Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from July 2018

Paul Steege is associate professor of history at Villanova University and faculty director of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.
Paul Steege, associate professor of history and faculty director of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about the World Cup.

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 2018.

College nonprofit thanks troops by sending them to sporting events

Fox News – 07/31/2018  

McDonald went on to Villanova University in Pennsylvania and in 2011 founded the G.I. Tickets Foundation, a student-run non-profit organization that sends active duty members of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force – along with their families – to professional sporting events as way to thank them for their service.

Algorithm and Blues: The Tyranny of the Coming Smart-Tech Utopia

Scientific American – 07/30/2018  

Imagine a world governed by smart technologies engineered to achieve three distinct yet interrelated normative ends: optimized transactional efficiency, resource productivity and human happiness. We could have congestion-free roads—no stop and go, no road rage! … by Brett Frischmann, the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University.

In Search Of: Superhumans

The History Channel – 07/27/2018

Zachary Quinto wants to understand how one can be Superhuman. He meets a man who bent the metal frame of car door with his bare hands in a moment of crisis and a man who can feel no pain…It’s called congenital insensitivity to pain and it’s caused by one gene called SCN9A, says Villanova University geneticist Dr. Dennis Wykoff.

The loudest opponent of Italy’s new anti-migrant policy? The Catholic Church.

Washington Post – 07/27/2018

In a small church in central Italy, a priest told his congregation one recent Sunday morning that the motto of Italy’s highest-profile politician — “Italians First” — was antithetical to Christianity itself … “It’s really unprecedented that the official voices of the Catholic Church are so squarely opposed” to an Italian government, said Massimo Faggioli, a Villanova University professor who studies Catholicism and European politics. “That hasn’t happened before. The Catholic Church is the opposition, basically.”

Trump considers the EU a trade "foe" -- is it?

CBS News – 07/18/2018

President Trump stunned a global audience when he named the European Union as a trade "foe" in an interview with CBS News on Sunday … "So we're buying more of all goods, some of which are going to be from Europe. We have this predisposition for German cars, whether it be a high-level Mercedes or typical Volkswagen. The popularity of German cars is quite high," said Michelle Casario, an assistant professor of economics at Villanova University.

Informal Caregivers

Inside Higher Ed – 07/17/2018

Caregivers for hospice patients also need some help. Meredith MacKenzie Greenle, Assistant Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University, details how we can care for the caregivers.

Josh Hart Is The Real Deal And The Lakers Have To Be Thrilled

USA Today – 07/17/2018

Josh Hart’s incredible showing at the Las Vegas Summer League continued on Monday night. The 23-year-old guard dropped 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-109 in an entertaining semifinal battle … We knew he was a mature, smart player during his time at Villanova, but it’s even clearer now.

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Getting Hacked Because It’s Easy

The Wall Street Journal – 07/16/2018

The hacks are “bad for users, bad for exchanges and terrible for confidence,” said John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at Villanova University. “If I don’t have confidence in where I’m storing my crypto assets or where I’m investing, how can I really trust any of this?”

Yes, you should watch the World Cup final. Here’s why.

The Washington Post – 07/15/2018

Today, just in time for brunch on the U.S. East Coast, France and Croatia will kick off their match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to decide the 2018 World Cup champion. Soccer fans who check the headlines before they sit down to watch the game may wonder whether, given the problems in the world, devoting time and energy to a soccer match is anything but socially and politically irresponsible. … Paul Steege is associate professor of history at Villanova University and faculty director of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.

Behind a Major Think Tank’s New Fund for Promising Problem Solvers

Inside Philanthropy – 07/12/2018

That same year, she gave a $5 million gift to Villanova University to establish a new women's leadership institute called the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, whose aim is to "foster women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge.”

National Championship Coach Jay Wright Says These 2 Things Are More Important Than Talent

Inc. – 07/10/2018

On April 3rd 2018, Villanova Head Coach, Jay Wright, lifted the NCAA National Championship trophy for the second time in three years. While no one can debate his achievements as a great coach, his success was not immediate.

Summer’s a time to test campuses, too

Boston Globe – 07/05/2018

For several years, the Brodsky family has combined school vacations with college tours. And this summer is no different for the Danvers family as they head to Atlanta in August to visit a new city … J. Leon Washington, dean of enrollment management at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, said summer is an extremely busy time for campus tours. Last year, about 30,000 students and parents visited during June, July, and August.

World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don’t.

Washington Post – 07/02/2018

The World Health Organization has made it official: Digital games can be addictive, and those addicted to them need help … “Video game addiction might be a real thing,” psychologists Patrick M. Markey of Villanova University and Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University wrote in a commentary accompanying that study. “But it is not the epidemic that some have made it out to be.”