I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.
Yesterday marked the beginning of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day organized around Villanova’s campus (photo of events below). An increasingly important celebration as we tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Earth Day can be commemorated through a number of activities.
If you’re a leisurely stroller, it sounds as though the Tree Tour might be for you. If you think the answer to environment-related issues lies in academics and research, I’d encourage you to attend Dominic Frongillo’s Thursday keynote. It even sounds like by making posters, attending the March for Service and participating in the Earth Day of Service you could display your activist side.
Regardless of how you decide to mark Earth Day this year, I recommend that you make sure to celebrate all of your various environments here at Villanova. The optimists among the Falvey staff like to believe that you Wildcats spend the majority of your time in three particular environments: the dorm, the classroom and, of course, the library.
The classroom might be a tough environment for a student to navigate, let alone take care of or control. But, speaking of 21st-century issues, perhaps this can best be accomplished by showing mutual understanding and respect to fellow students. The dorm room, depending on one’s roommates might be similarly difficult to control, but we’ve all heard the term fengshui and know that a relaxed outer environment can promote a stress-free psyche.
We all also know that finals week can get ugly. As we get to those final weeks of the semester, including finals week itself, let’s all make sure we take care of the library as well. Now, the Falvey staff is not against finding the occasional undergraduate strewn out across couches taking a quick nap but let’s all commit to keeping the place clean and ready for the next person to zone in on his/her studies.
Let’s also remember that this week really is about the environment! While college comes with lots of intriguing environments (numerated above) with personalities of their own, Mother Nature demands our full attention this week regardless of political leanings.
I know I am not alone among the Falvey staff in encouraging you to participate in as many of these activities as you can. After all, a college campus represents the best environment for doing so; you will not find many places in the world willing to dedicate so much time to celebrating a single day as you will with ‘Nova and Earth Day this week.
Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.