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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 Memorial 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 Memorial 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 Memorial 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

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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 Memorial Library.


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Peek at the Week: October 31

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Paris is Burning, Dorian Corey said, “It’s important to go after your dreams but don’t lose sight of enjoying the journey of life.”

Happy Halloween, Wildcats! As members of the Villanova Community, chasing your academic and professional dreams is clearly important, but as the lovely and wise (late) Dorian Corey would agree, you shouldn’t lose sight of the other things that bring you joy in life. In the spirit of the holiday, enjoy yourself and have some (responsible) fun this week.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 31

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

Halloween Haunts with Distinctive Collections | 1:00 p.m. | Falvey Library First Floor | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Games & Light Refreshments Served

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

Tuesday, November 1

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: Jean-Luc Godard’s Hélas pour moi (1993) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

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

Wednesday, November 2

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Community Data Solving Social Enterprise & Business Problems | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Interfaith Human Library: Where Books Talk & We All Learn about Life in a Multi-faith World | 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff | Light Refreshments Served | Register Here

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

Thursday November 3

Lecture on “Cervantine Blackness” Featuring Nicholas Jones, PhD | 4:00 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to Villanova Community

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

Friday, November 4

Scholarship@Villanova Event Featuring Alan Drew on The Recruit | 2-3 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

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

Sunday, November 6

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

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As you already know, today is Halloween (and for all my fellow former Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Founder’s Day). But here are some holidays this week that you may not know about.

Aptly coinciding with Halloween, today is also National Magic Day. For anyone who has the perfect mix of charisma and dexterity, pull a Jimmy Woo (as inspired by a very bored Scott Lang) and celebrate by learning a magic trick. As someone who has tried and failed to successfully complete a magic trick, I will probably celebrate by watching Now You See Me instead.

National Author’s Day is tomorrow, Nov. 1. Celebrate by reading a book from your go-to author or by checking out a new author. We have plenty of options here at Falvey.

Tomorrow is also National Cinnamon Day. Whether its churros, snickerdoodles, apple crisp, or a classic cinnamon roll, autumn is the perfect season to enjoy all things cinnamon. If you’re a fellow cinnamon enthusiast, celebrate by enjoying your favorite cinnamon treat. (The cinnamon crumb muffins at Java’s Brewin’ in Limerick are my absolute favorite).

Coming off the heel of Halloween, Friday is National Candy Day, the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite sweets. (It is a holiday after all). As a huge peanut butter fan, I will be savoring the seasonal Reese’s Pumpkins.


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


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Peek at the Week: October 24

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In 10 Things I Hate about You, Patrick Verona said, “Don’t let anyone, ever, make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. Go for it.”

Confidence is not always effortless. Confidence is a skill that, for most, is acquired through hard work and self-love. It’s not always easy to feel like you deserve the things you want, and sometimes it seems less difficult to lower your standards or settle on your dreams.

Attainable goals are important, but having big dreams is not something to dampen as you get older. I say: dream big, be confident (or fake it ’til you make it), and go for it.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 24

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, October 25

Book Discussion on Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a One Book Villanova Event | 1-2:15 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Light Lunch Served | RSVP Here

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is available here.

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

Wednesday, October 26

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Visualizing Data with Social Explorer and Policy Map | 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

Thursday, October 27

Ethics & Algorithms Panel | 4 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public | View Livestream Here

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

Friday, October 28

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

Sunday October 30

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

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As some of you might know, Diwali, a Hindu holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated this week. The 5-day celebration ends on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Here are some other (less significant) holidays coming up this week.

Tomorrow, Oct. 25, is Punk for a Day Day. Dust off your Doc Martens and, if you’re really feeling bold, grab yourself some Manic Panic. If you’re not into the punk aesthetic, check out some punk music. Spotify has some pretty decent punk playlists with punk from the 60s all the way to the 2020s. My personal favorites are “I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones, “St. Jimmy” by Green Day, “I Wish I Was a Riot Grrrl” by Destructo Disk, and “Mr. Moustache” by Nirvana (if we’re adopting a fairly loose definition of punk rock).

For all our pumpkin spice enthusiasts, Wednesday, Oct. 26, is National Pumpkin Day. Whether it’s eating pumpkin pie, drinking a pumpkin spice latte, going to a pumpkin patch, or even lighting a sweet pumpkin candle, celebrate by enjoying your favorite pumpkin festivity. I know I’ll be getting a pumpkin iced coffee from Dunkin’.

Friday, Oct. 28 is International Animation Day. Take some time out of your day to watch a new animated movie or series you’ve been meaning to check out, check out some animation content creators, or watch your animated comfort movie. (At this point in the semester, I will probably be watching one of my ultimate comfort shows, Avatar: The Last Airbender).

National Cat Day is this Saturday, Oct. 29. If you can’t get home to see your furry friend, watch some cute cat videos online or visit a cat cafe in the area. In celebration, here is a picture of my rescue cat, Yelena (affectionately named after Florence Pugh’s character in Black Widow) who lays on me for hours, meows at my door at 6 a.m., and enjoys booping my face with her paw.

 


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

 

 


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Peek at the Week: October 17

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Solitano Jr. said, “You have to do everything you can. You have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive…you have a shot at a silver lining.”

Welcome back, Wildcats! As you return from Fall Break, hopefully refreshed and recharged, try to channel your newfound energy into something that you think is meaningful. Whether it’s academics, your job, athletics, or a hobby, give it your all (or at least all that you can reasonably give without overworking yourself). Great things can come out of any situation when you work hard and, although often unbelievably difficult, stay positive.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 17

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, October 18

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Food as a Universal Human Right Talk & Tasting | 4:30-6:30 p.m.| Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public

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

Wednesday, October 19

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Introduction to Data Visualization | 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

Thursday, October 20

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Food as a Universal Human Right Talk & Tasting | 4:30-6:30 p.m.| Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public

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

Friday, October 21

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

Sunday, October 23

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

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

For all the Italian food-lovers and carb connoisseurs, today is National Pasta Day. Celebrate by eating your favorite pasta dish. Pasta seems to be on the menu at St. Mary’s Hall and Dougherty Hall, so swing by either dining hall for an easy on-campus option.

Information Overload Day falls on Tuesday, Oct. 18. With the unfathomable amount of information at our disposal everyday, it is unsurprising that we get stuck in the doomscrolling loop and experience information overload. Information Overload Day is a day to unplug and give yourself a break. Although many of us did just that over Fall Break, routinely making time for yourself is still important to continue throughout the semester’s entirety. Celebrate the day by taking some time, whether it’s a minute or an hour, to relax (preferably without technology, but if the only way you can relax involves technology of some sort, c’est la vie).

Saturday, Oct. 22, is National Color Day. Colors are all around us, and they can often make our surroundings come to life. Whether its neons, pastels, or neutrals, celebrate by appreciating the colors around you. We take them for granted, but colors truly have a larger impact of our lives than we often realize.

National Crocs Day is this Sunday, Oct. 23. Do you remember when crocs were deemed as one of the ugliest shoes on the market? I do. But as a former swimmer (and lime green girl), crocs have always held a special place in my heart, and now, many of our closets. Celebrate the day by wear your favorite pair of these semi-aquatic shoes. I will definitely be wearing my worn-down black crocs (with Spider-Man and Captain America charms) in celebration.


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


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Peek at the Week: September 26

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger Rabbit said, “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.”

For many of us, we’re at the point where the semester is in full swing. Workloads are increasing, and you might be beginning to feel the effects of the semester. With midterms around the corner, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, overworked, and burnt out. (I know I feel like I’m practically army-crawling my way towards Fall Break).

With all of this in mind, try to give yourself a moment to laugh. Whether it’s a funny TikTok, one of your favorite movies, or a moment with your friends, a little laughter in your day can have the power to relieve some weight off your shoulders.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 26

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, September 27

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

Wednesday, September 28

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Present Real-Time Analytics with ARCGIS Dashboards | 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

2022 One Book Villanova Author’s Visit and Book Signing | 5:30 p.m. | Villanova Room, Connelly Center | Free & Open to the Villanova Community

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is available here.

Friday, September 30

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

Sunday, October 2

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


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Do you ever feel like you’re absolutely confused in class and your professor is making no sense? Well, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, you can be festive and celebrate National Ask a Stupid Question Day by, as the name suggests, asking a stupid question. I promise you that we all ask stupid questions, and sometimes it’s even the smart thing to do.

For all our coffee-drinking readers, this week holds not 1, but 2 coffee-related holidays. Thursday, Sept. 29 is National Starbuck’s Day, and Saturday, Oct. 1 is International Coffee Day. Celebrate by picking up your favorite brew at your favorite shop. (Holy Grounds and Dunkin’ are definitely on my list of stops for the week).

Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day, a perfect excuse to tune out the world and listen to your favorite podcast. Although I’m not a huge podcast fan myself, but I might check out a new true crime podcast or the latest episode of The Leftovers.

Saturday is also International Music Day. Celebrate by listening to your go-to album, by checking out a new artist, or, if you’re musically gifted, playing an instrument you enjoy. (I’ll probably still be riding the wave of the My Chemical Romance reunion, jamming to The Skallywags, and relaxing with Hozier).

 


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


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Peek at the Week: September 19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

We’re all here at Villanova to obtain some type of deeper knowledge or experience, in most cases a degree, but sometimes what you find in college is much more than a (still important) framed diploma or a resume-booster. You find friends, you find hobbies, you even find yourself.

This week, give yourself some time to go out and find something, something that makes you happy, something that makes you mindful, even something you hate. You never know what you might find if you look.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 19

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

Wednesday, September 21

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Using Zotero Citation Manager | 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

Thursday, September 22

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

Friday, September 23

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


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As many of you may already know, tomorrow is 1842 Day, our very own Villanova holiday of gratitude and giving. You can celebrate by showing your support and making a donation to a campus resource that you feel passionate about or has impacted your ‘Nova experience for the better. To return some of the gratitude, five lucky people who give a gift to the library will receive some Falvey swag.

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day. Celebrate, if you haven’t already, by registering to vote (and check out this blog if you want some helpful links and information about the Pennsylvania midterm elections).

Thursday, Sept. 22, is Hobbit Day. If you’re a fellow LOTR fan and feeling festive, celebrate by reading any part of the classic series, watching the movie adaptations, or by eating “second breakfast” and “elevensies,” as Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins would have wanted. I know I’ll be rewatching The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. How could you go wrong with Christopher Lee, Treebeard, and the Battle of Helm’s Deep?

Friday is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Did you know that according to research from Gates in 2011, bisexuals make up more than half of all LGB individuals? That’s a significant portion of the LGBTQ+ community that identifies with bisexuality. You can celebrate by showing your own bi pride, engaging with a bisexual artist or performer (with options like David Bowie, Alan Cummings, Megan Fox, and Amy Winehouse, the options are endless), or by learning more about the community.

 

 


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

 

 


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Peek at the Week: September 12

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery wrote, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.”

Although it rarely seems like it, college is a time of and for mistakes. Mistakes are often fundamental to learning, both in life and in education. But mistakes often feel bigger and more insurmountable than they are.

Give yourself some grace. Your mistakes are opportunities to learn, and tomorrow is a new day.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 12

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

Company & Industry Competitive Intelligence 101 | 5-6 p.m. | Room 206 | Free & Open to Villanova Students | Register Here

Wednesday, September 14

Digital Scholarship Lab Open House | 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Room 218A | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

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

Friday, September 16

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

Sunday, September 18

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


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Celebrate National Day of Encouragement today by saying something nice to someone or (sometimes a harder task) yourself. Today is a day for good vibes, and good vibes only!

For everyone with a sweet tooth, Tuesday is International Chocolate Day. Whether you prefer dark, milk, or white, grab yourself a chocolate treat (hint: Holy Grounds at Falvey is a great place for some chocolate sweets).

If you’re a superhero fan, Batman Day is this Sunday, Sept. 17. You can celebrate by binging your favorite Batman movies, shows, or comics. If you’ve never watched a single Batman movie in your life, The Dark Knight is probably the most well-received and, in my opinion, the all-around best. If you’re already a seasoned fan, check out Joseph McCabe’s 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, of course, available through Falvey.

 

 


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


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