5 Of The Best Coffee Shops Around Butler University

5 Of The Best Coffee Shops Around Butler University

If you love quaint coffee shops, you'll love these places.

I am obsessed with coffee, so it's no surprise when I made a new years resolution to go to more coffee shops. It helps that the Butler bubble is so close to a good portion of interesting cafes to try! So whether you would like more coffee places to try or even get off campus and do homework, then some of these places may be for you.

1. Hubbard & Cravens

If you are wanting a place to get down to business, this is the place for you. I have only been here a few times now -- this being the first I've bought anything -- and I love the atmosphere. I know that being here I can get what I need to get done, done. The employees are super helpful and the place smells amazing! It can be incredibly packed during certain times of the day, so if you can find yourself a table then you're golden.

2. Kaffeine Coffee

The traveler inside me was crying the whole time I was here. There is a giant world map spread across one of the walls, in a ~gorgeous~ old fashion. The shop is basically in a garage, so it's on the verge of a modern industrial. The employees are also very accommodating and will answer any question that you have. Plus they also have some cute and yummy treats waiting by the checkout. This place is located close to Massachusetts Ave. which is a major plus since it is such a popular and visually appealing area.

3. Monon Coffee Company

This is one of my favorite places in Broad Ripple. I love the hometown cafe feel, and this coffee shop meets that in all the right areas. The employees are always so amazingly helpful. Their white chocolate mocha and zebra hot chocolate are to die for! Doing homework here is always a plus and all around there is an amazing relaxing vibe. The people that come in there are all so incredibly interesting and really lovely to chat to.

4. Bites, Coffee and Dessert Bar

This might be one of the cutest shops that I have ever been to. It reminds me of a coffee shop version of the Cake Bake! The employees really know how to make you feel at home. The desserts really are bite-sized and man oh man do they have a selection. It smells not only of espresso but of chocolate. All the sweet aromas make you salivate like no other. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who loves coffee and has a killer sweet tooth.

5. Starbucks

You can never go wrong with anything Starbucks has to offer its consumers. My list of drinks here is short, but when there's one of these stores on every block then I'm still going to hit them up. I love the Starbucks on campus; not only is it close, but I enjoy getting to see my friends pass through. I also love the one on Illinois Street. It is a bit smaller than your average store, but it is quaint and the employees are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Whether you're planning on doing homework, chatting with friends or just wanting a place to take a breather, one of these places is just right for you to get your head out of the Butler Bubble and give you some much needed me time.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

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