Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from October 2019

The Villanova social justice documentary, Sankofa, was highlighted in the media after receiving the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards.
The Villanova social justice documentary, Sankofa, was highlighted in the media after receiving the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards.

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 October 2019.

This college is giving students millions in 'live ammunition' to invest

Fox Business

Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas is teaching students how to invest by giving them more than $10 million in real money to buy stocks. Villanova University, for example, has seven such funds offering students real-world investment experience. Beginning in 2004, Villanova funds have grown from $100,000 to more than $1 million in total value.

For Houston Rockets' Asian American fans, the NBA-China fight is personal

NBC News

“There is probably a cost to the NBA no matter what at this point after the tweet,” said Andrew Liu, an assistant professor of modern Chinese history at Villanova University.

Impeachment, Lawyers and the Views from the War Rooms

National Law Journal

“Whatever side you’re on, you have to be very creative as a lawyer to make the most persuasive arguments,” said Mark Alexander, dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. “And there’s a lot that’s just not defined on impeachment.”

Jay Wright turning into legend in 19th season at Villanova

Associated Press

The idea that Jay Wright could potentially replace Gregg Popovich momentarily stumped the Villanova coach as he considered potential job openings.

POLITICO Playbook PM: What Pompeo told us


NYT’s Carl Hulse, author of Confirmation Bias, addressed a large group of Villanova University students and alumni last night at Capitol View as part of the annual “Villanova on the Hill” program. The students had visited POLITICO earlier in the day. Villanova Provost Patrick Maggitti was on hand to welcome the group, as were 'Nova alums Jonathan Grella, Brett Loper, Kerry Feehery and Brad Dayspring.

How the wheels came off Facebook's Libra project

The Guardian

When Facebook announced plans to launch a digital currency earlier this summer, it added a full-blown revolution in global finance to its typically vaulting Silicon Valley mission statement. “One by one they’re starting to drop away. That’s certainly not good news,” said John Sedunov, a professor of finance and expert in cryptocurrencies at Villanova University.

Film academy honors 16 Student Academy Award winners

Associated Press

Princess Garrett, of Villanova University, who won for her documentary short, “Sankofa,” about the loss of African identity in black males, gave a spirited speech alongside her large crew. “Being complacent is not the answer,” Garrett said. “If you are not fighting to end the problem, you are the problem.”

Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home

Associated Press

There have been encouraging signs of transparency in the handling of Jefferson’s killing, with police releasing the bodycam footage and Dean’s name to the public on Monday, said Villanova sociologist Jill McCorkel, author of “Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment.”

World’s fastest ants found racing across the Sahara

National Geographic

Like a tiny, glinting missile, the Saharan silver ant blazes across the searing sand in search of dead animals that have succumbed to the heat. “I am surprised that the silver ants are smaller and shorter, yet compensate with stride frequency,” says Alyssa Stark, a biologist at Villanova University in Pennsylvania who was not involved with this study.

Package arrived damaged? Here’s what to do (in this order)


Nowadays, consumers shop online for just about everything. If the seller isn’t willing to work with you on a legitimate issue, tell them you will report them to the Better Business Bureau, recommends Charles R. Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova School of Business.

Mueller Was Right Again - This Time It's Russian Election Interference with Social Media


The US Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence just released Volume 2 of its report on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election. Steve Andriole is the Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.

NBA must balance social causes and China business interests: Expert


Andrew Brandt, executive director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law Study at Villanova University, joins “The Exchange” to discuss how the NBA is handling backlash from China.

Trump cites ‘obligation to end corruption,’ but ex-ethics official says he’s digging deeper hole

Roll Call

“Speaker Pelosi has expertly rallied her far-flung caucus around this narrow focus ensuring a clear message and as minimal political risk as possible. She has been clear that this is a matter of national security,” said Mark Alexander, dean of the Villanova University School of Law.

The Florida spa raids were aimed at men, but women paid a far steeper price

Boston Globe

“We were really hopeful that this would send a message to society at large,” said Shea Rhodes, a former prosecutor in Philadelphia who now leads the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, noting that “sex buyers have consistently gotten away with committing a crime.”

Climate activists orchestrate disruptive protests to gain attention from world leaders

CBS News online

Millions of people around the world came together to protest and to bring awareness to climate change in the days leading up to the U.N.'s climate summit. Villanova University professor Billie Murray joined "CBSN AM" to discuss.