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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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UT: Pictorial Tour IV

The final portion of my apartment in University Terrace is the heart of the home: the kitchen!

The kitchen, though quite small, is well stocked with oven, dishwasher, divided sink, and refrigerator. No microwave, so be ready to bring your own or heat up everything on the stovetop and forgo the microwave popcorn.

Bringing a wire rack like the one you see in the above picture? A very good idea. If you had four people in this apartment, I think the kitchen would be over-crowded, and a rack like this outside the kitchen would probably have to hold some pantry items.

Roommate who bakes delicious cake items not included.

Neither is the 6 Minute Moosewood cake with said roommate’s strawberry purée swirled on top into the shape of a heart. You can tell I made this instead of tasty-baking roommate because the batter is dripped all over the side of the pan and the glaze is haphazardly and unevening dumped on top.

The pictorial tour is now at an end. I hope you chose to fly with us again. If you want to review or catch up, here are the links to the rest of this tour through an apartment in University Terrace:

Living room and living room

Restroom

Bedroom

UT: Pictorial Tour III

Having shown you part of the living room, the restroom, and the bedroom, I continue my picture safari to show you the rest of the large living room. Hold on to your hats!

In one corner, you see our desks, which we painstakingly dragged out of the bedroom. I spend the majority of my waking hours in the apartment seated at my desk. Facing the windows, I have quite good light until the sun starts to set and I have to slant the blinds upward to retain my vision. Because we have a basement apartment, our windows give us a smashing view of the bumpers of the cars in the parking lot.

A veeery large window. You can see our coffee-table turned dining-table, complete with floor pillows on which to sit. And a random wire rack, which holds pillows and occasionally cakes. And my rack of pointe shoes. Moving on.

Facing the big window is our bookshelf, the largest furniture item to come into the apartment and, after the desks, the most-used. As you can see, the two of us have nearly filled two of the three shelves with books for BSI. Proud. Bookish. Happy to have a bookshelf.

We just need some bamboo shots and maybe one of those portable rock gardens. It is both dinner table and Zen corner, and you can see my copy of John Ackerman‘s study on Dylan Thomas next to a deflated chess board.

UT: Pictorial tour II

To continue my graphic representation of Butler’s University Terrace housing option, I give you the bedroom:

This is the view as if you were standing in the bedroom doorway. There were no light fixtures in the room, and generally the housing includes an overhead light in each room. So that’s a bit weird. Also, the slat that holds the mattress onto the bed is the same height as the mattress. We frequently smacked our knees into the wood for the first week until we remembered automatically to lift our legs a bit higher when clambering onto the bed.

To the right of the doorway are the two closets. They are fairly large. And they’re closets. Not much to report. I did hang the jewelry holder I knit on the wall.

Quite proud of this one

To the left of the closets are our beds. I thought it might be odd to go back to sharing a room after living a year in AV (Apartment Village), where I had my own bedroom, but an apartment makes all the difference. In ResCo and Swchitzer, there was only the bedroom and the bathroom, and I’d go stir crazy. In an apartment, there is also a living room and a kitchen, so I am not sleeping and eating and doing schoolwork all in the same place. Much better.

Finally, turn left again and see my bed and the two dressers. The desks, dressers, beds, and desk chairs all come with the apartment. There are no trashcans, so you will want to bring your own. Also, there is no type of table. Check in next time to see what my roommate who likes cookies and I have devised!

Life in UT

Butler Summer Institute participants receive free (!!!) housing in University Terrance during the nine-week research session. Here is a belated, pictorial tour of my apartment in UT.

This is the dramatic entrance to our apartment, as if you were standing in the doorway. I am living with my roommate during the year, the one who likes cookies, so there are only two of us. As you can see, we moved our desks into the living room area. This is only logical since, as intrepid BSI scholars, we spend hours each day at the desks and the living room’s light is far superior to that of the bedroom. Turn to your right, and…

You see the doorway to the restroom and to our bedroom. And my full length mirror, trying to fill up the large blank spot on our wall. We think this is a four-person apartment, but we are not certain. There are two mysterious locked doors, one of which the maintenance worker opened when he came to fix our hall light. I, however, had been working on my BSI paper, and I thought it might be creepy to get up and peer in there after him. Therefore the mystery lives on. Continuing to your right and advancing king’s pawn to e4…

This is the restroom. There’s not too much to say, except this is a lot of counter space for two people, but perhaps not over much for four. If you turn to your left…

You stand in the doorway of our bedroom.

And I leave you on a cliffhanger, mostly because it’s time to go to a cookout, and I’m pretty hungry. Until next time!

Rooms near and far

Butler Ballet's The NutcrackerI’m home sweet home, and it’s definitely a weird feeling, since I haven’t been in Virginia or seen my family since August. Also, people cook food for me. Bizarre. I have much more time now to blog, so I thought I’d tackle some less-timely topics before Nutcracker madness decends.

Oh yes. Opening night for The Nutcracker is Thursday, Dec 2 at Clowes Memorial Hall right on the campus. You can’t pass up family holiday tradition, now, can you?

On to the post: My dorm room in the Apartment Village. Butler students are required to live on campus their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Freshman year I lived in Schwitzer, sophomore year saw me in ResCo, and now I am in the Apartment Village. I really enjoy the Village. We are going to live in the same apartment next year, I believe.

I’ve given you a virtual tour of the kitchen, so here is my bedroom. The room is small, but it is a single, and much as I’ve loved my previous roommates, I definitely enjoy having my own room again.

Here is the entrance to my dorm room. The door leads into the hallway that opens into the living room and kitchen areas. At the end of my bed is the three-drawer unit that comes with the room–it just manages to fit in the space between the end of my bed and the wall by the door! I have a wire rack to hold my pointe shoes, bike seat, balls of yarn, and other things (it’s currently much messier than it was when I took the picture). This is also the home of all my jewelry and some of my clothes.

The bed you see comes with the room, and you can adjust the height of the frame. I have mine middling low, and I still have loads of room for storage.

The bed frame and mattress come with the apartment, but the bedside table is my own, as is the lamp. I stuck an over-the-door hook that wouldn’t fit over the door on the end of the bed and was hanging bags there for a while, but now I’m not sure where it’s gone. Maybe it fell under the bed. Hmmm, a mystery.

My bed is right next to the window, which means it can get a little chilly at night. Each apartment has climate control, so that is easily remedied. In Schwitzer, one gets no say in the temperature. In ResCo, there’s one controller for every three rooms or something like that. (Last year, the thermostat was in our room. Bahaha…) Now each apartment has control over the heating and cooling.

Also, the Village has blinds in every window that look quite nice. The Village was built recently, so everything is still in great condition.

To be continued…