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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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What I’ll Miss The Most About Indianapolis

There is only 18 days left until I leave for Australia, and I must admit even though I have lived here my whole there are a couple things I am going to miss about Indianapolis.

#1. Awesome Restaurants When people think of a “foodie” city I don’t think they automatically think of Indianapolis, but ever since working at Firebelly Marketing my eyes have been open to a lot of different restaurants in Indy. Some of my favorites include Cerulean, Taste, and who doesn’t love some steaks at the famous St. Elmo’s. What is great about Indy is that there is a deal called Devour Downtown where you get to try meals at some of the best restaurants in town for discounted rates! So while St. Elmo’s may not be ideal for us college kids, you can always give it a go on a Devour Downtown budget.

#2. Sports
Unfortunately football season is over. However, this just gives everyone the ability to put their full attention to basketball. I’m going to miss cheering on the dawgs in Hinkle. It is sad to think that I will not be able to see the sunshine glimmer down on Hinkle on a Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately I will not be singing the Butler War Song beneath the Hoosier sky, instead it will be under the Aussie sky. Besides the Dawgs I will be missing out on the Pacers. I’m not going to lie I have never really been a Pacers fan, but I love anything that is going well for Indianapolis and this year the Pacers have been amazing. There are a lot of people saying they may make it to the finals this year, and if that happens I want each and every one of you to cheer them on for me, and maybe go celebrate downtown ;)

Final Four Hinkle Fieldhouse Basketball

It doesn’t get much better than Hinkle Fieldhouse.

#3. Butler
I’m obviously going to miss Butler a lot. If you ask any of my friends these past couple of weekends for me have been a constant questioning of is this really a good idea, me leaving for Australia? While I know I will have an amazing time I wish I could take Butler with me. Thankfully for me unlike other study abroad students I have been able to spend a ton of time with my Butler family before I leave. I can’t wait to see what will be different when I get back, but I know one thing is for sure that the people I love will not change when I come home to Butler.

While I will miss so much about Indy I know I will be gaining so much in Australia. I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you! In the meantime visit Butler and experience some of the things I talked about!

If you haven’t seen this mockumnetary for Richard Sherman, you are missing out.

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Weekend Update: Introducing Sophia and A Butler Win!

This past weekend was pretty exciting to say the least. On Friday my sister and her husband had their first child! Sophia Kumiko was born at 441 PM, and she is the most precious girl I have ever seen. Everyone in our family is so excited, and now I can say that I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews!

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My niece, Sophia!

After seeing Sophia at the hospital on Friday night I rushed to campus to see my sorority sisters! It was one of our sisters 22nd birthday. We had a ton of fun and even sang to Living on a Prayer, so I guess it doesn’t get much better than that. I also learned that iPhone’s can last in the snow for over 4 hours… no worries everyone it wasn’t my phone just my best friend’s phone :) On top of all that I FINALLY GOT TO SEE MY BIG SIS. She was gone in Spain last semester so seeing her was awesome.

I was pretty much excited for everyday of this weekend, but all for different reasons. Saturday I was excited because it was the first basketball game I have been to in a very long time! With winter break and recruitment I missed a good 2-3 games, which is a lot for me. We really needed a win in the Big East on Saturday, and we got it in overtime. On top of that I gave Trip, our mascot, his bone at the beginning of the game. I’m so proud that he doesn’t drop his bone anymore!

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Butler vs Marquette; win in overtime!

All in all it was a pretty good weekend. I miss not living on campus anymore, but being able to go back on the weekends isn’t too shabby. Expect a post about me complaining about this. Until then have a great Monday!

 

March Sadness

This past week I have been unable to blog as much as usual for only one reason: March Madness, which I have now decided to name March Sadness because of Butler’s recent loss. I was fortunate to be able to go to both Butler games held in Lexington this past week.

To describe Thursday’s game vs Bucknell in one word would be excitement. I had never been to a March Madness game so it was awesome to see the team I love play in that kind of atmosphere. In typical fashion, Butler gave me a heart attack for most of the game, but we still got the win, which was exciting. The moment the buzzer went off I knew that I would be back in Lexington for Saturday’s game vs Marquette.

Driving down on Saturday to Lexington was nerve racking to say the least. I could not stop thinking about the game, and on top of that we had to sit through an entire game before we even watched ours. We played well. I am in no means disappointed in our team. It was just a really good game all around. Some of the calls I find debatable, but what’s done is done. It is really hard to talk about the outcome of that game considering how close it was.

As I usually try to do I think of the positives that come from losing the game to Marquette. For one, my grades will go back up. Two, I will not be focused on attending games anymore, instead just watching them. Three, I will be saving a ton money by not traveling to follow the team everywhere they go.

So I guess now I’m cheering on Louisville, because while in Lexington their fans always said they would be cheering for us. Plus even though I didn’t really know him a guy on the Louisville team went to my high school, so why not have them go all the way? Either way I’m still a proud Bulldog!

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I Have To Keep Reminding Myself

This past Sunday was the best Sunday, besides the Super Bowl, of the year. It was Selection Sunday. The Sunday where teams get to see if they are going to the big dance AKA March Madness. Butler got picked with a 6th seed in the East region. To say I am excited is an understatement.

Right now I am struggling with the fact that I go to Butler for an education and not for Butler basketball. I have to keep reminding myself that during March Madness school still comes first. Even though I think that professors should still cancel classes when Butler is playing. Just a thought. Thankfully my crazy week was before Spring Break so there is not much going on for me this week, which is awesome!

This Thursday I will be going to see the dawgs play Bucknell in Lexington, Kentucky! I’m so excited that I get to experience this! Another thing I have to keep reminding myself of is: ONE GAME AT A TIME. I can’t imagine if I can’t focus on things how the actual team is focusing.

I will apoligize in advance that my blogs for the next couple weeks will most likely be March Madness blogs. However, I will try my best to make sure that I stick in a few non basketball blogs. Below is a video just to get you pumped for March, as if you already were not excited.

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The Most Amazing Game

Unless you live under a rock you probably have heard that the Butler Bulldogs took down number one Indiana University in basketball yesterday. Instead of doing my typical blog about how much I’m proud to be a dawg, and how the game was so amazing, and how I cried, bruised my wrist (by hitting that instead of clapping my actual hand), hugging everyone after we won, and just smiling instead of yelling through the streets of Indy; I thought instead I would explain some things about what others have been saying about the game.

#1. We are not LUCKY.
It makes me laugh that everyone continues to say we got lucky against IU. That is not what happened. I won’t even go into consideration with the refs. Take out the refs. Look at the fact that a number one team with players considered as “all stars”, not only went to over time with us, took out three of our players from fouling out, and never got over a 6 or 7 point lead over us. Not to give respect to Indiana University, there fans have been waiting long enough for their comeback, but we did not get lucky. Yes in certain shots we got lucky, but our team works just as hard as IU does. Our team has players who have keys to Hinkle, because they put in the work on the court when no one is even there.

#2. Alex Barlow: Walk On.
I think Chase Stigall said it perfectly in the press conference after the game yesterday. He said something along the lines of I hate when people say he’s a walk on, he’s a player. I couldn’t agree more. Yes Alex Barlow was a walk on, but you can tell that he is not a walk on to Stevens he is a player, and many should realize that. Last year Barlow hardly ever played. This year I have gone to see him go from hardly ever playing, to play in games for a little bit, to starting in games, and to now making a game winning shot. Just like an article on CBS Sports said this is typical Stevens in winning bringing someone no one knows to make the shot. This is not typical Stevens, that’s just The Butler Way.

#3. It’s fine, you can still call us UNDERDAWG.
It’s fine go ahead and continue to call our team the underdawg, the Cinderella story, or the upset team. We have seen amazing wins all through two final fours and recently when beating UNC. We are used to being called the underdawgs, but in our mind we our top dawg, and we will battle until we win. The basketball team yesterday believed in themselves, they didn’t go in there with a cocky demeanor, they didn’t think they are “definitely” beating them, but they knew they had the ability to beat them. That’s the way it should be, no team should go into the game with the mind set “we are done, it’s the number one team” All teams should think “I’ve got this.”

In reality here’s a mini paragraph of what this post was going to be until I thought I should probably stop my obsession. I cried when we won. I also hugged everyone around me. I sang the Butler war song with alumni. I also left with my wrist already turning purple, and my throat hurting from yelling. Dawg Pound cheered Boiler up, to thank the Purdue student fan section for cheering us on as well. This may be a little harsh, but I couldn’t help smiling at seeing the faces of the IU fans after we won. Being from Indiana, especially going to a high school where majority of people go to IU, I couldn’t help but smile, because after hearing so much trash talking, I have kept quiet this whole time. I wanted things to play out on the court, words mean nothing, but action means everything. GO DAWGS.

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Proud To Be A Dawg

If you have not been watching the Maui Invitational you are missing out on what the Dawgs do all the time, give their fans heart attacks. You are also missing out on amazing shots like Rotnei Clarke’s shot that blogger Andrew talked about. No matter what though the Dawgs are playing amazing, and as usual we were considered the underdawg, but we proved that wrong once again.

Many of the students know at Butler that the nation considers ourselves as a Cinderella story, but we don’t see ourselves like that. There is no miracle in what we do, it’s what we do as dawgs. We fight til the end whether it’s in our athletics or our academics. This may sound extremely cheesy to you if you aren’t a Butler student or alumni, but I’m pretty sure if you looked at my Twitter right now we are all passionate about Butler. It’s awesome that the Maui Invitational can bring the nation to see once again that while we maybe underdawgs we fight all the way to the end.

I can’t wait until the dawgs are back home so that I can cheer front row in Dawg Pound, cheering in my living room isn’t working out too well… my mom asked me to calm down and then started complaining in Japanese… Whoops.

While you can see the actual shot on Andrew’s blog, check out this video of fan reaction!

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24 Hours Of Amazing

Pretty much all day I’ve been trying to watch basketball. Of course the 24 hours of college basketball would be on the day that I have a speech to give and also the day I am crazy busy. Because of those reasons unfortunately I have not been able to watch as much as I would like to, but I’m fully prepared to watch Butler play Xavier. It should be on right now, but currently ESPN is in the final minute of the Detroit vs St. John’s game, which this minute is turning into 2 hours it seems like.

Obviously I am prepared for a Butler win tonight against Xavier. If anyone knows Xavier and Butler have had a rivalry for quite some time now and it hasn’t always been pretty, but I won’t go into that. Typically I would travel to the close games for Butler, but because I have to give a speech today I really had no choice but to stay home for this one.

If there’s one thing that probably frustrates professors is how all of sudden everyone becomes sick on basketball days. Typically students will skip class to watch the game or even go to the away game, but with the latest conference switch many teams Butler will be playing will be far away, so maybe this can change the whole sickness of Butler students on game day.

All I can say is if I over blog about Butler basketball I apologize. It’s seriously my favorite time of year.

What I got to saw this past weekend!

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Can You Hear It?

This Saturday is finally the end to my countdown. The countdown of Butler basketball. Not to sound like a crazy person, but I seriously wait for basketball season every year.

Butler basketball will be a little different this year. As many of you know we moved to the A-10 conference (Atlantic 10). Our schedule is harder than before and we have a lot of new talent that we have to look forward to! This Saturday is just an exhibition game vs Marian, but either way it just means that we are finally starting basketball season.

For me college basketball is awesome, I like it a lot better than NBA. Now that college basketball is starting up I can not only focus my time on the Colts in the NFL, but with Butler basketball. This year I am on street team for Dawg Pound, which basically means I inform people about games and get them hyped, so I will be in the front row for all the games to hype people up, which I’m really excited about!

Get ready to hear the yelling and chanting coming from Hinkle, it’s finally the time for me to lose my voice every game. LET’S GO DAWGS!

To keep you excited here’s a clip from Homecoming of the Bulldog Pageant!

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Today is the start of March Madness. Even though Butler did not make the tournament this year I still had this slight urge to put them to the final four, just kidding.

I love this time of year. This is why I love college basketball so much. There are always crazy games, upsets, and amazing games/shots that people talk about the next day. It’s different this year, because before I was usually in school during March Madness so I would always beg my teachers to let us watch in class or sneak peeks at my phone to see scores. Now being on Spring Break I can watch all the games I want. However, I do miss the crazy bracket tournaments we would have in my classes such as yearbook!

My final four picks for this year are Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri, and Kansas. I have Ohio State and Kentucky going to the finals. I am not going to say I am a pro at making brackets, but the first time Butler went to the finals I had them going to final four! Shocking, I know. I am sure by the time this is all over my bracket will be so messed up, but it doesn’t matter because this is what I wait for all college basketball season, and in two hours it is finally here!

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The Benefits of Dawg Pound

Being in the Dawg Pound has more benefits than just getting awesome seats in Hinkle. Because of Dawg Pound last night I got to go to the Pacers vs Jazz game for free, in club level seating and see Gordon Hayward afterwards!

Jazz vs Pacer game!

Last week during my journalism class I got an email saying that the first fifty people to respond would be able to go to the game for free! I emailed right away and got one of the first tickets! I was so excited. Being from Indy I’ve been to Pacers games before, but the Pacers have not always been that great but lately they have been playing really, so it was fun to see them win!

Gordon Hayward!

Since Gordon Hayward was back in town, Brad Stevens and a lot of players were at the game as well! Going to the game was a nice break considering right now a lot of things for greek life is going on especially for freshmen since a lot of us have freshmen skits soon! I’ll explain what that is later.

Also I just wanted to give a shout out to any students who may be shadowing any student at Butler this week. I hope you love our school! Here’s something to get you pumped for basketball games!

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