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‘Cat in the Stacks: Five Lessons from ‘The Force Awakens’

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I’m Michelle Callaghan, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our 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.


Our #FalveyForce finals event from last semester may be long over, but Star Wars fever never dies. Since we didn’t have much Force Awakens knowledge to incorporate in our event last year (given the film had yet to premiere), I present to you one more addition to our Star Wars excitement:

Five Lessons for Students
from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Never be afraid to refuse to do something you disagree with.

Finn abandoned the First Order. Finn is awesome. Be like Finn. Say no to the things you don’t want to say yes to. How can you be more like Finn as a student? Speak up! If you disagree with an opinion in class, find a way to make your position known. Your life is yours and your brain is yours. There is no point in going with the flow if the flow isn’t going with you.

Bad circumstances don’t have to mean a bad you.

Star Wars The Force Awakens promotional posterRey hasn’t had the easiest life. She’s a pretty good scavenger, sure, but it seems like she never gets enough portions for all the work she does. And yet, she’s so hopeful and so strong anyway. Sure, you might be swamped. Studying piles up fast. Sleep deprivation is real. But at least you have more to eat than inflatable green bread, eh? Be like Rey.

But don’t be like Kylo Ren, because…

…your temper tantrums are freaking everyone out.

Seriously, relax. Some things aren’t going to go your way. You don’t have to go about smashing and slicing things with your really cool tri-saber. Honestly, you’re just embarrassing yourself.

Stop it, Kylo.

Stop.

Go watch a kitten video.

What you’re running from will catch up to you.

Whether you think you made a huge mistake and exiled yourself into isolation and hiding, or you’re trying to ignore the clear signs from the Force that you are meant to save the galaxy, whatever you’re trying to put off will inevitably find its way back to you. Face it and get it done.

Just because you’re not Han Solo doesn’t mean you can’t fly the Millennium Falcon.

Look, some people are really awesome at some things. Some people really get it right. You might think you’re not destined for greatness because you’re trying to compare yourself to what came before you, but that’s useless. Work hard and be the best you that you can be – because Rey looked perfect in that pilot’s chair even after forty years of Han Solo.

Official film poster via starwars.com


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: What did you do to survive winter storm Jonas?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What did you do to survive winter storm Jonas?

Villanova student Sarah HannanSarah Hannan—“I hung out with all my friends in our dorm and ordered lots of food because not much was open on campus.”

 

Villanova student Justin Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Graham—“I mostly stayed in my dorm. I just did work … until it stopped snowing, I stayed in. I went out a little bit, out playing—it wasn’t that bad.”

 

Villanova student Jacquelyn Korka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Korka—“My friends and I just stayed in. I think we watched, in one day, five movies. We walked to 7‑Eleven, and we bought chips and dip. We did that the entire day; we just lay around and watched movies.”

 

Villanova student Erin Johnson

 

 

 

 

Erin Johnson—“I stayed inside and I watched movies all day. And then my roommates and I had to go outside and shovel our driveway, which wasn’t fun. But we made it out; it’s OK.”

 

Villanova student Glenn Hammer

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Hammer—“I stayed inside. When I went outside, I bundled up; that is what I did. I played some snow football, too.”

 

Villanova student Brendan Gorman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brendan Gorman—“I mostly stayed inside and got some work done. And I watched Netflix and hung out with friends.”


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/1)

  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2016
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


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David Bowie – An Avid Reader

 

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David Bowie—iconic English singer, songwriter and musician whose career spanned nearly 50 years—died on January 10 at age 69. During his lifetime he sold approximately 140,000,000 records. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Something not well known about Bowie: he was an avid reader, sometimes finishing a book in a single day. His literary tastes were wide-ranging; a list of Bowie’s 100 favorite books includes such classics as Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and The Illiad by Homer, novels such as A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman, and a wide variety of nonfiction works: history, biography, art, architecture and more. The list of Bowie’s 100 favorite books was compiled by Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes, curators of the exhibit, “David Bowie Is,” held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013. While the full list is too long for this blog post, I am providing a random selection of books from Bowie’s list—fiction and nonfiction—that are part of Falvey’s collection. How many of these have you read? I’ll confess that I’ve read only a few of Bowie’s favorites although I am also an avid reader.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

 Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Before the Deluge by Otto Friedrich

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Illiad by Homer

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Beyond the Brillo Box:  The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective by Arthur C. Danto

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

1984 by George Orwell


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The Highlighter: Is the Library Hiring Student Employees?

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This video shows how to find library jobs for student employees:

To access the library’s “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


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The 8:30: Things to know before you go (1/19)

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SAVE THE DATE…

Replacement Parts. The Ethics of Procuring and Replacing Organs in Humans. Friday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 205. Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Arthur L. Caplan, PhD; The Rev. James J. McCartney, OSA; and Daniel P. Reid ‘14 CLAS. Dr. Caplan, an internationally recognized bioethicist, along with co-editors Father McCartney and Reid, will discuss their collection of essays from medicine, philosophy, economics and religion that address the ethical challenges raised by organ transplantation. Questions? Contact: Sally Scholz


Happening @ ‘Nova

Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus this week!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration: 1/19
Join the Center for Peace and Justice Education as they welcome MK Asante as the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Villanova Room. MK Asante is an associate professor of English (Morgan State), author, filmmaker, and rapper. He is most well-known for his best-selling memoir, Buck. Questions? Contact: Sharon Discher

Dispatch from the Climate Summit: 1/19
Hear first-hand about the agreement coming out of December’s Paris Climate Summit. Anthony Giancatarino, Policy Director for the Center for Inclusion in NYC, participated in the Summit and will discuss his experience. This is the first event in a series titled “Care for our Common Home: Multi-faith Views on Climate Justice.” The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 12:45-2 p.m., St. Rita Community Center. A light Lunch provided – RSVP to julia.sheetz@villanova.edu Questions? Contact: Julia Sheetz

Spring Career Fairs: 2/2 & 2/3
The Career Center is hosting the 2016 Spring Career Fairs on 2/2 and 2/3. Tuesday, Feb. 2: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Communication, Marketing & Media; Tuesday, Feb. 2: 3–6 p.m. Finance, Accounting & Consulting; Wednesday, Feb. 3: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Engineering, Science, & Technology. All fairs are held in The Villanova Room. Questions? Contact: Sheila Doherty


What Could Be Better Than Two New Printers?

Three new printers have replaced the two public printers on Falvey’s first floor. Although the new printers are smaller than the previous ones, their speed is about the same. Most importantly, three machines provide a much greater capacity.

If a printer needs paper, has an error message, has a paper jam, or has any other problem, please notify the Service Desk Supervisor.

Falvey staff received specialized training from the supplier on how to service these new machines. Having only trained personnel service the printers will ensure that repairs are accurate and quick and that the printers will avoid chronic problems in the future.

Library staff welcome this improvement to our services and remain committed to your success!


PICTURES FOR DAYS

Do you like images? How about high quality, copyright-free images? Do you want them right now!? Check out what the New York Public Library has to offer. Spoiler alert: they have 180,000 high resolution images in public domain easily accessible from their website, featuring items from their New York City collection, historical maps, illustrations, texts – “just go forth and reuse!” they say. You can check out Walt Whitman’s manuscript, medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and 19th-20th century stereoscopic views.


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DID YOU KNOW you could be the one who names the next neologism?

With the new year come lists, especially lists of new words or terms. The Oxford English Dictionary documents words added in 2015, such as phablet, waybread, and “the bank of mom and dad.”

From across the pond, Cambridge Dictionaries Online includes the following from 2015:
digital amnesia (“the inability to remember basic things, such as telephone numbers, dates, etc. as a result of over-reliance on mobile phones, the Internet etc. for storing information”),
fitspo (“informal short for ‘fitspiration’; the inspiration to get fit and strong”) and
simulator sickness (“a nauseous feeling caused by moving your head too fast while playing a virtual reality, simulation, game”).

Banished words?—Perhaps calling them “overused” would be more accurate. Lake Superior State University in Michigan publishes a list of words and phrases that should be retired, including manspreading, physicality and “break the internet.”

Whether you’re a logophile, a neophile or just a curious person, you’ll be entertained by these lists of latecomers to our lexicon.


birth of the intellectualsNEW MEDIA NEWS

“Who exactly are the ‘intellectuals’?” Human beings have possessed an intelligence beyond that of animals for millions of years. So what separates the intellectuals from the rest of humanity? According to the author of Birth of the Intellectuals, Christophe Charle, the term came into use with the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal in France that divided the country for more than 50 years, and “signified a cultural and political vanguard who dared to challenge the status quo.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Poet and author Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Perhaps you are familiar with “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” or “The Fall of the House of Usher.” He is known for his dark, mysterious, and sometimes macabre stories. Did you know there is an Edgar Allan Poe museum in Richmond, Virginia?

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“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door—

“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—

Only this and nothing more.”

from “The Raven”

 


Have an excellent day! Feel free to comment your thoughts and ideas for future editions of The 8:30 below.


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Villanova Basketball Alum’s MLK Artifact

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Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To this day the speech is a key piece of oration for the Civil Rights movement. Like every great orator, MLK had some prepared speech notes for his address — notes that actually did not include the famous “I have a dream” section (which was spun on the spot from the heart) — but he did not keep them. What happened to those notes, you ask?

They came into the possession of Villanova alum and College Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling, class of 1960.

ravelingGeorge Raveling, 10th on Villanova’s all-time rebounding list and the second ever black basketball player at Villanova, was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was not only a talented college basketball player, but also went on to be an inspiring coach. He got his coaching start as a part-time assistant to Villanova coach Jack Kraft and later went on to coach full-time for Washington State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California. Since retiring from coaching, Raveling has worked as Director for International Basketball for Nike.

So how did Raveling become the proud keeper of MLK’s speech notes? Raveling and his good friend Warren Wilson were only young men when they decided to go to Washington D.C. for the march in 1963. They were approached by one of the march’s organizers and asked to provide security–and they agreed. Raveling wound up just a few feet from MLK on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was enthralled by MLK and his message of equality and civil rights. After the speech concluded and the crowd on the steps moved to disperse, he simply asked King, “Can I have that?”

And so they became his.

The notes have since been museum-treated and framed and are stored in a vault for safe-keeping. Raveling does not want to ever sell them, but is interested in their public display; he is currently in talks with various educational and museum groups.

You can read the full Sports Illustrated article on George Raveling and the MLK speech notes here. USA Today also covered the story. To learn more about Raveling’s induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, check out this article via VU Hoops.


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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Martin Luther King, Jr. at Villanova University, January 20, 1965

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In commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (January 18, 2016), the Rev. Dennis Gallagher, OSA, PhD, University archivist, collaborated with Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communication and Service Promotion team leader, to create this exhibit, “Martin Luther King, Jr., at Villanova University, January 20, 1965.” The exhibit fills two cases and features materials from the University Archives which are located in Falvey Memorial Library. All materials were selected by Father Gallagher; he also wrote the captions that accompany the objects. Quinn created the graphics and arranged the exhibit.

The first case displays two large black and white photographs from Martin Luther King’s visit to Villanova on January 20, 1965, and a typewritten copy of the speech he delivered that day. Father Gallagher describes the first photograph thus, “Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner gives an address at Villanova on January 20, 1965.” The second photograph shows the Reverend John A. Klekotka, OSA, University president, Dr. King and Thomas J. Furst, student body president. In the center is the manuscript of King’s talk, “Challenges of the New Age.” This copy of the speech was donated to the Villanova University Archives by Thomas Bruderle in 2015. Dr. King’s speech was part of the Villanova Forum Series.

Three objects fill the second case: a 1965 Belle Air yearbook, a Villanova pennant containing an image of the Wildcat, and a January 8, 1965 issue of the Villanovan newspaper. The yearbook is opened to display four photographs of Dr. King as he gave his speech. The bound volume of the Villanovan (vol. 40, no. 11, p. 1, Jan. 8, 1965) shows the feature story, “Forum Features Dr. Martin Luther King,” and his photograph.


Dig Deeper

If this small exhibit whets your curiosity, Falvey has a multitude of books for you. The sources listed below represent just a small part of the library’s holdings.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of a Mind (1982) John J. Ansbro.

Martin Luther King  (2010) Godfrey Hodgson.

The Speeches of Martin Luther King  (Video) (1988) Martin Luther King.

My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. (1994) Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King’s wife).

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) Martin Luther King.

King:  A Biography (2012) David L. Lewis.

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: Have you made any new-semester resolutions?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Have you made any new-semester resolutions?

Janine Rosario—“Yes … to get a new society that I’m trying to start at Villanova established, called the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (shpe.org). I’m currently in the process with that, and hopefully at the end of the semester it will be settled and established.”

RS10991_DSC_0587-scrAusten Jones—“Not procrastinating as much as I did last semester—getting behind writing papers: that’s my biggest one. Plus, in my personal life, finding time to exercise everyday”

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Michael Danovich—“I’d like to take advantage of my breaks during the day and get ahead on some work. Last semester I had no time during my day; it was all front loaded. This semester I can spread it out, and I can get work done after my classes and before my next classes start.”

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Sarah Moxham—“I’m a transfer student, so my resolution is to get involved with everything I can—to make up for lost time. I definitely want to be a part of service; service is really big here. I’ve never been a part of it, but it’s something I want to do.”

 

 

 

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Erica McGaurn—“Last year I had a lot; the volume of information in my classes increased a lot. So this semester I’m trying to do a little bit every day for each of my classes, and less procrastinating, even if it’s just 15 to 20 minutes per day studying what we did in class.”

 

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Abdiel Bourne—“I will keep up with my reading more, especially going through the semester, keeping up with reading as much as I do in the beginning.”


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The Highlighter: Have You Discovered Your Virtual Book Bag?

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This video shows how to create a temporary list of books, without having to log in, which can then be saved, emailed, exported or printed:


For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


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