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Peek at the Week: January 30


In The Imitation Game, Christopher Morcom, played by Jack Bannon, said, “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! Some people tend to think of themselves as being ordinary, something that is both a moderate blessing and an irksome curse. Sometimes, we drift into the above average or below average ranges, but it averages out to being ordinary, which can get in the way of our big dreams.

But, sometimes, it’s the most ordinary of people, those that are relatively unsuspecting, who do the things that others never thought to do. So, even if you feel like you’re the most average person on the face of this planet, dream big. You never know what you might accomplish.


Monday, January 30

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, January 31

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

Wednesday, February 1

The End of White Christian America: Faith Apart from Anti-Blackness – Part 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Livestream Available Here | Free & Open to the Public

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

Thursday, February 2

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

Friday, February 3

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, February 5

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


For anyone with a semi-sweet tooth, National Dark Chocolate Day is this Wednesday, Feb. 1. Celebrate the holiday with some of your favorite dark chocolate treats. My personal favorite is the Ghirardelli 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar because it’s bittersweet with a hint of cherry. Or, if you’re in the mood for something to warm you up, Swiss Miss’s Dark Chocolate hot cocoa hits the spot.

Wednesday is also Change Your Password Day. Although it’s definitely not the most fun holiday out there, it’s certainly a helpful one. Even if we hate the change in our routine, it’s always good to change up your passwords every so often. It keeps you and your data safer.

For any avian fans, Friday, Feb. 3, is Feed the Birds Day. You can celebrate this holiday by putting out some black oil sunflower seed or peanuts for your local birds. (You can find a list of things that are safe or unsafe for birds here). Interested in the world of suburban birds? I would highly recommend Welcome to Subirdia by John Marzluff, available online through Falvey.

Saturday, Feb. 4, is Sweater Day. Whether or not the all-knowing groundhog on Groundhog Day, which is Thursday, Feb. 2, predicts a long, cold winter or the beginnings of spring, it’s bound to be chilly on Saturday. So, to celebrate this holiday, cozy up in a warm sweater.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library. 


Foto Friday: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2023 Freedom School

Beaudry Allen, Digital and Preservation Archivist. Photo courtesy of Ethan Shea, Graduate Assistant Falvey Library.

Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist. Photo courtesy of Ethan Shea, Graduate Assistant Falvey Library.

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian. Photos courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist.

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2023 Freedom School yesterday! Falvey Library staff celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  with two workshops focusing on various topics surrounding MLK’s vision and work:

  • “Nurturing Social and Economic Justice on Campus: Affordable Materials Project” by Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, and Amy Spare, Associate Director for Law Library Services & Legal Research Instructor.
  • “Students Call for Divestment: Student Activism and their Records” by Beaudry Allen, Digital and Preservation Archivist, University Archives, and Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist.

Gina Duffy, Communication & Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist, were also in attendance sharing helpful library recourses with attendees.

Gina Duffy, Communication & Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist. Photo courtesy of Ethan Shea, Graduate Assistant Falvey Library.





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Weekend Recs: Holocaust Remembrance

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. 

Today, Jan. 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to remembering the appalling human rights atrocities of the Nazis and genocide against Jewish people during World War II. With Jewish hate, Holocaust denial, and antisemitic conspiracy theories gaining a recent (and celebrity) upsurgence, it is important to remember the Holocaust as a very, very real and horrifying historical event that still has impacts to this day. In dedication to Holocaust Remembrance Day, this weekend’s recs will help bring this topic into focus.

If you have 8 minutes…and get depressed by the horrific realities of the Holocaust, read this article from the New York Times. Although the Holocaust is never a light-hearted topic, this article profiles the actions of Adolfo Kaminsky, a forger who was able to save thousands of Jewish people living in France during World War II.

If you have 10 minutes…and want to learn more about antisemitism, read this article. It provides working definitions and examples of antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion.

If you have 12 minutes…and want to learn about some of the non-Jewish targets of the Holocaust and Nazi regime, read this article from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Groups such as Romani people, gay people, disabled people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Slavic people, among others, were all targeted and persecuted to varying degrees. A late Ukrainian family friend of mine was actually a survivor of a Nazi work camp as a teenager before coming to the U.S.

If you have 14 minutes…and need to brush up on your Holocaust history (thank you, American education system), watch this Crash Course video. It recaps the details of what is widely considered to be the worst and most horrific genocide and human rights crisis in human history.

Photo by Ann Buht

If you have 15 minutes…and want to learn about the Roma Holocaust, read this article from USHMM. Romani people were horribly impacted by the Nazi regime and subject to racial genocide.

Bonus: check out this blog from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust explaining the debates surrounding commemorating the Roma Holocaust and how it has largely remained unrecognized.

If you have 30 minutes…and want to hear first-person accounts of the Holocaust, check out USHMM’s “Meet Holocaust Survivors” profiles. This page features dozens of profiles of Holocaust survivors and their stories of survival, loss, grief, horror, and hope.

If you have 2 hours and 7 minutes…and are a movie person (or a fan of Jessica Chastain), watch The Zookeeper’s Wife, a based-on-a-true-story film about a Polish woman who hid hundreds of Jewish people fleeing from the Nazis in her family’s zoo during World War II.

Bonus: check out this list of film recs from the Jewish Heritage Center of Western Canada for more.

If you have 6 hours…and want to read something that is both an autobiographical account of Holocaust survival and a practical self-help book, read Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy by Viktor E. Frankl, available at Falvey. This book provides a powerful lesson in finding meaning in your life and, on a personal note, is also one of my mom’s favorite books of all time.

If you have 10 hours…and want to read arguably the most iconic Holocaust autobiography, read The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank, available at Falvey.

Bonus: if you’re more of a movie person, watch The Diary of Anne Frank film, available online in 4-parts through Falvey.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library. 

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TBT: Villanova and the History of Running Shoes

By Ethan Shea

"World Record Two Mile Relay Team"

Villanova’s World Record Two Mile Relay Team
Left to Right: Chris Mason, Marty Liquori, Andy O’Reilly, Frank Murphy

It goes without saying that athletic footwear has developed in leaps and bounds over the past several decades, but did you know Villanova is connected to one of the most innovative running shoes ever built?

"Brooks Villanova"

1974 Villanova by Brooks

In fact, the name of this groundbreaking shoe is the Villanova, and it was made in 1974 by the running shoe company Brooks. The Villanova was the first shoe to use EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) in its midsole as an alternative to heavier and less responsive rubber. Since the Villanova was released, EVA has become commonplace in the production of running shoes.

This game-changing shoe earned its name through a connection to Olympic middle-distance runner and Villanova alumnus Marty Liquori. The Villanova’s design was guided by the input of Liquori, who has a long list of athletic accolades, including American record holder in both the two mile and five kilometer distances.

At the age of 19, Liquori was also the youngest person to compete in the 1500 meter Olympic finals. Liquori’s Olympic debut took place during the summer of 1968 in Mexico City.

In 1979, Liquori published his autobiography, On the Run: In Search of the Perfect Race, which is held in Falvey’s Special Collections. The above photo of Liquori can be found in the 1969 edition of Belle Air, which can be accessed through Distinctive Collection’s Digital Library. The recently updated Digital Library can also be used to read previous issues of The Villanovan, faculty and student publications or even University commencement material dating back to 1850.

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a second-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant Falvey Library.



Falvey Library Acquires Senatorial Papers of Former Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey

Villanova University’s Falvey Library has acquired the senatorial papers of Patrick J. Toomey, who served as US Senator from Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2023. The collection includes extensive electronic records and media, as well as papers from Toomey’s service as a member of the House of Representatives for the 15th District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, campaign materials and social media archives. It will be housed as part of Falvey Library’s Distinctive Collections, making this important research collection publicly accessible. Information about when the collection will be viewable by the public is forthcoming.

“We are honored that Senator Toomey has selected Villanova University to house this notable collection,” said University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti. “Falvey Library is an academic hub for learning and discovery, including an exceptional collection of distinctive materials and artifacts. The addition of Senator Toomey’s papers will allow the global community of scholars critical access to these important historical documents.”

“It was an honor to serve as a US Senator representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” noted Senator Toomey. “The materials from my time serving the Keystone State belong to Pennsylvanians. Villanova University diligently worked with me during my final years in office to create this archive for educational and historical purposes. It’s an honor that such a revered and respected academic institution is doing this work. Thank you to Villanova University and its staff for their tremendous efforts.”

Falvey Library possesses significant collections of rare, distinctive materials, organized into three categories: Special Collections, University Archives and Digital Library—a public access portal to digital content. The Library actively works to identify and acquire materials to complement its existing ones and promotes open access to these collections for global scholarly and research inquiries. The papers of Senator Toomey provide Falvey Library with yet another important collection.

“This significant donation of materials from Senator Toomey provides the Villanova University community and indeed the broader community with an important research collection that offers a rich source of information for the study of national and regional issues, political science, public policy and local and state history,” said Michael Foight, director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement at Falvey Library. “Having served on the Banking, Budget and Finance committees, Senator Toomey played a significant role in the oversight, regulation and legislation related to the national economy and the financial sector. His donation provides primary sources for the study of legislative functions related to these critical areas.”

The new collection of materials from Senator Toomey is complementary to other collections held by Villanova’s Falvey Library, including the papers of US Representative Richard T. Schulze, who served in Congress from 1975 to 1993 from Pennsylvania’s District 5. Additionally, Distinctive Collections maintains the personal paper collection of Lawrence M. O’Rourke, a reporter with the Philadelphia Bulletin who served as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief until it closed in 1980. O’Rourke served in President Jimmy Carter’s newly created Department of Education and was later White House correspondent and columnist for the St. Louis Dispatch and other newspapers. As a journalist, he covered the Watergate scandal and other significant national and international stories.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit


Remembering Chris Ford ’79, Basketball Legend

By Shawn Proctor

Chris Ford ’79 Villanova basketball legend passed away on Jan. 17 at age 74.

His list of accomplishments is long. At Villanova, Ford played on teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament three times, reaching the finals in 1971. He helped the Boston Celtics win the NBA title in 1981 and coached for several years at the professional level. But, perhaps, Ford is best known for a shot heard around the world.

The first 3-point shot, that is. (Note: there is an open question about whether he or Kevin Grevey hit the shot first, according to a Jan. 21 article in the The New York Times by Richard Goldstein. Who shot first? The world may never know.)

The shot has come to define basketball, as much as the slam dunk. So next time you’re sitting with friends and watching a game of basketball, make sure to recount Ford’s accomplishment that faithful night Oct. 12, 1979.

“A creative, gifted tough (Villanova) guard,” former Villanova coach Jay Wright posted on Twitter, according an Associated Press article posted Jan. 18. “He was more of an idol when I knew him as a great man, loyal friend and passionate (Villanova) alumni. Chris is loved by the VU community. I will miss our talks.”

If you want to learn more about Chris Ford, visit Falvey Library’s newly revamped Digital Library, where you can find images above as well as read issues of The Villanovan, the student newspaper. Access to the article about Ford’s life and accomplishments was made possible by Falvey Library’s subscriptions, available to the University’s students and faculty.


"" Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.


Cat in the Stax: The Trillion-Dollar Coin

By Ethan Shea

"Spilled Pennies"

Once again, the infamous American debt ceiling is all over the news.

Last Thursday, the United States hit the $31.4 trillion debt limit. What does that mean? In brief, the debt ceiling (or limit) is the amount of money the United States government can borrow to spend on programs such as social security, paying government workers and anything else the government deems necessary. Because the United States must borrow money to afford such payments, failing to raise the debt ceiling means the government could default on its debt.

Even when the United States technically reaches the debt ceiling, there is still time to avert economic ruin. By taking “extraordinary measures,” the government can continue to pay debts for a few months even after the limit is reached.

There are plenty of ideas floating around that all claim to be solutions to this economic issue, but there is one particular plan I find both fascinating and hilarious.

"Trillion-dollar coin design by DonkeyHotey"

Trillion-dollar coin design by DonkeyHotey

This idea is known as the trillion-dollar coin. The concept involves minting a coin worth one-trillion dollars and placing it in the Federal Reserve. This would give the United States more spending power and the ability to pay its debts.

Miraculously, because of a 1996 law, such coinage would be legal if it were minted with non-traditional metal such as platinum, as there are no value restrictions officially imposed on platinum coinage.

This concept was first introduced in 2011 during a debt ceiling crisis that lasted until the end of July, just days before the U.S. would officially default. Ever since, the trillion dollar coin has faded into obscurity and subsequently reemerged when another debt crisis looms.

Despite the appealing simplicity of the idea, there are quite a few reasons why minting a one-trillion dollar coin could be harmful. The biggest risk is rapid inflation, which is already a major issue in the United States.

But above all, minting such a coin would be an action never taken before, so despite speculation, no one truly knows what would happen. Markets generally dislike such unpredictability, so to keep investors calm, government will most likely avoid such a move.

If you’re interested in learning more about the trillion-dollar coin or economics in general, check out Falvey Library’s subject guide on economics. There, you can access economic article databases, peruse relevant statistics or even chat with Linda Hauck, Falvey’s Business Librarian.

With complimentary access to the New York Times provided by Villanova University, you can also read this in-depth article on the current debt ceiling debacle.

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a second-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


Passport (Euromonitor) Economies: Cities

By Linda Hauck

Graduate and undergraduate business students often work on international market entry strategies for cases and consulting clients. Devising a winning strategy is contingent on analyzing a wide range of data about specific locations. National level data isn’t always sufficient. That’s why the Library added the Cities module to Passport (Euromonitor). Students can spend less time tracking down data and more time interpreting it to solve business problems.

The Cities module contains time series data on consumers, economic conditions, and sustainability. Historic and current consumer data covers demographics, income, expenditures, wealth, and digital access.  The economic variables available include GDP, employment, unemployment, labor force participation, inflation, consumer prices by sector, exports, and wages. Measures of mobility, pollution and climate can be used to assess sustainability potential. Coverage is not limited to the single financial or commercial center of a country: Over 1200 metropolitan areas on every continent are included.

These same data points are contextualized in Cities Reports, which benchmark and rank each city against their home countries and regions using a variety of data visualizations. Significant changes are highlighted as are unique or stand out conditions.

Accessing the Cities Reports and Data can be tricky due to the wealth of information on Passport. TheScreen shot of Passport highlighting area for cities data Economics tab and Search all Categories box enable drilling down to the cities and variables needed.

Passport (Euromonitor) Economies: Cities module isn’t the only Library-subscribed content for learning about urban centers. Statista offers Global Business Cities Reports which feature social, economic, and cultural data.  Access World News and Factiva provide access to foreign language and English newspapers published in cities around the world.

Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA is the Business Librarian at Falvey Library.

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Peek at the Week: January 23


In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron Weasley, speculating what Hermione Granger would do, said, “When in doubt, go to the library.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! The beginning of the semester is typically one of the lightest and least stressful times in the lives of college students, aside from, of course, the breaks. This low-stress point is the perfect opportunity to develop some helpful habits, whether it be for self-care, studying, social interaction, or anything else that helps you thrive.

We, at Falvey, would like to throw our hat in the ring. Not sure how the library can help you? Check out this guide to our services and resources. Whether you need help finding sources for or fleshing out a paper (reach out to one of our amazing subject librarians), getting materials you need for class (check out this Affordable Materials Project guide to saving money), or even just a good place to study, getting in the habit of using Falvey’s resources is a habit that will help you thrive. So, this semester, when you’re in doubt, come to the library. It might just save you a whole lot of time and stress.


Monday, January 23

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, January 24

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

Wednesday, January 25

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

Thursday, January 26

“From Having a Dream to Becoming a NASA Leader” | 4-6 p.m. | Connelly Center Cinema | Free & Open to Villanova Community

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

Friday, January 27

De-carbonizing Villanova: A Townhall on Fossil Fuel Divestment | 1-2:30 p.m. | Connelly Center Cinema | Zoom Option Available | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Sunday, January 29

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


Tomorrow, Jan. 24, is Belly Laugh Day. Whether its prompted by a funny TikTok, a friend, or even yourself, bring some laughter into your day. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

National Compliment Day is also tomorrow. If you’re feeling up to it, spread some positivity and compliment some of the people in your life. It could be a heartfelt compliment to someone you love or simply telling a stranger you think their shoes are cool. You never know what the simplest things could mean to someone.

Saturday, Jan. 28, is National Lego Day. If you’re feeling creative and need a hands-on activity to do, even while binge-watching a show or listening to a podcast, find yourself a fun Lego set to build. Don’t have any Lego? You can still celebrate this (admittedly consumerist) holiday by watching a film in the Lego Cinematic Universe. (The Lego Batman Movie is always a great choice).

This Sunday, Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day. Give your brain a fun challenge and solve a puzzle, whether it’s an actual puzzle, a Rubik’s Cube, or even a game of Sudoku. As a novice puzzle enjoyer myself, I will be breaking out one of the puzzles I got for Christmas and, as always, playing Killer Sudoku on my phone.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library. 


Foto Friday: Celebrating 30 Years of Performance Studies

Explore the history of one of Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences most popular majors, the Department of Communication’s Performance Studies concentration. Since 1993, Villanovans have committed to developing original solo and ensemble performances to raise awareness and bring about positive change on a range of social justice issues. The University Archives, which serves as Villanova’s institutional memory, will be digitizing and preserving a wealth of scripts, posters, photographs, and more from this area’s fascinating history.

Keep an eye on the progress digitizing material from the collection and explore more Villanova history at Contact Dr. Heidi Rose or Dr. Evan Schares for more information on Performance Studies in the Communication Department—and follow @vuperformancestudies to stay up to date on performances!

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


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