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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (10/5)


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

Did you know—
Uncommon yet practical tips from a professional study coach to help you achieve optimal results—interested? Nicole Subik of Villanova University’s Learning Support Services has prepared four quick-and-easy strategies.

For additional study strategies or techniques for time management, test-taking, test anxiety and more, contact or walk into Learning Support Services on Falvey’s second floor.



before brunoInterested in learning about the Philadelphia mafia? Check out three volumes of Before Bruno recently added to the digital library, found in the Celeste A. Morello collection.




It is Hispanic Heritage Month – a celebration that recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Technically a month that straddles two, HHM is celebrated each year between September 15 and October 15,and includes the anniversaries of the independence of five Latin American countries.

The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish cultures or origins regardless of race. According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million Americans identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic, representing a 3% increase since 2000.

Each day this month we will reproduce one of twenty countries represented on a joint poster project sponsored by the library and the Office of Mission and Ministry. Each poster features QR codes linking to premier resources that the library has for researching Hispanic history, culture or language and more importantly, the names of the specialized subject librarians devoted to aspects of these studies. Contact Susan Ottignon (Romance Languages and Literature,) Jutta Seibert (History and Art History) or Merrill Stein (Geography and Political Science) for further research needs or assistance. Posters designed by library Communication team leader, Joanne Quinn, with the assistance of Ottignon and Stein. The library wishes to thank Christopher Janosik, PhD and the Office of Mission & Ministry for their support of this project.


Feeling stressed about midterms? Check out this USA Today humor piece in between binge studying. Worth it for the Bridesmaids gif alone. Which of these 12 people are you?


So we’ve learned that there is indeed water on Mars, but we can’t learn more about it. Why? Our rovers aren’t allowed to touch it, of course! According to the 1967 UN treaty, literally called the Outer Space Treaty, we are required to take every step necessary to avoid contaminating other planets with Earth cooties. In other words, Curiosity might harbor microbes and it is, via the opinion of Earthlings, in the best interest of the universe that we do not contaminate Mars water. A very awesome and empathetic human boundary to draw, we say.



Speaking of space, today is the 57th birthday of Neil deGrasse Tyson. DeGrasse Tyson, if you are somehow unfamiliar with one of the coolest human beings ever, is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science superstar. He’s responsible for a lot of today’s mainstream space popularity, and he hosted last year’s hit series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (which you can stream on Netflix!).


“Those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I’m small but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


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.



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Last Modified: October 5, 2015

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