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Nomnomnomatology: Final Four Food Fight

This week, our battles shift into high gear with our first lightning round. Final Four voting will close Thursday afternoon, so get your votes in quick! And don’t forget that over the weekend, you’ll be determining our ultimate Chompion.

It’s anyone’s game, really, now that we’re down to the cream of the crop, and we have two matches to call.

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It’s so close to summer that Ben and Jerry’s is certainly coming in with, well, frozenness in its favor. Even if it’s not hot, the air is starting to smell like summer vacation, and where’s there’s summer, there’s ice cream. While I’d love to say “scoop some ice cream onto the brownie” and call it a win for both, the world just doesn’t work that way. Sorry, brownies—ice cream is going to win this one.

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Fries have been showing up consistently, week after week, as one of the highest-tallying foods. Are Reese’s Cups amazing? Yes. But this just isn’t their week. I hold fast to the prediction that Fries are going to take all this year.

Frankly, let’s dip the fries in the ice cream, put the ice cream on the brownies, and crumble the Reese’s on top. Now that’s a Super Bowl Sundae!

…Oops. Wrong sport.

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


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

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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


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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.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

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.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html


USE DO NOT DISTURB ON YOUR iPHONE WHEN STUDYING
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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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

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.”

 


POEM OF THE DAY
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)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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


SAVE THE DATE…

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.


ACADEMIC NOTE…

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.

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2015/0330.html

 


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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!
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POEM OF THE DAY
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

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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.

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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. 


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

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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.

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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).

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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?

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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. 


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Foto Friday: New Life

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Whiteboard-Easter

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


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Prepare Ye

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-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.


In honor of the upcoming Easter and Passover holidays, why not indulge in some showtunes to set the tone? I’d like to. I have very vivid memories of “Prepare Ye” from Godspell played way too loudly over the intercom calling us down to the grade school Easter assembly in the gym. It’s a good memory and a good song, because Stephen Schwartz is a wicked composer (who, by the way, composed Wicked). But it also reminds me of all the great musical treatments of religious holidays out there!

So check out a performance of selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at the 2012 Tony Awards.

Catch the new Broadway cast of Godspell performing on The View—and for Orange is the New Black fans, see if you can spot Uzo Aduba, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, in the cast!

Watch the first number from Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt, an animated film that tells the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt, the story of Passover. If you’re interested in representations of Exodus, check out this article from the catalog.

And who can talk about musicals and Passover without this year’s viral parody of “Uptown Funk”?

Whatever it is you’ll be celebrating this weekend, I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful, and hopeful Easter recess.


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 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/2)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

ICE Center Program Meeting. 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: sharon.ballard@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Wednesday, April 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. 2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading and Arthology Celebration. 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. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.


A Scientific Analysis of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death

A scientific analysis of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on Holy Thursday and Good Friday has been published in JAMA – The Journal of the American Medical Association, titled, “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ.” Taking Jesus as a historical figure, William D. Edwards, MD, et al, analyze from a medical perspective circumstances leading up to and including his crucifixion with the intent to present “a medically and historically accurate account of the physical death of the one called Jesus Christ.”

Falvey has this article. It can also be found though a Google search.


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POEM OF THE DAY
April is Poetry Month. Check in daily for a new poem!

Fireflies by Marilyn Kallet (see more)

In the dry summer field at nightfall,
fireflies rise like sparks.
Imagine the presence of ghosts
flickering, the ghosts of young friends,
your father nearest in the distance.
This time they carry no sorrow,
no remorse, their presence is so light.
Childhood comes to you,
memories of your street in lamplight,
holding those last moments before bed,
capturing lightning-bugs,
with a blossom of the hand
letting them go. Lightness returns,
an airy motion over the ground
you remember from Ring Around the Rosie.
If you stay, the fireflies become fireflies
again, not part of your stories,
as unaware of you as sleep, being
beautiful and quiet all around you.


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The Curious ‘Cat: What do you think about Falvey’s new drone-delivery service?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you think about Falvey’s new drone-delivery service?”

Jacqueline AranJacqueline Aran—“The ten minutes is a lot quicker than what they estimated the delivery to be, which is good … ‘cause they [students] won’t have to walk over if it’s snowing or raining or something like that. … I think it’s cool to test it out and to see how it would work out in actuality using legitimate students asking for these things. … It would be cool if this could actually happen. At the same time, it seems super expensive for no reason. I mean, we have legs; we can walk.”

Karla GuadronKarla Guadron—“I think it’s really cool. It’s something students will take advantage of especially since it has been a controversial issue for Google and Amazon using it as a national service, with restrictions on where they can and can’t fly over. So it’s really cool that this service is available on Villanova’s campus.”

 

 

 

Magdalen SceskiMagdalen Sceski—“I think that’s really interesting … I definitely never heard of that before … So you can order the book online and then it checks it out for you and brings it … I actually don’t live on campus, but … if I did live on campus I think I would make use of that … It would definitely be really, really cool. It does seem almost incredibly unbelievable, but it would be really cool.”

 

RS8763_DSC_3046 copy-scrNeil Patil—“I think it’s actually a really great idea to start implementing … I think a lot of students would find it better to just have the books delivered to them instead of them having to come down here, having to sort through everything and look through everything to try to figure out what they’re looking for. And that way the Library can just be direct with them. It’s really cool.”

 

 

Todd MacDonaldTodd MacDonald—“That’s really interesting. I don’t really know anything about that; it seems pretty cool, though.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS8768_DSC_3052 copy-scrWilly Annan—“I think that’s really cool … it’s a really good idea … It’s something that seems almost like—what’s the word I’m looking for?—very Terminator-ish … future and so forth, science fiction … It’s going to be really great for the incoming freshmen. I mean, we should probably walk a little bit more instead of having things delivered to us. But it’s a really cool idea, and I think it’s showing a lot of progress on the University’s part. ”

 

The Curious ‘Cat wishes to thank this week’s participants for their contributions to our special April Fools edition.


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Nomnomnomatology: El(eat) Eight

NOM! You’ve decided on our el(eat) eight and the competition is getting delicious. I’m quite chuffed to say that all of last week’s predictions were one hundred percent accurate! Woohoo!

It’s now time to figure out that Final Four for that Final Four Food Fight.

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As the Sweet (Savory) Sixteen might have projected, this matchup is all about the savory versus the sweet—okay, okay, maybe savory is a bit too elegant of a word to describe macaroni and cheese, but let’s roll with it. What these contenders have in common is a whole lot of lactose, so I hope you love your dairy! That being said, their difference is their temperature. The weather this week or the library’s thermostat just might be the deciding factor of this tantalizing battle, but given the end of the week’s balmy, rainy turn, I’m thinking the taste of spring will bring a win for team ice cream.

ChocolatebrownieBrownies vs. Grilled Cheese
Hey, brownies are good. Really well-made brownies are on another level. All grilled cheese is perfect, especially paired with tomato soup. How do you pick a winner among two winners? Well, grilled cheese unfortunately isn’t paired with tomato soup for this tournament, but I have no doubt that had it been, it would have taken the whole shebang. As it is, brownies—and we’ll go ahead and say it’s the rich, soft, warm kind—are going to take this one.

512px-BK-French-FriesFrench Fries vs. Popcorn
Popcorn, if you’re easy on the butter, can be both a fun and relatively healthy snack. But who’s really going to vote for nutrition here? As I’ve been saying from the beginning, fries just have a universal fan base. I don’t think there’s any stopping them. Fries are going to take popcorn with very little effort.

512px-Reeses-PB-Big-CupReese’s Cups vs. Dark Chocolate
This one’s getting to the nitty gritty of chocolate competitions. I know dark chocolate has those fancy health claims, and I know it’s a classy treat, and I know how delicious those Trader Joe’s packs are—especially when taste-testing different cocoa percentages—but peanut butter. Since “peanut butter out of the jar” is out of the competition, I think the peanut butter lovers will be very vocal about this one and bring Reese’s Cups the W.

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


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