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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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The practical uses of having stellar sports teams

1. Charity

Butler’s mascot, English bulldog Blue II, has been getting the star treatment over the last few weeks. (Actually, who are we kidding? He gets the star treatment all the time.) While in Houston, Blue II served as the inspiration for a martini. This isn’t just more attention lavished on the hound, though. Proceeds from the drink sold at the hotel in Houston go to the Houston SPCA and the Butler mascot fund. Woof!

2. Inspiration

Excerpt from a ballet teacher’s pre-class speech: “You have to be like the basketball team. Ballet, basketball, not so different. Well, it’s a little different, I mean, you are dancers. But you have work hard just like the team. They don’t take days off. They don’t give up.” And it went on like that. By the end, I was ready to shoot some three-pointers, erm, do some triple pirouettes.

3. Explanation

How were we supposed to perform a jump in our Modern 3/4 class? Was there a specific position where we hit rétiré, or were we just to move through the air?

“Just move through the position,” said our modern professor. But we were to get some air. She told us about a certain picture of a certain member of a certain basketball team. “He was,” gesturing, “this high off the ground. That’s what you have to do.”

Be Chrishawn Hopkins. Okay, dancing, go!

FLY!

Sigma Rho Delta’s annual gift

I just imitated a helicopter. Clearly, this weekend came in the nick of time. To retrieve my sense of dignity I will tell you about Sigma Rho Delta’s annual gift.

I am a member of Sigma Rho, the honorary dance fraternity. It is open to all dance majors and minors who hold a certain GPA and perform service hours to the department. Since the organization is a service fraternity, it was only natural that talk of a yearly endowment or donation would have been in the works for some time.

Last year, as the pledge trainer, I attended officer meetings and was part of the discussion of the annual gift. We discussed who should receive it, on what terms they should receive it, how much they should receive… The list of concerns seemed to stretch into infinity, and I was joining the conversation late, as this idea had been bandied about for a while. Then, at the end of my sophomore spring, Sigma Rho did it: It donated a portion of its proceeds at the Nutcracker and Swan Lake boutiques to help fund the dance department’s first-ever summer trip to China.

This year, however, we have gone outside the university. Our philanthropy chair visited various dance schools and institutions, and at the last chapter the organization voted to donate $6,000 to the Jordan Academy of Dance. While JCAD is officially affiliated with Butler, Butler does not provide the dance school with any money, and JCAD has to pay rent for its space at the edge of Butler property.

As our Sigma Rho president wrote to the associate director of JCAD, “We were blessed this year to have the most successful Nutcracker boutique in our history, and because of this, we are able to donate $6,000 to the Jordan Academy of Dance. The mission of Sigma Rho Delta is to sustain the purpose of dance within our department, the University and within our community. We hope that with this gift your organization will be able to further the dance education of your students and contribute to the richness of arts in Indianapolis.”

Donating such a large sum is a huge success for Sigma Rho and owes thanks to officers and members both past and present. Strengthening the community beyond the Butler Bubble is an important aspect of college life that we sometimes forget, being so busy and wrapped up in our own issues. I’m proud to say I’m part of an organization like Sigma Rho Delta.