March 11, 2016 |
NEW YORK - La Salle has been playing in the Atlantic 10 since 1995-96. During that time, the Explorers have won more than one game in the conference tournament exactly once. That was in 2002, the first of coach Billy Hahn's three seasons, when they beat Fordham and Temple at the Spectrum before getting sent home by Richmond in the semifinals. Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the last of the four second-round matchups, the Explorers had an opportunity to do it again, three years after they'd won three NCAA games in five days.
March 10, 2016 |
LA SALLE'S Hank Davis has appeared in two games this season, playing a total of five minutes. He missed his only shot, and picked up one foul. He still says he's living his dream. "Definitely," insisted the 5-11 junior walk-on, without hesitating. "This is what I wanted to do. When you're an athlete, something would be missing if I wasn't part of a team. It's something I love. I always like to be busy working anyway. So when I got this opportunity I couldn't turn it down. "When I came here, they'd just had that Sweet 16 run. To keep my career going was just awesome.
March 8, 2016 |
When Donald Trump retweeted a quotation attributed to him but actually uttered by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep" - it was a victory for Gawker, which had set up the automated Twitter account to poke fun at the Republican front-runner. It was also perfect fodder for a new digital politics program at Rutgers-Camden, which melds political science with digital studies. "The digital is not incidental to the conversation; it is core to the conversation," said Jim Brown, the English professor who heads the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden.
March 6, 2016 |
Self-destruction and musical immortality go hand in hand. That sad story is as old as Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, or Kurt Cobain, and as new as Amy , Asif Kapadia's film about Brit soul-pop singer Amy Winehouse that won best documentary last week at the Oscars. The "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" route to eternal fame, espoused in a 1955 country hit by Faron Young (who lived to be 64) worked pretty well for the famously 27-year-old icons named above. Not to mention Hank Williams (who made it to 29)
March 4, 2016 |
Philadelphia DJs are a wise bunch. They're not just here to amuse you, but to educate and illuminate. Along with Old City's newly opened Scratch Academy Philadelphia , run by local spinner Cosmo Baker and teaching tricks of the DJ trade along with cultural and musical life lessons, comes "Dust + Dignity" at the Painted Bride Art Center . The new show uses 100 album covers and their music to promote dialogue about social justice - and to shake...
February 28, 2016 |
The first song on Santigold's album 99¢ (Atlantic ***1/2), out last week, sounds like it could have been written for Kanye West or Donald Trump. "Oooh, all I want to do is what I do well," the avant-pop songwriter born Santi White, who was raised in the Mount Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia, sings on the perky, ego-tastic "I Can't Get Enough of Myself. " "Ain't a gambler, honey, but I'd put money on myself. " But White isn't idly boasting. With her third album - following her 2008 self-titled debut and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe - she offers a sly critique of marketing-mad, selfie-centered consumer culture.
February 26, 2016 |
Everything is relative with this season's La Salle team, which has dealt with six- and 10-game losing streaks and had won just twice since Thanksgiving weekend. Trying to win two of three (even if the middle game was a 40-point loss) may not seem like much, but when you are closing on 20 losses, any good news is a positive. When the game turned toward Fordham in the second half Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena and the Rams built a 10-point lead, a comeback, given all that had gone down, did not seem very likely.
February 26, 2016 |
LA SALLE was searching for its best stretch since it started 3-0, which seems like a long time ago and probably feels like forever to the players and coaches. The Explorers finally have all their players back, but those three top-100 high school recruits, all transfers, won't be suiting up until November. Fordham was trying to improve on its best win total since 2006-07 under first-year coach Jeff Neubauer (La Salle Class of '93), but had been playing for five straight games without its second-leading scorer and had lost four of the five.
February 25, 2016 |
As his team has suffered one frustrating loss after another, La Salle junior Jordan Price has had to readjust his thinking. Where winning once may have been taken for granted, this season Price has found how difficult it can be to accumulate a simple W. So when La Salle upset St. Bonaventure, 71-64, on Feb. 17 to snap a 10-game losing streak, Price rediscovered the joy of winning. "It was a rare feeling for us this year, and you just try to enjoy it as much as you can," Price said.