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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’ve Been Listening To

So a couple of the bloggers do a Music Monday blog, but they typically focus on one specific artist and since I am the most unfocused person in America, I usually never am listening to the same artist that often! Instead, as usual, here are my top five songs that I can’t stop listening to.

#1. Heart Skips A Beat – Olly Murs
I don’t think this song is that new, but I just discovered and literally cannot stop listening to it. It has this really simple beat to, but I love his voice. On top of that he’s pretty attractive, and the lyrics are really easy to sing to. I love listening to this song when I’m doing cycling in my roommates cycling class at the HRC!

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#2 Feel It All Around – Washed Out
My best friend, Trai, got me obsessed with this song a couple weeks ago. Basically if you want the full description on how I feel about this song, here goes nothing. I explained to Trai this song makes me feel like you are driving with the top down on a sunny day, hair is flowing in the window, with aviator glasses on, and just a simple head bob. Yeah I went really detailed with this song, and Trai agreed.

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#3 Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore ft. Ray Dalton
This song gets me so hyped up! If you haven’t heard of Macklemore he’s getting really popular really fast. ESPN plays this song for their College Game Day segment and literally it got me pumped to yell for 4 hours. Ray Dalton’s voice is so smooth too that it just adds this totally different vibe to the song.

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#4 Let Her Go – Passenger
I have no idea how long this song has been out. I like this song a lot because it’s so mellow and I really like the lyrics to it. The singers voice is really interesting too. It’s really good music to listen to when I’m studying or just hanging out in my room not trying to be crazy, which is very rare.

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#5 Wild For the Night – A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex
I can’t really post this video, because it’s not the most appropriate song, but the beat is sick and I love this song. It’s rap and dubstep/techno all mixed together which is awesome. Plus if anyone knows me I am usually playing rap music in my room anyway.

This Ones For You Billy.

Many of my friends know that I am blogger for Butler admissions. I don’t really mention the fact I’m a blogger unless I get bored of sharing “I’m half Japanese” as my interesting fact. When I started writing blogs about my roommates Kristina and Rori some became jealous and felt like they should have a blog about them as well. Billy is the only one that got jealous, but really.

Anytime I am at Sigma Nu, one of the fraternities on Butler campus, Billy always ask me when he will be getting a blog about him. Finally I have decided that there is no better time than now, since we just got new pledge classes and maybe this will help the newest pledge class of Sigma Nu to get to know Billy.

Meet Billy.

Billy is probably one of the nicest guys you will meet. He’s a little weird, but in a good way. My roommate Rori just mentioned he has a rabbit nose? Basically it means that he can flare his nose and she thinks it looks like a rabbit. Anyway I usually go to Billy for new bands because he loves Indie bands. Some times I get irritated because he’s probably one of the very few people who know more random bands than I do.

Billy just being Billy.

On top of Billy’s taste of music he is intrigued by some of the same things as me, such as…. THE BUTLER SQUIRRELS. Billy also has interesting taste in cars. He drives a van that looks kind of sketchy, so if you are around campus and happen to see a van with blacked out windows, no worries it’s no one trying to tempt you with candy into their van, it’s just Billy being Billy. Last but not least Billy is a mastermind. He has once convinced girls that a painting in his room was selling at Target stores nation wide… Don’t ask.

Either way I hope this blog fulfills what Billy wanted, and hopefully you can feel like you know Billy now. Did I mention Billy is in love with Ms. B?

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DONE

My first semester of my sophomore year is officially done. I had four finals in two days, and basically had to study non stop. Here is the basic life of a college student during finals week. Play massive amounts of Pandora with either complete rage music or very calming music. Then drink tons of caffeine or Starbucks or even use every possible free thing Butler provides you whether it be food, drinks or any other stress less thing you can come up. Then try to find rooms in Jordan, Gallahue, Irwin, or any other possible building you can think of. After all that is accomplished study away your life as much as possible.

The only problem with this idea is that Butler decided to have a speech competition held on our campus on the Saturday before finals which typically is intense cram time for many students. Many students had trouble finding a room to study in, but I was able to find a place in Gallahue to study. On Monday I had my Strategic Communications final and my Music final for my PCA. On Tuesday I had my Media Literacy final and my Spanish final. Needless to say I am glad that I am officially done with everything. I studied pretty much all day everyday from Saturday to Tuesday.

Now that finals are done I’m just hanging around campus basically going home whenever I feel like it since I live so close. I hope everyone isn’t dying from finals!

Here’s two girls I couldn’t stop watching during finals week to keep me laughing!

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Please Don’t Stop The Music

I’ve done a couple blogs like this before, but if you already didn’t know I am constantly listening to music. If I’m at a party I usually try to take over on the music, because I feel like I’m pretty good at it, and most people say I’m good at it, so I think why not? As usual I have a couple songs that I can’t stop playing so I thought I would share these with you, maybe if you haven’t heard them yet you can start listening to them!

#1. Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
This song is so fun. I love driving around to this song. I watched Bruno Mars perform this on SNL and it was good live just as it is on the radio. I really like the chorus because it goes from this awesome upbeat type of song to then a more chilled out part, which I think is really cool. I also like the old vibe. Some aspects of the song remind me of The Temptations, but obviously a way more modern version.

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#2. Just What I Am – Kid Cudi ft. King Chip
I love this song. The beat is really sick and when Kid Cudi come in it’s so cool the effects he uses on his voice. It’s a really good song to just chill out to or listen to in your car. I just am really glad that Cudi has come out with new stuff!

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#3. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
I love Florence and the Machine and she is used in this song. She has such an awesome voice, but with the beat from Calvin Harris it’s even ten times better. At first with Florence you think it will be her just singing, but turns into this huge rage song which is awesome. It’s an awesome song to run to! Go to the 55 second mark on the video to start the song!

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#4. Die Young – Kesha
I used to not like this song at all, but then my roommate, Rori, started playing it all the time and now we always listen to it when are getting ready. It gets you so hyped up for anything that you are about to do. It’s more of a party anthem, but what do you expect from Kesha?

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#5. Doo Wop – Lauryn Hill
I realize this isn’t new and is from the 90’s, but lately I cannot stop listening to Lauryn Hill. Her voice is just so insane and soulful. If I had her voice I would be so happy with life, and on top of that all her songs have great beats. If you don’t know at least one Lauryn Hill song or when she was with the Fugees you are missing out.

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What I’ve Been Listening To Lately

You can ask my roommates or anyone that lives in my hallway that I play music all the time whether just waking up or even going to bed. I also can’t study without music, which some people think is crazy but I can’t help it! I always love when people give me new music to listen to because it’s usually always really good! Here’s a couple of the songs or artists I have been listening to lately!

#1. Imagine Dragons
Right now they are my favorite band! They have a popular song out called It’s Time, but I personally love Radioactive or On Top Of The World! I really just like the beats in their songs and also how you can just jam out to almost every song. I have yet to find a song I don’t like!

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#2. Miguel
Miguel has such a smooth voice. It’s insane. Lately I’ve just been listening a lot to his latest album and his old songs. Right now I can’t stop listening to All I Want Is You, because it not only has Miguel, but an awesome beat to it and J. Cole raps in it, which I love.

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#3. Kimbra
Kimbra is recently new. She got a lot of publicity on VH1 and MTV, but I don’t think she has really hit it off yet. She has this really awesome voice that you just have to listen to understand. I really like her song Cameo Lover.

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I’m sure in two weeks I will have another obsession with three different artists and more songs, but no worries my iTunes library always has more space.

Concerts Galore

If you have seen my previous blogs I love going to concerts, especially ones that I don’t have to pay for. Since I didn’t talk much about the concerts I went to this summer I thought I would talk about that and also the free concert Butler provided with Smash Mouth and Chiddy Bang!

This summer I didn’t go to many concerts because I had to work a lot, or I would forget to take off of work. I did manage to go to Dave Matthews Band and Young the Giant. With the Dave Matthews Band I got really lucky! My best friend’s parents or my adopted parents basically gave me tickets to see Dave on Friday night! It was really awesome, because of how close we were to the stage, and on top of that I really like DMB! I was able to go with my sister and her friends and then brought along my friend Sara. We had a lot of fun!

Front row at Dave Matthews Band

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Although I didn’t get free tickets to Young the Giant, I got to be in the front. They played at The Old National Center. At this venue there is no seating, so if you shimmy your way to the front, which you usually can, you get front row! Young the Giant was amazing. They sound as good live as they do on their CD’s, which I feel like you don’t hear that much anymore. Blogger Bekah wrote about them in her latest blog, so you can get to know more about them!

Front row at Young the Giant!

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Butlerpalooza, which was free for Butler students. Smash Mouth and Chiddy Bang came. It was a lot of fun. Smash Mouth was great because it was all songs I remember from when I was younger! Chiddy Bang was entertaining and got the crowd involved a lot with their songs. I didn’t know that many Chiddy Bang songs, but for the ones I did know it was really good!

Smash Mouth at Butler

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Chiddy Bang at Butler!

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Sorry if my videos are shaky, you hear me or others singing annoyingly, or you just realize that I should never take a video again in my life… I understand. On a positive note my concert tour isn’t over yet for the year. I won free tickets to Dayglow, which is a huge concert/rage where DJ’s play different songs and then throw paint out into the crowd. I’m extremely excited! Also I’m trying to go to a few concerts in Chicago, but right now money is an issue, so we’ll see how that goes.

Ever Wonder?

The other day someone tweeted,” I always wonder what people are listening to when I walk past them.” I have to admit I always question this too! So I thought why not write about what I have been listening to lately. I listen to a lot of different music, and hopefully some of these artists are new to you! I love spreading new music.

I have an issue with just narrowing down music choices, so instead I will tell you what my top five pandora stations I have been listening to lately are!

1. Fitz and the Tantrums
I mentioned them on a previous blog. I first heard about them when going to Jimmy Fallon. They are actually pretty good live, which is sometimes hard to come by with the singers today. Some of my favorite songs they sing are Moneygrabber, Don’t Gotta Work It Out, and Breakin’ The Chains of Love. Their Pandora is awesome and has songs from a ton of different people like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to Adele and Kate Earl. It’s really funky and I love it!

2. J. Cole
I’ve been listening to J. Cole for a while. Some people don’t think he’s that great, but I think he’s pretty awesome. His new single Work Out has an awesome beat and is great for just listening to in the car or working out, but I especially like his songs Lost Ones and Nobody’s Perfect, because I love the lyrics. I got to see him at the celebrity basketball game. He’s not that great at basketball but he’s good at rapping and on his Pandora you can hear artists like Drake, Tyga, and Kid Cudi.

3. The Xx
The Xx is a band that isn’t really well known but has awesome songs. Songs such as Intro and Shelter are some of my favorites from them. Most of their songs are pretty chilled out and mellow, but I think that is what I like about them. On their Pandora you can here songs from the Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Radiohead.

4. Dave Matthews Band
I can never get enough Dave Matthews Band. People consider Dave fans as bandwagoners, but thanks to my sister being ten years older than me I have been listening or hearing Dave since I was five, and I have grown to love him. Plus he’s coming back to Indy this summer, which last summer he didn’t and I was pretty much devastated. What’s great about Dave is that he is awesome live and you’ll have an awesome time whether sunshine or pouring rain. Some of my favorite dave songs are Crash Into Me, #41, and Two Step. I pretty much like a lot of Dave’s old stuff. On his Pandora you can hear from bands like Blind Melon, Spin Doctors, and live acoustic versions of popular songs.

5. Florence and the Machine
I love Florence and the Machine. I have not seen her live, but I have heard live. She was in Indy one time and her concert was outside and I could hear it and she sounded awesome! Her voice is pretty much insane, and you get this extreme full sound from all her songs. Artists you might hear on her Pandora would be Bon Iver, City and Colour, and Mazzy Star.

One other thing I wanted to mention before I go off to do homework! If you have time it takes only 5 minutes to do both. Vote for Ronald Nored on the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, he’s been slipping a little bit in the ranks and he definitely deserves the win! Also vote for our mascot Blue 2! He’s up for the Shorty Awards and is currently in second place! Click on the links to vote!