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Word of the Week: Stalwart

As in:

“It is difficult for modern Americans to fully understand the risks and sacrifices that Washington and the other Founders willingly accepted in order to mount a successful revolution. Today, a common perception of this epic struggle is that of a unified rebellion sweeping across 13 colonies with great spirit and boundless enthusiasm; a boisterous time of skirmishes, raids, and rallying cries during which most, if not all, of the period’s stalwart citizenry were active participants in the noble cause.” (Rees & Spignesi, 2007, p.39). 

Rees, J. C., & Spignesi, S. J. (2007). George Washington’s Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

For definitions of stalwart, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.




Word of the Week: Vanguard

As in: “Black World War II and Korean War veterans represented the vanguard of grassroots civil rights leadership in the war against white supremacy and social oppression during the 1950s and 1960s” (Cox, 2013, p.74).

Cox, M. S. (2013). Segregated soldiers: Military training at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow South. Retrieved from

For definitions of vanguard, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



Word of the Week: Parochial

As in:

“Critics have hypothesized that the parochial contraction of horror fiction’s concerns in the post-war years was due to the war’s traumatizing revelation of a human capacity for evil that superseded any imaginable in supernatural fiction” (Dziemianowicz, 1999, p.201). 

Dziemianowicz, S. (1999).Contemporary Horror Fiction, 1950-1998. In Barron, N. (Ed.), Fantasy and horror: a Critical and historical guide to literature, illustration, film, TV, radio, and the internet (pp. 199-343). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

For definitions of parochial, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.





Word of the Week: Burnous

As in:

“The moments leading up to the Orient Express’s departure for Europe are crammed especially full of exotic detail, as Lumet provides passersby in turbans, burnouses, fezzes, yarmulkes, and Chinese dress to mingle briefly with the stars”(Leitch, 2002, p. 178). 

Leitch, T. (2002). Crime films. Retrieved from

For definitions of burnous, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

For images of burnouses see Credo Reference.




Word of the Week: Pedantic

As in:

“It was proven that the food which the characters in the novels eat and the times at which and ways how they eat it shows what kind of people they are, from the fussy and pedantic Poirot with his elaborate menus and sandwiches cut in right angles, and the hedonists Adriadne Oliver and Tuppence with their love of fruits and rich meals…” (Baucekova, 2015, p. 182).               

Baucekova, S. (2015). Dining room detectives: Analysing food in the novels of Agatha Christie. Retrieved from

For definitions of pedantic, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.




May 17, 1954: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas


In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court decides in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The decision brought an end to de jure tolerance of racial segregation. The case dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because race. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) that ruled “separate but equal” accommodations in railroad cars conformed to the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. That ruling was used to justify segregating all public facilities, including elementary schools.

African American lawyer (and future Supreme Court justice) Thurgood Marshall led Linda Brown’s legal and argued that the white school she attempted to attend was far superior to her black alternative and miles closer to her home. In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court ruled the “separate but equal” doctrine unconstitutional because educational segregation stamped an inherent badge of inferiority on African American students.

Word of the Week: Intrepid

As in: “Women were seen as intrepid frontier heroes, even goddesses in the wilderness—provided they had modern equipment” (Rugh, 2008, p.126-7).          WoW_intrepid

Rugh, S. S. (2008). Are we there yet?: the Golden age of American family vacations. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

For definitions of intrepid, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

Whatever your plans, the Cardinal Cushing Library staff wishes you a Summer break full of intrepid adventuring!

On This Day: Studio 54 Opens

studio-54-opening[1]Studio 54, which opened its doors for the very first time on April 26, 1977. The impresarios behind Studio 54 were Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, college roommates at Syracuse University who got into the nightclub business after their first venture, a chain of steak restaurants, failed to flourish. The woman who made Studio 54 into the celebrity playground was Carmen D’Alessio, a public-relations entrepreneur in the fashion industry, whose Rolodex included names like Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote. Her buzz-building turned the grand opening into a major item in the New York gossip columns, and her later efforts—like having Bianca Jagger ride a white horse into the club for her 30th birthday party—stoked the public’s fascination with Studio 54 even further. In addition to celebrities,  political figures like Margaret Trudeau, Jackie Onassis and, infamously, White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan visited the nightclub.

Word of the Week: Foetid

As in: “Pilgrim State’s Rockland’s and Graystone’s foetid                   WoW_Foetid

halls, bickering with the echoes of the soul, rock-

ing and rolling in the midnight solitude-bench

dolmen-realms of love, dream of life a night-

mare, bodies turned to stone as heavy as the moon…” (Ginsberg, 1959, p.19).

Ginsberg, A. (1956). “Howl”. Howl and other poems. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books.

For definitions of foetid, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

Get them before their gone! Or at least back in the stacks. In honor of National Poetry Month, Howl and many other books of poetry are on display. Check one out today.