BOAM Nominee #6: Butler University

INTRO:
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On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to provide feedback either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.
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Today’s piece is currently not set to make the cut but I’m unsure if I am underestimating its value. I believe the piece is highlighted by the connection of the beginning to the ending of the piece. It’s one of the more philosophical pieces in the opening volume of Alma Mater, as it, essentially, asks the question, “How many hands does it take to write history….even their own history?” And “How long will this history be recognized? And what contributes to its longevity?” In large part, the answer to these questions is what the Alma Mater series is all about. I present to you the answer to those questions in/and today’s piece, Butler University:

*Butler University*

The Butler Way is the understanding that it is much easier to make a clapping sound with the use of two hands. And when ten hands share the orange circle,
What results is a
Round of Applause.

Many hands have joined together inside the Hinkle Fieldhouse to pay reverence to
The basketball cathedral of Indiana. Like a chapel injecting a granted prayer, this Fieldhouse has been a house of healing with manufacturers of magic:

Bobby Plump’s game-winning shot for the 1954 Indiana State Championship.
Roosevelt Jones stealing a Gonzaga lob with 3.5 seconds remaining to drive down the court and nail the game winner.
The magic in this Fieldhouse has unleashed The Bulldogs to back-to-back Final Four victories, and we won’t stop running until we capture that championship banner.
Since 1928, the Hinkle Fieldhouse has hosted presidents, record-breaking Pan American games, and most of all:
Basketball.
Tony Hinkle shaped the basketball and the form of the game
with the Hinkle system that has sprouted throughout the sport.
In 1928, the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse was shaped;
Thereafter, through history—the Fieldhouse has shaped us.
Winston Churchill’s belief in the power of a building
Has taken life through the memories of us.
Today, Butler sells out Home Sweet Hinkle,
With Indiana’s history in our hearts.

GO DAWGS!

History is a shadow that every man wants to illumine,
But no man can light or write it alone.
The Butler Way is leading the Bulldogs to the annuls of Hoosier history,
And in this company,
The applause light will never fade.

Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the seventh nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: Butler University!

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BOAM Nominee #5: Ball State

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to provide feedback either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

With today’s piece, I present to you the very first “party piece” of the series. When I thought to write this series, I knew, especially based on the poetry I had published prior to this project, that I wouldn’t be afraid to do it my own way. I wouldn’t be afraid to be unconventional and create pieces that really express what “really needs to be expressed.” And as we all know, the party life at universities is a part of the college life, and this is the first piece that fully embraces that truth. Yes, Ball State University is a party school, and buddy, they ball hard….and this piece, if I may say so myself, GOES hard. Welcome to the party….the first piece of the “college party” of many in the Alma Mater collection.

*Ball State*

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State,
Made it to Muncie, Indy,
Now Let’s Celebrate!

We Ball Hard—
All State.
In Muncie you’re in good hands—
Allstate.
We Ball Hard—
Party Late.
Ball Hard—
Talkin’
’bout
Ball State.

The home of the Ball Brothers,
We’re all brothers,
We All in the Family—
Sally Struthers.
The Indy Party Scene—We Define,
The concept of parties—redefined,
We even drink before finals:
We’ll be fine.
Open containers—
Toss away the fines.

Ball State rolls deep—
Like, “Any takers?”
We ride like a Lamborghini,
Ya’ll stuck in Studebakers.

Show up to the party like,
“Yeah, this here is the party life.”
Drink hardy
at
a Delta party then
House parties—we goin’ HAM tonight.
Man, these parties are gonna SLAM tonight:
New York, Carson, Dill Street,
The Chug, then drinkin’
on Dick Street…
Yeah, Ball’s on Dick’s,
He.He.

Cops want to take our rights,
We fight back,
We keep the Ball filled with liquor
Now it’s ’bout to crack.
We not afraid of cops—
In this neighborhood,
Think they can stop this party?
Yah, they wish they could….

Damn!
Here come the police!
Later, Man!
Them boys ask too many questions—
Letterman.

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State.
Got out on bail!
Time to celebrate!

We had some Jäger’ in the trunk—
We
got it crunk,
Show up to Late Night—
Already Drunk.

Then we can party safe:
Alcohol Free,
But everyone can see—
We alcohol freed.

I’m feelin’ Free—
in Middletown.
This school’s for me—
It’s my kind of town.
There are many schools,
but out them all,
I’ll make my own chances:
Give me The Ball.

Preview and then purchase the newly released Alma Mater Vol. 4 below for only $0.99 or for free with Kindle Unlimited along with the other three volumes. And feel free to comment or email me using the “Contact Author” page on this site to assist in selecting the pieces for the Best of Alma Mater series released March 3, 2018.

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BOAM Nominee #5: Ball State

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to provide feedback either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

With today’s piece, I present to you the very first “party piece” of the series. When I thought to write this series, I knew, especially based on the poetry I had published prior to this project, that I wouldn’t be afraid to do it my own way. I wouldn’t be afraid to be unconventional and create pieces that really express what “really needs to be expressed.” And as we all know, the party life at universities is a part of the college life, and this is the first piece that fully embraces that truth. Yes, Ball State University is a party school, and buddy, they ball hard….and this piece, if I may say so myself, GOES hard. Welcome to the party….the first piece of the “college party” of many in the Alma Mater collection.

*Ball State*

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State,
Made it to Muncie, Indy,
Now Let’s Celebrate!

We Ball Hard—
All State.
In Muncie you’re in good hands—
Allstate.
We Ball Hard—
Party Late.
Ball Hard—
Talkin’
’bout
Ball State.

The home of the Ball Brothers,
We’re all brothers,
We All in the Family—
Sally Struthers.
The Indy Party Scene—We Define,
The concept of parties—redefined,
We even drink before finals:
We’ll be fine.
Open containers—
Toss away the fines.

Ball State rolls deep—
Like, “Any takers?”
We ride like a Lamborghini,
Ya’ll stuck in Studebakers.

Show up to the party like,
“Yeah, this here is the party life.”
Drink hardy
at
a Delta party then
House parties—we goin’ HAM tonight.
Man, these parties are gonna SLAM tonight:
New York, Carson, Dill Street,
The Chug, then drinkin’
on Dick Street…
Yeah, Ball’s on Dick’s,
He.He.

Cops want to take our rights,
We fight back,
We keep the Ball filled with liquor
Now it’s ’bout to crack.
We not afraid of cops—
In this neighborhood,
Think they can stop this party?
Yah, they wish they could….

Damn!
Here come the police!
Later, Man!
Them boys ask too many questions—
Letterman.

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State.
Got out on bail!
Time to celebrate!

We had some Jäger’ in the trunk—
We
got it crunk,
Show up to Late Night—
Already Drunk.

Then we can party safe:
Alcohol Free,
But everyone can see—
We alcohol freed.

I’m feelin’ Free—
in Middletown.
This school’s for me—
It’s my kind of town.
There are many schools,
but out them all,
I’ll make my own chances:
Give me The Ball.

Preview and then purchase the newly released Alma Mater Vol. 4 below for only $0.99 or for free with Kindle Unlimited along with the other three volumes. And feel free to comment or email me using the “Contact Author” page on this site to assist in selecting the pieces for the Best of Alma Mater series released March 3, 2018.

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BOAM Nominee #5: Ball State

On March 3, 2018, I will release The Best of Alma Mater, and I will need some help in selecting the crème de la crème. The best way you can assist in doing so would be to purchase each of the four Alma Mater volumes – Midwest, Northeast, West, and South, each docked at $0.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers. Because the more pieces from the series you read, the more qualified you are to state whether or not a piece belongs in the “Best of.”

There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is now, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. So feel free to provide feedback either in the comments or, preferably, through my contact link, to let me know why a piece should be left out….or if you think a piece is a must-add, those comments are especially welcome. For the sake of selecting the best piece possible for this collection, if there is any piece that you feel could be omitted, please do not be afraid to add your feedback and it will be considered constructive criticism for the betterment of the piece. I am trying to put together the best representation of the series possible, so I do not mind being told that I could do without a piece either here in the comments through in the “Contact Author” page. On the flip side, when I say a piece is currently not planned to be included, also feel free to tell me that I’m crazy and that it’s a must include.

With today’s piece, I present to you the very first “party piece” of the series. When I thought to write this series, I knew, especially based on the poetry I had published prior to this project, that I wouldn’t be afraid to do it my own way. I wouldn’t be afraid to be unconventional and create pieces that really express what “really needs to be expressed.” And as we all know, the party life at universities is a part of the college life, and this is the first piece that fully embraces that truth. Yes, Ball State University is a party school, and buddy, they ball hard….and this piece, if I may say so myself, GOES hard. Welcome to the party….the first piece of the “college party” of many in the Alma Mater collection.

“Them boys ask too many questions – Letterman.”

*Ball State*

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State,
Made it to Muncie, Indy,
Now Let’s Celebrate!

We Ball Hard—
All State.
In Muncie you’re in good hands—
Allstate.
We Ball Hard—
Party Late.
Ball Hard—
Talkin’
’bout
Ball State.

The home of the Ball Brothers,
We’re all brothers,
We All in the Family—
Sally Struthers.
The Indy Party Scene—We Define,
The concept of parties—redefined,
We even drink before finals:
We’ll be fine.
Open containers—
Toss away the fines.

Ball State rolls deep—
Like, “Any takers?”
We ride like a Lamborghini,
Ya’ll stuck in Studebakers.

Show up to the party like,
“Yeah, this here is the party life.”
Drink hardy
at
a Delta party then
House parties—we goin’ HAM tonight.
Man, these parties are gonna SLAM tonight:
New York, Carson, Dill Street,
The Chug, then drinkin’
on Dick Street…
Yeah, Ball’s on Dick’s,
He.He.

Cops want to take our rights,
We fight back,
We keep the Ball filled with liquor
Now it’s ’bout to crack.
We not afraid of cops—
In this neighborhood,
Think they can stop this party?
Yah, they wish they could….

Damn!
Here come the police!
Later, Man!
Them boys ask too many questions—
Letterman.

We Party Hard—
This Ball State.
Ball Hard—
Party Late.
We Ball Hard—
At Ball State.
Got out on bail!
Time to celebrate!

We had some Jäger’ in the trunk—
We
got it crunk,
Show up to Late Night—
Already Drunk.

Then we can party safe:
Alcohol Free,
But everyone can see—
We alcohol freed.

I’m feelin’ Free—
in Middletown.
This school’s for me—
It’s my kind of town.
There are many schools,
but out them all,
I’ll make my own chances:
Give me The Ball.

Preview and then purchase the newly released Alma Mater Vol. 4 below for only $0.99 or for free with Kindle Unlimited along with the other three volumes. And feel free to comment or email me using the “Contact Author” page on this site to assist in selecting the pieces for the Best of Alma Mater series released March 3, 2018.

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Best of Alma Mater Nominees to Resume Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, I will continue to share the nominees for poems that are being considered for the Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. Now is the perfect time to begin following the series and help determine which pieces will make the final cut! The nominees are being revealed in the order they appeared in the series, so start reading Vol. 1 now and predict which piece will be next following Wednesday’s nominee, The University of Purdue!

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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Best of Alma Mater Nominees to Resume Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, I will continue to share the nominees for poems that are being considered for the Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. Now is the perfect time to begin following the series and help determine which pieces will make the final cut! The nominees are being revealed in the order they appeared in the series, so start reading Vol. 1 now and predict which piece will be next following Wednesday’s nominee, The University of Purdue!

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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Best of Alma Mater Nominees to Resume Monday!

On Monday, I will continue to share the nominees for poems that are being considered for the Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. Now is the perfect time to begin following the series and help determine which pieces will make the final cut! The nominees are being revealed in the order they appeared in the series, so start reading Vol. 1 now and predict which piece will be next following Wednesday’s nominee, The University of Purdue!

The final volume of the series: Alma Mater Volume 4: The South was just released this past spring, and now I am assembling a Best of Alma Mater collection due out next year. There were a total of 400 poems in the Alma Mater series, 100 from each volume: The Midwest, Northeast, West, and South. As it is currently, the list sits at roughly 120 poems that will appear in the “Best of.” Ideally, I would like to cut it down to 100. That’s where you come in. I will be sharing each of the nominees slowly through the next several months, and each nominee is going in chronological order of how they appear in the series.

I have already begun sharing the nominees from the Midwest, and the first four nominees that are currently published on my site are: The University of Chicago, Illinois Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue University….with these pieces appearing in that order in the first volume of the series. Now is the perfect time to purchase the Alma Mater series and predict which piece will be next. And in doing so, this also would empower you to lobby for a piece that I may not have even nominated. By revealing nominees in the chronological order that they originally appeared in the series makes this series, as well as this “Best of” project, even more interactive, as you have a voice in what will be the final publication of the Alma Mater series: The Best of Alma Mater.

So what are you waiting for? You can purchase the entire series below for only $3.96, or read them all for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. And to view the first four nominees and provide some insight, please feel free to visit this full website. Below, you can find the link to the entire four-volume collection. And stay tuned for the fifth nominee which will be released this week! And while you wait, go ahead and keep up with the poems in Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest, and predict which poem you think will be nominated next after today’s nominee: The University of Purdue!

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