9 Little Things That Make Villanova Unique

9 Little Things That Make Villanova Unique

We have the rankings and the awards, but nothing compares to the feeling you get on campus.

Villanova may be the home of an amazing business school, an even better basketball team, prestigious alumni (including the creators of the Life Is Good brand and KIND Bars), world class faculty and innovative, hard working students, it is really the little things that make Villanova a special school. We may have the statistics and polls to prove we are an outstanding school, but what sets us a part from the others is the feeling you get walking around campus that can't be experienced anywhere else. Here are nine things that make Villanova unique.

1. The Corr Hall Bells

Not only do these bells keep me on track and allow me to know when I am running late for class, they provide a pleasant back round noise to the usual ambiance of campus. I love sitting in my bed with the windows open and hearing the bell-version of the alma mater played across campus.

2. Everyone Holds The Door

This is such a Villanova thing. I have literally turned around and apologized to the person behind me for not holding the door because I didn't know they were there. It becomes so natural that you'll feel slightly offended if someone doesn't hold to door.

3. Seeing Father Peter On Campus

Father Peter, the president of Villanova, is his own kind of celebrity. Seeing him around campus is always a special moment and will definitely be shared with my friends over an all-caps text.

4. Sitting Around The Oreo

When it is nice out, you can find about half the student body sitting around and enjoying the warm weather right in the center of campus. It is hard to describe the feeling you get but honestly it is just nice to see everyone enjoying themselves and the warm weather, especially after the cold winter.

5. Rosie's Mug

Situated right next to the train station, Rosie's is a Villanova favorite. They have everything from delicious iced coffees, smoothies, flavored hot chocolates, acai bowls, pastries, muffins and so much more. I also love walking by and seeing the sign out front featuring their new menu item and a funny pun to go along with it.

6. Anthony's Party Rentals

Okay, this isn't really something cool or unique but if you go to Villanova you understand how integral Anthony's Party Rentals is to the school. Basically, whenever there is an event, you'll see an Anthony's Party Rentals truck and most likely some works assembling a tent. Some may think that it would probably be easier just to buy tents for these events, but I would be sad if I never saw Anthony's Party Rentals again.

7. Sunsets By The Church

Some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen occur over Lancaster Ave., but more importantly, the church. There is nothing quite like watching the sky change colors with the church in sight. And of course, it makes for a great classic church pic!

8. Hoops Mania

Hoops Mania is one of the best days of the year. Not only is it the opening of basketball season and you get to watch the team dance and play a short scrimmage, but there is also a performer! This year it was French Montana, but it the past Villanova has had Drake, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. Not many other schools have the school spirit we do, and that definitely shows during Hoops.

9. No One Walks Across The Grass

One weird thing you'll notice about Villanova is that people will take the longer route just to avoid the grass area. It is basically an unspoken rule on campus and the only time it is broken is around Mendel Field.

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Five Main Reasons I Chose Communications

Because I know people will forever hound me about "fake news".

I did an article a few weeks ago about “questions my family would ask” and my answers to them. One of the questions was as follows:

What’s your major?

  • Communications. Yes, I know to not get involved with fake news. To be honest I will do my best not to write about politics at all in my field because I want to get involved with entertainment journalism and meet new people and write about stuff I actually enjoy hearing about twenty-four seven.

This answer got me to thinking more about the fact that people may have a stigma against those going into the communications field. I know I for one have seen many articles doing “majors as _______” and the communication ones are humorous and true, saying that the communications slogan would be “trying to convince people your degree is worth something.” Honestly, it’s the truth. I feel as though many may have a negative impression when I say I want to go into the communications field. I can not count how many times someone has said “fake news” to me in some way shape or form, and it may make people hesitant to admit this is their passion. So this articles for you, if you wonder why in the world someone would donate so much time into something like this.

Learning on the Job.

I for one always had a passion for learning. School? Not until recently, but learning was always something I enjoyed. With communications, there are endless opportunities to learn about places, events, and people. You learn so much about history and settings which you may not otherwise think you would find interesting. Yes, you can learn on your own time, but being paid to learn about things that you may not otherwise open your mind up to- and things you do find fascinating, as well- is, to me, the perfect environment because there is always something new to introduce.

Meeting People.

I can’t think of a more interactive job than one which involves heavy communications skills. Journalism or public relations are so heavily involved in other people’s lives that it makes my life seem less boring. I believe the perfect example of this would be the 1998 film by Todd Haynes, Velvet Goldmine, starring Christian Bale. It follows a journalist who gets to travel all over New York and meet people in attempt to piece together a piece of mysterious history. Ironically enough, that wa the film that really made me want to go into journalism. The interviewing process is more often than not, highly intimate. You learn details about people you may otherwise never have met before, or crossed the street and not thought twice. Heck, you might have even let a door shut on them, but in that moment you’re sitting across from them hearing their entire life story.


Probably the most glamorous part of the communications field is being able to travel and meet the people I mentioned above. It is no secret that some of the most well known publications are nowhere near my home state of Virginia, but that’s okay! I look forward to taking that risk and living in New York. In my eyes, and probably a few other students’ as well, moving is part of the job, and all too worth it when you could get the chance to meet someone truly extraordinary. Personally, if I were to carry on in communications, my section would focus on the entertainment industry (films and the like) and so conventions are a big part of publicity and press. Being able to go there under the title “press” interview some of the biggest stars in horror or other films, interviewing Oscar nominees? There’s no opportunity if you stay grounded in your roots. You have to move to find the story.


And communications isn’t just for talking! You get to get involved with campaigns and marketing as well. It opens doors to getting work scene, making posters and merchandise for artists, commercial advertising, films, and so forth. There’s a truly creative aspect that comes with communications whether it be posters, presentations, or merchandising. It’s a real art form you don’t appreciate until you sit through a lecture on fonts.

Having a Voice

Okay, this ones a little cliche, but one of my personal favorite aspects of communications- mass communications- is being able to have a voice, be it in front of a small group or a big audience. It allows you to test yourself, and see where you really stand on certain aspects (yes, we are taking the political bullet here). It also allows you to spread your message and persuade others to think critically about what they believe. I believe that communications gives a very heavy sense of empathy which some (most) may lack, the understanding of other people and their sides to some issues, big or small. Once the message is out, it’s the ultimate gateway to compromise.

I use to be incredibly introverted, and going into the communications field has helped me to create another version of myself entirely. It opens doors to figuring out what your morals and ethics are, a road of self discovery, if you will. Communications isn’t just “fake news” and politics, it’s an entire world of never ending education and facts and learning, and while it may not be as glamorous as a lawyer or doctor, it is just a fascinating to the right people.

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Let's Arm the Teachers

.....with what they really need

The news is swirling and people seem to be losing their minds over school shootings (as they should be). From conversations on mental health to intense arguments on gun control, the national dialogue on school shootings has once again reached a peak. Survivors are seeking action by politicians now more than ever - although many have been fighting for change for decades.

The newest, most creative, "ah-ha" idea in many localities around the country is to arm teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. Whether this idea seems genius or like the stupidest thing you've ever heard, I am not concerned. Put it in a Facebook post.

I want to talk about a different kind of armament for teachers and school district employees. What if the government armed schools with the supplies, salary, and training to protect their students in a way in which they were capable of the positive mental, physical, and emotional development to protect them from a plethora of disasters including suicide, bullying, poverty, and, yes, school shootings? What if all teachers, not just private school teachers, were given the resources to properly support their students? This could lead to a compounding of armament meaning that students would be provided with the 'arms' (support and skills) they need to protect themselves from poverty, mental and physical illness, violence, etc.

Picture this, a student is struggling in school academically and socially. A teacher being paid sufficiently, with enough free time due to small class sizes, with the motivation and drive through proper training by their administrators, and with the extra supplies to help his or her students practice and understand class material is equipped to support the student emotionally and academically. This student, with this careful attention from the teacher improves in school socially and academically to become a productive member of society with some self esteem as icing on the cake.

The student without these resources falls through the cracks. He or she remains behind in school, emotionally damaged, and vulnerable to failure. Failure comes in many forms whether it be not graduating, not getting a job, falling into poverty, getting into trouble with drugs and alcohol, not having friends, deteriorating mental health, etc. These things are as much of a threat to one's life as gun violence. Furthermore, these things can lead to gun violence.

I do not agree with those who want to arm teachers with guns in order to protect students, but I do believe, although to a different degree, that education and strong teachers have great amounts of power in protecting the world. I believe it is possible, through funding and stronger infrastructure, for education, specifically public education, to protect students from violence inside and outside of school buildings themselves.

Overall, the politics of gun violence in America is complicated and wrought with many strong and conflicting opinions. I believe the most recent solution, to arm teachers, is complicated and dangerous, but my point has nothing to due with this discussion. I believe, though, that teachers should be armed with resources much more effective in the long run than guns. I believe in the power of teachers to keep students safe.

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