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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!


Think Tank Meeting. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m in room 204. Falvey Think Tank is an informal group to facilitate discussion, idea-sharing, and play. This group normally meets from 12:30-1:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Please feel free to bring along your lunch and we’ll provide snacks! You do not need to attend the whole hour or come every month — feel free to drop in and out as your schedule permits. Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu

From EndNote to Zotero Workshops. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 204. This workshop will show you how to move your citation library from EndNote to Zotero painlessly and how to find all your old favorite features including merging duplicate records, creating a citation from just a PDF, and inserting citations into a Word document or other work. Bring your own laptop to work along or take home instructions for later. Open to faculty, staff, and students of any level. Questions? Contact:  Robin.Bowles@Villanova.edu

APA Demystified. 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. in room 207. Come learn the basics of citing all types of documents: books, journal articles, and websites. Bring your laptop or Mac and get ready to show APA who’s boss! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions? Contact: barbara.quintiliano@villanova.edu


Earth Day 2015: Panel Discussion on Sustainable Solutions. Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided.

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library. Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.


do-not-disturb-signiOS 6’s new Do Not Disturb feature can be a great help when you’re trying to hunker down and get some work done. You can set it up manually, and all calls and messages are suppressed until you turn it off. But if there’s certain people that you want to be able to get through to you no matter what, you can set up a VIP list (bae, Grandma, your subject librarian, Justin Timberlake, etc.) Simply tap the “Allow Calls From” to allow incoming calls from those you choose. There’s also a “Repeated Calls” setting that allows through anyone who calls you twice within a three minute span – this can cover emergencies situations. For more info, click here. Have you tried it yet? What uses can you think of?

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classical science fictionWhat do Frankenstein and Oedipus Rex have in common with Battlestar Gallactica and The Hunger Games? Read one or more of the fourteen essays in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction to find out how “science fiction, the genre that is perhaps the most characteristic of the modern world, draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, literature, history, and art.”


If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking – Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/7)


Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!


Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review Session. Room 204. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Questions? Contact: Linda.hauck@villanova.edu


2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading & Arthology Celebration. Wednesday, April 22. 12:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free.


Giorgi Japaridze is Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award

Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. The Outstanding Faculty Research Award will be formally conferred at the University’s May 15 Commencement ceremony. In addition, Dr. Japaridze will speak about his research in a public talk at 2 p.m., April 21 in the Falvey Memorial Library Reading Room on campus. The talk is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs.



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The Elite Eight of #NomNomNomatology have been chosen! Be sure to vote for the winningest foods in some intensely delicious match-ups right here, or vote in person at the front desk in Falvey!

April is Poetry Month. Check in daily for new verse!

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314) by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.


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“I Am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections

Laura Bang

Laura Bang

“I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25): An Easter Celebration from Special Collections” is a broadly based exhibit that appeals to viewers on several levels, intellectual and visual. Designed by Laura Bang, Special and Digital Collections curatorial assistant, and mounted by Bang; Michael Foight, Special and Digital Collections coordinator; and Allison Dolbier, intern, the exhibit will remain on display until the end of April. Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer, created posters and other graphics for this exhibit.

In her introduction to the exhibit Bang says, “Easter is considered by many to be the most important observance of the Christian year. … This exhibit highlights some of the materials in Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections that pertain to Easter and spring celebrations.” In the same tall vertical case as Bang’s introduction are two books, Easter Garland by Priscilla Sawyer Lord and The Easter Book of Legends and Stories edited by Alice Isabel Hazeltine, Elva Sophronia Smith and Pamela Bianco.

Easter Garland is open to display two poems. The other book shows a photograph of a young boy dying Easter eggs, and on the opposite page is an article, “Foods of the Easter Season.” At the bottom of this case, a large book, Festivals & Rituals of Spain by Cristina Garcia Rodero and José Manuel Caballero Bonald, is open to a double-page spread, a colorful photograph of purple-robed men wearing tall pointed hats and playing very long horns, part of a Holy Week celebration.

In the adjacent case are four books: The Temple: Sacred Poems & Private Ejaculations, Little Pollys Pomes [sic], Christmas-eve and Easter-day and The Villanova Monthly (1893). The Temple … by George Herbert, a seventeenth century poet, is open to show “Easter Wings,” an example of concrete poetry in which the text forms a shape which is “as important an element as the verses themselves” (Bang). Little Pollys Pomes, written by T. A. Daly in a child’s voice, shows Polly’s poem, “Easter.” Christmas-eve and Easter-day by Robert Browning and The Villanova Monthly both display Easter poems; “He Is Risen” in The Villanova Monthly was written by R. A. G., a Villanova student.

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The Girl’s Own Paper

Popular culture is presented in the next case with issues of Golden Days (1880), The Girl’s Own Paper (March 26, 1898) and The Chicago Ledger (April 9, 1910) each displaying articles and/or poems relating to Easter.

Religious works are shown in the next three cases. In one case are a Biblia Sacra Polyglotta and a Missale Romanum. The large Biblia Sacra Polyglotta, published c.1800, is open to Luke 23-24, the verses telling of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection. Bang explains, “A polyglot book displays side-by-side blocks of the same text in several languages. This edition contains text in Greek, English, Hebrew, Latin Vulgate, German, French, Italian and Old Spanish.”

Missale Romanum (Roman Missal)

Missale Romanum (Roman Missal)

An equally large Missale Romanum (Roman Missal), printed in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1773 is in the same case. A Roman Missal is a liturgical book containing the texts used in the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass. This Missale Romanum is open to pages showing on the left an illustration of the Resurrection and on the right the text for Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day) Mass.

Displayed alone in the next case is a large volume, an open Biblia Latina. The original Biblia Latina, more commonly called the Gutenberg Bible, was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, in the 1450s using movable type, the first important book printed this way. It began the age of printed books; only 48 copies or partial copies of the Gutenberg Bible survive.

The Biblia Latina shown here is a facsimile, one of only 1,000 copies printed in the United States in 1961. This facsimile is open to the beginning of the book of Acts “which describes Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles after his Resurrection …” (Bang). Although the Bible is printed, its colorful decorations continue the tradition of hand-illuminated manuscripts and the colorful decorations on the right-hand page are truly spectacular.


Book of Kells, Christ in Majesty

Three books occupy the final case in this Easter exhibit. Most impressive both in size and illustrations is the Evangelorum Quattuor Codex Cenannensis, the Book of Kells, a facsimile printed in 1950. The original Book of Kells was probably written and decorated c.800 at a monastery at Kells, Ireland. Today it is housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. The Book of Kells, a Hiberno-Saxon manuscript richly illuminated on vellum (calf skin), contains the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It was likely intended to be used at the altar of the monastic church. Special Collections’ facsimile is opened to show two of the many illustrations, a Christ in Majesty framed in elaborate Celtic interlace and a cross carpet page. Cross carpet pages are full-page cross designs without text; this one incorporates eight circles and is filled with Celtic interlace. These two pages are part of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

A much smaller book, The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays Throughout the Year by John Keble, published in 1874, is open to display a sepia-colored Crucifixion on the left and “Good Friday,” a poem on the right. Kehle was a poet and churchman. The third book, by Pacificus Baker, The Lenten Monitor. Of Moral Reflections and Devout Aspirations On the Gospels: For Each Day From Ash-Wednesday to Easter Sunday, is open to “At Blessing of the Palms” and “Reflection.” Baker was an eighteenth century English Minorite friar; this volume was published in 1834.

After a long, bitter cold winter, this exhibit welcomes the Easter season, the beginning of spring. On display are works both sacred and secular. It is an exhibit worth viewing and contemplating.

imagesArticle and photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


A Movable Feast: Why Easter Does Not Occur on a Fixed Date Each Year


Christmas is always December 25 according to the Gregorian calendar (the calendar used by the Western Church), but the date of Easter varies year to year. One holiday celebrates the birth of Christ, the other His Resurrection. If Christmas is a fixed date, wouldn’t it be logical for Easter also to be celebrated on the same date each year?

Easter is considered “a movable feast” (New Catholic Encyclopedia) and Easter’s date also affects other holy days: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent; Palm Sunday; the days of Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – and Pentecost. The earliest date for Easter, March 22, occurred in 1761 and 1818 (I didn’t search further back); it will fall on March 22 again in 2285 and 2353. Easter can be as late as April 25 as happened in 1886 and 1943 and this will occur again in 2038. This year, 2015, Easter is celebrated on April 5.


If you are a techie, you can calculate Easter dates for yourself using Easter Algorithm for a Computer Program . The rest of us can use our calendars.

From the earliest years of Christianity, Easter has been its most important feast, and the date of the observance varied. No one day of the week was associated with Christmas, Christ’s birth day, and by about A.D. 400 the western Church had assigned December 25 as the date for the observation of Christmas. The Easter season, however, did have specific days of the week associated with its events and this contributed to the variety of dates on which Easter was celebrated. Historically, it is believed that Jesus held the Last Supper on the 14th day of Nisan (a Jewish month), the date of Passover. The date of Passover was based upon a lunar calendar and Passover did not always fall on the same day of the week. But for Christians, Christ’s Resurrection occurred on a Sunday and therefore Easter should be celebrated on a Sunday. And this led to conflicts which were resolved by the Council of Nicaea (Council of Nice).

In A.D. 325 the Council of Nicaea (Council of Nice) decreed that Easter should be celebrated by everyone, everywhere, on the same day, Sunday, and “that this Sunday must follow the fourteenth day of the paschal moon; that the moon was to be accounted the paschal moon whose fourteenth day followed the spring equinox; that some provision should be made … for determining the proper date of Easter and communicating it to the rest of the world …”  Further refinements were made in 525 and with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

What are a paschal full moon and a spring equinox?


A paschal full moon is the first full moon after the spring equinox. The spring/March/vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in our hemisphere and the beginning of fall south of the equator. This year it took place on March 20 at 6:45 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). At the equinox the earth is tilted so that the sun’s light lands equally on the northern and southern hemispheres and night and day are approximately the same length. The date of the spring or vernal equinox can be March 19, 20 or 21. On the day of the equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west; for the rest of the year until the fall equinox sunrise and sunset points remain northward.

The date of Easter, therefore, derives from a lunar calendar, and its date can vary annually. For the mathematical formula, see Smith, pp. 24-26. Once the date of Easter is determined, the other dates are calculated: Ash Wednesday, the first Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent (count back six weeks from Easter to the first Sunday of Lent, then go back to the Wednesday before the Sunday); Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are observed in the week immediately before Easter Sunday. Pentecost (also known as Whitsunday) is the 50th day after Easter; it marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and others while they were praying. After receiving the Holy Spirit, the Apostles went forth to preach.

The calculation of the date of Easter and the other holy days associated with it involves a combination of faith and mathematics, but one hopes that the above information helps explain why Easter does not occur on a fixed date each year.

Dig Deeper:

Holy Holidays! The Catholic Origins of Celebration (2011). Greg Tobin.
Passover and Easter: Origin and History to Modern Times (1999). Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman, editors.
“The Date of Easter: A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Villanova University” (1954). Sister Mary Bernita Smith, RSM.
The Regulation of Easter, or the Cause of the Errors and Dfferences [sic] Contracted in the Calculation of It Discover’d and Duly Consider’d. (1735). Henry Wilson.
The Great Cicle [sic] of Easter Containing a Short Rule, to Knowe Yppon [sic] What Day of the Month Easter Day will Fall … (1584). John Pett.



imagesArticle by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. Stock images from INGimage. 


Foto Friday: New Life




Whiteboard art by Joanne Quinn, Team Leader & Graphic Designer Communication & Service Promotion Team

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


Nomnomnomatology: Sweet (Savory) Sixteen

March Madness is marching by and it won’t be long now until our chompians are determined. Sweet Sixteen is upon us! As you’ll see, however, these matchups are a little more savory than sweet. But don’t be salty—Reese’s Cups, Dark Chocolate, Ben and Jerry’s, and Brownies aren’t out of the game yet!

512px-BK-French-FriesFrench Fries vs. Buffalo Chicken Dip
French Fries are storming the court this season. It’s uncertain if anything can slow their roll. Buffalo Chicken Dip, while a most perfect food, just doesn’t have the universal fan base of Fries. Those who love buffalo sauce love it passionately, but French Fries have the chance to go all the way. I give this round to Fries.

PopcornPopcorn vs. Chips and Dip
Chips and Dip made a surprising one point win over Chips and Salsa last week, but that doesn’t mean they’re coming into this round underpowered. Still, Popcorn and all of its happy movie theater memories are a force to be reckoned with. Chips and Dip has the allure of mystery that might work in its favor—what kind of chips? What kind of dip? Still, Popcorn is the cinema and party food darling. Popcorn for the win.

Childhood_Favorite_Boxed_Mac_&_Cheese_(3387828736)Mac and Cheese vs. Mashed Potatoes
Comfort, comfort, comfort. These players are matched in their strengths as home cooked happiness. I’m sure it’ll be an extremely close vote. I’m almost hesitant to make a prediction; frankly, the match can go either way. Both have shown up for the past two weeks and have shown up big. With an eye to the cheese lovers, I’ll give the match to Mac, but won’t be surprised to be proven wrong.

Chocolate_-_stonesoupSushi vs. Dark Chocolate
This choice is ridiculous levels of hard. Dark cocoa goodness melts in your mouth, rich and warm, like a nice-smelling hug … on your tongue. Sushi, especially if we’re talking the sushi from Sushi Land on Lancaster Avenue (I’m obsessed), is masterful. The two aren’t even remotely similar in strengths, which should make it a wild round. Again, while I wouldn’t be surprised to be proven wrong, I want to wager for Dark Chocolate and only, only because of the sizable portion of the population that despises raw fish. (I’m sorry, sushi – we can still be friends!)

Is your stomach rumbling yet? Be sure to vote for week 3 online or at the circulation desk in Falvey. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more #nomnomnomatology action.

Also, check out the Wildcats this Thursday at home court or on the Big East Digital Network as the women’s basketball team takes on St. John’s at 7:00!

Images accessed through Wikimedia Commons, via Jules Clancy, D Sharon Pruitt, and free use. 


Villanova University hosts The Hidden Room Theatre’s der Bestrafte Brudermord


On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theatre group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century.  The Hidden Room’s visit to Villanova will include a talk by Zachary Lesser, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania; two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back; and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship.  Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema and are free with a Villanova or Penn ID.  Seating will be first-come.  ACS Approved.  Direct questions to Alice Dailey, PhD (alice.dailey@villanova.edu).

Monday, March 23

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice”

The Hidden Room’s collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare’s Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University’s Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention.  Using Hidden Room’s der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m.  Scholarly Talk

Zachary Lesser, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

“Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre”

The Hidden Room’s artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler and janitor.  Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company.

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back


This event made possible by generous support from: Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, 
Department of Theatre, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Honors Program
University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Theatre Arts Program,
English Department Undergraduate Program, and English Department Graduate Program

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Dig Deeper: Irish Novelist Claire Kilroy Appears Tonight

Claire_KilroyIrish novelist Claire Kilroy, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies, will be giving a reading on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. following a reception in the President’s Lounge of the Connelly Center. Each academic year, a distinguished Irish writer is chosen to serve for the spring semester as the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies. Inaugurated in 2000, it has become one of the most prestigious Irish studies positions in the United States.

The reading, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Irish Studies Program, the Irish Dance Team and the Irish Cultural Society, is free and open to the public. It is part of a weeklong series of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, presented by the Irish Studies Program in conjunction with Falvey Memorial Library. Other events include Nova Feis: Lecture featuring Eoin Mc Evoy, visiting Fulbright Scholar on Thursday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library.

From the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: “Claire Kilroy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She attended Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied English as an undergraduate and where, after a brief time working in television, she also earned her M.Phil in Creative Writing in 2001. Kilroy is the author of four novels—All SummerTenderwireAll Names Have Been Changed, and The Devil I Know—and has been described by Barbara Kingsolver, author of Flight Behaviour, as a writer who “packs a stunning worldly wisdom into her beautiful prose”; and has also been called “a quirky and excitingly original writer” by Anne Fogarty of the Irish Times. Kilroy cites her literary influences as John Banville and Vladimir Nabokov, and Lolita as her favorite book. She currently resides in Dublin with her husband and infant son, to whom she devotes most of her time.” Read more here.

To learn more about Claire Kilroy and her bibliography, check out the resources below selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.

Dig Deeper

Falvey Holdings:
All Summer


Devil I Know

All Names

Read a Guardian review of Kilroy’s most recent book.

Check out and follow Kilroy’s Goodreads profile.

Read a 2010 interview.

Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


Mood Board: Eoin McEvoy

Nova Feis

This week’s Mood Board features visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from University College, Dublin, Eoin McEvoy. This Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner as part of Nova Feis, Eoin will be giving a lecture in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The lecture is entitled “Gaelic Yesterday and Today: Tracing the Irish Language through History.” Eoin is currently teaching Introductory Irish II and Intermediate Irish to Villanova students.

EoinI am inspired by languages and the communities that keep them alive in the face of adversity.

I’m listening to Kate Boy from Stockholm.

My favorite street in Dublin is the red-bricked Exchequer Street.

I wish more people knew that Ireland is having a referendum on same-sex marriage in May and that the polls suggest it will pass by a very wide margin.

At least once, everyone should try to write creatively – short story, song, play or full-length novel. Even if nobody else ever reads it, is is an immensely rewarding experience.

I’d really like to read the Quran.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Björk. What a character!

"Björk - Hurricane Festival" by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA - Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

Björk – Hurricane Festival” by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA – Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s never too late to start learning a new language. And of course, everybody should give Irish a shot – it’s available on the fun language-learning app Duolingo now! (iOS | Android)

When reading James Joyce, it is important to read aloud whenever you encounter a difficulty and to laugh at him when you can – he is always laughing at you.

My favorite phrase in the Irish language is Tá muc ar gach mala aige, which means “He is scowling”. It literally means “He has a pig on every eyebrow.”

Thanks, Eoin! 

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


‘Caturday: ‘Cats in the Championship, 1985

Most Villanova students weren’t yet born when the Villanova University Wildcats won the 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

I remember exactly where I was on that memorable night when they won the National Championship in 1985. A group of my friends were gathered around the TV just a few miles from campus. One of them was a Georgetown alumnus. (Yes, we were fraternizing with the “enemy,” but he was happy for us when Villanova won that night.) After the game ended and we had screamed until we were hoarse, we jumped in the car and drove to the Villanova campus to witness the revelry first hand.

The next day, the campus was littered with the remnants of a celebration. I went to work at the Villanova University bookstore and waited for the first batch of championship t-shirts to arrive, hot off the presses. I folded t-shirts for weeks, handing them out as fast as we could unpack them from the huge cardboard boxes, right off the truck.

Where were you on April 1, 1985? Where will you be tonight?

1985 Big East Champions


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnail‘Caturday feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


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