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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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Schwitzer Dorm Room

To continue my series on the female freshman residence hall Schwitzer, I have pictures from my own room three years ago. I had a double room, which is the standard option, though I believe singles and triples are available as well. Each room comes with two bed frames, mattresses, desks, desk chairs, dressers, and closets. I really can’t remember if there were trash cans or not. They aren’t listed on the Schwitzer information page, but I think I see one in the picture of my closet.

I’ve already shared this picture, but again… here is the door to my freshman year dorm room in Schwitzer. Schwitzer rooms have towel racks by the door, which is handy. The mirror also came with the room.

I’ve also shared this picture before. Looking at the room, you see it’s all quite compact. Opposite the door was our window, the outer sections of which opened to let in a breeze on those hot, late-summer days.

Bring fans if you are living in Schwitzer or Ross! I recommend a little, portable one like this that doesn’t make too much noise. I had it and loved it and have passed it down to my Vegetarian Sister, who is entering college herself. The blades are soft: I spent many a happy procrastinating moment dangling my fingers and toes in the way of the blades to feel the thump of the fabric and hear the funny buzz it would make. It generates a nice breeze, too.

To the left of the front door were our closets. Schwitzer closets are huge! You can see I fit my entire dresser inside my closet and still had room for my clothes. A note to students entering college for the first time: Remember to bring hangers! I forgot, and we had to buy them, and it got to be a bit pricey.

We kept the mini refrigerator I brought between the closet and my desk. It proved to be the perfect size for storing my printer. (And my giant bucket, which every year has housed a different type of candy. Freshman year it was Tootsie Roll pops. Sophomore year saw Air Heads, and my junior year had Tootsie Rolls. I still don’t know what this year will bring. Any suggestions?)

Then came the nook formed by the back of my desk and my bed. I don’t have any pictures of my freshman room post-Fall Break, when I rearranged everything to be much more functional. Still, I liked this set up as well. I just didn’t get too much light on my desk, where I spent most of my waking hours while in my dorm room.

Finally, we come to end of my freshman dorm room. I brought my own bedside table, and I liked having it, but it took up some precious floor space. When I was a sophomore, I put the refrigerator on top of it, and that worked really well. (I got a clip-on side table since we bunked our beds sophomore year and I was on top.)

There was plenty of storage under the bed without risers, though I ended up using them for my bedside table. Notice the awesome green fan on my bedside table!

Focus on Schwitzer

Schwitzer Hall is the all-female, freshmen residence hall on Butler’s campus. I lived there with a roommate my first year at Butler. Last post, I compared Schwitzer to ResCo (where I lived as a sophomore). A bit more about Schwitzer:

  • Three floors (plus a basement), four units on each floor. The first floor, for example, was 1 West, 1 North West, 1 East, and 1 North East.
  • Laundry room in the basement.
  • Only a service elevator.
  • Communal bathrooms, one for each unit.
  • Mostly doubles, but singles and triples are available.
  • Mostly new students, but I remember a unit of sophomores in the basement.
  • Main lobby with mailboxes, front desk, piano, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Extremely sociable… at least my unit was!

Here are some of the activities I remember from my freshmen days with my Schwitzer unit, 1W (or “one dubb,” as we liked to say).

A canal-side show.

Attending a Hispanic festival with my RA.

Riding the fairground rides that were randomly set up on Butler's campus (I forget why).

Movie night in my freshman dorm room.

Decorating for Halloween. Faculty members bring their kids through the residence halls for trick-or-treating!

Voting for the first time in the presidential election with my RA as a witness.

If you are about to move in to Schwitzer, you are indeed set to have a fun first semester.

Dorm Rooms: Schwitzer vs. ResCo

This coming semester marks the beginning of my senior year, and my third year of blogging for Butler! In the past, I’ve given tours of my dorm rooms. However, we switched to a new server last year, and all my archived posts were lost. Since they now indeed seem to be Lost Forever, I’m going to rehash some old dorm rooms in hope of helping new students getting ready to go to college. Excuse me, old-time readers, if I repeat myself!

Most freshmen live in Schwitzer (all girls) or Ross (two floors of boys, one floor of girls). I lived in a double room on the first floor of Schwitzer. Schwitzer, while perhaps not as lively as Ross, has certainly been the loudest place I’ve lived. It comes from a bunch of new, excited girls living in one unit, sharing one bathroom, tromping down the hall with doors partially open in invitation.

The corner of my unit's hallway in Schwitzer. As you can see, there were frequent meetings.

The red dolly came from the front desk. Students at all residence halls can check out tons of things at the front desks: dollies for moving heavy objects (yes… that’s what we were doing in the hallway… uh-huh…), movies, games, and cleaning supplies like vacuums. At ResCo, you can check out a key for the piano in the basement; in Schwitzer, the piano sits in the main lobby.

A few freshmen live in ResCo, but it is mostly sophomores. ResCo is much, much quieter than Schwitzer, which is nice for studying but perhaps not so nice for meeting a lot of new friends. I credit the quietness of ResCo to the following items:

  • Sophomores generally have a group of friends already. They are not unwilling to meet new people — far from it! — but they are not knocking on doors introducing themselves like in Schwitzer.
  • ResCo rooms are suite-style. Two double rooms share a bathroom, so you brush your teeth with three other people rather than twenty.
  • ResCo doors are heavy, and they close automatically. When they close, they lock automatically. In my Schwitzer unit, girls left their doors half-way open, and if a door were closed, one only had to knock and hear the “come in!” to visit.
  • RAs (resident assistants) in Schwitzer are more hands-on. Units are smaller and focus on group activities. ResCo RAs, while they have programming and are always available, aren’t as large a part of residence life.
  • Schwitzer has no AC. ResCo does. Misery loves company.

Since I have not lived in Ross, I can’t tell you how that compares. Wherever you end up, however, you will find Bulldogs ready to make your transition to college an exciting one!

BSI Winds Down

A few highlights from the end of BSI:

I went to my first midnight premier of the Harry Potter movie with a group of students through the Butler summer residence halls. Here a BSI student wins my personal award for best costume of the night as a CleanSweep7 broomstick. I myself dressed in a red tank top and red skirt, tied a red scarf around my waist, and attached my red ballet skirt to my wrists and back — I was Fawkes, and I did not have feathers, and the costume was rather a flop. I enjoyed the movie, but the previews were too scary for me!!

Here we are at the BSI final dinner. I’m in the corner with other students and mentors, trying not to laugh out loud.

However, our basement apartment in UT (which was really much dirtier than I originally thought), soon suffered from an invasion of ants. I woke up in the morning with one crawling on my stomach. Though I emailed maintenance and they responded, they must have decided to wait until we moved out to deal with them, which was a bit icky. I know it’s summer and ants aren’t that threatening and pest control makes a room unlivable for a while… but come on, Butler. At least tell us you were going to wait until after the session. Mental preparation and all.

Funnily enough, most of the other students whose presentation photos were taken from this angle had more than just a head showing — I’m rather short. We finally presented the fruits of our BSI labors to all the BSI participants and whichever other students/faculty/mentors/staff/etc wanted to come.

I was nervous about my presentation at first; while I practiced I kept stumbling over my words so I finally had to type out a truncated script. Then I worried I would read from a piece of paper rather than make eye contact and all that. But something magical happened on Monday morning when I stood up in front of that room. Some combination of nerves and enthusiasm made all the words come out in the right order, in a short-enough timeframe, in an apparently coherent-enough way to merit detailed questions and positive responses. Hooray!

Congratulations to all BSI participants! You can view titles of projects and pictures from the program here. You can see the slideshow I made to accompany my presentation here.

UT: Pictorial Tour IV

The final portion of my apartment in University Terrace is the heart of the home: the kitchen!

The kitchen, though quite small, is well stocked with oven, dishwasher, divided sink, and refrigerator. No microwave, so be ready to bring your own or heat up everything on the stovetop and forgo the microwave popcorn.

Bringing a wire rack like the one you see in the above picture? A very good idea. If you had four people in this apartment, I think the kitchen would be over-crowded, and a rack like this outside the kitchen would probably have to hold some pantry items.

Roommate who bakes delicious cake items not included.

Neither is the 6 Minute Moosewood cake with said roommate’s strawberry purée swirled on top into the shape of a heart. You can tell I made this instead of tasty-baking roommate because the batter is dripped all over the side of the pan and the glaze is haphazardly and unevening dumped on top.

The pictorial tour is now at an end. I hope you chose to fly with us again. If you want to review or catch up, here are the links to the rest of this tour through an apartment in University Terrace:

Living room and living room

Restroom

Bedroom

UT: Pictorial Tour III

Having shown you part of the living room, the restroom, and the bedroom, I continue my picture safari to show you the rest of the large living room. Hold on to your hats!

In one corner, you see our desks, which we painstakingly dragged out of the bedroom. I spend the majority of my waking hours in the apartment seated at my desk. Facing the windows, I have quite good light until the sun starts to set and I have to slant the blinds upward to retain my vision. Because we have a basement apartment, our windows give us a smashing view of the bumpers of the cars in the parking lot.

A veeery large window. You can see our coffee-table turned dining-table, complete with floor pillows on which to sit. And a random wire rack, which holds pillows and occasionally cakes. And my rack of pointe shoes. Moving on.

Facing the big window is our bookshelf, the largest furniture item to come into the apartment and, after the desks, the most-used. As you can see, the two of us have nearly filled two of the three shelves with books for BSI. Proud. Bookish. Happy to have a bookshelf.

We just need some bamboo shots and maybe one of those portable rock gardens. It is both dinner table and Zen corner, and you can see my copy of John Ackerman‘s study on Dylan Thomas next to a deflated chess board.

UT: Pictorial tour II

To continue my graphic representation of Butler’s University Terrace housing option, I give you the bedroom:

This is the view as if you were standing in the bedroom doorway. There were no light fixtures in the room, and generally the housing includes an overhead light in each room. So that’s a bit weird. Also, the slat that holds the mattress onto the bed is the same height as the mattress. We frequently smacked our knees into the wood for the first week until we remembered automatically to lift our legs a bit higher when clambering onto the bed.

To the right of the doorway are the two closets. They are fairly large. And they’re closets. Not much to report. I did hang the jewelry holder I knit on the wall.

Quite proud of this one

To the left of the closets are our beds. I thought it might be odd to go back to sharing a room after living a year in AV (Apartment Village), where I had my own bedroom, but an apartment makes all the difference. In ResCo and Swchitzer, there was only the bedroom and the bathroom, and I’d go stir crazy. In an apartment, there is also a living room and a kitchen, so I am not sleeping and eating and doing schoolwork all in the same place. Much better.

Finally, turn left again and see my bed and the two dressers. The desks, dressers, beds, and desk chairs all come with the apartment. There are no trashcans, so you will want to bring your own. Also, there is no type of table. Check in next time to see what my roommate who likes cookies and I have devised!

Life in UT

Butler Summer Institute participants receive free (!!!) housing in University Terrance during the nine-week research session. Here is a belated, pictorial tour of my apartment in UT.

This is the dramatic entrance to our apartment, as if you were standing in the doorway. I am living with my roommate during the year, the one who likes cookies, so there are only two of us. As you can see, we moved our desks into the living room area. This is only logical since, as intrepid BSI scholars, we spend hours each day at the desks and the living room’s light is far superior to that of the bedroom. Turn to your right, and…

You see the doorway to the restroom and to our bedroom. And my full length mirror, trying to fill up the large blank spot on our wall. We think this is a four-person apartment, but we are not certain. There are two mysterious locked doors, one of which the maintenance worker opened when he came to fix our hall light. I, however, had been working on my BSI paper, and I thought it might be creepy to get up and peer in there after him. Therefore the mystery lives on. Continuing to your right and advancing king’s pawn to e4…

This is the restroom. There’s not too much to say, except this is a lot of counter space for two people, but perhaps not over much for four. If you turn to your left…

You stand in the doorway of our bedroom.

And I leave you on a cliffhanger, mostly because it’s time to go to a cookout, and I’m pretty hungry. Until next time!

Valentine’s mail

The front desks of all the residence halls (be it Schwitzer, Ross, ResCo, University Terrace, or the Apartment Village) have rows of mailboxes. In Schwitzer, I memorized a combination and turned a little dial to open my mailbox, which I shared with another random person. In ResCo, I had a special mailbox key. This year in the Apartment Village, my door key serves as my mailbox key as well. Because every person in an apartment has a key that will open the front door (obviously) (though the bedroom doors are only opened with one’s own key), the mailboxes are shared among an apartment.

This is the reason my roommate knew to tell me I had a package slip waiting in our mailbox. “Thank you!” I told her and went to pick up my package.

It was a Valentine’s Day package from my family, filled with wondrous things inside. (I actually opened it straightaway, instead of waiting like I usually do for the actual day to arrive. What has gotten into me?) (Thank you so much; I love the cupcake mix idea!) I quickly finished addressing my pile of Valentines and mailed them.

Valentine’s mail. Gotta love it.

Determined to stay on topic

This post WILL be about my apartment’s living room and restroom areas. It will. I got rather off-topic last time talking about one of my favorite things–books. I should be fine this time as long as I don’t mention books, ballet, rabbits, knitting, or playing with Playdough. All favorites of mine. All highly distracting.

Here is the other side of my living room area in my residence place where I live on campus with three other junior girls in Butler’s Apartment Village. As I said last time, the living room area–unlike the bedrooms–comes completely unfurnished.  We had to provide all you see in the picture: sofa, coffee tables, decorative vase, decorative pillows, decorative roommate.

The living room area is carpeted, and one wall (the one you see the background of the above picture) is painted a dark sort of gray. It’s really pretty and would match pretty much anything. Nice touch, Butler. It’s nice not to be surrounded by white walls all the time. Very homey.

Also, the central window is HUGE. I managed to miss it in the above picture, but the photography documenting our Christmas decorations will do nicely.

My bedroom is just behind the grey wall, and one of my roommate’s is next to mine. Two other roommates are on the other side. For each set of bedrooms is one bathroom and one sink area. Thus we total five sinks (because there is one in the kitchen) in the apartment. That’s a 1:1.25 human to sink ratio! (Right? Oh dear. It will really embarrassing to have passed calculus-physics only to mess up that comparison.)

There are two sinks just outside each restroom, one for each resident. Will you believe it, this is first time I’ve ever had a sink to myself since I was three years old? The freedom to be as tidy or as messy as I want is intoxicating…

I stayed on topic! Hooray! Thus ends my protracted tour of my residence this year. If you’ve missed the beginning posts, I’ve listed them below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to lurk on Skype.