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Curious Cat: Summer Plans!

By Elijah McDow & Ethan Shea

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The hiatus of the Curious Cat was two years too long. When Elijah and Ethan were asked to revive this beloved series a few months ago, they were thrilled to take on the task. Over the course of the spring semester, they’ve enjoyed brainstorming several questions of the week, writing blogs, and getting to meet so many fellow Wildcats.

With the last week of classes and finals on the horizon, this week’s Curious Cat will be the last installment of the academic year. For their final question, Elijah and Ethan asked: “What are you looking forward to doing this summer?”

In total, they received six responses from a handful of Falvey patrons. Here’s what they had to say…

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“Driving to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with my friends.”
— Deidra Cali ’23  MA

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“Taking time to relax and enjoy my last summer before the ‘real world.'”
— Katie Dahyun Park ’22

“Looking forward to golfing this summer.”
— Connor Hamel ’22

“I’m looking forward to going to the beach!”
— Alex Whang ’22

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“Lifeguarding at my pool and seeing my best friend Grace.”
— Neve Hehir ’25

“Going to Hilton Head Island with my family!”
— Sean Stepanek ’25

Thanks for tuning in to the Curious Cat this semester. We’re looking forward to returning in the fall!


Elijah McDow is a College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Curious Cat: Rainy Days

By Elijah McDow & Ethan Shea

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In this week’s edition of the Curious Cat, Ethan and Elijah worked hard to come up with a question. After some brainstorming, they decided to ask about the wet weather. Sometimes it feels like cloudy days are dragging you down, but gray skies and puddle-filled streets aren’t all bad! Our curious cats received a total of four responses from students around the Library, all answering the question: What do you like to do on rainy days?

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“Look at and listen to the rain fall.”

— Rose Dietrich ’23 MA

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“Watch movies in my dorm.”

— Mario Turco ’25

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“Nap, Netflix, and be unproductive.”

— Ben Artz ’25

“Get work done while I can’t go out.”

— Jacob Artz ’23

This week’s Cat in the Stax also confronts our recent weather, so if you’d like some reading recommendations inspired by the rain, check the blog out here! As always, feel free to leave a comment answering the question for yourself! We love to hear your responses!


Elijah McDow is a College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Curious Cat: Superstitions & Pre-Game Rituals

By Elijah McDow & Ethan Shea

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For this week’s Curious Cat, Elijah and Ethan are tapping into Villanova’s recent March Madness success. Our campus’s enthusiasm for the Wildcats inspired them to ask the question: “Do you do any superstitious pre-game rituals before watching basketball games?” A total of six Falvey patrons volunteered to answer this question. Here’s what they had to say:

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“I actually don’t, aside from making sure I watch the game.”

— William Crites ’23

“A lucky pair of socks I haven’t washed since the tournament started.”

— Kevin Heist ’23

“The same shirt I’ve worn to other games we’ve won.”

— Lilly Kaye ’25

“I don’t, but I’m gonna start chewing the same gum during all winning games.”

— Hannah Slattery ’25

“Wearing the same jersey during every game.”

— Jane Maleady ’25

“A lucky handshake with my friends before every game.”

— Alice Korolev ’25


Elijah McDow is a College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library

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Curious Cat: The Wheels or Doors Debate Continues

By Elijah McDow & Ethan Shea

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In this week’s installment of Curious Cat, Elijah and Ethan brainstormed a handful of possible questions but ultimately took inspiration from Ethan’s recent Cat in the Stax post and asked: “Are there more wheels or doors in the world?” These curious Cats received a total of five responses. Here’s what those Falvey patrons had to say about this viral question…

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“Team Wheels because of the wheels on office chairs.”

— Connor Fawcett ’24

“Team Wheels because there are so many Hot Wheels.”

— Connor Welts ’24

“Team Wheels…just think of suitcases.”

— Mary Dam ’24

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“Team Wheels because of all the conveyor belts Amazon owns.”

— Briar Braddock ’24

“Also Team Wheels because of conveyor belts.”

— Lily Panunto ’24

 

Well it looks like Team Wheels won in a landslide here at Falvey. If you have your own thoughts on this debate, leave a comment!


Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Curious Cat: Your Go-To Holy Grounds Order

By Elijah McDow and Ethan Shea

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Falvey’s Curious Cats, Elijah and Ethan, are back again for another installment of their recurring blog. This week’s question focuses on a staple of Villanova’s campus, Holy Grounds. Mouthwatering muffins, hot tea, and iced coffee are all available to students at this reverent café, so this week, students were asked: What is your go-to order at Holy Grounds? Here are the responses they received…

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“Iced caramel latte with oat milk.”

— Olivia Naioti ’23

“Egg bagel and an iced coffee.”

— Sai Ramrajesh ’23

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“Cold brew with oat milk.”

—Jessica Marasco ’23

“Iced latte with oat milk and a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese.”

— Jeneille Deans ’22

“Raspberry iced tea.”

— Kristine Rivera ’23

“Vanilla cold brew with oat milk.”

— Brynne Wacker ’22

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“Blueberry muffin.”

—Alex Allen ’23

“Hot chocolate with a blueberry muffin.”

— Emily Pintarelli ’23


Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Curious Cat: Women’s History Month

By Elijah McDow and Ethan Shea

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After a two-year hiatus, Falvey’s Curious Cat blog has returned! March is Women’s History Month, so Falvey’s Curious Cats, Elijah McDow and Ethan Shea, decided to ask some Falvey patrons to name a woman who inspires them. Ethan and Elijah received a total of eight responses from students around the Library. Here are their responses:

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“My sister.”
—Joe Evans ’25

 

"Emily Cavenagh"

“My grandma.”
—Emily Cavenagh ’24

 

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“My high school teacher Diane Haleas.”
—Nicolette LaHood ’25

“Mother Teresa.”
—Alyson Ludden ’25

“Blake Lively.”
—Eden Fernandez ’25

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“My mom.”
—Liam Maher ’25

“Rosa Parks.”
—Harrison Farrell ’25

“My grandmother.”
—Thomas Principe ’25


Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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The Curious ‘Cat: Library Staff Share Seasonal Schedules

By Kallie Stahl

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What are your plans for winter break?” 


Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator


Jesse Flavin, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Coordinator


Jeannine Ahern, Finance and Administration Specialist


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. She is traveling home to Ohio for the holidays. 


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Curious Cat: What class are you looking forward to?

Hey folks! Despite the sentiment of the proverb, curiosity has not killed the cat.

With a fresh academic year upon us, we asked students in the library what class they are most excited for this semester or in the future?


 

“Geology, because I am interested about how the Earth works.”
—Grace Callaghan

 

“Business Dynamics, because my professor is super fun.”
—Andrew Frohock


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Summer Reading Stacks

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

 

Welcome back to campus, Wildcats!

How was your summer? More importantly, did you read any good books? Which book did you pack in your beach bag and bring home covered in sand and salt water stains? Which book kept you turning pages for hours during a lazy day at home? Was there a book you started but left unfinished when you packed up to return to school?

Thankfully, National Read A Book Day is Friday, Sept. 6, and Falvey Library wants you to spend the day reading for fun. Yes, read for run. Get outside, and pick up a new book, a favorite book, or a book you didn’t finish. Make sure to stop in the library and pick up a button at the Circulation Desk to show your support for the holiday.

I’ll be picking Whisper Network by Chandler Baker back up. I started the novel at the tail end of my summer, and it’s been sitting on my nightstand ever since. For National Read A Book Day, I’m going to bring the book with me to work and spend my lunch break outside, ignoring my phone and academic responsibilities for just a little bit. It’s an engrossing read, set in a modern-day corporate office after the suspicious suicide of the company’s CEO. Every page has enough thrill and intrigue to keep me guessing.

In thinking about National Read A Book Day, I asked some of Falvey’s staff to reflect on their favorite summer reads:

 

Nate Haeberle-Gosweiler, Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant, recalls The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty by Benjamin Bratton: “This book was more than just interesting. It was a book that made me change my feelings about the world.”

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, picked a throwback: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: “I watched the movie as a kid, but never read the book. It’s cool to read it now, knowing that my kids have read it before me. It’s also really incredible that a book without featured characters that are similar to us is still to relatable.”

Annabelle Humiston, Falvey Library Student Worker, loved Nick Bilton’s American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road: “I’m a huge fan of crime thrillers and this one really kept you on your toes. I want to work in forensics psychology after graduation, so it was both informative and entertaining.”

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin made Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer, catch the book bug this summer. “The book was such an unbelievably gripping work of science fiction that I couldn’t put it down, and I went on to read twelve books this summer,” Hallberg says.

After watching the Chernobyl HBO miniseries and listening to the podcast about the show, Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, picked up Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham. “After watching the miniseries, I realized I didn’t know a lot about Chernobyl,” Stahl admits. “This book was a great resource for the event itself, because it really delves into history.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communications and Marketing, has been talking about Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou for months.”Not only was it intriguing and the author told a good story, it was also fascinating to learns the intricacies of the relationship between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.”

Tara Westover’s Educated really inspired Regina Duffy, Communication and Marketing Program Manager. She says, “Her success story was moving. She grew up in the mountains, uneducated, and with little guidance, achieved her dreams.”

Allie Reczek, Falvey Library Student Worker, is going to finish Hannibal by Thomas Harris. “I only got about 100 pages into the book this summer, but I really want to finish it. I liked it because I read The Silence of the Lambs and then I watched the movies. I wanted to continue the series,” she says.

 

 

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: Summer Trips

Exhilarated about the approaching summer recess, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

What’s your favorite vacation destination?

Caroline SipioCaroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator:
“Ocean City, New Jersey.”

Luisa CywinskiLuisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services:
“Dubuque, Iowa.”

Rob LeBlancRob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian:
“Italy.”

Jackie SmithJackie Smith, Finance and Administration Specialist:
“Germany.”

Laura HutelmyerLaura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Coordinator:
“Arizona and Scotland.”


 


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Last Modified: May 9, 2019