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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Archive: April 2011

The practical uses of having stellar sports teams

1. Charity

Butler’s mascot, English bulldog Blue II, has been getting the star treatment over the last few weeks. (Actually, who are we kidding? He gets the star treatment all the time.) While in Houston, Blue II served as the inspiration for a martini. This isn’t just more attention lavished on the hound, though. Proceeds from the drink sold at the hotel in Houston go to the Houston SPCA and the Butler mascot fund. Woof!

2. Inspiration

Excerpt from a ballet teacher’s pre-class speech: “You have to be like the basketball team. Ballet, basketball, not so different. Well, it’s a little different, I mean, you are dancers. But you have work hard just like the team. They don’t take days off. They don’t give up.” And it went on like that. By the end, I was ready to shoot some three-pointers, erm, do some triple pirouettes.

3. Explanation

How were we supposed to perform a jump in our Modern 3/4 class? Was there a specific position where we hit rétiré, or were we just to move through the air?

“Just move through the position,” said our modern professor. But we were to get some air. She told us about a certain picture of a certain member of a certain basketball team. “He was,” gesturing, “this high off the ground. That’s what you have to do.”

Be Chrishawn Hopkins. Okay, dancing, go!

FLY!

Champions

Let’s not mince words. Last night was painful. There are millions of articles to tell you that. All these articles also talk about the upstanding character of the Butler Bulldogs. Thanks for all the good times, guys. We are so, so proud of you.

Teamwork, passion, fortitude. Butler’s basketball team treated the campus to a few solid weeks of unifying spirit and fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Of course we’ve won.

(The last two pictures are my friend’s. Anna is an amazing photographer-dancer-anthropology student. Check out her photo blog!)

Pep Rally on Butler's campus

Celebrating with the bulldog statue

Rwarr.

Star player

So many sweet moments to balance the bitter ones

My friend Anna's picture. My pompom.

My friend Anna's picture. Freshmen dance majors.

Butler championship game, the sequel

If you are confused about the title, please fix that: Butler is going back to the Championship!

Facebook statuses that say it all:

“‘I AM A DOG. NOT AN UNDERDOG. A DOG. A MEAN DOG. A JUNKYARD DOG… AND YES, MY BARK IS AS BAD AS MY BITE… WORRY ABOUT A BEAST THAT DOESN’T KNOW WHEN TO QUIT, NO MATTER WHAT SEED YOU PUT ME AT.AND IF YOUR BALL LANDS IN MY YARD, CONSIDER IT GONE. I AM NOT AN UNDERDOG. I AM THE TOP DOG. AND YOU’LL BE SEEING ME AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FROM NOW ON.’”

“And it’s gonna be a DAWGFIGHT!”

“I can has national championship game prease??” (Response: “The bulldogs don’t need any herp frying to da championship game!!”

“AND THAT IS HOW IT’S DONE, FOLKS. GOING TO THE SHIP.”

“AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOIN TO THE DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO YEARS IN A ROW BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU A BULLDOG??? HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!”

“Yummy roast ram…Go Butler!!!”

“this is kind of a familiar feeling– BUTLER AT THE SHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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As you can see, we are fairly stoked to return to the Championship game for the second year in the row. Go dawgs!

(Good job Rams. I’m from Richmond; I’m proud of you… But the bulldogs have my heart.)

BU vs VCU

Game day

It’s Saturday: Butler vs VCU is this afternoon for the Final Four game. I have Butler Ballet rehearsal in an hour or so, but I’ll be done in time to watch the game in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

YAY!

Words aren’t working for me today. Pictures instead:

Sweet victory over the Gators last weekend.

Star Fountain dyed blue for the occasion.

Going to the Final Four!

The bookstore is so popular, they've put up signs with directions around the campus.

Yet another picture with the bulldog statue.

Go Dawgs!