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Happy Boss’s Day to Bruce Springsteen (Rocking Nova in 1973?)

Bruce Springsteen

Happy Boss’s Day to the Wildcat supervisors out there, and to one special, non-Villanovan: Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen.

Before he was “Born in the USA” or “Born to Run,” Bruce was born to play at Villanova a whole lot. He rocked the campus three times in 1973 alone! From all accounts, he crooned to mere dozens back then, and the photo above, from the 1974 Belle Aire yearbook, didn’t even caption whether this is actually Springsteen strumming.

The Library staff is divided on the identity of the singer in the photo too.

The hair, beard, silver cross, and guitar model and strap closely match this image, also from 1973.

So what do you think? Did we find a long, lost Springsteen photo or bust out with a basic Bruce-a-like?

 

While you’re pondering, head over to our Digital Library and check out our other amazing yearbooks from yesteryear.


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Service Announcement: Masks Now Optional in Falvey

 

In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and University policies, mask wearing in all campus spaces, including Falvey Memorial Library, is now optional. For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, wearing masks indoors is still strongly recommended.


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TBT: Villanova Jazz Festival

April is a full month with many exciting events and activities, including National Jazz Month. Put on your favorite Jazz playlist and take a look through the 1965 Intercollegiate Jazz Festival Program in Falvey’s digital collection. 1965 marked the 5th annual jazz festival – an opportunity for college jazz ensembles to compete and share musical experiences with one another. In addition, many years students also had an opportunity to learn from noted jazz musicians across the country.

The photo is the cover of the 1965 Villanova Jazz Festival Program.


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Take a Break With Our Men’s and Women’s Basketball Word Searches!

To celebrate the resilience and teamwork of our Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, Falvey invites our students and hoops fans to take a break and try their hands at finding the stars of the two teams.

The Men’s team has reached the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the national championship tournament and will tip off against the Baylor Bears Saturday, March 27, at 5:15 p.m.

The Women’s team advanced twice in the Women’s NIT and faces the University of Delaware’s Fightin’ Blue Hens at 7 p.m. tonight!

Note: In the word searches, you are only looking for a player’s last name. To download the puzzles as PDFs, click the links below.

Additionally, if you get stuck, we’ve included the solutions below as well!

Fun fact… the two teams have a sister and brother on their rosters! Can you spot them too?

 Word Search Women's Basketball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the puzzles as PDFs:

Men’s Basketball Word Search

Women’s Basketball Word Search

 

See the solutions to the word searches:

Men’s Basketball Word Search Solution

Women’s Basketball Word Search Solution

 


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor is a Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Throwback Thursday: A Glimpse into the Life of a Nursing Student in the 1960s

 

Nursing student Mary Kay Swift ’65 CON prepares for her first day of clinical experience at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. Although the uniform has changed over the years, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University continues to produce dedicated, caring nurses that changes the lives of those they serve.

This photo is available in Falvey’s Digital Library, part of the life in the 1960s exhibit.


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TBT: Villanova Basketball

We may not be able to be in the stands this basketball season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show our Wildcat Pride and cheer on our team! This week’s TBT takes us back to a photo inside the Villanova Field House in the 1970s during a basketball game. This photograph comes from the University Archives and can be found in Villanova’s digital collection.


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


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TBT: Snowy Campus Scenes

With more snow forecasted for today, it’s only fitting that our TBT include another snowy campus picture. This picture can be found in Falvey’s digital library and shows the exterior of St. Thomas of Villanova church with snow leading up to the church. This photo was taken in 1960, although the snowy scene looks a lot like the snowy scenes we’ve seen on campus today!


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


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Caturday: Peace on Earth

angel and Villanova "V" ornament

“I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again”

—”Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

For those who want to reflect on how to bring peace to earth, consider reading Pope John XXIII’s encyclical letter in Falvey’s Memorial Library’s holdings.


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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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Easter Sunrise


…The
sky turns crystal blue
after rainfall and low clouds,
a
speedway for homecoming birds.

We covered you with winter earth
but, because He lives, Momma,
I know that you live, too.

—Donna Lakes

These stanzas from “Easter Sunrise,” were written by Donna Lakes, poet and then staff member of Appalachian Heritage journal, and published in 1995. This publication is a leading literary journal which showcases the work of emerging and established writers and artists from Appalachia, and is one of more than 700 journals available online to Falvey patrons through Project Muse, a trusted source for complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world’s leading universities and scholarly societies.
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Lakes, Donna. “Easter Sunrise.” Appalachian Heritage, vol. 23 no. 2, 1995, p. 10-10. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/aph.1995.0102.
Photo of Villanova Chapel.

Joanne QuinnJoanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing for Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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