June 17, 2016 |
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.
June 15, 2016 |
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.
June 14, 2016 |
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.
June 11, 2016 |
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.
June 10, 2016 |
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.
June 5, 2016 |
Mark C. Alexander, named Friday as the new dean of Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, has had a long and varied career as a law school administrator and scholar, a litigator, and even a political adviser and candidate. He served at one time as senior adviser for President Obama's 2008 presidential election campaign, and once ran for office - unsuccessfully, in the Democratic primary for the New Jersey Senate in 2013. He has been widely published, and is known as an expert on the First Amendment.
June 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - As perks go, Tuesday afternoon at the White House was the ultimate trump card. Villanova's basketball team had certainly got to do a bunch of neat stuff, both individually and as a group, since Kris Jenkins nailed the three-pointer in Houston that will only be replayed for as long as they're holding an NCAA Tournament. That's what happens when you win six games in March and go home with the trophy. Now, nearly two months since that magical night, the Wildcats got to do what is probably their last official act together.
June 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday. "Mr. President, after the championship we had a big press conference, but nothing as big as this," Wright said when it came time for him to speak. "This is big-time. " "There's a lot of cameras around here," observed Obama, who initially introduced Wright as "the best-dressed man in college basketball . . . the George Clooney of coaches.
May 31, 2016 |
Could a national sales tax be on the horizon? Since the Great Recession ended in mid-2009, America's real GDP growth has averaged just 1.8 percent a year, well below the nation's prerecession average of 3.5 percent growth. Slow growth in the economy demands tax reform, according to some economists. In response, Ed Liva, director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program, is hosting on Thursday the law school's first Tax Policy Symposium, "Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016.