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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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Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 8: Ginger Cremes

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 8: Ginger Cremes

Recipe submitted by Annie Stockmal, Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library

Image courtesy of Thyme of Taste.


  • 2¼cup flour.
  • 1 tsp. baking soda.
  • ½ tsp. cloves.
  • 2 tsp ginger.
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon.
  • ¼ tsp salt.
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 1 egg.
  • ½ cup molasses.


  • Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In another large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds to soften.
  • Add 1 cup sugar, egg, molasses.
  • Stir in dry ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Shape mix in 1½ inch balls, roll in the 2 tbsp. of sugar (or flour the bottoms), and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 330° for approximately 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and frost with vanilla icing.



Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 7: Sweet Cornbread

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 7: Sweet Cornbread

Recipe submitted by Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages & Literature


  • ½ cup butter (helps if you leave it out to soften for a bit before you begin).
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 2 cups flour.

    Image courtesy of Baking A Moment.

  • 6 tablespoons cornmeal (I will sometimes add a little more).
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder.
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda.
  • 1 cup milk.
  • ¼ – ½ stick softened butter to spread over top of bread after it finishes baking.


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease 9×13 pan.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add eggs to butter and sugar mixture.
  • In a separate bowl combine remaining dry ingredients.
  • Add combined dry ingredients into the sugar butter egg mixture.
  • Add milk.
  • Pour cornbread batter into greased pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes (will usually turn a slightly golden brown color).
  • Immediately after removing from over spread top of cornbread generously with soft butter (usually I will use just about ¼ – ½ of a stick of butter).


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Photo Friday: It’s The Holiday Season

Image of Christmas tree in Falvey Library.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor.

Image of Christmas tree in Falvey Library.

Photo courtesy of Luisa Cywinski.

Image of Christmas tree in Falvey Library.

Photo courtesy of Gina Duffy.

It’s the holiday season! Falvey Library staff assembled the Christmas tree on the first floor yesterday. Staff (and students passing by) were able to hang ornaments on the tree and enjoy some hot chocolate and an assortment of desserts. Stop by the library to enjoy the decorations during the remainder of the semester: The building is open 24/7. View the full listing of service hours here. Looking for research support? Subject librarians are available for assistance Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. or by appointment.

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




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Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 6: Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 6: Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Recipe submitted by Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer

Photo courtesy of Well Plated.


  • 5 lbs. apples Any variety works fine! (I use gala).
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed.
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon.
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg.
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves.
  • 2 dashes salt.


  • Start with 5 pounds of apples. You can use any variety; I use gala.
  • Peel, core, slice five pounds of apples and add to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  • Stir to coat the apples with the seasonings and brown sugar.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours.
  • When the cooking time is up, place the apple butter into a blender and place on the lid. Also, place a towel over the top of the cover in case the blender lid leaks. Hold the lid and pulse until smooth. Or, if you have an immersion blender, place it right into the slow cooker and blend until smooth. OR use an immersion blender right in the slow cooker to blend the apple butter.

For more tips, view the recipe here.



Weekend Recs: The DCEU and DC Adaptations

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial 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. 

The MCU and Marvel’s host of extended content have garnered a lot of passionate attention and fandom. With the MCU’s range and staying power, this popularity, and arguable supremacy, is unsurprising. However, although I admit it often takes a more comic-book-like approach, the DCEU and other DC film and television adaptations seem to get a less enthusiastic treatment. Yet, DC has some film and television adaptations that are worth giving a chance, especially if you’re onboard with Phase Four of the MCU. This weekend’s recs delve into the DC adaptation universes and highlight  a variety of DC adaptations that range from dark and gritty to heartfelt and fluffy.

Photo by Dev on Unsplash

If you have 58 seconds…and are new to the DCEU, watch this TikTok explaining the canon timeline of the DC Extended Universe and what DC movies are outside this universe.

If you have 19 minutes and 10 seconds…and are a fan of the Arrowverse, watch this video comparing the DCEU’s Justice League character portrayals, as owned by Warner Bros., with the Arrowverse’s portrayals of these characters, as owned by the CW. This video helps outline some of the differences between the DCEU and the Arrowverse, both DC comic adaptation film and television “universes,” and gives a glimpse into some of the main DC superheros.

If you have 1 hour and 49 minutes...and want to watch a girl-group movie filled with camp and Margot Robbie, watch Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. A film that arguably takes the best aspects of Suicide Squad (i.e., Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn) and improves upon them (i.e., being less male gaze-y and a lot more fun), Birds of Prey is an enjoyable watch.

If you have 2 hours and 12 minutes…and are a fan of the found family trope, watch Shazam! Although its release wasn’t very hyped-up, this film is a truly endearing superhero movie with a good cast of child actors and lots of heart.

If you have 2 hours and 56 minutes…and prefer your movies to be dark and gritty, watch The Batman. Robert Pattinson embodies the brooding, loner side of Batman and is complemented by a host of other great performances, including a truly discomforting Paul Dano.

Bonus: If you want to watch the DC supreme, watch The Dark Knight, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection.

If you have 6 hours…and are interested in Gender and Women’s Studies, read Hot Pants and Spandex Suits: Gender Representation in American Superhero Comic Books. The book discusses gender and LGBTQ+ representation in comics books and is definitely worth checking out.

If you have 9 hours…and want to watch a relatively stand-alone DC series, watch The Sandman. This Netflix series, based on a DC comic, takes on a magical and gothic Tim Burton-esque style and follows the King of Dreams on his quest for lost power.

If you have 10 hours…and are a fan of the teen coming-of-age genre (with bonus found family), check out the first season of DC’s Stargirl. The show follows  Courtney Whitmore, as she takes on Starman’s mantle and bands a team of teen misfits turned superheros together to protect the small town of Blue Valley, Nebraska. If you end up liking the show, you’ll be happy to know that Season 2 has already been released, and the final episode of Season 3 airs in the near future.

If you have 11 hours…and are curious how superheros have come to (seemingly) dominate our media sphere, read The Superhero Symbol: Media, Culture, and Politics.

Bonus: If you prefer video games to film and television, check out Gotham Knights, a recently released RPG game that allows players to play as Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl, and (Red) Robin as they solve and fight crime in Gotham.

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

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Curious Cat: Your Favorite Holiday Characters

By Olivia Dunn & Ethan Shea

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Happy Thursday, Wildcats! It’s the first day of December, and the Curious Cat is back. To kick off the final and most festive month of the year, we asked some Falvey patrons who their favorite holiday movie characters are. We received a lot of unique responses, so keep reading to check them out!

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“The Grinch from the live action Grinch with Jim Carrey.”

— Lauren Picard ’23

“Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus is Coming’ to Town.”

— Seamus Daniello ’23

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“Hermey the Elf (the one who wants to be a dentist).”

— Alise Adornato ’23

“Frosty the Snowman.”

— Emma Burnham ’24

“Buddy the Elf.”

— Bridget Ritchie ’24

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“George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life.”

— Matt Villanueva ’24 MA

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.


Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 5: Lemon Love Notes

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 5: Lemon Love Notes

Recipe submitted by Gina Duffy, Communication & Marketing Program Manager (courtesy of her Gram, Margaret McNicholas)

Photo courtesy of Life, Love and Sugar!

Sift together:

  • 2 cups of sifted flour.
  • ½ cup of 10x sugar.


  • 1 cup of butter (Cut in butter until it clings together).
  • Press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Separately, beat together the following:

  • 4 eggs.
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar.
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice.

Sift together:

  • ¼ cup of flour.
  • ½ tsp of baking powder.


  • Stir into egg mixture and pour over crust.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Her most important directions: “Cool, cut into bars and most importantly, “enjoy!’” Bars can be lighted dusted with powdered sugar to look like freshly fallen snow. This light and fruity dessert can be enjoyed all year round.

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Cat in the Stax: Going Out With A Bang

By Ethan Shea


November is going out with a bang! On Sunday night, the world’s largest active volcano erupted for the first time in 38 years, but don’t worry, this isn’t a sign of the apocalypse.

According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, Mauna Loa, the volcano making headlines, poses no immediate threat to local communities. However, there is a risk that volcanic ash and other harmful substances could spread through the air with windy conditions.

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Mauna Loa Eruption; Photo courtesy of United States Geological Survey

Volcanic eruptions aren’t as rare as you think. In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey, there are 50-60 volcanic eruptions on Earth every year. A total of 12 American states have active volcanoes, but the vast majority are in Alaska, which is home to 141 active volcanoes. The state with the second most active volcanoes, California, only has 18.

Three of America’s active volcanoes are supervolcanoes. This means they’re extremely large and that their explosions would have devastating global consequences.

Luckily, none of the world’s supervolcanoes will erupt any time soon. Scientists believe the next supervolcanic eruption will not be for at least another 600,000 years, when Indonesia’s Lake Toba supervolcano is scheduled to explode.

In reality, volcanic eruptions are not always the explosive, cataclysmic events seen in movies. Because lava usually flows slowly, people tend to have sufficient time to evacuate.

Regardless, from Hollywood blockbusters to 17th century music, volcanic eruptions have had major impacts on popular culture. For example, scientists believe Stradivarius violins had incredible build quality during the 17th and 18th centuries because of the Little Ice Age caused by the eruption of the Indonesian volcano Samalas. Trees grew slower in some regions due to colder temperatures, so wood became increasingly dense, and dense wood is perfect for crafting violins.

If you’d like to read more about the recent eruption of Mauna Loa or volcanoes in general, Falvey has your back. To begin, check out this article about the recent Mauna Loa eruption with your complimentary access to the New York Times. You can also find an informative video on supervolcanoes here on Falvey’s website.

Here are a few more resources on volcanoes you can find in Falvey’s Stacks:

Volcanoes: Global Perspectives – John P. Lockwood

Volcanoes: Encounters Through the Ages – D. M. Pyle

Volcanoes: Crucibles of Change – Richard V. Fisher

Volcanoes – Robert & Barbara Decker

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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Last Modified: November 30, 2022