“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.”

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

“Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

Villanova University was blessed to have Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good brand, as its commencement speaker this past weekend. Bert started selling t-shirts with his brother John out of a van back in 1989. But as their web site points out, it was not very prosperous. They lived on peanut butter and jelly, … Continue reading “Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

Town and Gown Relations

My wife and I bought our house about 28 years ago, and one of the items that attracted us to the house was that it was within walking distance to Villanova University, my employer. I had always wanted to be able to walk to whatever school I was teaching at, and it's not just because … Continue reading Town and Gown Relations

It’s the Little Things

Villanova's men's basketball coach Jay Wright is a national figure, well known for his movie star looks, his stylish suits, his composed demeanor, and his thoughtful interviews. His players have had great success both on and off the court. Currently the team is ranked 6th in the nation, and for the past two years has … Continue reading It’s the Little Things