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Very short reads for the train ride home!

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

By Merrill Stein

Liasion Librarian for Political Science, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Public Administration,  Naval Science, and Geography & the Environment


Sometimes we need background information for a speech or project. Maybe we need to become familiar with a subject before seeking in-depth, scholarly information. Sometimes, we just need a very short introduction. That’s where Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions,” published since 1995, can help. Over 375of these concise, pithy “pocket-portable introductory lectures” (Guardian Review) covering such topics as archaeology, arts & architecture, biography, business & management, economics & finance history, language & linguistics, law, literature, mathematics & sciences, medicine & health, music, sociology, philosophy, politics, psychology & neuroscience and religion can be found at Falvey.

Some of the latest very short introductions that can be checked out from Falvey are:


Excellent background studies can also be found in Falvey Library’s other select Oxford University subscriptions with peer-reviewed entries, such as:


This holiday season dig into the bounty of food for thought.



Kallie’s Chords: Mashed Potato Mashup

If you’ve listened to my past playlists and those I crafted with former ‘Cat in the Stacks author, Michelle Callahan, then you are in for a treat…a savory treat. I’ve put together a mixture – a mashed potato mashup – of songs featured on past Thanksgiving playlists and combined them with new tracks to create one tasty compilation. Enjoy these melodious beats that reflect the essence of the season. Listen while traveling home, cooking a dish for Thanksgiving, or relaxing with pals at Friendsgiving. Enjoy…Happy Thanksgiving!





Thanksgiving Service Desk Hours

Thanksgiving Service Desk Hours:

Tuesday, November 20: 8AM-10PM (front doors and book collections lock at 9:30PM)

Wednesday, November 21: CLOSED

Thursday, November 22: CLOSED

Friday, November 23: CLOSED

Saturday, November 24: 9AM-5PM (front doors and book collections lock at 4:30PM)

Sunday, November 25: 12PM-12AM (front doors and book collections lock at 11:30PM)

24/7 areas will remain accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid Wildcard when the service desk is closed.

Foto Friday: Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Drive

(Lorraine Holt, Margaret Duffy)

Thank you to Lorraine Holt, finance/administration specialist, and Margaret Duffy, director of finance/administration, for organizing Falvey’s donations for Campus Ministry’s Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Drive. Thanks to everyone that volunteered and donated to help families in need.


Due to the challenges caused by severe weather, Falvey Memorial Library will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. After-hours access to 24/7 areas in Falvey will be available with a valid Wildcard. Stay safe and warm, Wildcats!

The Curious ‘Cat: Festive Favorites

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?” 

(Jordan McCarthy, Paige McCarthy)

Jordan McCarthy: “Mashed sweet potatoes.”

Paige McCarthy: “Mashed potatoes.”

(Gabriela Sarmiento, MaryCaroline Cavazos)

Gabriela Sarmiento: “Mashed potatoes.”

MaryCaroline Cavazos: “The rolls.”

(Sarah Carnahan, Hannah Weiss)

Sarah Carnahan: “Rolls and mashed potatoes.”

Hannah Weiss: “Mashed potatoes and stuffing.”

(Jaivian Gaetan, Annabelle Humiston, Nate Gosweiler)

Jaivian Gaetan: “Rice and beans.”

Annabelle Humiston: “Homemade stuffing and ham.”

Nate Gosweiler: “Mashed rutabagas.”

Geography Awareness Week: November 11-17

November 11-17 is Geography Awareness Week. To celebrate, the Department of Geography and the Environment will be hosting a series of events on campus. Check out the full schedule below! Looking for more geography resources? Contact Merrill Stein, Librarian for Geography and the Environment, Room 221 (Learning Commons), 610-519-4272. Email:

Foto Friday: Whiteboard Art

“You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”

A little motivation on Falvey’s first floor. Thanks to the Wildcat who penned this inspirational calligraphy.

The Curious ‘Cat: Stress Busters

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What do you do to help relieve stress?” 

(Shannon Merget, Chelsea Beggs)

Shannon Merget: “I call my mom.”

Chelsea Beggs: “Ice cream.”

Karlee Grudi: “I talk to my family…I also enjoy running and singing.”

Aaron Sykes: “I sleep.”

(Ximena Jordan, Lauren Winkler, Kamakshi Ranjan)

Ximena Jordan: “I listen to music.”

Lauren Winkler: “Running.”

Kamakshi Ranjan: “I like to draw.”


In Anticipation of “She Loves Me”

This week, a palpable energy pours through Vasey Hall. Fresh paint hits my nose when I enter through its doors, I’m forced to step over and around props like beds, tables, and teapots, and laughter coming from the green room (the lounge where the theatre students spend their free time) echoes down the hallway.

It’s tech week at Villanova, the Golden Age musical She Loves Me opens tonight (trailer above).

She Loves Me is an adaptation of the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László. In an elegant Budapest parfumerie, two combative clerks, Amalia and Georg, are constantly butting heads on the job. After both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely of lovebirds.

While the energy during tech week is typically an amalgamation of opening night jitters, nervousness, and excitement to perform, the liveliness that exudes from this cast directly results from their profound affection for this story.

“This show is just so charming,” Tina Lynch (Ilona Ritter) says. “[She Loves Me] draws people into this world, and it’s a world people want to be a part of.”

Ethan Mitchell, who plays leading man Georg Nowack, describes She Loves Me as “a fairy tale in a sense,” a show that features larger than life characters.

Even though the show is lighthearted and warm, the story has an immense depth to it. “This show takes universal human feelings like love, fear of rejection, and the desire to be accepted, and finds musical themes that convey those emotions exactly, sometimes better than how we could in words,” Mitchell explains.

Lynch agrees. “I think it is a beautiful display of humanity and our need for companionship through loving relationships, friendship and family.”

When I sat down with Lynch to talk about She Loves Me, her enthusiasm for the show was undeniable.

When asked about her character Ilona, Lynch predicts that audience members will see a little bit of themselves in her. “She wants a man who will treat her right, how she deserves to be treated. Eventually, she figures out how she can be her own woman.”

“It’s something that people can relate to. With Ilona, I get to explore a side of me that personally overcame with she’s struggling with in the show,” Lynch continues.

For Mitchell, he finds his character Georg to be more difficult to play than previous roles.

Mitchell remarks, “He’s insecure, but has to put on an air of confidence. He’s very lovable, and also quite phrenetic and anxious. It’s like this mix of quirky, phrenetic, anxious, and romantic.”

Both Lynch and Mitchell spoke highly of the outside director, Matthew Decker, and the incredible work he has done with Villanova, and look forward to hopefully working with Decker in the future.

When I ask Lynch what we should expect from She Loves Me, she smiles. “Expect to have a good time. You’ll fall in love with these characters, you’ll be taken on so many journeys.” She pauses. “After the show ends, you’ll be thinking about where these people are headed next…like there’s more to come for them.”

Buy your tickets here. 


Showtimes for She Loves Me:

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8pm (Opening Night)

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8pm

Friday, Nov. 9, 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2pm

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8pm

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8pm

Thursday, Nov. 15, 8pm

Friday, Nov. 16, 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2pm (Closing)

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Last Modified: November 7, 2018