Hard not to be impressed by Butler lately. Its new Schrott Center for the Arts is a nifty, state-of-the-art theater that's just the right size for productions that would've felt oversized by Clowes Hall. Its authors' series continues to bring in some of the best and brightest across poetry and prose, some of whom end up stopping by the Efryomson Center for Creative Writing for an in-depth workshop or additional talk. And the Center for Urban Ecology is showing how public/academic partnerships can end up benefitting both students and the city at large. And while Brad Stevens may have departed, we're pretty sure Butler basketball will remain competitive and nationally renowned.
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