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#TBT: Falvey During Finals

two pages from 1991 Belle Air yearbook, article entitled "All You Need Are Pillows"

With Reading Day right around the corner and classes coming to a close, let’s throw it back to the 1991 Belle Air and Falvey during finals. Author of this article and alumna, Rachel White, writes about how around finals time the library is filled with “thousands of last minute crammers and a number of truly studious people.” Maybe you recognize yourself in one of these two groups. And although in an ideal world the library is the perfect quiet place to study, between the thousands of books and hundreds of people around you, it can be fairly easy to get distracted. 

Falvey offers a productive space to study if you’re in the right mindset. Which is unfortunately the case for studying pretty much anywhere. If you want more study or presentation tips, check out some of my recent ‘Cat in the Stax! 

Although studying in the library looks a little different 29 years later, there are individual study seats in the Dugan Polk Family Reading room and on all floors of Old Falvey. Come in with a focused mind-set and you can still find a productive place to study at Falvey.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: In the mind-set for a nap.

 

 

 

 


 


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#TBT: The Dime Novel

cover of Sybil Chase, or, The Valley ranche : a tale of California life from Falvey's digital collection

 

This week, we’re throwing it back to the late 19th century, early 20th century when dime novels were all the rage. Dime novels are short, published works of fiction that typically center around the dramatic adventures of a single heroic character. The dime novel pictured here is part of the Beadle’s Dime Novel collection and entitled, Sybil Chase, or, The Valley Ranche : a tale of California life. This story is written by Mrs. Ann S. Stephens.

More dime novels can be found in Falvey’s digital collection, Dime Novel and Popular Literature.

Northern Illinois University, in coordination with Villanova University, will be hosting a virtual symposium on the dime novel on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. This symposium is on the heels of the successful conclusion of the Johannsen Project, an effort to digitize more than 7,000 dime novels published by Beadle & Adams through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Falvey Director of Library Technologies Demian Katz will present Thursday as part of a panel on opportunities to present and publish original dime novel research.

More information about the event is available here.

 


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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Wildcats: Then & Now

picture of a Football Brochure, 1958

The spirit of the Villanova Wildcats is strong in all that we do – whether it’s dominating in the sports realm, succeeding academically, or “proving them wrong” by wearing our masks on- and off-campus. Above you can see a picture depicting the 1958 football schedule along with two pictures of Wildcats. Although Will D. Cat’s look may have evolved over the years, ultimately the ability of Wildcats to successfully survive and adapt is the spirit the Villanova community embodies. 

Here are a couple of fun throwback facts about the Villanova Wildcats:

  1. Villanova’s Wildcat most closely resembles the bobcat, which is found in the Southwest part of the United States.
  2. In 1930, 1945, 1947, and 1949 Villanova acquired a wildcat that was kept in a cage on campus at the Fieldhouse and traveled to both home and away games.
  3. For a short period during the late 1970s and early 1980s the word “cat” was added to the name of the individual sports: “Trackcats”, “Watercats”, and “Polocats.”

To read and see more about the evolution of the Wildcats, visit the digital library exhibit Wildcats Past & Present: Moments from the History of Sports at Villanova.


Headshot of post author and graduate assistant, Jenna NewmanJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Rocking my Villanova mask around campus.


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#TBT: Presidential Elections

The 1964 Belle Air was dedicated to the United State’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy, following his assassination in November 1963. Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson then became the 36th President of the United States. He then went on to win the 1964 Presidential Election in a landslide.

In preparing for the 2020 election, join the library for our 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Series. The first virtual event takes place today, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m. Camille Burge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Political, will discuss “Race and the Election.” For more information and the Zoom link, click here.

Also, if you haven’t yet – remember to register to vote! For information on getting registered, check out this post.


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#TBT: Coca-Cola Then & Now

photo of a 1916 Coca Cola advertisement featuring Grover Cleveland Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many brands have held a place in the media for decades, one of those being Coca-Cola. Take a minute to look at the evolution of Coca-Cola ads over the years. The Grover Cleveland Alexander ad is from May 20th, 1916, while the video is one of Coca-Cola’s most recent ad campaigns from August 2020. The company’s advertisement campaigns have evolved from the traditional “drink Coke because so-and-so is.” The modern-day campaign focuses on drinking Coke because of the values of the company and their desire to ignite change.

To see more classic advertisements, visit Falvey’s digital exhibit, “You Can Learn a Lot from Advertising!”

You can watch the full Coca-Cola advertisement here.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Getting ready to run out and buy a nice, cold Coke on my lunch break.

 

 

 

 


 


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#TBT: Falling Leaves Then & Now

Photo courtesy of The Belle Air, 1965.

In keeping with the theme of this week’s ‘Cat in the Stax post, let’s check out the beginning of the fall season from the Belle Air of 1965. Changing colors in the trees, crunchy leaves on the ground, and new friendships forming continue to mark this beautiful season.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Cranking the AC so I can wear oversized sweaters.

 

 

 


 


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#TBT: The Flu and the Class of ’22

black & white photo of the Senior Class of 1922

Photo of the Senior Class of 1922. Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

“’22 will never forget the days of the “flu.’” Classes were suspended because those that were not sick were required for different kinds of necessary detail work. Guard Duty (at the gates with wooden guns), K.P., and hospital duty alternated rapidly. Charles A. Belz, class of 1922, reflects back on the impact of the Spanish Flu in the 1922 Belle Air. 

The same way the classes of the early 2020s will speak of how COVID-19 impacted their college experience, so did the classes of the 1920s when thinking about the Spanish Flu.

Consider contributing to the “Documenting COVID-19” collection effort so that future generations can look back the same way we are on this throwback Thursday. Find more information on this collection effort here.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. 

 

 


 


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TBT: Progress on TV

By Kelly McMahon

This week, I was struck by this 1990 Black History Month article from The Villanovan. In the article, then entertainment editor Stephen Powers offers us a brief history of black television, from the “golden years” of the 1950s, to the radical changes in the 1980s with the creation of The Cosby Show and Family Matters.

While he writes that progress has been made since the 1950s when it comes to diverse representation on major sitcoms and soap operas, Powers concludes his article by acknowledging that despite these advances, “there is still some progress to be made,” citing what was then top television shows with casts that were illogically all white, like Cheers and Murphy Brown. He also critiques Saturday Night Live, which in 1990 featured an entirely white cast.

In the 1990 article, Powers writes that he believes progress will be made in the next decade. Now, three decades later, progress has indeed been made. Major sitcoms like Blackish, Mixed-Ish, Good Trouble, and Grownish prioritize diversity of all kinds, from race to sexuality, gender identity, and ability. Since 1990, Saturday Night Live has grown to be incredibly diverse, too.

However, now, just like 1990 when Powers was writing, more progress can still be made. Despite the presence of diverse television shows, sitcoms with (almost) all white casts like The Office and Friends still gather large followings and huge viewerships. The 2017 reboot of Dynasty (a show Powers mentions) is almost as white as it was in earlier iterations. Large cable programs like The Bachelor and Bachelorette rarely (and sometimes never) feature people of color.

Villanovan article: "Blacks progress on TV"

 

Would Powers be satisfied with the progress that has been made? Does this article feel strangely topical despite being thirty years old? Let us know your thoughts via Instagram (@villanovalibrary) or Twitter (@FalveyLibrary).


Kelly McMahon CLAS ’22 is a student assistant in the Communication and Marketing office at Falvey Memorial Library.


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TBT: Gaining a New Perspective in Falvey

Students Drawing in the Stacks

In February 2019, students in the Basic Drawing Perspectives course utilized a viewpoint on Falvey’s third floor to practice illustration techniques.


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#TBT: Finals Stress Relief

Wil D. Cat in an ugly sweater

Photo by Alice Bampton.

 

It’s that time of the year when finals can leave students stressed and at their wits’ end. That is why Falvey Memorial Library organizes a finals stress relief event each year to help students get through these trying times. Let’s throwback to December 2016, when our “Finals Can Get Ugly” event included games, movies, and Will D. Cat!

This year, our finals stress relief event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games. Come to Holy Grounds between 1-3 p.m. on December 12 to have a bite to eat and relieve some stress.


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Last Modified: December 5, 2019