Villanova in the Media

Media Highlights from October 2017

Dr. Terri Boyer
Dr. Terri Boyer, Founding Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership was quoted in The Huffington Post about women's leadership. The McNulty Institute was also featured in America Magazine.

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 October 2017:

License for Incivility

U.S. News & World Report – 10/30/2017

We can hold people accountable for their own actions, but we should hold leaders even more accountable. What they reinforce is often what is played out by everyday individuals, from children to adults. Leadership has a powerful influence on how people behave. By Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., the Helen and William O'Toole Dean at Villanova School of Business.

The Lack Of Women Leaders Is A National Emergency

The Huffington Post – 10/28/2017

“Weinstein is the embodiment of the power differential that plays out all over the workplace in the United States,” said Teresa Boyer, the director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University. The power differential is extreme: Men hold nearly 81 percent of the seats in Congress. Three-quarters of state legislators are men. They make up the majority of mayors and governors. Eighty-three percent of elected prosecutors and 88 percent of police officers are guys. Of the 500 chief executives at Fortune 500 companies, only 32 are women.

How companies can learn to root out sexual harassment

Los Angeles Times – 10/25/2017

By Katina Sawyer, Villanova University and Christian Thoroughgood, Villanova University: Fox News renewed its contract with former host Bill O'Reilly earlier this year despite knowing that he had just settled an expensive sexual harassment case, according to recent revelations.

Trump's Decision on the Fed: Why It Matters

U.S. News & World Report – 10/25/2017

President Donald Trump says he'll name a successor to head the Federal Reserve in the next few days. While the finalists' resumes and qualifications are being picked over on Wall Street like pigeons on a loaf of day-old bread, the new head of the Federal Reserve will likely have little impact on your retirement account … "The chairman of the Fed matters to individual investors because the direction of monetary policy matters," says Victor Li, economics professor at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Women’s leadership institute at Villanova seeks gender equity for the common good

America Magazine – 10/25/2017

A new institute promoting women’s leadership across various industries and sectors is set to launch at Villanova University, with the hope of showing that gender equity leads to stronger families, communities and economies.

Brian Williams Opens Up About Regaining Viewers' Trust After Scandal

Variety – 10/24/2017

Brian Williams is, surprisingly, back where he was in 2015: leading an evening newscast and winning in the ratings. In an interview with Variety last week, he linked the momentum he’s achieved anchoring MSNBC ’s “The 11 th Hour” to its tight focus on politics and his efforts to regain credibility with viewers in the wake of a 2015 controversy over false statements he was accused of making that nearly ended his career … “The American public is often forgetful, and forgiving, but within limits,” says Len Shyles, a communications professor at Villanova University.

Losing weight (at any age) can save you up to $30,000 – 10/23/2017

There are numerous benefits to maintaining a healthy weight, but what if we thought about these benefits not just in terms of our lifestyle, but also in terms of our bank accounts? A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health approached the topic with this very question in mind … Lisa Diewald, program manager at Villanova College of Nursing’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) seconds Dr. Powell’s advocacy for making healthier, not costlier choices as it can be important to start out small and not venture too far out of your comfort zones.

Pope Francis is reshaping what it means to be 'pro-life'

USA Today – 10/14/2017

When Pope Francis visited the United States two years ago, he spoke out against the death penalty in speeches to Congress and the United Nations … A number of liberal Catholics are also uncomfortable with the idea of a church ban on capital punishment, said Massimo Faggioli, a church historian and theology professor at Villanova University. “The Europe-America divide on the death penalty is deeper than we think,” Faggioli told RNS.

Living with fire in California

San Francisco Chronicle – 10/12/2017

With smoke still billowing, ridge lines aglow and evacuation orders arriving daily, Californians are struggling to cope with the emergencies created by 22 wildfires burning across the state. It’s not too early, though, to think about how we will rebuild, and more important, how we will rebuild to live with fire. … Stephen Strader, a geographer at Villanova University who has written on natural disasters and society, calls it the expanding bull’s eye effect. “The fires have always occurred, but we notice them more now because there are more human contacts.”

Can the NFL convince players to stop national anthem protests?

USA Today – 10/10/2017

The days of NFL players protesting during the national anthem are numbered … “Savvy viewers of the NFL's ‘unity’ efforts could see that owners were not protesting the same thing that many players were protesting. (Colin) Kaepernick and other players protested police brutality and racial injustice; owners protested President Trump making it more difficult for them to use black players to make money,” Glenn Bracey, a sociology professor at Villanova who specializes in racism and social movements, said.

What Makes Someone 'Most Beautiful' Is Changing, Study Says – 10/10/2017

In 1990, I was just a little kid, but my ideas of physical beauty were already beginning to take shape … But as Dr. Catherine Kerrison, a professor of history, and of gender and women's studies at Villanova University notes, “This isn’t cause for celebration.” Why not? Well, let’s have a look at those numbers again.

Front-runners to replace Yellen have too much Wall Street in their past

CNBC – 10/09/2017

By Victor Li, associate professor of economics at the Villanova School of Business: A former Fed official says the top contenders to replace Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen lack the professional economics experience the economy needs.

EU Regulators Slap Big Taxes on U.S. Tech Giants

Bloomberg – 10/09/2017

Itai Grinberg, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and J Richard Harvey, a professor at Villanova University School of Law, discuss why European Union regulators ordered Amazon to pay 250 million euros of back taxes to Luxembourg after finding that the country’s rules unfairly benefitted the online shopping giant.

U.N. Security Council Members Are More Likely to Receive World Bank Loans

Foreign Policy – 10/06/2017

The World Bank is supposed to distribute loans based on the needs of developing countries. But a recent study has found that countries with seats on the United Nations Security Council receive a disproportionate amount of loans, indicating the World Bank can be a tool for donor countries, particularly the United States, to wield geopolitical influence … And indeed, Christopher Kilby and Erasmus Kersting, both professors at Villanova University in Pennsylvania who study international aid and organizations, found evidence of such correlation in a 2016 paper and subsequent research.

Cambodian Virtual Reality Helps Train Bomb-disposal Technicians

Voice of America – 10/05/2017

A small lab in Cambodia is developing some big tech in the field of bomb disposal. The augmented and virtual reality products developed by Cambodian-led international teams aim to revolutionize how deminers are trained. Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is working with big universities such as MIT and Villanova to help turn a devastating legacy of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia into a source of global expertise and respect.

How a Reality-TV Star Became the Voice of Sexual-Violence Prevention

The Chronicle of Higher Education – 10/04/2017

Alexis Jones doesn’t fit the profile of many of the activists working to combat sexual assault on campuses. For one thing, the 34-year-old isn’t a sexual-assault victim. She was a contestant on the reality-TV show Survivor … Among universities and coaches, who are the pathfinders? Who is really trying to get this right? Coach Jay Wright at Villanova is another one I’d add to the list. He had me come in and do an entire session for every single coach at Villanova to help them understand what is going on with millennials, and what do we have to do?

Equifax, SEC And Deloitte Cyber Breaches: Is It Time To Remove Executive Immunity From Prosecutions?

Forbes – 10/04/2017

Here we go again; another corporate scandal. Credit reporting agency Equifax announced last month that hackers breached into the accounts of 143 million customers, gaining access to sensitive non-public information including social security and driver’s license numbers … According to the work of Villanova University Professor Josephine S. Nelson, “the intracorporate conspiracy doctrine, an immunity doctrine, has been pushed by businesses to insulate corporate individuals from conspiracy charges.”

Andrew Brandt Discusses National Anthem Controversy within NFL

CBS This Morning – 10/01/2017

At Lambeau Field Thursday night, players from both the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears linked arms as a sign of unity during the playing of the National Anthem … for the latest on the controversy we’re joined by Andrew Brandt, he’s a former Green Bay Packers Vice President and now a columnist at Sports Illustrated and the Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova University