Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from February 2019

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Dr. Massimo Faggioli was quoted extensively in the national and international media ahead of the Bishops Meeting at the Vatican.
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Dr. Massimo Faggioli was quoted extensively in the national and international media ahead of the Bishops Meeting at the Vatican.

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 February 2019.

8 Ways for Retirees to Avoid Tax Scams

U.S. News & World Report

“Every year, as the April deadline for filing tax returns approaches, there is an uptick in scams targeting taxpayers, particularly the elderly,” says Joy Mullane, a law professor and faculty director of the graduate tax program at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. While these scams tend to differ in form, they share common goals: to separate taxpayers from their money or steal their identities.

Digital Transformation in 5 Steps - Are We Mature Yet? (Maybe)


Digital transformation (DT) projects often fail – we know that – but there are steps companies and their partners can take to maximize the likelihood of success. Steve Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.

GE Gets Patent on Medical Data ‘Bedside Machine’ Canceled

Bloomberg Law

“The sovereign immunity argument by Florida was weak,” Michael Risch, associate dean of faculty research and development and professor of law at Villanova University School of Law, told Bloomberg Law. Risch focuses on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patents and trade secrets.

How women raised their voices at the Vatican

The Washington Post

The vast majority of summit attendees are men. But some of the toughest criticism so far has been delivered by women. … “It is clear to me,” tweeted Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, “that Vatican meetings (Synod, Curia congregations, etc.) without the voice of women have become meaningless.”

Catholic church summit confronts abuse

CBS News

For more on this we bring in Massimo Faggioli. He is a theology and religious studies professor at Villanova University.

Electronic Contracts and the Illusion of Consent

Scientific American

The familiar and incredibly simple click-to-agree mechanism is ubiquitous. We encounter it throughout our digital lives. It is nothing less than the “legal backbone” of the internet, app stores, e-commerce and so much more. … Brett Frischmann is the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University.

Expectations for Vatican Meeting on Abuse Crisis

BBC World News America

Joining us now from Philadelphia is Church historian Massimo Faggioli, a professor of Theology at Villanova University. Professor Faggioli, what can this summit produce that is meaningful and show that the Catholic Church is taking the crisis seriously. Massimo: This meeting is the first time the Vatican has acknowledged that it’s a global crisis.

Newspaper ads placed by former slaves seeking missing relatives to be read on stage at Villanova

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The plea is poignant in its urgency, a time-is-running-out appeal published in a Baltimore newspaper more than 40 years after Emancipation. Ann Whaley, 101, is searching for relatives sold away from her. Before she dies, she wants to see them. The beseeching words that Whaley penned — part of her letter that appeared in the Baltimore Sun on Aug. 26, 1911 — are about to reach a new audience. On Monday, they will be read from a stage at Villanova University as a cast of 75 area residents and students bring former slaves’ published petitions to life in “Last Seen: Voices from Slavery’s Lost Families.”

Reaching Women and Men on Valentine's Day: The Role of Brand Advocates


According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers will spend $20.7 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2019. In terms of overall individual transactions, candy and greeting cards rank one and two. ...Charles R. "Ray" Taylor is the John A. Murphy Professor of Marketing at the Villanova School of Business and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights.

A long walk to a new life: Ragged sneakers remind Cherry Hill immigration lawyer what’s at stake for asylum-seekers

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The sneakers are worn and ragged, with bits of dirt and thorn still embedded in the soles. Someone else might have tossed them out. But to Luis Canales, they’re precious. In these shoes he walked thousands of miles, from Honduras to Mexico to Texas, to safety and freedom and all the way to a new life. In 2004, at age 16, Canales fled Honduras after a criminal gang tried to kill him. Now 31, and fresh from Villanova University law school, he has opened a solo practice in Cherry Hill, keeping a promise that if he were granted the chance to stay in this country, he would become an immigration lawyer and help those in danger.

How the Midterms Impact the Market in 2019

U.S. News & World Report

A divided Congress and investor sentiment are factors to be considered. With the federal government shutdown over and the 116th Congress finally getting into gear, how will a divided congress affect the stock market in 2019? Let's think about the economics behind the question. … By Meg Luo, an associate professor of Finance in the Villanova School of Business.

Super Bowl Commercials 2019: Brands Play It Safe and Look to the Future

The New York Times

Super Bowl Sunday is the day when the advertising industry is not only tolerated but celebrated. And as in years past, brands paid millions of dollars this year for the opportunity to make consumers laugh, cry and reach for their wallets. … “It seems like there’s an awful lot of humor and light appeals, and that for advertisers it’s somewhat of a play-it-safe year,” said Charles R. Taylor, a professor of marketing at the Villanova University School of Business.

Pope Francis Set To Make Historic Trip To Arabian Peninsula


Pope Francis arrives in the United Arab Emirates tomorrow. He'll be the first pope to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that he'll visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, for an international interfaith event. He'll also celebrate an outdoor mass for Catholics, most of whom are migrant workers from other countries. Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology at Villanova University, says, over Skype, that a key aspect of the visit will be how Francis relates.

Game break: 10 Super Bowl ads to watch Sunday

The Associated Press

This year’s Super Bowl ads are designed to entertain and go down easy, as Stella Artois brings back Carrie Bradshaw and “The Dude” and the Backstreet Boys and Chance the Rapper remix the 1990s classic “I Want It That Way” for Doritos. “There’s a movement toward more humor than usual and a lighter tone,” Villanova marketing professor Charles Taylor said. “Advertisers are picking up on the fact that consumers are not wanting statements that cross into the political."