Which Butler academic building are you?

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JENNA VORIS | OPINION COLUMNIST | jmvoris1@butler.edu

Butler University is famous for a few things: sports, squirrels and rigorous academics. The academic buildings on campus have witnessed everything from a second semester senior sneaking out of class, to a first-year student struggling to understand how the printers work.

They’ve stood as silent witnesses to the late night study sessions – fueled only by Starbucks and peanut butter M&Ms – and the countless projects and presentations that have taken place under their roofs.

They have played host to tour groups, sports legends, visiting writers and touring broadway shows.

Butler buildings are as unique as Butler students. This only question is – which academic building are you?

Jordan Hall

Stately, old-fashioned…always under construction?  This academic hall was built in 1927 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.   As one of the oldest  — and largest — buildings on campus, Jordan Hall is easy recognizable for both its vintage architecture and its constant renovation.

While this building seems put together on the outside with its stunning resume and multiple extracurricular activities, in reality it’s low-key falling apart on the inside. Jordan Hall isn’t completely sure how it manages to complete all of its assignments, show up on time for classes and maintain a decent social life when it can barely be bothered to eat breakfast in the morning.

With only one outlet per room, the occasional infestation of flying insects, and a thermostat that can never seem to make up its mind, this building is the ultimate master of illusion.


Filled with Mac labs, video production studios and a newsroom, this building is anything but classic.  

Fresh and cutting-edge, Fairbanks is the one that always seems to own — and pull off — the latest fashion trends and accessories. Its drink of choice is wine, its hobbies include reading the newspaper and calling out fake stories on the internet and its guilty pleasure is most definitely reality television.

Who’s there with a camera, pen and Starbucks order at the scene of a crime, the latest political protest or sports game?  Definitely Fairbanks.

Lilly Hall

If you have ever cried over a musical instrument in a practice room while eating a Jimmy John’s sandwich, you are probably Lilly Hall. This academic building is one of the best and most underrated buildings at Butler.

While Lilly Hall may seem to love performing and the spotlight, it actually prefers to be wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, binge-watching a new show on Netflix. It is not unusual to see Lilly Hall floating around campus in vintage dresses or freshly pressed ties, singing to itself or mentally reviewing its latest performance piece.

Gallahue Hall

Gallahue Hall is basically Gabriella Montez from High School Musical. It is smart, pretty, dedicated and hasn’t had more than six hours of sleep in the past year. While Jordan and Lilly Hall struggle to appear tour-ready, Gallahue has no problem.

This academic building is the friend that is, in your parents’ opinion, “going places.” Not only has it applied — and been accepted to — multiple grad schools, it also remains sweet and humble. It is easy to walk over to someone as nice as Gallahue Hall — like when its main use is to avoid walking outside in the winter time.

Holcomb Building

Do people occasionally forget that Holcomb exists?  Yes.  Does that mean that this building is any different than its best friend Gallahue Hall?  Nope.

Despite having the same determination and strive for perfection, this academic building is still unique.  It contains the new Lacy School of Business and never lets the other buildings forget its innovative and forward-thinking nature.

While other buildings forget assignments or sleep through classes, Holcomb keeps a color-coded planner and is always looking ahead for future projects.


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