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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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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: 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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’Cat in the Stacks: Right Back ’Cat It

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.


A year ago, I served up a Cup of Cat-’feine to celebrate the start of the school year and to start my own journey as a Wildcat. Waaay back then, the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room was in its infancy, The Sixth Extinction was on everyone’s mind, and the Falvey would close at a reasonable hour.

Outside of the Library, the campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was reaching a boiling point, the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in over 100 years, and there were only four “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

Welcome to a new school year! As the description says above, I’m your “Cat in the Stacks.” I’ll be discussing quite a bit in this column this year.

But look at us now! The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room has become one of the most popular quiet-study locations on campus, Acts of Faith has become the literary talk of the town, and the Falvey will be piloting a 24/7 hours access for the fall, for those who study at decidedly unreasonable hours. (Read carefully: “piloting,” so make sure you’re on your best behavior during those late nights!)

Donald Trump has become the 45th President (though the political scene seems to remain red hot), the Chicago Cubs won a World Series just a few months ago, and now we’ve been graced with a fifth “Pirates” film – oh boy. If you had told me any of these things would come to pass about a year ago, I maybe could have guessed two out of three… I’ll let you guess which one I couldn’t predict.

Isn’t it crazy how much can change in just a single year? It makes you wonder: in one year from now, what kinds of things will we look back on that we never would have predicted? As you will get accustomed to reading this blog, I’ll tell you that this type of thinking does not apply to only the Library and the great wide world outside of Villanova; it’s a good way of thinking about the changes you yourself will undergo this school year.

This is Hunter, the other Graduate Assistant in the Falvey Communication and Marketing Department. As you can see, she’s been training very intently for this semester.

Maybe a year ago you were starting your senior year as the star quarterback of your high school, and, a year from now, you’ll be on your way to shaping the field of nursing or physics or biology. Maybe a year ago you were starting a rough first year of college and now a new major will bring energies renewed. Perhaps you just started blogging a year ago and now your new school year’s resolution is to bring even more quality posts to your readers. (Okay, that last one was maybe overly personal.)

Whether this year marks a new direction for you or a continuity down the path of life, the Falvey has some important tools to keep you going. There’s always the coffee from “Holy Grounds,” seemingly a staple of my diet. But make sure to get in touch with your subject librarian! Socialize on the first floor and buckle down in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room.

Some things this year will be unpredictable, but the Falvey can definitely help you prepare.


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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: A Summer Survival Guide in Three Steps

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a first-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 Library’s role.


 

For your final ’Cat in the Stacks of the ’16-’17 school year, I would like to impart some wisdom about surviving the long summer away from the Falvey. I understand that it can be very difficult for resident students to wake up early every summer morning and know that they’re more than a few hundred yards from the library. Here are some tips for kicking those summertime blues:

Hunter's summer plans in a single image.

Hunter’s summer plans in a single image.

1. Read.

I’ve given you this advice in several iterations throughout the school year. At no point, however, does it become more pressing advice than when you’re separated from the staff here at the Falvey. We will miss you, and we know that you’ll miss us in return. We can be co-present, though, when we each hide behind the pages of our favorite books and and behind the words of our favorite authors.

2. Visit Us Online.

Just because you’ll be leaving campus doesn’t mean that the library ever has to get as far away from you as your nearest device! As all you Wildcats get an early jump on your fall classes make sure to check out the databases and subject guides for supplementary material. For the more leisurely, we also provide access to popular reading and ancestry.com.

3. Rest & Relax

All aggressive library promoting aside, make sure to get some recovery time this summer. The academic year can take a lot of energy out of you without your even noticing it. Binge watch your favorite shows, take a trip, or just kick back and enjoy having fewer responsibilities for a few short months. As much as we’ll miss you, it will mean the entire world to us to see you raring to start another year in the fall.

Taking a curtain call for finishing my first full year as your 'Cat in the Stacks.

Taking a curtain call for finishing my first full year as your ‘Cat in the Stacks.

That’s all this ’cat has for you this year. I, too, will be back in the fall semester with some awesome weekly posts and new Falvey events to cover. Enjoy the break, Wildcats! Whether you’re heading back to your parents’ house, abroad, off to do service, or anywhere else, remember: there’s always a home for you in the Falvey.

 


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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I’m William Repetto, a first-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 year, Wildcats. We began way back in August with an invite to a simple cup of ’cat-feine. Since then, we’ve seen the visit of a Pulitzer Prize winning author, the opening of a new reading room, and the announcement of a new round of fantastic Falvey scholars.

I may be a grad student, but I can procrastinate like the best of them to bring you this week's 'Cat in the Stacks.

I may be a grad student, but I can procrastinate like the best of them to bring you this week’s ‘Cat in the Stacks.

And these are a few of the things that happened only here in the Falvey! In the great outside world, which measures years from January to December instead of the time between graduations, a tumultuous election cycle ended with an unlikely presidential victory, one sports team ended a 108-year championship draught and another came back from a huge deficit to inflate their Super Bowl pedigree.

Whether or not you were personally invested in any of these happenings, or if you were personally involved at the events in the Falvey, you too have had some great experiences this year and have probably undergone myriad small transformations each day. The big transformation, of course, comes in the next couple weeks when first year students become sophomores, and sophomores become juniors, etc.

The important thing to remember, even though we’re turning the page on another academic year, is that the lessons learned and transformations you underwent remain important as you move on to the next stage of your life. Even if the person you became is vastly different than who you were at the outset of the year, the changes themselves define who you really are at heart.

Life, as we know, is that thing going on all around us everyday, those events to which we must respond emotionally, inside, in our own personal way. As the challenges shift, and in some sense get more challenging, we adapt our responses. At the core, however, we remain the same person: the same person who overcame the challenges of our first year at college, the same person who loved and lost sophomore year, the same person who buckled down and became dedicated to a career junior year, and those memories of senior year will never dissipate.

Speaking of responding to challenges, take a look at how Hunter responds to Madeline interrupting her workflow.

Speaking of responding to challenges, take a look at how Hunter responds to Madeline interrupting her workflow.

As we come to the end of this academic year, with only one ’Cat in the Stacks left for the semester, I’d like to take the chance to remind you that the Falvey Memorial Library staff is here for you every step of the way. Whether you need a place to decompress over coffee with friends, a place to zone in and study or the resources to get that studying done, the Falvey looks forward to helping you take the next steps.


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: The GIFt of Cats

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a first-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 final weeks of the semester have arrived. In the next 14 days or so classes will end, finals will be taken, and term projects will be completed. This ’Cat in the Stacks is here to tell you though, everything’s going to be alright:

Just follow these simple steps to success.

Work Hard

The end of the semester necessitates hard work for success. You will not escape this basic fact, so buckle down and push yourself a little bit. Don’t push yourself too far, though, and only you will know for yourself what that means.

Get Out/Get Some Exercise

Scientifically speaking, exercise helps brain function. While we know this fact to be true, many of us (including me) remain committed to our sedentary lifestyle. For those of you who are like me, just get outside and go for a walk or try one of those classes where I’m not really sure what’s going on, like with these cats:

Kick Your Feet Up When It’s Over

There’s a phrase in English that goes “that’s a life you can hang your hat on.” It speaks to a full life well lived, one you can proudly hang your hat at the end of. This week is kind of like that. Don’t finish your week and think “Well that’s behind me. Now what’s next?” Take the time to admire your own accomplishments. Kick your feet up and reflect for a while.

These are three very basic steps toward optimal mental health. You will have some ups, and you will have some downs in the coming days. If we keep these steps in mind, however, you and I will both make it through this unscathed.

(Also, revisit these cat GIFs when you can – courtesy of GIPHY – especially that first one, for a some inspiration courtesy of some cute felines, who are very pure, according to Hunter.)


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Celebrating Earth Week at ’Nova

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


Yesterday marked the beginning of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day organized around Villanova’s campus (photo of events below). An increasingly important celebration as we tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Earth Day can be commemorated through a number of activities.

If you’re a leisurely stroller, it sounds as though the Tree Tour might be for you. If you think the answer to environment-related issues lies in academics and research, I’d encourage you to attend Dominic Frongillo’s Thursday keynote. It even sounds like by making posters, attending the March for Service and participating in the Earth Day of Service you could display your activist side.

Take a look at all the activities available for you to celebrate Earth Week!

Take a look at all the activities available for you to celebrate Earth Week!

Regardless of how you decide to mark Earth Day this year, I recommend that you make sure to celebrate all of your various environments here at Villanova. The optimists among the Falvey staff like to believe that you Wildcats spend the majority of your time in three particular environments: the dorm, the classroom and, of course, the library.

The classroom might be a tough environment for a student to navigate, let alone take care of or control. But, speaking of 21st-century issues, perhaps this can best be accomplished by showing mutual understanding and respect to fellow students. The dorm room, depending on one’s roommates might be similarly difficult to control, but we’ve all heard the term fengshui and know that a relaxed outer environment can promote a stress-free psyche.

We all also know that finals week can get ugly. As we get to those final weeks of the semester, including finals week itself, let’s all make sure we take care of the library as well. Now, the Falvey staff is not against finding the occasional undergraduate strewn out across couches taking a quick nap but let’s all commit to keeping the place clean and ready for the next person to zone in on his/her studies.

The March for Science is on Saturday. Unfortunately, I'm a lazy grad student, but hopefully you'll see my landscaping skills from downtown.

The March for Science is on Saturday. Unfortunately, I’m a lazy grad student (who will actually be spending Saturday writing papers), but hopefully you’ll see my landscaping skills from downtown.

Let’s also remember that this week really is about the environment! While college comes with lots of intriguing environments (numerated above) with personalities of their own, Mother Nature demands our full attention this week regardless of political leanings.

I know I am not alone among the Falvey staff in encouraging you to participate in as many of these activities as you can. After all, a college campus represents the best environment for doing so; you will not find many places in the world willing to dedicate so much time to celebrating a single day as you will with ‘Nova and Earth Day this week.


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