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About Me:

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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Adventures of a Confused College Kid

Happy Wednesday everyone. The other day one of my friends from back home texted me telling me he started a blog. Naturally I typed in the URL and promptly began reading, and I quickly discovered it is too hilarious not to share.

That's him. What a fun human.

That’s him. What a fun human.

In high school, my friend Brendan was really funny and always getting into particularly strange and awkward situations. Situations that I’ve never heard of anyone ever encountering before; like stuff from movies. Well, much to my satisfaction, Brendan still regularly finds himself in these situations and now blogs about it. (Click that link to see it!) He even has little stick figure illustrations to accompany all of his funny tales. My favorites so far are “Physics and Uranus” and “A Coffee to the Butt,” but “Off the Heezy” is a close contender.

Brendan is a wonderfully hilarious human, and I am so glad we can be invited into his world through his quirky stories. If you ever think something weird and slightly uncomfortable has happened to you, chances are Brendan’s experienced something weirder. Check it out man, you won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: The 1975

Happy Music Monday to all. For the past week and a half I have been obsessively listening to The 1975. Quite obviously, I would like to share my newfound love with you. Let us begin.

The 1975 is a four man band hailing from Manchester, England. The group has been performing together for the past seven years, has released four EPs, and released their self-titled debut album in September of 2013. The group says they get a lot of their inspiration from eighties pop songs, and it definitely shows. Their tunes are super poppy and fun, but at the same time, they sound kind of dark. They sing about themes of sex and love, with a little bit of angst, and their British accents peek through every once in a while, making them sound truly unique.

Photo courtesy of The 1975 website

Photo courtesy of The 1975 website

Besides having really rockin’ music, the group’s artistic vision is pretty rad. A lot of their early music videos are shot in black and white, and their website is all black and white. They decided on their band name upon discovering the date of an old poem in the back of a beat poetry book. How freaking cool is that?! In addition to falling in love with their music, I have also found myself falling in love with their faces. Classic me.

Anyhow, they are so incredibly catchy, and fun, and unique sounding, and cool, and I can’t stop listening to them. Give them a listen, and check out their website because it is super rad as well.

Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

“Chocolate”

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“Girls”

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“Sex”

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My Self-Realization

Happy Friday all. I have recently realized that I am really awkward when dealing with strangers in a professional setting. Gah!

Last night, Dinner and a Suit came and performed in Starbucks for this month’s Coffeehouse concert. I showed up to help set up for the concert, and only two other members of our committee were there. My comrades left to go bring in equipment, leaving me alone with the band. The crew sat on the other side of the room, so I sauntered over to them and struck up a conversation. I said, “You guys performing tonight?” as I strangely jabbed my fingers in a gun-like position in their direction. They said yes, then I flightily told them I was going to help them set up, then welcomed them and wished them luck performing. It doesn’t sound like that strange of an interaction, but I felt strange about it. Classic me. On an unrelated note: the show was fantastic. The band sounded really good and they all had matching t-shirts and matching haircuts and they were all adorable. Plus, I danced in my seat the whole time, and when I talked to them afterwards and they said they liked my moves. YUSS.

Photo courtesy of Google images

Photo courtesy of Google images

Another moment that revealed my awkwardness occurred this morning. I talked to a prospective art + design student. Two of my professors gave the student and her mother a presentation about our program, and I frequently interjected. After the presentation I was left alone with the two and told them about the art program and Butler in general. I found myself rambling on far too much and having trouble finding the words I wanted to use. I am usually so good talking to strangers, so forreal, what the heck is happening?! I’m usually extremely confident and sure of myself in interacting with others, so the fact I felt so unsure on two occasions feels strange. I have regressed in my strive toward being a normal functioning human.

Here’s my hypothesis: in a casual setting, I am able to ask a stranger literally anything I want. I can ask them the strangest questions in the world and feel totally okay about it because I have made up my mind to talk to this person. I am in control of myself in the situation. In a business-type or somewhat formal setting, there is an expectation for what needs to be done or said, and that throws me off. I am not voluntarily conversing with this person (although the conversation might be pleasant) so I am out of control of myself and what should and should not be said in order to stay relevant to the reason for our interaction. I ramble on for far too long and get that weird type of nervous sweat where only your armpits sweat, probably one more than the other, while the rest of your body stays at a normal temperature (too much info? #sorrynotsorry). I’m not normally in businessy situations with people, so the fact that I’ve had such awkwardness on two occurrences in such a short amount of time worries me. How will I be a real person who has to go on job interviews and stuff if I ramble and stumble over my words and nervous sweat?! Man, it’s so hard being me.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading :)

The Weather is so Nice That…

Happy Wednesday everyone. The weather today is exponentially nicer than it has been for the past two or three weeks, and I am elated. Since writing about the weather is typically pretty boring, let’s spice this thing up a bit, shall we?

The weather is so nice that I just want to skip through the streets, flailing my arms and triumphantly singing.

The weather is so nice that my mood is like five notches happier than I have been in the past few weeks.

The weather is so nice that the two times this morning I waved at people and they didn’t notice, I didn’t even feel foolish or scorned.

The weather is so nice that I am teeming with excitement for no apparent reason.

The weather is so nice I could kiss somebody on the mouth.

The weather is so nice that I keep telling everyone how excited I am by the nice weather.

The weather is so nice that I wish I could gather it in my arms and give it a hug, then put it in a box, put a bow on it, and give it to my enemies as a present, so then they would have no choice but to love me.

YEAH WEATHER YEAH! (Courtesy of google images)

YEAH WEATHER YEAH! (Courtesy of google images)

The weather is so nice that I want to lay in every snow bank on campus and make snow angels and stare at the sky.

The weather is so nice that I don’t have to wear a winter coat for the first time in months.

The weather is so nice that I want to maybe go for a run. But probably not because who likes exercise?

The weather is so nice that I want high five strangers and scream, “YEAH WEATHER YEAH!”

The weather is so nice that I could probably go on for a while longer about the weather, but I think I’ll stop now.

Go outside and breathe in that sweet, balmy fresh air.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

P.S. Someone give me $1 for everyone time I used the word “weather” in this post, yeah?

Music Monday: “Let it Go” Covers

Happy Music Monday to all. As you know, the Disney’s Frozen has continually received rave reviews from critics and every day viewers. The music in the movie is bangin’, and the song “Let It Go” is particularly noteworthy. Since the movie’s release and increased popularity in the song, many covers have been done. Here are a few of my faves.

1. “Let it Go/Let Her Go Mashup” by Sam Tsui

This cover is by Youtube musician Sam Tsui, and it is so majestic. Tsui effortlessly intermingles the Frozen song with Passenger’s hit “Let Her Go,” without missing a beat. It sounds as if the two songs are actually one. This cover is so clever and Tsui sounds and looks so triumphant as he sings, I could watch it on repeat for a good while.

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2. “Bet It Go”

This video is a mash up of “Let it Go” played over the scene in High School Musical 2 where Zac Efron leaps around the golf course singing “Bet On It.” This video is pretty close to perfection. The big moments in the song match the big moments in Efron’s cheesy choreography, making for a hilarious dance number.

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3. “Let it Go” by Alex Boye (Africianized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir

This song is so powerful. The African tribal deal humming in the background serves as a wonderful backdrop for this powerful little girl to sing her heart out. She looks like she’s about 9 years old, but she is so good! When the rest of the choir comes out, I can’t handle how wonderful it is. They sound so angelic and powerful and magnificent.

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4. “Maddie and Zoe Sing ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s Frozen”

This video consists of two adorable 4-year-old girls singing the song. Although many parts of the song prove to be difficult to understand, it is so gosh darn cute I can’t help but love it. The expressions on both girls’ faces are hysterical, and even though the don’t sing on key, they do a heck of a lot better than I would have.

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Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

First Model in a Wheelchair Works Runway

Happy Friday everyone! New York Fashion Week was this past week, and for the first time in fashion history, a model in a wheelchair rocked the runway.

Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist turned fashion model from New York, worked the runway during a Carrie Hammer show during Fashion Week, making herself the first model to grace any runway in a wheelchair. Sheypuk met Hammer at a cerebral palsy luncheon in 2013, and the two became buds. Although Sheypuk is a psychologist, she always had an interest in fashion, so she and Hammer bonded over their love of fashion. Hammer came up with the idea of having a show of “Role Models, Not Runway Models,” featuring “every day” women rather than typically trained models, and asked Sheypuk to participate.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com

Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com

The fashion industry has been doing more and more lately to break the standard of having a typical model involved in their campaigns and runway shows. Earlier this year, Diesel used wheelchair ridden model Jillian Mercado for a campaign, while model Kelly Knox, who was born without a forearm, was used in a fashion spread in British Vogue. Commercially, stereotypical beauty standards are also being questioned. As I mentioned here, Aerie recently launched an ad campaign in which they did not retouch any of their photos.

Sheypuk was the first model in a wheelchair in the history of the fashion industry to grace any runway. This first is a huge moment in the industry, and the fact that this debut was during New York Fashion Week, one of the largest known fashion events in the world, is huge. The modeling industry, which typically sets unrealistic, idealized standards of beauty, is more consistently featuring normal, relatable women as their models. Having models who look like the women and men buying the products makes the most sense logically, and the fact that this has been happening more and more often is incredibly significant and inspiring. The fashion industry is making changes, and it makes me excited.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading :)

My Friends and I Broke Up With Strangers

Happy Wednesday everyone! My friends Hanna, Grant, and I made a video on Hanna’s Youtube channel in which we broke up with strangers. Check it out!

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*All editing is credited to Hanna because this was her brilliant idea and she is a wonderful human.

Thanks for watching and have a great rest of the week :)

Founder’s Day

Happy Friday everyone! Today is Butler University’s Founder’s Day. Yippie skippie! In honor of founder’s day, allow me to tell you the tale of the foundation of our university.

Butler University was founded on this day way back in 1855 when a man named Ovid Butler was looking for something cool to do. Ovid was tired of wasting his weekends reading poetry, painting, and staring into space contemplating life. Besides, all of his favorite shows were showing reruns and needed something to pass the time. ovid-butler

Squelching his boredom, Ovid went outside and planted a seed. He had been thinking about taking up gardening as a hobby, and February seemed as good a time as any to begin. Although his peers told him nothing would ever grow from the ground in February, our tenacious Ovid pressed on. He spent the next few hours digging through the snow and dirt, until he made a hole in the ground. He gave his little seed a single kiss, then dropped it in and covered it back up. Over the next few days, Ovid’s little seed began growing. At first he thought it would grow into a flower, so he was stoked to discover it grew into a university instead. After a few buildings had sprouted, Ovid felt really good about his decision to take up gardening. Over the next few years he found friends and colleagues who also enjoyed gardening, and eventually they had a good mix of teachers and students. Since then, little Ovid’s seedling has sprouted into the wonderful establishment you and I both attend today. Thanks Ovid Butler for teaching us that with a little boredom, gardening tools, and magic, you can do anything!

It is a little known fact that our school had such magical beginnings, and I know they don’t tell you this story on tours or visit days, but I thought it was important you know the true way this university was founded. Have a wonderful week, Happy Founder’s Day, and thanks for reading :)

P.S. Go to the library and check out artwork by me and my classmates in honor of Founder’s Day!

That One Time I Chanted

Happy Wednesday everyone. I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying this glorious snow day. I enjoyed it by sleeping till 12:30 p.m. Am I lazy, or was I just rejuvenating myself, hmm? Speaking of rejuvenation, I chanted last night. I am aware that saying I chanted last night sounds super weird and confusing. Let me explain.

My friends Ellen and Elizabeth are in a religions class in which they are required to do a total of two hours of chanting per week. What I mean by chanting is just repeating a phrase or word over and over again for an extended amount of time. Ellen told me about this earlier in the semester, and since then I have been dying to try it. I have never chanted before, but it is something I am definitely interested in and intrigued by, so when Ellen told me she was about to chant, I hopped up on the opportunity and joined her and Elizabeth. mediate

We chanted the phrase, “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo,” over and over again for half an hour. Ellen said her teacher said the phrase is basically nonsense, but Google tells me it is a Buddhist chant that means “I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra,” whatever that means. Anyhow, we went into my friend’s room where soft mood lighting set the stage for our chant. I sat criss-cross-applesauce on the floor and closed my eyes. As we started chanting, I noticed myself naturally swaying and bobbing with the beat of our words. At first I focused on the way my mouth felt as it shaped and said the words, but after a while, I honestly wasn’t thinking of anything. I heard the consistent sound our voices made, but other than that, my mind was pretty blank. I was expecting to let it wander and think about whatever, so having no thoughts other than the words I was saying was surprising, but nice. My body felt really heavy, but kind of free and the same time. My head especially seemed heavy. I would release my head periodically, looking up at the ceiling and letting the weight of it fall back. It felt like such a strange combination of heaviness and freeness, it’s hard to explain.

After 30 minutes were up and we stopped, I felt so good. I felt really calm and tired and settled. It honestly felt like we chanted for about 10 minutes, rather than 30. When I walked out of the room we chanted in, I honestly felt like I left a vortex of sorts. I know I sound like a crazy hippie, but it was such an incredible experience, and I will definitely do it again. In fact, I encourage you to chant as well. Hit me up and we can even chant together sometime (I am being totally serious).

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

Music Monday: Hozier

Happy Monday everyone. This Music Monday we shall be discussing an artist by the name of Hozier.

Hozier, whose full name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, hails from County Wicklow, Ireland and has been making sweet, sweet music since the age of 15. Although Hozier has been making music for a while, his first and only EP, Take Me To Church, didn’t come out until July of 2013. This EP features four jazzy, smooth, modern bluesey tunes that are sheer perfection.

My friend Alexis told me about Hozier, and I am in love. Despite only having four songs officially released, I have stumbled across many live recordings of his tunes on Youtube and I cannot stop listening. One of my favorites thus far is “Someone New” because he sings about falling in love with someone new everyday, which I feel like I do. Another one of my faves is “Like Real People Do,” and is so beautiful I think I could cry listening to it. Hozier’s voice is so incredibly smooth and boomy and ominous in the most delicious way. Some of his softer songs sound a bit like a blend of Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Bon Iver, but with infinite amounts of soul. He provides a modern twist on jazz and blues and has so much soul and sultriness to his voice that I cannot get enough. Seriously, check him out. Your ears will thank you.

“Take Me to Church”

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“Someone New”

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“Like Real People Do”

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Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)