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CBS Evening News Features Kaltenmark, Butler Blue III at Last Game in Hinkle Fieldhouse

BY Raquel Bahamonde

PUBLISHED ON Mar 11 2020

On March 4, 2020, history was made one more time at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, and a CBS Evening News crew, with legendary network television reporter Dean Reynolds, was there to cover the story.

No, we’re not talking about the nationally ranked Butler men’s basketball team’s 77-55 dismantling of St. John’s. Although that was a fun one to watch. We’re talking about the last game at Hinkle Fieldhouse for Butler Blue III (Trip), and the celebration of Michael Kaltenmark’s 16-year run as the University’s live mascot handler—a run that spanned the careers of much-loved English Bulldog mascots Butler Blue II and Trip.

In the location some might call the cradle for Hoosier Hysteria, the roars from the Hinkle crowd that night were just as deafening for Kaltenmark and Trip as they were for the thrilling basketball action on the floor.

As Kaltenmark and Trip finished one more run for the bone, took their last lap around the Hinkle court, and made an emotional final stop at the Dawg Pound, the crowd chanted, “Michael! Michael! Michael!” The TV camera was there to capture the entire scene for a nationwide broadcast.

In the college basketball world, the Butler mascot carries a lot of celebrity, and Trip’s appearance is a favorite part of any event. Kaltenmark has dealt with health issues for years. In January, he underwent a kidney transplant and has overcome an enormous challenge to be able to return to duty so quickly.

The CBS crew visited with Kaltenmark, his wife Tiffany, their two sons Everett and Miles, and—of course—Trip, to catch their pre-game routine. They talked about what is involved in being part of Trip’s family, as well as the transition toward retirement at Butler’s May 9 Commencement.

And in case you thought Trip’s appeal is just an Indiana thing, after an exhaustive day of taping, the reporter, producer, videographer, and sound man reflected on the day. One member of the crew was overheard to say, “That was a fun one.” 



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Trip last game

CBS Evening News Features Kaltenmark, Butler Blue III at Last Game in Hinkle Fieldhouse

Butler Blue III (Trip) and handler Michael Kaltenmark celebrated on national television

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A Student’s Guide to Indy

By Kennedy Broadwell

Kennedy Broadwell is a senior from Toledo, Ohio, with a major in Sports Media and a minor in Sports and Recreation.


When coming to Indianapolis for the first time, I was both excited and nervous. Back home in the Toledo area, I had my favorite restaurants, places to go with friends, and hubs for studying, and I would have to start fresh in getting to know a new city. But after a few years here, I’ve discovered so many things to do around town.

One thing you’ll hear about all the time is the “Butler Bubble”—the term for when you get stuck on campus, or in the very close surrounding areas, and never venture out into the city. But Indy is full of great places to explore, so I encourage you to get a group of friends together and visit some of these spots on your nights out.


Royal Pin

With three locations around the city, Royal Pin is the place to be if you love bowling. They also have laser tag, arcade games, and seriously awesome food for a bowling alley.

Punch Bowl Social

Exploring downtown Indy is a blast, and Punch Bowl Social is one of the most popular spots due to its unique setup. Located on S. Meridian Street, the place is more than just a restaurant. The food is great, but you can also play all types of games—from skeeball to bowling to giant Connect 4. Looking to get an Instagrammable pic on your night out? The “I love you so much” wall is no stranger to a Butler student’s Instagram feed!



Studio Movie Grill

For a more relaxing outing, Studio Movie Grill serves full meals, snacks, and refreshments in a click of a button while you kick back in a luxury recliner to watch the big screen. What’s better than dinner and a show with some of your closest college pals?

Indy Fuel Hockey

The Indy Fuel hockey team represents the city in the ECHL. Tickets are fairly inexpensive, and the games are exciting—don’t miss the flame-filled pregame show.



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Though nights out on the town are fun, at some point you will need to study. Make studying relaxing and grab a great cup of coffee at one of my favorite local spots.


Monon Coffee Company

This shop in the heart of Broad Ripple is almost always packed, but if you can snag a table to study at, do so. Their lattes never disappoint—the Flaming Mocha is my personal favorite—and they sometimes have fun seasonal flavors!

Nine Lives Cat Cafe

If you’re an animal lover like I am, then Fountain Square’s Nine Lives Cat Cafe is your spot! Not only can you watch adorable kittens play and nap while you sip and study, but for a $5.00 cover fee, you can visit the Cat Lounge to play with the adoptable cats. The fee helps cover the cost of caring for the animals until they find forever homes, and you can also choose to make a donation to IndyHumane—a favorite non-profit of mine.

Bovaconti Coffee

If you like to get adventurous with your coffee, this is the place for you! After trying a Spanish Latte at this beautiful shop that opened just last fall in a restored historic building, I never want to go back to a normal latte again. Along with my favorite latte, they have possibly the cutest interior ever, from the turquoise ceiling to the patterned tile floor. You’ll definitely have a new favorite study spot!


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When it comes to my favorite eats in Indy, I could go on for hours. But for this list, I decided to include restaurants with the most college-friendly prices. With the help of my friends, I’ve narrowed it down to these top spots.


Ripple Bagel & Deli

I cannot put into words the love that Butler students have for this place. I don’t know a single person who dislikes Ripple Bagel & Deli—seriously, it’s impossible. With every kind of bagel, spread, cheese, vegetable, and meat you could imagine, your sandwich options are countless.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

This spot inside Ironworks Hotel is a personal favorite for my friends and me. Their sushi is divine, if you're into that sort of thing. Even if you’re not, you’re sure to find something you love. For my fellow vegans: This place has perfected the craft of vegan sushi, with ingredients like vegan “salmon” made of tomato. No more boring cucumber rolls for you!

Canal Bistro

Broad Ripple’s Canal Bistro has the best Mediterranean food around. Their lunch and dinner are amazing, including complimentary fresh bread and oil, but they really hit it out of the park with brunch. As a brunch enthusiast, I am hard to impress. However, Canal Bistro has cracked the brunch code with favorite dishes like the garden hummus sandwich, stuffed French toast, and the best breakfast potatoes. The thing is, no one knows it yet! Indy loves brunch, and all the other top spots in the city have hour(s)-long waits on weekends, but not Canal Bistro. (Shhh—this can be our secret!)

Gallery Pastry Shop

Speaking of brunch, that mid-morning meal doesn’t get any cuter than at this stylish bakery nestled in a row of cozy shops along the Monon Trail. I love watching chefs create their food art, so I head straight for the bar, where I can watch the magic happen. Who knew crepes could be so beautiful?


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Thrifting has become my all-time favorite weekend festivity. If you’re into sustainable fashion, these are the places for you.


Naptown Thrift

If you’re looking for comfy vintage threads, Naptown Thrift is the spot. All of my favorite oversized sweatshirts, tees, and high-waisted jeans are probably from here.

Hot House Market

This is a hidden gem within the Fashion Mall at Keystone. Seriously, I’ve had to introduce all of my friends to it. Hot House Market curates classic 1970s, 80s, and 90s pieces that are high-quality: No more settling for stained thrifted clothes! Their store also features home goods, vintage tech, and a record collection.

Chief Indigo Vintage

If you’re looking for awesome band tees or vintage Guess, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and so on, look no further than Chief Indigo! With items from every brand you can think of, you’re sure to find your next favorite piece to add to your closet.


Learn more about living in Indy here.


A Student’s Guide to Indy

In addition to providing rich hands-on learning opportunities for Butler students, Indianapolis is home to plenty of places where Bulldogs can have a little fun


A Student’s Guide to Indy

By Kennedy Broadwell

Meet the Class of 2024 - Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan
Hometown: Columbus, IN
Intended Major: Finance


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Tom Sullivan, one member of the Class of 2024.   


What were you involved with during high school?

In high school, I was involved in Key Club, Student Assembly, National Honor Society, and I played hockey and lacrosse. I was a captain on my hockey team, and I absolutely loved the relationships that I built over all four years. We actually won the 2A state championship in 2018, and it was one of my favorite days of high school.

How did you initially hear about Butler?

I heard about Butler when I was in middle school, but what interested me in Butler was when one of my neighbors decided to go there because of all the good things she had said. A few of my friends’ parents also attended Butler, and they all had wonderful things to say, as well. After hearing so many good things, I thought, 'why not visit?'

What is your favorite part about Butler?

I love the small school aspect the most because I feel like I can get to know both my professors and my fellow classmates. I also love its location in Indianapolis and all the opportunities that it brings.

Why did you choose Butler?

I chose Butler because of the internship opportunities in the Lacy School of Business, and just the overall feel of the school.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I hope to major in Finance.

What are you most excited about?

I am very excited to start classes, begin learning, and to just be on campus.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Paulina (Isa) Sanchez

Paulina (Isa) Sanchez
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Intended Major: International Business and Strategic Communication


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Paulina Sanchez, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

I was a member of my high school’s pre-professional dance company, where I choreographed multiple works and learned from many professional choreographers. I was also heavily involved with an international organization called Best Buddies, which fosters friendships with students with disabilities within our school community. I founded the Habitat for Humanity Club at my school and led a trip to Punta Gorda, Florida, to build a house. I also participated in Dance Marathon for Lurie Children’s Hospital, worked part-time during the school year at Altitude Trampoline Park, and worked as a Gymnastics Coach with the Chicago Park District during the summer.

What drew you to Butler?

I initially heard about Butler in regards to the dance program. When I was younger, I was training to become a professional ballerina, and a teacher told me to look into their program. After I started high school, I decided I wanted to focus more on my academics and change my career path. I later became interested in economics and business. When I was researching schools, I came across an ad for the new Lacy School of Business building. I decided to go take a tour, and I immediately fell in love with the program!

What is your favorite part about Butler?

My favorite part about Butler is the school pride that the student community takes on. I am a member of Butler University’s Dance Team for the 2020-2021 season, and I am so excited to perform, bring spirit to sports games, and represent Butler University.

Why did you choose Butler?

I chose Butler because it was clear that out of all of my school choices, Butler wanted me to attend. The staff reached out to me constantly with information, surveys, and invitations to apply to the Honors Program and scholarships. I wanted to make sure that I would get the most out of my investment in my education, and I realized that Butler would provide exactly that with the Honors Program, scholarship opportunities, smaller class sizes and a more personal learning environment, a promising placement rate for post-graduation, and the community that makes Butler feel like home.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I hope to double major in either International Business or Marketing and Strategic Communication with a focus on Public Relations.

What do you hope to get involved with at Butler?
I hope to get involved with Best Buddies, Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital, possibly Greek Life, and continue with the Butler University Dance Team, Honors Program, and Lacy Scholars.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about diving deep into the business curriculum at Lacy and game days at Hinkle!

Meet the Class of 2024 - Nathan Barney

Nathan Barney
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Intended Major: Sports Media


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Nathan Barney, one member of the Class of 2024.  


What were you involved with during high school?

I played baseball through sophomore year and then discovered crew. After my team won gold at Midwest Rowing Championships, I was chosen to row for the Olympic Development program last summer. I was also a retreat leader for freshmen and seniors this past year and have been a volunteer coach for the Chicago Blackhawks’ Special Hockey team for the past five years.

What drew you to Butler?

I went on a campus visit as a sophomore, and I felt early on that this might be the place for me. From that very first time I set foot on campus, I felt like I belonged at Butler. Everyone has been so welcoming. Smaller class sizes mean your professors will know your name, but there are still a ton of opportunities you would typically only see at bigger schools.

What is your favorite part about Butler?

I love that Butler is a smaller school with really big school spirit.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I am currently enrolled in the College of Communication as a Sports Media major. I’m also thinking about minoring in Strategic Communication.

What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited to meet new people, explore internship opportunities, and go to basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Megan Gorsky

Megan Gorsky
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Intended Major: Environmental Studies


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Megan Gorsky, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

I was involved in marching band, jazz band, and the rowing team at my high school. I continued participating in band all four years of high school, and I was a drum major for three of those years.

What put Butler on your radar?

I have a lot of family near Butler’s campus, and every summer we would drive by the University. I always had the thought that maybe I would go to Butler. When it came time to start getting serious about my search, I took some college trips (Butler being one of them), and I was drawn to Butler more than any of the other schools I visited. Butler puts an emphasis on not only the academic side of college, but also on being a well-rounded person who really gets to experience life outside of classes.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I am looking forward to majoring in Environmental Studies with a possible minor in Biology in the future.

What do you hope to get involved in at Butler?

I like to be involved with anything outdoors and adventurous. I would like to join the crew team and maybe join a few other clubs, ideally something environmental or an outdoor adventure group that does some cool things around Indy. I would also love to study abroad—I've spent a LOT of time researching that on the Butler website.

What are you most excited about?

I can’t wait to meet new friends and live in a beautiful area that has seasons. I can't wait to see what it's like to be a bit more independent in a different city.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Marissa Flannery

Marissa Flannery
Hometown: Fairport, NY
Intended Major: Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Marissa Flannery, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

During high school, I was involved with my school’s National Honors Society, as well as our Spanish National Honors Society (SNHS). I also wrote for my school’s newspaper during my time there, and was an Asset Leader (a community volunteer) in the Fairport Schools. When I wasn’t at school or clubs, I was dancing at my studio. I was dancing five nights a week and couldn’t have been happier.

How did you initially hear about Butler?

I heard of Butler through my older brother. He is two years older than me, and when he was choosing a college, he took a great interest in Butler, so much so that he went there! Once I learned more information about the University, I began to feel like this was a place where people weren’t just another face in the crowd. Butler approaches students and families in such a personal and individualized way, and that is what I found so interesting about it.

What is your favorite part about Butler?

My favorite part about Butler is the on-campus environment. Yes, the nature at Butler is beautiful, but I’m talking about the community there. You can’t walk into Butler and feel like a little fish in the ocean, or feel like there’s no one to notice if you need help with something. The people at this school are there to support each and every one of us. From professors and administrators, to advisors and fellow Bulldogs, the sense of community and family is undeniable, and that is my absolute favorite part of Butler. Positivity is everywhere.

Why did you choose Butler?

There are so many reasons! One is the College of Education. The resources available and the plan to prepare me for my future in my profession blew me away! Another reason is the size of Butler. It’s a school that isn’t so big that you feel overwhelmed, but isn’t too small to the point where I’m reliving my high school classes! Lastly, I chose Butler because when I walked on other college campuses, I didn’t get the same feeling that I did at Butler. It may sound cheesy, but there definitely was that moment of, “Yup, this is the one.” 

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I will be majoring in Middle/Secondary Education in Social Studies with a minor in Spanish.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?

I definitely want to take part in a volunteer club. Within the College of Education, I know there are a lot of volunteer tutoring opportunities within the Indianapolis Public School system, which I am looking forward to! I would like to take part in Greek Life and join clubs that keep me active and allow me to meet new people. Maybe the Dance Team could be an option, too!

What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about starting this new chapter of my life in a community that is so special. I’m eager to meet new people and learn from Butler professors! The memories and relationships I’ll make is what makes me so excited for my time there. Also, I’ve met Trip but have yet to meet Butler Blue IV, so I’m looking forward to meeting that little guy!

Meet the Class of 2024 - Maggie Conlon

Maggie Conlon
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Intended Major: Marketing


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Maggie Conlon, one member of the Class of 2024.


Tell us a little bit about your high school experience.

In high school, I participated in lots of extracurriculars. I played tennis for three years, I led Best Buddies and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and I also loved being a part of DECA and volunteering clubs!

How did you initially hear about Butler, and what interested you in the University?

I first heard about Butler from my sister because she attends the University. What really interested me in Butler was when Trip came to our house and surprised my sister after she was admitted! It wasn’t only Trip’s cuteness that intrigued me, but also how personable Butler was to surprise my sister with a visit!

Then, I first visited Butler in August 2017 on the day that my sister moved into her residence hall. It was such an amazing atmosphere to be in because everyone was so excited to be at college. What really impressed me was how helpful the University was with the move-in process and the activities and events for families to attend over the move-in weekend.

What is your favorite part about Butler?
What I love most about Butler is the Lacy School of Business. Not only is the brand-new building incredible, but also the opportunities for students are unique. I am so excited to take the First Year Business Experience and Real Business Experience classes because instead of just listening to a lecture, I’ll be able to be hands-on in class and run a business.

Why did you choose to attend college here?
When I was going through the college search process, I would look at key features that each school had, such as the location, class sizes, opportunities for my major, and the friendliness of students and staff. When I would talk to my parents about the schools I was looking at, they would all fall short of something in one of those categories except for Butler. I compared every school to Butler, and no other school had what Butler had: a campus located near a big city, small class sizes allowing for connections with professors, an incredible business program, and a place where students would hold the door open for me as I explored the campus.

What do you hope to major or minor in?
I am planning on majoring in Marketing and minoring in Creative Media and Entertainment.

What are you most excited about?
I look forward to joining a faith-based organization, Special Olympics or Best Buddies, Greek Life, and some other extracurriculars. I am also excited to join the caring Butler community on campus with the new friends I make and with the professors I have for class. And of course, I am also excited to see Butler Blue IV around campus!

Meet the Class of 2024 - Ashton Franklin

Ashton Franklin
Hometown: Canton, Michigan
Intended Major: Strategic Communication


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Ashton Franklin, one member of the Class of 2024.


What was your first impression of Butler?

I’m a huge sports fan, especially the NBA, so I first heard of Butler through Gordon Hayward, basketball, and the University’s history of competing in the NCAA. Although that’s how I first heard of Butler, what really caught my attention was the positive testimonies from faculty and staff. Everyone I talked with on campus seemed like they really wanted me to be here, which meant a lot.

What made you choose Butler?

I felt so welcomed whenever I would come for campus visits. My first visit was at the end of a long string of college visits in Indiana. Once I stepped foot on Butler’s campus, I knew if I was going to go to school in Indiana, it would have to be at Butler. The campus is so serene, but also so full of life. I love how the campus is surrounded by nature, and the size is perfect.

What are your plans once you start classes?

I’m planning to major in Strategic Communication, and I hope to get involved in a bunch of clubs and intramural sports. I’m also really interested in community service, studying abroad, and completing internships, which is perfect because I know Butler really places an emphasis on that type of learning.

What do you hope you’ll get out of your college experience?

During my time at Butler, I hope that I am able to give others the opportunity to express themselves and to help tell their stories. I really believe that the world can become a brighter place if we all try to understand one another. And by the time I graduate, I’m confident that I’ll be the very best version of myself because of the opportunities that Butler has given to me.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Anisa Cobb

Anisa Cobb
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Intended Major: Dance Performance


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Anisa Cobb, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with in high school?

In high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society, an English and math tutor, and a member of the Mitchellville Drifters Coral Mentoring Program, where we participated in various community service projects. I was also really active in dance and was part of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where I performed in The Nutcracker each year in addition to various other spring performances.

How did you initially hear about Butler, and what interested you in the University?

In August, I visited a friend who attends Butler and toured the school. I also attended Butler Blue Scholars’ Day and toured the school again. Each time I was on campus, the friendliness and openness of all the students and faculty was wonderful. Also, the dance department is top-rated, and I really wanted to attend a strong program in order to enhance and expand my dancing abilities.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I plan to double major in Dance and Health Sciences. If not a double major, I hope to minor in Health Sciences. The great thing about Butler is that there are so many options that it’s possible to be involved in so many different things.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?

I am really looking forward to being a part of the Butler Dance department. I am also looking forward to being a Morton Finney Scholar. And, of course I can't wait to attend the Butler basketball games!

Neil deGrasse Tyson on-stage

Famed Astrophysicist to Talk Science and Hollywood at Butler

BY Tim Brouk

PUBLISHED ON Mar 05 2020

*This event has been postponed from March 17 to October 6 due to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.*

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an expert in explaining mysteries of the universe to a general audience. Host of the rebooted Cosmos series, he is the 21st century’s Carl Sagan. Tyson’s passion for promoting celestial wonderment is only rivaled by his love for film.

Tyson will present An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies at 7:30 PM October 6, at Clowes Memorial Hall. The event will center on science in movies, from science fiction to Disney classics. Tyson will screen short clips of more than 30 movies from the past 80 years before dissecting what is going on in each scene. It’s the melding of two passions on one stage.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson

When watching a movie about outer space, Tyson puts down the popcorn and starts taking notes. His Twitter account is full of criticisms for movies that include silly portrayals of space travel, exploration, or phenomena. But, if a film accurately captures these marvels, he gives credit where credit is due.

And sometimes, Tyson’s reviews have an impact on new stories in the works. One of his favorite compliments came from The Martian author, Andy Weir.

“While he was writing that novel, he said he imagined I was looking over his shoulder the whole time,” says Tyson with a laugh. “He didn't want to mess up a calculation and have me tweet about it. People think I’m nit-picking. ‘Well, I don’t want to take you to a movie,’ they say. Well, I assure you, I’m very silent during movies.”

Tyson knows his tweets carry weight. But he says he’s just pointing out the portrayal of science in movies, for better or for worse. It’s like a costume designer pointing out that the style of gown worn by a character in a Jane Austen movie didn’t come from that era, or a car enthusiast spotting a Ford from the 1960s in a movie that’s set in the ‘50s, Tyson says.

In recent years, some studios have hired on-set scientists to help make sure things are correct. Movies like Gravity have impressed Tyson in terms of their effort and execution.

“People assumed I didn’t like the movie because I pointed out some things it got wrong in about a dozen tweets,” Tyson says about the 2013 film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, “but I only gave it that much attention because of how much science they got right. I loved the movie, so I had to go back and tweet that I did love the movie overall.”

The Martian fared even better in Tyson’s eyes—mostly.

“The one flaw was the windstorm scene,” he says. “The air pressure on Mars is 1/100th of that on Earth, so high-speed wind on Mars is like someone gently blowing on your cheek. But they needed some premise to create the drama of the storm.”

Stage and screen

Along with his many media appearances, Tyson’s résumé includes roles as an academic, a researcher, a planetarium director, a podcast host, and a member of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. Yet, appearing on-stage to talk about the universe’s wonders will always be something he fits into his schedule. He calls it “a founding pillar” of his current career.

Tyson says An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies is an example of how he reaches out to the public, which he finds has an “underserved appetite of science and science literacy. There’s an enlightenment that comes to you thinking critically about the world.”

Butler’s astrophysicists go to the movies, too

Prof. Gonzalo Ordonez holds a book.
Physics and Astronomy Chair Gonzalo Ordonez holds a book about Interstellar.

Tyson isn’t the only scientist who watches movies with a critical eye. Gonzalo Ordonez, Butler Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, says Interstellar is his favorite film.

“They do a good job respecting the physics,” Ordonez says of the 2014 movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. “The plot and visual effects are interesting. Their use of the theory of relativity, as well as the physics of how time slows down near a black hole, are well done.”

Physics Professor Xianming Han cited Star Trek as his favorite sci-fi series, but on the silver screen, he was most impressed with Contact starring Jodie Foster.

“Scientifically, it’s probably the most rigorous,” says Han, adding that he especially enjoyed the 1997 film’s take on space and time travel.

Han and Ordonez both look forward to Tyson’s visit to Butler.

“I think students will have a blast,” Ordonez says. “Tyson has made astrophysics more popular and more accessible to nonspecialists.”

Tyson’s take on cinema has proved popular—so much that An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies: The Sequel is in the works. Yes, Tyson is reaching franchise status. Move over Marvel.

“My goal is to enhance people’s appreciation of what a movie is—or what it could have been if the science had been accurately reckoned,” he says.


Photos by Tim Brouk and provided by Delvinhair Productions and Roderick Mickens


Media Contact:
Katie Grieze
News Content Manager

Neil deGrasse Tyson on-stage

Famed Astrophysicist to Talk Science and Hollywood at Butler

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores science in movies at ‘An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,’ October 6 at Clowes

Mar 05 2020 Read more

Q&A: What’s it Like to Commute to Butler?

If you’re thinking about applying to Butler as a commuter, know that you are not alone. Any student who lives with parents or guardians within 30 miles of campus is eligible to commute. So, is commuting right for you?

We chatted with Marissa Klingler, a junior Arts Administration major who drives to campus from her family home in the Indianapolis area, to learn more.


Why did you choose Butler?

It was my dream school. I loved the small class sizes—I do really well with that kind of close-knit interaction. It was also close to home, so it checked all my boxes.

Why did you decide to commute?

I personally struggled with the decision to commute because I wanted to be close to my family, but I didn’t want to be alienated by not living at school. But commuting doesn’t have to inhibit your college experience in any way.

My main reason for commuting is that it saves money. And I figured if I didn’t go home right after class—if I still spent time on campus by getting jobs or joining clubs—it would feel the same as if I lived there.

Commuting has allowed me to stay home, sleep in my own bed, see my pets and family every day, and not pay for a meal plan. But I’m still going to my top-choice school and having a full experience.

What does your day-to-day schedule look like?

My commute is about 15 minutes. I try to schedule my classes for later in the morning because I’m not really an early riser, and you never know what traffic or weather will be like.

When I have gaps between classes, I don’t go home: staying on campus helps me feel more connected. I work shifts at the Clowes Hall box office and tutor students in the Writers’ Studio. When I have extra time, I study at Irwin Library or have coffee with friends at Starbucks.

What advice would you give to new students who are thinking about commuting?

Don’t go straight home after class. I know the temptation is there, especially if you only have one or two classes that day. But do your best to stay on campus and find a few comfortable places to spend your time. And don’t overwhelm yourself, but find a community to join.

Don’t think of commuting as a limitation or restriction: I think I spend more time at school than I do at home.


Applying as a commuter:

If you want to apply to Butler as a commuter, first apply using the Butler application or the Common App. After receiving your admission decision, you should fill out the "Commuter Request" form in the housing application. You can also contact your admission counselor if you have more questions about applying or commuting to Butler.


Q&A: What’s it Like to Commute to Butler?

Junior Marissa Klingler shares her experience of commuting to Butler