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From the all-star cast that brought you The Seven Deadly Virtues and The Dadly Virtues comes the ultimate Christmas survival guide: The Christmas Virtues. The Christmas season is a minefield of terrors: The family get-togethers with weird uncles, the sloppy office parties, the annoying 10-page Look-at-Us holiday letters--and we haven't even mentioned the Black Friday mobs and that wretched Alvin and the Chipmunks song that plays every 90 minutes on Pandora, whether you like it or not. Rum-pah-pah-pum. And don't forget the PC police lurking around every corner looking to beat the last bits of joy and comradery out of our society. Merry Christmas? Really? But it doesn't have to be this way. 'Tis the season to recapture the wonder of Christmas, in our hearts and in our homes and even out in the public square. The Christmas Virtues is a humorous companion for, and guide to, navigating the trials and tribulations of the holiday season. It's a reminder of how we can embrace the joy, hope, and love of Christmas--of the real Christmas. And a call for us to stand up for Christmas because America needs it now, more than ever. So sit back and enjoy the following tales by your favorite authors: Rob Long's "The Christmas Spirit: In Defense of...

Last updated 11/21/2023 by P. Higo
Beyond Access : Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success (EBOOK)

Shelly C. Lowe editor.; Heather J. Shotton 1976- editor.; George S. McClellen writer of foreword.; Waterman, Stephanie J., 1957- editor....

More on Beyond Access : Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success (EBOOK) Updated 11/16/23 by P. Higo
Unsilencing Gaza : reflections on resistance EBOOK

Sara Roy author. Gaza, the centre of Palestinian nationalism and resistance to the occupation, is the linchpin of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...

More on Unsilencing Gaza : reflections on resistance EBOOK Updated 10/25/23 by P. Higo
Disruption in Detroit autoworkers and the elusive postwar boom (EBOOK)

Daniel J. Clark author It is a bedrock American belief: the 1950s were a golden age of prosperity for autoworkers. Flush with high wages and...

More on Disruption in Detroit autoworkers and the elusive postwar boom (EBOOK) Updated 10/4/23 by P. Higo
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This is a rerun, but it's "timeless" (sorry could not help myself)


Take a look at the first picture of the tower and compare it to the second. Notice anything? (Aside from the fact that it needed a good cleaning!) The tower built in 1927 to cover up a smoke stack of the central heating plant for the university, was dedicated as a memorial to former students who gave their lives during World War I. Since the clocks were installed, they never did work well, all four clocks would have different times and at some point stopped all together. While undergoing repair, they took the hands off the clocks. The most interesting part about the repair of the tower clocks is that it was done as a personal gift by a few students of the university. Thomas Toenjes, a senior in electrical engineering, along with his associates, Edward Sailer, Peter Kay, and Leo Moore, spent months of their own time getting no money or class credit working on repairing the clocks. The university paid for the material they used which came to about $800. The university had gotten estimates to repair the clocks of $10,000-$25,000. After having the correct time only twice a day for some 12 years, the clocks finally got running on time in 1965-but that’s not the end of the story. It still had no bells, which leads to another interesting story.

Last updated 07/13/2023 by P. Higo
International Intercollegiate Turtle Derby at the University of Detroit

  It has been ten years since I last posted this item! An oldie but goodie that I think is worth posting again. There are races like the...

More on International Intercollegiate Turtle Derby at the University of Detroit Updated 5/15/23 by P. Higo
University of Detroit Mercy Presidential Trivia

As Donald B. Taylor has been offically installed as the latest president of the University of Detroit Mercy, here is a bit of trivia on some past...

More on University of Detroit Mercy Presidential Trivia Updated 3/27/23 by P. Higo
St. Patrick’s Day Tug-of-War, Irish vs. German with University of Detroit St. Francis Club

HOW IT ALL BEGAN (From the St. Francis Club Archives)   Legend has it that the whole thing began with a tussle between one Adolph Schultz...

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The American Psychological Association has released the latest edition, the seventh edition,  of the Publication Manual.

Highlights include:

Full color throughout.

An updated chapter with guidelines for writing without bias that address age, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality .

A new chapter about APA’s updated journal article reporting standards.

Two paper formats: one for students and one for professionals. The student paper format does not require a running head nor does it require an abstract. The required content on the title page differs as well.

Best practices for ethical writing, including discussions on avoiding plagiarism and updated guidance on navigating the publication process and disseminating research findings.

100+ new reference examples, including coverage for websites, social media and classroom resources, plus more than 40 new sample tables and figures.

Considerable information on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and the use of italics.

Detailed information about how to report statistical data.

The APA will continue to provide support and resources for the 6th edition until August 2020 at which time they expect the transition to the new edition will be complete.

Last updated 11/05/2019 by J. Eisenstein
Don't Forget to Vote

Do you want a voice in how the government handles important issues that affect you, your friends, and your family?  Don’t forget to...

More on Don't Forget to Vote Updated 10/26/20 by R. Davidson
New Wireless Printing at the McNichols Library

New Wireless Printing at the McNichols Campus Library Print from your:   Download the free wepa print app on your phone or print driver...

More on New Wireless Printing at the McNichols Library Updated 9/3/19 by J. Werdell Spreitzer
Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States? The awareness raising campaign, started in 1949, by the community-based...

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Keep calm the semester is about to end

We know you're getting geared up for the toughest time of the term- FINALS! Don't panic. We have you covered.

The McNichols Campus Library is open during finals week. Remember to have your Student ID with you to enter the building.

Sunday December 10: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday December 11 through Thursday December 14: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday December 15: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday December 16: 10:00am - 4:00pm


The Library Also Offers:

Group study rooms (reserve a room here)

Scantrons – Free

Blue Books – Free

Color Printing – 25 cents per page

Spiral Binding – Free

Photocopying – 10 cents per page

Assistance from a librarian - priceless


When you're ready to relax, we have plenty of DVD's available.


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Last updated 11/30/2023 by J. Eisenstein
Let Freedom Read - Banned Books Week

“This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are...

More on Let Freedom Read - Banned Books Week Updated 10/1/23 by J. Eisenstein
Welcome and Welcome Back!

The Detroit Mercy librarians are happy to welcome new and returing students to the to the library.  Here is some news you can use. Our...

More on Welcome and Welcome Back! Updated 8/23/23 by J. Eisenstein
Thank You From Former President Barack Obama

On Monday, July 17, former President Barack Obama published an open letter to librarians thanking them for all that they do to  protect the...

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