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Cat in the Stax: Fall 2022 Semester Rewind

By Ethan Shea

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For the final Cat in the Stax of 2022, I will continue the tradition of ending each semester with a recap of some recent Cat in the Stax highlights.

To begin, one of my favorite blogs this semester was “What are you listening 2?” This blog published back in September was one of my favorites to write. I’ve always enjoyed keeping up to date with the latest music releases, and given the constant output of content these days, I could write a new version of this blog every week!

Another memorable post took place during spooky season. Halloween is usually a time to stuff your face with sweets, but this year I took a more savory approach to the season. In the blog “The Season of Pizza?” I shared my experience eating New-Haven style pizza in my home state of Connecticut. I even introduced some more obscure regional slices, such as Altoona pizza. I’m looking forward to returning to Connecticut during winter break to eat some more delicious pies!

"World Chess Hall of Fame"

World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri

Another food-related blog I enjoyed writing was “The Fast-Food Graveyard.” To celebrate National Fast Food Day on Nov. 16, I shared some memorable discontinued fast-food meals such as the McRib and McDonald’s Cinnamelt. Although the McRib recently returned for a limited time, the sandwich is supposedly gone forever … but we’ll see how long that lasts.

One thing I didn’t mention in this blog is the recent loss of all-day breakfast at McDonald’s. Because of COVID-19, McDonald’s was forced to end its all-day breakfast, and it is yet to return. I understand there are probably many reasons for this decision, and hopefully they take the well-being of workers into account. That being said, I hope we can someday find a way to safely return to a world where I can eat a McGriddle at midnight.

Without a doubt, the blog that was the highlight of my fall semester was “A Game of Chess.” This blog about my visit to St. Louis allowed me to talk about many of my favorite things. There was discussion of chess at the World Chess Hall of Fame and of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, which celebrates its hundredth birthday this year!

If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can take a trip down memory lane and return to any of these Cat in the Stax blogs on Falvey’s website.

This cat is signing off until next year! Have a relaxing break, and we’ll speak again in January!

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.

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TBT: Thankful for Wildcats

Whiteboard art created by Joanne Quinn on November 17, 2017.

Falvey Library is thankful for our Wildcats! Happy Thanksgiving, Nova Nation!


Fall 2022 Mosaic Now Available

The Fall 2022 issue of Mosaic is now available in the Digital Library. For those with visual accessibility needs, an optimized, accessible PDF is also available on the same page.

In this issue, we talk with Victor “Vic” J. Maggitti Jr. ’56 VSB whose $20 million gift was the largest in Falvey Library’s history, profile our 2022 Falvey Scholars, create a poster-worthy send-off for Coach Jay Wright, and explore the pitfalls of staging Julius Caesar for modern audiences.


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Photo Friday: Calm Campus

Image of the empty benches outside of Falvey Library.

Campus is quiet this afternoon. Have a great fall break, Nova Nation!

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





Caturday: Hoops Mania 2022

T-Pain. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

T-Pain. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

Nicki Minaj. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

Nicki Minaj. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

Wiz Khalifa. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

Wiz Khalifa. Image courtesy of the Belle Air Yearbook.

Happy Hoops Mania, Wildcats! Take a guess at the surprise performer this year!


Falvey Memorial Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Falvey Memorial Library is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 with a display case on the first floor featuring various literary works from Hispanic authors.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to history, culture, and achievements in the United States. Starting in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, the celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to observe a 30-day period, officially being enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

Not only does Falvey have access to various literary works by Hispanic authors, but for a limited time, you can access policy, legal, and historical information through the Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. database linked here. This database is included in the HeinOnline database, a subscription provided by the Charles Widger School of Law Library. Database trial ends Sept. 26, 2022.

Be sure to stop by the library and check out the display to gain inspiration for your next read in the spirit of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The display includes:

Also featured in the display is the 2022-23 One Book selection Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. Save the date: Villanova University will welcome Vargas to campus to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, as a part of our annual One Book Villanova Lecture during the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the talk.


Olivia Dunn HeadshotOlivia Dunn ’23 CLAS is a current junior at Villanova, majoring in Communication with specializations in Journalism and Public Relations. She works in Falvey Library as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.





Resource Highlight: Immigration Law and Policy Information

By Merrill Stein

World map.

If you are seeking policy, legal and historical information about immigration, trial access is now available to the Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. database, included within the already subscribed to HeinOnline database, a subscription courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law Library.

The database brings together a comprehensive collection of sixteen subcollections about immigration. Select features include scholarly articles focused on immigration law from the HeinOnline law journal library, congressional hearings, Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Board of Immigration Appeals Precedent Decisions and several immigration-related acts and legislative histories and relevant Supreme Court briefs in 750,000 pages of material. While the database is meant to be a unique set of resources within HeinOnline, some information can also be found elsewhere and within other scholarly resources.

The trial ends September 26, 2022. More information is available at the HeinOnline’s Immigration Law & Policy guide. The immigration database can be accessed in the Falvey Library Databases A-Z list or from within the HeinOnline database, a subscription courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law Library.

""Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.





Photo Friday: A Glimpse of Hope

We hope this little glimmer of color is a hopeful sign that a wonderful fall is on its way.

Falvey Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Villanova students, faculty, and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard. Enjoy the holiday, ‘Cats!

Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.

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




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Library 101: Visit the Library Blog and Social Media for Daily Updates

Check out our website and social media every day for the latest library news, resources, fun stuff, and throwbacks!

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




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Library 101: Here’s Your Falvey Library Essentials Guide

From an endless array of resources and support, to a dongle for your Mac, you’re likely to find everything you’re looking for at Falvey Library! Keep scrolling for your library essentials guide. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

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Last Modified: August 26, 2022

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