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Cat in the Stax: Horror Films for Fall Break

As Falvey’s Cat in the Stax, Rebecca writes articles covering a broad range of topics, from academics to hobbies to random events. All the while highlighting how Falvey Library can enhance your Villanova experience!

I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved break from classes! If you’re looking for ways to entertain yourself and you love spooky season, check out some of these horror movies. If you love a good scare, this list is for you!


Photo by Michael Tackette from New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

The Conjuring

A family moves into a new home and quickly realize there is something off with the house. Strange sounds, unexplained occurrences, terrifying visions torment the family and lead them to reach out to paranormal experts in the hopes of expelling the spirit haunting their home.



Theatrical Poster from Universal Pictures



A woman named Adelaide goes on vacation with her family. What should have been a time of fun and relaxation quickly takes a dark turn when the family is confronted by doppelgängers of themselves. Separated, the family work to survive the night and escape the doppelgängers hunting them.


Theatrical Poster from Woods Entertainment



On the anniversary of her mother’s death, a high school student named Sydney Prescott becomes the target of a costumed serial killer. As Sydney evades the attacks on her life, other people in her town are not so lucky.



Theatrical Poster by Haunted Movies





A couple moves into a new house with their three children. Their new home becomes a place of tragedy as one of their sons slips into a coma. The situation grows worse as creepy and unexplainable occurrences leave the family wondering if they are not the only ones inhabiting the house.






Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.



Falvey Library Service Hours: Fall Break 2023

Fall Break Service Hours

(Saturday, October 7–Sunday, October 15)

Saturday, October 7

Service Desk: 12 p.m.–5 p.m. (book stacks 12 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, October 8


Monday, October 9–Friday, October 13

Service Desk: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (book stacks 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, October 14


Sunday, October 15

Service Desk: 12 p.m.–8 p.m. (book stacks 12 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)

Regular service hours resume on Monday, October 16.

Villanova students, faculty, and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard. Library services are available to the University community during posted service hours. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more!) are accessible through the Library’s website 24/7.

Have a relaxing and safe break, Wildcats!


TBT: The Last Stretch Towards Fall Break

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Happy Early Fall Break Wildcats—you have this under control! 

We know you’re probably drained from all the exams this week, but don’t worry, Fall Break is just around the corner, and you have the student body of 1985 to thank! 

In the 1986 issue of The Villanovan (our TBT today) a columnist pushes to keep Villanova’s Fall Break that had been established just a year prior in October 1985 after three years of student advocacy in favor of its inauguration. 

Now that the University has challenged the status of Fall Break once again, the students were not ones to give up so easily. It is because of consistent student activism and support that the university decided to continue Fall Break for its students and why we, in 2023, still reap the benefits of a strategically placed break right after midterms.  

So after your exams are over, use this time over break to rest, relax, and have fun. Don’t let Fall Break go to waste! 

Isabel Choi ’26, Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.


Curious Cat: Fall Break Recap

By Olivia Dunn & Ethan Shea

"Curious Cat Banner"

Happy Thursday, Wildcats! We hope you enjoyed a week of repose and are ready for another installment of the Curious Cat! For this week’s episode, Olivia and Ethan asked some Falvey patrons to name a highlight of their Fall Break.

Did you do anything fun or exciting during break? Don’t be afraid to share your experiences in the comments below!

"Curious Cat (1)"

“I went to New York and saw Six on Broadway.”

— Kate Donnelly ’24

“I worked as a hostess and visited some friends.”

— Quinn Johnston ’24

“I visited Penn State, went to a wedding, and traveled to LBI (Long Beach Island).”

— Cassidy Montigelli ’25

"Curious Cat (2)"

“I traveled to Las Vegas.”

— Josh Javier ’23

Olivia Dunn HeadshotOlivia Dunn is a senior at Villanova University. She works in Falvey Library as a Communications and Marketing Assistant and majors in Communication with specializations in both Journalism and Public Relations.






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

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Photo Friday: Falling for Autumn

Image of a beautiful tree with autumn leaves on campus.

Photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl.

Hope you had a great fall break, Wildcats! Some beautiful autumn colors await your return to campus.

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





Weekend Recs: Self-Care


Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

As Fall Break comes to a close, it may be easy to mourn the loss of your free time and feel stressed for what is to come. While (sadly), we can’t exactly change our upcoming workloads and schedules, we can take a moment to breathe and take care of ourselves before it gets overwhelming. This weekend’s recs are some of my self-care favorites to keep you rejuvenated as you enter the semester once more (but even if none of these are your cup of tea, I still hope you are able to take some time to prioritize your own self-care).

If you have 49 seconds…and are dealing with negative thoughts, watch this soothing and uplifting TikTok. It might not cure you of all the negativity swirling around in your (I’m sure beautiful and capable) brain, but it might be a helpful reminder when you’re struggling.

If you have 4 minutes…and want to relax with an oddly calming classic Internet video, watch “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON.” Perhaps an early version of ASMR, Marcel the Shell is an oddly endearing sentient clay-mation seashell with a small voice (provided by the very talented Jenny Slate) and positive vibes.

If you have 5 minutes…and need to do something tactile, play with some putty (slime’s less messy cousin). I use Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, which comes in a wide variety of colors, textures, and scents. (Also, if you can get your hands on one, Falvey’s stress balls are great).

If you have 15 minutes…and want to learn more about self-care and what it looks like for others, read this New York Times article. It might give you some ideas for new self-care practices you could work into your own routine.

If you have 20 minutes…and need to find a new calming soundtrack, listen to Alice Kristiansen’s recent album Memos from Maine. “Lucid Dreaming” and “Oregon” are my particular favorites for taking a few minutes for myself. (And of course, Hozier’s self titled album is also great for calming any nerves).

If you have 1 hour…and need to get your endorphins pumping, go on a walk or a hike. If you don’t want to leave campus, check out Villanova’s self-guided tree tour. It’ll take you on a walk around campus and show you some interesting greenery.

If you have 2 hours…and need to throw something on in the background, watch one of your comfort movies or TV shows (perhaps from Falvey’s DVD Collection). Addams Family Values is my favorite comfort film, especially during October. Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is a more recent comfort movie of mine (even though it’s not entirely comforting).

If you have 8 hours…and have been bogged down with reading for classes, read a book for fun. Although we might be a bit biased at Falvey, reading something you actually enjoy might help rekindle your love for reading (or at least make it seem less like a chore), while keeping your brain active. Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen has been a comfort book of mine since middle school.

Bonus: If you want to set-up a good habit for the rest of the semester, join Falvey’s Mindfulness Monday virtual session this Monday, Oct. 17. Campus Ministries will lead us through a guided meditation/mindfulness exercise that will leave you feeling less stressed.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


Cat in the Stax: A Note from a Cat about Dogs

By Ethan Shea

"Lake Pocotopaug in Ethan's hometown of East Hampton, CT"

Lake Pocotopaug in Ethan’s hometown of East Hampton, CT

Dear Falvey Patrons,

After midterms week, this Cat in the Stax is dog-tired. I’m sure plenty of you are too, so I hope you’re having a restful Fall Break.

I’m writing this blog from my parent’s home in Connecticut, where I’ll be spending the week. It feels great to return home and see your family for the first time in a while, but if we’re being honest, it feels even better to be greeted by your dogs.

"Ethan's Dogs"

Ethan’s Dogs, Lola and Ted

While I’m away, there are a million and one ways to keep in touch with my human family members.  I can text them, call them, DM them on Instagram, FaceTime them, send them a letter, an email, or even a package in the mail. On the other hand, my dogs are unable to communicate with me when I’m away, as a lack of dexterous digits prevents my pets from responding to my instant messages.

I’m happy to enjoy some repose and sleep like a dog if you will, but as you know, even during break there’s work to be done. Luckily, even when you’re away from the stacks, Falvey Library is just a click away.

I know I’ll be doing some research during break, and having access to a plethora of online material is a life-saver. There are hundreds of well-known databases, such as JSTOR and Project Muse, in addition to way more online books than anyone could read in a week. Not to mention the ability to live chat with librarians at a moment’s notice.

It’s odd that I’m just now noticing the irony in me being a thoroughgoing dog person while also being the Cat in the Stax. What strange double lives we lead…

Anyways, I hope that maybe, for just this week, cats and dogs can get along while I visit my canine companions.


Falvey’s Cat in the Stax

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

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Falvey Library Service Hours: Fall Break 2022


Fall Break Service Hours

(Saturday, October 8–Monday, October 16)

Saturday, October 8

Service Desk: 12 p.m.–5 p.m. (book stacks 12 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, October 9


Monday, October 10–Friday, October 14

Service Desk: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (book stacks 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, October 15


Sunday, October 16

Service Desk: 12 p.m.–8 p.m. (book stacks 12 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)

Regular service hours resume on Monday, October 17.


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.





Photo Friday: Master Your Midterm Stress

Library staff greet students in front of the library at Falvey's pop-up stressbusting event.

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

Falvey Library staff hosted a pop-up midterm stressbuster on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Students were treated to some fun snacks, feel-good music, and helpful Library essentials. Have a great fall break, Wildcats!

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





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