Villanova Professor Sues CIA Over … Bay of Pigs?!

Villanova professor David Barrett on CNN.

Villanova professor David Barrett on CNN.

Villanova political science professor David Barrett knows more than most about the Central Intelligence Agency. The university boasts that Barrett is actually “one of the country’s leading experts on the critical relationship between the United States Congress and the … CIA,” and Barrett has authored two books about the agency. And now, he’s taking the CIA to court. Read more »

Villanova Moves Forward With Decision to Arm Public Safety Force

University entrance at the corner of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues.

University entrance at the corner of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues.                       Photo via villanova.edu

In an email sent Monday, Villanova University Public Safety Director and Chief of Police David Tedjeske updated students, faculty, and staff with the news that the university’s newly minted police department now has three sworn officers, and counting. According to a report by VUHoops, these officers have completed a 22-week police academy training, have access to law enforcement databases, can directly communicate with law enforcement by radio, and have the power to stop, question, and detain individuals. In addition to a firearm, officers will carry batons, handcuffs, bulletproof vests, pepper spray and body cameras. Officers will continue to be phased in, with a projected total of 19 to be hired over the course of the year.

In October of 2015, the decision to arm 20 percent of the campus public safety was publicized in an email sent by University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., and was met almost immediately with protest. Students and faculty organized marches and open forums, videos were produced, and various organizations took to social media with the hashtag #OurPublicSafety to encourage a reversal of the decision. In November, Donohue publicly engaged with the community’s concerns at a town hall style meeting, but ultimately announced that the decision would not be overturned.  Read more »

Main Line Monday: Classic Modernity in Villanova

825 Stoke Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

825 Stoke Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Maybe you’re tired of seeing the same old same old on the real estate market. Maybe you seek the unexpected. We think this contemporary home in Villanova is a real showstopper, with its airy spaces chiseled by sharp, angled walls, unanticipated charm and luxurious feel throughout.

Nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds, the inside of this home matches the dramatic outside. A two-story skylit foyer showcases the open staircase, the star of the entrance hall. Near the foyer sits the grand living room, with a conversation-starting vaulted ceiling accentuated by skylights, and a large formal dining room that’s just as sunny. The step-down family room with custom built-ins is a great place to entertain the relatives, with a marble wood-burning fireplace and walls of windows. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Home Full of Fun in Villlanova

1318 Valley Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

For those full-house families out there, this scenic property in Villanova is a dream home.

A whopping 7,618 square feet, expansive rooms, luxurious living quarters, a large entertainment space and elegant details like arched ceilings and columns are some of the features in this home that make it worth the price. From the charming cobblestone-lined walkway to the gorgeously landscaped grounds to its glass conservatory with vaulted ceiling, life in this modern French-inspired home looks like a perfect picture.

The front doors open to a grand foyer with limestone flooring, which leads to a comfortable, expanded family room with an exposed beam vaulted ceiling, custom built-ins for an entertainment center, wet bar, and a Palladian window that makes a cozy nook for quiet reads. The wood-burning brick hearth fireplace serves as a great centerpiece. Open columns divide the living room with a second wood-burning fireplace and a dining room that provides access to the conservatory through glass sliding doors, a perfect place to relax with the entire family. A cherry-paneled study with custom built-ins by Rossi Brothers provides a respite for reading. Read more »

Jay Wright to Assistant Coach USA Men’s Select Team

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after winning 2016 national championship title.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright to be assistant coach of USA Men’s Select Team under Gregg Popovich.

The release of the roster for the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team Tuesday gave a big nod to the National Champion Villanova Wildcats — the team’s head coach Jay Wright has been selected to serve as an assistant coach to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

Jerami Grant and Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers were listed among the 25 players who will practice with the USA National team — which will compete at the Rio Olympics — next month in Las Vegas. Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka will also assist Popovich. Read more »

A Look at Villanova’s New Lancaster Avenue Building

Villanova's new mixed-use development will enliven the corner of Lancaster Avenue (foreground) and Ithan Avenue. | Rendering © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, courtesy Brian Communications

Villanova’s new mixed-use development will enliven the corner of Lancaster Avenue (foreground) and Ithan Avenue. | Rendering © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, courtesy Brian Communications

With its announcement that it will build a new, 1,100-bed student residence hall with street-floor retail across Lancaster Avenue from the main entrance to its campus, Villanova University has taken a small but significant step towards making its campus look and feel more like a community.

That’s because the mixed-use building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in partnership with Voith & McTavish Architects and to be built by Torcon, will replace what is now a large surface parking lot at the corner of Lancaster and South Ithan avenues.

It will also make Villanova students themselves more a part of a community, according to Chris Kovolski, assistant vice president for government relations and external affairs at Villanova. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: What’s Past Is Present in Villanova

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.

This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.

The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Read more »

President Obama Will Host Villanova Wildcats at White House

It’s back-to-back good news for the Villanova Wildcats.

The Villanova basketball team is scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House next Tuesday for an honorary ceremony celebrating their NCAA championship win in April.

The announcement came just as Josh Hart declared he’s returning to the defending national champion team for his senior season. Read more »

The Philly Area Schools That Rejected Barack Obama’s and Tom Hanks’ College Applications

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

I was reading something the other day — I can’t remember what, because the Internet has made reading 80,000 things a day way too easy — in which the author commented snidely on adults who remember their SAT scores. I flushed with embarrassment, because, naturally, I remember my SAT scores. (They were pretty good.) In my experience, most people remember their SAT scores, just like they remember the colleges that rejected their applications (okay for you, Princeton; who’d want to go to Ted Cruz’s college, anyway?) for the rest of their lives.

That may be why I, um, clicked through recently to a slideshow that revealed what colleges rejected some Very Famous People, and thereby learned that I’m in great company. Tina Fey was also rejected by Princeton. (OMG, she and Lyin’ Ted would have been in the same class!John Kerry, Tom Brokow, Matt Groening and Meredith Vieira were rejected by Harvard. (Vieira reports she was “devastated.”) Katie Couric was turned down by Smith. (Who gets turned down by Smith?) Read more »

Stoneleigh To Become Public Garden

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

The former home of John and Clara Haas in Villanova became part of the region’s cultural and botanical patrimony today at a noontime ceremony on the grounds.

That was when the Haas children formally donated the 42-acre Stoneleigh estate to the Natural Lands Trust.

The trust will operate the estate as a garden and nature preserve that will be free and open to the public. The mansion itself will serve as both a space for lectures and other public events and the new home of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) along with its library and archives. Currently headquartered in Richmond, Va., OHS is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and studying pipe organ history. Read more »

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