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Weekend Recs: Nostalgia

By Jenna Renaud

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial 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. Jenna, 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. 

The end of the semester is upon us and the only thing standing between us and summer is a couple of exams and final papers. For many people, this time of year is a nostalgic one. Maybe you’re a senior and thinking back over your four years at Villanova and all the memories. Or maybe your nostalgic for your childhood home, knowing going back home for the summer will bring back a flood of memories. No matter what the reason, sometimes it’s just fun to take a stroll down memory lane. Keep reading for some ways you can play into that nostalgic feeling this weekend. 

If you have 2 minutes… read this article about what nostalgia actually is and the impact it can have on us and our mood.  

If you have 10 minutes… and are near Falvey, stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to grab some baseball-themed treats, destress from finals, and reminisce on the school year with your friends.  

If you have 30 minutes… and want to go way back, spend some time digitally flipping through old Belle Air yearbooks, available in Falvey’s digital collection.  

If you have 1 hour and 28 minutes… watch the new Netflix documentary “White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch” that does a deep dive into the company’s exclusionary marketing and discriminatory hiring practices. Just thinking about the documentary, I instantly get transported back to wandering the mall with friends in middle school and coming across the strong scent of their store. 

If you have 8 hours… and a lot of papers to write, visit your favorite study spot in Falvey. The semester is coming to a close and though it may not seem like it now, you may miss grabbing a coffee from Holy Grounds and having a productive study session this summer!


Jenna Renaud is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.

 


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TBT: St. Thomas of Villanova Church

By Anna Jankowski

This spread from the 1953 Belle Air yearbook displays a picture with an aerial view of our campus back then. You can spot the Library in between the centerfold. The Villanova Library was rededicated to the Rev. Daniel Falvey, OSA, in 1963, so the building looked very different on the inside and outside.  Many buildings here today are missing, but the St. Thomas of Villanova Church is still standing proudly.

Have a great Easter Weekend, Wildcats!


Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a Junior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.


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TBT: Fading Fall Foliage

By Ethan Shea

"Boy sits under tree with beautiful foliage. Image from 1968 edition of Belle Air"

Photo from 1968 edition of Belle Air

As the autumn leaves adorning our campus begin to fade, this photo from the 1968 edition of Belle Air serves as a reminder to appreciate nature’s passing beauty. Hopefully the tranquil tone of this image sets the mood for your Thanksgiving dinner and the imminent transition to less temperate weather.


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Rivalry Renewed: Villanova Looks to Extend Three-Game Winning Streak Against Penn State

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 25, the rivalry between Penn State and Villanova will resume. Their first matchup in 70 years, Villanova looks to extend a three-game winning streak against Penn State. Prior to Saturday, the Wildcats have faced the Nittany Lions eight times. Although Penn State leads the series by a 3-4-1 count, Villanova has won the last three: 1936 (13-0), 1949 (27-6), and 1951 (20-14). Saturday’s showdown, the first of a two-game series, begins at noon. The teams will meet again on Sept. 13, 2025. Both games will be played at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA.

Before kickoff, be sure to check out some photos from the rivalry’s previous meetings. Images courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

1936

Image featured in the 1936 Belle Air yearbook (p. 157).

Villanova defeats Penn State (13-0). Image featured in the 1936 Belle Air yearbook (p. 157).

1949

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 196).

Villanova defeats Penn State (27-6). Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 196).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 199).

“Ralph Pasquariello and the rest of the team had a great day in turning the tables on a very good Penn State club that has been highly rated.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 199).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 200).

Villanova defeats Penn State (27-6). “The Lions’ lone touchdown was harmless, scored in the last period as a result of a blocked punt.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 200).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 204).

“Big John Sandusky leads the way for little John Gippi as he steps off yardage against Penn State in the Cats’ 27-6 win.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 204).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 205).

“Pasquariello picking his way through Penn State players as he carries forward for the ‘Cats. This game marked the first time in many years that the Staters were defeated in their opening game.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 205).

1951

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 180).

“The scrappy Wildcats clawed the Nittany Lions (20-14), in what many considered a surprise victory.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 180).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 183).

“Yes, you may take one giant step—but that’s all! Bill Brannau’s pass finds Jake Patrick on the Penn State 3-yard line in the second quarter at Allentown.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 183).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 184).

“Shopa of Penn State is tripped by Ralph Cecere.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 184).

Go ‘Cats! Beat State!


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

 

 


References:

Villanova University. (2018, August 30). Villanova and Penn State Announce Two Game Football Series. https://villanova.com/news/2018/8/30/villanova-and-penn-state-announce-two-game-football-series.aspx?path=football


 

 


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