Dominick the Donkey - One of the fraternity
houses on campus plays a song called Dominick the Donkey
by Lou Monte over speakers for everyone to hear. The song is
commonly put on repeat, and is only occasionally interrupted
by other classic Christmas songs. They start playing the song
the day after Thanksgiving break and play it every day until right
before finals. The song will stop at night and start back up early
in the morning, but otherwise, it plays all day. Students either
love or hate this tradition but, either way, you know it's the
holiday season at Butler when you hear that familiar "Hey! Chingedy
ching, (hee-haw, hee-haw) It's Dominick the donkey" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_kznmI324
Campus Golf - Bring your golf clubs to school,
because Butler students love to "golf" around campus with tennis
balls. "Holes" are popular spots on campus such a star
fountain, the observatory, etc.
Lawn Decorations - For Homecoming Week, we have
a lawn decorating contest to go with the Homecoming theme.
All the Greek houses, residence halls and off campus students
participate by decorating the lawns of the sorority houses. But
these aren't just simple decorations. Lawn Decs are huge, complex
decorations that cover the entire front yard of all of the
sororities. One year, Delta Gamma covered the entire front side of
their house with a tarp. Another year Kappa Alpha Theta had a
school bus parked in their driveway. Needless to say, it gets
intense. The night before the competition, everyone is out on the
lawns decorating until like 3 or 4 am, like a campus-wide
Yell Like Hell - Another big social event
during homecoming. Fraternities, sororities, residence halls and
off campus students team up to see who can put on the best cheer /
dance skit for a panel of judges. Routines normally last
around 6 minutes and consist of anything from cheer stunts to
break-dancing. Held in Hinkle Fieldhouse, Yell Like Hell is not
only a great way to show your Bulldog spirit and get competitive,
but also a good way to meet new people.
Midnight Snack - Twice a year, during
Homecoming and Snowcoming Week, the Student Government Association
brings in tons and tons of fast food, snacks, and delicious treats
- Qdoba, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Duncan Donuts, pizza, etc. and at
midnight everyone RUNS into the Reilly Room and grabs as much food
Stress-Less Week - This week takes place once a
semester right before the week of finals. Every day there are
different events that students can participate in to relieve some
of the stress from the upcoming exams and projects due. Some
events of the week include petting puppies, taking a relaxing
candle light swim in the pool, and everyone's favorite,
Flip the Script - This is a delicious event
that many of the students enjoy participating in. Everything
is flipped around, breakfast is served at night, and the faculty
members are serving the students. There is tons of food
ranging from pancakes, to bacon to eggs. Then there are all the
drinks, juice, pops ….seems endless. It is a great way to
relax with friends and take a break from all the studying that is
happening. Also as an added incentive there are a bunch of
awesome raffles given away.
Geneva Stunts & Spring Sing - These are two
musical extravaganzas/competitions take pairings of Greek houses
and residence halls together to put on musical skits. There
is always a theme - for example, one year was "Back to the Future."
T he participants sing and dance, but all the lyrics are rewritten
to be about Butler and things that happen on campus
Spring Sports Spectacular - Greek houses,
residence halls and off campus students compete against each other
in fun "Olympic-like" events to raise money for Special Olympics.
There are countless numbers of events going on at the Health and
Recreation Center, Hinkle Field House, The Butler Bowl, and the
Intramural Fields. Games vary from Volleyball to Chess to Oreo
Stacking. Whatever your skill, there's always a place for you to
compete at Spring Sports on a team and help out the Special
Dance Marathon - Is a 12-hour all-campus
philanthropic event in support of Riley Hospital for Children.
Participants must stand and dance for the entire time,
participating in several different games and activities throughout
the evening, as well as interacting with Riley kids, their
families, and the doctors that care for them.
Blue II - Butler's real bulldog mascot. Not the
man in a big bulldog outfit. This is a real living breathing
Bulldog named Blue II. He is the second in a young lineage of
English Bulldogs to be the official Mascot of Butler University.
Butler Blue II is owned and tended to by Michael Kaltenmark, a 2002
Butler graduate and the university's director of web marketing and
communication, and his wife, Tiffany. To read more about Butler
Blue II and see the exciting life he lives check out
his blog or follow his tweets (@ButlerBlue2).