Fun Facts About BU
Butler University was the first higher
education institution in Indiana to admit women on equal basis with
men, and only the second in the nation. Butler also admitted
students of color on an equal basis when it opened its doors on
November 1, 1855.
Author Kurt Vonnegut left Butler in 1942 after
managing no better than a "C" average in his English courses.
Butler University is credited with inventing
the Blue Book. Towards the end of the 1920s, Butler professors
asked for a booklet of lined pages with a cover for exams, and
because Butler's colors are blue and white, blue covers were
C-Club in Atherton Union used to be an
Irwin Library, completed in 1963,was designed
by the same architect who designed the Twin Towers of the World
Trade Center, Minoru Yamasaki.
Lilly Hall houses the largest children's choir
in the world, the Indianapolis Children's Choir.
Legendary Coach, Tony Hinkle, who coached
Butler for nearly 50 years, was credited with inventing the orange
basketball to improve the ball's visibility on the court.
The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is home
to the largest telescope in Indiana. When the 38-inch
telescope was installed in 1953, it was also the ninth largest in
the U.S. and among the 30 largest in the world.
Clowes Memorial Hall, one of
the premiere auditoriums in the state, is located on Butler's
campus. Opened in 1963, Clowes was the first mixed-use
auditorium of its kind in the U.S., designed to accommodate
everything from opera to ballet to jazz groups to Broadway shows,
and it became a model for other mixed-use auditoriums, like the
Kennedy Center. It is recognized as one of the most
acoustically accurate halls in the world.
Hinkle Fieldhouse was host to the Milan
Miracle, the memorable 1954 victory of tiny Milan High School
over the much larger Muncie Central. It was used to film the
climactic final game in the movie Hoosiers which is based
on the Milan Miracle story. Opened in 1928 as the
Butler Fieldhouse, it is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and has hosted presidential speeches, track and
field events, bicycle races, and the world's largest piano recital,
as well as decades of basketball.
The Starbucks attached to Atherton Union was
the first Starbucks located on a college campus in Indiana.
The Butler Collegian, Butler's student
newspaper, is recognized as the "Best College Newspaper in
Indiana," by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Gordon Hayward was the number nine pick in the
2010 NBA Draft. Hayward and Shelvin Mack are the 6th and
7th Butler students to be drafted to the NBA. The
last draft pick from Butler was in 1983 with Lynn Mitchem.
Shelvin Mack was drafted to the Washington
Wizards in the NBA in 2011.
J. I Holcomb, Indianapolis entrepreneur,
inventor, and benefactor of Butler University, invented
the first electric self-buttering popcorn machine.
Butler Student Ambassador 2009-2010 Office of Admission