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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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Welcome Week: Butler Catholic Community

I’ve written about the Butler Catholic Community before, so if you are new, you might want to peruse these links about the BCC.

The BCC participates in three big events during Welcome Week. Monday night, we were part of the ice cream social at the Blue House. Tuesday afternoon, we had a table at Block Party. And this past Sunday, we held our first Mass of the semester in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union.

Welcome Week Mass is one of the biggest of the year, since new students often come with their families. I would guess there were about three hundred people. This year I helped with the Mass, introducing myself with the leadership team, helping with ministries and set-up, and talking a bit about how I connected the first reading to the life of a college student. (When Solomon prays for wisdom, he asks for an understanding heart, not an understanding mind. I’ve found it’s much harder to have a wise heart, to know the right way to relate with other people.)

If you are interested in hearing more about the BCC or about other spirituality groups on campus, just send me a comment!

Links related to the BCC: BCC Facebook page, BCC website, and the Blue House.


There are cameras at some of these events. Fr. Jeff really like pictures… There are a few ways to cope with having your picture taken:

1. Be really awkward and look away while the picture is being taken.

(look away, look away!)

2. Strike a “natural” pose as if you were in the midst of stimulating conversation.

(oh, what a good point you just made!)

3. Realize your picture was taken only later. This requires not effort but supreme obliviousness.

(It is a sad fact that this picture was completely candid, and I do in fact look like that in real life.)

4. Throw yourself into the merriment enthusiastically and unreservedly.

(goooo BCC! and people who wear blue shirts!)

Welcome Week Ice Cream

Sorry it’s been so long. In the week since you’ve heard from me, I flew to Chicago, visited my first IKEA ever (and purchased eight picture frames), drove to Butler in Indianapolis, moved in/helped others with move in, organized my entire room, participated in Welcome Weekend activities…

Welcome Week is hectic, no matter how you are involved with college. Examples:

  • Returning students: you have to move in — without all the help of previous years.
  • Professors and staff members: you have to gear up for the beginning of the semester.
  • Parents: it’s all about seeing children safely to school — without forgetting necessary items like toothbrushes.
  • New students: You not only have to do all the above (move in, get ready for schoolwork, and remember your pillowcases), but you have the million activities of Welcome Week as well.

Welcome Week at Butler is about orientation and transition — meeting new friends. You can view the complete schedule here. Events include:

  • Play Fair (doing silly things on the mall)
  • Meeting with students in your major in your class for orientation games
  • All reading the same book and meeting the author (my year was Listening is an Act of Love; this year was Farm City)
  • Late-night activities in the Reilly Room (casino themed games this year)
  • Block Party, where all the clubs and student organizations have tables on the Mall
  • Taking your class picture on the lawn in front of Clowes Hall
  • Other open houses — like the Blue House ice cream social

When I arrived at the Blue House last night at 8:45 to help with the ice cream social which was supposed to start at 9 pm, I thought my watch might be slow. The line stretched on for ages, and apparently people had arrived as early as 8:30!

The Blue House, or the Center for Faith and Vocation, hosts an ice cream social during Welcome Week. Different spirituality organizations are stationed around the Blue House with ice cream toppings to share (as well as information on their particular spirituality group, if a student should be interested). I met loads of new freshmen. LOADS.

This year’s event was the largest ever. We actually ran out of ice cream within an hour! Next year, more ice cream, more ice cream social. Check, check.