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May 29, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Betty Okino, a 16-year-old gymnast with a beautiful, slender, long-legged body, wrinkles her nose with disgust. "I am told I have the wrong body type for gymnastics," Okino says. And she frowns. Okino is a gymnast, a very good one. She won a silver medal in the 1992 world championships on the uneven bars. She has a move, a triple pirouette on the balance beam, named after her. But in the last year, Okino has grown two inches, to 5-foot-4 - uncommonly tall for a gymnast. And she has a stress fracture in her back.
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June 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Matthew Jonathon Bennett, 25, of Villanova, an aspiring entrepreneur who struggled with addiction for the last 11 years, died Sunday, June 12, of a drug overdose in Baltimore. Known as Matt, Mr. Bennett was found unresponsive in his car outside a Wawa after leaving a rehab program two days shy of completion. He could not be revived, his family said. The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office said the case was under investigation. Starting in his early teens, Mr. Bennett's life was a roller-coaster ride, with joyful, creative, and productive times interrupted by steep slides into depression and self-recrimination.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public. The 42 acres and Tudor Revival mansion on North Spring Mill Road are to be transferred to the trust at a ceremony and luncheon Wednesday on the Great Lawn behind the house. Emotionally, "it is a passage, for sure," said David Haas, who was 9 when his parents acquired the estate from his grandparents in 1964.
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May 22, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there   After chatting with several people who seemingly only wanted an online relationship, and meeting others who expected her to pay for both of them, Angela figured she was unlucky in online love. So in fall 2011, she told Match.com not to renew her subscription. Her access to the dating site would end when the month she'd paid for was over. A few days later, she got a message through the site from Kevin. "I see you lived in Baltimore," he said, noting her graduate degree from Johns Hopkins.
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March 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
The perception is that Ryan Arcidiacono has been at Villanova for six years, maybe eight. The reality is that he has played basketball on the Main Line for just four years, not missing a single game, and he has done much to restore the culture of the program and make it nationally prominent again. Certainly, the thought that Arcidiacono will be leaving 'Nova shortly after games in the Big East and NCAA tournaments has to worry his coach. After all, aren't he and Jay Wright joined at the hip?
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April 13, 2006
TO Villanova students, my thoughts on the controversy about the pro-life sculpture: Abortion is not the difficult choice; that is the easy way out. The tough choice is being responsible and raising the child. Charlie Jurewicz Hazleton, Pa.
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September 6, 2013
Who: Villanova at Fordham When: Saturday, 6 p.m., Coffey Field, Bronx, N.Y. TV: None. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Villanova 0-1, Fordham 1-0 History: Villanova leads series that began in 1897, 20-4-3. Fordham's last win was in 1920. The Wildcats won last year at home, 28-13. About Villanova: Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, 24-14, after leading by seven at halftime ... They fell from fifth to ninth in the FCS rankings ... Biggest issue was injuries.
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November 7, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Call them mirror images. The only difference between the Villanova and Richmond football teams may be the emblems on the helmets. That's because the two Football Championship Subdivision squads have powerful running games. They score a bunch of points. They have stingy defenses. They're ranked among the nation's top four programs. Those similarities make today's matchup at the University of Richmond Stadium this season's most-anticipated Colonial Athletic Association game.
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March 31, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
The only times Felicia Jenkins could rush to her phone Saturday night came during breaks. She had to work at an Amazon distribution center in Columbia, S.C. Her sister, who had driven from Baltimore to Louisville to see Felicia's son, Kris, play for Villanova in the NCAA tournament, kept texting Felicia play-by-play. There was no TV, and Felicia wasn't allowed to have her phone with her except during those breaks that weren't getting there fast enough. "I'm making plays in my head, the same plays that he would make in his mind," Felicia Jenkins said over the phone Tuesday.
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June 24, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Being a La Salle graduate, Mayor Kenney said it took some time for him to learn the "V for Villanova" song during the Wildcats' run to the national championship. But during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Villanova with the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, Kenney not only flashed the "V" sign during his remarks, he also sang the portion of the Cats fight song that starts, "V for Villanova, V for victory. " Jay Wright saw that kind of support offered by basketball fans throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs regardless of allegiance, starting with the parade on Market Street four days after the Wildcats defeated North Carolina in the title game on Kris Jenkins' three-point basket.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
JAY WRIGHT arrived home from an event so late Tuesday night - 2 a.m. to be specific - that as he groggily dressed Wednesday morning for the Wanamaker Award luncheon, he slipped into a blue suit with dark-gray pinstripes, thinking the stripes were white. "That's why I'm not wearing a tie," he said sheepishly before the banquet began at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City on Wednesday. "The one I picked didn't match. " Wright, categorically debonair, said between sleep deprivation and the beaucoup lunches at the slew of events he's attended since Villanova's national championship win April 4, he's worried he's put on a few pounds.
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June 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Matthew Jonathon Bennett, 25, of Villanova, an aspiring entrepreneur who struggled with addiction for the last 11 years, died Sunday, June 12, of a drug overdose in Baltimore. Known as Matt, Mr. Bennett was found unresponsive in his car outside a Wawa after leaving a rehab program two days shy of completion. He could not be revived, his family said. The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office said the case was under investigation. Starting in his early teens, Mr. Bennett's life was a roller-coaster ride, with joyful, creative, and productive times interrupted by steep slides into depression and self-recrimination.
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June 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Lewis Becker, 78, of Villanova, a law professor at Villanova University for more than four decades, died Sunday, June 12, of complications from glioblastoma brain cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed in March, his family said. Professor Becker joined what is now Villanova's Charles Widger School of Law in 1972, rose to professor in 1976, and retired in 2011 as an emeritus professor, although he kept teaching for several more years. "Professor Becker left an indelible mark on the Law School community and the generations of students he educated and inspired," the school said in a tribute on its Facebook page.
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June 15, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Billie Jean King sat in the side room of a sprawling Villanova home on Friday night. A cocktail party was about to commence outside, part of a Philadelphia Freedoms-directed fund-raiser for Assistance in Healthcare (AIH), a nonprofit that helps local families pay for the cost of cancer treatment. The Freedoms owner would be needed out there momentarily. In the wood-paneled side room, King leaned back on a leather couch. She appeared in no rush as she chatted with a small group of Freedoms staff members.
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June 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
A longtime Villanova professor accused of accessing child pornography on a campus computer in March had someone looking over his shoulder: a security firm that the university had hired to monitor its computer network. Within 20 minutes, BTB Security identified the building and floor where the computer was located and alerted Villanova, kicking off an investigation that led to the arrest of Christopher Haas, a tenured associate professor of history and classical studies. The discovery was one of many security breaches that BTB, a cybersecurity and digital-forensics company, says it uncovers for clients every year.
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June 11, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
We all knew Villanova University was feelin' the love during the basketball team's amazing run to the 2015 NCAA championship title, and now there is proof. Collegestats.org collected more than 100,000 tweets between March and April that mentioned universities' Twitter handles to come up with a measure of how often the schools are praised or criticized. The site analyzed positive words such as "happy," "great," "recommend" and negative words such as ... well, we can't repeat those in print.
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June 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Evelyn Morris Scattergood Day, 75, of Villanova and Hobe Sound, Fla., a civic volunteer and avid bird watcher, died Friday, June 3, of complications from a hemorrhagic stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Day grew up in Villanova, and graduated from the Shipley School and Vassar College. She and husband Rodney Day started their married life in New York City, returned to Philadelphia, moved to Charlotte, N.C., then came back to Philadelphia and New York before retiring in 2004 to Hobe Sound.
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