They are discussing some sort of arty, businessy type event. I am sitting in a corner table, having the two men meet my table in the corner. I imagine the one closest to me to be named Clark, while I imagine his companion to be Beau. (Please note: I totally made up their names. They just felt right.)

Clark has a long pea coat as well as a striped scarf hanging from his chair. He has brown hair and a scruffy beard. He seems to be the younger of the two. Beau faces me and has short blonde hair and a bit of a sour expression on his face. He has a pea coat as well, but it’s not nearly as stylish or long as Clark’s. He also lacks a sweater and facial hair. Maybe that’s why he looks so ticked. After trying to record details of the two’s appearances, I begin eavesdropping.

“If they don’t come through on those we can think of some others. I can think of some clients,” Clark says, reassuring his partner.

“They will easily sell. It doesn’t matter how many arts packages we have. I can package them together if we have too many. We always sell them,” Beau answers confidently.

“I’m trying to spend less money,” Clark adds.

“Good luck,” chuckles his companion.

I become paranoid that they see me typing their conversation and float in and out of listening. Over the next few minutes I gather they are having some sort of silent auction to benefit some artistic organization in the area. It’s perhaps a choir because they mention having a student from Fishers talk about his experience signing with “them” during the auction. I’m not sure who “them” is, but I imagine it to be whatever organization these two men work for.

Beau has obviously worked for this company longer as he mentions how he moved to London for a bit, and also describes past silent auctions to Clark. After this description, I hear that Clark is going to email Nancy and get half off tuxedos for the event. Unfortunately, though, he has done nothing about Tim getting wine bottles.

Get it? Eavesdropping. Like me.

Get it? Eavesdropping. Like me.

“We could always use more liquor,” Beau says. By now I’ve deduced that Beau is a bit sassier and more opinionated than Clark. This silent auction isn’t his first time at the rodeo, so he expresses his confidence regarding the preparation.

A bit more time passes, they discuss the possibility of a February board meeting (can I come?), and one of the two points out, “They’re putting their asses on the line, too.” I wonder what that could be about. I need to pay more attention. But oh no, I feel paranoid again, so my interest fades out.

When I tune back in, Beau is passionately telling Clark they can’t play a certain piece at the event.

“It’s a fabulous piece,” Beau starts. “To me it’s ecstasy, but we’re not doing that piece.”

He reaches an all-time high for sassiness in this moment, and I am a little surprised by his tone. The conversation shifts to a preparation meeting before the event.

“Do you want Eric there?” Clark asks.

Beau takes a long pause before he answers, and I’m certain he sees me typing their words. Really, he’s just being sassy and finally answers that he doesn’t want Eric helping yet. Ouch. The two continue to plan things and Clark chimes in saying, “That’s classy.”

The last bit of dialogue I acknowledge is Beau emphatically saying, “Well, it has to be that way.” I smile to myself, the men say a bit more, then put on their fitted coats and leave. I stare at them as they walk out, and get excited to write this post.

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

 

Urban Outfitters: Edgy or Offensive?

Happy Monday all. I hope everyone had a smashing break and is getting back in the swing of things with classes. After my first class this morning, I began browsing the Internet and stumbled upon an article on the Huffington Post about Urban Outfitters.

Prior to reading this article, I would consider myself a fan of Urban Outfitters. They have edgy, off-beat clothing that you don’t find at most stores, and they also have funny and quirky books and gadgets. Despite the crazy price tag on their clothing, I shop there every once in a while. I’ve heard things in the past about the store and how they have produced products that are slightly offensive, but I didn’t really know the details, so when I stumbled upon this article, naturally I read it. BdPnBYeCcAAbtfw

The article summarizes how the company is under fire yet again for producing something offensive: a crop top t-shirt that has the word “depression” written all over it in block letters. Many people have compared this shirt to the infamous “eat less” t-shirt the company produced in 2010. Many customers took to Twitter, questioning “When will Urban Outfitters stop making mental illness a fashion statement?” The company apologized, and responded by saying that Depression is a small brand clothing line that they are trying to support, and they had no intention of glamorizing mental illness.

The rest of the article went on to document 15 instances in which the company produced offensive products that ended up being pulled from stores. In 2010, the company put a t-shirt on their website with the color option of “Obama/Black.” After receiving scrutiny, the brand pulled the shirt, saying the color scheme was a combination of their color “Obama blue” and black. Another included a mock-Monopoly board game called “Ghettopoly,” as well as a greeting card with a rewritten version of the popular children’s rhyme about Jack and Jill, that was labeled transphobic by LGTB groups.

I could understand if perhaps the company made news with offensive merchandise once or twice, but the consistency at which Urban Outfitters keeps producing offensive products astounds me. I never realized the types of things the company produced that kept offending people, and the skewed messages these products present. Even with the depression and Obama/black t-shirts, sure they have an excuse, but there is no way the every day consumer can look at those items and know the story behind it. They are producing things for the masses, not the select few people who are in contact with the companies providing merchandise to the store. There excuses are not valid. The company needs to seriously rethink what they think is “edgy,” and realize that often times it is straight up ignorant and offensive.

Have a great first day of classes, and thanks for reading.

Frozen

Happy Monday everyone! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, or anywhere else covered in inches upon inches of snow, I hope you are staying warm and safe amidst this crazy weather. The other day before this massive snowstorm hit, I saw the movie Frozen, and it was FANTASTIC.

In Disney’s 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics Series, they freaking nail it.  The film is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen, and follows the journey of a princess who sets out to find her sister whose icy magical powers trapped the kingdom in a perpetual winter. In classic Disney fashion, there are quite a few musical numbers. With Idina Menzel as the ice queen Elsa, you know there is going to be some great singing. One of my favorite scenes was when Elsa is building her ice castle and passionately sings about letting go. It’s golden I tell you. Another favorite aspect of the movie was princess Ana. Frozen_castposter

Ana is sassy, independent, smart, brave, and beautiful. She is everything I want in a Disney princess, and more. She sets out to find her sister and proves she can hold her own in defending herself and her traveling companions in the process. Best of all, towards the end of the movie when she is told she needs an act of true love to save the day and everyone assumes it means a kiss from her one true love, she forgets that possibility and saves the day herself. GIRL POWER. I would of course go into more detail, but I don’t want to ruin the ending. Olaf the talking magical snowman is also a great addition to the movie. He provides just the right amount of comic relief.

Basically this movie is the perfect combination of funny, smart, empowering, musical, magical, and romantic. It is fantastic and you need to go see it right now! Or wait until the weather is better, and then go see it.

Have a great week, stay warm, and thanks for reading :)

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