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TBT: Heading Home


Happy (almost) Spring Break, Wildcats! Whether you’re headed home to see the folks, traveling with friends, or relaxing on campus, Falvey Library wishes you a safe and restful week!

Photo courtesy of the Villanova Digital Library (Belle Air, 1969). #TBT


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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Curious Cat: Fall or Spring Semester

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Happy Thursday, Wildcats! This week, the Curious Cat team wanted to know which academic semester students preferred. We asked library patrons, “Do you like the fall or spring semester better?”

“Spring!”
-Peyton Walker ’26 CLAS

 

“Fall”
-Ella Heckman ’26 CON

 

“Spring”
-Molly O’Connell ’26 CLAS

 


Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 

 

Julia Wagner ’26 CLAS is a second-year Economics major and student worker at Falvey Library.

 

 

 


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Villanova Theatre’s 2024 Debut: Crazy for You

By Rebecca Amrick

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see Villanova’s Theatre’s production of Crazy for You. This musical, written by Ken Ludwig, features Bobby Child, a reluctant uptown banker, who dreams of dancing on Broadway–but instead of getting his foot in the door, it seems he’s always stepping on toes. When Bobby is sent to foreclose on a rundown theatre in Nevada, his luck takes an unexpected turn as he falls head-over-heels for the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. Set in the 1930s and scored with the infectious songs of George and Ira Gershwin, this firecracker of a musical showcases classic tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, this madcap comedy “makes everything old feel new again” (New York Times).

This show was directed by Villanova University’s President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. Father Donohue served as Villanova’s chair of theatre department from 1992-2006 before he became the University’s 32nd president.

This musical was such a joy to watch. It’s colorful, funny, and full of great characters. This show’s got everything: hilarious wit and physical comedy, multiple love stories, catchy songs, and lots and lots of tap dancing! All the dance numbers were amazing and truly took my breath away. Truly a wonderful show!

 

To learn more about Crazy for You, check out this virtual playbill which includes a note from the dramaturg as well as information about the playwright and musical composers.

Check out the education guide for more information about this show’s director and dramaturgs as well as some context for the show’s setting.


Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Cat in the Stax: Leap Year

As Falvey’s Cat in the Stax, Rebecca writes articles covering a broad range of topics, from academics to hobbies to random events. All the while highlighting how Falvey Library can enhance your Villanova experience!

Happy Wednesday, Wildcats! March is almost here, which means spring break is right around the corner! I wish you all a safe, relaxing, and fun week off. Enjoy it, I know I will!

I don’t know how many of you noticed, but this year is a leap year! That means this year will last 366 days and the month of February is 29 days instead of the usual 28.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Ireland has an old tradition where women can propose to their boyfriends on Leap Day, Feb. 29? This day is known as either “Bachelor’s Day” or “Ladies Privilege.” Not only that, but according to Irish folklore, any man who rejects a proposal must compensate the woman with a gift—either a kiss, a silk gown, or gloves. This tradition is the premise for the 2010 movie Leap Year, starring Amy Adams, which you can get through Falvey’s Interlibrary Loan Program.

Image by wongmbatuloyo from iStock.com

 

But why do we have leap years? Basically, the purpose of a leap year is to keep our calendars aligned with Earth’s revolution around the Sun. We attribute one year to the amount of time it takes for the Earth to make a complete revolution. The Gregorian Calendar has 365 days in a single year, but in reality, it takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days to circle the Sun, which leaves an extra 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds unaccounted for in our calendar. That means we’re getting behind Earth’s orbit by almost 6 hours every year, so we add a day every few years to make up for this extra time.

 

People tend to think leap years occur every four years, but this is actually not true! Julius Caesar, the Roman General who first introduced the concept into western calendars, established the formula that a leap year should occur every four years. However, this led to too many leap years in the Julian Calendar which placed religious holidays out of sync with fixed dates such as equinoxes and solstices by several days. Pope Gregory XIII developed his own calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, in 1582 to fix this error. His new formula determines whether a leap year should occur based on three criteria:

  1. The year must be divisible by four
  2. If the year can be evenly divided by 100, then it is not a leap year; UNLESS
  3. The year is also evenly divisible by 400—then it is a leap year

So there you have it, the long and somewhat complex history and understanding of leap years boiled down into a few paragraphs. An occasional event that we all take for granted has some interesting history and a bunch of science behind its origin.


Rebecca Amrick

Rebecca Amrick is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Publishing, Copyright, and Scholarship Series at Falvey Library


Join us for the Publishing, Copyright, and Scholarship Series! Check out the list of spring 2024 events below:

Publication for Students 

Considering publishing as an undergraduate? Join us on Wednesday, March 13, from 4-5 p.m. for a virtual workshop on how to navigate that process and why you might want to, along with some tips about copyright and authorship with Veritas as an example. This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, is intended for undergraduate students. Co-hosted by Librarians Nancy Foasberg, Nicole Daly, and Gray Kidd, one of the Editors-in-Chief of Veritas.

REGISTER HERE

But Is It Fair Use? A Copyright Discussion and Q&A 

Fair use is a very useful – but often confusing – exception to copyright. Join us on Wednesday, March 20, from 12-1 p.m. for a virtual Q&A discussion that will include an introduction to fair use, along with discussion of its history, hot topics in fair use, and most of all, your questions about fair use. Have a project or a use in mind? Bring your questions! This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Library and Villanova University General Counsel, is intended for undergraduate and graduate students. Panelists will be Laz Szabo and Mark Hewlett, Associate Generals Counsels, Villanova University; Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, and Librarian Nancy Foasberg. Hosted by Shawn Proctor.

REGISTER HERE

Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation

This presentation will consider both sides of copyright: using copyrighted materials in your thesis or dissertation, and your (copy)rights as an author. This virtual workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 12-1 p.m. This event, sponsored by Falvey Library, is part of the Publishing, Copyright, and Scholarship Series, is intended for graduate students. Co-hosted by Librarians Nancy Foasberg and Nicole Daly.

REGISTER HERE



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Peek at the Week: February 26

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Alchemist, Paul Coelho wrote, “The secret to life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! As you move through midterms week, remember that trying and failing is always better than not trying, and mistakes are meant to be learned from, not obsessed over. You could fall, but I wholeheartedly believe that each of you will be able to get back up.

Good luck with midterms and enjoy Spring Break!


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, February 26

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Multifaith Prayer Room, St. Rita’s Hall | Virtual Option | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, & Staff

Center for Speaking and Presentation/The Learners’ Studio | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, February 27

Center for Speaking and Presentation/The Learners’ Studio | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, February 28

Center for Speaking and Presentation/The Learners’ Studio | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, February 29

Center for Speaking and Presentation/The Learners’ Studio | 12-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, March 1

Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Summer Program Application Deadline | 11:59 p.m. | More Details Here

Sunday, March 3

Center for Speaking and Presentation/The Learners’ Studio | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Photo by Yuyang Liu on Unsplash

If you need to fuel up for midterms, this Tuesday, Feb. 27, is Big Breakfast Day, which celebrates the most important meal of the day. If you’re a big breakfast person (or just like breakfast foods), today is a great excuse to enjoy a big breakfast (or even treat yourself to breakfast for dinner).

Wednesday, Feb. 28, is Rare Disease Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about rare diseases. Whether you have a rare disease that you want to share your experience with or you’re a curious scholar wanting to learn more, Wednesday is a great opportunity to focus some of your attention on rare diseases and what it’s like to live with one. You can also check out last weekend’s “Weekend Recs” on medical mysteries for more.

Share a Smile Day is this Friday, Mar. 1. Midterms might be a bit bleak, but don’t forget to let a little cheer into your day. It might not cure everything, but hanging out with your friends, making someone smile, or even watching a funny TikTok can sometimes make a big difference in lifting your spirit.


Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.


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Foto Friday: Data Whiz


Congratulations to the 2024 Falvey Data Visualization Competition award winners! From left to right: Nicole Daly, Social Sciences Librarian, recognizing Shealyn Murphy, Amanda Wagner, Melissa Wright, and Jonah Miles Gavino. Check out their award-winning projects here.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 

 


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Weekend Recs: Medical Mysteries

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

Next Wednesday, Feb. 28, is Rare Disease Day, a day dedicated to spreading awareness about rare diseases. Suffering from a rare disease is an uphill battle, often both because of the actual symptoms and because of not being taken seriously by doctors or being treated differently. Although there are just too many rare diseases to cover in a blog post, this weekend’s recs will spread some awareness of what’s it’s like to live with one.

If you have 10 minutes…and are a fan of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, check out this article about how she balances being a best-selling author with living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a “rare” (though, we’re slowly learning it’s much more common than previously thought) genetic connective tissue disorder. You might recognize some of Rebecca’s real life symptoms in her protagonist Violet.

If you have 15 minutes…and want to better understand what living with long COVID is like (or if you can relate), read this New York Times article. Through impeccable graphic design, Giorgia Lupi’s essay is really able to convey how long COVID can take over your life.

If you have 44 minutes…and like medical dramas, watch an episode from the first season of House M.D. (or simply House), available in Falvey’s DVD Collection.

If you have 1 hour and 35 minutes…and want to experience what it’s like to be a medical mystery (if you haven’t already personally), watch Brain on Fire, available to stream on Netflix. The movie follows reporter Susannah Cahalan and her journey to being diagnosed with a rare brain disorder.

Bonus: if you liked the movie, you can also read the book, available in our Popular Reading Collection.

If you have 4 hours…and want to solve medical mysteries along with the author, read Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved, available online through Falvey.

If you have 5 hours and 31 minutes…and like medical shows about real people, watch the first season of Netlifx’s Diagnosis. It’s both interesting to learn about new rare disorders while also humanizing the people going through the often grueling process of trying to obtain a diagnosis.


Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.


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Curious Cat: Spring Break Plans

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Happy Thursday, Wildcats! Spring break is less than two weeks away, and the Curious Cat team wanted to know what students had planned for the week. We asked students at Falvey, “What are you doing over spring break?”

“Going to South Carolina with friends”
-Gianna Angelone ’27 CLAS

 

“Miami!”
-Madeline Cunningham ’26 COE

 

“Going home”
-Taylor Dillon ’26 CLAS

 


Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 

 

Julia Wagner ’26 CLAS is a second-year Economics major and student worker at Falvey Library.

 

 

 


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TBT: “Twinkles in Their Eyes”

Image courtesy of the Villanova Digital Library (Bell Air 1964, p. 166)


Villanova’s 2024 Winter Gala has concluded, and students will now wait another year to dress up and take some pictures in Driscoll all while freezing in their suits, dresses, and heels in the chilly Pennsylvania weather.

Today’s TBT features a Junior Week formal from 1964. Would you wear any of these styles? Don’t forget, vintage styles are making a comeback! Maybe keep some inspiration in your back pocket for next year’s Gala.

Now that this Winter Gala is over, students are forced to face a long two weeks before they can bask in the relief of spring break, which is coming up after classes end on March 1. We hope that for those who attended the Winter Gala this past weekend, you enjoyed every minute with your friends dancing on the floor and saw “twinkles in their eyes and glows on their faces,” and that those memories will hold you over these next two weeks (and until the Winter Gala next year!)

Happy Thursday!


AJ Balinski ‘26 CLAS is a Communication major from Gibraltar, Mich. She works as a Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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Last Modified: February 22, 2024

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