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‘Cat in the Stacks: Keeping it Brief

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.



I wanted to keep it brief this week, ‘Nova Nation! Well done on another completed semester. Have a safe trip home (wherever that may be), a wonderful and refreshing break, and we’ll see you again next semester. Happy Holidays!


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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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Reading for Pleasure Over Winter Break? We Have Recommendations!

A special guest Highlighter by Gerald Dierkes


The Library offers numerous award-winning titles of contemporary and classic fiction.  Why not check out one of these staff favorites for your winter break?

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht.

Call Number: PS3615.B73 T54 2011

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

 

Cold Comfort Farm by  Stella Gibbons, her classic tale, first published in 1932

Call Number: PR6013.I24 C6 2006

See a preview of this book in Google Preview.

 

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

Call Number: PR6063.I785 T47 2010

Take a peek in this book in Google Preview.

 

 

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (a new edition with an introduction by Margaret Atwood, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

Call Number: PR4557 .A1 2009

 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 W65 2009

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Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

PR6063.A438 B75 2012

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In the Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson

E748.D6 L37 2011

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This short video demonstrates one search strategy to help you find additional titles. If books have been checked out, you may be able to obtain those titles through interlibrary loan.

Also, please let us know in the “Comments” below what you recommend. Are there new fiction titles you would like us to order? Happy reading!


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’Cat in the Stacks: Concerning Accomplishments

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.


I’ve been browbeating you about working hard and stress this time of year. I admit it. On this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks, however, I’d like to change the tone a bit and talk about, of all things, accomplishments. Accomplishments come at all levels of our lives – personally, professionally, academically, for example. As you dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s on your semester, I’d like to point out some of the accomplishments that are hidden in plain sight around you every day.

Hunter’s proud of everything you’ve done so far!

First off, Wildcats, take a good look in the mirror. You are a very good example of an accomplished person. Even though they might feel small now, think about the sum of all the minor accomplishments you’ve had this semester: finishing that paper, making those new friends, taking up that new campus activity. By this point in your college experience, and by this point in the semester, you’ve already accomplished so much!

Falvey’s made a number of big strides this semester as well. We’re very proud of how the community rallied around Falvey for the 1842 Day celebration. We had 91 supporters who gave more than $5,000! We’ve also had a very successful piloting of our new 24/7 hours this semester. Also among our proudest accomplishments this semester: hosting Dr. Spencer Di Scala and Tom Mogan for talks in Speakers’ Corner.

On a personal level, I’d love to share some of my own accomplishments with you here! I just went to my final master’s class on Tuesday. (No, I’m not finished my graduate degree; I’ll be your ’Cat in the Stacks for one more semester as I write my thesis.) I’ve also SUCCESSFULLY gone grocery shopping every other weekend for a couple of months in a row now – that’s no small feat.

Hopefully your #GOALS are more ambitious than mine!

Accomplishments, like Christmas presents, come in all shapes and sizes. What are some of the things you’re most proud of accomplishing this semester, ’Nova Nation? Share in the comments below or via 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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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Highlighter: Stress Busting Edition

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


’Tis the season, Wildcats! That means more assignments in seemingly less time than ever before. The coming weeks will test you. Yes, literally on the final exams for sure, but you’ll also be tested out of the classroom in how you can effectively manage the burdens of the end of the semester push.

Falvey can help; here are three resources available through the best campus library on the planet:

1). Stress busting events, Dec. 11 & 12. We’ll see you on Monday, Dec. 11, for our annual “open house” in the first floor lounge from 12pm-3pm. This year will include socializing, a raffle, a Will D. Cat appearance, and (drum roll, please!) … A hot tater tot bar with all the fixins’!

tots, tot, tot poster, tater tots, open house, finals, stress relief

We believe in YOU!

We’ll follow that up with a visit from Pals for Life from 1pm-3pm on Dec. 1 in Room 205. That day will also feature a study break with Provost Patrick Maggitti, Ph.D., from 3pm-4pm in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room Lobby; hot chocolate will be served.

2.) Stress busting books. You’ll find articles and books in our databases that explore the scientific underpinnings of stress and even ones that look at the effects of stress on business. You’ll also find, however, a few books that explore the practical side of overcoming stress – like this one by the Harvard Medical School or “Managing Stress” by Brian Luke Seaward. A quick search might even turn up old blog posts, like this Curious ’Cat.

3.) Stress-free spaces. There’s some comfort in hunkering down for those long study sessions surrounded by other people pushing through along with you. You can find a number of collaborative study spaces here in the library from the first floor to the Learning Commons. If you’re more of a silent studier, the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room is also available 24/7.

Disclaimer: These resources can help you deal with the normal stress levels that accompany this time of year. If you are suffering, or you think a friend may be suffering, with what you believe to be beyond normal stress levels, do not hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Center.


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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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The Highlighter: Three Books on World Hunger

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On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6pm, Falvey Memorial Library will host a Q&A Panel titled “Local Perspectives on Global Hunger” in Speakers’ Corner. While details of the event continue to come in, I’d like to take this week’s “Highlighter” as an opportunity to bring some of our resources on world hunger to you. Here are three books you might read to prepare for the event:

  1. World Hunger: Twelve Myths” by Lappé and Collins

Foremost among these myths: hunger in other parts of the world does not affect the people back here in the states. Give this book a read to see how two experts make the argument that solidarity with the hungry rather than distance from the problem may help bring about a resolution.

  1. Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization” by Runge, Senauer, Pardey and Rosegrant

Why is it that parts for my cell phone can readily be shipped from around the world, but food can’t be readily shipped to parts of the world that are suffering with hunger? This data-driven and factual account of world hunger might help you answer similar questions. Don’t be turned off, though, by its mathematical analysis; its prose is as easy to read as any book on such a heavy topic.

  1. The Atlas of World Hunger” by Bassett and Winter-Nelson

Not your typical atlas, this reference work combines startling visuals with concrete information to help you conceptualize the scope of the problem. If you find yourself pressed for time and want a couple of quick rundowns before the event on Wednesday, this might be your best bet.

If you find yourself particularly persuaded by the arguments and details in these books, you might consider researching more in-depth on Falvey’s databases, where you’ll find an almost innumerable amount of information on world hunger. Might we suggest a visit to Humanities Librarian Robert LeBlanc or Political Science and Geography & the Environment (and many other topics) Librarian Merrill Stein?


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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I’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.


Given the strange, savage, and seemingly omnipresent American political landscape, many may find giving thanks a strangely difficult task this Thanksgiving season. Typically you would expect the ’Cat in the Stacks to walk you through some sappy way to find the silver lining. In true Michelle Callaghan form, though, I would like to offer some irreverent ways to get through the holiday season with family members.

I mean seriously, as much as I have loved taking over the ’Cat in the Stacks persona, Callaghan’s declaration of “thankfulness month” and her “(un)helpful tips” were second to none blog-post-wise.

I would now like to introduce the…

Thanksgiving and Cat in the Stacks

Falvey Thanksgiving Break Survival Kit 

Popular Reading

In the past, I have urged you to get help with the subject librarians and utilize the databases to the most effective extent possible. I’m telling you today to check out a fun read. Yes, the Falvey Memorial Library is more than just your campus intellectual center. We have Grisham and Brown and, gasp, even Nicholas Sparks. Stop in, grab a book, and tone out the family nonsense.

eBooks

So you packed your things and ran out of the dorms to your car so quickly that you forgot to stop by the Falvey for one of our popular reading books. That’s okay! You can still access resources at the library via your phone, tablet, or laptop. You simply need to follow this link and login from home. On the EBSCO eBook collection you can even find cookbooks, in case, you know, mother’s cooking really isn’t anything to, well, write home about.

New hobbies!

Two of your newest hobbies! You’re looking more intellectual already!

Pick up a new hobby

If popular reading and eBook cookbooks aren’t your thing, then I suggest picking up a new hobby while you’re on break. If your business degree has prevented you from the appreciation of history you crave, take up reading Making of the Modern World. If engineering assignments have stunted your film watching, take a look at EBSCO’s Film & Television Index. These scholarly hobbies may impress family members, especially when Uncle Larry brings up his beer-can airplane collection for the umpteenth time.

‘Cat in the Stacks

Surely when you get home, your family is going to want to know if you’ve met the Internet celebrity sensation of Villanova – the ‘Cat in the Stacks. You don’t want to embarrassingly say that you’ve never heard of him, do you? So get caught up on ‘Cat in the Stacks! We have some good ones this semester. And while you’re clicking around, learn something new with our Dig Deeper series of posts.

Thanksgiving Survival Tool

Your Thanksgiving survival tool. You’ll find us on Facebook, too!

Tweet us

You can do this from your phone at the Thanksgiving table if you’d like, and tell your parents that you’re texting all your new friends from school. We young PR professionals are bound to answer at any time of the day or night – but more probably on Monday, Nov. 28, when we return to our desks. But we would love to know your #NovaGivesThanks, so shout us out on twitter @FalveyLibrary.

 

These five tools should get you through the short break back home before classes pick up heading into the final stretch of the semester. Unwind and enjoy the company of those who love you, Wildcats. We’ve almost made it through another fall semester, and before you know it, we’ll be celebrating the start of 2017. I’m very thankful for all my readers and thankful for having the opportunity to write for you all.


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

 


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The Highlighter: Black Villanova Oral History Project

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Did you know that Falvey has a digital library? Did you know that it hosts various exhibits? Did you know that one of those exhibits is a Black Villanova Oral History Project? Well now you know all those things!

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Falvey Memorial Library will be co-sponsoring a talk by Tom Mogan, Dean of Students at Boston College, tilted “The Social Significance of Villanova Athletes During the Civil Rights Movement.” Mogan’s dissertation on the same topic formed the foundation for the digital library page as it exists today.

This week’s highlighter is about bringing some of these resources to you in preparation for that event:

  1. The Digital Library Page: Black Villanova Oral History Project
  2. One of the exhibit’s histories on Dr. Edward Collymore, ’59; it is, as far as I can tell, the earliest oral record on the page.
  3. Another of the exhibit’s histories: Normadene Murphy, ’76 – the only woman to feature on the page.
  4. Mogan’s dissertation, titled “The Limits to Catholic Racial Liberalism: The Villanova Encounter with Race, 1940-1985.”
  5. A couple of pertinent news stories from the Washington Post and the Daily News. accessible via ProQuest Newsstream.

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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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The ’Cat in the Stacks Purrs Over VU Theatre’s “Intimate Apparel”

 

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.


First you got an anecdote about kissing, then you got some dating advice, and now on this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks you’ll hear a thing or two about “Intimate Apparel.” I’m speaking, of course, of Villanova Theatre’s production of the famous play by Lynn Nottage. You might be familiar with my reviews of “Little Women” and “Godspell,” and, in true VU Theatre fashion, “Intimate Apparel” did not disappoint. 

(Courtesy of VU Theatre.)

The Show

“Intimate Apparel” greets the audience with the sights and soundscape of early 20th-century New York City that dramaturg Andrea Rumble-Moore writes so lucidly about in the program. Along with the costume design of Janus Stefanowicz, and the rest of the costume department, the mis en scene of the play’s opening transport the audience a couple hundred miles north and a little over a hundred years back to 1904-1905 lower Manhattan.

What greets us there are the marvelously depicted Esther (Sisi Wright), a seamstress of corsets and the like, along with her patrons Mrs. Van Buren (Kara Krichman) and Mayme (Alexandra King), and her landlady Mrs. Dickson (Marissa Kennedy). Did I mention her fabric supplier and secret admirer Mr. Marks (Nikitas Menotiades)? Only the highest forms of drama ensue as the illiterate Esther forms an epistolary romance with a Panama Canal construction worker named George (Brishen Miller).

VU Theatre’s rendition wonderfully highlighted the complicated matrix of race, gender, and religion that complicated all social interactions of Greenwich Village in the early 1900s. As Esther struggles to identify with the lifestyles of her customers, she relies on them for both patronage and their ability to write to George. Most scene transitions are dictated by her letter-based romance, as the VU Theatre characteristically blends plot with the demands of technical theatre.

As the story unfolds, however, George turns out to be someone vastly different than expected; an untimely kiss disrupts things quite a bit, and you might find yourself looking for a smoking gun – or shall we say a smoking jacket? Amidst the strong bonds that form between our female characters, you might find yourself wondering if all the characters use the term “gentleman” ironically, or if it’s possible to use it any other way. In the end, though, you’ll remain curious about why the modern world has found it possible to connect oceans across continents but cannot seem to find common ground among genders, races, and religions.

The “Intimate Apparel” Stage as it greets the audience.

The Cast

The women of “Intimate Apparel” provide such a strong performance that you’ll notice they don’t even need any men to perform the set changes!

As a follow up to “Godspell,” “Intimate Apparel” demonstrates the amazing range that the performers of the Villanova Theatre program really have. In no character is this more apparent than Mrs. Dickinson portrayed by Marissa Kennedy. Kennedy mixed wit and humor in “Godspell,” but, as Mrs. Dickinson, she returns as the wise and wry landlady that truly allows her to demonstrate the sheer breadth of her acting repertoire.

Alexandra King, who we didn’t see in “Godspell,” returns to the stage in “Intimate Apparel” as Mayme – the entertaining yet introspective prostitute who receives all the same clothing as her upper-class double Mrs. Van Buren, played by Kara Krichman. A notable line delivered by Esther (Sisi Wright) about these two characters goes: “What she got, you want, and what you got, she want.” Well, King’s and Krichman’s performances certainly leave the audience wanting nothing more.

Wright herself demonstrates the scope of emotions required to play such a layered character as Esther. Throughout the play, the audience sees her at different times as confident, shy, industrious, foolish, flirtatious, and downright serious. She handled each and every one of these emotions in stride and perfectly illustrated the complexity of the character for the audience.

The press packet for “Intimate Apparel,” replete with an advert for “Mr. Burns” – which we sadly must wait until February to see!

Dig Deeper

If you’re not one to be satiated by the musings of a library blogger, you can always explore the academic resources that Falvey keeps on hand for the people who are just your type. Or, of course, you can check out these links I’ve assembled for you:

Whether you’re the bookish type enough to read these library resources or not, I hope you’ll still find your way over to the VU Theatre for a showing of “Intimate Apparel.” Showings will be at 8pm on Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 14-18; and showings will be at 2pm on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.


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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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’Cat in the Stacks: Some Dating Advice

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 ’Cat in the Stacks is not a dating column – except for when it has to be. Only one time of year could necessitate the editorial decision to make this week’s post about romance: cuffing season. Now, because you’re a smart, suave member of the Villanova community, I know you think you know all there is to cuffing season, but I would like to gently remind you of some definitions you may not have come across.  

First, of course, there’s the standard definition of cuffing season; gals and guys tend to settle into relationships as the cold weather encroaches. Second, however, and the lesser known of the cuffing seasons, is that time of year when the chilly weather makes it feel as though your quilts and pillows have conspired to create an elaborate web of cuffs that keep you firmly tethered to the mattress despite the most annoying beckoning of the alarm clock. 

All that chilly weather that strikes right after Halloween can cuff you down anywhere, really. It happened to PATW author, Hunter Houtzer.

This second version of cuffing season actually applies to many aspects of home, apartment, or dorm living. Instead of running down to the dining hall, microwaveable meals become somehow more appealing; rather than going to one of those big study parties on the weekend, staying in and watching TV becomes all the more likely. And worst of all, studying at one’s own desk becomes somehow more appealing than coming over to the library. 

My advice for all the various outcomes of cuffing season is exactly the same: don’t ghost anyone. Let’s start with romantic relationships. Ghosting’s a real bummer. My mother always told me, “ignorance is worse than hatred.” That lesson is all too powerful these days, when ignorance can be as simple as not answering a text message. Don’t be that guy/gal; open communication is always best, even when things aren’t working out. 

Second, concerning those pesky quilts and pillows that seem to become one hundred times more cozy as the fall months change slowly into winter, don’t get cuffed down from the really important stuff. There’s nothing wrong with waiting out those frosty weekend mornings, but don’t ghost your professors either! As a TA currently, I’m here to tell you that we really miss you when you miss class. Legitimate reasons aside, don’t let cuffing season turn you into a ghost. 

 

The colder weather can even make us Falvey bloggers feel like we’re running on fumes.

Lastly, and speaking on behalf of the Falvey staff, don’t ghost us here at the library! We know that many resources are available online, but we love seeing you come to Falvey to attend an event, to study with friends, or simply to explore the stacks. Don’t let the cool walk tie you down to working in the dorm. The first floor, second floor, and the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room are still open 24/7. Don’t let them turn into ghost towns! 

Okay, so ’Cat in the Stacks still isn’t a dating column, but I still think it made an apt metaphor for talking about college life this time of year. As the cold weather moves in, requiring more and more layers of clothing, remember that campus is still abuzz with events and activities – particularly here at Falvey. 


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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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Dig Deeper: Jena Osman to Visit Falvey Nov. 1

Few and far between these days are the rare type of genius who have worked as a poet, a playwright, as the founder and editor of a journal, and as a professor of English. Jena Osman, who visits Falvey tonight, Nov. 1, at 6:00pm, fits this description perfectly.

Osman, who teaches in the creative writing program at Temple University, has also served as a fellow for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Penn Humanities Forum, the MacDowell Colony, and the Howard Foundation. In the time since the staging of her play Face and Body in 1988, she has amassed an impressive corpus of published works, including four collections of poetry.

Jena Osman sits for a photograph.

Here are some of the resources available on and by Osman through Falvey’s databases:


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Last Modified: November 1, 2017