Get to Know the Manor Basileiad Library

Everyone knows the library – even if they don’t know how to spell it! – but how well do you really know the library?

The Manor College Basileiad library was formed in 1968. Before that, it was located in a building right next to where it is now. It was called the Thomas More library. The library serves many different purposes. Students are able to check out books, do schoolwork, and study for upcoming exams. They can also hang out with fellow students and engage in conversations. Here’s a few things you should know about the library and what they have to offer as well as the upcoming events.

Second Annual Edible Book Contest

One fun event that is upcoming at Manor is the second annual edible book contest. This will take place On Friday, April 5. This is something that any students, professors, or staff and faculty members can enter. The purpose is to recreate an aspect of a piece of literature. This could be a book cover, plot, character, or even the title of the book. The book that the piece was inspired by would need to be either brought from home or borrowed from the library. Also, more than one entry can be brought by the contenders!

Poetry Contest

Another fun upcoming event will be the poetry contest. Any Manor student can enter this contest. The last day of acceptance is Monday, April 29. This poetry will be judged on how original and creative it is, along with its artistic quality. Contestants can submit up to two original pieces of work. It should be noted that when submitted, Manor College can publish these poems on the website and places around the campus. The first place winner will be announced on Wednesday May 1 and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. In the entry, no curse words or anything vulgar should be included. This event is to celebrate National Poetry Month. A similar contest was held on Valentine’s Day.

Flash Fiction Story Contest

A past annual event on Campus was the annual “Flash Fiction Story Contest.” This is an opportunity for students who enjoy creative writing to create their own stories for the Halloween season. Students are also invited to reflect on their experiences. Any Manor student would be eligible to enter to write an original story. This would have to be scary but not include anything vulgar or include curse words in the respect of a general audience. We hope to see this event again!

The Website is Useful for Our Courses

The Basileiad website is filled with resources to help students with homework and other projects. For example, there are plenty of sources available for those taking the Philosophy course. The sources are divided into categories like christianity, existentialism, and an introduction to what philosophy is and why it should be studied. On these pages you can find videos as well as links to articles. One video on this page is a brief introduction to philosophy by a professor from a CUNY college. Also, there is a website from the American Philosophical Association that gives a quick guide about Philosophy to undergrads, and a tab filled with podcasts and videos on philosophy. There are links for “Youtube” channels like one on “Wireless Philosophy, and a list of general philosophy links. For example, there is one called “Philosophize This!” This one is all about covering philosophers and the ideas they have in chronological order.

The Basileiad library is a place for books, studying, and participating in events such as those listed above – among other things. What do you love the library? Let us know in the comments!

By marketing intern William F. Rodebaugh III

5 Things You Might Not Know About Manor

Manor College is a wonderful school, and there’s more to it than meets the eye. I have five interesting facts about the college that you may be surprised to hear about.

1. Why the Sisters Came to Philadelphia

In 1911, the sisters received an invitation from the Most Reverend Solter Ortynsky to come to Philadelphia. He was the first Ukrainian Bishop in the United States. Their mission in Philly was to open an orphanage and school  at North 7th and Parish Streets. In addition to Manor, St. Basil Academy was established in 1931. This is a private Catholic High School for girls. You can see this school right across the street from Manor’s campus. The sisters actually lived in the farm house, which is located right next to the barn at Manor. There are many other foundations of the Sisters of St. Basil. To name a few there are Poland, Argentina, Bosnia, and Italy.


2. Manor College Was Not Always Manor College

When Manor College was formed in 1947, it wasn’t called Manor College. It was originally called St. Macrina, and it was an all girls’ school. The Sisters of St. Basil the Great formed this college. The Sisters of St. Basil the Great were founded by St. Basil and his sister St. Macrina, who were from a traditional family of leaders in the community. They were also the ones who established Eastern Monasticism. In other words, they were supposed to be co-workers with God in developing education. In its first year, the school opened its doors to a total of eleven girls.


3. Manor College Classes Were Televised

Who knew that Manor used to televise their classes?  Beginning in Fall 1996, Manor College had a distance learning program. They were established with students who did not attend full time in mind. WHYY Channel 12 offered these programs.  The first course offered was called “Introduction to Psychology” and was taken by six students. With the success that came out of it, it was available to the whole student body a year later. The lecture comprised of 26 hour-long lectures airing twice a week over the course of a 13-week semester. They would be broadcast between the times of 1-5 and could be recorded for a students’ benefit. The class would only meet together three times the whole semester. This would only be for orientation, the mid-term, and the final.


4. There Was a Class Designed to Teach Students in Three Colleges at the Same Time

Manor College, starting in 1998, had a cultural diversity program where students could be in three different places at the same time once a week.  This would work simply with a television screen and cooperation with two other schools. The two other colleges were Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana and a college in Aberdeen, South Dakota located on a Native American reservation. The program was called “Diversity Link,” and it was a program meant to teach about cultural diversity.


5. Manor Had an Annual Ukrainian Festival

Manor used to host an annual Ukrainian Festival, and almost 4,000 people came to this event each year. The purpose was to honor the culture, arts, as well as traditions of Ukraine.  This took place on the parking lots of Manor. There were performances from authentic vocal groups and dance troupes from the Ukraine. Attendees were be educated, entertained, as well as enjoyed delicious foods like Kowbosa (a type of sausage).


I hope you found these facts fascinating! Let me know if you know anything interesting about Manor College that may surprise us.

By marketing intern William F. Rodebaugh III