June 24, 2016 |
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.
June 24, 2016 |
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.
June 20, 2016 |
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.
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.