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My name is Steph, and I am a senior Marketing major with a Communication Studies minor. Since this is my last year at Butler, my main goal is to enjoy every moment that I have left, while doing as much as humanly possible. I am a marketing analyst at the Butler Business Accelerator, a Speakers Lab tutor, and a Butler blogger (obviously). I also am an Alpha Phi, the President of the Butler University Student Foundation, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), and a member of the Butler American Marketing Association. In the small amount of free time that I do have, I love crafting, watching large amounts of television, and enjoying my favorite comfort foods, like sweet tea.

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Archive: March 2011

When you come to visit Butler…Part IV – Butler Edition

After you have explored Indianapolis….I think that it would round out your trip nicely if you came back to Butler…just for one more look.   Here are some areas on campus that I love…and that you should pay special attention to when you are on your tour….

Atherton Union...

Atherton is basically Butler’s hub for student organizations and student life.  Stop by the Butler Bookstore, our campus Starbucks, or just hang out in one of the building’s many soft spaces…..then you can head to Holcomb Gardens…which makes Butler one of the nation’s most romantic/beautiful campuses.

My favorite place at Butler...Holcomb Pond...

Another part of Holcomb Gardens....

After that…it is only natural that you go to see Hinkle Fieldhouse….since it is rather important in Butler’s history.  This is where Hoosiers was filmed, and it is home to many of our sports teams.  Games at Hinkle are amazing…and definitely second to none.

Hinkle Fieldhouse....

After Hinkle, you should go back to the center of campus, to Star Fountain.  Mostly….because I love Star Fountain….but also because if it is even remotely warm outside, the area around the fountain (also known as the Mall) will be covered with students….and you will be able to see what Butler is really like.  People will be playing different sports on the mall, just laying out, or doing homework…but mostly we just love being able to enjoy our beautiful campus that we love so much…..

Star Fountain....

I hope that you have enjoyed the little guide to visiting Butler that I put together….and that you might take some of my suggestions when you come to visit Butler!

When you come to visit Butler…Part III – Downtown Edition

If you come to campus and you go to Broad Ripple and then you still want to see more of Indianapolis….you should definitely go downtown.  Basically all that you have to do to get to downtown Indy is drive south on Meridian, I-65, or any other road near campus for about 15 minutes, and then you are right in the heart of Indianapolis.  Our downtown area has museums, parks, monuments, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment….basically anything you could ever want/need.

First I would probably have you start at Circle Center Mall….since shopping is always a great way to start out a visit.  Circle Center is a great mall with a little bit of something for everyone…and its rather beautiful too….

The inside of the mall....

One of the main entrances....

Then….after you shop until you can’t shop anymore…I would send you to Monument Circle.  Indianapolis is actually 2nd only to Washington D.C. in having the most monuments inside city limits….which I think is pretty awesome.  At Monument Circle you can always go up in the monument, or visit the little shop area inside it….or you could hang out outside…my personal favorite.  It is a great place to grab lunch and then eat it outside on a nice day…while you people watch of course.

Monument Circle in the daytime...

Monument Circle at night...

And if you still haven’t gotten enough of downtown Indy, you can always go to a Colts game, a Pacers game, a concert, maybe a play at the IRT, the Indy Zoo, or any of the tons of other things that I haven’t mentioned yet that you can do downtown….basically…the opportunities are endless.

When you come to visit Butler…Part II – Broad Ripple Edition

The first place that I would suggest for people to go to before/after a campus visit is definitely Broad Ripple.  It is a very unique, eclectic, and fun area about 10-15 minutes from campus, and it offers so many different things for college students or families.  There is great shopping, great entertainment, and my personal favorite….amazing restaurants.  Now some of them are normal chains like Applebee’s, Jimmy John’s, or Subway….but there are also some amazing places to eat there that only exist in Broad Ripple….like…

Broad Ripple Bagel Deli...they basically have every sandwich you could ever want...on a bagel.

Boogie Burger....their burgers are to die for...and they have amazing garlic fries and ice cream too...it just never ends!

Those are two of my personal favorites in Broad Ripple….but there are plenty of other places to eat too.  Bagel Deli and Boogie Burger are just places that students seem to love…and that are quick and easy to grab as you are going through Broad Ripple.

Entertainment wise there are always fun things happening in Broad Ripple as well…between Crackers Comedy Club,concerts at the Vogue, and a wide variety of bars.  That is what makes Broad Ripple such a young and hip area, all of the different things to do.  There is even a dog park that I will definitely take advantage of once I get a dog someday, so that brings an entirely new feel to the area….since people take their dogs everywhere with them.

Crackers Comedy Club....

Try to stop by Broad Ripple the next time you are in town….or better yet…after your tour when you come visit Butler!  We Butler kids love it….and tend to congregate there rather often…..so you just might see a bunch of students there if you go!

When you come to visit Butler…Part I – Intro

If you are a junior or a senior in high school, you are probably busy doing campus visits right now.  Campus visits are great for seeing buildings on campus and getting a real feel for student life…but it is also important for prospective students to continue their tour on their own – by exploring the area around campus, and seeing what the city has to offer.  So over the course of a few blogs, I will take you through areas on Butler’s campus and off that I think you should visit when you come to Butler for your visit, whether you are making your decision, or just taking a look.

Also….this blog series is actually based off of a class project that I worked on with my friends Kodi, Abby, and Jayne in our Advertising and Promotion Management class (our assignment was to actually come up with a scavenger hunt…so this is a slight variation).  I wanted to share it with all of you, because I thought it was something that would come in handy, and that would be a helpful guide in your college visit process.  So….mad props go to Kodi, Abby, and Jayne…and Dr. Skinner for giving us this assignment.  I hope that it might help you all as you visit Butler, and possibly navigate Indianapolis for the first time.  I’ll be focusing on Broad Ripple, downtown Indy, and Butler’s campus for each of the blogs, and as always, feel free to comment if you have any questions at all!

One of my favorite places on Butler's campus....

Busting Brackets…again…Butler Basketball

So…unless you are living under a rock…you have definitely heard about Butler’s amazing win against Pitt last Saturday…and that we are in the Elite 8…AGAIN!  March Madness just brings this new energy to campus, and it makes it so much more exciting to be a Butler student.  Like today, since it was a gameday, at least 95% of people on campus either wore Butler gear, or they wore Butler colors.  When you think about it…school spirit doesn’t get much better than that.

For tonight’s game everyone was doing something different…whether they were going to a restaurant, staying at home, going to a bar, or going to the Reilly Room.  I chose to go to the Reilly Room at the last minute, and there was such a good turnout!  They had free pizza, candy, and drinks…and it was awesome getting to watch the game with a couple hundred other Butler students.  Mad props go to Program Board for making the viewing party happen….fabulous job!

Watching the game in the Reilly Room....it was packed!

It was a pretty exciting game…even though anything less than the Pitt game just seems boring.  We were still ecstatic though at the end…..so we just had to storm Hampton Drive again in true Butler fashion…

Celebrating on Hampton Drive after the game....Elite 8 baby!

Be sure to watch Butler against the Florida Gators on Saturday….and keep an eye out for articles about the Bulldogs….they seem to be popping up everywhere.  They range in topics from Matt Howard’s socks to just how awesome Butler Basketball really is.  Keeping up on the news about my own school has become a new hobby of mine….and I highly recommend it…since it is so encouraging and just plain fun.  Once again…..GO DAWGS!

SB2K11 Part 3: A Crafting I will go…..

After I went to Chicago over Spring Break, I went home for the last half of my 10-day break.  I was planning on spending my time just chilling out on my couch, reading, hanging out with my family and friends, and crafting.  Basically…it was fabulous….and oh so productive.  Check out my creations…

I found this shirt’s tutorial, and fell in love with the vertical ruffles, so I had to do it.  I bought two $5 t-shirts at Old Navy, and made one into the ruffles on the shirt.  So much fun…and the navy and white are perfect for being school spirited for the Sweet Sixteen this week!

I found this scarf’s tutorial…and since it was pleated ruffles…I knew that I needed to make it ASAP.  But then I had to find the time to go to a fabric store…and to go home to my sewing machine…which took awhile.  It is a little bit bigger than I wanted, so I might continue to work on it later, or do another one…because I love the idea that much.  And I love that it actually worked…and I was able to do it.  :)

Again, found the tutorial…and loved it.  And while I was looking for fabric at JoAnn’s….I ran across this plaid….and loved it too.  So I created my new favorite scarf…and it was super easy.  :)

And last but not least…here is a sweater I made over Christmas Break that I already posted about…but I didn’t get a picture of it actually on until now.  The picture of it laying on the table looked funny….but it doesn’t look that funny once you put it on….(please excuse the bags under my eyes…and the intense color of the photo….its been a long week and my phone wasn’t loving the lighting in my room.)

So that is everything that I kept myself busy with over break…crafting wise.  I also read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels….The Pioneer Woman‘s new book…and I loved it.  I couldn’t put it down….and I left it at home for my mom to read…that is how good it was.  But other than all of that and trying to catch up with everyone from home…that is all that I had time for…but it made for an amazing break!  Now I am back at Butler and back in the swing of things….and wishing that I had done more over break.  So I am going to go be productive with my life…Happy Wednesday!

Where did the semester go???

Last night…I looked at my iCal….big mistake.  I was talking to my parents about what is going on for the next month or so…and I realized that basically, the semester is over.  And, unfortunately, I won’t be able to sleep for more than 5 hours a night until the semester is over.  I’m probably over exaggerating as usual there…but really…I’m somewhat freaking out.  Here is why…

  • I have a HUGE paper due at the end of April, and I have decided what general topic I will be using, but I need to narrow it down.  And I hate making decisions.
  • I have a couple tests in the next two weeks….just thinking about tests makes me nervous.
  • Spring has arrived, and with that has come busy weekends….every weekend.  There are banquets, philanthropy events, formals, Spring Sports Spectacular, and Easter….and somehow I need to find a way to do all of that…plus study and relax.
  • My sister is getting married in 4 months….and there is much to be done.  Planning a bridal shower….or better yet…finding a date that works for the bridal shower…is going to be rather intense.
  • It is the middle of March….and I’m not sure what I’m doing with my summer yet.  And I hate uncertainty more than the average person.

But, even though I’m not sure how I will handle all of this just yet, and I don’t know how it will all work out, I am just going to remind myself that I am on Spring Break for now….and I will decide how to make everything in my life work out…one step at a time.  Plus….it is spring….and I’m at home….which means that we have an abundance of baby calves right now….which always makes the world better.

This one is my favorite....the little white face gets me every time...

SB2K11 Part 2: I guess that’s why they call it Chicago…

For the second part of my Spring Break, I went to Chicago with my friends Alison and Fran.  We wanted to do something other than just go home for all of break, which is why decided to go to Chicago.  And, we ended up being able to stay with Alison’s friend Mike, which was great since we didn’t do much planning…and we really didn’t know what we wanted to do while we were there.  So…I will take you through our visit in pictures…

Alison, Fran, and I....

We wanted to be as tourist-y as possible...so here is the bean....

The girls and Mike....

They dyed the river green for St. Patrick's Day.....

All of us at Gino's East.....

We finished off our day in the city at the Signature Lounge at the top of the Hancock Building....

It was a great time…obviously.  We shopped…a lot….since there was a huge 2 story Forever 21 on Michigan Avenue.  It was only slightly overwhelming…hence the over 2 hours that we spent inside.  But any trip that involves shopping for me is instantly a success…so it was great.  It was also rather legit that since we were staying with Mike, we got to meet some of his friends, which made it even more fun, since we weren’t just hanging out by ourselves the entire time.  We felt pretty special when his friend, Curren, was our personal tour guide around the city…until we discovered that the tour route was actually a used route from his days as a freshman in high school.  But, it was pretty worth it still since we made a stop by Garrett’s Popcorn….which was so good that it basically changed my life. We were also introduced to Mike’s friend, Abe, and his cooking show on YouTube….which is rather legit….so you should all probably check it out….

So between running around Chicago and seeing all of the sights, shopping, meeting new people, and of course the road trip there and back….it was a fabulous trip.  If only Spring Break was longer…and we could have stayed for more than just a couple of days…

SB2K11 Part 1: I get my kicks on Route 66….

So for the beginning of my Spring Break this year I decided to go to visit my sister.  I felt it was about time that I did this because she has been begging me to come for some time now, and I finally had some free time to go visit her…which hasn’t happened since she moved to Illinois last July.  Yeah, my life is outrageously busy, and rather sad.  She gave me the tour of Bloomington-Normal, I saw her office, and I saw her apartment, and then…we went walking on Route 66.

Years ago, they stopped using the old stretch of Route 66 near Bloomington, and they made it into a walking trail.  They put signs up along the entire section of road that highlight each state that Route 66 cuts through, and that highlight some of the history behind the road itself.  It was so riveting that I just had to take photos to share….

This map they had just happens to show how far away my sister will be when she moves to New Mexico in July....

Each state that Route 66 cuts through has a sign like this....

New Mexico...where my sister is moving....

I sure did....

And then....the road ends...literally.

Obviously, Natalie and I had a great time walking on the old Route 66…and we had a great time the rest of the weekend too.  Her fiance, John, joined us later, and we spent the weekend watching Basketball, shopping, and just hanging out.  Luckily, they took care of me, made me great food, and helped me out with some cover letters….so the weekend was a productive and rejuvenating way to spend the beginning of my Spring Break….and I loved it!

A Breakdown of my Spring Break…

This year for Spring Break I had lots of different options for places to go and people to see.  After some serious consideration of all of the alternatives, I decided to break my Spring Break down into three parts….

  1. Visiting my sister in Bloomington, IL.  She is getting married in July (as I have mentioned previously…here), and after she gets married she is moving to Albuquerque….so this was one of my only chances to go visit her before the wedding/before she moves to New Mexico.
  2. Going to Chicago with my friends Alison and Fran.  We just wanted to go up for a few days…to do something kind of different.  So we went and stayed with Alison’s friend Mike and his family, and he and his friends showed us around the city.
  3. Go home to relax, craft, and get caught up on stuff for school.   After I finished with my midterms last week I started looking at tons of crafting blogs, and I came up with a rather outrageous list of things that I wanted to make over break.  I also have a few books to read…and a ton of resumes and cover letters to work on.  Basically….relaxing won’t happen.

So that is my plan for Spring Break….even though most of it didn’t come about until the very last minute.  But, sometimes the best plans happen this way….and I’m pretty sure that my break is the perfect example of this.  It has been fabulous so far….and I still have another 3 days of break.  So, keep checking back for pictures and stories from each part of my break…and don’t forget to cheer on Butler on Saturday when they play Pittsburgh!  Let’s go Dawgs!

Right after the win over Old Dominion.....