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Jenny Lee: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


Newark
by Jenny Lee

When we drive home,
we pass through Newark
where the factory lamps
burn against the oily night,
like lanterns hung
on the branches of a winter tree.

Sitting in the passenger’s seat
of your car, drowsy from
the warmth of the heater and my
knitted scarf, I think those lights
are so beautiful,
I could cry.

Once, I confessed this to you,
and you laughed.
“Don’t you see the dirty fumes
coming from the factories?”
My cheeks grew hot
and I didn’t mention the lights again.

But the next time we drove home,
we passed
through Newark,
and I was sleeping
in the passenger’s seat when
you woke me gently to say,
“Look. Your favorite lights.”


Jenny Lee, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘Newark’ was inspired by all the times I drove by the Newark/Elizabeth area during nighttime. The view of all the factory lights always struck me as intensely beautiful, despite knowing the area is extremely polluted in reality. The strange dissonance remained with me, and I felt the need to put it into a poem.”

Jenny Lee is an English major from Haworth, New Jersey. She enjoys “being with friends, going to coffee shops, and eating breakfast foods at night.”


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Jessica Swoboda

This week, we are featuring the 2015 Falvey Scholars and giving you the chance to get to know these bright young adults up close and personal. Not only are they very smart – they’re very interesting! Just last week, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program announced the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University. Click here for a listing of their projects as presented at the 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony.

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Featuring Jessica Swodoba
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“I’m an English and Humanities major with a love for all things literature, chocolate, JCrew, and Kate Middleton. I’m often found in the stadium playing for Villanova’s field hockey team, in the Writing Center, or in my favorite place on campus, the Humanities Commons, in my ‘reserved’ seat on the comfy couch, eating too many peanut butter pretzels and sharing in conviviality with my best friends, Marie, and my beloved professors. Next year, you can find me at Boston College, where I’ll pursue my MA in English and continue my research in religion and literature and 20th century British literature.”

Project Title: “Woolf and Waugh: Blurring the Distinction Between the Religious and the Secular”


I am inspired by my professors and friends who are pursuing The Good Life.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Kate Middleton.

My favorite Villanova memory is my first day of ACS: Moderns with Dr. Helena Tomko. I immediately knew my Villanova experience had been changed for the better, and 4 years later, this couldn’t be any more true.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by the need to accept that things wouldn’t always be perfect or go perfectly.

Today I’m feeling the color purple.

I’m listening to the Folk Pop playlist on Spotify.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is running for enjoyment and not to prepare for pre-season conditioning tests.

Happiness is finding joy and excitement in what you’re doing and in the relationships you’ve formed.

Everyone should know at least one text — whether it’s a novel, a theological or philosophical piece, etc. — like the back of your hand.

I am amazed by all we can learn about the Human Person, Society, God, and the World in literature.

Thanks, Jessica!


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/27)

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

SAVE THE DATE…

Just in time for final papers – attend our From EndNote to Zotero Workshop this Wednesday, April 29 at 2:00pm in Room 204, Learning Commons.

Are you ready to move your work from EndNote to a more modern and responsive citation manager? Sick of downloading CIW and ENW files and struggling to find the right import filter?

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. To RSVP or questions email  Robin.Bowles@Villanova.edu. Drop-ins welcome.


AND HERE WE ARE IN FRONT OF THE ELEPHANTS…

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YouTube is ten years old!! Have you ever watched the video that started it all for the video-sharing site back in 2005? It featured a compelling (not) clip of YT founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.

 

 

Annnnyway…Falvey has a great array of  videos old and new that are instructional and a little more entertaining than Jawed at the zoo. You’ll find archived events, student-produced vids and an array of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos which feature helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

PAUL BEATTY’S THE SELLOUT

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Described by the New York Times as a metaphorical multicultural pot almost too hot to touch, Beatty’s new novel is a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. NYT reviewer Dwight Garner continues, “The first 100 pages of [Paul Beatty’s] new novel, The Sellout, are the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read in at least a decade. I gave up underlining the killer bits because my arm began to hurt . . . [They] read like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility . . . The jokes come up through your spleen . . . The riffs don’t stop coming in this landmark and deeply aware comic novel . . . [It] puts you down in a place that’s miles from where it picked you up.” (Dwight Garner The New York Times)


QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door.”
― Paul Beatty


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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Joshua Koss: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


To Zosima
by Joshua Koss

Amidst the pines atop a mount
a promise lied to stop the doubt.
Adopt the way an ancient spoke,
and placed a mask on those who choked.

You vowed to never lie again,
I vowed to never trust an end,
We broke our oaths a moment past,
You kissed me first, I loved you last.


Joshua Koss, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘To Zosima’ addresses the tendency we have to fool ourselves in the interest of being content. Sometimes such sentiment does not accurately reflect the reality of our situations.  Sometimes it is better not to believe.”


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The Belgian Cook Book

belgian cookbookWhile visiting my nieces, one of them showed me a cookbook she found and thought I might like to borrow. The Belgian Cook-Book (1915), edited by Mrs. Brian Luck, who apparently has no first name of her own and is referred to as M. Luck elsewhere in the book, is owned by only 58 libraries in the world, according to WorldCat.

The editor, M. Luck, collected recipes from “Belgian refugees from all parts of the United Kingdom” and intended this “small manual…for the use of the work-a-day and inexperienced mistress and maid.”  The preface, as well as the recipes, are filled with amusing expressions and anecdotes.

A newer edition was published by Baker & Taylor in 2006. There is also a digitized copy of the 1915 edition available through Project Gutenberg, which proved handy while cooking one of the recipes displayed on my iPad.

I was torn between using a recipe calling for asparagus, an early spring vegetable, or for mushrooms, which are typically harvested in spring or fall. Since the local asparagus crop at the farm in my area isn’t quite ready, I decided to go with mushrooms.

An image of the 1915 recipe is displayed below with my translation under it.

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Gourmands’ Mushrooms

8 tbsp. butter

1 lemon

½ lb. white button mushrooms

1 tbsp. flour

1 egg yolk

¼ tsp. salt

⅛ tsp. pepper

Bread or English muffins

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Warm a whole, uncut lemon in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remove lemon from hot water and cut in half, squeeze one half lemon and set aside. Place butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add lemon juice. When butter & lemon start to simmer, add mushrooms and cook until some of the liquid has been absorbed. Don’t allow the mushrooms to brown.

Remove mushrooms from pan with slotted spoon, leaving the juices in the pan. Toss mushrooms with flour, salt, and pepper. Return floured mushrooms to pan over low heat. Add one egg yolk and stir until thoroughly mixed with mushrooms. Add a few drops of water or chicken broth to moisten if needed. You can also add a few more drops of lemon juice to taste.

mushroomsServe on toasted bread or toasted British muffin. Makes 2-4 servings.

I leave you with this comment about savories from Madame Luck:

“If you serve these, let them be, like an ankle, small and neat and alluring.”

 

 


Food blog by Luisa Cywinski, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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Roshun Sangani: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.

Atlas Shrugged
by Roshun Sangani

It was not the weight
That bore down on Atlas
It was the wait
The repetition that he witnessed

Atlas is doomed to live
The most futile of existences
Not because his dreams are unfulfilled
But because they were possible

Even now the chains are cold
They chill Atlas to his bones
Only the dancing flames can save him
But he no longer has them

The fire which begot his strife
The fire which gave them life
The fire which is now mere coals
The fire which is the human soul

Roshun Sangani, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “I wrote the poem because my teacher Professor Catherine Staples encouraged us to think about ideas in new perspectives. I had just been reading about Greek mythology and thought that maybe I could look at something in that in a different light. So I took the story of Atlas and framed it in a different way as he goes from a treacherous villain to potentially being humanity’s savior. This led to my inspiration for ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ and I just wrote with the intention of capturing this new idea.”


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‘Caturday: Cats in the Grass

If you attended any of the sustainability lectures or went to the farmers market on campus this week, then you probably heard about the benefits of local, organically grown produce.

There are also lots of health benefits to increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, blueberries, and spinach, just to name a few, are known to be brain boosters. Villanovans are lucky to have a Dining Services department that employs sustainable practices and provides healthy, organically grown food.

This ‘cat eats his greens.  Do you?

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


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Foto Friday: To learn something, and to give something back…

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Undergraduate research – undergraduate research! Still shaking my head that four short years ago these brilliant scholars were still in high school! This morning, members of the Villanova community were riveted by amazing examples of why we’re proud to be Wildcats when these six students presented the senior thesis projects that earned them Falvey Scholar honors this year. From Virginia Woolf to the horrors of human trafficking, from the intricacies of the human cell to keeping vast data centers cool, and from home genetic testing to avian acoustics (specifically, chickadees), these gifted students not only shared their research findings, but also displayed excellent teaching and storytelling skills to somehow make these diverse and complicated subjects compelling and accessible to the audience.

In his closing remarks, Villanova University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS reminded us that the goal of higher education is to learn something and then to give something back. The purpose of programs such as Falvey Scholars, in recognizing student scholarship, is to highlight how students work with professors to “take what they taught me and make it something brilliant.”

Congratulations again to the 2015 Falvey Scholars, here posing with Father Peter (L-R) Elizabeth Long, John Szot, Katie Kline, Joseph Schaadt, Nicholas Ader and Jessica Swoboda.

Click here to ‘relive’ the event through tweets through the Storify app.


Photo by Alice Bampton.


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John Szot: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


“The Return to Tug Hill”
by John Szot

The deer must have kept the grass short, trimmed
to the edges of the clapboard
porch. There’s no creak, no protest of dried pine
as my father slips open the door –
like a stone turned over, two years of rot uncovered
in search for worms.
To clear the stale taste from the air,
he steps with practiced habit
and grasps the gnawed handle of the broom
set beneath the skylight.

In one deft motion my father lifts the pole up,
pulling my eyes over a table of jumbled bottles
and the cobwebbed cast iron hung from the wall,
until the tip of the handle locks into its place:
the notch in the woodblock nailed to the sill’s
bottom edge, which keeps the window shut.

My father pushes slightly and the block turns –

just as my grandfather’s hand first turned the block on the nail,
letting out the smell of fresh-cut resin stuck on his hands
which he washed in the cold steel sink of St. Elizabeth’s
before the exam, where he put the flat of the
stethoscope on Mr. Pound’s back, and said

“Breathe in,
…..Breath out,
……….Breathe in,
……………Breathe out.”

The air must have come rushing in, flooding
through the years of smoke-filled walls
and half-spoken words born
in such a lonely cage –

though now the block just turns,
and the window comes free,
and Dad sets the broom back in its place.


John Szot, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘The Return to Tug Hill’ started as a simple observation on a hunting trip. I think that’s exactly what interests me about poetry — it provides a unique and effective way to make connections that at first don’t always seem clear.”

John Szot is a biology and English major from Keene, New Hampshire. He enjoys fishing and playing the piano.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/24)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 205. At this event, Falvey Scholars award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report. Presentations will be followed with a closing by University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus. He will also highlight another significant event concerning the recognition and celebration of student research—the Sigma Xi Research 2015 event, which will take place in the Connelly Center immediately following Falvey Scholars. Falvey Scholars attendees will be invited to visit Connelly for the Sigma Xi event. Refreshments will be served throughout the program.For more information about Falvey Scholars: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/ For information about the Sigma Xi 2015 event: http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~sigmaxi/events/index.html

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting: 2:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge. Join the VEEC (aka game club) most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC also has the pleasure of participating in video game activities, such as tournaments and expositions, and is always accepting new members! For more information, contact Regina Duff


THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

francis repair churchFrancis, repair my church is written by John Edgar Raub, who was a Catholic priest for 10 years and a monk for 28 years. He left the monastery in 2000 to return to parish life and has since been married for 14 years. His book, according to one reviewer, is “a sensitive call for reform and renewal in the Catholic church today.”

 

 


EBOOK WEEK
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Green Press Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts, including impacts on endangered forests, impacts on climate change, and impacts on communities where paper fiber is sourced. According to the organization, paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22, we will feature an ebook, one of hundreds of thousands available to Falvey patrons. User interface, licensing polices and access varies from publisher to publisher – and we’re the first to admit that it can be confusing – so feel free to contact a librarian when you need help navigating or downloading any e-resources you find in our catalog.

In order to access ebooks, enter your desired search terms as usual. When your results are returned, go to the “Refine Search” function in the right column, and click the “Internet” choice. This will then return only digitally accessible items.

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Today’s ebook is Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World by Giorgio Riello.  This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?”


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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Last Modified: April 24, 2015