If you have been living under a rock, then you might not know that Butler went to the Men’s Basketball National Championship last week. The game was in Houston, and since Butler students are outrageously spirited and dedicated, about 800-900 students went to the game. For the other schools, this isn’t a very significant number, but here at Butler, that is the size of almost an entire class. So, it was basically like the entire junior class went to the game….except me. And to say that I was disappointed that I couldn’t go is an understatement…especially since all 3 of my roommates went, along with about half of the other girls in my house. So, from Thursday night until Tuesday night, campus was somewhat dead/empty….all except for Monday night….at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Last year and this year Butler put on a viewing party for the entire community in Hinkle for both the Final Four game and the National Championship. I thought that it sounded really cool, but I had never actually gone…until Monday night for the Championship. It was so much fun getting to hang out with other Butler students, as well as members of the community and area, while we cheered on our Bulldogs.
The big screens in Hinkle....
All of the Alpha Phi's at the viewing party...
And as you all probably know, the night didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we were all still so proud of our team. Because of their amazing talent and drive, we were able to experience all of the excitement that comes with each part of the tournament, and our school was put on a national stage once again, with some great student athletes acting as spokesperson for Butler.
So thank you again to the Butler Basketball team….for helping make my junior year at Butler just as exciting as my sophomore year. I can definitely say that choosing Butler was the best choice I have ever made. Go Dawgs!
I’m not going to lie, being a Butler student right now is basically unreal. In a good way. And the best part is that I felt this same way last year…when we went to the National Championship for the first time.
This time last year…I was buying my tickets for the game. The game that was going to be starting about 4 hours later. (Why plan ahead when you can wait until the last minute, right?) This was possible only because the Championship last year was in Indy…which was just so convenient. So we took a bus dowtown…and watched an amazing game….and I left being a prouder fan than I was before the game started.
This year is a little bit different. The game is in Houston, which is about 18-20 hours away from Indianapolis, if you didn’t know. So most people who were going to the game left on Thursday night or Friday afternoon, and they drove through the night. Since last week was a crazy week school-wise for me (3 tests, 1 project, 1 8 page paper, and 1 15 page paper), and I had already bought tickets for a banquet on Friday night, I knew that leaving early wouldn’t be possible, and even leaving after the banquet would be pushing it. So, I decided that the responsible thing would be to stay at Butler, and just enjoy the madness on campus. So tonight I will be watching the game from Hinkle Fieldhouse with a group of my sorority sisters….and I can’t wait! Tip off is at 9:23 ET, and you all should be watching it too, unless of course, you read this after the game is over.
Until then…busy yourself by checking out the tweets of ButlerBlue2, Butler Men’s Basketball, this article, this video, and this video…
And I will leave you with some photos from Friday’s pep rally on Atherton’s (that’s the student union) steps…
Some of my sorority sisters and I...
The crowd / where the governor and mayor spoke from...
#feartheglasses...if you don't know what this is...search for it on Twitter.
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!
Tagged: basketball, bloomington, cover letters, family, food, illinois, ncaa tournament, new mexico, route 66, shopping, Spring Break, walking trail
Whenever I volunteer at admissions events with BUSF or SABL, there is one question that every parent always asks…..Are there things to do here on the weekends??? It is like they are afraid that the small size of our campus would make Butler a boring place. Well let me tell you….it isn’t boring…at all. In fact, I rarely have time to do everything I want to do in Indianapolis, or at Butler. This semester, I even have Fridays off with no class at all, but I still have entirely too much to do. Here are some things that one can do on any given weekend around the city or on campus….
- Go to some sort of sporting event. This weekend there was a men’s basketball game on Saturday night, which I didn’t have time to go to….but even if there isn’t one at home one weekend….Indy does have numerous pro sports teams that frequently have games that you can go to.
- Go shopping. This is my personal favorite…and the one that I could talk about for days. There are 3 awesome malls within a half hour of campus, there are a few outdoor malls in areas like Carmel and Plainfield, and there is an outlet mall about an hour away as well. Basically, there are plenty of opportunities to spend money….and get awesome stuff.
- Go to movies. Indy has a ton of movie theaters…and Butler’s SGA even hosts a free movie every Friday and Saturday. They are always movies that are in the weird limbo between being in the theaters and being out for sale, so it is perfect.
- Go to some other sort of programming. I know this is really vague…but there are always cool things popping up on random weekends that students can go to for free or for really cheap. For instance, the other day SGA took some students snow tubing, and they are always doing other cool things as well.
So hopefully that gives you all an idea of what one could expect on a random weekend at Butler. It all depends on how much you want to do or get involved in, hence why my life is so outrageous. For instance, this weekend I went home for Thursday night and Friday. I came back Saturday, had things to do Saturday afternoon, went on a movie date with my roommate Lauren on Saturday night, and then hung out with friends after. Then on Sunday I spent my entire day going to meetings and getting prepared for the week. Obviously….the weekend isn’t always for relaxation….it is for doing as much as humanly possible!
Tagged: basketball, BUSF, Indianapolis, malls, movie, programming, SABL, SGA, shopping, sports, student life, weekend
- So the day that I have been waiting for for at least the past 8 years is finally here! The first election day that I get to vote…..whoohoo! The polls will open in about 5 hours or so on the east coast….and hopefully in 24 hours we will know who our next president will be. For some of us, this is our first election, and some of you can’t even vote yet. Regardless of your age, please please please try to pay attention to what happens on election day and for the four years following it. Soon you will have the right to vote if you don’t already, and when you do, don’t be apathetic and think that you just don’t understand politics, so you shouldn’t even try. Educate yourself on the issues, or ask someone who you trust to explain everything to you. It does take some effort, but once you are 18, there is no reason for you to not care about the issues that are important to our country anymore. Your vote counts as much as your grandmother’s, your town mayor’s, or any random person on the street. I have been really excited this year to see how many young people are coming out to vote and who are voicing their opinions, that is exactly what we should be doing! I haven’t been hearing the regular, “Oh I’m voting for whatshisface because my parents are” line nearly as much this year, which is great because it means that we are starting to take charge of our own decisions. Don’t think that just because we are young it we don’t need to worry about it yet. Before we know it, we will be out on our own and we will be facing the same struggles as many Americans are right now. So if you’re curious, go online and find websites that talk about the issues. dividedwefail.org is a great place to learn about a few issues….and there are tons of other sites that make some of these complicated topics easy for us to understand. So I hope that you have voted or will vote if you can, and if you can’t….take this time to just sit back and watch what happens, and start learning about our country’s political process in advance!
So last week we had our first Blogger Chat….which was so much fun! We had a live video feed, and we got to answer everyone’s questions right then. I found out then that I love talking about stuff that I love…..aka Butler. So make sure you come back for the next one….we pretty much have a blast anyway.
- Now I’m going to backtrack a bit and go back to Homecoming….which was awhile ago….But I have two videos from Yell Like Hell for you to check out….one of the dance team and one of Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE…..
This is part of our Batman Themed routine for Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE
And here is the dance team…
- Well…..I’m off to study more so I can go to bed eventually…and then be excited for the election!!!