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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/30)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Theology & Religious Studies: Dies Academicus. Graduate Students in the Theology & Religious Studies Program will present their thesis defenses to faculty and other graduate students. 12:30 p.m. in room 205.


SAVE THE DATE…

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading and Arthology Celebration. Wednesday, April 22, from 12:00 to 1:30 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. 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.


ATTENTION FACULTY…

TWO DAYS left to Submit Falvey Scholars Award Nominations! 

Please consider nominating an eligible student for a Falvey Scholar award. The Falvey Scholar awards are given to seniors who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research during their undergraduate careers at Villanova. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of scholarly literature of the sort provided and supported by the library. Nominations must be submitted by TOMORROW Tuesday, March 31. Interested in nominating a student? Submit a nomination.


WITH TAPE, IT’S TANGIBLE…

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 4.00.15 PMDid you hear that cassette tapes were back? Of course, in some people’s basements, they never left, but those wonderful car coasters that could just about fit one side of Chicago V on them (you didn’t really like that last song anyway, did you?) are evidently being embraced by the new generation! What’s behind it? Well it could be the high profit margin factor or the hip factor according to Delaware native Mike Haley’s podcast, Tabs Out, which focuses on all things cassettes. Read more here. Do you still have cassettes around the house? Would you admit it if you did? What did you love about them? Let us know in the comments section!


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at homeTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

In At home in nineteenth-century America: a documentary historythe author, Amy Richter, “draws upon advice manuals, architectural designs, personal accounts, popular fiction, advertising images, and reform literature to revisit the variety of places Americans call home.” What’s your definition of home?


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.” -The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien


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Women’s History Month: Power & Magic in the Kitchen

Historically speaking, the kitchen is a woman’s domain. Women were chained to their stoves for hours on end. Cooking skills were right up there with other desirable traits, such as purity, appearance, and obedience to men. As Laura Schenone puts it in her book, A thousand years over a hot stove, “cooking reveals itself as a source of power and magic, and, at the same time, a source of oppression in women’s lives.”

To paraphrase Schenone, what women learned and what they knew wouldn’t be found in a book. It was passed down in the oral tradition, shared with daughters and friends. Women shared information and found support for more than just cooking. They relied on each other to learn healing remedies, to craft utensils and containers, to secure moral support, and to learn survival skills.

When times made life difficult and challenged even the most experienced cook, women found ways to feed their families with what little food was available. They would pool their resources or come to the aid of a hungry family. Women created new recipes to stretch the limited types and quantities of food.

Not unlike other American households, during World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt’s housekeeper, Ms. Henrietta Nesbitt found ways to deal with meat rationing and developed “meat-stretcher” recipes. There is one such recipe in The Husbandman, an agricultural newspaper. This newspaper was published during America’s Gilded Age, a period when the women’s suffrage movement was strengthening in the United States.

The original recipe for scrap pie is below. My adaptation follows the image.

Scrap Pie – 1886

The husbandman, v. XIII, no. 640, Wednesday, November 24, 1886

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Scrap Pie – 2015

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. white or red potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks

½ large onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. chicken, beef, or vegetable broth

1 egg, beaten

4 tbsp. butter

¼ tsp. pepper

½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare and assemble all ingredients.

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain and set aside. Sauté onion and set aside. Use 1 tbsp. butter to coat the inside of a 9” pie plate. Cover the inside bottom of the pie plate with ground beef. Drizzle broth over beef. Layer the sautéed onion over the beef. Boil chopped potatoes in large pot of water until potatoes are tender. Turn off burner, drain and return potatoes to pot. Mash potatoes until smooth. Add the beaten egg, 1 tbsp. butter, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes. Whisk by hand or use an electric hand mixer until smooth. Cover the beef with the mashed potato mixture. Use a dinner fork to create a design on the potatoes. Use remaining 2 tbsp. of butter to dot the top of the potatoes.

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Bake at 375° until top is browned, about 30 – 35 minutes.

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Makes 4-6 servings. Serve with salad or cooked vegetables.

Below are links to books, articles and blogs for your reading, watching and listening pleasure.

A thousand years over a hot stove can be requested through E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan.

What we lose in losing Ladies’ Home Journal (Thanks to Laura Bang, Special Collections, for the link.)

The First Kitchen

Women’s History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life

#FoodieFriday: 5 Kitchen Appliances and Food Creations that Transformed Women’s Lives in the 20th Century

Women’s History Month – Audio and Video

My thanks to Michael Foight, Special Collections, for sending me the link to our digitized copy of The Husbandman.


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnailMonthly food blog feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion, and team leader, Access Services.


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‘Caturday: The Eve of Palm Sunday

CatsUnderTheStarsCDIt’s the eve of Palm Sunday and I wanted to find something about this feast day in popular culture. Among other things that turned up, I found out that, in 1978, Jerry Garcia recorded “Palm Sunday” with the Jerry Garcia Band for their album Cats Under the Stars.

The river so white, the mountain so red
and with the sunshine over my head
The honky-tonks are all closed and hushed
It looks like Palm Sunday again
It looks like Palm Sunday again
It looks like Palm Sunday again

The sky is so green, clouds of canary
Blood moon rise like a fat ripe cherry
Sunset quiet as a benediction
One true love, the rest is fiction

If I stay longer, trouble will find me
An epitaph and a sheet to wind me
A passable day for the least of men
it must be Palm Sunday again

Have a blessed and grateful Palm Sunday, Wildcats.

“God made Jesus human like us; he suffered probably more than we ever will to show us how we need to be, how to live our lives.” – Lenten Reflection, Tony Alfano, Connelly Center, Villanova University


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Foto Friday: Party time!

The Villanova University community came together on March 18 to celebrate the Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD’s golden jubilee. Best wishes, Father Gallagher, for another 50 years!

 

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Linda Hauck, the Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, Joanne Quinn.

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Father Gallagher, University President the Rev. Peter Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, Interim Library Director Bob DeVos, PhD.

 

 

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Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD.

Photos by Alice Bampton, Visual Specialist and Senior Writer, Communication and 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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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/27)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


HERE’S SOMETHING WE BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW….

1296663_0It’s Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day! What’s your favorite? We love this list of country music songs about school. And, of course, we’re a little partial to anything Toby Keith does – because of his Wildcat connection, of course! Hmm…if librarians wrote country songs, they might go a little bit like this: “I Left My Autobiography in Your Automobile, or “You Must Be Overdue ‘Cause You Have Fine Written All Over You.”  We’re betting you could do better! Write your suggestions in our comments section! :-)


NOM NOM NOM!
Sweet Sixteen is upon us in #NomNomNomatology! 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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Do you follow the library on YouTube? We have a great array of Falvey-produced videos old and new that are instructional and entertaining. Newcomers to the channel are archival copies of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos, which debuted last semester, featuring helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


Du BoisTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL…NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

We’re heading into a weekend and next week brings a holiday. That will give you plenty of time to delve into The problem of the color line at the turn of the Twentieth century – the essential early essays by W.E.B. Du Bois and edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler.

Seth Moglen, Lehigh University, describes this collection of essays as a “systematic, chronological tour of Du Bois’s evolving vision of the global color line, as that vision was developed in the crucial opening years of his publishing life.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“That is one good thing about this world. . .there are always sure to be more springs.” – Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery


PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP AND THE REST OF THE DAY TO YOURSELF!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Michelle and Kallie’s Warm Weather Playlist

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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.


It’s almost April – we’ve made it. We’re through the worst of the cold. Are you ready for warm weather?

Early spring is awesome and rejuvenating, but it is a time of such taxing challenges (pun intended). It’s freezing in the morning and hot in the afternoon—what do you even wear? It feels like it’s almost always just about to rain… and we’re so over boots by now. And let’s not even mention the unique challenge of spring semesters—okay, let’s mention it. How do we focus on staying inside and studying and writing and researching when The Outside is just begging us to come and play? How do we spend hours cooped up in front of our computers when the sun is waiting for us?

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One option is to use summer break as a carrot on a stick. Sure, you’re cooped up now, but how about at the end of May? Just a little longer and you’ll be in blissful freedom, maybe somewhere on a hot beach with your toes in the cool sand.

Another option is to move your studying outside! Be careful, though—one research session in my college quad lead to some of the worse sunburn I’ve ever had and a nifty farmer’s tan for the rest of the summer! Be smarter than me. You’ve been forewarned.

Option number three? Trick yourself into thinking you really are lounging in the sun with Michelle and Kallie’s Warm Weather playlist.

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Michelle and Kallie’s Past Playlists:
Music to Research By
Volume 1
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness


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 (3/26)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu

Irish Studies Conversation Circle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact Jerry Sweeney: tighdon@gmail.com


SAVE THE DATE…

Join us in room 205 on Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. for a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring 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.Lisa SewellDr. Sewell 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.


ATTENTION FACULTY…

Final Week to Submit Falvey Scholars Award Nominations! 

Please consider nominating an eligible student for a Falvey Scholar award. The Falvey Scholar awards are given to seniors who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research during their undergraduate careers at Villanova. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of scholarly literature of the sort provided and supported by the library. Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, March 31. Interested in nominating a student? Submit a nomination.


THE AGE OF SCREENSHOTS
 “…screenshots let you see other people’s screenworlds, increasingly where we all do our best thinking. They invite a useful voyeurism.” When is the last time you took a screenshot on your phone? Read a piece featured by Wired exploring the screenshot culture.


RICHARD III’s SECOND BURIAL
Perhaps you remember the news a couple years ago that Richard III’s remains were found under a municipal parking lot. That lot used to be a monastery graveyard, where battle-killed Richard III was buried and at some point forgotten. Today, the maligned monarch will have a real interment at Leicester Cathedral in England.
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NOM NOM NOM!
Sweet Sixteen is upon us in #NomNomNomatology! 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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Hyper-nationTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL…NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

It took me a second to realize that part of the title, On Emerging from Hyper-Nation: Saramago’s “historical” trilogy, was a play on words. In the book the author, Ronald W. Sousa, seeks to answer the question, “Why do I smile on reading one of [Jose] Saramago’s ‘historical’ novels?” You’ll have to check out this book to find out why.


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The early mist had vanished and the fields lay like a silver shield under the sun. It was one of the days when the glitter of winter shines through a pale haze of spring.” – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


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The Curious ‘Cat: Who would be an ideal study partner?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Who would be an ideal study partner?

Kaitlyn Barney'Kaitlyn Barney—“The ideal study partner would be The Flash, Barry Allen, because he’s smart, and he’s a scientist like me. He’d be great to study with.”

 

 

 

 

 

Santosh KothaSantosh Kotha—“My ideal study partner is Arany Levitin [PhD] from the computer science department. He’s a professor there. … The way he thinks really amazes me. … He analyzes things very well.”

 

 

 

 

Ellen MoxleyEllen Moxley—“I would choose Benjamin Franklin because he is my idol. I just love all of his thirteen virtues. … He seems to be very diligent and purposeful and successful, and I aspire to be like him.”

 

 

 

 

Sr. Oanh VoSr. Oanh Vo, ACJ—“my sister, Michelle: We don’t interrupt each other. … We take breaks together, and we respect each other’s time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Kumaresh BalajiKumaresh Balaji—“My ideal study partner would be someone who is highly intelligent and very on top of things in class.

So, for example, for the past two years I’ve been a bio major, so most of my classes were with this one student whose name is Thomas, and he’s a pre-dental student. Now he’s in Penn dental. He’s very intelligent, very bright, and so I always looked to him as motivation.

It was never any kind of hierarchy—he’s better than me—or anything like that. Whenever we were studying he was very quiet, I was very quiet. We would do things together … If I needed any kind of assistance, I would ask him, and if he needed any kind of assistance, we would work through it together. … That mutual collective spirit during studying is very helpful.

I don’t like big groups, a lot of chatter, I like quiet solitary studying with one guy who really knows his stuff … Working through problems whether it’s bio or physics … really teaches me to learn. If he asked for any kind of guidance I would explain my perspective, and that reinforces it in my mind … That’s my ideal partner: someone I can learn from and … draw inspiration from.”

Jennifer MaxwellJennifer Maxwell—“Well, right now I’m studying counseling. … I like musicians. I would like John Lennon and people like that. I feel like they always have good insight into the world.”


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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. 


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/25)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL. 11:30 a.m. in room 205. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across the campus. Faculty are invited to bring their lunch. VITAL will provide dessert and beverages. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu 

“Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol” Lecture featuring Alan R. Hoffman, JD, Harvard Law. 4:30 p.m. in room 205. After earning a JD from Harvard law School Alan R. Hoffman practiced law in Boston. An avid reader of early American history, he “discovered” Lafayette in 2002 and translated Auguste Levasseur’s “Lafayette en Amérique, en 1824 et 1825.” Hoffman has lectured widely on Lafayette and currently serves as President of the American Friends of Lafayette and President of the Massachusetts Lafayette Society. Questions? Contact: anne-marie.joyce@villanova.edu

Please note the room change! VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 204. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
X-Files fans, have you heard the news? Mulder and Scully will be back for six new episodes after what series creator Chris Carter referred to as “a 13-year commercial break.” Read more.
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NOM NOM NOM!
Sweet Sixteen is upon us in #NomNomNomatology! 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!
NOMNOMNOMATOLOGY


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lesson studyTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL…NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

Interested in new teaching methods? Take a look at a new book in our collection, Lesson Study: A Japanese approach to improving mathematics teaching and learning. The Teachers College at Columbia University describes lesson study as “a popular professional development approach in Japan whereby teachers collaborate to study content, instruction, and how students solve problems and reach for understanding in order to improve elementary mathematics instruction and learning in the classroom.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
For his part, every beauty of art or nature made him thankful as well as happy, and that the pleasure to be had in listening to fine music, as in looking at the stars in the sky, or at a beautiful landscape or picture, was a benefit for which we might thank Heaven as sincerely as for any other worldly blessing.” – Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray


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