JASPER JOTTINGS Week 30 - 2009 July 26

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College




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POSITRACTION: Your next patient is a Caucasian female who appears her stated age


July 06, 2009
In Defense of the Frail Elderly
By Anthony Ughetti

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Our current system, although flawed, still provides the best medical care anywhere on Earth. For no population subset is this statement more true than our frail elderly.

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The first comes from an essay I encountered several years ago by Dr. Paul E. Ruskin in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the essay, which I will paraphrase, he is instructing a class of neophyte nurses, and he presents this case study to them:

“Your next patient is a Caucasian female who appears her stated age. She cannot speak nor comprehend the spoken word. She often babbles incoherently for hours on end. She is disoriented to person, place and time, but will occasionally recognize her own name. She is often soiled and her clothes are dirty from incessant drooling. She makes no effort to care for herself and is utterly dependent upon the efforts of others. She cannot walk. She must be fed a special pureed diet and is 100% incontinent, requiring frequent bathing and changing. Several times a day, she becomes agitated for no obvious reason, and will scream loudly until someone attends to her.”

In the essay, the doctor asks his students how they would feel caring for such a person. They used words such as “frustrated, “hopeless,” “annoyed,” and “depressed.”

However, the doctor stated “I very much enjoy caring for this individual,” and as the class members looked on, he held up a picture of his six-month old daughter.

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[JR: Wow, he fooled me. And, it illustrates how the beginning is very similar to the end of life.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 19 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: Delaney Gerard M. (MC1975) about steps

From: Delaney Gerard M. (MC1975)
Date: July 18, 2009 9:28:49 PM EDT
To: John Reinke
Subject: An Beal Bocht


I couldn’t tell what the reviewer meant to imply by saying that this this gin joint was up a “step” street. Until I remembered that there were several streets normal to Broadway that literally had steps in them, between Broadway and the next higher level. Could be disconcerting if you are blindly following an on-line map service. I nearly had that happen to me in Seattle. Map showed roadway. Terrain showed stair.

Remember that the map is not the geography.

Gerard ‘75

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[JR: And, a problem if you had too much "adult refreshment". Jaspers are always refreshing?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 19 2009 1:39 PM

JFound: Frechette, Nicole [MC????] @ Mohegan Sun CT 7/20

Frechette, Nicole [MC????]

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[JR: Wear something "Jaspery".]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 19 2009 2:11 PM

JEmail: Toner, Michael (MC1972) ids Kirwan, James MC72

Dear F. John,

James Kirwan who had preferred to be known as Seamus O’Kirwan for many years was a member of the Class of 1972. Sadly, we had lost touch over the past few years. We shared many good times at MC and in the ensuing years. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing and offer my prayers and condolences to his family.

mike toner
Buffalo, NY
BEE ‘72

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Kirwan, James <aka Seamus O’Kirwan> [MC1972]

[JR: Sigh, I agree. It seems so easy to lose touch. And, so hard to "re connect". The internet SHOULD make it easier, but "search" has a poor concept of "identity". That's why McEneney, Mike (MC1953) will never be out of a "job". All we can do now, is try to stay "connected" and pray.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 19 2009 2:37 PM

JEmail: Costello, Don (MC1954) recaps MC’s impact on him


Submitted on 2009/07/20 at 2:15am

Just a few comments…

I wrote Jasper Jottings in the early 1950’s after Jim Noonan, Joe Macy, Paul Sullivan and Bob Lind – perhaps not in that order.

I am retiring from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as an Emeritas Associate Professor after 30 years of service in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

This January I gave a lecture on Elliptic Curve Cryptography at Notre Dame. It wa sthe 50th year of my graduation form that University.

I have a lot of people that I should thank including all the Brothers that taught me at LaSalle and Manhattan. I will take the space to thank Dr. Frank Taylor who whet my appetite for Mathemetics and Statistics and Brother Alban of Mary who made me work as hard in “Religion” as I did in Math. I will forever be grateful for the brothers insitance that we take 24 credit hours in Religion. It has stood me in good staed all these years.

I remember studying philosophy using Brother Benignus’s book “Nature Knowledge an d God”: What a blessing!

During my years at Manhattan we had the basketball scandal with Junius Kellog saving us from embarssment by turning in those gamblers who tried to ruin the game.

I was fortunate enough to be around that summer in 1953 (?) when the New York Daily News (3 cents) announced that Lindy Remingino was the Fastest Man in the World in the Olympics that year.

Working my way through school I worked for John J O’Leary and Assocaites who had the PR contract from Mahattan and where housed in the Cardinal Hayes Libraray . My Boss was Bill Miller (48) who helped me get college correspondent jobs with the NY Times, Hearld Tribune, AP, UP.

It was a great joy to me to have a bylined story in the NY Times and the Catholic New York when Manhattan beat Nebraska in the 2006 NCAA playoiffs with Joba Chamberlan pitching for Nebraska.

I have met a number of Jaspers over the years around the world but none as graceful and fun as Jim GillChrist and his wife Marion who along with their 11 children made my wife, Mary and our seven children’s stay in Vienna Austria the most informative, fun and enjoyable years of our lives.

St. John the Baptitse de LaSalle Pray for us!

Live Jesus in our hearts Forever.

Don Costello

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Costello, Don (MC1954?)

[JR: Wow, makes my day, to provide a way to share this. Impressive achievements. But, remember, you have to wear out; not rust out. For when you retire. This should inspire some of our student readers as to what is possible. Thanks for the memory. Pray for us indeed.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 20 2009 2:36 AM

JFound: Maffia, Gennaro J. (Jerry) [MC????] 8/19 Online Training

The Center for Professional Advancement, 90 Minute Accredited Online Training
August 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (EST)

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Organized by: The Center for Professional Advancement

Invited Speakers: Gennaro J. (Jerry) Maffia, Principal Process Engineer and Manager, Petrochemicals Industry

After twenty years as a principal process engineer and manager in the petrochemicals industry, mostly with Atlantic Richfield, Inc., Jerry Maffia joined Widener University in the fall of 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He retired in 2006 and is now Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Widener University and Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University. Prof. Maffia is an active consultant in chemical and bio-based processes, and is an associate of several consulting firms. He has offered short courses and training seminars on process engineering and related topics at industrial and academic sites around the world. Prof. Maffia has degrees from Dartmouth College (DE), NYU (MBA), and Manhattan College (BE, ME). He is the holder of six patents with another pending, and has supervised forty graduate theses.

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Maffia, Gennaro J. (Jerry) [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 20 2009 4:14 PM

JBlogger: Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997] remembers


Monday, July 20th, 2009

I took a trip to Riverdale last week, that point in the Bronx just West of where 242 Street and Broadway intersect. It was the first time in more than a decade that I had been back to Manhattan College, my alma mater.

It was a bit surreal, really. It seems like it has been forever since my college days, yet once I set foot back on campus, it was almost as if it was just yesterday.

Sure, plenty has changed since the Class of 1997 mingled on the Quad for the last time on graduation day. A new state-of-the art library encompasses the old building where my classmates and I studied for exams and wandered the stacks searching for reference texts. A new parking garage bridges to campus, easing the commuting woes of those commuter students who make the daily trek to attend class and events. A new East Hill residence hall sits next to the old East Hill, now called Horan Hall, where I spent three of my four years at good old MC.

Even the area around the campus has changed. All of our favorite Broadway watering holes (Characters, the Terminal, Pinewood and Dorney Malone’s) are gone. Three Boys Pizza, which was conveniently located just across the street from Overlook (the slightly off campus apartment-style residence hall where I lived my sophomore year), is now called Goodfella’s. An Beal Bacht, the little Irish coffee house my friends and I frequented, has gone upscale.

Some things, though, haven’t changed. Broadway Joe’s Pizza is still serving up the best slices in the neighborhood. And the bacon, egg and cheese on a hard roll from The Short Stop I used to enjoy at 4 a.m. after a night out with my friends, still tastes just as good. Even though someone other than Tina, everyone’s favorite waitress, was working the counter.

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During the first 3 1/2 of my years at Manhattan, the Quad was lined with beautiful old trees. But not long before I graduated, the college was forced to cut them down. Some disease, if I remember correctly. I’m happy to say that the saplings they planted in their stead all those years ago, while still significantly smaller than their predecessors, have since grown strong and tall.

I made myself comfortable on a bench in the shade of one of those trees, listening to the leaves rustling with the breeze. There were a smattering of students sitting on the grass, enjoying the beautiful summer day. An admission’s officer lead a tour of prospective students and their parents in and out of De La Salle. A few faculty and staff members strolled by. And I just soaked it all in.

I stayed on campus each summer while I went to Manhattan, working as a Conference Assistant and an Orientation Leader. Those summer months, when you practically had the whole campus to yourself, were some of my favorite times. When everyone else came back in late August, it felt like an invasion.

As I sat on that bench, watching the world go by, I realized that I still feel that same level of connection to that place and to each brick and each stone, as I did as a student. I felt, not sadness or longing for days gone by, but rather I took comfort in knowing that even after all of this time, on that core level it still belongs to me, and I, to it.

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[JR: Almost made me sad. I too have sat on that bench. But for me, it brings back both High School and College. Both done “on the quad”. If I knew then what I know now … … sigh. “Souldas, wouldas, and couldas” will kill you. “Rage at the dying of the light”.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 20 2009 4:39 PM

JBlogger: Henderson, Tom [MC????] cites Muccilo, Lisa Marie [MC1992 RIP]


What Wall Street Can Learn from Lisa Marie Muccilo, a Hero of Mine
Jul 20, 2009 09:24 pm

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The works of one wonderful individual like Lisa Marie Muccilo can change the world and perhaps Wall Street can learn from her example. In the months ahead, I will be exploring ways of helping to continue some of the good work that Lisa Marie Muccilo has started.

Authored by Tom Henderson, Strategist at JBH Capital.

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Henderson, Tom [MC????]

Muccilo, Lisa Marie [MC1992 RIP]

[JR: Nicely written. Not sure that "Wall Street" should worry about its image. It should worry about being the "free-est market" imho. Ruthlessly giving folks the best deal. Greed is good. It allows us to motivate people to "serve their fellow man". Not in the "sweetness and light way"; in the "make people happy so they will make me rich" kinda of way. I too am impressed with the impact of our fellow Jasper. Hopefully we can all find our own way to emulate her. Sadly, RIP, LMM92.]

[JR: Hey, Jasper Jottings go a mention. That's exciting.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 21 2009 12:10 AM

JObit: LaPorte, Stephen [MC????]


Stephen LaPorte

STEPHEN LaPORTE Stephen LaPorte, of West Palm Beach, passed away following a brief illness on July 15, 2009, a few months short of his 100th birthday. Born in Paterson, NJ, he moved to Florida after graduation from Manhattan College in New York City in the 1930’s and began a long career in the arts as a piano and voice teacher, and as an antique collector and dealer. For many years he was very active in local opera and theater productions. Mr. LaPorte is survived by a niece and nephew, and leaves behind a great many former students in the Palm Beach area who remained in contact with him throughout his lifetime – particularly his dear friends in the Middleton family. Funeral arrangements were private.

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LaPorte, Stephen [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/qfkxyr

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 21 2009 11:50 PM

JEmail: McGoey Tom (MC1969) ids Guadagno, Mike (MC 1969) wife NJ LT Guv race

On Jul 21, 2009, at 11:44 PM, Tom McG wrote:

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Christopher J. Christie, the Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey, picked a running mate in his own image on Monday, choosing another former prosecutor with a hard-charging reputation both in pursuing corruption cases and in advancing her political career.

Mr. Christie, former United States attorney in New Jersey, named Kimberly M. Guadagno, the first woman elected sheriff of Monmouth County, as his choice for lieutenant governor.

The selection of Ms. Guadagno, 50, like Mr. Christie an outsider to Trenton, suggests that he will redouble his emphasis on reforming state government. In a video posted online Monday morning, he described their ticket as “two candidates who will not shy away from turning Trenton upside down.”

In the video, Ms. Guadagno also echoed Mr. Christie’s complaint about the New Jersey economy under the Democratic governor, Jon S. Corzine. She said she and her husband were raising three sons, but “unfortunately, because of the economy today, they’re not going to be able to stay” in New Jersey.

“They’re going to have to go and find opportunities elsewhere, because this state is broken,” she said.

The Christie campaign may be gambling that Ms. Guadagno will help him with women and others who support abortion rights. While Mr. Christie declared in the Republican primary that he opposed abortion, Ms. Guadagno said Monday that she supported a woman’s right to choose an abortion, though she sees a need to reduce the number performed in New Jersey.

The Corzine campaign nonetheless attacked the new ticket as “completely out of touch.”

“While we applaud Christie for picking a woman, Republicans still have a top of the ticket that will not protect women’s rights in Trenton,” a Corzine spokeswoman, Elisabeth Smith, said in an e-mail message that also mentioned Mr. Christie’s opposition to the state’s paid family leave law.

There is little evidence to predict what effect Ms. Guadagno’s selection will have, since this is the first year New Jersey will vote for lieutenant governor. The job was created in 2005 after two successive governors resigned, leaving the president of the Senate to serve simultaneously as acting governor.

Mr. Christie said in an interview that Ms. Guadagno would oversee economic development and regulatory reform efforts if they are elected. “She’ll be in the room on anything she wants to be in the room on,” he said.

If Ms. Guadagno does play the role of attack dog in the campaign, as is often the case with running mates elsewhere in politics, she will have ample experience in landing and taking punches.

As a candidate for sheriff, she was scolded by a local newspaper for unfair campaign tactics. And she drew criticism from Hispanic groups for vowing to seek federal permission for her deputies to initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes. Her department is one of 11 law enforcement agencies nationwide given that permission earlier this month under the so-called 287(g) program, albeit with stricter federal guidelines.

Angel Matos, a Monmouth County leader of the Latino Leadership Alliance, which opposed Ms. Guadagno’s application for the program, said her selection would hurt Mr. Christie with Hispanic voters.

“Our position was, the only real reason she was pushing for this was as a political steppingstone on the back of immigrants,” Mr. Matos said. “And here we are, lo and behold, that’s what’s occurred.”

Ms. Guadagno was deputy chief of the United States attorney’s corruption unit from 1990 to 1998, and prosecuted a former Essex County executive, Thomas D’Alessio, and a former Somerset County prosecutor, Nicholas Bissell. She also led an inquiry into kickbacks involving a former executive of Gtech, the lottery contractor. In that case, she was castigated by a judge for publicizing grand jury testimony. She left the federal prosecutor’s office soon after.

Mr. Christie said he believed that she had done nothing wrong in that case, because the judge “never referred the matter” to the Justice Department or state ethics officials for investigation.

Ms. Guadagno later served as deputy director of criminal justice in the state attorney general’s office and worked in private practice.

Mr. Christie also praised her executive experience. Ms. Guadagno, elected sheriff in 2007, oversees an office with 695 employees and a $65 million budget that says it is the first accredited by the National Sheriffs’ Association in five areas: law enforcement, corrections, correctional health care, emergency dispatch and youth detention.

Ms. Guadagno’s three sons range from 8 to 16. Her husband, Michael A. Guadagno, was a State Superior Court judge in Monmouth but was transferred to Ocean County after her election. They live in Monmouth Beach.

Mr. Guadagno has his own history with Mr. Christie: As chief of the United States attorney’s frauds division before Mr. Christie was named to run the office, Mr. Guadagno started the corruption inquiry that ended the career of Senator Robert G. Torricelli. But Mr. Christie, a few months after arriving, banished Mr. Guadagno to a lesser job in Trenton.

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— On Wed, 7/22/09, reinke, fjohn68 <jasper@reinke.cc> wrote:

From: reinke, fjohn68
Subject: Re: Judge Mike Guadagno MC 1969
To: “Tom McG”
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:04 AM

Tom: I don’t understand. Is Ms. Guadagno married to a Jasper (i.e., Judge Mike Guadagno MC 1969)? Thanks, fjohn68

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That’s it. Mike graduated in 1969.

Tom McGoey

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McGoey Tom (MC1969)

Guadagno, Mike (MC 1969)

[JR: Thanks, Tom. Much appreciated. This is why we need "eyeballs" aka human intelligence aka spies everywhere.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 22 2009 2:26 AM

JObit: Mahoney, Edward J. “Bucky” [MC1960]


Passing of Retired PO, 41 Pct., Edward J. “Bucky” Mahoney
07/20/09 22:15:09
Edward J. “Bucky” Mahoney
06/11/1933 – 7/18/2009

Edward J. (Bucky) Mahoney died peacefully at his home on July 18th. Born in Brooklyn, June 11, 1933, he was the son of the late Gladys and Edward Mahoney.

He was raised in the Bronx and was a 1950 graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School. Ed then served in the Air Force (Korean War Veteran) from 1952-1956. Upon returning he attended and graduated from Manhattan College with a B.B.A. in 1960 and spent seven years in Public Accounting. Ed than joined the NYPD from 1967-1988 retiring from the 41st. Precinct, Bronx, NY. He also worked as a security guard for the NY Mets for 20 years and as a bartender at various Bronx bars.

Ed was a member and Past Grand Knight (1973) of Aquinas Council, a member of the New Starling A.C., Bronx, member of the Barjart Post, American Legion in Yonkers, and a member of the Special Officers and Guards Union Local 177. Besides belonging to these organizations, Ed was an avid bowler and sports fan, particularly for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also was a basketball referee, baseball umpire and movie collector.

He is survived by his wife Virginia (Duffy-Flynn) Mahoney, his daughter; Captain Karen P. Rupp, USAF (Douglas), Stepchildren; Denis R. Flynn (Monica), Elayne D. Irace (Joseph), Andrew M. Flynn (Susan), Thomas B. Flynn (Theresa), and Robert E. Flynn, 13 grandchildren, his sister; Geraldine Bache and four nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Wednesday and Thursday at the Coffey Funeral Home 91 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10am at the church of the Transfiguration in Tarrytown. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ed’s memory to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Bethpage, N.Y.

For directions or to send an online condolence visit www.frenchblasl.com

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Last Edited By: 2blue4u 07/21/09 13:02:44. Edited 1 time.

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Mahoney, Edward J. “Bucky” [MC1960]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 22 2009 2:48 AM

JEmail: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) remembers his time with Brother Luke

Hi John:

Like thousands of Manhattan College students, I am indebted to Brother Luke. He had just returned in 1956 from completing his doctorate in Theology and our class was lucky to have him teach 4th year Religion. Most of what I learned about Thomistic philosophy, natural law, and ethics (which I drew on from 1983-1991 in teaching medical ethics at Johns Hopkins medical school), I learned from him. He conveyed what could have been abstruse concepts in a down-to-earth style, suffused with a wry sense of humor. As someone said, he is one of the “great ones.” He will be in my prayers.

Peter E. Dans ‘57

[JR: Jaspers are a product of the faculty and staff. Hopefully, that keeps going. Good teachers are hard to find.]

Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 22 2009 4:43 PM

JFound: Fitzgerald, Claire [MC2013?] comes to MC


Athletes look to profit at Euros

Claire Fitzgerald and Eilish Fitzpatrick are representing two Kerry athletics club this week at the European Junior Championships in Serbia. Paul Brennan charts the progress of the two girls

Wednesday July 22 2009

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For Claire Fitzgerald, the sky is the limit, so to speak. Juggling the three throwing disciplines of shot putt, discus and javelin, Fitzgerald – who has just completed her Leaving Cert in Presentation Tralee – is an athlete for whom there is huge expectations.

Indeed, the 17-year old set new Under-19 records in the shot and discus this year, and has accumulated numerous schools and national titles across the disciplines throughout her teenage years.
Fitzgerald, who trains under Sean Whitney in Limerick, will compete in the shot putt event at the European Championships this week and she easily exceeded the qualifying standard of 13.80 metres when she threw 14.35m in Castleisland earlier this year.

Her father Martin, who is in Serbia this week supporting his daughter, said Claire has good expectations of throwing well but said that the Eastern Europeans have the strongest tradition in the throwing events and the Tralee Harriers athlete will face some very formidable opposition from the Russians, Belarussians, Germans and Hungarians.

While Claire is still just short of the qualifying standard for the World Championships next year, she embarks on a scholarship in Manhattan College in New York where, like Eilish Fitzpatrick, she will benefit hugely from the expert coaching and facilities not readily available to her in Ireland.

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Fitzgerald, Claire [MC2013?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 22 2009 5:35 PM

JFound: McGill, Joe [MC????] an appreciated lawyer


Licensed Electrician
Location: Rahway, NJ

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Default Accountants

Besides knowing the tax laws, filing taxes, and registering my business for tax purposes, what else should an accountant do to help my business? I have the LLC formed so I won’t be needing his services for that. What I’d really like to know what to ask him when I meet him for the first time next Monday.

My good, good friend Joe McGill went to Manhattan College with this guy he has referred me to. Joe is my lawyer that has gotten me out of a jam or two the last 10 years or so including a dispute over overtime pay. That EC had to change his underwear after he got off the phone with Joe so I trust him.

The one I thing I am concerned about it how far this accountant’s office is from where I live. Does this really matter? What kind of questions do I need to be asking him?

Thanks for any and all replies.

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McGill, Joe [MC????]

[JR: All we know is that in at least one case our fellow Jasper made someone change their underwear; that's a benefit to society!]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 7:21 AM

JObit: Gannon, Lawrence T. [MC????]


Lawrence T. Gannon

Lawrence “Larry” Thomas Gannon of Raleigh, a 25 year resident, passed away on July 20, 2009 at the age of 86. Larry was born and raised in Yonkers NY. He served 3 ½ years in WWII (pacific theater). After honorable discharge, he enrolled in Manhattan College and graduated with a BSEE degree. Larry was employed by ITT as an Electrical Engineer retiring after 35 years of service as a top executive. He enjoyed 57 years of marriage to Regina (Jean) McRynn of Manhattan, NY. Larry is survived by his wife, Jean and their six children, Claire (husband Robert) Needham, Lawrence Gannon, Michael (wife Stacy) Gannon, Thomas (Wife Renee) Gannon, Laura Gannon, and Brian (Wife Colleen) Gannon. Larry enjoyed many years of retirement with his 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Family members will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, July 23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Funeral Home at 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC, 919.866.1866. A funeral mass will take place at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, located at 12333 Bayleaf Church Road on Friday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org Condolence may be submitted via email largan@aol.com We love you…We miss you!!!!

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Gannon, Lawrence T. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/n44vgn

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 7:39 AM

MFound: Engineering posts a new page; old content?


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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 8:49 AM

MFound: WRCM, MC’s radio, pops a new page


WRCM • Manhattan College • 4513 Manhattan College Parkway Riverdale, NY 10471

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[JR: This too has popped as new, but I don't see any new content. Probably can listen to it over the inet, but "Live Link" didn't work for me.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 10:36 AM

MFound: Taylor, R. Gregory (MCfac) publishes


Zermelo’s Analysis of ‘General Proposition’
Author: R. Gregory Taylor
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, USA
DOI: 10.1080/01445340802367434
Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: journal History and Philosophy of Logic, Volume 30, Issue 2 May 2009 , pages 141 – 155
Subjects: Computational Logic; History & Philosophy of Mathematics; History of Science & Technology; Mathematical Logic; Philosophy of Logic; Philosophy of Mathematics;
Formats available: HTML (English) : PDF (English)


On Zermelo’s view, any mathematical theory presupposes a non-empty domain, the elements of which enjoy equal status; furthermore, mathematical axioms must be chosen from among those propositions that reflect the equal status of domain elements. As for which propositions manage to do this, Zermelo’s answer is, those that are ’symmetric’, meaning ‘invariant under domain permutations’. We argue that symmetry constitutes Zermelo’s conceptual analysis of ‘general proposition’. Further, although others are commonly associated with the extension of Klein’s Erlanger Programme to logic, Zermelo’s name has a place in that story.

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Taylor, R. Gregory (MCfac)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 2:44 PM

JFound: Cleary, Joseph G. [MC????] posts


Monday, July 20, 2009
On Microconstituents: Jury’s Out, Action’s in Baltimore
By Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE
Principal, HydroQual, Inc.

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When it comes to defining, managing, and decreasing the impact of microconstituents on human health and the environment, the jury is most definitely out. And beyond the need to learn so much more about microconstituents–the term we use to describe the natural and manmade substances ranging from drugs to personal care products that end up in water and must be assessed for potential impact on human health and the environment—-there’s a host of related issues to address. That’s exactly what’s happening in Baltimore next week at the Microconstituents and Industrial Water Quality 2009 Conference, where WEF and other leading public health organizations and stakeholders from around the world will take a hard look at the pressing and provocative subject of microconstituents. (This in addition to a comprehensive program on industrial wastewater.) As chair of the microconstituents portion of the meeting, I am very excited about the program the committee has put together.

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Joseph G. Cleary, P.E., BCEE

Principal, HydroQual, Inc.

Joe is an industrial wastewater treatment specialist with over 30 years of professional engineering experience. His expertise includes: feasibility studies; treatability and pilot studies, process development, engineering design, construction, and operation and maintenance of industrial wastewater and groundwater treatment plants. He has been involved with projects in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, refinery and pulp and paper industries. Mr. Cleary received his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He is the Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Industrial Waste Committee and Chair of the Microconstituents Community of Practice . Mr. Cleary is a Licensed Professional Engineer in several states and Puerto Rico and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has lectured at the Manhattan College, the Merck Symposium at the University of Puerto Rico and the New Jersey Water Environmental Association Technology Transfer Seminars.

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Cleary, Joseph G. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 23 2009 5:12 PM

JFound: Spence, Jean E. [MC1985] honored by Clarkson University


23 Jul 2009
Spence Receives Clarkson University’s Top Alumni Honor

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Potsdam, N.Y. – Jean E. Spence of Wilmette, Ill., executive vice president of Research, Development and Quality for Kraft Foods, has received the Golden Knight Award from her alma mater, Clarkson University.

Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Jean Spence received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1979. In 1985, she received a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College. While at Clarkson, she was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and Zeta Gamma Sigma.

In 1981, Spence joined Kraft as a research engineer for Maxwell House coffee and holds three U.S. and worldwide patents for her development work. She held a variety of management positions in research and development and human resources before being named quality assurance director in 1993. A year later, she was named research director of beverages then became group director for beverages and desserts in 1995. She was promoted to vice president of Technology in 1996 and vice president of Worldwide Quality and Scientific Relations in 1999.

In November 2001, she was appointed senior vice president of Worldwide Quality, Scientific Affairs and Compliance for Kraft Foods North America, and was responsible for quality on a worldwide basis, coordinating global compliance programs, scientific relations, regulatory issues, microbiology, food safety and auditing. In August of 2003, she was named senior vice president of Research & Development. In that role, she oversaw basic research and product, package and process development. She was promoted to her present position in 2004.

Prior to joining Kraft, Spence worked in manufacturing as a process supervisor for Procter and Gamble in Staten Island, New York.

Spence is on the front line of food safety representing the food industry on the Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Advisory Council and for the International Life Sciences Institute, a Washington, D.C.,-based lobby group funded by food, chemical and drug companies. She serves on the GMA Science Institute Executive Committee.

Since 2006, Spence has been a member of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees. She has served Clarkson as a member of the Clarkson Alumni Council, Board of Governors, class reunion activities chair and as a volunteer for alumni career days and off-campus career programs. She also is a member of the Annie Clarkson Society.

Spence lives in Wilmette, Ill., with her husband, Robert ’79; son, Danny; and daughter, Kerry.

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JFound: Chidwick, John P. [MC1883 RIP] Hero of the Maine


Hero of the Maine
Monsignor Chidwick

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Night, February 15, 1898, the American battleship USS Maine lay at anchor in the harbor of Havana. Although tensions were running high between the US government and Spain, the colonial power occupying Cuba, the night was calm. Suddenly, at 9:40 PM, a huge explosion devastated the forward section of the Maine, an external explosion setting off the powder in the magazines of the Maine. Into this vision of hell on Earth strode the Catholic Chaplain of the Maine, John P. Chidwick.

Born in New York City on October 23, 1863, John Chidwick graduated from Manhattan College with a BA (1883) and an MA (1885). Ordained at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York in 1887, he spent several years serving as a parish priest before being commissioned in 1895 as the third Catholic Chaplain in the history of the United States Navy. He was eventually assigned to the Maine. He rapidly became popular with the members of the crew, no matter their religion. Friendly and outgoing, he did whatever he could to help the crew and was always available to listen to their problems.

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After his death a monument to the Maine was erected in New York City in Columbus Circle.

The monument bears this inscription:

SEPTEMBER 15, 1935

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[JR: Wow, I didn't know that! Learn something every day.]

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JFound: Logan, Doug [MC????] MLS’ first commissioner


Becks to the Future – Galaxy Bad-Boy Stirs Up Mls Passion

July 24, 2009

By Brian Lewis

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BEFORE David Beckham joined the Galaxy, I said he’d be great for MLS and soccer in this country. Now that the honeymoon is over – Beckham was booed in his return to Los Angeles and had an ugly incident with a fan – I’m sure of it. Business is about profit, but soccer is about passion. Beckham gives them both. He gives the sport buzz, the league cash, and fans a villain to revile. But all the Beck-lash is good for MLS, so keep the hate coming. Sure, all sports prompt emotion, from a Yankees fan hating the Red Sox to a Mets fan hating his Mets. But whether you cheer for Chelsea or root for River Plate, soccer is often about passion, pain and frustration. Like that of Galaxy fan Josh Paige.

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And according to Doug Logan, the MLS’ first commissioner, that’s what the league needs. “[Beckham] gets paid an inordinate amount of money to take this stuff. For him to walk in the corner and do what he did is the epitome of lack of professionalism,” Logan told The Post. “I can tell you what my good friend David Stern would’ve done, and has done. It’s bush-league on his part.” Logan, now CEO of USA Track & Field, meant Beckham, but it could also apply to his successor as MLS commissioner, Don Garber, for not suspending or fining him. What does it say that Houston’s Brian Ching was fined for tweeting about a game in which he didn’t even play, while MLS’ cash cow is allowed to go all Tony Bernazard? But Beckham is Telflon because he’s good for MLS, which for too long chased soccer moms and ignored futbol fans. Now Logan, who knows fan passion from helping pay his way through Manhattan College as a Yankee Stadium beer vendor, says hardcore fans are finally caring, from Beckham feuding with Landon Donovan and now his own fans. “[Now] we’ve got people in the seats that know what the hell’s going on and have passion. It’s a tribute to the sport coming of age,” Logan told The Post. “It’s a tribal sport. It’s not a picnic. It’s serious. The more serious it’s treated, the more commercially viable it becomes. “What you need is a passionate following that comes game after game, enjoys an adult beverage or two, occasionally sees a blue word come out of their mouth and is very male. Around the world, that’s successful soccer.” Slowly, MLS is becoming just that. And, love him or hate him, Beckham is a big reason.

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JNews: Krajcik, Chelsea [MC2013?] coming to MC in the fall


Easton’s new police chief a familiar face
By Paula Vogler
Fri Jul 24, 2009, 02:09 PM EDT

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While he may be new to the position of chief of police, Allen Krajcik’s 27 years in Easton make him no stranger to the residents or his fellow police officers.

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His daughter, Chelsea, 18, will attend Manhattan College in New York in the fall.

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[JR: Nice to know Jaspers have a police connection in Raynham, Massachusetts, 02767. Not that we speed; nor that we'd try to use "connections". That would be sinful. Besides who'd go to the Pepuls Republik of Taxachusetts anyway. ROFL. Amazing what you can find on the inet.]

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JNews: McGuiness, Natasha [MC2010] on the Dean’s List


Home : News : Bergen : Bergen Other Town Meetings

Natasha McGuiness earns place on dean’s list
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last updated: Thursday July 23, 2009, 3:22 PM
Pascack Valley Community Life

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Emerson – Natasha McGuiness has been named to the dean’s list at Manhattan College for the spring 2009 semester.

She recently completed her junior year and is majoring in psychology.

A 2006 graduate of Emerson Jr./Sr. High School, she is the daughter of Alice and Kevin McGuiness, also of the borough.

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[JR: Good for her. Good PR for MC. No interest; no applicants. No applicants; no students. No students; no graduates. No grads; no school. No school; no alma mater. Alums can help by talking up what the place meant to us. The Ivyes do it! For the record, I was on several of Dean Eastman's lists but not for academics. Luckily, those weren't in the paper. My Mom would have killed me.]

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Comment on JEmail: Toner, Michael (MC1972) ids Kirwan, James MC72 

By Wm F. Gil McDermott

Jim Kirwan was my room mate for a while at West Hill in one of the split rooms in 1971. He was in other rooms at West Hill too.

He was very industrious. Sometime earlier a representative of Doremus (sp) a firm on Wall Street had given a talk at MC and Kirwan asked for a job. He got it.

Kirwan shifted all his classes to the morning and worked on Wall Street in the afternoon and evening. One of his responsibilities was to get the first, i.e 9:00 p.m, edition of papers and check
the information on clients of his employer. Then Kirwan would return to MC on the El. He would pick up a sandwich at the Broadway Deli and make the up-hill walk to West Hill. Yeah,
the sandwich could have been the Jasper Special.

He was, for a time, a phantom room mate. That was because he so devoted to the harsh requirements of the business degree and working at the same time.

At one point Jim was looking for a budget sports car and the father of a buddy had an old Spitfire for sale out on Long Island. The generator didn’t work. One of the SU carburetors didn’t work
either. The muffler sort of worked..

Jim and I worked to get it back to West Hill. This involved stopping every ten miles to charge up from my old car, least it die on the road. So we had to stay pretty close-spaced in traffic.

The big bottle neck in those days was the Bruckner Traffic Circle under construction. Quite a mess. Suddenly in all the trucks I couldn’t see Kirwan or the beat up sky blue Spitfire. Looping
back several time I found him on the side of the road somewhat disturbed. The car had died a truck almost creamed him. But we got back to West Hill.

We got the generator fixed up with the help of a fellow Jasper and also got the second carburetor working. It no longer sounded like a lawn mower and had some good performance. Jim painted it yellow with Rustoleum. It was immediately christened The Yellow Yuck.

A few years later, the Yellow Yuck broke down on the West Side Highway. Kirwan had begun to walk for help when a station wagon slammed into the back. This folded the car at the scuttle
and none of all four wheels were not on the ground. Kirwan escaped death.

Toner describes that we lost touch. That was true only in the latter decades. We visited Kirwan, and he us, at his family home in Troy, in NYC, in Boston, in Syracuse, in Hempstead, and in
Ohio. He visited me in Chicago too, once with his kids. All good times.

Wm F. Gil McDermott, BE- CE ‘75.

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Comment on MFound: WRCM, MC’s radio, pops a new page


I’d like to point out that currently you can only listen online while your on campus and logged into JasperNET. It’s a system that was set in place several years ago so as to keep costs down.

Keep your eyes on our website as we progress in the coming months though, we hope to have some breakthroughs in our expansion.

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ENDNOTE: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] posts a pic; prompts a rant




Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984]

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[JR: He has a moving image on his blog. (I don't have permission to reproduce it here.) Take a peek and then read on.]

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[JR: Back? Good. If not, go and come back.]

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[JR: If your eyes are like mine the inscription was hard to read.]


[JR: Will we? Do we? I think not! They are just more victims of an illusion. Think those girls (No knock on them, they are a proxy for all the living) think like that. I liked Ron Paul's peace plan. "Bring them all home!" It time to demonstrate our understanding about "government" as the meme that kills. It's all a mass delusion. And, it cost people -- their lives, their fortunes, and their loved ones. Let's be like Switzerland. A porcupine. Bring all our boys and girls home. It's time Americans grew up. We Jaspers have to be the eloquent champions of peace. "Dona Nobis Pacem"]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"