October 17, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Halloween Movie Suggestions

Come to the library to check out the scary movie display! 

Display is located on the main level just beyond ITS.

halloween movie display

Some Scary Movie Favorites:

The Blair Witch Project –  PN1995.9 .S8 B523  directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, is a noteworthy film to watch in preparation of October 31st. It is deep in the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland, where three students studying film find themselves lost and out of luck. Throughout the film, the students document their reactions to mysterious sounds and strange witchcraft structures composed of rocks and sticks.

Halloween – PN1995.9 .H6 H253  directed by John Carpenter, is known as being one of best slasher films of all time. The setting takes place in Haddonfield, Illinois on October 30, 1978. Laurie Strode, a studious high school student, is convinced that someone is stalking her. Her friends think she is crazy but little do they know that Laurie’s older brother, Michael Myers, escapes from a mental institution and returns to Haddonfield to find his younger sister. As a result, Laurie and her friends are watched closely and attacked by Michael throughout this bloody film.

Stanley Kubrick’s The ShiningPS3561.I483 S553 was released in 1980 and stars Jack Nicholson as the protagonist named Jack Torrace. The movie takes place in an eerie hotel located on a historical burial site for Native Americans. Jack Torrace is a writer, so he is using the hotel to write his latest work. However, little does he know the future events to come. When applying for the position of the hotel caretaker, Torrace is told that a former worker went psychotic and murdered his whole family. Danny, the young son of Jack Torrace, has a terrible suspicion pertaining to future events at the hotel.

The Exorcist – PS3552 .L392 E963  released in 1973, is a horrific film exploring concepts related to the devil. This film is uniquely different from other movies that fall under the Halloween genre because it was inspired by two demonic possession related cases from the early 1900’s. Furthermore, this is a must-see film because it was one of the only horror movies to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Night of the Living DeadPN1995.9 .H6 N543  was released in 1968 and directed by George A. Romero. The movie starts off with Barbara and her older brother Johnny visiting their mother’s grave site in a cemetery located in Pennsylvania. However, matters worsen when Johnny is attacked by a male figure that appears to be human. However, Barbara escapes to a nearby barn where she meets other survivors that have been able to evade victims of a toxic spill (the zombies). She and her new acquaintances are forced to defend themselves against a tremendously large group of hungry zombies.

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October 13, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Irish Filmmaker Festival – Who Needs Enemies: Houdini’s Great Escape: Weds. 10/15 @ 7PM


Characters from Who Needs Enemies?

The pilot and finale of the eight-part comic-drama series Who Needs Enemies: Houdini’s Great Escape, written, produced and acted in by Conor Montague, will be shown in Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library in the lower level Multimedia room on Wednesday, October 15th at 7PM.

The pilot episode of the series takes on a  humorous approach, when the main character, Eoin Hancock, is left to face one of the biggest dilemmas of his life… a goat with a lot of cocaine in its system! He and his friends find themselves in a cat-and-mouse wild goose chase when they must avoid interacting with Pat McCann, a detective out to expose this carefree group of friends.

Who Needs Enemies: Houdini’s Great Escape was filmed in Ireland.

Writer, producer and actor  Conor Montague will introduce the screening.
The Festival is free and open to the public at 7PM each Wednesday. Light refreshments will be served. The Festival schedule continues as follows: October 15: Connor Montague’s Who Needs Enemies; October 22: Alan Gilsenan’s Eliza Lynch: The Queen of Paraguay.


October 9, 2014
by Brooke Duffy
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Watch Online – Ebola: The Search for a Cure

The BBC Production Ebola: The Search for a Cure has just been added to Films on Demand. Learn more about the history and spread of the virus and the ongoing search for a cure.

Click on the picture to watch the full-length film (you will be prompted to log-in with your Net-ID and password):


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October 6, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Irish Filmmaker Festival – Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey: Wed. 10/8 @ 7PM


Bernadette Devlin

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, directed and produced by Lelia Doolan, will be shown in the lower level Multimedia Room at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday, October 8th. The documentary discusses Bernadette Devlin’s rise to fame in the British Parliament during the late 1960’s. In fact, the documentary is composed of footage filmed over the course of nine years, from 2002 to 2011.

The documentary serves as a great reminder to the audience that anything is possible. At the age of 21, Bernadette Devlin secured her spot in the British Parliament as the youngest female member! Unlike many controversial activists, Bernadette successfully evaded an assassination attempt.

Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey was filmed in Ireland and is approximately 88 minutes long.

Following the exclusive screening of the documentary, director and producer Leila Doolan will answer questions from the audience.

The Festival is free and open to the public at 7PM each Wednesday. Light refreshments will be served. The Festival schedule continues as follows: October 8: Lelia Doolan’s Bernadette: A Political Journey; October 15: Connor Montague’s Who Needs Enemies; October 22: Alan Gilsenan’s Eliza Lynch: The Queen of Paraguay


October 3, 2014
by Student - Paul Spino
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Student Bible Study Group Focusing on Saint John’s Bible

St. John's bible

Genealogy of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Who: All students are invited to this Bible Study Group
(Contact Fr. Bret Stockdale, SJ for more information)

When: Thursdays, 7 – 8 p.m., October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 & 13

Where: Library Group Study Room 127 on the lower level

Why: The Fairfield student community is invited to gather and celebrate the divine works of The Saint John’s Bible with the practice of Visio Divina. The audience will explore these concepts through the usage of Biblical texts, music and sacred art.

At Fairfield University, such a study group is considered as a noteworthy event because the University is the first college in New England to have access to the Bible. Furthermore, this Bible is unique because of its creation. Its authors combined methods used from the past and present, which range from handmade inks and gold leaf to 21st century technology and current themes and images.

One volume of the St. John’s Bible is on view on the main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library (located under the stairs) and in the Chapel.