Autumn Rhapsody

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The air is getting crisp, the leaves are turning and pumpkin spice lattés abound. It’s this time of year that makes Butler look like the perfect campus, with students walking to class in their cardigans and boots; big trees turning from green to yellow and orange; and organizations sitting outside Starbucks, organizing for our favorite fall activities.

Celebrate your heritage

Didn’t know we had a German Klub? Now you do. Be prepared to eat your weight in German food at  their Oktoberfest event this Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Norris Plaza. Expect a raffle, classic German food such as brats and pretzels for $5, games, trivia and a bratwurst eating contest.
Oh, yeah, and a keg.
Of root beer.

Embrace your inner child

Throw on a cardigan and jeans and head to the first fall-inspired Student Government Association event. SGA is taking those who sign up first to Stuckey’s Farm for some good, old-fashioned pumpkin picking. Besides just picking out future jack o’ lanterns, though, students also will be able to zipline.

Sign-ups took place Monday at noon for $5. The actual event is Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. As of press time, there were still plenty of tickets available at the PuLSE Office.

Scare yourself silly

Looking for something a bit more Halloween-ish?  SGA is also sponsoring a trip to Indy Screampark, selected as one of America’s Best Haunts in 2011 by the same named website. With five different  terrifying attractions, the event is worth its cost. Sign-ups for the event are Monday, Oct. 11 at noon in the PuLSE Office. Cost is to be determined. The trip will be Saturday, Oct. 29.

Support campus & the community

Butler’s Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Phi are coming together to put on their fifth annual Haunted House, Oct. 27-29 at the Lambda house. Admission is $3, but the cause and the scares are well worth it because 100 percent of the proceeds go to help feed Indianapolis’ hungry at Gleaners Food Bank.

Josh Phelps, a junior marketing and MIS double major, and one of the organizers, said there are two routes in the haunted house, one for young children and one  for the more courageous thrill seekers.

Appreciate your professors

Butler students are not the only ones in on the haunted festivities. Theater professor Diane Timmerman has been setting up a haunted house in her garage for years.

Timmerman said that the house has become more elaborate each year.

Kelsey Nylin, a sophomore theater major, helped Timmerman last year and is going to do so again this year.

“Everyone just had a great time with each other, and it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to let go of stress and enjoy themselves,” she said.

Timmerman’s haunted house is in Brownsburg, but she is happy to give directions. Just email her at

Revisit butler’s history

Once upon a time, when our campus was split in two and still named Western Christian University, we were situated in Indy’s Irvington neighborhood. Time to relive history, because Irvington’s Halloween Festival is full of spooky events.

Go on a ghost tour of the neighborhood, see a haunted puppet show, see “Young Frankenstein” and definitely don’t miss the Halloween Street Fair on Oct. 29. For more information, visit

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