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October 10, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. John J. Farrell, 79, president of Biscayne College in Miami from 1975 to 1980 and a development office executive at Villanova University from 1980 to 1993, died Friday, Oct. 5, of heart failure at AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Father Farrell studied at the Augustinian Academy there from 1946 to 1950, then entered the Augustinian religious order and was ordained a priest in 1959. Father Farrell earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Villanova in 1955 and completed his theological studies in 1959 at Augustinian College in Washington.
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December 29, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
George D. Murphy, 85, a retired English professor at Villanova University, died Monday, Dec. 22, of pulmonary complications at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Known for his wit and stylish dress, Mr. Murphy began teaching at the Catholic university on the Main Line in 1954 and retired 46 years later, in 2000. But he kept his hand in teaching, offering literature classes to fellow retirees at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia, the retirement community where he lived. "He was very engaging," said daughter Karen Murphy Cain.
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February 21, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova University has abruptly canceled a weeklong workshop by a gay performance artist whose stage shows are often laced with nudity and simulated sex but who has taught and lectured at numerous colleges, including the nation's largest Catholic university, DePaul, in Chicago. Tim Miller, whom the Los Angeles Times once called the "patron saint of the gay performance world" and who was one of four envelope-pushing artists whose funding the National Endowment for the Arts revoked in 1990, said he was told Sunday night by the professor who booked the workshop that Villanova's president, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, had canceled the event without giving a reason.
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March 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
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October 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
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February 26, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Villanova investment manager Barry R. Bekkedam pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he helped orchestrate fraudulent loans from Nova Bank in a bid to secure government bailout money for the now-defunct Berwyn institution. Bekkedam, who moved from the Main Line to Hobe Sound, Fla., in 2010, declined to comment after a 15-minute hearing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The investment manager, who specialized in deals for wealthy clients who needed lots of income to support high-end lifestyles, was released on his own recognizance after signing a $250,000 bond.
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April 2, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A longtime Villanova University professor has been charged with hundreds of counts of possessing child pornography, Radnor Township police said Thursday. Christopher Haas, 60, a tenured associate professor of history and classical studies, was arrested after university officials discovered he accessed pornographic images on a public university computer last month, officials said. The charges on 415 counts came four years after investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Philadelphia office began an investigation into Haas during which authorities allege they found more than 400 pornographic images on the Villanova-issued laptop at his home in September 2012.
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March 14, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Villanova alumni and fans, it seems, are acting more immature than your average college student. Posters on a popular college sports message board, rivals.com, took potshots at residents who oppose the Catholic university's proposed $200 million expansion, which includes three dormitories, a six-story parking garage, stores, and a performing arts center. The residents belong to a newly formed group called Right Plan for Radnor. Rivals.com commentators singled out members of the group and their families for ridicule, using terms such as "overweight oaf," "gross," "imbecile," and "wild and horny" to describe them.
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April 24, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The high school senior was wait listed at Villanova University, her number-one pick. So she sent the admissions office a white sneaker with the letter V painted in blue and a note: "I've already got one foot in the door. Help me get the other foot in as well. " Such gimmicks, though creative, rarely make a difference in the decision-making, officials say. But the tactic underscores the often intense emotion around the next stage of the admission process: the waiting game. While students across the nation are weighing offers from schools along with financial aid, some students have the complication of not having been accepted at their top school - but also not having been rejected.
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April 10, 2016 | By William Bender and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
We needed that parade. Maybe more than the Wildcats did. Sure, Villanova University is six miles beyond City Avenue in Radnor Township, but the whole region's fans desperately needed a moment of bliss to put Philadelphia's recent sports futility out of mind. Just a couple of hours in Center City to claim the NCAA champions as our own and latch onto a college squad that has almost as many NBA-ready prospects as the 76ers. "We should be honored," Pete Soens said Friday as he waited for the parade to roar into Penn Square.
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April 22, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA DeLeon's a killjoy A tremendous victory in the NCAA basketball championship game for Villanova University and the Philadelphia area did not need to be paired with the MOVE confrontation in Clark DeLeon's column ("April has been a month of highs and lows in Phila.," Sunday). MOVE was a horrible thing to happen to Philadelphia, but what is the point of contrasting it with the 1985 Villanova national championship? Sometimes, good things do happen for a reason, and we should all just smile and enjoy the moment.
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April 21, 2016
Joshua D. Shapiro Age: 42 Residence: Abington Township, Montgomery County. Family: Wife Lori, four children. Education: Bachelor's degree from University of Rochester; law degree from Georgetown University. Occupation: chairman, Montgomery County commissioners; lawyer. Campaign website: www.joshshapiro.org . Career: Member of the state House of Representatives, 2005-12; current chairman, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; vice chairman, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
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April 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Budget and staff cuts have left the state Department of Environmental Protection ill-equipped for its role in monitoring the installation of tens of thousands of miles of natural-gas pipelines over the next decade, DEP Secretary John Quigley said Friday. After what Quigley described as "years of relentless budget cuts," the department has 671 fewer positions than it did seven years ago, an estimated 20 percent decrease. Of these lost jobs, 441 were permit writers and pipeline inspectors, he said.
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April 11, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
William Leo McLaughlin Jr., 69, of West Chester, a lawyer and lifelong sailor, died of a brain hemorrhage Saturday, March 26, while sailboat racing in Florida. Mr. McLaughlin was competing in the Masters National Sunfish Championship in Jensen Beach when he was stricken, his family said. He died engaging in his favorite sport. A competitive sailor from childhood, he was a member of the Marsh Creek Sailing Club. Joseph McLaughlin recalled being told by a Middlebury College classmate in 1962 that his cousin had "wiped out the competition in sailing races all summer on the East Coast.
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April 10, 2016 | By William Bender and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
We needed that parade. Maybe more than the Wildcats did. Sure, Villanova University is six miles beyond City Avenue in Radnor Township, but the whole region's fans desperately needed a moment of bliss to put Philadelphia's recent sports futility out of mind. Just a couple of hours in Center City to claim the NCAA champions as our own and latch onto a college squad that has almost as many NBA-ready prospects as the 76ers. "We should be honored," Pete Soens said Friday as he waited for the parade to roar into Penn Square.
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April 8, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
At Villanova University, Joseph A. Borillo was taking the congratulatory calls in succession on Tuesday, the day after the men's basketball team had been crowned national champion. Wells Fargo. Coca-Cola. Bimbo Bakeries. They're all corporate partners of Villanova, and they couldn't be happier with the Wildcats' win, a thriller that came at the buzzer as Kris Jenkins sank that now famous three-pointer. "It's amazing the difference one shot makes," said Borillo, Villanova's senior director of corporate and foundation relations.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
WE'RE SO negative. Philadelphians don't like this. We don't like that. We focus too much on all the bad that young people do these days and not on the positive. And now a whole lot of us are talking trash about a parade to celebrate the Villanova Wildcats' NCAA championship win. A parade! Who doesn't like a parade? People really need to lighten up. It's spring (finally) and this gray, grimy city needs something to celebrate. What could be more special than throwing a parade in honor of Villanova University's triumphant win?
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April 7, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITERS
The party rolls on. Classes were canceled. Fans lined up at the bookstore for national championship apparel. And, after just a few hours of sleep, Villanova University students packed the school's football stadium Tuesday afternoon to welcome home their NCAA basketball champions. "It's unreal," said Villanova junior Erin McKevitt, one of 3,000 fans who flocked to the stadium for Tuesday's rally. "And I think it's going to stay this way for a couple of days, if not a couple of weeks.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
WHILE THE Villanova Wildcats battled for the NCAA championship in Houston, thousands of their biggest fans were pulling for them in an arena 1,550 miles away. More than 4,200 students and alumni filled the Pavilion on the Villanova University campus Monday night to watch their players take on the University of North Carolina on big screens. Here are some sights and sounds ...
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April 2, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Jim and Patty Esposito met at Villanova University, sent all three of their children to school there, and have been Wildcats season-ticket holders since they graduated. They have a "Villanova room" in their Morristown, N.J., home, complete with a glass table that holds the ticket stubs from every game they have attended through the decades. They'll be in Houston on Saturday to watch their team take on Oklahoma in the Final Four, cheering along with two of their best friends, another quintessential Villanova couple, Patrick Higgins and Julianne Bigelli.
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