Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from November 2017

Dr. Amanda Grannas
Amanda Grannas, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice Provost for Research, wrote an op-ed for U.S. News & World Report on the impact the House Tax Bill would have on graduate education.

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 November 2017:

A Death Blow for Grad School

U.S. News & World Report – 11/30/2017

The House of Representatives has passed a tax bill which would devastate higher education in the U.S., making all graduate education unattainable for a large sector of our best and brightest students. Amanda M. Grannas is professor of chemistry and associate vice provost for research at Villanova University.

As fears cloud net neutrality debate, is common ground being overlooked?

Christian Science Monitor – 11/30/2017

When Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was discussing the impact of social media on American values at a luncheon in the nation’s capital on Wednesday afternoon, he only briefly alluded to his own negative experiences online over the past week. … “There is substantial confusion in public debates about this issue,” says Brett Frischmann, professor of law, business, and economics at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. “One side frames net neutrality as heavy government regulation that inevitably involves government micro-management of internet activities.”

Why Is Gratitude So Difficult, Yet Outrage So Easy?

Fast Company – 11/23/2017

“Part of the reason we are so quick to be outraged, yet slow to offer gratitude at work and in life, more broadly, is because of the widespread finding that human beings possess a negativity bias,” says Christian Thoroughgood, assistant professor of psychology at Villanova University.  

Tax reform shouldn't undermine tuition benefits

The Hill – 11/23/2017

As the debate surrounding tax reform envelops Washington and scores of special interest groups and lobbyists swarm the halls of Congress, there is a small line in Section 1204 of the House GOP tax bill that is getting very little attention, but will have an outsized impact on faculty and staff working at America’s colleges, universities and other private institutions…By Patricia Doris-Crenny, CPA, instructor of accounting and information systems at Villanova University's School of Business.

How to study smarter

Hechinger Report – 11/22/2017

“We know that the act of retrieval is an extremely potent learning experience,” says cognitive psychologist Thomas Toppino, who chairs the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Villanova University. “We have tons of evidence about the relative effectiveness of retrieval as opposed to restudying.”

Amid Trump climate change setbacks, corporate America forges ahead

USA Today – 11/17/2017

The United States is now the only nation in the world to reject the Paris Climate Agreement. Does that mean America’s golden days as a progressive world leader are coming to a close? Not if “big business” has anything to say about it … By Karl F. Schmidt, former vice president of global sustainability for Johnson & Johnson and professor of practice and director of the RISE Forum at Villanova University’s College of Engineering.

New Earth-Size Planet Found Around Nearby Star

National Geographic – 11/15/2017

There’s a new Earth-size planet on the block, and it’s the closest potentially habitable world that orbits a “quiet” life-friendly star … Even in the cloudy case, does that mean anything might be alive on Ross 128b? Calling its host star “quiet” is true—but perhaps a bit misleading, says Ed Guinan, a Villanova University astronomer who has studied the Proxima Centauri system.

U.S. Catholic Leaders Signal Resistance to Pope’s Agenda

Wall Street Journal – 11/14/2017

“It is clear since 2013 that a majority of them (the bishops) sees the message of Francis’ pontificate, esp. on life and marriage, as not adequate for the Catholic Church in the U.S.A.,” Massimo Faggioli, a theologian at Villanova, said on Twitter after the vote.

Keurig says it regrets taking sides, but does not reinstate advertising on Hannity

MarketWatch – 11/14/2017

At least judging by social media, the coffeemaker Green Mountain Keurig had some consumers feeling steamed over the weekend. Some fans of the talk show host Sean Hannity posted videos of themselves destroying Keurig coffeemakers and started the social-media hashtag #boycottKeurig after the company announced on Twitter that it would stop advertising on the show. “It’s wise to do nothing that alienates a lot of people from buying their products,” said Charles Taylor, professor of marketing at Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pa. “It’s pretty smart to stay out of the fray.”

Vegas Officials Forge Ahead With Raiders' Plans Despite GOP Plans To Eliminate Subsidy For Stadiums

Forbes 11/11/2017

While a number of officials connected with the push to secure funding for the Raiders' stadium in Las Vegas have reacted to a provision in the GOP's proposed tax bill with considerable amounts of incredulity, don't count Steve Hill among them. … But for a destination city that already attracts more than 42 million tourists per year, political leaders in Las Vegas are banking on the fact that hotel tax revenues will rise incrementally based solely on the influx of fans projected to attend Raiders' games, said Rick Eckstein, professor of Sociology at Villanova University.

Race and the beauty counter: What a greater selection of hues says about culture

Christian Science Monitor – 11/10/2017

When Wanja Ochwada dropped by cosmetic store Sephora recently she encountered a scene she describes as “coming into a sisterhood”: women excitedly trying out a new brand of makeup and offering up their opinions to their friends … “Because we live in a society where white and/or light-skin is still considered the norm (or at least is associated with power, privilege, and positions of authority), the mainstream beauty industry has focused primarily on products for women who fit this category,” writes Shauna MacDonald, director of programming for the gender and women’s studies program at Villanova University in Villanova, Penn., said.

After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits

The New York Times – 11/07/2017

Tim Cook was angry. It was May 2013, and Mr. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, appeared before a United States Senate investigative subcommittee … But J. Richard Harvey, a Villanova law professor and former I.R.S. official who reviewed the Appleby documents, concluded that there was a strong possibility the company moved intellectual property into Ireland to take advantage of the generous tax rules. Based on Apple's American securities filings, he estimated that the transfer was worth about $200 billion.

Bill to fight online sex-trafficking seen poised to advance in US Senate

Reuters – 11/06/2017

Legislation in the U.S. Senate to crack down on websites accused of promoting sex trafficking won praise on Monday from experts and activists who said the measure was poised to move forward … Their deal will allow lawsuits against Backpage.com and others to proceed, said Shea Rhodes, director of Pennsylvania’s Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Two Murder Convictions for One Fatal Shot

The New Yorker – 11/06/2017

Late one spring night in 1984, the doorbell rang at the home of Norman and Mary Jane Stout. The Stouts, married thirty years, with three grown kids, lived in Guernsey County, Ohio, about a hundred yards off Interstate 70 …  The author of an article from 2001, a professor emeritus at Villanova University’s law school named Anne Bowen Poulin, told me that when she began her research a colleague said to her, “This is stupid. It never happens.” The next day, Poulin got a call from a former student, now a defense attorney, who had just such a case, in Philadelphia. “It does happen,” Poulin said. “And probably more often than we’d like to think.”

The top 50 players in college basketball

ESPN – 11/06/2017

The 2017-18 season presents the most intriguing collection of talent the sport has enjoyed in recent years … #17: Jalen Brunson, Villanova Wildcats. One can make the case that Brunson is the best point guard in the country, and with Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins gone, he becomes Villanova's go-to guy. He averaged 16.0 points on 56 percent shooting the final 11 games of the season.

Jerome Powell: Meet Donald Trump's Pick to Lead the Fed

U.S. News & World Report – 11/02/2017

In naming Jerome H. Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump gets, for him, the best of both worlds … The Fed chair has one of the biggest voices in the nation in regulating financial institutions and reducing market volatility, says Victor Li, economics professor at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. "The chairman of the Fed matters to individual investors because the direction of monetary policy matters," he says.

Historians say John Kelly has the Civil War wrong

CNN.com 11/01/2017

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday defended White House chief of staff John Kelly, after his praise of Robert E. Lee as an "honorable man" and comments that the Civil War began because of "the lack of an ability to compromise” … Others, like Judith Giesberg, a Civil War historian at Villanova University, pointed out that the United States offered a number of compromises before the war erupted in 1861. She and others pointed to the Corwin Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have prohibited Congress from abolishing slavery.”