Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from May 2018

Mashable did a video feature on a project by engineering students, who developed a method to use Mario Kart to help children with ADHD maintain better focus.
Mashable featured a project by Villanova engineering students, who developed a method to use the video game Mario Kart to help children with ADHD maintain better focus.

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 May 2018. 

Villanova University surpasses fundraising goal by more than $150 million

Philadelphia Inquirer – 06/01/2018

Villanova University, home of the national championship Wildcats men’s basketball team, raised more than $759 million in its recently completed capital campaign — more than $150 million over its goal, the school announced. Called “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” the campaign was launched in October 2013 and surpassed its $600 million goal 18 months early, the school said. Fundraising continued and concluded this month.

‘Active Shooter’ video game lets players shoot up a school. Parkland parents are horrified.

Washington Post – 05/30/2018

The gunman, armed with an AK-47, is in a second-story window of a school, prepared to make a final, bloody stand … That is much lower than the 70 percent of male high school students who show interest in those types of games, said Patrick Markey, a Villanova University psychology professor and co-author of “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong.”

The Maryland Flooding Is a Warning

Slate – 05/30/2018

Two years ago, Ellicott City, Maryland, was hit by a debilitating flash flood that turned the town’s historic Main Street into a raging muddy river. Scientists said the July 2016 rainstorm was a once-in-a-thousand-year event … “All this natural vegetation that would act as sponges is being replaced by concrete and impervious surfaces,” explains Stephen Strader, a professor at Villanova who studies environmental risk.

Apple's $539 Million in Damages Is a ‘Big Win’ Over Samsung

Bloomberg – 05/25/2018

Apple Inc. won $539 million from Samsung Electronics Co. in the final throes of the companies’ U.S. court struggle over smartphone technology, seven years after the start of a global patent battle … That makes it a “huge loss” for Samsung, said Michael Risch, a law professor at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania, “and shows the risk it took by continuing to fight.”

This 'Mario Kart' mod is a student designed solution to ADHD

Mashable – 05/25/2018

Students at Villanova University's College of Engineering have developed a method to help ADHD patients maintain better focus, and it's all fun and games (and a few red shells).

Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

Associated Press – 05/23/2018 (picked up by outlets including Washington Post, CBS News and NBC News)

What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week … David Fiorenza, who teaches urban economics at Villanova University, said local and state governments will start to notice a hit to their sales tax revenue if the strike lingers. And if hotel stays decrease, there will be less revenue from the local hotel tax.

NFL Tells Players To Stand And Respect The Flag And National Anthem

National Public Radio – 05/23/2018

When the next NFL season starts in less than four months, it appears we will not be seeing players taking a knee or sitting in protest during the national anthem … I asked a professor at Villanova, a sociology professor named Glenn Bracey, who has followed this story closely, he says in the short term the new policy will have a chilling effect because the power of the protest was in being public.

Silicon Valley tech bubble is larger than it was in 2000, and the end is coming

CNBC – 05/22/2018

In case you missed it, the peak in the tech unicorn bubble already has been reached. And it's going to be all downhill from here. Massive losses are coming in venture capital-funded start-ups that are, in some cases, as much as 50 percent overvalued … by Keith Wright, Instructor of accounting and information services at the Villanova School of Business.

Do Attorneys Need Mandatory Technology CLEs? N.C. Bar Says Yes

Bloomberg Law – 05/22/2018

Lawyers need technological expertise, whether to protect a client’s sensitive information, apply a data analytics tool during discovery, or simply to be adept at using a word processing program … “From the ethical perspective, my sense is that many attorneys have not thought through all the implications of the use of technology in law practice,” Catherine J. Lanctot, a professor at Villanova University Law School, told Bloomberg Law in an email.

Think prison abolition in America is impossible? It once felt inevitable

The Guardian – 05/21/2018

With amazing speed, ending mass incarceration has become a priority not only for leftists but also for centrists and even for some on the right. Vincent Lloyd is an associate professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. He is the author of Religion of the Field Negro and In Defense of Charisma

What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?

The Atlantic – 05/18/2018

The dress is blue; tennis balls are yellow; and much like a glass can be both half-empty and half-full (because there are TWO HALVES), the audio clip is saying both “laurel” and “yanny” at the same time … Joe Toscano, who studies auditory perception at Villanova University, couldn’t answer that question, perhaps because he, like everyone, is trapped in the prison of his own mind, unable to know for sure what is real outside of it. But he did say he thinks it’s more remarkable that people don’t get this confused over speech all the time.

Sports Betting Ruling Could Have Consequences, Especially For College Athletes

National Public Radio – 05/15/2018

The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting … "Gambling is a huge, huge fan engagement tool," said Andrew Brandt, director of sports law at Villanova University.

The most popular baby names of 2017

CNN – 05/11/2018

It looks like the name Emma will not go out of style any time soon. For the fourth year in a row, it's No. 1 for girls on the Social Security Administration's annual list of most popular baby names in the United States. … In sports, a fast riser for boys was Nova -- possibly inspired by the Villanova University Wildcats' 2016 NCAA men's basketball championship.

Apple Leaves Overseas Cash Out of Its Latest Quarterly Report

Bloomberg – 05/11/2018

A key figure disappeared from Apple Inc.’s latest quarterly report. It’s also gone from the regulatory filings of Netflix Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google’s Alphabet Inc. and Oracle Corp. Cash held overseas. … “The primary reason for the disclosure in the first place was that cash located in a foreign subsidiary was not the same as cash already in the U.S.,” said J. Richard Harvey, a professor at the Villanova University law school and graduate tax program in Pennsylvania

Taking a swing at virtual reality: how Villanova baseball is using tech to improve at the plate

Philadelphia Inquirer – 05/10/2018

Heads down, hoods up, hands buried deeply in pockets, Villanova students hustled through an icy wind that lashed their busy campus. Though it was a sunny mid-April morning, it clearly was not baseball weather. But inside Falvey Memorial Library, a couple of Villanova ballplayers were taking batting practice, 2018 style.

Column: Time’s up for cheerleaders/dancers at NFL, NBA games

Associated Press – 05/07/2018 (Ran in numerous publications across the country including the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, etc.)

This is not a rant against cheerleading. That’s a legitimate sport, played by elite athletes — men and women — who are worthy of admiration for their daring and skill … “It is called cheerleading because their role is to lead the crowd in cheering for the team,” said Shauna MacDonald, assistant director of the Gender & Women Studies Program at Villanova University. “This, I think, can still be a positive and interesting purpose. Cheering is part of the ritual of sport, especially in North America, and having people to pep up the crowd and lead the cheers is a good thing.

The Secret Sauce: How To Ignite Social Impact Entrepreneurs In Higher Education

Forbes – 05/07/2018

How do we inspire and support the next generation of social impact entrepreneurs? What can our higher education institutions do to prepare students for entrepreneurial success? … Speakers and mentors at the event included entrepreneurs Paul Santolla and Evan Magill, founders of TriviaNote, an artificial intelligence platform designed to aid student study. They started TriviaNote while Paul studied engineering at Villanova and Evan studied business at St. Joseph’s University.

A Championship Wins Over Prospective Students for Villanova

Chronicle of Higher Education – 05/04/2018

The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, president of Villanova University, says its recent NCAA basketball championships have attracted star students as well.

Google, Facebook And Others: Are They Offering Enough For Using The Consumer Created Content?

Forbes – 05/04/2018

Professor Brett Frischmann at Villanova University writes the main reason why companies abuse consumer data is because “we let them.” As Frischmann and Selinger explore in the recently published book Re-Engineering Humanity, "the world of frictionless e-commerce and information utopia is driven by data and its usage to scientifically manage most facets of our lives.”

HR Buzz: Robotophobia, Employer Empathy, Employee Apathy

Bloomberg BNA – 05/04/2018

Are robots making you nervous? If so, you have plenty of company among employees worried about losing their jobs to automation … The study drew on data collected through the General Social Survey, County Health Rankings 2017, the American Community Survey 2015, and Statistics of U.S. Businesses 2014, with Pankaj C. Patel of Villanova University serving as lead autho