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Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from December 2022 - February 2023


Villanova’s distinctive academic programs, world-class faculty, leading research and scholarship, and high-achieving students place the University in the national media spotlight. Below is a sampling of media highlights from December 2022 - February 2023.


One Match Second Chance
ABC, “Good Morning America”
"So many amazing college students are swabbing and joining the Be the Match registry that could end up saving someone's life. We throw it to Alicia Vitarelli who is surrounded by donors. I am here at Villanova University, my alma mater. I could not be more proud. This is where the Get in the Game program started."

Super Bowl Ads Use Celebs, Humor, Lots of Dogs   
Associated Press
“This year’s ads took a very light touch and focused on being fun and making the viewer feel good,” said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at Villanova University.

Inclusion: An Unlikely Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Special Guest
Less often the topic of conversation, but possibly the largest of these groups, are those viewers who tuned in solely for the halftime show. Rihanna was this year’s performer; in addition to her music, the spotlight shone on her outspoken brand of inclusivity, allowing it to be a co-star of the show...Aronte Bennett is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Villanova School of Business where she also has the honor of serving as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Donations to Catholic Parishes Steady, Post-Pandemic, But By Far Fewer Donors  
The Washington Post
The rare study, by the Center for Church Management at Villanova University’s business school, reflects the way the pandemic accelerated pre-covid-19 trends, including a decline in religious affiliation and congregational membership and fewer Americans giving to charity in general.

Should You Really Let Your Browser Save Your Passwords?   
The Huffington Post
“Everyday people need not be so concerned with low value accounts” such as music apps, video apps, video games and individual stores, said Brett M. Frischmann, a professor of law at Villanova University.

What Was it Like in China Over the Past Few Months?   
Villanova University's Deb Seligsohn was in China for most of it and got back recently. She joins Here & Now's Scott Tong for a debrief on what the situation was like on the ground and a look at what the year ahead could hold.

Deeply Inverted Treasury Curve Heads For 41-Year Milestone
Villanova University business professor Peter Zaleski sees the two narratives as essentially one and the same, with the only difference being one’s views on the strength of the U.S. economy — a key factor in determining how fast inflation can drop.

Q&A: Where are Law Schools Headed?   
U.S. News & World Report
The incoming AALS president, Mark Alexander, dean of the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University, sat down with U.S. News to discuss the changing nature of law school applicants and where legal education is headed.  

Injury Pay Cuts and Limited Leverage: Five Brutal Truths About NFL Contracts   
The Guardian
“NFL owners have continued to use the argument: ‘We can’t guarantee it, it’s an extremely high injury sport, it’s going to hurt our product [to be] paying people who get injured all the time’,” adds Andrew Brandt, professor of practice and executive director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University.

The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Church
NPR, “The World”
The World's Carol Hill spoke with Massimo Faggioli, a professor of historical theology at Villanova University, about Benedict's legacy and where the Catholic Church goes from here.

Villanova Appoints New Chair, Vice Chair Amidst 'Ambitious Goals for the Future'
Philadelphia Business Journal
Villanova University's board of trustees has named a new chair, vice chair and six new members. The Augustinian school named Elizabeth Mazzeo its new chair and Thomas Quindlen vice chair of the 36-member board…Villanova is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan in place from 2020 to 2030 that the new board members and leadership will help govern and advise.  

COVID Treatments Weren’t Suppressed to OK Vaccines’ Emergency Use   
Associated Press
Ana Santos Rutschman, a law professor at Villanova University with expertise in vaccine law and policy, said there is nothing in federal law or FDA regulation indicating that the existence of a treatment for a particular disease means that an emergency use authorization can’t be issued for a preventative measure such as a vaccine.

Industry Trailblazers: Women Leading Change in the Workplace
USA Today Special Edition (Note: Story on page 90 of digital edition)
Terri Boyer, founding director of Villanova University’s Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, says she’s “cautiously optimistic” about progress toward gender equity at work. The pandemic punctured the myth that gender isn’t a major workplace issue anymore.

Population Growth Is Making Hurricanes More Expensive   
The New York Times
Stephen Strader, who studies the geography of disasters at Villanova University, calls the increased development in areas vulnerable to hurricanes the “expanding bull’s-eye effect.”