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Peek at the Week: November 13


In Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The White Queen said, “You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.”

While being liked by others is undeniably important in life, living simply to please others can be a fraught, tiresome uphill battle. It’s incredibly difficult to keep up with trying to please everyone, and, at this point in the semester, that’s precious energy you might need to conserve.

It might be hard to make peace with, but understand that no matter what you do, there will almost always be one person who isn’t satisfied or has something negative to say. And, above all, make sure you’re making time to do the things that you love. You’ll be ultimately happier if you allow yourself to make the decisions that are right for you.


Monday, November 13

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Multifaith Prayer Room, St. Rita’s Hall | Virtual Option | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, & Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, November 14

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, November 15

Fall 2023 Falvey Forum Workshop: Policy Map for Practical Purposes | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to the Public | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Philosophy and Film Series on “Creativity and Madness”: Martin Provost’s Violette (2013) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

Thursday, November 16

2023 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture: Dr. Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell | 1-2:30 p.m. | Room 205 | ACS-Approved | Free & Open to the Public | Light Refreshments Served

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Sunday, November 19

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash

Today, Nov. 13, is World Kindness Day. If you’re feeling charitable, show someone in your life some kindness today, whether it’s a stranger in need of some help or somebody special in your life. Equally important, don’t forgot be kind to yourself today. We’re often our own worst critics, which isn’t entirely a bad thing, but giving yourself some grace is important.

Today also marks the beginning of Geography Awareness Week, a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of geography. If you’re interested in celebrating this week, Falvey’s Digital Scholarship Lab has teamed up with the Department of Geography and the Environment to bring you some great events, which you can check out here. In between events, you can also test your geography knowledge by playing a round of Geoguessr.

If you want to experience the beauties of geography for yourself, National Hiking Day is this Friday, Nov. 17. If you need to de-stress with some physical activity and time outdoors, this is the perfect excuse. Need some local hike recommendations? Check out Falvey Graduate Assistant Rebecca’s “Cat in the Stax” installment on hiking trails around Villanova.

In the mood for a festive fall treat? This Saturday, Nov. 18, is Apple Cider Day. With the chilly weather on the forecast for this weekend, it’s a great opportunity to get cozy inside and enjoy this warm, quintessential fall drink.

Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.

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Cat in the Stax: Hiking

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!

With the beautiful fall weather we’ve been having, now is the perfect time to put on a good pair of sneakers and traverse the beautiful landscapes Pennsylvania has to offer! Whether you want to take a short walk or have a day-long hike, getting outside and moving your body can help you de-stress while being physically active.

Hiking not your thing? No worries! Villanova’s campus is a great place to stroll and take in scenery! Simply set aside 10-20 minutes to take a walk around campus. Nothing beats cold, crisp air, no matter where you are.

If you are feeling adventurous, check out some of these parks and trails near campus:

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Stoneleigh Loop

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden is a 15 min. walk from campus. This public garden hosts a diversity of native plants to celebrate the beauty of nature. The Loop itself is less than one mile, a simple 20 minute walk through beautiful garden landscapes. The best part? Stoneleigh is free for public access! Visiting hours are 10am-5pm on Tuesday through Sunday, so check it out if you can!


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Ithan Valley Park 

A short 10 min. drive from Villanova, Ithan Valley Park has a trail slightly longer than one mile. This hike shouldn’t take more than 30 min. to walk. The trail features Ithan Creek, which runs the length of the park.


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Skunk Hollow Park

This park is also a quick 10 min. drive from campus. Located between Willows and Saw Mill Park, Skunk Hollow Park contains 93.7 acres of undeveloped land. With multiple trails for hiking, running, and walking, you can choose the path that suits you best.




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Radnor Trail

The Radnor Trail is a paved path perfect for biking, running, and walking. Running from Radnor-Chester Road to Sugartown Road, this 2.4 mi trail offers a scenic view of northwestern Philly. Radnor Trail also runs parallel to what used to be the Philadelphia & Western Railway Company track, which was in operation from 1907-1956. Signs along the trail mark old train stations and provide some history on the railroad. If you’re a history buff who enjoys the outdoors, this trail is for you!



In the spirit of spooky season, Falvey will be hosting two Halloween-themed events next week! On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Library will be having a Halloween Tent-or-Treat where we will be giving out snacks and other goodies. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Falvey will host its annual DCDE Halloween Event: Tricks and Treats from the Vault. This event features items from the Library’s Distinctive Collections as well as some delicious Halloween treats.

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


Weekend Recs: Spooky Strolls

Hey, Wildcats! I hope you’re having a fun fall break. Jenna Renaud is enjoying the semester recess this week, so I thought I would share a few recommendations for your return to campus. The best time to see the fall foliage in Pennsylvania is mid-October, so take a study break and head outdoors! You may have a favorite park or trail nearby, but in case you’d like some new scenery, I’ve complied a list of walking trails within 30 miles of campus.

Image of fall foliage at the Haverford College nature trail.

The Haverford College nature trail.

Haverford College Nature Trail (2.9 miles away)

Radnor Trail (1.6 miles from campus away)

McKaig Nature Center Loop (3.8 miles away)

Rolling Hill Park (4.3 miles away)

Ridley Creek State Park (8.4 miles away)

Valley Forge (1o.7 miles away)

Andorra Natural Area (10.9 miles away)

Bartram’s Garden (11.1 miles away)

Houston Meadow (11.5 miles away)

The Wissahickon Valley Park (13.9 miles away)

Schuylkill Banks (17.6 miles away)

Pennypack Park Trail (21.4 miles away)

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (20.9 miles away)

Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park (25.4 miles away)

The Perkiomen Trail (25.9 miles away)


Don’t want to leave campus? Check out the Villanova University walking trail. Looking for a new podcast to stream during your walk? Try these spooky recommendations from the staff at Falvey Memorial Library:

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






Last Modified: October 14, 2021

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