Archive for June, 2013

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is happening on campus right now, and that means freshman are going through some familiar experiences:

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Moving in

Hanging out in the dorm

Buying books--and detergent

Checking mail

Hopefully, NOT getting hazed

Orientation

And an old tradition–the handing out of the freshman beanies.

Freshman beanies

You can view all these pictures and more in the Loyola University Photographs Collection on the Louisiana Digital Library.

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

Loyola’s Old Main Library

Most of the students on campus today, as well as many of the faculty and staff members, have no idea what the old Main Library looked like inside when it was in use. Of course, now it’s under major renovation to become the Tom Benson Jesuit Center. Luckily, we have plenty of vintage photographs from inside the Main Library during it’s heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. Enjoy these great images taken by the university’s photographer, Russ Cresson.

Main Library Exterior

Library Exhibit

Library Exhibit

Subject Display

Subject Display

Books with sign

Something to Remember!

Student researching

Card Catalog!

Card Catalog!

Student Reading

You can view all these pictures and more in the Loyola University Photographs Collection on the Louisiana Digital Library!

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

Library Friends of the Month

Meet Marc Luettecke and Matthew Portnoy our Library Friends of the Month!

Marc and Matthew are good friends and were seniors who graduated in May 2013.

Marc is from Germany and was recruited to play basketball for the Wolfpack. Matthew is from New Jersey and ended up as a student at Loyola due to some friends who attended the university and shared their love of the campus and the school with him.

They both spent a lot of time in the stock trading room especially with Marc studying Finance, and Matthew studying Economics and Accounting. They also raved about the resouces the library has available to students:

Lockers, headphones, interlibrary loans, multimedia rooms and great online electronic databases for research. Matthew also really loved just hanging out in the Learning Commons.

They felt the computers were in need of an update, but loved our resources and our librarians. Thanks, guys!

Congratulations on your recent graduation and being our first dual Library Friends of the Month!

Ricky’s Dragon – Summer 2013

Ricky's Dragon

Ricky's Dragon

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is featuring a special exhibit titled, “Ricky’s Dragon,” from June 17th through August 2nd. Artists Seth Gadsen and Sam Fleischner have this to say about their project:

Ricky’s Dragon represents the auspicious collaboration between Seth Gadsden and Sam Fleischner. In the spring of 2011, Seth began creating a series of drawings as Ricky a thirteen year old boy with autism and a main character in Sam’s narrative feature film, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, who is obsessed with mythological sea creatures and the swirling, tumultuous waters they inhabit. The film went into production in the fall of 2012 as the Chinese year of the dragon came to an end. It follows Ricky as he runs away from home and is called into the subway snaking through the tunnels beneath New York City. Consumed by the metal dragon, Ricky loses all sense of time and place while his family tries to cope with his absence.

In the year before filming, Seth and Sam had long conversations about darkness and destruction, powerful waves and supernatural creatures. The main symbol that Ricky draws throughout the film is the ouroboros dragon, eating its own tail. This ancient symbol represents the infinite cycle of destruction and creation. Three weeks into production, Hurricane Sandy, an unprecedented storm for the region, manifested that idea more profoundly than anything, destroying the northeast coastline and Rockaway Beach Queens, where Ricky and his family live.

The exhibition features over 200 drawings on paper by Seth Gadsden, many of which appear in the film while others continue to be an ongoing practice in his studio. They combine the colorful, playful, and obsessive characteristics found in his own work with the imagined personality of Ricky. Sam Fleischner has two videos in the exhibition, one shows the waters of Rockaway beach before the storm, and another show it during and after the storm. Visitors will be able to hear Ricky’s voice by listening to various headphones placed around the gallery. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors had its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in April where it was awarded a special jury prize for best narrative feature.

You can read more about the exhibit here.

Get more information on the Diboll Gallery.

Thank You, Student Workers!

Student workers are the backbone of the Monroe Library. Staffing public areas as well as doing behind the scenes work, our library couldn’t run without our student employees. The Wolf from 1983 shows us that the same held true thirty years ago.

Thank you, students, for all of your contributions to our campus!

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

Bikes at Loyola circa 1979

For some of us, the warmer weather means trying to stay inside as much as possible so we don’t look like this:

Students studying outside

But for those that don’t mind the heat, now’s a good time to jump on those bikes and pedal around town, like these students did in 1979.

Student on bike waving

Students on bikes talking in quad

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

We Recommend: Paris is Burning


Paris Is Burning

The 1990 documentary film, “Paris Is Burning” directed by Jennie
Livingston highlights the ball culture in late eighties New York City.
While it explores fashion and celebrates the expression of pride amongst
it’s LGBT contestants, it also examines racism and homophobia while
leaving an indelible mark on music, pop culture, and the shifting
perception of family and acceptance.

Derrick Jefferson, Public Services & Outreach Librarian

Summer School, 1943

Summer classes are underway here at Loyola. From the online trove of Loyola’s Bulletins and Course Catalogs, comes a reminder of summer seventy years ago.

The basic fee for the summer session of 1943 was $90, with additional fees required for some courses. Courses were offered in a variety of disciplines including courses on zoology, classical poetry, accounting, physical education, newspaper reporting, physics and a timely history course titled “The American Way of Life” :

Indeed, the war in Europe was very much in the forefront. The Bulletin states that: “The primary reason for the continued existence and operation of the University during the war crisis is to promote the war on the educational front.” From our vantage point in history we know that war would dominate American life, and life on Loyola’s campus, for years to come.

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

Shiny New Monroe Hall – 1969

For many years, Monroe Hall has been somewhat of an eyesore on Loyola’s beautiful, mainly Gothic style campus. Described as the ‘boat building,’ the ‘ship building’ or even the ‘submarine,’ Monroe Hall’s porthole like windows haven’t done it any favors in the looks department. However, the building was state of the art in 1969 when it opened as Loyola’s new science and technology center. Check out the original artist’s rendering of the building’s design:

Monroe Hall Artist Rendition

Monroe Hall Artist Rendition

And here you can see Monroe Hall as a new construction:

Monroe Hall - New Construction 1969

Monroe Hall - New Construction 1969

Notice the parking lot where the Peace Quad is now located.

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

Children of Loyola

With the Whelan Center on campus and Holy Name of Jesus school next door, the sound of children playing often greets us at Loyola. Images from the University Photograph Collection show us that children have been learning, playing and sometimes napping on our campus for many years.

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