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’Cat in the Stacks: Concerning Accomplishments

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.


I’ve been browbeating you about working hard and stress this time of year. I admit it. On this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks, however, I’d like to change the tone a bit and talk about, of all things, accomplishments. Accomplishments come at all levels of our lives – personally, professionally, academically, for example. As you dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s on your semester, I’d like to point out some of the accomplishments that are hidden in plain sight around you every day.

Hunter’s proud of everything you’ve done so far!

First off, Wildcats, take a good look in the mirror. You are a very good example of an accomplished person. Even though they might feel small now, think about the sum of all the minor accomplishments you’ve had this semester: finishing that paper, making those new friends, taking up that new campus activity. By this point in your college experience, and by this point in the semester, you’ve already accomplished so much!

Falvey’s made a number of big strides this semester as well. We’re very proud of how the community rallied around Falvey for the 1842 Day celebration. We had 91 supporters who gave more than $5,000! We’ve also had a very successful piloting of our new 24/7 hours this semester. Also among our proudest accomplishments this semester: hosting Dr. Spencer Di Scala and Tom Mogan for talks in Speakers’ Corner.

On a personal level, I’d love to share some of my own accomplishments with you here! I just went to my final master’s class on Tuesday. (No, I’m not finished my graduate degree; I’ll be your ’Cat in the Stacks for one more semester as I write my thesis.) I’ve also SUCCESSFULLY gone grocery shopping every other weekend for a couple of months in a row now – that’s no small feat.

Hopefully your #GOALS are more ambitious than mine!

Accomplishments, like Christmas presents, come in all shapes and sizes. What are some of the things you’re most proud of accomplishing this semester, ’Nova Nation? Share in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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’Cat in the Stacks: Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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I’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.


Given the strange, savage, and seemingly omnipresent American political landscape, many may find giving thanks a strangely difficult task this Thanksgiving season. Typically you would expect the ’Cat in the Stacks to walk you through some sappy way to find the silver lining. In true Michelle Callaghan form, though, I would like to offer some irreverent ways to get through the holiday season with family members.

I mean seriously, as much as I have loved taking over the ’Cat in the Stacks persona, Callaghan’s declaration of “thankfulness month” and her “(un)helpful tips” were second to none blog-post-wise.

I would now like to introduce the…

Thanksgiving and Cat in the Stacks

Falvey Thanksgiving Break Survival Kit 

Popular Reading

In the past, I have urged you to get help with the subject librarians and utilize the databases to the most effective extent possible. I’m telling you today to check out a fun read. Yes, the Falvey Memorial Library is more than just your campus intellectual center. We have Grisham and Brown and, gasp, even Nicholas Sparks. Stop in, grab a book, and tone out the family nonsense.

eBooks

So you packed your things and ran out of the dorms to your car so quickly that you forgot to stop by the Falvey for one of our popular reading books. That’s okay! You can still access resources at the library via your phone, tablet, or laptop. You simply need to follow this link and login from home. On the EBSCO eBook collection you can even find cookbooks, in case, you know, mother’s cooking really isn’t anything to, well, write home about.

New hobbies!

Two of your newest hobbies! You’re looking more intellectual already!

Pick up a new hobby

If popular reading and eBook cookbooks aren’t your thing, then I suggest picking up a new hobby while you’re on break. If your business degree has prevented you from the appreciation of history you crave, take up reading Making of the Modern World. If engineering assignments have stunted your film watching, take a look at EBSCO’s Film & Television Index. These scholarly hobbies may impress family members, especially when Uncle Larry brings up his beer-can airplane collection for the umpteenth time.

‘Cat in the Stacks

Surely when you get home, your family is going to want to know if you’ve met the Internet celebrity sensation of Villanova – the ‘Cat in the Stacks. You don’t want to embarrassingly say that you’ve never heard of him, do you? So get caught up on ‘Cat in the Stacks! We have some good ones this semester. And while you’re clicking around, learn something new with our Dig Deeper series of posts.

Thanksgiving Survival Tool

Your Thanksgiving survival tool. You’ll find us on Facebook, too!

Tweet us

You can do this from your phone at the Thanksgiving table if you’d like, and tell your parents that you’re texting all your new friends from school. We young PR professionals are bound to answer at any time of the day or night – but more probably on Monday, Nov. 28, when we return to our desks. But we would love to know your #NovaGivesThanks, so shout us out on twitter @FalveyLibrary.

 

These five tools should get you through the short break back home before classes pick up heading into the final stretch of the semester. Unwind and enjoy the company of those who love you, Wildcats. We’ve almost made it through another fall semester, and before you know it, we’ll be celebrating the start of 2017. I’m very thankful for all my readers and thankful for having the opportunity to write for you all.


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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.

 


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The ’Cat in the Stacks Purrs Over VU Theatre’s “Intimate Apparel”

 

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.


First you got an anecdote about kissing, then you got some dating advice, and now on this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks you’ll hear a thing or two about “Intimate Apparel.” I’m speaking, of course, of Villanova Theatre’s production of the famous play by Lynn Nottage. You might be familiar with my reviews of “Little Women” and “Godspell,” and, in true VU Theatre fashion, “Intimate Apparel” did not disappoint. 

(Courtesy of VU Theatre.)

The Show

“Intimate Apparel” greets the audience with the sights and soundscape of early 20th-century New York City that dramaturg Andrea Rumble-Moore writes so lucidly about in the program. Along with the costume design of Janus Stefanowicz, and the rest of the costume department, the mis en scene of the play’s opening transport the audience a couple hundred miles north and a little over a hundred years back to 1904-1905 lower Manhattan.

What greets us there are the marvelously depicted Esther (Sisi Wright), a seamstress of corsets and the like, along with her patrons Mrs. Van Buren (Kara Krichman) and Mayme (Alexandra King), and her landlady Mrs. Dickson (Marissa Kennedy). Did I mention her fabric supplier and secret admirer Mr. Marks (Nikitas Menotiades)? Only the highest forms of drama ensue as the illiterate Esther forms an epistolary romance with a Panama Canal construction worker named George (Brishen Miller).

VU Theatre’s rendition wonderfully highlighted the complicated matrix of race, gender, and religion that complicated all social interactions of Greenwich Village in the early 1900s. As Esther struggles to identify with the lifestyles of her customers, she relies on them for both patronage and their ability to write to George. Most scene transitions are dictated by her letter-based romance, as the VU Theatre characteristically blends plot with the demands of technical theatre.

As the story unfolds, however, George turns out to be someone vastly different than expected; an untimely kiss disrupts things quite a bit, and you might find yourself looking for a smoking gun – or shall we say a smoking jacket? Amidst the strong bonds that form between our female characters, you might find yourself wondering if all the characters use the term “gentleman” ironically, or if it’s possible to use it any other way. In the end, though, you’ll remain curious about why the modern world has found it possible to connect oceans across continents but cannot seem to find common ground among genders, races, and religions.

The “Intimate Apparel” Stage as it greets the audience.

The Cast

The women of “Intimate Apparel” provide such a strong performance that you’ll notice they don’t even need any men to perform the set changes!

As a follow up to “Godspell,” “Intimate Apparel” demonstrates the amazing range that the performers of the Villanova Theatre program really have. In no character is this more apparent than Mrs. Dickinson portrayed by Marissa Kennedy. Kennedy mixed wit and humor in “Godspell,” but, as Mrs. Dickinson, she returns as the wise and wry landlady that truly allows her to demonstrate the sheer breadth of her acting repertoire.

Alexandra King, who we didn’t see in “Godspell,” returns to the stage in “Intimate Apparel” as Mayme – the entertaining yet introspective prostitute who receives all the same clothing as her upper-class double Mrs. Van Buren, played by Kara Krichman. A notable line delivered by Esther (Sisi Wright) about these two characters goes: “What she got, you want, and what you got, she want.” Well, King’s and Krichman’s performances certainly leave the audience wanting nothing more.

Wright herself demonstrates the scope of emotions required to play such a layered character as Esther. Throughout the play, the audience sees her at different times as confident, shy, industrious, foolish, flirtatious, and downright serious. She handled each and every one of these emotions in stride and perfectly illustrated the complexity of the character for the audience.

The press packet for “Intimate Apparel,” replete with an advert for “Mr. Burns” – which we sadly must wait until February to see!

Dig Deeper

If you’re not one to be satiated by the musings of a library blogger, you can always explore the academic resources that Falvey keeps on hand for the people who are just your type. Or, of course, you can check out these links I’ve assembled for you:

Whether you’re the bookish type enough to read these library resources or not, I hope you’ll still find your way over to the VU Theatre for a showing of “Intimate Apparel.” Showings will be at 8pm on Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 14-18; and showings will be at 2pm on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Some Dating Advice

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.


The ’Cat in the Stacks is not a dating column – except for when it has to be. Only one time of year could necessitate the editorial decision to make this week’s post about romance: cuffing season. Now, because you’re a smart, suave member of the Villanova community, I know you think you know all there is to cuffing season, but I would like to gently remind you of some definitions you may not have come across.  

First, of course, there’s the standard definition of cuffing season; gals and guys tend to settle into relationships as the cold weather encroaches. Second, however, and the lesser known of the cuffing seasons, is that time of year when the chilly weather makes it feel as though your quilts and pillows have conspired to create an elaborate web of cuffs that keep you firmly tethered to the mattress despite the most annoying beckoning of the alarm clock. 

All that chilly weather that strikes right after Halloween can cuff you down anywhere, really. It happened to PATW author, Hunter Houtzer.

This second version of cuffing season actually applies to many aspects of home, apartment, or dorm living. Instead of running down to the dining hall, microwaveable meals become somehow more appealing; rather than going to one of those big study parties on the weekend, staying in and watching TV becomes all the more likely. And worst of all, studying at one’s own desk becomes somehow more appealing than coming over to the library. 

My advice for all the various outcomes of cuffing season is exactly the same: don’t ghost anyone. Let’s start with romantic relationships. Ghosting’s a real bummer. My mother always told me, “ignorance is worse than hatred.” That lesson is all too powerful these days, when ignorance can be as simple as not answering a text message. Don’t be that guy/gal; open communication is always best, even when things aren’t working out. 

Second, concerning those pesky quilts and pillows that seem to become one hundred times more cozy as the fall months change slowly into winter, don’t get cuffed down from the really important stuff. There’s nothing wrong with waiting out those frosty weekend mornings, but don’t ghost your professors either! As a TA currently, I’m here to tell you that we really miss you when you miss class. Legitimate reasons aside, don’t let cuffing season turn you into a ghost. 

 

The colder weather can even make us Falvey bloggers feel like we’re running on fumes.

Lastly, and speaking on behalf of the Falvey staff, don’t ghost us here at the library! We know that many resources are available online, but we love seeing you come to Falvey to attend an event, to study with friends, or simply to explore the stacks. Don’t let the cool walk tie you down to working in the dorm. The first floor, second floor, and the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room are still open 24/7. Don’t let them turn into ghost towns! 

Okay, so ’Cat in the Stacks still isn’t a dating column, but I still think it made an apt metaphor for talking about college life this time of year. As the cold weather moves in, requiring more and more layers of clothing, remember that campus is still abuzz with events and activities – particularly here at Falvey. 


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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’Cat in the Stacks: Bring it Back to Basics

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.


In the week to week grind of the semester, between your learning, blogging, teaching, or other work responsibilities, or whatever it is you may do, it’s often easy to overlook the fundamentals. We get so caught up in meeting deadlines that producing our best work can become an afterthought.

This week’s ’Cat in the Stacks is about wiping the slate clean, about reading between the deadlines (so to speak) to find the personal lessons at the heart of all our challenges. Here are three techniques toward getting back to basics that I’ve learned over my years of undergrad and semesters of graduate school.

A brief story with a familiar setting.

1. A Little Positivity

I think I’ll start this post way down in South Philly, which I was lucky enough to visit for a blog post earlier this semester. I’m speaking, of course, of Lincoln Financial field, where national anthem protests have spiraled out of control into a national (and international?) controversy.

Through the fog of controversy, though, a local hero has risen: Carson Wentz. While his play on the field has been nothing short of stellar, I’m speaking more specifically of his actions off the field. A story came to prominence this week of his fulfilling the dying wishes of a young Delaware boy nicknamed the “Dutch Destroyer.”

You can brush up on the story yourself, but to make a long explanation short: if Wentz can bring us back to humanity through the fog of national controversy, the same principle can apply in your personal life. Do something special for someone else, or, better yet, use the privileges you’ve been granted to lift another’s spirits; these are strategies you can use to find a little positivity.

Find out why I’m blushing in the story below!

2. Laugh a Little

Here’s an embarrassing personal anecdote: as a native Philadelphian, I find the need to take any and all out-of-towners staying in the area to a Flyers game. I was lucky enough to take my co-worker and PATW writer Hunter Houtzer to the Flyers-Oilers game this past weekend.

Now let me say that in all my years of going to Flyers games, even the times when I took romantic interests to the game, I have never, not once ever been featured on the “Kiss Cam” – until I took my co-worker Hunter. We panicked! We were stuck! What could we do? The whole stadium “boos!” if you don’t participate. So we did it: one quick kiss between long-time Falvey blog contributors.

Why am I telling you this? Because it gave us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves. Between the hours of the graduate assistantship and the time we spend earning our degrees, graduate students can sometimes forget to live a little. The same goes for attendees and employees at universities from top to bottom.

Find a reason to laugh a little, or (even worse!) have a sense of humor about yourself, and you’ll find yourself laying an excellent foundation for mental well-being.

We open minds all day, every day (24/7!) here at Falvey.

3. Open your Mind

We hear this advice so often that it can become cliché, but stick with me for a moment because I had the opportunity to attend two events yesterday that reminded me how fundamental opening one’s mind is to learning and growing in the modern world.

The first was aptly titled “Open Your Mind to Open Access.” At this event, I learned all about different opportunities for using or contributing to open access outlets, but I also learned generally about the structure of academia. I learned that, beyond meeting deadline after deadline, academics requires a general knowledge of institutional structures.

Next, and right afterward, I attended the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture by Dr. Spencer M. Di Scala. It featured information on U.S.-Italian relations during WWI. I’ve spent so much time learning fiction in the past two years that I had forgotten how much fun it is to listen to the stories that history contains!

As we turn the corner into those hectic final weeks of the semester, I hope you’ll take these lessons to heart, Wildcats! Getting back to basics can sometimes make for smoother sailing through the tumultuous currents ahead.


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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’Cat in the Stacks: THE CHILLY WEATHER HAS RETURNED

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.


The chilly weather has returned, ’Nova Nation, and you know what that means; no, not stuffy noses, dry coughs, and miserable, dark, dreary mornings. It means the return of flannel, finding a cozy corner to hunker down in the library; chilly weather means Halloween, apple cider, leaves changing colors, and most of all: some pretty rad events to celebrate here at the Falvey.

The first of these events will occur tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19) and will actually be in service of those who have fallen victim to a vastly different kind of weather. “The Crisis in Puerto Rico: A Faculty Panel” will be part of the ongoing marking of Hispanic Heritage Month, which has blossomed into a full semester here at ’Nova and will also feature brief presentations by the Hispanic Club and Catholic Relief Services. 

Here’s an eVite to the Puerto Rico event!

Next up, we have our celebration of Open Access Week. In case you didn’t know, corralling the large amounts of information that libraries like the Falvey provide access to requires amazing amounts of woman- and manpower each year. Managing these subscriptions and understanding what each includes is a huge part of what librarians must be able to do these days. 

This system works for the Falvey because we have some of the best and most knowledgeable librarians in the world combined with the resources of such a great university. The biggest issue, however, is that this system concentrates all the best scholarship and data for research into the hands of similarly endowed institutions. Open Access Week is about celebrating those organization that seek to make said information free and easily accessible. Our biggest event for this celebration, titled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 205.  

This celebration happens to correspond with another keynote event here at the Falvey – so you can take shelter from the chilly weather all day on Oct. 25! This year’s Mannella lecture, “Issues on U.S.-Italy Relations,” will be given by Dr. Spencer M. Di Scalia of UMass Boston’s Department of History at 1pm on that day. We hope to see you there for spirited discussion and, of course, light refreshments. 

Di Scalia, of UMass Boston, poses for a photo.

If library events aren’t your favorite chilly weather pastime, well… then you’re surely lost! But we’d love to know what you’re up to, Wildcats. Whether hot chocolate is your favorite cooler weather activity or just snuggling up under a quilt, we’d love to know: comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. 


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Gotta Collect ’em All!

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.


Here’s a situation: as the temperature starts to drop into those fall digits, and midterms loom on the horizon, you find yourself walking along out front of the Falvey. Like the smart, suave Villanova student that you are, you decide to go into the library to get some studying done.

Only wait, you start to day dream off, thinking of curling up back at the dorm (apartment, etc.) with a nice, warm cup of Ramen; how could the library possibly top that? Well, guess what! We can. A “hot” topic among patrons and staff alike here at the Falvey has been the quality of the soup at Holy Grounds.

The strong opinions surrounding the topic have led us to declare this week: “Soups Mania.”

Graphic design by Joanne Quinn!

Okay, you caught us. This week is no different from any other: “It’s always Soups Mania” here at the Falvey. Just like you have to wait to see who performs at Hoops Mania each year, we patiently wait here to see which soups will grace our taste buds each afternoon here in the Falvey.

The “Soups Mania” pins are a way of showing our appreciation to Dining Services for supplying the Falvey with such a unique option for guests. That said, we’d love to see how you enjoy your soup here at Falvey. Do you chow down in the first floor lounge? Do you bring your king’s ransom to the armchairs in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room? Or is soup your appetizer for an event at the Idea Accelerator? Let us know via Twitter (@FalveyLibrary) or, better yet, tag us in an Instagram post (@VillanovaLibrary) wearing your fancy, new button!

Look how excited Hunter gets when she buys her soup!

Also, #DidYouNova, we’re giving away buttons all semester long here at the Falvey, here’s a photo of our favorites so far:

I think the “Rollie” and “Eboo” are my favorites! What about yours?

Have you collected ’em all?


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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’Cat in the Stacks: “Throw”back Thursday, 1896 Edition

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.


What a devastating loss last Saturday, huh, ’Nova Nation? If you’re among the uninformed: the Wildcats lost a game of football to the Temple Owls this past weekend. Now you’re thinking: “the ‘’Cat in the Stacks is not a sports blog, William. Why are you reporting this here?” 

Well! Sports are in fact an important part of the Falvey currently, as we are exhibiting our “Wildcats: Past & Present” display on the first floor. Now before you say, “What a lame marketing ploy, William,” and you click to a new page, let me highlight one of our pieces for you, and then show what it has to do with your Villanova career: 

 

This is a picture of the 1896 football team from the “Past & Present” display itself! In addition to being just a very cool artifact in general, the photo tells us a lot about what it means to be Villanovan both as a student and beyond. 

You see, the gentlemen of this photo would be approximately 140 years old if they were alive today (assuming the photo was taken when they were roughly 20). Now take a quick look at the names. Do you recognize any of them? 

I don’t either! To my knowledge, none of these men are particularly famous or historically significant. Even the very gentlemanly looking Captain McDonald, who the photo seems to revolve around, doesn’t strike me as someone I’ve seen before in a history textbook or read about in an acclaimed biography. But now I want you to take a look at another photo: 

 

This is a picture from last Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. If you zoom in on the scoreboard, you’ll notice that this is the moment the Wildcats’ defeat became official. If you zoom back out and compare the photo to the artifact from above, you’ll notice a striking difference. 

The Wildcats of 1896 didn’t have fancy gear, a giant stadium as their playing field, or indeed more than 16 team members! They still played though, knowing that they enjoyed the game themselves and that their dedication to the program would payoff for students somewhere ages and ages hence. 

 

I’ve been practicing up on my gridiron skills myself…

There’s a lesson to be learned here that goes beyond sports. No matter what you decide to do with your time at Villanova, whether it’s improving something small about campus or helping a large group on campus get even larger, you can never predict the long term benefits of your project – but that project is definitely worth the added effort. Just look at what became of 16 young guys excited about a sport after 100 years. 

The same lesson goes for life as well. Even if you’re just a small part of a company for a few years, or, even better, if you just spend a couple hours volunteering each week, you could never guess what can become of a small effort when it’s given time to flourish. One day your effort may be immortalized in a display on the past and present.  

Even Hunter’s getting into the football spirit!

For many other lessons that can be drawn from sports make sure to stop by “Wildcats: Past & Present,” curated by Special Collections and the University Archives. Or take a look at the digital library! We’d love to hear about your favorite items; what lessons can we learn from them? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or use the comments below!


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’Cat in the Stacks: Five Things to Look Forward to this Semester

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.


Third week of the semester already?! I don’t know how it’s possible, Wildcats, but the pages of the calendar seem to turn faster and faster ever onward. We already talked about kitten back to work and about adapting to a little bit of change, but this week – as we settle back into our routines – let’s look forward a little, so we know what this month has in store before it becomes another turned page on another year’s planner.

1. Fall Weather: There’s no denying it, ’Nova Nation, sweater-weather is the best weather of them all. As Labor Day has marked the unofficial end of summer, it will soon be time to put away those athletic shorts and cargos. You’ll have to break out those stylish Villanova sweaters, a few hip hoodies, and hopefully look as good as Hunter does while she’s studying:

Hunter’s not only styling this semester, but she’s looking forward to getting that master’s thesis started!

2. OneBook Celebration: If you haven’t read this year’s OneBook Villanova selection, “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel, I encourage you to drop whatever it is you’re doing right this instant, head over to the Falvey, check out a copy, grab an armchair in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, and read until your heart’s content (hint: it won’t be until the book is over, and then you’ll still want to learn more). On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Patel will join us on campus for the OneBook Dinner and a keynote lecture among other events.

3. Pumpkin Spice: Well, according to some, you needn’t wait until fall to have a pumpkin spice treat, but let’s face it; there’s no better time for a PS Latte than late September, and PS muffins seem to bring out the cheer in the early October weather. For those of you who aren’t into trendy flavors (or, indeed, seasonal cheer) there’s always the tried and true flavor of National Chocolate Day on Sept. 13.

4. Godspell: The Villanova Theatre Program impressed us all in spring semester with their excellent rendition of “Little Women.” And who could forget their production at the Abbey Theatre (excellent playwrights on that play, if I understand correctly)? Anyhow! They’re back for a new season, and they’ll be kicking off with a classic – “Godspell” – with a contemporary twist: a gender-blind casting. Opening night will be Sept. 19 at 8pm. If you stay updated with us here on the Falvey blog, you might even catch a review written by yours truly.

In honor of Hunter’s birthday, I’ve been out slaying dragons. Happy birthday, Hunter!

5. Football: The beginning of fall in the United States can hardly be discussed without talking about football. It’s a basic truth that we work hard each week in order to reach the weekend. The addition of Eagles (or insert hometown team) football each Sunday only adds spice to an already exciting part of the week. And, if you don’t really understand the rules of the game all that well (like some bloggers for particular library websites), then there’s always the social aspect! And more time with friends is always awesome.

These are five things that we’re all looking forward to! But I’m sure we all have our own various dates circled on the calendar: days of big presentations, tickets to that awesome concert, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. We’d love to know what sorts of things you’re looking forward to this semester! Drop us a line on Twitter or Facebook (or in the comment box below), and we’ll let you know how Falvey can factor into your big day.


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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’Cat in the Stacks: “Got a little change in my pocket…”

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.


Here we are on a new day, ’Nova Nation. Your favorite Wednesday blog has become your new favorite Thursday blog. How exciting! In celebration, let’s discuss change this week. The topic seems appropriate after all; this time of the year always comes with big changes.

You’re probably settling in this week to new courses, new lodgings, and maybe even a new routine. A little change can be tough; a little change can bring big difficulties, but, most of all, change can be refreshing and open new opportunities.

Hunter’s taken up yoga as her big new school year’s change.

Take for example the changes being made here at the Falvey. The relocation of CASA to the Learning Commons, while it made us shuffle some rooms around, has definitely given the second floor a new and brighter look! It’s also opened up opportunities for us to continue providing resources apropos to our diverse patrons here at the Falvey. (I’ve even heard whispers of a topic guide catered to that end.)

On a personal level, I’m adjusting to a new role here at Villanova as a teaching intern with the English Department. The return to having classes scheduled in the middle of the day, as opposed to exclusively in the evening, has actually been an interesting jump! I’m also adjusting to being a second-year grad student: do I have good advice for my first-year colleagues? What’s next for me – the real world?

I guess change always calls to mind questions like these. New schedules and routines always make me question when I’ll have time for friends and for unwinding. New courses usually make me think: “how in the world am I supposed to get all this done?!” Keeping these questions in the back of my mind, though, usually helps me adjust to the changes in small ways.

My perception of self while I’m writing this blog. (“Because it’s for the birds?” asks Hunter… to which I make the same face as above.)

Of course some of you are thinking that life changes constantly, and adjusting to changes is the same as learning to live. I think that’s partly correct! To me, life functions on different planes, and we’re talking about the long-term plane today. We have to adjust to a new semester and a new day for the blog!

The point is this, Wildcats: while change is wonderful, it can sometimes bog you down. The Falvey staff is here to help you no matter which changes you’re adapting to. This blog particularly will be here each week to help you think about the changes as they come.


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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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