Archive for February, 2013

Midterms

With Mardi Gras holidays behind us, it seems like all many students can think about is Spring Break. But to be able to reach that point, we first have to face the challenges that always sneak up on us mid-semester….midterms.

Here at Loyola, midterm exams are in full swing. We have all heard the usual tips: get plenty of sleep, stay on top of assignments, eat healthy, manage your time wisely, etc. Although this advice helps, each student has his or her own way of preparing.  As always, if you need a place to study, keep in mind the library is operating at regular hours.

Despite personal rituals, we have all had times where we just feel overwhelmed. With the recent publication of the The Maroon online, I discovered an article from March 1989. I can say that many students I know, including myself, have felt like Myron Slothrop at one time or another. That being said, the best thing to do is keep your head up, do your best, and just remember, Spring Break is a month away!

Blog post by Kristen Blomeyer, Special Collections work-study student and Social Media and Outreach Intern.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Decades of Maroon newspapers now online

Every single issue of The Maroon, dating back to its inception in 1923 through the spring semester of 2012, is now available online for global viewing in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Fundraising for this project started in 2009 and completed in the spring of 2012. The Maroons were shipped to our digitization vendor, Backstage Library Works, in July. This mass digitization project was made possible thanks to the following donors:

ExxonMobil Corporation
Ms. Michelle M. Fonseca
Mr. Gary G. Hymel
Miss Florence R. Largay
Mr. Carrol P. Mc Bride
Mr. Leo R. Mc Lean
Microsoft Corporation
Mr. John P. Reilly
Mr. Edward M. Ruane
Mr. Paul F. Steen
Mr. Irvine J. Vidacovich, Jr.

The importance of this project can’t be overstated. The older newspaper issues especially have deteriorated quite a bit over the years. Having them digitized serves two purposes towards long-term preservation: capturing what they look like now provides us with digital images which we can copy and backup so we have them forever regardless of further deterioration; and letting our users access the newspapers online means less handling of the papers and therefore less potential damage.

In addition, now the Loyola community worldwide can look at all 1,679 issues online; search them for specific people, places, and events; save images to their own computers; and share them with friends and family. The papers aren’t just of interest to those looking for the history of Loyola—as artifacts of almost one hundred years of history they also contain drawings and advertisements, sports news, photos of students, faculty, and staff, and so much more.

A huge thanks to our generous donors and to Backstage Library Works for their beautiful work scanning The Maroon.

Pi Kappa Phi

Pi Kappa Phi is set to be the newest fraternity at Loyola in 20 years. The fraternity was selected after Loyola conducted a nationwide search for the latest addition to Loyola Greek life. Nine fraternities applied, but Pi Kappa Phi stood out among the rest. The fraternity is respected worldwide, being one of the first fraternities to outlaw hazing, establish a summer student leadership program, and run its own nonprofit organization.

On Monday February 25, a representative will be on campus looking to recruit students to be the founding fathers of Pi Kappa Phi.

Below, see a picture from the 1980 Wolf of one of Loyola’s former fraternities, ADG.

Blog post by Kristen Blomeyer, Special Collections work-study student and Social Media and Outreach Intern.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Text the Library


Do you have a question for us? Want to tell us how great we are? Now you can text your library related and research questions to 504-708-5898. This service is generally available weekdays from 8am to 5pm.

Mobile Phone Charging Station in the Monroe Library

Thanks to SGA, the Monroe Library has a brand new phone charging station for you to charge your devices. There are multiple dongles so everything from Android phones to iPhones are supported.

The station is located to the right of the front doors as you exit the library.

Basketball Season is Coming to an End…

Loyola’s basketball history dates back to 1945, when the men’s team was crowned NAIA National Champions. Although the 2013 Wolf Pack season is coming to an end, both the men and women’s teams have been finishing strong. On February 16th, both teams defeated Faulkner in the last home games of the season. The results proved to be the perfect way to celebrate graduating seniors, with the men defeating Faulkner 61-43 and the women 64-53.

Loyola’s intramural basketball is also in full swing, with the co-recreational, men, and women’s teams in season until the end of March. Although registration is closed for intramural basketball, intramural dodgeball and men’s and women’s soccer are currently open for registration. Bocce ball, waterpolo, and weightlifting teams are upcoming registration in the near future. For more information, visit the Loyola Intramurals Web Page.

Below is a photograph of the Loyola men’s basketball team from the late 1930s, found in the Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection.

Blog post by Kristen Blomeyer, Special Collections work-study student and Social Media and Outreach Intern.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Library Closed: Friday, February 15

The library will be closed on Friday, February 15th for library-wide training.  We will reopen on Saturday, February 16th at 8am.

View the complete calendar of library hours.

Fraternities at Loyola

Last week, fraternity rush at Loyola began. The three fraternities currently on campus, Beggars, Phi Kappa Psi, and Sigma Alpha Kappa had the opportunity to recruit around 30 men of Loyola. The process begins as a group during convocation when the different fraternities introduce themselves. They give the rushees information about their history, their unique definition of brotherhood, and more. After, the fraternities and rushees mix and mingle and eventually the fraternities choose who will be their pledges.

Beggars and Sigma Alpha Kappa are the oldest fraternities on campus, founded in 1923. The Beggars philanthropy is the Cancer Crusaders and Sigma Alpha Kappa’s philosophy is Habitat for Humanity. Both have achieved great success for the two foundations over the years. Below is a Wolf Yearbook picture of the Beggars from 1933.

Blog post by Kristen Blomeyer, Special Collections work-study student and Social Media and Outreach Intern.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

School Spirit!

This picture shows what is most likely a display of school spirit for a Homecoming game against Spring Hill College. Notice the little bears with the ‘SH’ on their shirts? Loyola’s Wolf mascot is chasing them down the hill. These boys sure went the extra mile to show their school pride!

Wolfpack vs Spring Hill

Wolfpack vs Spring Hill

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Students at Work in SC&A

Loyola sophomore Alexandra Caraballo has been working hard in the archives to digitize old Loyola photos from the 50s and 60s. Katie Kuhl, Monroe Library Technical Services Assistant, began working with the photos from the Loyola University Archives in the fall of 2012. Many were taken by former Loyola photographer Russ Cresson. The photos depict people, places, and events around campus.

The digitization process begins by Alex numbering the photos. She then scans the images and places them in a folder separated by acid free paper to discourage deterioration. They are then placed in the Louisiana Digital Library for all to see.

Alex has found some hidden gems in the collection, and has chosen some of her favorites shown below. She says there is a retro vibe throughout the collection that makes each photo unique and interesting. Although some photos include descriptions, most do not. We are working in hopes that visitors can find pictures of relatives, friends, or even themselves! Currently there are over 900 photos on the website, with many more to come.

Blog post by Kristen Blomeyer, Special Collections work-study student and Social Media and Outreach Intern.

Thanks to our student workers for all their hard work.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.