Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

I came up with the first part of the title for this post based on a case competition we had today for our students. When I said the name of the company to myself (Hot Chicken Takeover), the first thought that came to my mind was Nick Gilder's song, "Hot Child in the City", but … Continue reading Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In those posts, I described community colleges as the crown jewel of our post-secondary educational system, and noted that "If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a … Continue reading College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

That is the motto of the Special Olympics, and it was in full evidence this weekend for the annual Fall Festival held at Villanova University. It is my favorite weekend at Villanova, and each year I leave impressed both with the athletes as well as with the Villanova students. Held during the first or second … Continue reading “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

Five-Year Old Scores a Touchdown; Coach Facing a $500 Fine and Possible Two-Game Suspension

A local youth (5-7-year-olds) football coach is facing the possibility of a $500 fine and a two-game suspension. What did he do you may ask? Did he hurt one of his players? Did he use inappropriate language? Did he get into an argument with a ref? No, no, and no. The coach had the nerve … Continue reading Five-Year Old Scores a Touchdown; Coach Facing a $500 Fine and Possible Two-Game Suspension

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

Welcome to Villanova’s A Cappella SpOlooza

This was almost more than I could handle. Tonight, Villanova put on an event that combines two of the things I have come to love at Villanova - a cappella performances and the Special Olympics. The event, known as A Cappella SpOlooza (SpO is the nickname used on campus for the Special Olympics), serves as … Continue reading Welcome to Villanova’s A Cappella SpOlooza

Now This Is My Kind of Genius

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 30 individuals as MacArthur Fellows, commonly referred to as Genius Grant winners. The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through … Continue reading Now This Is My Kind of Genius

22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

When I first saw the 22,000 number, I thought it was an annual amount, and even then I thought it seemed quite high. But boy, was I off. On average, the Federal Bureau of Investigation receives about 22,000 tips about potential threats of violence weekly. 22,000... Weekly... And if that doesn't seem high enough, that … Continue reading 22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

Is This the Key to Motivating My Students? No More Mr. Nice Guy?!

If you were to watch the two videos below, which one do you think would be more effective at motivating the players? (second video has some NSFW language). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwpTj_Z9v-c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZlEtaXbw8 In the first video, Coach Herb Brooks attempts to motivate the players in a positive, encouraging way. In the second video, Coach John Tortorella attempts … Continue reading Is This the Key to Motivating My Students? No More Mr. Nice Guy?!