Archive for May, 2013

Corpus Christi, circa 1900

The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, so this year it falls on May 30. From the New Catholic Encyclopedia,

“This feast, still known popularly as Corpus Christi, celebrates the mystery of the enduring presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The name Corpus Christi (“the body of Christ”) is an abbreviation of the name of the feast in the Missal of Pius V (1570), festum sanctissimi corporis christi (“the feast of the most holy body of Christ”).”

Connell, M. F. “Corpus et Sanguis Christi, Solemnity of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 272. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 28 May 2013.

The feast popularly includes a Eucharistic procession in which the Priest carries the host in vessel called a monstrance. Here are some photos from the University Photographs Collection of a Corpus Christi mass and procession at Loyola, circa 1900.

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

We Recommend: Generation Zombie

Generation Zombie : Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture – Stephanie Boluk

[Cover] In recent years, the popularity of zombies has been resurrected in popular media. Television shows such as The Walking Dead and films such as Warm Bodies and World War Z have captivated modern audiences. Boluk compiles essays by a number of scholars who examine the rise of the zombie myth in popular culture. The work artfully attempts to explain the significance of the zombie in modern literature as well as the ways zombies are used to critique modern culture.

-Andrew Naquin, Technical Services

Travel Pamphlets of Old…

Are you staying in New Orleans this summer? Then check out the Anthony J. Stanonis Collection found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Department! The collection is comprised of materials relating to the New Orleans tourist industry. Dating from 1902 to 1960, the guides, maps, brochures, books, and other literature document public and private tourism businesses. Anthony J. Stanonis gathered the materials during his research on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism.Check out these New Orleans landmarks and see how they’ve changed over time!

Stanonis Pamphlet

Stanonis Pamphlet

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

New Display: John Gould’s Birds of GB

Now on display in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library are some beautiful illustrations of British birds by zoologist John Gould. Gould is chiefly known for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs he produced throughout his career. Some of the magnificent lithographs have also been digitized for inclusion in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Spotted Eagle


The illustrations will be on display until August 14.

Elevate New Orleans and the Monroe Library

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A Successful Collaboration between Elevate New Orleans and the Monroe Library

The Monroe Library was the academic home to Elevate New Orleans this year. Elevate is an after-school program for inner-city middle and high school students who excel at basketball. The program provides academic, athletic, and social training to help ensure the students attend college and ultimately give back to their community. This mission aligns with the Jesuit vision of education, which includes educating the whole person and acting as men and women for others. Sky Hyacinthe (Executive Director of Elevate) and Malia Willey (Instruction Coordinator) coordinated the collaboration between Elevate and the Monroe Library. Loyola students engaged in tutoring for the Elevate students through the Community-Based Federal Work Study program. Elevate has also partnered with other Loyola groups, such as the Lindy Boggs Center, the Office of Service Learning, and the University Honors Program.

Here’s what a few of the Elevate students had to say about the Monroe Library and their Loyola student tutors:

“Monroe Library is a cool environment because of all the people opening the door saying good afternoon and I really like the way they welcome me at Loyola University. I thank you for having me at your school.”

“My grades have gone up a lot since I’ve been coming to Loyola for tutoring.”

“I have got way better in math and my writing skills. I understand things now more than I did before.”

“Loyola student tutors are very helpful. They help me prepare for my test and with my homework. Every time I’m with the Loyola student tutors I feel more prepared for the school day the day after.”

“The Monroe Library makes me feel safe and welcoming.”

“They have helped me improve my grades and my GPA. They have also taught me new ways to do homework.”

“Awesome. They have helped tremendously. When my grades were down they helped me pick them up.”

“The Monroe Library is a place I look forward to seeing every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It is a place for me to get away from the chaos of school and the outside world and it is a place for me to concentrate only on work.”

Noodles and Taxes?

WWL (AM) was a longtime financial asset of Loyola University New Orleans, broadcasting starting in 1922. But taxing income from nonprofit institutions is a tricky matter–so tricky that WWL has been forever memorialized in the Internal Revenue Code.

Loyola radio telegraph class at the original WWL station, circa 1920

Senator Russell Long, son of famed Louisiana politician Huey P. Long and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, is credited with having introduced a section into the tax code excluding some types of income from “a religious order or by an educational organization” (like, say, Loyola University New Orleans) from having to pay income tax. Typically a tax exempt organization is subject to income tax on income that is not related to its exempt functions, but this provision made sure that Loyola did not have to pay income tax for its WWL profits.

So how did WWL become forever engrained in the Internal Revenue Code? Take a look:

(15) Except as provided in paragraph (4), in the case of a trade or business—
(A) which consists of providing services under license issued by a Federal regulatory agency,
(B) which is carried on by a religious order or by an educational organization described in section 170 (b)(1)(A)(ii) maintained by such religious order, and which was so carried on before May 27, 1959, and
(C) less than 10 percent of the net income of which for each taxable year is used for activities which are not related to the purpose constituting the basis for the religious order’s exemption,

Other institutions have tried similarly, but unsuccessfully, to argue for exempt income from non-exempt sources. For example, New York University used to own a noodle company but was accused of running a “Macaroni Monopoly” when it was found they were extending their own tax-exempt status onto the pasta business (“The Law School and the Noodle Factory,” The New Yorker).

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

Summer School Course in ‘Spooks’

Loyola University has offered summer courses in some fashion almost since its inception in 1912. One of these courses, offered in the summer of 1925, was taught by the Jesuit Priest Father Carlos M. de Heredia. He was a visiting priest who had devoted himself to the study of psychic phenomena and debunking the ‘spiritualists’ so popular at that time. In his course titled ‘Cryptopsychis,’ Father de Heredia demonstrated just how these spiritualists were able to pull off the mysterious knocking, table lifting, and other acts of charlatans used to dupe their victims. He even famously followed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualism tour of the United States, demonstrating how Doyle’s evidence which provided ‘proof’ of an afterlife, could all be faked. To read more about this tenacious man and his quest to reveal the fallacy of spiritualism, check out this article from The Maroon on May 25, 1925.

Maroon - May 25, 1925

Maroon - May 25, 1925

Maroon - May 25, 1925

Maroon - May 25, 1925

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

Friend of the Monroe Library: Diana Mirfiq

Meet Diana Mirfiq, our newest library friend!

Diana is a junior, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Mass Comm who
grew up in New Orleans on the west bank and always wanted to attend Loyola
University New Orleans. She mentions the diversity of the students as one
of its biggest selling points and reasons she enjoys studying here.

She recently started writing for the Maroon, but initially wanted to
become a clinical psychologist. “My career goals switch like the New
Orleans weather—I’m unpredictable.”

Using the computers on the first floor as well as mingling with friends
are her biggest draws for using the library.

When asked how we could help to further student success, Diana says we do
so much to meet the needs of our users. “You already do. There’s so
much available that I don’t even use.”

And improvements? “The internet gets crazy and the printing. But
that’s it. At least we don’t have to pay for printing.”

We’re listening, Diana and congratulations on being the Monroe Library
Friend of the Month!


The newly digitized Maroon was the most accessed collection in the Louisiana Digital Library in the month of April. The Louisiana Digital Library is an online library of Louisiana institutions that provides over 144,000 digital materials. The Maroon had 24,850 views last month. The most accessed item was the March 24, 1972 issue with 158 views. Election code violations, a new common curriculum, and the Girls’ Intramural Basketball Tournament were all on the docket.

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

We Recommend: The Loser by Thomas Bernhard

The Loser (translated from Der Untegeher, 1983)
by  Thomas Bernhard

A fictional biography of the late, great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, originally written in German by the late, great Austrian novelist. Gould serves as a litmus test with which Bernhard’s protagonists may gauge their own and others’ attitudes toward art and life. Those who claim Gould as one of their own are uncompromising monomaniacs; they dismiss others who fail to appreciate Gould as being intellectually inadequate. The essentially paragraph-less, unrelenting narrative bears aspects of counterpoint and fugues in the works admired by the real-life Gould and, by extension, Bernhard. Despite so much doom and gloom expressed in this tale of three friendships, the reader may occasionally smile or even laugh out loud at unanticipated moments of humanity and comedy.

– Mike Olson, Dean of Libraries