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Foto Friday: “Make No Bones About It.”

 I toe-d you I’d post another #FotoFriday! Make no bones about it, Falvey Memorial Library is terrifyingly cool. (Yeah, we know that joke was pretty humerus.)

What…should we quit while we’re a head? No seriously, enjoy your weekend Wildcats! It’s going tibia nice one!

Skeleton crafted by the Communication and Marketing department courtesy of white cheddar “Bag of Bones” Cheetos.



CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

The chilly weather has returned, ’Nova Nation, and you know what that means; no, not stuffy noses, dry coughs, and miserable, dark, dreary mornings. It means the return of flannel, finding a cozy corner to hunker down in the library; chilly weather means Halloween, apple cider, leaves changing colors, and most of all: some pretty rad events to celebrate here at the Falvey.

The first of these events will occur tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19) and will actually be in service of those who have fallen victim to a vastly different kind of weather. “The Crisis in Puerto Rico: A Faculty Panel” will be part of the ongoing marking of Hispanic Heritage Month, which has blossomed into a full semester here at ’Nova and will also feature brief presentations by the Hispanic Club and Catholic Relief Services. 

Here’s an eVite to the Puerto Rico event!

Next up, we have our celebration of Open Access Week. In case you didn’t know, corralling the large amounts of information that libraries like the Falvey provide access to requires amazing amounts of woman- and manpower each year. Managing these subscriptions and understanding what each includes is a huge part of what librarians must be able to do these days. 

This system works for the Falvey because we have some of the best and most knowledgeable librarians in the world combined with the resources of such a great university. The biggest issue, however, is that this system concentrates all the best scholarship and data for research into the hands of similarly endowed institutions. Open Access Week is about celebrating those organization that seek to make said information free and easily accessible. Our biggest event for this celebration, titled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 205.  

This celebration happens to correspond with another keynote event here at the Falvey – so you can take shelter from the chilly weather all day on Oct. 25! This year’s Mannella lecture, “Issues on U.S.-Italy Relations,” will be given by Dr. Spencer M. Di Scalia of UMass Boston’s Department of History at 1pm on that day. We hope to see you there for spirited discussion and, of course, light refreshments. 

Di Scalia, of UMass Boston, poses for a photo.

If library events aren’t your favorite chilly weather pastime, well… then you’re surely lost! But we’d love to know what you’re up to, Wildcats. Whether hot chocolate is your favorite cooler weather activity or just snuggling up under a quilt, we’d love to know: comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. 

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

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Foto Friday: “Peaceful path.”

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”

-Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Campus is calm on Friday evening. Have a safe and relaxing fall break, Wildcats! 

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Let’s taco bout it!”

It’s National Taco Day! The Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “Where is your favorite place to get tacos?”

(Danielle Tantillo, Gabriella DePaola)

Danielle Tantillo: “El Limon.”

Gabriella DePaola: “El Limon.”

(Molly Reff, Caitlyn Murphy)

Molly Reff: “Boom Boom Mex Mex in Syracuse, N.Y.”

Caitlyn Murphy: “Whale’s Tale in Northport, N.Y.”

(Adam Gabriel, Brandon Timm, Jeung Choi, Andrew Freed)

Adam Gabriel: “Pipeline Tacos.”

Brandon Timm: “Taco Bell.”

Jeung Choi: “Taco Bell.”

Andrew Freed: “Pipeline Tacos.”

(Isabella Carrano, Kate Costanza)

Isabella Carrano– “Taco Loco in Connecticut.”

Kate Costanza– “I like my dad’s homemade tacos.”


Forget the tricks, treat yourself to a monster mashup of frighteningly fun events!

October is finally here, Wildcats! While many of us look forward to the excitement of the season, we also know that this month marks the second half of the fall semester. Schedules become busier and deadlines appear more frequently. The midst of the (midterm) madness can get a little scary – but fear not, Falvey Memorial Library is hosting a number of thrilling (ACS approved) events for you to enjoy.

Don’t get tricked by the fast pace momentum of the month. Take a break…put down your pumpkin spice lattes, pause your studying, and stop by the Library for some much-needed downtime.

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week (October 16 & 17); co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library:

Join us to educate your palate and your mind during the 5th annual Cultural Studies Food Matters Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world. Delicious food samples will be provided.

Farmworkers and Your Tomatoes (Monday, October 16th, 2017, at 6:30 PM in Room 205)

At the first event in the series, Patricia Cipollitti from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will give a talk, titled, “Farmworkers and Your Tomatoes.”

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: The Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.

Students enjoying tasty treats during last year’s Food Matters Week

Sanctuary Restaurant Movement Philly (Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, at 6:30 PM in Room 205)

Sheila Maddali from the Sanctuary Restaurant Movement will give a talk on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library.

Sanctuary restaurants have a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, and xenophobia, and believe that there is a place at the table for all. Dozens of restaurant employers have signed on to an open letter to President Trump, calling for an end to deportation threats and the harassment of immigrants; advocating for a path to citizenship for these workers.

Open Your Mind to Open Access

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, at 12:30 PM in Room 205 (Sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library):

Falvey Memorial Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 21st – 28th) with a panel discussion entitled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 205. Fr. David Cregan will discuss editing the open access peer reviewed journal Praxis, Janice Bially Mattern will discuss open data, Chris Hallberg will speak on open/affordable textbooks and Linda Hauck will describe the SOAR (Scholarship Open Access Reserve) for faculty publications. Join us to find out about open access initiatives at Villanova. Light refreshments will be provided.

Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, at 1:00 PM in Speakers’ Corner (co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and Ciao Philadelphia):

Please join us for the annual Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD, Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston. Di Scala will present a talk titled “Issues on US- Italy Relations.” The talk will incorporate a discussion of World War I and its aftermath.

The Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series began in 2009 and celebrates Italian-American history and culture. It is made possible by the generous support of Alfred S. Mannella, ’58 VSB. Light refreshments will be served.

Scholarship@Villanova featuring Alan Drew on Shadow Man

Monday, October 30th, 2017, at 12:30 PM in Speakers’ Corner (co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program and the Writing Center):

Please join us for a Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Alan Drew, MFA, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Minor in Creative Writing and the Villanova Literary Festival. Drew will read selections from his newly published novel, Shadow Man. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the talk.

Alan Drew, MFA, Associate Professor of English, Villanova University

Shadow Man, Drew’s second novel, follows Detective Ben Wade, who has returned to his hometown of Rancho Santa Elena in search of a quieter life and to try to save his marriage. Suddenly the community, with its peaceful streets and excellent public schools, finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer who slips through windows and screen doors at night, shattering illusions of safety. As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the killer – and deal with painful episodes in the past – Ben’s own world is rocked again by violence. He must decide how far he is willing to go, and Natasha how much she is willing to risk, to protect their friendship and themselves and to rescue the town from a psychotic murderer and a long-buried secret.

Do midterms have you frightened? Stop by the Library, Falvey’s subject librarians are ready to answer your research questions.


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Foto Friday: “Footsteps.”

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Photograph courtesy of Jaivian Gaetan, team member on the Communication and Marketing department at Falvey Memorial Library. 


’Cat in the Stacks: Gotta Collect ’em All!

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

Here’s a situation: as the temperature starts to drop into those fall digits, and midterms loom on the horizon, you find yourself walking along out front of the Falvey. Like the smart, suave Villanova student that you are, you decide to go into the library to get some studying done.

Only wait, you start to day dream off, thinking of curling up back at the dorm (apartment, etc.) with a nice, warm cup of Ramen; how could the library possibly top that? Well, guess what! We can. A “hot” topic among patrons and staff alike here at the Falvey has been the quality of the soup at Holy Grounds.

The strong opinions surrounding the topic have led us to declare this week: “Soups Mania.”

Graphic design by Joanne Quinn!

Okay, you caught us. This week is no different from any other: “It’s always Soups Mania” here at the Falvey. Just like you have to wait to see who performs at Hoops Mania each year, we patiently wait here to see which soups will grace our taste buds each afternoon here in the Falvey.

The “Soups Mania” pins are a way of showing our appreciation to Dining Services for supplying the Falvey with such a unique option for guests. That said, we’d love to see how you enjoy your soup here at Falvey. Do you chow down in the first floor lounge? Do you bring your king’s ransom to the armchairs in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room? Or is soup your appetizer for an event at the Idea Accelerator? Let us know via Twitter (@FalveyLibrary) or, better yet, tag us in an Instagram post (@VillanovaLibrary) wearing your fancy, new button!

Look how excited Hunter gets when she buys her soup!

Also, #DidYouNova, we’re giving away buttons all semester long here at the Falvey, here’s a photo of our favorites so far:

I think the “Rollie” and “Eboo” are my favorites! What about yours?

Have you collected ’em all?

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)

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Foto Friday: “Get woke with wishes.”

“As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin
paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always
filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.”
-Yoko Ono

Villanova’s wish tree, located in front of Falvey Library, was initiated by Get Woke Nova.

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Thank You 1842 Day Donors!

Villanova University held its very first Day of Giving this week and Falvey Memorial Library was a grateful recipient of several thousands of dollars in donations from over 90 generous donors. The day was entitled 1842 Day, commemorating the year that the University was founded – and inspiring heaps of “1842” challenges and repartee! With a primary aim of attracting 1,842 donors in 1,842 minutes in order to earn a gift of $1,842,000 from the Board of Trustees, this two-day event clobbered that goal in just 6 1/2 hours (that’s just the first 390 minutes for those keeping score!)

Generating excitement for the event was NBC10 Philadelphia and Villanova alumnus, Keith Jones, who live-streamed a whistle-stop tour of campus over the course of two days. Jones stopped by the library on Wednesday – admitting that he had not visited here since his graduation in 2007. Entering through the Old Falvey entrance and winding his way through the campus’ most popular quiet study area – the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room – he lowered his voice for the mic and marveled at vaulted ceilings and amazing lighting while continuing to live-stream. His video team panned the camera around the room,  stopping at da Cortona’ s “Triumph of David,” the room’s central masterpiece, while Jones spoke softly of its restoration history. The room was packed with students at the time, many of whom glanced up from their work and grinned at Jones’ appearance. Jones followed up his visit with a tweet later in the day exclaiming that the library is “beautiful and a must see!” Thanks, Keith!

The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. Photo courtesy of William Repetto.

Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian and Director of the Library, hosted a philanthropic 1842 Day challenge of her own, personally matching all donations allocated to the library up to $1,842.00. Director Gaskell made this commitment because as she says, “a gift to the library is a gift to the whole university.” 

All gifts made to the library during 1842 Day will be used to enhance our collections, which will benefit users of the library for generations to come. The library must constantly expand its print, electronic and audiovisual collections to meet, maintain and support the ever-changing learning and research activities for students and faculty of the Villanova community.

Article by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Hungry Wildcats.”

Celebrating Villanova’s First-Ever Giving Day (#1842Day), the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What could you eat 1,842 of?”

(Kaitlin Chan,  Karen Suzuki)

Kaitlin Chan– “Sushi rolls.”

Karen Suzuki– “Ramen.”

(Jessica Shangle, Allie Cartolano)

Jessica Shangle– “Hope’s Cookies.”

Allie Cartolano– “Chipotle burritos.”

(Claudia Przybylski, Adam Aloi)

Claudia Przybylski– “Bananas.”

Adam Aloi– “Falafel.”

(Vasilios Seitaridis, Alex Goethals, Andrew Synder)

Vasilios Seitaridis– “Kit Kats.”

Alex Goethals– “Pizza.”

Andrew Synder– “Sour Patch Kids.”


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