March 25, 2016
By B.G. Kelley I love this Villanova team. They play with heart. They play with smarts. They play together. When the college basketball season began back in November, I wasn't convinced, as were many other b-ball aficionados, that the Villanova Wildcats were, as some pundits predicted, a top-10 team. There were too many questions: Could the Cats sustain the losses of JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard, two superb players in last year's most-wins-in-a-season 33-3 campaign?
March 23, 2015 |
SO MUCH ABOUT the Penn State Kappa Delta Rho fraternity case is depressing. There's the secret 144-member Facebook page with photos of naked and half-naked passed-out women, some in sexual poses that cops describe as "graphic" and "appalling. " Dubbed "2.0," the page is not to be confused with its first Facebook iteration, "Covert Business Operations," which was taken down when a victim who was the subject of a nude photo complained. It's chilling that these young men so lacked empathy that the only thing they learned from her pain and humiliation was to honor her request, wait a bit, then start back up again.
March 5, 2014 |
Southern Gothic playwriting in Philadelphia theater has no better friend or practitioner than Jacqueline Goldfinger. Since her arrival in 2008, the Tallahassee, Fla., native - who came here when her cellular biologist husband Larry got a job at Temple University - has displayed a knack for blackly comic eccentricity, decay, and alienation the wretched likes of which haven't been seen since William Faulkner. In the dark genre, her plays' flippant humor, the genuine laugh lines, are a treat.
November 18, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - From the top of the grandstands, the lights of the Vegas strip shine visibly a dozen miles to the east. A different world, ignored here on a high school football Friday night, when the local powerhouse is on the field for its last regular-season home game. With a chill in the air, the quarterback's mother puts a blanket over her legs. His father adds a wool cap. That quarterback takes off running and the P.A. announcer puts it simply: "Randall Cunningham, up the middle.
September 13, 2013 |
Comedian Steve Hofstetter spends more time on college campuses than most professors do. "I've always been the comic where people say, 'I've never heard of you but my kids love you,' " says Hofstetter, who appears Friday night in a show for La Salle University students. "My act is questioning the status quo. I think that resonates with college kids. Once you graduate, you have to worry about a mortgage and kids and money. It's easier to be an idealist when you're young. " Being the original writer for the popular website CollegeHumor.com also raised his campus cachet.
January 7, 2013 |
After decades when paying college athletes was thought to violate the spirit of amateurism, the enormous television revenue generated by sports - football and basketball in particular - and the long hours of work by the players have changed the debate. NCAA president Mark Emmert now supports a stipend for athletes to cover costs beyond tuition, books, and fees, and both coaches in Monday's BCS national championship game between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama spoke in support of the idea in the days before the game.
May 1, 2012 |
WHEN ANDY REID was running down the attributes of first-round pick Fletcher Cox the other day, he talked about his speed and his athleticism and his impressive pass-rushing ability. Stopping the run never really came up. Not that the kid can't do it. He can. But in the big scheme of things, his ability to stuff a ball carrier at the line of scrimmage isn't why he's an Eagle today. He's an Eagle today because he can rush the passer. A little while later, when Reid was describing the finer qualities of his second-round pick, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, he spoke of his athletic ability, his zoom-zoom-zoom speed (he ran a 4.47 40 at the scouting combine)
April 20, 2012 |
DALLAS - Larry Brown is returning to college to get back into coaching. The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach, who led the 76ers from 1997 to 2003, was hired Thursday at Southern Methodist University. It is his first college job in nearly a quarter century, and comes with a struggling program that is headed to the Big East after next season. Brown, the only coach to win both an NBA championship and NCAA title, hasn't coached since leaving the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010 after the NBA's team's 9-19 start.
March 23, 2012 |
It's ironic that the studio founded by the son of Hollywood founding father Samuel Goldwyn should be the one releasing October Baby. Apparently, the acquisitions department never took to heart Goldwyn the elder's most famous Goldwynism about what movies are supposed to do: "Pictures were made to entertain. If you want to send a message, call Western Union. " October Baby is earnest, sober, and serious, a faith-based film that clothes itself in more subtle, faith-friendly garb.
March 22, 2012
YOUR MARCH 20 editorial ("College Loans the Next Debt Bomb") correctly brings attention to a concern for many families, but it fails to mention one important strategy to address this dilemma: saving for college. Saving for higher education offers enormous benefits compared to borrowing. If a family saves $25 a month, it could have about $10,264 after 18 years. Those savings can gain state tax deductions, too. Meanwhile, someone who repays a $10,000 loan with interest over 18 years would ultimately pay $18,563 without any favorable state tax treatment.