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The Curious ‘Cat: “What brings you to the Library today?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “It’s the first day back from spring break, and you’re working here in the Library. What brings you to the Library today?


Daniel MarquesDaniel Marques—“I thought it would be a good place to relax after finishing up my three classes that I had this afternoon. I didn’t really have any work to do, but I thought it would be a good place to come and relax … try to get myself back into the school mode. I was just reading up on the news and trying to … get back into the rhythm of everything.”

 

 

Michelle Ahn

Michelle Ahn—“It wasn’t really spring break for me, actually. I was out all last month with a concussion. I spent the past week, and now, catching up on my midterms and stuff … I’m doing a lot better. I’m going to most of my classes now. [Spring] break was not pretty, but I was off for four weeks, so I can’t really complain about that … My teachers have all been so generous … I’m so grateful; I really am  And my parents, too, didn’t plan on having me come home for a month.”

RosalineRosalina Jowers—“I have a midterm on Wednesday and I have a couple of papers due this week … a lot of professors pushed midterms and papers post-break, so I’m working on that now … I wanted to come here to get things done ‘cause this is my favorite place to do work. I love coming to the Library … This is the only place on campus—in this Holy Grounds—where I get all of my work done. This is my most productive place.”

 

Michael Clinton

Michael Clinton—“I didn’t have a spring break, first of all. I’m here studying for the LSATs … I get done work at 2:30—I’m only part-time—so I study from 2:30 until 5:00 when I go home with my mom [who works here at the University]. I go home with her at 5:00, so I just come here from 2:30 till 5:00 … It’s tough sometimes. … I take [the LSAT] in June.”

 

 

Samala ShravyaSamala Shravya—“The Library in Villanova is very pleasant and so refreshing, so I just love to spend my whole day in Villanova’s Library … It gives me back my ideas, and it gives some pleasant thoughts in my mind whenever I sit in Villanova’s Library … so I can get back to the school environment.”

 

 

 

Garcia

Manaury Garcia—“I should be doing more work right now, but … I’m filling out an application for another class. I have to write an essay for it—it has an essay component—so that’s what I’m doing right now … It’s a Faith and Learning Scholars application that’s due this Wednesday, so I’m going to be working on that.”


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Nomnomnomatology: Guest Analysis by Mr. Darren Poley

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Although the old conferences of the four basic food groups (fruit & veg; dairy; meat; breads & cereals) are now only a legacy of a bygone era, Munch Mania is a regular staple of college life. The contenders these days are all comfort foods, some venerable choices from the Ivy League of college student snack foods to the grab-n-go junk foods which are more than just poor seeds.

In the Fruit and Veggie Conference we see some upstarts. Red Velvet Oreos will probably get buried by the fightin’ Irish Potatoes, but Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips I think may be a Cinderella story against good ol’ Oreo Cream. Two others worth watching are Baby Carrots vs. Cool Ranch Doritos and Kale vs. Mashed Potatoes. Will healthy choices overtake those that have been taking a beating lately in the media? I think Cool Ranch will buy the farm against Carrots, but Kale is going to get whipped by Potatoes. All the others in this Conference are fairly evenly matched, although I think Krimpets will appeal to the local fans only and Ben and Jerry’s is going to go pretty far given the depth of their bench. I also predict a knock-down, drag-out struggle between the two biggest powerhouses, but in the end Ramen will come up a day late and a dollar short against #1, Mac & Cheese, which will dominate.

Chili DogsFavorites of the Dairy Conference such as Grilled Cheese and the newer Go-Gurt will steadily ooze their way forward. The only other one to at least give a nod to processed cheese foods is Chili Cheese Dogs with its own special blend of liquid and solid performance, that’s good on the go. I think, Everlasting Gobstoppers will not last long, and will get stopped in their tracks by the spicy unpredictability of Chili Cheese Dogs. The jet-set will have their battle between Pocky and Nutella. I think Nutella will advance, but will get stuck going up against Donuts. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and Lucky Charms Marshmallows will not be magical. And although I think Cold Pizza will upset #5 Chex Mix, Brownies will dominate Peeps, because Chex Mix and Peeps are seasonal at best, and the winners will be Cold Pizza and Brownies, which are well-known, well-loved and good year-round.

PretzelsWhich choices in the Meat Conference are a cut above? While Vegetable Fried Rice has more sizzle, Cup of Meatballs has more substance. Pierogies will take too long to catch French Fries. Totino’s Pizza Rolls and Mihn Egg Rolls will get frozen by Philly Soft Pretzels, and Buffalo Chicken Dip. The touch of home coming from Cap’n Crunch, PB&J, Chips & Salsa, and Chips & Dip will get crushed by the fast action of Skittles, Popcorn, Cheez-Its, and Cheese Puffs. They however will all get dominated by either French Fries or Philly Soft Pretzels, but it’s too close to call in the battle between those two.

Finally, the Breads and Cereals Conference has its stalwarts: Granola Bars, Trail Mix, and the oldest hold-out: Animal Crackers. Sushi will swim past Happy Meals. Gummy Bears will try to claw their way, but Reese’s Cups will be sweeter. Slim Jims will stomp Spinach. While the beverages will all run together because of fluid performance, Coffee and its sister Iced Coffee will flow past aggressive Monster and laid-back Herbal Tea, and spurt into the lead.

In fact, who do I predict will win it all? I may be swayed by the size of the fan base for these two, but I think the final match-up will be Coffee vs. M&M’s.512px-Plain-M&Ms-Pile


Every round of Nomnomnomatology, you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite foods and enter a drawing for your own personal study room for you and your friends from May 3 through 7, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. On Monday May 4, we will serve you the top four foods from our bracket! To enter in person, use the box by the printed bracket at the front desk. Or vote online here. Online voting counts as a entry to the drawing. The winner must be a current Villanova student and must present a valid Wildcard to receive room access.  


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/11)

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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


SAVE THE DATE…

Next Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner for a lecture celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Eoin Mc Evoy, visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from the University College, Dublin, will be giving a lecture: “Gaelic Yesterday and Today: Tracing the Irish Language through History.”


SPEAKING OF THE CAVE…
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Check out this article about what Disney’s Bei Yang has to say about virtual reality and what, besides the recent push in head-mounted displays, constitutes virtual reality. Word of the day: proprioception.


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The first round of #NomNomNomatology has begun! 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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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Old habit of mind is one of the toughest things to get away from in the world. It transmits itself like physical form and feature.” -A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain


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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The Highlighter: How many times can I renew a Falvey book?

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Want to renew books online? … or learn how many renewals remain? This video shows how to access your library account and accomplish those tasks. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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Meet Lorraine Holt, New Face in our Director’s Office

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Lorraine Holt recently joined Falvey as a Business Processes and Administrative Services Specialist, working in the Director’s Office. She will work with hiring new student employees, managing both the student-employee and part-rime employee payrolls, coordinating Facilities Management work in the Library and performing other administrative duties. She previously worked for the Marple Newtown school district where she held various administrative positions for several years.

A native of Broomall, Holt is married and has two daughters. Before starting her family, she worked for the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 14 years. Her hobbies are fitness and reading. In the summer she likes to vacation with her family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


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


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/10)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

The Office for Undergraduate Students (OUS) Event: Financing a Legal Education featuring Jeffrey Hanson, Ph.D. 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: michael.j.pennington@villanova.edu

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


SAVE THE DATE…

Please join us next Monday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. in room 204 for a screening of the film War of the Buttons. This event 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.


APPLE EVENT

Didn’t have a chance to stream yesterday’s Apple event? Interested in catching up on the news on Apple’s latest gadgets? Check out the coverage on CNET.

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The first round of #NomNomNomatology has begun! 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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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“‘Tis misfortune that awakens ingenuity, or fortitude, or endurance, in hearts where these qualities had never come to life but for the circumstance which gave them a being.” – The History of Henry Esmond by William Makepeace Thackeray


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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Nomnomnomatology: A Mouth-Watering March Madness Begins!

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What was that sound? Was that a lion? A tiger? A WILDCAT?!

Oh, sorry. It was your stomach grumbling–how rude of me. It’s completely understandable, because all that studying can make a person hungry—hungry for some March Madness BRACKETOLOGY!

But wait, you say, that doesn’t make any sense – I can’t eat a basketball! Well, not with that attitude you can’t.

You might remember from years past that Falvey’s tournament has seen a fierce battle among authors and fictional characters—because well, yes, we are indeed a library and books are our jam. But while our stacks are here to serve, we are also your cultural commons and your haven on campus. We’ve got cozy nooks and crannies, couches and tables, clever librarians and oh, so many events. Now, in honor of March Madness, we are revealing this year’s bracketology lineup. Commence voting. This year, it might just work in your flavor—er, favor!

At the front entrance of the Library, you’ll see a giant bracket with a smorgasbord of dorm-friendly comfort food teams—historically strong contenders like Mac n’ Cheese, the clear underdog Lukewarm Spam, and ol’ faithful Ramen—and it’s up to you to choose our chompians. The competitions will be intense: 90s kids won’t know what to do with GoGurt versus Dunkaroos—and kale versus mashed potatoes? Who came up with these?

But wait, there’s more!

Every round, you have the opportunity to enter a drawing for your own personal study room for you and your friends from May 3 through 7, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. On Monday May 4, we will serve you the top four foods from our bracket! To enter in person, use the box by the printed bracket at the front desk. Or vote online here. Online voting counts as a entry to the drawing. The winner must be a current Villanova student and must present a valid Wildcard to receive room access.

Let the voting begin!

 


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (3/9)

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

SAVE THE DATE…

Please join us next Friday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. for a lecture featuring Amy Hillier, PhD, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hillier’s talk is titled “The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ 7th Ward.” The Ward is a 10-year-old teaching, public history, and outreach project based on Du Bois’ 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro.


Did you know there was a Twitter feed for “Things not a word” https://twitter.com/nixicon. In case your OED isn’t handy. It’s totally intrical! (Which totally should be a word, btw.)


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Watch Google’s Smart AI learn to absolutely obliterate a game of Breakout in just a few hundred games. I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords. (Just kidding! Run for your lives.)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In this world you’ve just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.” Anne Of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery


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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Art of Spring Break: ‘Caturday: Why Paint, Cats?

As the final installation in the Art of Spring Break, we bring you these fine specimens of cats in the art world. I’m not sure which title is more intriguing: Why Cats Paint? or Why Paint Cats?

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Foto Friday: Making peas with the weather

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Austrian scientist and Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel used peas which he called “Pisum saccharatum” in his famous experiments demonstrating the heritable nature of specific traits, though this may not refer to the same varieties identified with modern snow pea. But no matter – we’re optimistic. Spring Break is over and soon the snow will melt, allowing us to soon break ground and plant any variety of anything that we wish.


Photo is of the sculpture of Gregor Mendel on Villanova’s campus and is the work of James Peniston of Philadelphia, PA. Commissioned in 1998, it was inspired by the original Mendel monument in Brno, (in the present day Czech Republic). The statue was officially unveiled on October 2, 1910 in the square before St. Thomas Monastery, which was renamed Mendel Square. 

From Mendel’s Villanova Legacy, accessible here. Photograph by Joanne Quinn. 


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