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Peek at the Week: January 30

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Imitation Game, Christopher Morcom, played by Jack Bannon, said, “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! Some people tend to think of themselves as being ordinary, something that is both a moderate blessing and an irksome curse. Sometimes, we drift into the above average or below average ranges, but it averages out to being ordinary, which can get in the way of our big dreams.

But, sometimes, it’s the most ordinary of people, those that are relatively unsuspecting, who do the things that others never thought to do. So, even if you feel like you’re the most average person on the face of this planet, dream big. You never know what you might accomplish.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, January 30

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, January 31

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

Wednesday, February 1

The End of White Christian America: Faith Apart from Anti-Blackness – Part 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Livestream Available Here | Free & Open to the Public

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

Thursday, February 2

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

Friday, February 3

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, February 5

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

For anyone with a semi-sweet tooth, National Dark Chocolate Day is this Wednesday, Feb. 1. Celebrate the holiday with some of your favorite dark chocolate treats. My personal favorite is the Ghirardelli 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar because it’s bittersweet with a hint of cherry. Or, if you’re in the mood for something to warm you up, Swiss Miss’s Dark Chocolate hot cocoa hits the spot.

Wednesday is also Change Your Password Day. Although it’s definitely not the most fun holiday out there, it’s certainly a helpful one. Even if we hate the change in our routine, it’s always good to change up your passwords every so often. It keeps you and your data safer.

For any avian fans, Friday, Feb. 3, is Feed the Birds Day. You can celebrate this holiday by putting out some black oil sunflower seed or peanuts for your local birds. (You can find a list of things that are safe or unsafe for birds here). Interested in the world of suburban birds? I would highly recommend Welcome to Subirdia by John Marzluff, available online through Falvey.

Saturday, Feb. 4, is Sweater Day. Whether or not the all-knowing groundhog on Groundhog Day, which is Thursday, Feb. 2, predicts a long, cold winter or the beginnings of spring, it’s bound to be chilly on Saturday. So, to celebrate this holiday, cozy up in a warm sweater.


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


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Peek at the Week: January 23

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron Weasley, speculating what Hermione Granger would do, said, “When in doubt, go to the library.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats! The beginning of the semester is typically one of the lightest and least stressful times in the lives of college students, aside from, of course, the breaks. This low-stress point is the perfect opportunity to develop some helpful habits, whether it be for self-care, studying, social interaction, or anything else that helps you thrive.

We, at Falvey, would like to throw our hat in the ring. Not sure how the library can help you? Check out this guide to our services and resources. Whether you need help finding sources for or fleshing out a paper (reach out to one of our amazing subject librarians), getting materials you need for class (check out this Affordable Materials Project guide to saving money), or even just a good place to study, getting in the habit of using Falvey’s resources is a habit that will help you thrive. So, this semester, when you’re in doubt, come to the library. It might just save you a whole lot of time and stress.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, January 23

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, January 24

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

Wednesday, January 25

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

Thursday, January 26

“From Having a Dream to Becoming a NASA Leader” | 4-6 p.m. | Connelly Center Cinema | Free & Open to Villanova Community

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

Friday, January 27

De-carbonizing Villanova: A Townhall on Fossil Fuel Divestment | 1-2:30 p.m. | Connelly Center Cinema | Zoom Option Available | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Sunday, January 29

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Tomorrow, Jan. 24, is Belly Laugh Day. Whether its prompted by a funny TikTok, a friend, or even yourself, bring some laughter into your day. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

National Compliment Day is also tomorrow. If you’re feeling up to it, spread some positivity and compliment some of the people in your life. It could be a heartfelt compliment to someone you love or simply telling a stranger you think their shoes are cool. You never know what the simplest things could mean to someone.

Saturday, Jan. 28, is National Lego Day. If you’re feeling creative and need a hands-on activity to do, even while binge-watching a show or listening to a podcast, find yourself a fun Lego set to build. Don’t have any Lego? You can still celebrate this (admittedly consumerist) holiday by watching a film in the Lego Cinematic Universe. (The Lego Batman Movie is always a great choice).

This Sunday, Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day. Give your brain a fun challenge and solve a puzzle, whether it’s an actual puzzle, a Rubik’s Cube, or even a game of Sudoku. As a novice puzzle enjoyer myself, I will be breaking out one of the puzzles I got for Christmas and, as always, playing Killer Sudoku on my phone.


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


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Peek at the Week: January 16

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Alchemist, Paul Coelho wrote, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Welcome back, Wildcats! I hope your Winter Break was just what you needed to start this semester off with optimism and  excitement. Perhaps it’s your second semester as a Wildcat, like me, or perhaps it’s your last. Either way, make it a semester to remember. While positive affirmations and manifestations might not completely change what’s out of our control, they might break down some of the mental blocks we didn’t know we created for ourselves.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Tuesday, January 17

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

Wednesday, January 18

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

Textbooks and Tacos | 5-6 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

Thursday, January 19

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

Sunday, January 22

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

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As many of you know, today, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day commemorating the iconic Civil Rights activist and remembering the courage of those who fought for the civil rights of millions of Americans. (Check out our latest Weekend Recs for some awesome MLK Day recs if you haven’t already). Here are some other holidays coming up this week:

This Thursday, Jan. 19, is National Popcorn Day, a day for enjoying this buttery, salty treat. Celebrate by popping some popcorn (without burning it, or your room/housemates will suffer with the smell) or by swinging by the store. If you’re looking for something to do off-campus, this could be the perfect excuse to see a movie.

Friday, Jan. 20, is National Coffee Break Day. Feeling like Winter Break was a little too short? Take a break from studying, work, or whatever is preoccupying your brain and have a cup of your preferred coffee. (Although I’m a diehard iced coffee person, this weather has me considering switching to hot). And, if you’re doing work in Falvey, you can swing by Holy Grounds for some convenient caffeine.

For all the Sriracha and Tabasco lovers, National Hot Sauce Day is this Sunday, Jan. 22. If you’re in the mood for some spicy food, celebrate the holiday by accompanying a meal with your go-to hot sauce.

Sunday is also the first day of Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Water Rabbit. For anyone celebrating, I wish you a good and happy new year!


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


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Peek at the Week: December 19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gandalf said, “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”

Happy Monday, Wildcats, the final Monday of the semester! With finals ending tomorrow, the semester is quickly coming to a close, and Winter Break is almost upon us.

For Winter Break, I leave you with this: Take a break from all the textbooks, notes, and academic pressures (and maybe even a brief hiatus from social media, if you’re feeling particularly drained), and enjoy the world. I wish you an enjoyable and fulfilling break. See you next semester!

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

See you back next semester for some more awesome events at Falvey! 

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Tomorrow, Dec. 20, is Games Day. Falling on the last day of finals, Games Day is a great opportunity to decompress with some friends or family. (After the past week, I think we all could use some decompression). Whether you’re into video games, card games, or board games, awaken your inner child and play a game. I know I’ll be challenging my parents to a (sometimes heated) game of Scrabble.

As some of you may know, this Wednesday, Dec 21, is the Winter Solstice, marking both the shortest day (of daylight) in the entire year and the first official day of winter. Fittingly, Wednesday is also Humbug Day, a day for any resident Grinches and Christmas detesters. It is also a day for anyone to express their negative feelings and stress about Christmas and the December holiday season. If this fits you, Dec. 21st is your day to shine.

National Christmas Movie Marathon Day is this Friday, Dec. 23. What a better way to gear up for Christmas with a festive movie marathon? Celebrate by watching some of your favorite Christmas films, whether they’re classics, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, or nontraditional picks, such as Die Hard and Black Christmas. If you’re having trouble picking, check out our latest Weekend Recs post on Christmas specials for some inspiration.

Christmas Eve shares its Dec. 24th spot with another festive holiday, National Eggnog Day. If you’re a fan of this creamy winter beverage, celebrate the day by grabbing yourself a (spiked, if you’re over the age of 21) glass and toast to a joyous and hopefully stress-free holiday season. Although the best eggnog is usually homemade, there are some solid store-bought options to try out if you’re not much of a mixologist.

 


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


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Peek at the Week: December 12

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent said, “The night is darkest just before the dawn, and I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

Happy Last Day of Classes, Wildcats! As the final day of classes, today foreshadows the impending wave of finals, a week full of late nights, term papers, cram study sessions, stress, exams, and caffeine, lots of caffeine. In my experience, finals week is a collective experience of equal parts togetherness and misery (unless you’re the Hermione Granger type, I suppose). We’re all in this together, but we all wish it was over.

Today also marks a little over a week until winter break, a whole month where you’re not required to sit through another lecture or work through another lab. So, Wildcats, the dawn is coming. Good luck!

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, December 12

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, December 13

Stress-Less Healthy Happy Hour with Pals for Life | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Room 205 | Free

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

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: François Truffaut’s Day for Night (La nuit américaine) (1973) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

Wednesday, December 14

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

Thursday, December 15

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

Sunday, December 18

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Photo by Katie Azi on Unsplash

Today, Dec. 12, is Gingerbread House Day. Although this is a December tradition that I have never partaken in, gingerbread houses make festive (and delicious) decor for the holiday season. If you have the time, the space, and most importantly, the patience, decorate your very own gingerbread house for the holidays. Or, if you’re not the decorating type, visit Peddler’s Village for their Gingerbread Competition and Display. The displays features some truly amazing gingerbread house designs, and there’s also plenty of places to eat delicious food and to get some last-minute holiday shopping done.

If you’re looking for something sweet that’s perfect for the cold winter weather, tomorrow, Dec. 13, is National Cocoa Day. With the cold weather settling in, tomorrow is the perfect day for a nice piping cup of hot cocoa to stay warm and satisfy your sweet tooth. Celebrate with a cup of your favorite hot chocolate, whether it’s home-made or from a coffee-shop. Although I am typically a Dunkin’ loyalist, Starbucks’ hot chocolate is amazing.

Not quite satisfied with hot chocolate? International Tea Day is this Thursday, Dec. 15, a perfect way to survive finals season. Whether you need to push through a study session with some black tea, wake up refreshed with some green tea, or de-stress with chamomile after a grueling exam, celebrate with a nice cup of tea.

Friday, Dec. 16, is National Ugly Sweater Day, a holiday tradition equal parts endearing, ridiculous, and comfortable. You can celebrate the occasion by wearing an ugly holiday sweater. If you don’t have one, thrift stores and Walmart are both great places to go. And, if you’re really in the spirit, you could host an ugly holiday sweater party with your friends.

Sunday, Dec. 18, marks the beginning of Hanukkah. For any Jewish readers, I hope your week is full of light, family, delicious oil-fried foods, and gelt (the monetary kind or the chocolate kind).

 


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


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Peek at the Week: December 5

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Life of Pi, Pi said, “Above all: Don’t lose hope.”

Happy Last Week of Classes, Wildcats! In one week’s time, classes will be over, and finals will have officially begun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been struggling with burnout. Last week, my message was to push through, a difficult yet rewarding feat. The message still stands.

Another equally challenging feat is remaining hopeful. It’s easy to feel like you’re swinging at nothing, truly stabbing in the dark. But staying hopeful will pay off in the long run. So, Wildcats, don’t lose hope. In a little under three weeks, it will pay off.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, December 5

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Company & Industry Competitive Intelligence | 5-6 p.m. | Room 206 | Free & Open to Villanova Students | Pizza Served | Register Here

Tuesday, December 6

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

Wednesday, December 7

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

Thursday, December 8

Falvey Library’s Semi-Annual Stress-Busting Open House: Donut Worry About Finals | 12-2 p.m. | Falvey Library First Floor | Free & Open to the Public | Donuts Served and Activities Available

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

Sunday, December 11

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

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Not sure what to wear today? Well, today, Dec. 5, is National Blue Jeans Day. Whether your go-to brand is American Eagle, Old Navy, Target, or the G.O.A.T., Levis and whether you prefer wide leg, skinny, relaxed, or bootcut, celebrate by throwing on your favorite pair of blue jeans. After all, they go with nearly everything.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, is Walt Disney Day. Although Walt Disney himself is probably not worth revering, Disney movies still hold a special place in many of our hearts. Celebrate the hardworking animators and production teams by watching some of your favorite Disney movies (or something from their now extended portfolio, which includes Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm content). In Falvey’s DVD Collection, we have quite a few Disney movies, including The Lion King and (live action) Alice in Wonderland, and extended Disney-owned content, such as Up, WALL-E, Brave, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and Black Panther. 

For anyone that needs some end-of-the-semester chocolate therapy, Thursday, Dec. 8, is National Brownie Day. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, treat yourself to some chocolatey goodness. And if that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, swing by Falvey between 12 and 2 p.m. for some donuts (free of charge) and stress-relieving activities at our Semi-Annual Stress-Busting Open House for finals season.

Sunday, Dec. 11, is National App Day. Although Gen Z gets a lot of flack for our supposed over-reliance on our phones, I honestly don’t know many people that don’t appreciate (at least a little) the power smart devices give us. You can celebrate today by using and appreciating your favorite apps (and not feeling guilty for it).


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


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Peek at the Week: November 28

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Swamp Thing, Dick Durock, in the role of Swamp Thing, said “The way out is through.”

We’re in the home stretch now, Wildcats. We have just a little over 3 weeks until can purge the stress and anxiety surrounding finals, papers, and grades from our brains. With 75% of the semester done, the only way out is through. Hopefully, Thanksgiving Break gave you the energy boost you need to push through the rest of the semester and finish it with confidence, pride, and relief.

Good luck, Wildcats!

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, November 28

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, November 29

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

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon (2021) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

Wednesday, November 30

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

Thursday, December 1

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

Friday, December 2

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, December 4

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As some of you may know, today, Nov. 28 is Cyber Monday (get some of your holiday shopping done by taking advantage of some of these online deals), but that is not the only fun holiday coming up this week.

Today is also National French Toast Day, and the options are plentiful at Villanova. Stop by one of the dining halls this morning for some delicious options, including St. Mary’s Hall’s French Toast Bake and Donahue Court’s made-to-order Texas French Toast. Or, if you’re in the mood for some off-campus food or are more of a breakfast-for-dinner person, find a cozy local diner.

Tomorrow, Nov. 29, is Chadwick Boseman Day, a tribute to the late celebrity who lost his private battle to cancer a little over a year ago. If you’re feeling nostalgic or sad, you can celebrate his work by watching 42, Boseman’s Jackie Robinson biopic, available through Falvey’s DVD collection, or Black Panther, available online through Falvey.

For all the winter-holiday lovers, Thursday, Dec. 1, is National Christmas Lights Day. This December tradition is a radiant kick-off to the winter holiday season that Christmas and non-Christmas celebrators alike can both appreciate (Hanukkah, for example, is also the Celebration of Lights). Celebrate by throwing up some twinkly lights (and any other festive decor), or, my personal favorite, by taking a drive around local neighborhoods to admire the lights.

Sunday, Dec 4, is National Cookie Day. With all the cold weather and holidays, December is the perfect month to warm up the oven and bake (or eat) your favorite cookies, and Sunday is the perfect excuse to do just that. My personal favorite winter cookies are ginger cremes (recipe coming to the blog soon), butter cookies, and pizzelles. If you want a delicious cookie without the hassle of baking, drive to your nearest Insomia Cookies or Crumbl Cookies, my personal favorite (their menu rotates every week, but their sweet honey cornbread cookie is absolutely divine).


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


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Peek at the Week: November 21

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Good Will Hunting, Sean Macguire, played by the late Robin Williams, said, “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

I may sound like a broken record, but as I’m sure you already understand, the college semester is a ride of awesome highs and stressful, exhausting lows. As the semester progresses, these lows often get more frequent and intense. While these times aren’t all bad, it can feel easy to dwell on the second-half-of-the-semester stress.

But, in a day’s time (or perhaps now, if you’ve used some of your extra unexcused absences), Thanksgiving Break will be upon us, like the light at the end of a tunnel. You certainly do not have to enjoy or even celebrate Thanksgiving, but if there’s one thing most of us can rally around, it’s a break.

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving and no matter whom you surround yourself with, I hope the rest of your week wakes you up to some of the good stuff you may not have been paying attention to.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, November 21

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As you likely know, arguably, the two biggest holidays of November, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, are coming up this week. Here are some other fun holidays you may not have heard of.

Photo by Rūta Celma on Unsplash

Today, Nov. 21, is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. In my humble opinion, gingerbread cookies are the perfect (dessert) bridge between fall and winter. Celebrate the holiday by picking up or, for all the culinary-oriented, baking some gingerbread cookies. (Or, I’m sure watching Shrek, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection, could count as a celebration). My personal favorite ginger cookies are my great grandmother’s ginger cremes, a ginger cookie with (optional) buttercream frosting.

Tomorrow, Nov. 22, is Go for a Ride Day. If you’re feeling the effects of end-of-semester burnout, going for a drive, perhaps taking a scenic route and listening to your favorite music or podcast, can be a great stress reliever. Coincidentally, this holidays falls on the last day of classes before Thanksgiving Break. So, those traveling (by car) for the holiday can end their celebration by reuniting with their loved ones.

For all my fellow coffee-loving (and mildly caffeine-dependent) readers, National Espresso Day is celebrated this Wednesday, Nov. 23. Whether you opt for traditional espresso or an espresso shot in your favorite specialty drink (including all Starbucks and Dunkin’ lattes), celebrate the day, and the start of Thanksgiving Break with some espresso.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 24. But did you know that it is also D. B. Cooper Day? In a famous plane-hijacking and robbery, D. B. Cooper was the name mistakenly given to the mysterious man (who actually called himself Dan Cooper). After jumping out of the plane with a parachute, Cooper was never seen again and only small amounts of the ransom was ever recovered. The D. B. Cooper mystery is a fan-favorite, having received coverage in a Netflix docuseries (D. B. Cooper: Where Are You?!), an episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved, and even a small (and hilarious) wink in the MCU series Loki.


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


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Peek at the Week: November 14

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gandalf said, “I have found that it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love.”

As the weather progressively gets colder and as the semester falls into the cycle of papers and exams, feelings of stress, anxiety, loneliness, and even depression may begin to flare up, in you or in the people that you care about. Even though you might feel you’re too busy or too tired, we, as humans, need connection.

Try to reach out to and check in with someone you care about. You could ask them how they’re doing, make plans to spend some time with them, or even simply send them a TikTok that reminded you of them. You never know how much your small deed might mean to someone (and, in the process, it could help reduce some of your own stress).

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, November 14

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, November 15

2022 Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring Dr. Lauren Shohet on “Drama and Civility: James Shirley in the Age of Charles III” | 1:00 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public | Light Refreshments Served

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

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

Wednesday, November 16

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Creating Data Visualizations in R for Beginners | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Waste Land’s 100th Birthday Party | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

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

Thursday, November 17

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

Friday, November 18

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, November 20

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Today is Loosen up, Lighten up Day. Although it’s definitely easier said than done (especially on a Monday during the second-half of the semester), today is a day for doing something makes you happy and relieves some stress. Simply taking the time to watch something that makes you laugh, to read something that interests you, to spend time with your favorite people, or even to go outside and enjoy nature can all help lighten your stress load. If you need some help loosening up, join us for a weekly Mindfulness Monday session at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Tomorrow, Nov. 15, is National Drummer Day. Although they sometimes get picked on for not being “real” musicians, in my personal opinion, a good drummer can make or break a band or, at the very least, have the capacity to completely change the vibe of a song. Celebrate by listening to some of your favorite drummers and percussionists. Some of my personal favorites include John Bonham of Led Zeppelin (of course), Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, and Mike Fuentes of Pierce the Veil.

National Play Monopoly Day is this Saturday, Nov. 19. If you have 2 (or more) hours of downtime, find yourself a board, or your game console of choice, and play a game of Monopoly. Although I’m more of a Scrabble girl myself (not particularly a very good one, but still), a game of Monopoly every once in a while is a great way to have fun (or start passionate yet inconsequential fights) with some friends.


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


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Peek at the Week: November 7

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

Papers and exams are accumulating. Regardless of what your workload entails, it’s easy for many of us to fall into the trap of hyper-analyzing every mistake we make and feel disappointed when we fall short of our expectations, expectations that are not always realistic. Try to remember that success is not synonymous with perfection. In fact, successful people fail, all the time. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Give yourself some grace. You deserve it. And above all, strive for greatness and fulfillment, not perfection.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, November 7

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Tuesday, November 8

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

Wednesday, November 9

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Extracting Tables from PDFs with Tabula | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

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

Art of War: Illustrated and Military Maps of the Twentieth Century Exhibit Talk and Reception | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public | Light Refreshments Served

Alice Dailey’s How to Do Things with Dead People: History, Technology, and Temporality from Shakespeare to Warhol, a Conversation and Celebration | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Room 205 | Virtual Option | Free & Open to Villanova Community

Thursday, November 10

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

Friday, November 11

Fall 2022 Graduate Research Symposium | 1:00 p.m. | The Cinema and the Art Gallery, Connelly Center | Free & Open to the Public | Refreshments Served

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, November 13

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Photo by cottonbro

Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. It may not be the most fun holiday to celebrate, but it is arguably one of the most important. Regardless of your political affiliation, voting is one of the most pivotal foundations of our society. Feeling unprepared and unsure of the candidates on your ballot? Check out Vote411 to learn more about who will be on your ballot and what they stand for (or check out this Weekends Recs on the Pennsylvania Midterm Elections for more helpful links). Feeling cynical, like your vote doesn’t matter? If our votes didn’t matter, why would they, historically and currently, try to limit people’s voting rights (including People of Color, women, incarcerated people and those with felony records, working class people, etc.)? While they get less attention and are treated as less important, state and local elections can actually have huge impacts on our daily lives. Celebrate by voting. Visit Let’s Vote Nova’s page to find your Villanova-specific polling stations and other important voting information for Villanova students.

Friday, Nov. 11, is Pocky Day. Pocky, for those who may not be familiar, is a Japanese chocolate-covered biscuit stick treat that, although I may be biased, is absolutely delicious (and a great movie snack). Celebrate today by picking up some Pocky (I always get mine from Five Below) or, if you’re feeling creative, by recreating your own. While I do enjoy the original chocolate flavor, my best friend absolutely swears by the cookie and cream flavor.

In addition to being my birthday (not to toot my own horn), Saturday, Nov. 12, is National Happy Hour Day. If you’re over the age of 21, you can celebrate by (responsibly) enjoying some drinks with your friends, because, hey, it’s happy hour everywhere (today at least). I will be celebrating the holiday with my closest friends for whom I am endlessly grateful.


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


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