Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from January 2017

Lillian Cassel, chair of the Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University.
Lillian Cassel, chair of the Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University, was quoted in an Associated Press article about diversity in tech.

Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, cutting-edge research and super-star students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from January 2017:

Villanova Finance Program Makes Princeton Review's List of Highest Paying Majors
TODAY Show | 02/01/2017

So it’s the time of year when parents and students get sticker shock adding up the cost of college … so which schools are worth it? The Princeton Review is out with its 2017 list of colleges that pay you back, the 200 schools that give you the best bang for your tuition buck. Highest Paying Majors—Finance: Bentley University, City University of New York—Baruch College, Iowa State University, Lehigh University, Villanova University.

Diversity Is The New Norm In Super Bowl Advertising: Study
Forbes | 01/31/2017

This article is by Charles R. Taylor, John A. Murphy Professor of Marketing, Villanova School of Business. The Super Bowl is a microcosm for observing how marketers are reacting to societal shifts that underscore the need for frequent, realistic, and diverse portrayals of minority groups. With that in mind, I recently asked my students to undertake an assignment in which they assessed diversity in Super Bowl advertising over the past five years.

Grace Kelly's Philadelphia Home to Reopen to Public
People | 01/30/2017

Grace Kelly’s Philadelphia home will reopen to the public “in 2018 — possibly earlier,” Monaco’s Prince Albert tells PEOPLE … Discussions concerning this program — the library’s first overseas extension — are already underway with Villanova University. Within its current activities, the Irish Library (founded in 1984 in tribute to Grace’s love of literature) sponsors lectures and contemporary author readings, concerts and children’s activities.

'The Young Pope' in the eye of a Vatican expert
The International Business Times | 01/27/2017

“The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law (Pope Pius XIII/ Lenny Belardo), has received various feedback from audiences and breaking ratings records in Italy. Although there are some traditional outlets that were both shocked and offended with Law’s role as the leader of the Catholic Church, reviews from a Vatican expert are actually favorable … Vatican expert Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, has commented about the show, saying “The Young Pope” pulls back the curtains.

Diversity in tech: Lots of attention, little progress
Associated Press | 01/25/2017 (Story picked up by numerous outlets nationally, including ABC News, CNBC, and CBS News)

The tech industry brought us self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and 3-D printers. But when it comes to racial and gender diversity, its leading companies are no trailblazers … For tech companies hoping to reach millions or billions of users, a lack of diversity could mean their products "will not appeal to a large population," says Lillian Cassel, chairwoman of computer sciences at Villanova University.

Catholic concerns ahead of President Trump's inauguration
Vatican Radio | 01/20/2017

Friday January 20th marks the day that Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th president of the United States of America, following an election campaign that has deeply divided the nation … Massimo Faggioli is a historian, author and professor of theology at Villanova University in the United States. He talked to Philippa Hitchen about his expectations for the Trump presidency and the divisions that have also marked the Catholic Church in the lead up to this inauguration day.

NJ brewery honors Villanova University's 175th anniversary
The Washington Post | 01/18/2017 (Associated Press story picked up by more than 250 outlets nationwide)

The co-owners of New Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Company are honoring the 175th anniversary of their alma mater with a uniquely named commemorative brew. The Jersey shore-based microbrewery is releasing its “Demisemiseptcentennial Ale” on Jan. 25 to celebrate the founding of Villanova University.

Why Earth 2.0 could be a 'living hell': Proxima b is likely to be a Star Wars style desert planet
Daily Mail | 01/17/2017

A rocky planet that may harbor life was discovered just four light years from Earth in August last year … Edward Guinan, professor in Villanova University's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, presented the findings during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Texas. Professor Guinan said it is likely Promixa b ‘underwent a living hell in its early 300 to 400 million years’.

Ruling in 'Star Trek' Fan Film Dispute
Bloomberg News | 01/17/2017

Erin Ranahan, a partner at Winston & Strawn and the attorney representing Axanar Productions, and Michael Risch, a professor at Villanova University Law School, discuss a California judge’s ruling that Axanar cannot claim fair use as a defense in the Paramount and CBS copyright lawsuit over a fan-made prequel to the "Star Trek" series. They speak with June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

Fox Sports 1 Interview with George Raveling
FOX Sports 1 | 01/16/2017

George Raveling was one of the first African Americans to play basketball for Villanova University. He was also an assistant coach for the Wildcats from 1963-69. George Raveling was a member of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s security staff on August 28, 1963. … To me I’ve always felt, Billy, that I’m the most appreciative graduate that ever went to Villanova. That was just another transformational moment in my life. I went to Villanova as a boy and when I left, they had turned me into a responsible man and a citizen. And the lessons I learned there have carried me through the rest of my life. And Villanova has no more appreciative graduate than George Raveling. I loved every single second that I went to that school. If I had to go and pick a school right now – even if Harvard offered me a scholarship – I would still go to Villanova.

Pros and Cons of Passive and Active Investing
U.S. News & World Report | 01/12/2017

Should you be a passive or active investor? Passive investment, also known as indexing, buys a basket of stocks covered in an index and fund performance mirrors the overall movement of the markets … Meg Luo has a Ph.D. in finance and is an associate professor of finance at Villanova School of Business, Villanova University.

College basketball's purest league: the Big East's death-defying renaissance
The Guardian | 01/11/2017

The Big East’s fade to mediocrity was all but a foregone conclusion when realignment left the once-powerful conference gutted beyond recognition four years ago … Name-brand programs like Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Louisville and West Virginia had bolted to chase the football dollars of the power conferences, leaving Villanova, Georgetown, St John’s, Seton Hall, Marquette, DePaul and Providence to pick up the pieces.

As the Trump Inauguration Approaches, Try to Avoid Offensive Workplace Comments
TheStreet | 01/11/2017

Sharing political beliefs in the workplace nowadays often leads to discussing personal ideologies involving race, gender and even immigration, resulting in conversations which can resemble a minefield … Hoping it was an offhanded remark in order to avoid having an uncomfortable conversation will not resolve the matter, said Katina Sawyer, an assistant professor of psychology and graduate programs in human resource development at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

The Best Cities for Getting a Great Job This Year May Surprise You
NBC News Online | 01/10/2017

Looking for a job? Cities such as Scottsdale, Arizona; Plano, Texas; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota might suddenly seem a little more alluring … "All of the next four years depend upon what types of policies are enacted by the incoming administration," said David Fiorenza, economics instructor at Villanova School of Business. "If there are unfunded mandates imposed, then the states and local jurisdictions will feel the impact and have to bear the burden of those unfunded mandates. If there is less regulation and other potentially pro-business factors, then the states and local jurisdictions could thrive over the next four years."

Latin America's Right Turn
U.S. News & World Report | 01/09/2017

The late 1990s and early 2000s was a time of triumph for Latin America's leftists. Venezuelan firebrand Hugo Chávez was swept into power in 1999, with a socialist, anti-U.S. ideology that inspired many of his peers in the region … "The left could easily enjoy a resurgence if the current leaders of the post pink wave falter," says Lowell Gustafson, professor of political science at Villanova University.

Data-Driven Accountants
BizEd | 01/05/2017

KPMG LLP has partnered with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business in Columbus and the Villanova University School of Business in Pennsylvania to develop master’s degree programs emphasizing data analytics in accounting.

Sport Science: Play of the Year
ESPN | 01/04/2017

Our next play is Villanova’s long range buzzer-beater that knocked off North Carolina and gave the Wildcats the NCAA National Championship. After UNC’s Marcus Paige hit an improbable three to tie the game, Villanova has the ball with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock.