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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Archive: March 2012

Butler’s Woods Lecture series

As you may or may not know, Butler hosts a lecture series every semester where they bring in a person of scientific knowledge to give as a 1.5 hour talk about some important issue. I remember freshmen year learning about robots. It was really interesting. There was a graph that depicted realism vs creepiness in terms of humanoid things (robots, dolls, puppets, zombies) and it was amazing.

I redrew it in my notebook, and I would love to put it here, except I can’t find it. Sorry, friends.

Last night I saw Wes Jackson. He runs The Land Institute and his deal is the total revolution of world agriculture. Now, I’m not really an expert on agriculture. The most I know is that Britain’s agricultural revolution freed up workers to start the Industrial Revolution, and that’s why it started in Britain. WHAT NOW, 3 EUROPEAN HISTORY CLASSES? I still remember stuff.

Now, my interest in various educational topics are usually based on how relatable to Hogwarts classes they are. Pharmacy is just Potions class, so I’m good there. Plants should be like Herbology, but real plants aren’t as cool as Hogwarts plants because real plants don’t scream and kill you (see: mandrake) or blow fire out of them and whatnot. (Actually, to be clear, real plants are really cool Just not as cool.)

So Dr. Jackson’s talk was still really interesting. There was a lot of history and politics involved with how our farming system is what it is today (ie, ALL CORN AND SOYBEANS with too much nitrogen). His theory is that agriculture needs to go back to “what it was”–using more traditional techniques and keeping nature on our side instead of working against it.

I don’t exactly understand what it means, but The Land Institute is breeding perennial grains and things as opposed to annual grains (which is 80% of what we grow). I don’t know what that means though. I just know that tulips are my favorite.

Here’s a picture of space because I didn’t take a picture at the lecture last night.

More thoughts on The Hunger Games, just because.

I just have lots of things to say right now!

I had to try and articulate just what’s so important about these books and why everyone’s all crazy about them. I think a lot of people sort of write off fandoms like this because they think it’s vapid, or I don’t know, never as good as Harry Potter. Especially with the advent of Twilight, any young adult series that gets any attention is probably regarded as “just another stupid romance book.”

In the case of the Hunger Games, I’ve found that most people start pointing fingers that it’s “the same as that one movie/book/anime.” And that’s fine. If you haven’t read the book and all you know is its synopsis, then yeah, you’ll probably think it’s a straight hack. Well, guess what? Lots of things are reminiscent of previous works. Did you know The Lion King is Hamlet? Do you hate it now?

Anyway, I think The Hunger Games isn’t just some pointless love story. The main character is female and 16/17, so if you’re a 25 year old guy, I don’t really expect you to read the book and find it awe-inspiring (but if you do, yay!). But Katniss is really important as a strong character, especially in the light of a certain someone named Bella.

Katniss does not care what other people think about her. Personally, I care very much about what other people think about me. So I spend too much time on my hair, I buy a lot of makeup, I always want the newest and cutest clothes. Katniss, however, knows what’s important–her family and friends, and self-preservation (because, y’know, she’s under the constant threat of getting killed/starving to death!).

Katniss also has rather low self-esteem for being such an important part in the trilogy. I would say she’s humble, but there are times when she gets down on herself. Watching that struggle is just so interesting to me. I feel like I can relate to that.

And lastly, while the romance plot is central to the trilogy, it isn’t … stupid. Is that descriptive enough? Okay–Katniss isn’t defined by the romances. She is controlled and swayed by them (for self-preservation reasons, I can’t go too far into them without giving anything away), but this is always portrayed as highly negative, confusing, and undesirable. In the beginning, Katniss actually doesn’t want to ever get married or have children (breaking down the gender roles! ish. Don’t call me out on this. gawsh). Any time she’s forced to do something traditionally female (wear dresses, try to be nice and funny and “desirable”), she fails miserably. Because she doesn’t want to be that way, and neither do we if we don’t want to.

This got reallllyyyy long. I’ll leave you with my favorite creepy song from the soundtrack and something pretty from Tumblr.

BACCHUS Conference!

It is 6:28 AM and I am up and at ‘em for the BACCHUS Area 7 Conference! PAWS is piling into a mini-van for the 5.5 hour drive to Berea, OH (even being from Ohio I had to still Google it–it’s near Cleveland).

I’ve got my Hunger Games nail polish swag on. Electrify! I’ll be this year’s Girl on Fire at the conference.

I’m so, so excited because PAWS will be presenting on our Stress Less Week program (by the way, our schedule for this semester will be updated soon–we’re still nailing down all our events!) as well as Butler’s BU Be Well campaign.

I will report back on all of this at the end of the weekend!! :)

I got a fever and the only prescription is MORE HUNGER GAMES.

I saw the Hunger Games this weekend and I couldn’t be happier with it!

That was an overstatement. They forgot some stuff and, let’s be honest, this movie should have been rated R (it’s okay, though, they edited it for the kids!). But I get it, book-to-movie adaptations aren’t always perfect. Still, it was awesome.

I’ve been scouring the Internet for Hunger Games-related stuff, and I found that you can get your own Hunger Games inspired name (mine’s Fannia Wishart) and also find out what District you belong to. Spoiler alert: I got District 5 (the “power”/electronics district and they said I would be an engineer. I will break EVERYTHING.

Sooo that’s what my lil’ Panem card looks like! I don’t know what the QR code there does. Scan it and let me know? ;)


It’s officially too hot outside!

We planned on keeping our air conditioner turned off during the spring. You know, spring time, when it’s around 60-70 degrees and flowers bloom and bees buzz and ducks quack and sun shines and rain … rains.

But this is straight up summer, Weather, and we’ve had several talks about how much I hate it when you mess up my seasons.

It is currently 81 degrees and the air is stagnant here in Indianapolis. The sun went away, finally, but let me tell you: it is hot! It could be worse–at least it isn’t humid (although, give it about three weeks and we’ll be swimming across campus).

What I will say is that I enjoyed walking across campus and seeing everybody in their springtime best. To everyone who wears brightly colored pants: I salute you. They look snazzy as all get out.

What I’m wondering is, when will it be okay for men to wear colored pants? I see them on sale everywhere, but I can’t seem to get past the idea that they only belong in a Vampire Weekend music video.

Target’s got the right idea.

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For the record, if men in brightly colored suits poofed me into 5 inch wedges, I would probably fall over and die.

SB2012? More like THE HUNGER GAMES 2012.

For once, it wasn’t entirely necessary to travel for spring break to find good weather. It was in the 70s and sunny all week here in Indy!

That said, I spent most of my break inside. Reading. Reading THE HUNGER GAMES. I got through the first two books in a matter of 4 days. Third book has been slower because I actually had to leave the house for the latter half of break.

But yes, I have Hunger Games fever. Every time I hit up a store, I’ve had to buy every magazine with Jennifer Lawrence’s face on it. (This includes Seventeen magazine which was sort of a mistake.) Also, I’m Team Peeta.

I mean, he paints AND bakes AND is a hopeless romantic? Y’all can have rugged Gale. Team Peeta forever.

(I also have a tiny crush on Woody Harrelson, but that is an aside.)

Anyway, the movie premieres THIS FRIDAY and I’m super pumped. It’s nice to have another fandom to look forward to now that Harry Potter’s done. On top of that: a young adult series with a strong female main character? GASP. So much better than that lovesick sissy in Twilight. (There, I said it.)

May the odds be ever in your favor!

On pre-ordering and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

The minute we heard about Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball, it was imperative to us to pre-order it. Something about throwing money at the E Street band made us think we’d get the album faster. I don’t know.

We pre-ordered from Amazon, and I remember asking myself, “how does this work? will they ship it to us to get here on the release date? or simply ship it on the day of release?” I remember getting the 7th Harry Potter book on the day of its release, so we figured, hey, why not? We could order Wrecking Ball and some other book and not have to pay shipping. Wahoo!

Turns out, the freakin’ album won’t get here until Saturday even though it came out today! WHY WHY WHY. :( heartbroken. I refuse to listen to it until I’ve got the album in my hands. It just doesn’t feel right otherwise.

At least this amazing cover of Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Springsteen doing “Sexy and I Know It” exists. FOR DOWNLOAD. :D

Spring break countdooown!

It’s almost midnight, so I’m not counting Tuesday as a day anymore. 3 more days until spring break!!

Our clusters are scheduled Wednesday-Friday, which isn’t great at the moment, but it’s so, so much better than having them after spring break. Nothing boggles fun plans more than having a bunch of tests to study for!

I have a presentation in my STS class too. We’re going to look at the benefits of stay at home dads and the socially constructed obstacles to their success. Gender roles are a go!

Things are busy, but I think it’s manageable. I’m just really tired because I’ve been, sadly, lacking sleep. :( But that’s what break is for–recovery! I’m not going anywhere except maybe a quick trip to Cincinnati. It’ll be nice to relaaax. I need to finish The Hunger Games, anyway!


only like two people will get this and I'm okay with that.

What a devastating time to be a Bulldog!

We don’t have cable (I’ve said this about a million times), but luckily ESPN streams all of their channels for free on Xbox Live, so I was able to watch the game. Really rough stuff. I think we can all safely say we lost it the moment Ron did–a sad end that shouldn’t shadow an absolutely stellar career. :)

It’s rough to see the season end like this, but there’s always next year. Not that that helps right now since I don’t have much of a reason to watch the NCAA tournament, and that’s the only reason I like the month of March (besides spring break?). sigh.

I still love our team and I can’t wait to welcome them home!

Until then, if you need me, I’ll be sobbing over my Blue II plush.

GO BULLDOGS!! forever.

Early to bed, early to rise

This has been circulating around the Internet probably since I started college (if not even earlier). It’s also true! There is also a terrifying one for grad school that I’m going to choose to ignore for now because it frightens me.

But anyway, I’ve always chosen Enough Sleep and sort of oscillated between the other two. Especially being a commuter with a 30 minute drive to campus, it’s been imperative that I get enough sleep. And if not, enough coffee?

Anyway, I usually go to bed by 11 or 11:30. A lot of the time I’m just beat so I go to bed at 10. That is embarrassingly early. But I’m used to waking up around 7 or 7:30 in the morning, so I get a lot done before I have to go anywhere. Most of the time.

I realized, though, that practically nobody else is on this schedule. I tend to wake up and find that my inbox is exploding with emails sent after 11 PM, including several from my professors. This makes it awkward when said professors request that we do additional reading for the class I’m about to go to. Not going to happen!


If you need a lullaby, I highly recommend John Legend and the Roots covering Dancing in the Dark. DOWNLOAD IT NOW.