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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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Games: Salad Bowl

Once again, biggest thanks to my godfamily for teaching my family this awesome party game! I wanted to post this on my blog because it’s perfect for a college student since all you need is some paper, writing utensils, and a bowl/other container.

How to Play Salad Bowl

Arrange yourselves in a circle. Every person has three small slips of paper. Pick a letter of the alphabet. Each person write a word, phrase, or short sentence on the piece of paper that begins with that letter. For example, when I played the letter was B and some selections were “Blarney stone,” “Blackbird sing in the dead of night,” and “Blimps blow up.” Place all pieces of paper in the bowl.

The person across the circle will be your partner. This game works best with an even number of people, but in event of an odd number, someone can double up and have two partners.

There are three rounds in this game.

Round 1. This is sort of like the game Taboo. You have one minute to get your partner to say exactly what is on the card you draw from the bowl. You may not use any of the words actually on the paper (articles like “the” are excluded from this rule). If I were trying to describe “Blarney stone,” I might say, “It’s a rock in Ireland which people kiss for luck and the gift of eloquence.” Once your partner has guessed correctly, keep the slip of paper and draw another. Continue until your time runs out.

Continue passing the bowl around the circle in one minute increments until there are no more pieces of paper left. Total how many slips each partnership has. Replace all pieces of paper into the salad bowl.

Round 2. You have one minute to act out the slips of paper you draw. Whereas last round you used only words, now you must use only actions like charades. The more abstract phrases will be harder to work out this round, but all players should begin to remember the phrases from playing the last round. Begin the salad bowl from where it last ended in Round 1. Continue in 1 minute increments until all pieces are drawn. Total up partners’ slips. Replace papers.

Round 3. You have just 30 seconds to guess with each partner. Instead of describing in words (Round 1) or charades (Round 2), you may speak only one word. For “Blarney stone,” one might say “kiss” or “rock.” Once chosen, the word may not be rescinded. Continue around the circle until all papers are drawn. Total up papers earned.

Whichever team has the highest number of cumulative points wins the game!

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Games: Drawing Pictionary

I love games, and I love my godparents and godsiblings for teaching me/introducing me to the cream of the group-game crop. The best things about Drawing Pictionary and Salad Bowl?

  • You don’t have to buy it — free! Perfect for a college budget!
  • You need only pens, scrap paper, and friends. (A bowl is useful for Salad Bowl, too, but really any container/bag/purse would do.)
  • Both reward creative thinking.

How to play Drawing Pictionary:

Everyone needs: a writing utensil and as many small pieces of paper per person as participants. (So if six people are playing, every person begins with one pencil/pen and six small pieces of paper.)

To begin: Sit in a circle. Write a sentence on the top sheet of your personal stack of papers. It can be about anything. Examples: Hamsters enjoy Irish dancing in Times Square. Rabbits do not like pumpkins. The thunderstorm scares the elf.

Then: Everyone pass his or her entire stack of papers to the next person in the circle. Read the sentence the previous person wrote. Illustrate that sentence on the piece of paper between the top one. (So the sentence was written on page one of the stack of papers. The drawing will be on page two.) Slide page one to the bottom of the stack so only your drawing shows. If you are finished, feel free to put pressure on the remaining players to hurry up.

Then: Pass the entire stack to the next person. The stack you get should have the previous person’s drawing of the previous-previous person’s sentence (which you are not allowed to view). Write a sentence describing the picture you see. Put the previous person’s work on the bottom of the stack so only yours shows.

Continue as before, alternating drawing with sentences, until the stacks of paper return to their originators. Take turns reading original sentences and showing the progression of drawings and descriptions. Rabbits not liking pumpkins might have turned into elk eating balloons — it depends on the drawing and interpretive skills!

I’m not sure how clear these instructions were, so please ask questions in the comments below. Have fun!

Blue likes to play games too -- especially basketball!

Back to Butler

With the new year opening before us like a delicate blossom etc etc, the time to return to Butler approaches! University classes begin Tuesday, Jan 17, though my sorely mistreated little sister has been slaving away at the books since Jan 2.

I’ll be back a few days early, mostly so I can get my audition tapes in order as I begin the arduous process of getting a job. But I’m sure I can find a few leisurely moments mixed into the stress-smoothie of prepping for audition season. What do Butler students do with their spare time?

Well, we don’t have a lot of spare time, for starters. Most of the students I know belong to at least one other student organization. For me, it’s the Butler Catholic Community and the dance service fraternity Sigma Rho Delta. Even besides these structured activities, there always waits homework, laundry, and cleaning. And cooking. And extinguishing cooking fires. (That only happened once, I promise.)

However, if I get really, extraordinarily lucky, I can play a game. This usually happens during Fall Break, towards Thanksgiving and winter, very occasionally during weekends. And then, oh boy. Does my competitive streak ever love games! Word games in particular…

Actually my sister's game of Bananagrams, but it fulfills the same illustrative purposes.

I own a deck of cards, of course, and the ever popular Bananagrams. My roommate has Apples to Apples, and one can check out games like Scattergories from the front desk in the Apartment Village’s Dawghouse, along with movies and the like. For the college student truly on a budget or too lazy to trek to the central building for the game, I have the ever-popular Drawing Pictionary and Salad Bowl, both of which my godfamily taught to my family — next time I’ll include instructions!

Play on!

Snapshot: Architecture

Here’s a snapshot from this past year that I never got around to posting. Snapshot: Architecture, I choose you!

This is from a dancer gathering I attended. Not being much for large crowds, I decided to head to where the real party was cooking… the game of Jenga. Excuse me, “Jumbling Towers,” as the box says.

After the tall tower was well and truly jumbled (by my overly ambitious move), the architectural phase of the evening began. Here is the finished product.

Marvelous, no? As much as I complain about the seemingly endless streams of papers, I do get to have some building-block-related fun at Butler.

Okay, it’s back to my summer fun book for some intense relaxation. I’m finally reading the most recent Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde, One of Our Thursdays is Missing. So good!

Riddle: How does November relate to this in-book map of Fiction Island? Take a gander to find out!