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Cat in the Stax: Why Daylight Saving Time Scares Me

By Ethan Shea

"Closeup shot of a broken clock"

Less than two weeks ago, on Nov. 7, daylight saving time (DST) came to an end as our clocks fell back an hour. Although our mornings are brighter, unfortunately, the sun will set at 4:43 p.m. on the day this blog is published.

As you know from the title of this blog, the business of messing with our clocks just doesn’t sit right with me, so for this week’s “Cat in the Stax,” I’m taking a closer look at the reason I’ll be walking home from class in the dark tonight.

To begin, we need to understand why we started “springing forward” and “falling back” in the first place. It may feel like the way we handle time has always been the same, but surprisingly, the United States did not officially begin practicing DST until 1918. The measure was enacted as a means of preserving energy during World War I. More natural light at night meant less coal being burned to illuminate the nation.

"Observance of daylight saving time by state"

Observance of daylight saving time by state

Stranger still, not every state uses DST. Both Hawaii (HI) and most of Arizona (AZ), aside from the Navajo Nation, have decided to opt out of DST, so they remain in their respective standard time zones throughout the entirety of the year. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), which oversees time zones in the United States, states are allowed to remove themselves from DST but are not allowed to remain in DST.

There have been several bills put forth by politicians in recent years, each with different ideas of how to manipulate timezones so we can enjoy more daylight without messing up our clocks twice a year. In spite of their efforts, none have come close to being enacted.

To answer the title of this blog, DST is unnerving because it reminds me just how unstable our world is. If something as seemingly immutable as time can shift abruptly, what do we have, if anything, that is stable?

Altogether, the moral of this post is that time isn’t real, so go ahead, show up late to that interview, be tardy for that dentist appointment, or leave your date waiting! Don’t submit to the tyrannical Timekeepers at the DOT!

Jokes aside, I don’t recommend fighting an un-winnable battle against time. Unless you’re one of my dogs, who don’t seem to be phased by DST, we all need some sort of order to our days.

Regardless of how time flows elsewhere, students, staff, and faculty have access to Falvey Memorial Library 24/7 this semester! You can check out more detailed stacks and service desk hours here.


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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The Falvey FAQ: Everything You Need to Know to School Spring Semester

Click above for Falvey’s Frequently Asked Question page.

By Shawn Proctor

  • Where can I study in the Library?
  • When are my books due back?
  • How do I request a book from the collection?
  • How do I set up a meeting with a librarian?

Happy first day of the new semester, Wildcats! When you visit the Library, you will notice that we’ve updated our look for the spring, adding new study spaces on the first floor. We also made tweaks to services, based on your needs.

So be sure to stop by Falvey’s fabulous FAQ page early and often so you can take full advantage of all the Library has to offer, including online events, digital resources, and, of course, books!

 


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library, is super excited the students are back!

 

 

 


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Spring Break Service Hours

Spring flowers in bloom on Villanova's campus.

Saturday, February 29:

12—5 p.m. (front doors and book stacks close at 4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, March 1: CLOSED 

Monday, March 2—Friday, March 6:

9 a.m.—5 p.m. (front doors and book stacks close at 4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 7: CLOSED 

Sunday, March 8: 12 p.m.—12 a.m.

(front doors lock at 8 pm, books stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)

Semester hours resume Monday, March 9, 8 a.m.—12 a.m.

24/7 access will remain available for valid Wildcard holders.

 

 


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

 

 


 


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Extended Service Hours for Final Exams

Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

Extended Hours: Friday, Dec. 6: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Extended Hours: Saturday, Dec. 7: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 8: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 9–Thursday, Dec. 12: 8 a.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)

Extended Hours:
Friday, Dec. 13
: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (book stacks close at 10:30 p.m.)
Extended Hours: Saturday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 15: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 16–Thursday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (book stacks lock at 4:30 p.m.)

Falvey Memorial Library will close at 4:30 p.m on Friday, Dec. 20, for Winter Break. Library services end at 5 p.m. 24/7 library access will be unavailable after this time.

24/7 library access will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Valid Wildcards are required for entrance. Full library services resume on Monday, Jan. 6: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For the complete winter break and January intersession schedule, please visit https://library.villanova.edu/using-the-library/access/LibraryHours


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


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Fall Break Service Hours

Fall break service hours:

Monday, October 14 – Friday, October 18: 9am-5pm (entrance doors and book stacks lock at 4:30pm, after-hours card access available)

Saturday, October 19: CLOSED (after-hours card access available)

Sunday, October 20: 12-8pm (entrance doors and book stacks lock at 7:30pm, after-hours card access available)

Regular semester hours resume on Monday, October 21. 24/7 areas will remain accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid Wildcard when the service desk is closed.

 


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


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How We Help: Intersession Service Hours Begin Today, Monday, July 29


Summer isn’t over yet, but our intersession service hours begin Monday, July 29. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 23.

See you in a month, Wildcats!

Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM (front doors and book stacks lock at 4:30PM. 24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Saturday and Sunday: Closed (24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Click here for additional information on library hours and access.


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


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Last Modified: July 29, 2019