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The Curious ‘Cat: Could It Be Love?

Using Falvey’s Valentine’s Day cootie catcher, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “Could it be love?” 

Princess Garrett– “No. But that’s okay! You can stay here 24/7 until love finds you.”

Monica Dunphy– “Yes! Can we recommend a romantic cup of coffee in the first floor lounge?”

Hanwen Wong– “Yes! Can we recommend a romantic cup of coffee in the first floor lounge?”

Henry Rand– “It seems not, but now you can spend less time worrying about it and more time becoming a Falvey Scholar.”

Grab your cootie catcher at the Access Services desk on the library’s first floor.


Highlighter: Lesley Nneka Arimah


Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!

On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7pm, Lesley Nneka Arimah will visit Speakers Corner at Falvey Memorial Library. Arimah, who spent parts of her early life in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, is an up-and-coming short story writer. A contributor to Harper’s and The New Yorker, Arimah has just published her first short story collection titled What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.

Arimah poses for a photo.

What It Means… covers important topics confronting women in the 21st century – from stigma surrounding depression to expectations on social media to complications in love and marriage. The library has a few other resources you might explore to prepare for Arimah’s event Thursday evening:

Buchi’s Girls
A heart-wrenching short story about the difference between slaughter and sacrifice, this one will undoubtedly bring several tears to your eyes. It recounts the harrows of Buchi’s destitute Nigerian motherhood. As family tensions rise, the charming yet emaciated chicken named Kano spurns this story toward an emotional and powerful yet profoundly sad ending.

A curiously named young woman confronts the expectations of her parents, and of herself, in this short story. She meets the perfect man who makes her consider a less-than-ideal living situation. Showing off Arimah as one of the best sentimentalist writers of her generation and covering such hot topics as social media and suicide, “GLORY” will have you pondering why it might be better to trick the gods sometimes than to please them.

If these tastes of Arimah’s storytelling haven’t fully convinced you to check out What It Means…, then take a look at these reviews, which we also have available through our databases. This one from Publisher’s Weekly explains, “Arimah gracefully inserts moments of levity into each tale and creates complex characters who are easy to both admire and despise.” Another, from Book World, claims, “Arimah’s voice is vibrant and fresh, her topics equally timely and timeless.”

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


Peek at the Week: Feb. 12-16

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: February 12, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

Monday, February 12,
General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13,
LSAT Master Class, Room 205, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Phone/Virtual Interview Session, Room 214, 11:00-5:00 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14,
Phone/Virtual Interview Session, Room 301, 11:00-5:00 p.m.
Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
February University Staff Council Meeting, Room 205, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 15,
Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Anatomy & Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Literary Festival Event featuring Lesley Nneka Arimah, Speaker’s Corner, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16,
VITAL Faculty Workshop, Room 205, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Unitas Weekend Planning Meeting, Room 206, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speaker’s Corner, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Foto Friday: Lost and Found

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” -Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

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TBT: Bell Bar Lifting in 1975

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: February 8, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Throwback to a 1975 bell bar competition where this competitor was truly giving his all.


Going for the Gold: Dig Deeper – PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Photo courtesy of NBC Olympics

It’s a great time to be a sports fan! Still reeling from the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, the city is buzzing with excitement. Villanova Men’s Basketball remains at the top of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games commence tomorrow; the opening ceremony beginning at 6 a.m. ET (live) and 8 p.m. ET (taped).

The games will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC; the NBC Sports App and NBCOlympics.com will also provide steaming coverage from Feb. 8 to Feb. 25. View the full event schedule and stay up to date with results by downloading the official app of the Games. Here are some helpful links to get you ready for the competition:

 https://www.olympic.org/ (Official website of the Games)

Olympics 2018: Everything you need to know about the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea

U.S. team for PyeongChang largest of any nation in Winter Olympic history

The games, hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea (not to be confused Pyongyang, North Korea) will be brutally cold, the wind chill hovering around 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the “mountainous region of PyeongChang, the coastal area of Gangneung and the town Jeongseon.” Unsuccessfully securing the bid for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, the town of PyeongChang finally prevailed, beating out “Munich and Annecy, France, to host the 2018 Games.” Interested in learning more about PyeongChang? Take a look at the the resources below:

Perseverance Pays Off

Pyeongchang vs. Pyongyang: What’s the Difference?

CIA World Factbook: Korea, South

Economist Intelligence Unit: South Korea

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) The Olympic Rings are illuminated at a snow festival site on the day of the PyeongChang 2018 one year to go on February 9, 2017 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Library also has a number of resources on the history of the Olympic Games:

A Brief History of the Olympic Games,” David C. Young

Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2016,” John Robert Gold & Margaret M. Gold

Sport 2.0 : Transforming Sports for a Digital World,” Andy Miah

Female Olympians: A Mediated Socio-Cultural and Political-Economic Timeline,” Linda K. Fuller

Sport, Protest and Globalisation: Stopping Play,” Jon Dart & Stephen Wagg

The Victor’s Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium,” David Potter

The Ancient Olympics,” Nigel Jonathan Spivey

Villanova Olympians

Enjoy the Games, Wildcats! Here’s hoping we’re witness to another “underdog” victory!

Photograph of Merrill SteinResource links provided by Merrill Stein, subject librarian for political science, psychology, public administration and geography.


’Cat in the Stacks: Comics, “The Simpsons,” and “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” at VU Theatre

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-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.

Introduction: Falvey Loves Comics & Cartoons

Did you know that part of what makes Falvey Memorial Library so unique is our love of popular literature? We have popular books of the present as well as dime novels of the past. We, of course, have criticism for your scholarly pursuits and, most relevantly for this week at VU Theatre, we love our comics!

We have the stereotypical academic stuff: an adaptation of “The Odyssey,” “The Canterbury Tales,” and even “Beowulf.” We also have the trendy works in comic circles these days – including “Habibi” and “Blankets” by Craig Thompson. We even have some of the comics that you’ll find adapted on television, including “The Walking Dead.”

As VU Theatre has begun showing “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of the most curious quotes articulated in our collection. In his “Adult Comics: An Introduction” Roger Sabin writes:

Although not derived from an adult comic per se, [“The Simpsons”] was touted as ‘the first ever adult cartoon’ and was created by a former alternative press cartoonist (Matt Groening). Though often extremely amusing, it was over-praised by critics, and not as innovative as its PR made out, amounting really to little more than The Flintstones with a dash of satire (not that there was anything wrong with that).

The cover of VU Theatre’s “Mr. Burns” Playbill.

I find this quote curious because for appearing in a book that seeks to promote the serious study of comics and cartoons, this selection seems to diminish the cultural import of both “The Flintstones” and “The Simpsons.” Can it really be true that one of the most iconic families in recent American history – a family that spawned such staples of our irreverent television diet as “South Park,” “Family Guy,” and “Bob’s Burgers” – was over-praised by critics?

Let’s take a closer look at VU Theatre’s production of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” and then return to this very question.

A Review: “Mr. Burns” Burns Down the House

“Mr. Burns” at VU Theatre greets its audience with a stage of absolute dadaist proportions, featuring elements befitting of an aristocratic sitting room, a Roman Catholic Church, and (I guess I’ll be the one to say it) a graduate student’s washroom. Scenic Designer Colin McIlvaine can also add to his résumé the erection of “an enormous recycled curtain comprised by over 700 plastic bottles.”

Act I opens with an important debate between four friends – what exactly did happen in the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons?” A stranger arrives to help fill in the gaps (Leo Bond), and within the conversation, we learn that our characters inhabit a a post-apocalyptic world brought about by the catastrophic failure of America’s nuclear power plants; were there 100s of them, or really only, like, maybe 20?

A stranger approaches the main characters.

Matt, one of the four friends, portrayed by Lee Stover, steals the comedy of this first act, wavering between clarity and confusion as he recounts “Cape Feare.” Brishen Miller, retaining the quiet suspiciousness of his character in “Intimate Apparel” as Sam in“Mr. Burns,” silently moderates the act’s debate from a pallet off to the side.

Sisi Wright and Tara Demmy, who play Maria and Jenny, respectively, demonstrate an amazing range in their acting skills as they seamlessly transition from comedic to solemn to frustrated then back to comedic – one of the many pleasures in their performances overall.

The cast/characters try to figure out their play within a play in Act II.

Act II opens with the reassertion of Mina Kawahara’s incredible stage presence, still prominent on the mind of “Godspell” audience members, as the friends have turned their debate into a stage show seven years later. This portion of the show starts to expose the deadly serious underbelly to “Mr. Burns’” elements of comedy, as the characters remind us that commercials contain “always that question of identity” and “things are funniest when they’re true.”

I forewarn you now that the third act will confuse, entertain, frustrate and satisfy you – sometimes all at once. The absurdist, surreal, and even Dada elements of the play come to a crescendo in this act that shows the retelling of “Cape Feare” some 75 years down the road. What you will find is subjective to each individual audience member, but I assure you that your discovery – like the rest of the play – will be genuine, hilarious, and even profoundly sad.

The bizarre beginning of the stellar final act. (Kawahara at front.)

Conclusion: Is Sabin Right?

One of many climactic moments in the final act includes an interlude when Bart (Kawahara) and Lisa (Shawneen Rowe) sing an adaptation of “The Flintstones” introduction to Mr. Burns (Miller) about messing with the Simpsons.

In this moment, “The Flintstones” tune mixed with “The Simpsons” characters reinforces the play’s central message that popular entertainment, those works of art that infiltrate our lives everyday in seemingly insignificant little ways, are the real works that will carry us through our darkest times.

Mr. Burns” runs at VU Theatre Feb. 6-10 and Feb. 13-17 at 8pm and Feb. 11 & 18 at 2pm.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Images courtesy of VU Theatre’s Marketing and Public Relations team.)


The Curious ‘Cat: “Winter Olympics!”

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: February 7, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

With the Winter Olympics opening tomorrow, the Curious ‘Cat wanted to know,
“What is your favorite winter Olympic sport?”

(Anthony Cafasso, Stephen Sobota, Matt Karnish)

Anthony Cafasso: “Ice Hockey.”
Stephen Sobota: “Half Pipe.”
Matt Karnish: “Curling.”

(Megan Glinka, Taylor Pane)

Megan Glinka & Taylor Pane: “Ice Hockey.”

(Loren Paz, Francisco Biaggi)

Loren Paz: “I don’t really watch the winter Olympics.”

Francisco Biaggi: “Curling.”

(Justin D’Agnese, Evan Hansen, Nathaniel Bayuk)

Justin D’Agnese, Evan Hansen & Nathaniel Bayuk: “Curling.”



Villanova Faculty – Reciprocal Borrowing Options

Were you aware that all Villanova faculty have access to reciprocal borrowing privileges at selected colleges and universities, including the Charles Widger School of Law on Villanova’s campus?

The Law Library offers faculty access and borrowing privileges. Interested faculty may send an email to reference@law.villanova.edu with their name, department, position, office phone number, and office number/building name.

In addition, through the PALCI consortium and OCLC, a global library cooperative, faculty also have the option of visiting and borrowing from academic libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

More recently, Falvey Memorial Library established a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, which affords Villanova faculty access and limited courtesy borrowing privileges.

Visit the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Programs web page for information on how you can request access and borrowing privileges through any of the programs named above.

You may also call 610-519-4270 or email ref@villanova.edu for assistance.


Highlighter: Black History Month begins

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!

Welcome to the first of a four-part “Highlighter!” All throughout the month, this column will be celebrating black history through the resources available to you at Falvey.

We’ll start this week by highlighting the black history display that our communication and marketing department put together, which will be up all month on the first floor. Rabia Koureissi (’19) inspired the display, and Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator Michael Foight and Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Librarian Susan Ottignon helped assemble the materials from the University Archives.

Here’s a photo of the full display. You’ll notice large portraits of prominent black community members – among them: doctors, Villanova faculty, and athletes.

One of my favorite spreads in the display is made up of these two pieces: a profile on Ben Ijalana (’11) – New York Jets tackle – and details on one Villanova scholar’s work in Cameroon.

Another great component of the display is this spread that includes a photo of Jerome Candy, M.D., in Villanova Magazine and a story covering Sydney Maree’s (’81) journey from South African apartheid victim to US citizen.

If scholarly pursuits are more your thing, (or if you happened to take Travis Foster’s “Racial Pathologies” course, the one with the excellent graduate instructor intern, ehem,) then check out some of the scholarly works available through Falvey’s databases.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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