Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from July 2017

Mark Alexander, JD, the Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Mark Alexander, Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, discussed Presidential powers on the MSNBC program "AM Joy."

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 July 2017:

Did Scientists Just Spot the First Exomoon?

Gizmodo – 07/28/2017  

Thanks largely to NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers have found thousands of exoplanets lurking outside our solar system … “Exomoons are hard to detect because moons are typically much smaller than their host planets and thus typically don’t affect the transit eclipse light changes, except if the moon is large as in the case of this system,” Edward Guinan, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University, told Gizmodo.

Civil War-Era Women and Volunteerism

C-SPAN – 07/25/2017  

Villanova University professor Judith Giesberg and her class discuss the ways northern middle-class women volunteered during the Civil War. They focus on Louisa May Alcott’s time as Civil War nurse chronicled in her book, Hospital Sketches.

Trump pardon: Can the president pardon himself?

MSNBC – 07/24/2017  

So, Mark Alexander, dean as you are of Villanova Law School, that has been the consensus view of a lot of legal scholars: that the President can’t pardon himself. On the other side of that is Jonathan Turley, who’s a libertarian attorney, who says that he can. Who’s right? Well, I think that if the president were to try to pardon himself that he’d be placing himself above the law.

10 Ways to Move Forward After Suffering a Big Setback

Entrepreneur – 07/20/2017  

We all experience setbacks or obstacles in our career and life journeys. You can’t find a parking spot at work on a day when you’re running behind, you get a new boss who micromanages everything you do, you don’t get into the program or job you thought you were perfect for. The list goes on and on … Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, is The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations.

The name of a startup can have a huge influence on how much funding it gets

Business Insider – 07/19/2017  

As if having an awesome product isn't hard enough: A study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Venture Capital has found that a startup's name can seriously affect how a company is perceived by investors … These results came from researchers in the business schools at Stony Brook University, Drexel University, and Villanova University, who conducted a two-part study which analyzed how names affect funding.

Academic Minute: Hate Speech

Inside Higher Ed – 07/17/2017  

Today on the Academic Minute, Billie Murray, associate professor in the department of communication at Villanova University, discusses whether limits should be placed on hate speech.

Everyday Sexism in a 'Post-Feminist' World

The Atlantic – 07/12/2017  

For the past two decades, “girl power” has become a popular way of describing the success of girls in American culture … “When a darker-skinned African-American female acts up, there’s a certain concern about their boyish aggressiveness, that they don’t know their place as a female, as a woman,” Lance Hannon, a Villanova sociology professor who’s conducted research on the issue, told The New York Times in 2014.

Why we need to take the spiritual aspect of sports more seriously

Religion News Service – 07/12/2017  

Many people tend to write off sports as a waste of time, only for “jocks,” not worthy of serious consideration from an academic or even a religious perspective … My university, Villanova, hosted a follow-up conference to the Vatican’s last month. We focused on the needs of intercollegiate sports, specifically the needs of the student-athlete. Edward Hastings is an assistant professor in the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, where he teaches a course on “Sport and Spirituality.”

The Deliciousness of Ice Cream, Minus the Moo

Boston Herald – 07/11/2017  

When it comes to ice cream, those with lactose intolerance usually have two options: Go without, or opt for dairy-free versions that, however delicious, lack the texture (and often, taste) of the real deal … She started showing symptoms of lactose intolerance as a teenager, and suddenly the ice cream addict was left out of scoop shop runs with family, friends and her sorority sisters at Villanova University, where she met Burlingame, a fellow sweet tooth.

Villanova grad's 'Dorian Gray' chosen for off-Broadway run this week

Philadelphia Inquirer – 07/11/2017  

“I just finished filling out a form to get an opening-night cake,” says a breathless Christopher Dayett by phone. Opening-night cake. That’s New York theater talk. Opening night in Manhattan? Yes, indeed. A Villanova University alum, Dayett is the author of a musical that opens off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row, 42nd Street, on Wednesday night for three nights. The last 13 months have been the ride of his brief theatrical career.

Promoting bone-marrow-donation awareness a life's passion for Lions linebacker

ESPN – 07/10/2017  

Paul Worrilow pulled on his University of Delaware football jersey and wanted to compete. Like the rest of his teammates, he tried to put up as many numbers as possible … The Delaware football team became involved with “Be The Match” because of Keeler’s friendship with Villanova football coach Andy Talley, who embraced the issue and wanted to broaden the program.

If Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be, Why Are We Living in the Past?

Newsweek – 07/09/2017  

It was late 1997, and America was experiencing a national retro crisis — according to the Onion, the nation’s leading satirical news publication. “If current levels of U.S. retro consumption are allowed to continue unchecked,” warned the fictitious Retro Secretary Anson Williams, “we may run entirely out of past by as soon as 2005” … By Brandon Ambrosino, a graduate student in theology at Villanova University.

Wondering How Much Money You'll Lose If You Quit Work to Raise Kids? Here's the Answer!

NBCNews.com – 07/07/2017  

While there's plenty of data revealing how pricey childcare can be, there's never been a way to calculate exactly how much potential income parents stand to lose over a lifetime if they choose to leave the workforce. Until now … Scott Dressler, an associate professor of economics at Villanova University, found that while the calculator does make some assumptions about raises and 401(k) accumulations, they are necessary in order for such a tool to work, and ultimately, the calculator is pretty accurate.

Choose the Right Online Program in Project Management

U.S. News & World Report – 07/06/2017  

“The online degree program is going to give you a lot more theory and a lot more broad perspective in project management,” says Michael Stefani, director of strategic partnerships at the Villanova University College of Professional Studies, which offers several online master's certificates in the field.

The Twitter problem that could change history

CNN.com – 07/05/2017  

Jason Steinhauer is the director of Villanova University's Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest … Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history.

Neil Gorsuch on Supreme Court to add bigger cases

Washington Times – 07/02/2017

An understaffed U.S. Supreme Court left justices with a boring docket this year, but legal analysts said the addition of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch promises to make the next term, beginning in October, a blockbuster … Michael Moreland, a law professor at Villanova University, said a political gerrymandering case from Wisconsin also could have high impact.