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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/12)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC is always accepting new members. Open to all. Come join in for games and fun. Questions? Contact: Matthew Pasquale 

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Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award: 2/15
The Center for Peace and Justice Education is pleased to announce General Roméo Dallaire as the 2015 Adela Dwyer/St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award recipient. His lecture “Are All Humans Human?” will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Villanova room. General Dallaire commanded the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. His courage and leadership during this ill-fated mission have earned him recognition, affection, and admiration from around the globe. In recent years he has turned his attention to the use of child soldiers. General Dallaire will receive the 2015 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award for his work to raise awareness about and eradicate the use of children as weapons of war. Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher

Jummah (Muslim) Prayer: Fridays on Campus
Jummah is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold on Friday afternoons; beginning this semester, prayers will take place weekly on campus. Muslims and non-Muslims are welcome to attend. Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Campus Ministry. Questions? Contact: Julia Sheetz

Annual Faith and Reason Lecture: 2/16
The Department of Humanities Presents, the 2016 Faith and Reason Lecture, titled “By the Renewal Of Your Mind: How to Practice Your Education in Everyday Life.” Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hughes, Chair, Department of Humanities; Associate Professor, Department of Theology. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall, room 1011 Refreshments will be provided after the lecture in the Bartley Atrium. Questions? Contact: Luisa Ruggieri


excellent daughtersNEW MEDIA NEWS

The author of Excellent Daughters, Katherine Zoepf, has “lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East. There were only children and married women. Today, young Arab women outnumber men in universities, and a few are beginning to face down religious and social tradition in order to live independently, to delay marriage, and to pursue professional goals.” How does this compare to the experience of young women in the United States or in Third World countries?


This Week in Villanova History. A wish for spring and looking towards Valentine’s Day, this selection seemed appropriate.

 “Arbutus,” a poem by John I. Whelen, ’95 [1895]. “A sprig of the trailing arbutus/Its flower a tint of the rose;/Sweet harbinger of the springtime,/Growing beneath the snows./ … I bring thee the blossom beloved,/That the blush of its bloom may impart/The story of fondest affection/I hold for thee deep in my heart;/ … Forever my love will endure. …” The Villanova Monthly, Vol.V, No. 2 (Feb. 1897), p. 77. Bound volumes are housed in the University Archives.


GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DETECTED!

Did you hear the big astronomy news? Scientists and astronomers have officially detected gravitational waves: “Einstein in 1916 proposed the existence of gravitational waves as an outgrowth of his ground-breaking general theory of relativity, which depicted gravity as a distortion of space and time triggered by the presence of matter. Until now scientists had found only indirect evidence of their existence, beginning in the 1970s” [source – read more!]. The discovery, which has researchers absolutely excited, should have a big impact on how us wee humans study the universe from here on out. Be sure to read up on the discovery – there are colliding black holes and everything! Move over, J.J. Abrams.

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Black History Month

Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was an American civil aviator who stopped at nothing to achieve her dream of piloting. While Coleman was working in a barbershop in Chicago, she heard many stories about flying in WWI from her veteran patrons. Unfortunately, at the time, no American flight school would accept Coleman, and not even black U.S. aviators would train her. Determined to follow through with her dream to fly, Coleman learned French and went to Paris to learn to pilot. She became the first African American female pilot and the first Native American woman to hold an aviation license. She was also the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to obtain an international aviation license.

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“I refused to take no for an answer.” – Bessie Coleman


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/11)

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2016 Literary Festival featuring Daniel Torday. 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Reading and talk given by Daniel Torday, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Daniel Torday is the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and an Amazon.com Best Debuts of 2015. His novella,The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, n+1, The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily and Tin House. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review. He is Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College. At the event, Torday will read from his most recent novel The Last Flight of Poxl West. Questions? Contact: Alan Drew

Digital Scholarship Brown Bag Conversation. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 205. Digital scholarship (formerly ‘digital humanities’) is one of the most prominent trends in the humanities and social sciences in recent years. What is it exactly, and what does it mean for research and teaching at Villanova? Bring your lunch and your ideas for a conversation with Library staff about the state of the art of digital scholarship on campus. Coffee and tea will be provided. Drop in and out anytime. Questions? Contact: Nik Fogle


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

Residence Life Blood Drive: Today!
There is currently a critical shortage of blood products and you can help out by donating on Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall. Make your appointment today at www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: villanovareslife
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Liberato

Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award: 2/15
The Center for Peace and Justice Education is pleased to announce General Roméo Dallaire as the 2015 Adela Dwyer/St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award recipient. His lecture “Are All Humans Human?” will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Villanova room. General Dallaire commanded the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. His courage and leadership during this ill-fated mission have earned him recognition, affection, and admiration from around the globe. In recent years he has turned his attention to the use of child soldiers. General Dallaire will receive the 2015 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award for his work to raise awareness about and eradicate the use of children as weapons of war. Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher

Centering Prayer – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Our gathering times for the spring semester are Wednesdays 8:30-9 a.m. & Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-1:15 p.m. in the St. Rita Hall Community Room. Centering prayer is space for quiet, meditative prayer that cultivates a place of rest and attentive presence in the midst of our busy and distracted lives. We gather in a small group and sit quietly together. No previous experience with centering prayer or meditation is necessary. Questions? Contact: John P. Edwards


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It might be hard to decide which book you want to browse first, Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites or The Rise of Tea Culture in China. As the publisher (of both books) notes, “food is such a friendly topic that it’s often thought of as a “hook” for engaging visitors to museums and historic sites.” Interpreting Food by Michelle Moon certainly hooked us into taking a second look. And tea connoisseurs might be drawn to the book by Bret Hinsch that dispels stereotypes about the culture and meaning of drinking tea in China. Either book you choose could whet your appetite for the other.


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Feelin’ springtime vibes yet? Check out our throwback pic from the 1958 Villanova Yearbook. Students enjoyed a lively  game of horseshoes in Mendel Field.

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Caption from the 1958 Villanova University yearbook, Mendel field, horeshoe game


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was an American author who challenged the status quo in the science fiction writers’ world as a female and as an African American. Her novels engaged “elements of science fiction and African American spiritualism” [source]. She was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacAuthor Fellowship, and received many Hugo and Nebula awards. You can find Butler’s novels, including Kindred, Parable of the Sower, Dawn: Xenogenesis, and Fledging, among other writings, in our collection.

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“Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and, if we’re as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned.” – Octavia E. Butler

Photograph by Joshua Trujillo/AP


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The Curious ‘Cat: What is your favorite St. Valentine’s Day story or memory?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What is your favorite St. Valentine’s Day story or memory?”

Elizabeth O’Brien—“My mom mailed me a package, and it’s my first year away from home, so I hope this will be it.”

RS11279_DSC_0595-scrAlex Pereira—“getting candy when you were younger … go to school, they had the candy bags and stuff that you’d get. I always looked forward to that.”

 

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Jacqueline Townshend—“A few years ago my parents and I were in Seattle, and we all went out, got dinner and ate lots of cupcakes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS11285_DSC_0601-scrAdam A. Butchy—“This may be a little childish, but part of my favorite thing growing up was making those little ridiculous Valentine’s Day cards that you used to give out to people in grade school. Everybody would have a little cubby, and you would write it and give everybody a little candy and a card. It was a nice way to show who you were friends with and just being nice to everyone in class.”

 

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Jenna Coyne—“Every year I get a bunch of chocolates and candy, little presents from my parents. That’s probably my favorite one.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Messina—“One year I went to an event when I was an undergrad, playing beer games or something.”


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/10)

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SAVE THE DATE…

Tomorrow! Digital Scholarship Brown Bag Conversation. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 205. Digital scholarship (formerly ‘digital humanities’) is one of the most prominent trends in the humanities and social sciences in recent years. What is it exactly, and what does it mean for research and teaching at Villanova? Bring your lunch and your ideas for a conversation with Library staff about the state of the art of digital scholarship on campus. Coffee and tea will be provided. Drop in and out anytime. Questions? Contact: Nik Fogle


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

CFAP Society Philadelphia Suburban Special Event: Today!
Wednesday, Feb. 10 5 p.m. VSB’s Finance Department is partnering with CFA Society Philadelphia for a suburban special event – “The Evolving Role of Large Institutional Investors in Reshaping Modem Markets”. Come to hear our panel of experts debate the impact that large institutional investors have on the debt and equity marketplaces. Questions? Contact: Angela Layne

Residence Life Blood Drive: 2/11
There is currently a critical shortage of blood products and you can help out by donating on Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall. Make your appointment today at www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: villanovareslife
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Liberato

Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award: 2/15
The Center for Peace and Justice Education is pleased to announce General Roméo Dallaire as the 2015 Adela Dwyer/St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award recipient. His lecture “Are All Humans Human?” will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Villanova room. Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher

 


chappieNEW MEDIA NEWS

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

 


This Week in Villanova History. Actually, it is once again “this month,” but given the recent weather, this clipping seems appropriate. “Delightful Outing:  Rev. Father Geraghty, OSA, rector of the Mission band, prior to setting out on an extended missionary tour, kindly tendered the novices a very enjoyable sleigh ride, followed by a dainty supper…” The group traveled in a sleigh named “Bryn Mawr,” pulled by four horses, and it took them three hours to reach the Indian Rock Hotel in Fairmount Park where they ate supper. They returned to Villanova after riding through Conshohocken. The Villanova Monthly, Vol.V, No. 2 (Feb. 1897), p. 93. Bound volumes are housed is the University Archives.

Geraghty Hall is named for the Rev. Martin J. Geraghty (1867-1914), OSA, DD, who served as the Provincial for three terms and raised funds for the construction of the current St. Rita Hall.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ava DuVernay, born in Long Beach, California in 1972, became the first African American female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe in 2015. She is famous for her film Selma, which focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in equal voting rights, particularly highlighting the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. In addition to her Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, DuVernay also became the first African American female director to have a film nominated for an Academy Award when Selma was nominated for Best Picture.

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“If you’re doing something outside of dominant culture, there’s not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.” – Ava DuVernay


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/9)

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Phi Sigma Pi Table Fundraiser: Win a Bae Basket for Valentine’s Day! First floor entrance area from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Questions? Contact: Lauren Kloss

Agape Latte. 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. Questions? Contact: Alicia Dunphy-Culp


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2016 Literary Festival featuring Daniel Torday. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Daniel Torday is the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and an Amazon.com Best Debuts of 2015. His novella,The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, n+1, The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily and Tin House. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review. He is Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College. At the event, Torday will read from his most recent novel The Last Flight of Poxl West. Questions? Contact: Alan Drew

 


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

CFAP Society Philadelphia Suburban Special Event: 2/10
Wednesday, Feb. 10 5 p.m. VSB’s Finance Department is partnering with CFA Society Philadelphia for a suburban special event – “The Evolving Role of Large Institutional Investors in Reshaping Modem Markets”. Come to hear our panel of experts debate the impact that large institutional investors have on the debt and equity marketplaces. Questions? Contact: Angela Layne

Residence Life Blood Drive: 2/11
There is currently a critical shortage of blood products and you can help out by donating on Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall. Make your appointment today at www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: villanovareslife
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Liberato

Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award: 2/15
The Center for Peace and Justice Education is pleased to announce General Roméo Dallaire as the 2015 Adela Dwyer/St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award recipient. His lecture “Are All Humans Human?” will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Villanova room. General Dallaire commanded the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. His courage and leadership during this ill-fated mission have earned him recognition, affection, and admiration from around the globe. In recent years he has turned his attention to the use of child soldiers. General Dallaire will receive the 2015 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award for his work to raise awareness about and eradicate the use of children as weapons of war. Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher


UNPRINTABLE FICTION

Have you heard of the new e-book experiments in designing unprintable fiction? A fascinating challenge to reading in the new millennium, unprintable fiction is quite literally stories that cannot be printed, for they use choice-making and physical location and other such technology-dependent methods of storytelling and narrative progression. Since new stats suggest that 92% of students prefer print books to e-books, the unprintable fiction initiative is surely a way to maximize the creative potential, and not the redundancy, of digitalized literature.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

The first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was a Chicagoan poet with a prolific bibliography. A child poet turned university poetry professor, Brooks was not only the first black Pulitzer winner, but also the first black woman to serve as poetry consultant for the Library of Congress. You can find a dozen and a half holdings by Brooks (and even more about Brooks!) in our collection today.

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“A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

image from poetryfoundation.com


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ICYMI: 2015 | A Year in Photos

A whole year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. It’s already the second month of a new one! You know, there’s something about academic institutions that seems to make years go by even faster than usual. Perhaps it’s seeing young faces leave as educated adults every year, or perhaps it’s the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun” proving true. Well, we’ve certainly have had fun here at Falvey. In case you missed it, here’s just but a wee sampling of good memories and good times with good people in 2015!

The photographs below give you a look at some of the numerous events held in Falvey, ranging from the celebration of the Rev. Dennis Gallagher’s 50th anniversary as an Augustinian priest and Bill Greene’s 40th anniversary as a Falvey employee through a variety of other activities and the annual decoration of the library Christmas tree. As you can see Falvey is a busy place, hosting or cohosting numerous events such as the Reading Villanova series, a visit from the One Book Villanova’s author,  a March Madness Bracketology, the annual Falvey Scholars program and a December Star Wars-themed Stress Busters afternoon with visits from Darth Vader, Han Solo and Will D. Cat. Special Collections created several exhibits including one commemorating the centennial of the sinking of the Lusitania in addition to those pictured. And we welcomed a new Library Director, Millicent Gaskell.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/8)

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SAVE THE DATE…

Digital Scholarship Brown Bag Conversation. Thursday, 2/11 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 205. Digital scholarship (formerly ‘digital humanities’) is one of the most prominent trends in the humanities and social sciences in recent years. What is it exactly, and what does it mean for research and teaching at Villanova? Bring your lunch and your ideas for a conversation with Library staff about the state of the art of digital scholarship on campus. Coffee and tea will be provided. Drop in and out anytime. Questions? Contact: Nik Fogle


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

6th Annual Spotlight on Leadership w/ Dr. Darryl Ford: Today!
The Office of Student Involvement invites you to attend the 6th Annual Spotlight On Leadership themed, “Servant Leadership in the Augustinian Tradition,” with Darryl Ford, PhD. Class groups are welcome to attend this ACS APPROVED event. 4:30 p.m., in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center. Student, faculty and staff tickets are free; however, registration is required at www.villanovatix.com Questions? Contact: DeVon Jackson

CFAP Society Philadelphia Suburban Special Event: 2/10
Wednesday, Feb. 10 5 p.m. VSB’s Finance Department is partnering with CFA Society Philadelphia for a suburban special event – “The Evolving Role of Large Institutional Investors in Reshaping Modem Markets”. Come to hear our panel of experts debate the impact that large institutional investors have on the debt and equity marketplaces. Questions? Contact: Angela Layne

Residence Life Blood Drive: 2/11
There is currently a critical shortage of blood products and you can help out by donating on Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall. Make your appointment today at www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: villanovareslife
Questions? Contact: Jennifer Liberato


VILLANOVA HISTORY FROM THE ARCHIVES…
“Anent the Library:  The reading-room [not the current Falvey Hall/Old Falvey reading room] with its choice collection of standard works is certainly an alluring spot at the present time, still its frequenters show a decided inclination to ignore the contents of its well-filled cases and eagerly devour the columns of current papers and magazines. This is wrong. …” [A wee bit judgmental, aren’t we?] The Villanova Monthly, Vol.V, No. 2 (Feb. 1897), p. 58. Bound volumes are housed is the University Archives.


YOU WANNA BE IVY LEAGUE?

Well, you can come pretty close now that comparative collegiate reading lists are at your disposal. As Sparky Sweets, PhD of “Thug Notes” says, “Save a few hundred g’s and hit up that library, son!” The Open Syllabus Explorer will tell you what those Ivy League kids are reading and I promise you, we have them all here at Falvey.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Black History Month

Amelia Boynton Robinson was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in Selma, Alabama. She was a champion for African American voting rights and was the first black woman to run for Alabama congress. In March of 1965, Boynton participated in the infamous Bloody Sunday protest, a demonstration that led to violent suppression but brought the Civil Rights movement to national attention. If you are a filmgoer, you might already know that Boynton is played by actress Lorraine Toussaint in the 2014 Ava DuVernay film Selma.

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“It’s important that young people know about the struggles we faced to get to the point we are today. Only then will they appreciate the hard-won freedom of blacks in this country.” – Amelia Boynton Robinson

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Four in February, Pt. 1

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


Did you know Falvey Memorial Library houses the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club? You can join Fridays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge of Falvey Memorial Library for some fun. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC is always accepting new members and is open to all!

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What is Four in February? An initiative established by
Mike Suszek of the late video game blog Joystiq, FiF encourages gamers to play four games gathering dust on their digital and/or actual video game shelves. There are no hard and fast rules – the games do not have to be completed, for example, especially if they are huge open world games or MMOs. And mobile games can count, too! For the purposes of this blog, Four in February will consist of four posts on the four Thursdays of the month in the interest of promoting the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club and, more generally, to promote video games as cultural items important to our understanding of interdisciplinary studies.

Last year I wrote about some of the games I was going to attempt to play during FiF, and I’ll say this for myself – I started Never Alone and did manage to complete Dear Esther!  Unfortunately (but also very fortunately) this semester I’m knee-deep in an English thesis using a couple of roleplaying video games as primary texts and those games have priority right now. (Okay, admittedly I’m itching to finish Rise of the Tomb Raider, too.)

But if I had the time to play, I’d want to go with some really literature-esque options this time around – something really library-friendly. Something with a little cultural punch! Here’s my list of candidates (that are gathering dust on my digital Steam shelves)!

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Promotional art via Double Fine Productions

Broken Age
Broken Age is a point and click adventure about two youngins finding their paths in a crazy world. The game plays as an interactive novel. Reviews consider it a “gorgeous, impeccably written adventure.” 

Apotheon
Apotheon is a love song for Greek mythology! An action roleplaying platformer (yeesh, the game world has to work on its genre classifications, TBH), while playing this game you can “Learn a little about Greek Mythology” because “Apotheon tries to stay true to its source material. Read an excerpt from the Iliad about Diomedes before you stick a Xiphos through his Aspis.” [source

The Stanley Parable
An interactive fiction video game, The Stanley Parable is a satirical take on the illusion of choice-making in modern roleplaying video games. It’s very hard to describe this game. I’ve played through it once, so in essence I barely played it, and it’s one I need to get back to for full appreciation. In lieu of a bumbling description from me, I offer you the official one:

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end.

Elegy for a Dead World
Elegy for a Dead World is an exploration game in which players fill out a diary while traversing three worlds based on the writing of poets Keats, Shelley, and and Byron. Yep. You read that right. We’re getting quite literary these days.

Are you a gamer? Comment below with the games you’re burning to play with the free time you lack! Check the blog on Thursdays this month for more gamerly offerings.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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The Curious ‘Cat: If someone donated millions of dollars for the Library …

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Recently alumnus Charles Widger donated $25 Million to the Villanova University School of Law. If someone donated millions of dollars for the Library, what do you think the Library should do with the money?”

RS11265_DSC_0580-scrKristen Post—“Update the building as a whole and add study rooms, more places for people to study, more options and more computers [on the first floor] [Also,] getting more books and finding ways to [provide] more books and programs on computers … For example, students in the business school (and the engineering students) have to [buy computer programs for their courses. I would like the Library to have] computers that already have those programs on them.”

Editor’s note: It is not obvious, but in addition to the 37 PC-based workstations and 4 MAC desktops on the library’s main floor, there’s a computer lab to the rear of Falvey’s first floor that provides 32 additional PC-based workstations.

Maggie Chorlian—“Invest in more computers or more printers. I don’t really know. It’s kind of hard ‘cause I think it has a lot of good – the structure of the Library is really nice as far as visual renovation, which I don’t think we really need any … [We do, however, need] more copy machines … more of those and more printers.”

Editor’s note: The Library does have two photocopiers: one on the first floor and one on the third. In addition, two scanners, capable of sending work to the public printers, are also available on the first floor. 

RS11269_DSC_0584-scrJohn P. Reilly—“I haven’t been in there yet, but I really want to check out Special Collections; I think that’s really interesting. So expanding in that would be really cool. I feel like most people would want study space … Expanding Special Collections would be really cool, and then more study space on the ground floor. Expanding the Library, too, would be nice ‘cause I take out books, multiple books every week.”

 

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Cana Anduze—“Besides getting comfier couches, it would be good if we installed newer computers that ran better. Also, getting a new printer system that wouldn’t disconnect or shut down as much as it does, or malfunction. Besides that, I think everything is pretty good here.”

Editor’s note: Students may not have noticed, because it happened before the start of the spring semester, that the Library replaced its two first-floor public printers with three new printers.RS11273_DSC_0589-scr

Brian King—“Extend the hours, more open space. I noticed, during finals week everything becomes really crowded, so more table space for quiet work. … Maybe name the Library after you, too.”

 

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Mariel Folvik—“There should be a lounge for English majors because all the other majors seem to have someplace they can all go. And then English majors are like, ‘I’ll just go to the Library.’ There isn’t really one place, you know? And if it’s going to be the Library, then why not there?

Also, something with the temperature control on the fourth floor ‘cause it’s either really hot or freezing; there’s no in-between. And as someone who works there, it’s really difficult. It’s like, ‘I need to leave so I can feel my hands again. I’ll be right back.’”


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Window Shopping: Made for You

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The library’s latest window display, “Made for Each Other,” introduces the library’s research support subject librarians using a Valentine’s Day theme of hearts (tiny silver ones, larger pink, red and blackboard-painted hearts), other pinks and reds, and, most appropriate for this winter, touches of artificial snow. Across the top shelf, short stacks of books create a statement, “Books & books & books & books,” followed by “YOU &” plus two panels with photographs of librarians identified by their names and subject areas, that is “You and Your Subject Librarian.”  The next shelf says, “Books & books. #HAPPY VDAY.” The theme continues across the bottom of the window with more books, hearts and information on the various ways one can contact a subject librarian. The window provides important information about subject librarians and a reminder that Valentine’s Day is a February holiday.

This large window exhibit, designed by Joanne Quinn, Communication and Service Promotion team leader and Falvey’s graphic designer, was mounted by Scholarly Outreach graduate assistant, Kallie Stahl. Kyle Bowles and Anne Stankiewicz helped Stahl with the installation.

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Last Modified: February 2, 2016