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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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Stream of Consciousness

Happy Friday to all! I’m sitting outside, soaking in the sunshine, and there is a lot for me to observe. All signs point to a stream of consciousness post.

A golf cart just drove past me. A tour group is quickly approaching me. There is an alarmingly large amount of people…and children. So just kidding, that is in fact not a tour group at all. “That makes it into ham,” a young boy sitting on someone’s shoulders just said. I feel like I have sunbeams radiating from my face and fingertips today. Now I see a tour group. The tourguide is walking backwards. So good. Great job.

There are balloon arches in front of the library. How many balloons does one need to float up into the sky? That would be a fun thing to do. Maybe. Unless you floated too high and couldn’t come down. That’s not what I would want. Art Now is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Reilly Room. You should come. I’ll be slaving away this weekend getting all of my stuff ready. I don’t think I have much else to say. My shoes smell really bad. Okay, bye.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

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What a Great Week

Happy Friday everyone! This week was really fantastic, and I’m still jazzed about it, so of course I’m going to share it with you.

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Me and Hana at the protest

Monday night, Demia met to discuss the buzz surrounding the Eliza Quincey Thought Catalog article discussing one student’s experience with how the University handled her rape. We decided to plan a protest for Thursday, protesting the way the University handles cases of sexual assault, so I was anxiously anticipating that all week. Wednesday night we organized, planned, and made posters for the protest. Then yesterday, the actual protest took place. A solid amount of people showed up, including students, faculty, and students from other universities. My friend Hana and I read part of the Thought Catalog article, while others read the demands students compiled regarding Butler’s sexual assault policies. Others came forward and said why they were there, and I was shocked and moved by how many people who spoke were survivors of sexual assault. In between speakers, we marched and chanted. It was such an incredibly powerful, emotional experience, and it felt great to know that I was a part of the organization that made the protest happen. A few news stations were there as well, and a snippet of my interview was even on the news.

Aside from the emotions from the protest, I was published on Thought Catalog yesterday! I’ve published with them once in January, so it felt great to have another piece on the site. I wrote about how human beings need to stop comparing themselves to one another because we are made to be different. Then, I went to the Out of the Dawg House Concert, which was in Holcomb Gardens, which is my second favorite place on campus. The concert was great as usual, then afterwards my friends and I went and got ice cream. I had ice cream for dinner. THE GOODNESS DON’T STOP!

Today, the weather is beautiful, I have a friend date with my friend Drew, and I’m going to the Freshly Brewed Concert tonight to watch my friend Allie sing. Weee oooo weee ooo wooo!!! Also, I got tickets to see Twenty One Pilots tomorrow night, so that just adds to greatness and good vibes this week produced.

Have a great weekend, bask in the glory of the sunshine, and thanks for reading :)

Google Contact Lenses

Happy Tuesday to all. Whilst surfing the web today, I stumbled upon an article that said Google just filed a patent for a contact lens version of Google’s computer glasses released earlier this year.

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The patent for these lenses sprouted a few months after Google revealed a prototype for a pair of contact lenses that would monitor the wearer’s glucose levels. From this prototype evolved what are essentially Google Glass contact lenses. These contact lenses would have the many features of Google Glass, including built-in cameras, and could potentially assist blind wearers by using the camera to process certain things within the camera’s “field of vision.” Patent Bolt’s analysis of the patent states that the contacts would not be controlled by voice as Google Glass is, but rather through a system of “unique blinking patterns.”

I don’t know much about what all Google Glass does, but to be perfectly honest, this idea freaks me out a bit. Having something literally in your face that is partially like a computer makes me feel weird. Also, the whole blinking pattern to control the lenses seems a little comical to me. I do understand that the lenses would indeed have beneficial purposes, and yes the evolution of technology is inevitable and useful, but I still feel uneasy about having some sort of version of a computer with a camera in my eyeballs.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Talking Out Loud to Yourself

Happy Friday everyone! Last Saturday I had a lot of me time to wander and think some thoughts and just observe things happening around me. During this time for self-reflection, I readily and happily started talking to myself out loud. Instead of keeping my thoughts cooped up in my brain space, I said them out loud. It felt really great and got me to wondering: if we can sing song lyrics, which are other people’s thoughts, out loud, then why is it considered taboo to speak our own thoughts out loud in the same fashion?

We certainly can speak our thoughts out loud as freely as we choose, but most of the time, it is considered strange or the speaker seems mentally unstable. Consequently, we go around singing song lyrics out loud for people to hear as we are walking to class or wandering aimlessly. Why is it considered more “normal” to say someone else’s thoughts out loud, but not our own? Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? I think the main reason singing out loud seems more “normal” is because those are someone else’s thoughts. Chances are, someone walking by you hearing you sing probably recognizes the song you’re singing, so it normalizes the process. If you’re muttering something under your breath, but someone else recognizes and identifies with these mutterings, they are less threatening. It becomes less “creepy”.

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If someone hears you talking out loud to yourself, people will certainly recognize the words you are saying, but they won’t know exactly what you’re talking about as readily as if you were singing. Since what you are saying is a little unknown, someone’s natural inclination is to deem it strange or uncomfortable. Your personal thoughts are less universally recognized than thoughts made popular by the radio, so it is stranger for people to actually hear them when you are alone. We also seem to think it’s okay for someone to sing to themselves or disconnect from reality just because they have white ear buds in their ears. Seeing someone saying something out loud with ear buds in their ears leads us to assume that they’re just a fun-loving guy or gal singing along to some tunes. Just because you don’t have ear buds in your ears as you’re speaking to yourself, people assume it’s not okay or not allowed for you to disconnect in the same way as if you did.

I obviously think deeming talking out loud to oneself as crazy is completely bonkers. If you’ve never wandered around and just said your thoughts out loud or talked openly about something that’s been bothering you recently, I highly suggest you do. There is something incredibly therapeutic and liberating about talking out your concerns with yourself and the world around you as a witness. It feels good, it sounds good, and it is not crazy. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.

Have a great weekend, go talk to yourself, and thanks for reading :)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Happy Thursday friends! I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel over the weekend, and I can’t stop thinking about it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film written and directed by Wes Anderson, and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. In its prime, The Grand Budapest Hotel was the happeningist hotel around, and Gustave H. was the best concierge there was. He befriends Zero Mustafa, the hotel’s newest lobby boy, and together they go on a series of adventures. The movie illustrates those adventures as a now grown Zero tells them to a curious writer visiting the hotel many years after it has become rundown. The movie has many familiar faces including Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Willem Dafoe, and of course the classic ingredient in any Wes Anderson movie: Bill Murray.

The set, scenery, and costuming in the film is incredibly beautiful. The colors and patterns featured in the hotel and throughout the rest of the movie are so vivid and whimsical, but realistic and fitting at the same time. The film’s website (which I linked above) is a testament to the movie’s beautiful set. The film is incredibly funny as well, featuring many a-dry humored joke thrown in. The only other Wes Anderson movie I’ve seen is Moonrise Kingdom, and I thought that was beautiful and great. Well, this movie definitely trumps that one. I loved this film, and if you get the chance, you should most certainly go see it.

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

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Music Monday: The Moldy Peaches

Happy Monday friends. The weather is gloomy today and I want you to be happy, so we’re going to talk about The Moldy Peaches.

The Moldy Peaches is a six person indie band founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson back in 1999. The band gained notoriety from their song “Anyone Else But You,” which was featured in the movie Juno. Unfortunately, after 2004, the group fell out of making music and has been quiet since then. The group was a part of the anti-folk movement in music, which basically means their music is as sober as the politically charged folk music of the 60s, and it sounds experimental and silly at times. (Regina Spektor is another artist I’ve blogged about whose music is anti-folk).

I had only ever heard “Anyone Else But You,” and some of Dawson’s solo songs, so I listened to The Moldy Peaches all day yesterday and came to a conclusion: they are freaking weird. I mean “weird” as a good thing of course, but I can’t think of any other way to describe them. Green and Dawson have extremely unique voices, sounding sometimes like they are more talk-singing than really belting it out. They definitely live up to their anti-folk title; most of their songs sound like they are just messing around playing in someone’s garage making up nonsense lyrics as they go along. I think that’s what I like about them so much; they just sound really weird and strange and sing about stuff that makes no sense or is totally out there and not really sung about in a song. For example, in “Anyone Else But You,” one line goes, “Scrunched up your face and did a dance/shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants.” Definitely unique.

I also really enjoy how you can hear them laughing as they are singing some of their songs. You can just tell that they are enjoying creating this strange musical world that we are lucky enough to be invited into. They sound like they are either playing a joke on all of us by making music so strange they can’t be serious, or they were on a lot of drugs when they wrote their songs. Either way, I dig it so hard.

“Anyone Else But You”

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“Lazy Confessions”

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“Who’s Got the Crack”

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“Nyc’s Like a Graveyard”

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Another fave: “These Burgers”

Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

 

Stream of Consciousness

Happy Friday everyone. I never know what to talk about on Fridays, so let’s do another stream of consciousness post. I think I might just dedicate every Friday to stream of consciousness since I so often resort to that. Let us begin!

I carry around a pocket-sized black journal everywhere I go and write down random thoughts and observations I have. I started my first journal on November 5 and finished it the other day. I was really excited about it and just started a new one. My computer keeps telling me its full, so I bought an external hard drive, but I don’t know how to use it. I’m sitting in C Club right now, which I don’t do often, but I really do think it’s a hidden gem. I feel like a lot of secretly cool humans hang out here, and everyone who works in C Club is so kind and joyful. Although I am quite fond of it, I don’t enjoy the constant noise and bright lights from the televisions down here. Le sigh.

Butler Art’s Fest started yesterday and runs through April 13. Check out their site for a list of all the rad stuff happening, and make sure to stop by the Schrott to see a piece I have in the show. Yippie skippie! Other events throughout the week include performances by dance and music students and guests, as well as different lectures relating to the year’s theme Fables, Fairty tales, and Physics.

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Final thought for today: I saw The Vagina Monologues last night and it was STUPENDOUS! I blogged about it Wednesday, mentioning that the show ran last night and tomorrow (Saturday the 5th) at 7:30 in the Edison-Duckwell Recital Hall in Robertson. For the love of God, you should all go. Every single student who performed a monologue did so with so much emotion and excitement and passion. Wow, it was incredible. I have never been so excited to have a vagina as I was after seeing the show. It was really empowering and wonderful. Go see it, forreal.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading :)

The Vagina Monologues

Happy Wednesday to all. The Vagina Monologues are coming up and I think you should probably go.

Demia, Butler’s feminist organization which I am a part of, puts on their own production of The Vagina Monologues every year, and this year’s production is tomorrow night (April 3) and Saturday April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edison-Duckwell Recital Hall in Robertson. The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler that consists of different monologues about female sexuality. Inspired by Ensler’s profuction, students are performing some of their own monologues. I believe some of Ensler’s original monologues are being performed as well, but I’m not entirely positive. 10154408_10203328891773988_1625048073_n

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go last year because I had some sort of conflict, so I am stoked for this year. Human sexuality is something that is totally natural and literally essential for our survival, yet I feel as if people feel weird talking about openly and freely. It also seems as if women’s sexuality gets skewed in the media and whatnot, so The Vagina Monologues serves as an open space for men and women to talk about their experience with female sexuality in any and all aspects.

Perhaps you’re a dude and think you don’t care about vaginas or women’s sexuality. Well, you were most likely birthed through a vagina, and conceived through a vagina, and if you are a heterosexual male, you probably have or will encounter a few vaginas. If you’re a female and feel weird about it, you should go. You have a vagina and perhaps you have or will encounter a few vaginas as well. There is a lot of stigma surrounding talking about sexuality in a public setting and I think that’s bonkers. We literally could not exist without sex or vaginas for that matter, so I think it is an empowering, significant thing to talk about. Plus, this year’s production counts as a cultural requirement. Holla.

For more information, stop by the Starbucks table for the next few hours and pick up a flyer.

Have a great day and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: alt-J

Happy Monday friends. The weather is poppin, the sun is shining, and it is the perfect day for you to sit outside and stare at the sky whilst listening to some serene tunes. All signs point to this Music Monday being about alt-J.

alt-J is an English indie rock band from Leeds, England who have been making music together since 2007. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, earned them a British Mercury Prize, as well as nominations for three Brit Awards. Their songs “Fitzpleasure,” “Bloodflood,” and “Tessellate” have been featured on television shows such as Weeds, Teen Wolf, and Homeland.

Their music sounds as if they were floating in outerspace when they recorded it, and you are floating underwater as you listen; it is kind of eerie, but in the most pleasant way. It is a great combination of indie music with dashes of electronicy dub-step mixed in. I honestly don’t know what words are being sung about 75% of the time because he’s kind of hard to understand, but they just sound so stinkin’ cool. I could listen to them for hours because their music is so pleasant and floaty. Check em out!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Fitzpleasure”

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“Tessellate”

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“Bloodflood”

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Brainbashing

Today, I mentally deteriorated a little bit. My mind and body is a ball of stress, and I feel as if all my brain cells detached themselves from my brain wall and started fizzing like a shaken carbonated drink, then started buzzing around my brain knocking into each other. Woof.

This brainbashing started today at noon. I went to a discussion about spirituality and religion in relation to gender and sexuality, hoping for some cool insights and stories from likeminded individuals. This conversation did indeed start that way, but then the bigger issue of inclusivity and diversity on Butler’s campus became the focus. I am aware that Butler is not the most diverse campus, and I do believe that for a liberal arts school, it is pretty conservative. A lot of the individuals at the discussion said that they feel that Butler is not a totally welcoming environment for diverse individuals and this campus does not embrace diversity as it should. Since I have never personally felt seriously excluded since I’ve been here, I had never seriously thought about the effect this might have on people who have experienced this exclusion. Hearing people speak of specific ways in which this university is exclusive made me very upset. It is so fundamentally wrong for students to be at a school they chose to attend and not feel totally welcome, embraced, accommodated, and free to be themselves. There is no reason this campus can’t be inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The fact people experienced something otherwise makes me want to cry and simultaneously punch someone in the mouth. After this discussion, I left feeling very unsettled and upset by how this exclusion is clearly a real problem students feel.

My life today. Courtesy of Google

My life today. Courtesy of Google

Right after that, I had to figure out my schedule for next semester and head off to my advising appointment to register for next year’s classes. I always get really overwhelmed with all of the possibilities of classes to take because I honestly never want to stop learning or being around intelligent people who love learning as much as I do. Since I was already flustered, I was even more flustered as I tried to sort out my schedule. Once I got to my appointment and started talking to my advisor, she told me I could easily graduate a semester early. She also asked if I had thought about going to grad school. Both of these things freaked me out since I never even considered graduating early since I want to take as many classes and learn as much as possible, and grad school is an overwhelming, intimidating thing in itself. That obviously rustled my feathers even more. She also told me I need to figure out internships and whatnot and basically start planning and thinking about being a real person because it’s coming sooner than I think. I really hate that. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, and once it’s time for me to do stuff with it, I don’t want to just do one thing forever. Like I said, I get overwhelmed with my desire to constantly learn new things and be around smart people, so naturally when it comes to thinking of a career, I am clueless. I know that I absolutely want to do something with art and writing, and I want to be able to create things that make people feel good and inspired, but beyond that I don’t know.

I feel like my brain is whirling with a miniature hurricane and my thoughts and ideas about my current life and future are spilling out of me and floating all over the room in front of my face. I just feel very overwhelmed and lost. I obviously know I will figure my shiz out, as I always do, but it’s okay that I’m freaking out about all this now. It means that I care about my happiness and future and those around me. It means that the things I’m involved in and the people I’m around matter and are important.

I didn’t write this as a means of complaining at all, although it was a good release to write out everything I’m feeling, but I wrote it to show that heck yeah I’m struggling and confused, but if you are too, that’s okay. We’re not supposed to know what we’re doing, and it’s okay if the situations we’re in aren’t perfect. If everything was perfect, there would be nothing to fight for, no progress or change, and no source of inspiration to keep doing stuff. Moral of the story: I’m obviously unsettled from the talk earlier, and I’m obviously flustered and lost in regards to my future, but I’m glad I’m feeling these things. It means I care about where I am, and I want to make the environment I’m in the best it can be.

That was pretty heavy, and maybe cheesy, but this is my blog and I can write about what I want. Xoxo, Gossip Bekah.

Have a great weekend and maybe take some time to meditate. Thanks for reading :)