JASPER JOTTINGS Week 09 - 2010 February 28

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



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POSITRACTION: Good deeds touch the hardened heart


Number 555, January 31, 2010
“The days of political correctness are numbered”

On Compassion and Altruism
by IL Fettucinni
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

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Today I witnessed an act of compassion, of tenderness, of caring, of such simple goodness as to make my eyes mist and tears roll down my cheeks.

I was at the Arne Hanna Pool in Bellingham trying to get in some aquatic exercise to lose weight. I was alternating swimming laps and bubbling in the hot tub. The hot tub in this pool can contain 21 people and is racetrack shaped and has a little sitting edge all around it where the bubbles give your back a good going over.

As I was getting out of the pool to go to the bathroom when I noticed a guy assisting another person into the hot tub. I went to the john and came out and got into the hot tub. There were about five or six of us. I now was close enough to notice the man who had been assisting someone into the pool.

The man who did the assisting was about 25 I would l guess, solid build, black hair, sort of semi-olive skin. He looked to be a ‘hapa-hoale’ which in Hawaii means half Caucasian/half something else. He was sitting above and holding what I have to guess was his brother. The brother was also in his mid twenties and seemed to have one of those conditions that robbed him of his ability to move and speak. His eyes rolled frequently out of sight and when they came back into focus seemed to have no knowledge of the external world.

At that moment the bubbles stopped. The brother who had been holding the other jumped out of the hot tub, walked over to the wall and pressed the start button in such a way as to bring the bubbles back on nice and strong. I asked him how he had done that and he replied that he had watched over time and found out that if you hold the button in for a few seconds it would make the bubbles higher and he smiled. His brother in the meantime simply sat in the tub, eyes vacuously rolling about. I noticed that these two men looked very much like each other. I wanted to ask the helping brother what affliction his brother had and were they in fact brothers. But I refrained.

I noticed that the diseased brother was actually quite handsome and was shaved closely. In fact both of these guys were very handsome. The helping brother had never left his charge out of his sight. Then he said to his brother, “Time to leave. Is that OK with you?” In the next moment he very gently placed his arms around his brother’s chest and lifted him effortlessly up out of the water to the ledge of the hot tub. I then noticed how his brother’s body was withered to the point where his waist looked about 12 inches around and his legs were spindly. He must have weighed less than 60 pounds.

Then the caring brother picked up his brother ever so tenderly in his arms and placed him onto a special chair that was designed to go into the water and had wheels to move it about. After checking his brother the caring brother pushed him away to the shower room.

At that moment I was overcome with the real world goodness of this man to his brother. I did not know they were brothers; for all I know the caring guy could have been a paid attendant. But given how much they looked alike my assumption that they were brothers is probably true. We are every day given to see crimes on TV, violence in the news, in movies, in newspapers that we are getting used to it.

Here in this pool I witnessed an act of such loving care and beauty that I literally could not hold my emotions in check. I put my head underwater to remove my tears.

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[JR: I'm speechless. Other to say that service is its own reward. And, we don't know whom we touch when we are doing good.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 12:37 PM

JEmail: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) takes critic to task

From: “Gerard M. Delaney”
Date: February 21, 2010 12:07:01 AM EST
To: John Reinke
Subject: Quad

Mr. Czaczkes forgets one simple, important fact: the public life of Manhattan College, including student publications, must be informed by the teachings of Holy Mother Church. If he can not accept that reality, he may want to consider transferring to Marist College, or to Marymount Manhattan, both of which are no longer recognized as “Catholic” by the Archdiocese of New York.

Gerard M. Delaney ‘75
Prepare for Glory!

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[JR: Now everyone is entitled to make mistakes. Unlike murder or the death penalty, this one can be fixed. I think I heard somewhere up on the hill in one of the theology courses, (which I cut as often as possible), "hate the sinner; love the sinner". Secular Progressives have brainwashed most folks. So mistakes are to be expected.]


JEmail: Czaczkes, Michael [MC2010] disgusted about a Quad op-ed against gay marriage

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Dear John,

   I think that this should read: “Hate the sin; Love the sinner”.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Maybe that's why I got D's in Theology. Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Of course, the quote should be "hate the sin; love the sinner". Surely, we can see past the sin to the humanity on the other side. I don't think the gooferment should be licensing "marriages" and setting tax policy on them. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 1:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Feb 23 2010 1:25 PM

JObit: Corr, James Joseph [MC1951 RIP]



JAMES JOSEPH, born April 22, 1927, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and dedicated health care aide, Niki on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

Born and raised in New York City the oldest child of Irish immigrants, Jim attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. After serving in the Military in WW II he graduated from Manhattan College as an electrical engineer. Jim began his successful career in Aerospace Engineering as a parts delivery boy for a TV repair shop in Manhattan.

His pioneering career in electronics paralleled the advancement in television and imaging technology. Jim worked at RCA-GE for over four decades. In the 1960’s he was one of the project managers on the successful Ranger Space Missions 7, 8 and 9 to the moon. These spacecraft took the first close up pictures of the lunar surface. The success of the Ranger projects led to the eventual landing of a man on the moon during the Apollo Space Missions. Jim, a man of integrity, received top secret clearance and helped design and launch the first surveillance and weather satellites, such as TIROS, for the US government. For his contributions to the space program from 1965 through 1975, he was awarded “The Pioneer in Space Award” by the U.S. Air Force.

Jim was a true patriot and enlisted in the Army-Air Force the day after his 18th birthday. In a characteristic display of his commitment, ingenuity and humor, Jimmy being “thin as a rail” ate 10 lbs. of bananas in order to secure his acceptance into the U.S. Military. As the war wound down, Jim served as a Sergeant in the U.S. occupation troops administering the prisoner of war camps in Southern France.

In his boyhood Jim found much joy and pleasure roaming the river banks of the Harlem, East and Hudson Rivers, in search of a good fishing perch. Surf fishing at Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island, NJ became one of his passions. His love of the lighthouse and the island was passed on to all of his children and grandchildren. Jim loved to be outdoors and this was evident in all of his pastimes. He was a constant gardener and grew the most delicious and juicy Jersey tomatoes and the crispest bulging spring red radishes. He planted scores of trees at each of his homes. The height that these trees have grown over the years reflects the height and depth of his values and continuous personal growth.

Yearly, he tramped through the snows of the Pine Barrens hunting for deer. The deer sometimes eluded him but he always found peace, tranquility and restoration in nature. He loved the Pine Barrens as do his children. For many years each summer he took his sons on extended camping trips though out the U.S. and Canada. Jim loved and respected the Earth. It was fitting that the day of his birth, April 22 and the birthday of his first child and daughter was designated Earth Day.

Dad played a good hand of poker and got together monthly with the guys. He also was an avid bridge player and played weekly with his wife and their friends.

Jim’s workbench was loaded with TV tubes, soldering irons, circuit boards, vises and testing gear; it was a place of technical marvel! Dad was known through-out the community as the “go to fix it man.” There was always a TV, washing machine or car under Dad’s care. Jim was a well read History buff and enjoyed sharing his wealth of historic knowledge. He was particularly proud of his Irish ancestry and the traditions of fighting and working towards independence and democracy that were dominant in his family heritage.

He was devoted to the Catholic Church and his religious beliefs. James was married to Jacqueline Perry Corr for 46 years. He was a loyal husband and dedicated provider for his family of nine children. With his dry sense of humor, fighting spirit, will and determination, Jim turned most obstacles into opportunities for applying ingenuity, learning new things and developing compassion and kindness.

Although in his last years he struggled with several physical disabilities, he managed these challenges with admirable calm and grace. We all want you to recognize and cherish your own happiness in memory of our kind-hearted and fearless father, Jim. Dad leaves two sisters, Maureen Corr and Kathleen Carr; nine children and their families. Kathleen Kavarra Corr of Springdale,

Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on February 21, 2010 Print print

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Corr, James Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ylfwgs4

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Dear John,

   I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1951.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Corr, James Joseph [MC1951 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 2:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Feb 22 2010 5:35 PM

JLinkedin: Ahmed, Adnan [MC2005] IT Eng at Seabury Group


Ahmed, Adnan [MC2005]
Senior IT Services Engineer at Seabury Group
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 3:46 PM

MObit: Dixon, Joseph Lewis [MCxfac RIP]


Joseph Lewis Dixon

Joseph Lewis Dixon passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010. He was 89 years old.

Joe’s was a life enriched with a love of music, an illustrious military career and a gift for sharing his talents as an educator. Joe Dixon was born in Londonderry, Ohio, the fourth child of Harry Jones Dixon and Blanche Heath Dixon. As a talented pianist, Joe won a full scholarship to Otterbein College, where he graduated with a degree in music education and was a member of the R.O.T.C. In 1944, he became a member of the United States Air Force.

In 1945, he married Margaret Elizabeth Pickering Dixon, who remained his wife and partner for sixty-two years. Joe’s music education continued as he briefly left the military to earn a master’s degree in piano and organ at the University of Michigan. He taught vocal and instrumental music at Ohio’s Gibsonburg High School. In 1949, Joe returned to the Air Force where his military career continued as a pilot and flight instructor. As a member of the Strategic Air Command, Joe and his growing family lived in many places throughout the United States, including Alaska. Joe also served in England, Japan, Greenland and the Azores. While stationed at Fort Slocum, New York, Joe was employed as Adjunct Professor of Air Science at Manhattan College. As a command pilot, Joe logged over 10,000 hours. He flew various aircraft to include the B-17 flying fortress and KC-97 refueler. He also flew rescue missions in Japan. In 1962, Joe retired from the Air Force at his last assignment, Rickenbacker Air Force base. He held the rank of Major.

In 1962, Joe pursued a second career with the Internal Revenue Service from which he retired in 1982. Continuing his commitment to life and service, Joe was a twenty year member of the Tri-County Kiwanis where he served as president.

Throughout his life, Joe remained passionately involved with music. He lent his resonant bass voice to numerous vocal ensembles. He performed as a pianist with dance bands. Joe was accompanist for his friend, famed violinist David Rubinoff, with whom he performed publicly. Joe continuously shared his gift, teaching piano to others.

For forty-one years, Joe served as organist for several churches, including the Rickenbacker Air Force Base Chapel, United Methodist Church in Canal Winchester, David United Church of Christ in Canal Winchester and Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Margaret, sister May Schear, and brother Thomas Dixon. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie English of Perrysburg, Ohio; four children, Professor Laurinda Dixon of Syracuse, New York, Janice Fry of Lancaster, Deborah Dixon of Cincinnati, and Kevin Dixon of Lancaster; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, February 27 at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE HOME, 650 W. Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester. Visitation 12 noon, service 1 p.m. Entombment with military honors will follow at Lithopolis Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Joe’s name can be made to the organ bell and choir fund Emanuel Lutheran Church, 231 East Mulberry St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Online condolences at www.spencefuneralhome.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on February 21, 2010

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Dixon, Joseph Lewis [MCxfac RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ykrx3cm

[JR: We must recognize that this is one of the "Jasper Makers". Faculty and Staff -- current and past -- should be remembered, and prayed for. We are mindful of the service of these good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge" that making us what we are.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 4:26 PM

JEmail: Baez, Jessica (MC1999) ided by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: February 21, 2010 12:38:36 AM EST
To: Jasperfjohn68
Subject: Baez, Jessica, 1999 laughs with an old Jasper

Dear John,

   I believe that Jessica is a member of the Class of 1999.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Baez, Jessica (MC1999)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 5:47 PM

MVideo: Pink Zone Manhattan vs Niagara


Pink Zone Manhattan vs Niagara

[JR: Note the empty seats. Argh! The Jasper women deserve better.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 7:32 PM

MFound: MC 1915 when it was in “Manhattnville”


Claremont Theater, Manhattanville, New York City 1915

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The village of Manhattnville was established in 1806 in a valley at the crossroads of Bloomingdale Road and Manhattan Street (Broadway and 125th Street).

The community was the site of churches, a grade school, and Manhattan College (1853). A ferry terminus on the Hudson River, a mill, and a brewery contributed to a thriving enclave that had about five hundred residents at mid century.

– (excerpt) Karen E. Markoe / Encyclopedia of New York City – Edited by Kenneth T. Jackson

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[JR: Here's a reference to MC when it was in "Manhattnville". Even before "Manhattan". Useful for those discussions of why is MC in the Bronx; to escape the congestion of NYC, of course. LOL!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 21 2010 8:07 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JObit: Blake, Gerald J. Sr. [MC???? RIP]


Gerald J. BLAKE Sr.

BLAKE Gerald J. Sr., 74, of Bergenfield for the past 42 years on Sunday, February 21, 2010.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Ellen (nee Flynn). Loving father of Gerald J. Blake Jr., Regina Mazur and her husband Michael, Laura Bloch and her husband Allen, and Lynn Blake-Rayot and her husband Russell. Dear brother of the late Marion Tomsky. Dear brother-in-law of Robert Flynn. Devoted grandfather of Michael, Alexa, Alana, Noah and Jordan.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid fan of the Yankees, Borgata, and Broadway. He attended Manhattan College and was an Accountant at CBS, New York City for over 30 years. He then became an independent financial advisor and tax consultant. He was in the National Guard from 1953-1957. He was a member of the Bergenfield Knights of Colombus and was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at the Boulevard Funeral Home, 51 River Road, New Milford, NJ on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9 AM, thence to St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale, where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 AM. Entombment will be at Garden of Memories, Paramus. Friends may visit on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS Association of Greater New York, 116 John Street, Suite 1304, NY, NY, ATTN: Teams Blake Bunch.

Published in The Record and Herald News on February 22, 2010

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Blake, Gerald J. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ygd9dgh

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Dear John,

   I do not have any thing on Gerald in my “stuff”.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Maybe he just attended? And, a fan of the Yankees and Borgata; must be a Jasper at heart.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 22 2010 8:10 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JObit: McShane, Brian P. [MC1963 RIP]


Brian P. McShane

Brian Paul McShane, 68 of Reston, VA passed away on February 20, 2010.

He was formerly from Woodside, NY. He attended Manhattan College and received his Masters degree from Polytechnic Institution. He was in the Air Force Reserves for six years and was an Electrical Engineer contracted with the federal government.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Natalie; mother and step-father, Helen and Rex Del Percio; sister Paula Hoera; brother-in-law Victor Marino and wife Audrey; nieces Jackie Faix, Nancy Norton; nephews Michael, Gregory, Charlie; grandniece Crystal and grand nephews Steven and Craig.

Family will receive friends on February 22, 2010 at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042 or the National Kidney Foundation , www.kidney.org .

Published in The Washington Post on February 22, 2010

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McShane, Brian P. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/yzvg5om

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Dear John,

   I believe that Brian is a member of the Class of 1963.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McShane, Brian P. [MC1963 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 22 2010 8:17 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFacebook: MC has a demonstration today; will we make the news?


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Kelly Dantuono (MC2010) February 22 at 1:51am

I encourage all members of the Thomas More Law Society to participate in the Operation Rainbow event on campus tomorrow! As those interested in the law, we have a responsibility to become educated on one of the most controversial legal issues of our generation-Gay Rights.

Get Involved! See you there!

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[JR: Sounds like an old style 60s demonstration. Seem like the current crop of Jaspers are Secular Progressives. Odd for a really "Catholic" college. And, I'd have thought "abortion" is the most controversial; not "rainbow". Not even sure it's "one of". There are a lot more important ones -- the economy, the deficit, the debt, war on "terror" aka jihad, lack of civil in society / politics, offshoring, the unfunded pensions, privacy, civil rights, welfare / warfare state, energy, rise of China as an economic power, Iran nukes, North Korea, and immigration. Doesn't even make my top ten!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 22 2010 8:37 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFound: Faviano, John [MC2008] Platform Ops Mgr at MRM Worldwide


Faviano, John [MC2008]
Platform Operations Manager at MRM Worldwide
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 22 2010 8:51 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFound: Jasper Katekosior (MC????) at Fredericksburg VA charity sing 4/25


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Save the Date!

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Anyway, for anyone who is feeling flush with cash and would like to attend our “Hooray for Hollywood!” concert on Sunday, April 25 at 6pm at Mary Washington, tickets are $85 and benefit the Stafford Regional Choral Society’s Scholarship Fund. For that amount of money, you get what sounds like a fabulous four course meal.

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Jasper Katekosior (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 22 2010 9:10 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFound: Urena, Rudy [MC1990] PM at Pfizer


Urena, Rudy [MC1990]
Project Manager / Contractor at Pfizer
IT Services Professional
Greater New York City Area


IT professional with over 19 years of diverse experience in IT project management, service delivery, support operations, vendor management, technology migration and information security. Certifications include PMP, CISSP, ITIL v3 (Foundation) and Six Sigma Green Belt.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 23 2010 8:56 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JHQ: MC NYC networking 3/25

Click Here to Register:


If link breaks:


For building security reasons, advance registration is required. Names of guests must be provided a week in advance. Upon entering the Mutual of America Building, visitors should locate the Manhattan College’s registration table where nametags will be available.

For more information contact the alumni relations office by e-mail at alumni@manhattan.edu or by phone at (718) 862-7454.

[JR: Argh! Why make it a "picture"?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 23 2010 6:09 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JEmail: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) reports there was a “Jasperman” mascot

Dear CIC,

Back in the late 1970’s ( I would say from perhaps 1978 to 1980) the Jaspers did indeed have a mascot. Phil Treccanoli (sp?) dressed at home games (and at least once at Madison Square Garden) as Jasperman (or maybe he was supposed to be Super Jasper). He had a green and white outfit similar to Superman’s with a big M on his chest, topped off by a plastic green hat usually seen only on St. Patrick’s Day. He also wore shades to make the look complete. I do not think anyone else took on the role of Jasperman after Phil’s graduation, but I could be mistaken. It was a sight.

Kevin Moore

[JR: Well, that would be a tradition to bring back. I wonder if Jerry's got a copyright on it. (I would if I were him!) Even though I don't believe in "imaginary property", some lawyers do. LOL! Thanks for a great email!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 23 2010 7:45 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFound: Kearney, Kellyn [MC2008] intern at Turpentine Creek


Cat Of The Week – Zeus

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On Dec 7, 2009 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge received an email from a man representing a facility formally open to the public. The email explained how the facility had to depart with seven big cats, a black bear, and a coatimundi to be eligible to reopen to the public by April or sooner.

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Kellyn Kearney – Manhattan College – BS Biology — Third Internship

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Kearney, Kellyn [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Kellyn is a member of the Class of 2008.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kearney, Kellyn [MC2008]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 5:48 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 6:41 PM

MFound: First Catholic college to launch a peace studies program was?


Blessed are the peacemakers
Monday, February 22, 2010
By Meghan Murphy-Gill
Heather Grennan Gary

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The first Catholic college to launch a peace studies program was Manhattan College in New York, which opened its Pacem in Terris Institute in 1965, offered its first interdisciplinary peace studies class a year later, and had an undergraduate major under way by 1971. Early in the program’s development, Pope Paul VI took notice and sent his blessing, along with a message to the Institute’s organizers encouraging the “efforts for education for peace” that were taking place.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 5:52 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JNews: Baird, Bob (MC1969) remember MC in 1968


Of memories and miracles
Bob Baird • Journal News Columnist • February 23, 2010

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But by 1968, one of my Manhattan College classmates, fellow physical education major Bill Lanigan, was representing the U.S., competing in three speedskating events at Grenoble.

Bill used to train at parks in New York City, taking the subway from Riverdale. Now and then, he’d disappear for a few days to win a U.S. championship or compete in the World Championships, where he won gold in the 500 meters in 1973. He transferred to Marquette University to train in Wisconsin before competing in Grenoble. Television showed us some successes by American women there, and four years later in Sapporo, but we didn’t get to see Bill either time.

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Baird, Bob (MC1969)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 6:00 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFound: Prentis, Robert [MC1963] Torrington CT project

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Minutes 01/29/2009
Municipal Renovations Committee
Minutes of Meeting
Thursday, 01.29.09
6:30 PM Mayor’s Office

Members Present: Ed Cook, Alan Zordan, Is Temkin, Bill Hill, Mayor Bingham, Tom Jerram, Mike Clark

Also Present: Stephen Nocera, Mayoral Aide; Lorel Purcell, and Robert Prentis of O&G; Robert Roach, and Brian Solywoda Friar Associates, Jerry Rollett, Public Works Director

1.The meeting was opened at 6:30 PM, on a motion from Mayor Bingham Seconded by Mr. Cook.

2. The Minutes of the MRC Meeting of 01.15.09 were approved on a motion from Mayor Bingham seconded by Mr. Cook .

3. Lorel Purcell introduced Robert Prentis to the MRC and indicated that she will be passing on O&G’s responsibility to Robert as the Construction Project Manager as the project evolves into its next phase with the onset of construction activity. Ms. Purcell indicated that she will be available as and if necessary, to answer questions relating to questions regarding the Pre-Construction phase of the project. The effective date of the change will be during the month of April, 2009 Mr. Prentis is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University.

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Prentis, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1963.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Prentis, Robert [MC1963]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 6:10 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 6:41 PM

JFound: Kovacic, Joseph [MC1990] Project Eng at CSC


Kovacic, Joseph [MC1990]
Project Engineer at CSC
Adjunct Instructor at Loyola University Maryland
Adjunct Instructor at University of Phoenix
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Information Technology and Services


Computer science; software development; software engineering; database and systems administration; statistics; geographic information systems (GIS); geographic information science; safety/reliability engineering; environmental contamination modeling; regulatory compliance analysis; nuclear/mechanical engineering; radiological dose/risk assessment; and radioactive waste management/transport

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 9:02 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFacebook: Butz, John J. (MC1989) and the “Rock of Jasper”

FJohn Reinke
JEmail: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) reports there was a “Jasperman” mascot
Yesterday at 9:23pm

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Butz, John J. (MC1989)

How about the infamous “Rock of Jasper?”

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FJohn Reinke

Refresh memory? Musta been after me. (You’re much younger. Thinner, handsomer, smarter. Anal, we can debate. ROFL!)

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Butz, John J. (MC1989)

before my time … legend has it that there was a giant 100lb green+white rock hidden in a couch in Jasper Hall…. while everyone slept the rock was dropped on the concrete floor of Jasper Hall creating loud vibrations … apparently the rock was passed from senior to senior for years … furthering the legend, Brother O figured out who had the rock, and made them dump it on the side of the hill where East Hill now stands …

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[JR: Can anyone add to either "legend": Jasperman and / or the "Rock of Jasper?" aka "green + white" rock? Or any other "folk tales".]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 12:23 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JFacebook: Lo, Gerry (MC1979) and Lam, King (MC1978) join me in a Zia reverie

Gerry Lo 

February 19 at 6:49pm via Mobile Web
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FJohn Reinke
huh? ok, you win the award for the longest url. no shorteners for you!
February 19 at 9:07pm ·
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Gerry Lo
hey, i went to catholic school, buddy; slide rules and punchcards. no easy stuff for me
February 19 at 9:13pm
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FJohn Reinke
don’t laff, bit I have two slide rules — a regular EE long and short — and a poket protector with pens that I used wear at MC in my nightstand next to me. :-) Ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Doc Zia really screwed with my head!
February 19 at 10:02pm ·
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Gerry Lo
those and the ‘hai karate’ drove the chicks wild
dr u traumatized me for diff eq
February 19 at 10:11pm
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FJohn Reinke
February 19 at 10:53pm
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King Lam
Dr. Zia, I remember him. Never had him as a teacher but the story about his famous statement to 2 engineering students was all over campus, “You build bridge, bridge fall down, no partial credit!”
February 20 at 12:31pm
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Gerry Lo
the late always urbane Professor Themistocles Acconci (great name, or what!) of the bookstore told me he anticipated Dr Zia’s announces arrival with great eagerness, anxious for a fellow Italian-Erican faculty member (years before Professors Mancuso and del Vecchio, evidently). Picture his disappointment when he met him
February 20 at 12:49pm
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King Lam
Was that the bookstore in front of the subway station?
February 20 at 1:32pm
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Gerry Lo
that’s the one, I think he liked a bolo tie
February 20 at 1:35pm
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FJohn Reinke
But, I never saw Doctor Z without a smile. Like the guy got paid by the head when he operated the guillotine. Argh! Still hurts even to this day!
February 20 at 4:32pm via Email Reply ·
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Gerry Lo
i think of john wayne gacy and caryl chessman as essentially happy men
February 20 at 4:39pm
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King Lam
Amazing! No matter how many times I see the film clip of the vibrating bridge it fascinates me. I wonder who was crazy enough to stand near it and do the filming.
Call me stupid Gerry but what do 2 criminals have to do with a collapsing bridge?
February 20 at 7:43pm
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FJohn Reinke
I can PERSONALLY attest to the accuracy of the “bridge fall down; no credit; no partial credit!” with a excrement eating grin during the whole episode. It was a wonder he wasn’t murdered.
I know he flunked at least ONE double EE senior — not me — who missed graduation, had to go to summer school, and lost his promised job. He was NOT a happy camper.
He was one of the most feared and hated teachers. There were others, but no one who smiled while your particular Titanic sunk. … See More
I will never forget that grin!
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King Lam
FJohn – I knew many fellow students who had Zia for calculus and there was much lamenting among them. I heard Zia had it out for engineers. The reason I heard for Zia’s dislike of engineers was that they were only interested in making money or getting a job and not truly learning the subject of math. Glad I didn’t get him as a teacher. I had DiLillo for calculus and Stolze for dff eq, both excellent teachers.
February 20 at 8:15pm
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Gerry Lo
i was referencing the good doctor’s happy smile, king
February 20 at 8:44pm
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FJohn Reinke

New meaning of “wrong sign, bridge fall down”!
building collapse
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Lo, Gerry (MC1979)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 12:36 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

QUADRANGLE: Point Counterpoint: Proposition 8


Point Counterpoint: Proposition 8
Point: Why I Hate Prop. 8
By Mary Kate Boylan
Assistant News Editor

Prop 8 is the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages in California. The state granted same-sex marriage licenses starting June 16, 2008, because of an equal protection agreement, but made marriage exclusive to opposite sex couples on Nov. 5, 2008, when 52 percent of voters chose to ban same-sex marriage. The trial is on hiatus as the first stage of the federal trial has ended, but closing arguments are not expected to be heard until March. Appeals are expected to be made until the case is taken to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it should be.

People will never be equal until the same rights are given to all. As of right now, heterosexuals have rights that homosexuals do not, solely due to sexual preference. We are all humans, and because of this, we all inherently deserve the same rights.

Supporters of Prop 8 cite the Bible as their source for why marriage belongs only between a man and a woman. Fortunately, however, our country has a separation of church and state, so we cannot abide by a book in which some rightfully do not believe.

Marriage is not solely meant for procreation. There are plenty of married couples without kids, and many with no desire for kids. Should their marriage licenses be revoked? Are we so animalistic that we see marriage only for breeding?

One of Webster’s definitions of marriage says that it is “an intimate or close union.” A four percent difference in voters cannot determine who is intimate with whom.

A big argument for Prop 8 is that same-sex marriage is bad for children, first, because a child should have a mother and a father, and second, because parents do not want their children taught about the gay and lesbian lifestyle in the classroom. During the trial, Prop 8 supporter William Tam said that children would choose to be gay if they knew that it was an option. “Since it’s in the air, then they think, why not?” Tam said in his deposition.

Research was presented during the trial that showed a child would not be harmed in any way by being raised by a homosexual couple. Homosexual couples fighting for the right to adopt and care for children will be much better parents than the moms on MTV’s “Teen Mom”, one can almost guarantee it after viewing even a single episode of that fiasco.

Also, pretending that a heterosexual lifestyle is the only type that exists is lying. Then again, the Prop 8 backers who say marriage is for procreation are lying to their kids when they tell their children to marry someone for love.

A question that Judge Walker, the trial’s presiding justice, has raised multiple times is why the issue of marriage is even voted on. How can it be up to you or me to decide who can be in love? I refuse to judge that.

The issue of same-sex marriage is one that defies understanding and comprehension because one cannot understand how in the year 2010, we can consider it acceptable to deprive people of rights.

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Counterpoint: Prop. 8 Is Prudent, Necessary and Good
By Greg Giordano
Staff Writer

The argument constantly heard for gay marriage is that homosexuals are being denied the right to marry, when in fact the right to marry is very much offered to them. A homosexual has the right to marry, but just like a heterosexual, their mate must be of the opposite sex. In its essence, the debate over granting same sex couples the right to marry in California is the debate over the word ‘marriage’.

Marriage means that you are joined in a relationship with someone of the opposite sex and have the full intention of appropriating with that person. Countless psychologists, such as Dr. Trayce Hansen, a member of the American Psychological Association, agree that the best possible parental makeup for a child is a two parent, opposite sex, institution.

“This is vital, so that a child can have love from a mother and also love from a father; both kinds of love are equally important but qualitatively different,” Hansen said.

The facts, if not evident by one’s own perception, are acknowledged by author and researcher David Popenoe. In his book Life without Father, Popenoe proposes that the aspect of a father in a strong marriage provides a model for girls in what to look for in a man and gives them the confidence to resist the sexual pleas of their boyfriends. Popenoe also points out that fathers excel in reducing antisocial behavior and criminal behavior in boys.

When it comes to mothers, researcher Eleanor MacCoby, has pointed out in her book The Two Sexes some obvious findings and some not so obvious ones. She writes how a mother, for a girl, is imperative during the years of puberty. To any females reading this, ask yourself if when you got your period you went first, or at all, to your father, versus your mother. It is just as simple as that. A female needs another female to go to during those years of uncertainty just like a male needs another male to go to. The bond of parent and child is something that is much stronger than that of aunt, uncle or any other relative.

Once America changes marital law for one group, it will be forced to allow plural marriages and other types of situations under the banner of “equal justice for all.” As an American, I agree with the majority of California voters, that same sex marriage should be illegal. As Catholics, we believe that someone of a nature such as this should be looked upon not in a loathing way, but a loving way.

Dr. Gregory Herek, a University of California, Davis researcher recently took the stand in the groundbreaking Perry v. Schwarzenegger case in California, which challenges the validity of Prop 8. In his testimony, Herek admitted that the evidence that homosexuality is genetically wired is “weak… we don’t understand or know the origin of sexual orientation in men or women.” He continued by saying, “No one knows what causes homosexuality.” A statement like that assures one in their belief that homosexuality is not an element of a human that is equal to their race, gender, age or nationality, but rather a mental or physical defect.

When you argue that the hindrance of same sex marriages is an intrusion on basic civil rights, you are then opening the door to the debate on a wide range of topics. Should we be allowed to marry as many people as we want? Should we be allowed to marry underage individuals who consent to marriage? Should we be allowed to marry a member of our family? Where does it end? Where does it stop?

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 24 2010 8:35 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 25 2010 11:56 AM

JObit: Condon, James J. [MC1959 RIP]


James J. Condon

Mystic – James J. Condon, 72, died peacefully on Feb. 21, 2010, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

He was born in New York City on Dec. 10, 1937, the son of Joseph Condon and Rose (Nertney) Condon.

James graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and Manhattan College in 1959, with a bachelor degree in electrical engineering.

He was employed by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics for thirty-six years, in Deep Submergence Engineering, notably involved in development of the Nuclear Powered Research Vessel NR-1.

James was a proud to be a founding member of the Mystic Highlands Pipe band. He played bagpipes and drums.

He is survived by his nieces, Nancy O’Connor, Kathleen Barnes, and Sheila Lyons.

His sister, Rose Ellen Barnes, died in 1994.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl Street, Historic downtown Mystic. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010, at St. Patrick Church with interment following at Elm Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Niemann-Pick disease Foundation, (www.nnpdf.org).

For information, directions, or to share a note of remembrance/condolence, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.

Published in The Day on February 25, 2010

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Condon, James J. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ya5hgj9

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    * Posted on: Thu, Feb 25 2010 9:02 AM

JFound: Genovese, Matthew S. (MC1993) at Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty


Genovese, Matthew S. (MC1993)
REALTOR ASSOCIATE at Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty

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    * Posted on: Thu, Feb 25 2010 9:13 AM

JNews: Gaglioti, Sandy Gordon [MC1988] exFDU WBBall coach at Ramapo


Halejian-led Ramapo team is surging once again
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Last updated: Thursday February 25, 2010, 1:21 AM
Franklin Lakes – Oakland Suburban News

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The point totals suggest one girl lifted Ramapo to a victory in the Bergen County tournament’s quarterfinals and into last Sunday’s semifinals against Pascack Valley.

A 30-point effort by junior guard Sarah Halejian, which included 18-for-18 marksmanship from the foul line, encourages that type of assumption.

Yet, regardless of what the box score from the 48-38 win over Paramus Catholic on Feb. 14 suggests, coach Sandy Gordon tells of a complete team victory authored by seven girls handling all their personal and varied assignments impeccably.

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There was something magical about the way Gordon played as a teenager for Ramapo. She was All-Bergen County in all three of her sports — soccer, basketball and softball — and she went on to play basketball at Manhattan College. She is in her third year as head coach at her alma mater and last year directed her Raiders to the County championship, the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League title, and a surge into the Group 3, Section 1 state-championship game, where they finally lost to Teaneck.

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If there is such a thing as a smooth adjustment, it is the way Gordon returned to high school. She was an assistant coach at several colleges before serving as head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University for eight years.

“I was ready for a change after 20 years,” she said. “The biggest difference is not having to be on the road [recruiting and traveling long distances for college games]. Coaching the girls is great. They’re like sponges, learning all they can and always playing hard. It’s been a lot of fun.”

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[JR: "Alma Mater" doesn't refer to MC. That confused me for a few minutes. Thought I missed something.]

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletics
Head Coach

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Sandy Gordon Gaglioti enters her third season poised to lead the Knights to another successful campaign. In her first year at the helm Gordon Gaglioti led the Knights to their best record since the 1996-97 season and won 10 conference games for the first time since 1992-93. Despite a slow start the team won nine of their last 13 games of the season including the program’s 300th all-time win (67-64 against UMBC on January 8, 2000).

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Gordon Gaglioti was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Ramapo High School, earning All-State honors in soccer and basketball and All-County honors in soccer, basketball and softball. She received a Division I scholarship to play basketball at Manhattan College. During her junior season she led the Lady Jaspers to the 1987 NCAA Tournament, which ended in a 70-55 loss to Duke. As a senior, Gordon Gaglioti was honored as a First Team All-MAAC performer and was the Manhattan College team MVP.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Feb 25 2010 9:27 AM

JUpdate: Gregorek, Erin Elizabeth (MC2008) Fifth Grade Teacher

Erin Elizabeth Gregorek
Fifth Grade Teacher
New York City Department of Ed. PS 24
New WIndsor, NY 12553

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Dear John,

   I believe that Erin is a member of the Class of 2008.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gregorek, Erin Elizabeth (MC2008)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Feb 25 2010 5:53 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Feb 26 2010 2:45 PM

JFound: Loor, Thalia [MC2006] Environmental Eng at The Louis Berger Group


Loor, Thalia [MC2006]
Environmental Engineer at The Louis Berger Group
Greater New York City Area
Environmental Services

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    * Posted on: Fri, Feb 26 2010 9:19 AM

MFound: The 1910 MC bball team lost its amatuer standing!?!


This Day in 1910 in The Record: Feb. 26, 1910
Published: Friday, February 26, 2010
By Kevin Gilbert

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Saturday, Feb. 26, 1910. The Manhattan College basketball team has been stripped of its amateur standing by the Amateur Athletic Union as a punishment for playing the RPI team in Troy today, The Record reports.

The ruling by the governing body of amateur sports implies that RPI itself is not an amateur team. If not, that’s most likely because members of the Troy team have played basketball or some other sport on a professional basis.

While tonight’s game may mean nothing to the AAU, it means a lot to the 400 fans who turn up at the RPI gym to see it.

“The appearance of the Manhattan team is always a matter of local interest because of the number of alumni of Manhattan in this city,” our sportswriter explains, “and then, too, to add local color, there are two Troy boys, Nugent and Conway, playing on the Manhattan five.”

Nugent, Manhattan’s center, faces a Troy High classmate, RPI’s Steinmetz, at midcourt. “Nugent is conceded to be the bulwark of the Manhattan five,” our writer notes, “and it was up to Steinmetz, who had a slight disadvantage in weight, to play his former teammate to the best of his ability.

“The struggle between these two men was keen throughout the game and in cases where the two men were struggling for possession of the ball the only relief was the referee’s whistle for a toss-up.”

The game as a whole proves a close contest, but at first it looks as if it’ll be an RPI blowout.

“The locals had such a substantial lead at the end of the first half that there was no doubt as to the ultimate result of the game,” our correspondent recounts, “Shortly after the opening of play in the second half the result of the game about which there had previously been no doubt loomed up with a big question mark following it.”

Leading 23-8 at halftime, RPI sees its lead dwindle under a steady Manhattan assault. “The visitors reversed the tables and payed around the institute men, who before they were able to recover themselves found that they had only a lead of one basket on the visitors. Here the contest began in earnest, and up to the time that the referee’s whistle sounded both of the teams were playing with all main and might.”

RPI finally pulls away for a hard-fought 32-24 victory

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[JR: ROFL! Yeah, I know get a life!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Feb 26 2010 10:01 AM

JUpdate: McGrath, Amy (MC2004) at MSG

McGrath, Amy (MC2004)
Madison Square Garden

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    * Posted on: Fri, Feb 26 2010 1:06 PM

JEmail: Fagan, Gene (MC1950) is having his ATT email changed;
any other ATT email users out there?

AT&T has made some major changes to its internet system. They included removing the term “worldnet” from the Email address that some of you use to contact me. They will not transmit emails that contain that term after 3/15.

If you currently use {Privacy Invoked}@worldnet.att.net as my Email address, please change it to {Privacy Invoked}@att.net .

If you now use {Privacy Invoked}@att.net, there is no change.

If you restrict Email access to your computer, please accept mail from {Privacy Invoked}@att.net.

Gene Fagan

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[JR: May I suggest that you might want to avoid giving out your ISP's email address? Your ISP’s email is a trap to lock you in to their service. It can leave you high and dry at the most inopportune times. They can: (1) be acquired; (2) sell out; (3) change their brand; (4) go out of business; (5) do something dumb; OR (6) have a meltdown of some type. And, you can be out of luck. No email temporarily or permanently. Then you're forced to change. Good luck finding everyone who HAS your email address. They may have been given it by someone you know. But you don't know them. You should NEVER permit them to own almost the mort important thing you “own” — your email address. It’s a key to your digital identity.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Feb 26 2010 7:11 PM

JFound: Ivezaj, Natalie [MC2005] Package Eng at Limited


Ivezaj, Natalie [MC2005]
Package Engineer at Limited Brands – Victoria’s Secret Beauty
Greater New York City Area
Packaging and Containers

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    * Posted on: Sat, Feb 27 2010 9:26 AM

JObit: Costanzo, Richard L. [MC1952 RIP]


Richard L. Costanzo

   * BORN: June 16, 1930
   * DIED: February 22, 2010
   * LOCATION: Waterbury, CT

Mr. Costanzo was born on June 16, 1930 and passed away on Monday, February 22, 2010.

Mr. Costanzo was last known to be living in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Richard was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, NY, and received his BS Degree from Manhattan College and his MA Degree from Columbia University.

A funeral will be held on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 8:30am from Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, CT to St. Michael’s Church for a mass at 11:00am. Burial will follow at All Saint’s Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 8:30-10:30am.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to: Cardinal Hayes High School, 650 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451-5298.

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Costanzo, Richard L. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/87926129

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Dear John,

   I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1952.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Costanzo, Richard L. [MC1952 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Feb 27 2010 9:58 AM
    * Updated: Sat, Feb 27 2010 2:33 PM

JObit: Holahan, Joseph Myles Jr. [MC1939 RIP]


Joseph Myles Holahan, Jr.

   * BORN: May 19, 1917
   * DIED: February 24, 2010
   * LOCATION: Anderson, SC

Joseph was born on May 19, 1917 and passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

Joseph was last known to be living in Anderson, South Carolina.

He was a 1939 graduate of Manhattan College.

He served in the United States Army National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 5, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church celebrated by Father Aubrey McNeil, OFM. Interment will follow in New Silver Brook Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home on Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. A Prayer Service will follow at 7:30 pm conducted by Father Hayden J. Vaverek.

The family suggests that memorials be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church and School, 1200 Cornelia Road, Anderson, South Carolina 29621 or to Meals on Wheels, Post Office Box 285, Anderson, South Carolina 29622.

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Holahan, Joseph Myles Jr. [MC1939 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/87926379

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    * Posted on: Sat, Feb 27 2010 10:03 AM

JFound: Kain, Rev Msgr Peter V. [MC????] honored by NYS


J4058 Text

.SO DOC S R4058 RESO TEXT 2009

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring The Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Kain upon the occasion of his induction into the Bishop Kearney High School Hall of Fame on March 5, 2010

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and commend individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of endeavor, in their community, or through a lifetime of good citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with its long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend The Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Kain upon the occasion of his induction into the Bishop Kearney High School Hall of Fame at the school’s Hall of Fame Dinner Dance, to be held at Sirico’s Caterers in Brooklyn on Friday, March 5, 2010; and

WHEREAS, Bishop Kearney High School, Brooklyn, New York, has a proud tradition of a strong educational program, founded in faith and encouraging personal and educational development, coupled with commitment to faith and to engaged citizenship; and

WHEREAS, The Bishop Kearney High School Hall of Fame honors outstanding members of the Bishop Kearney family and community who exemplify and support Kearney’s mission to educate young women and whose lives and accomplishments exemplify the tenets of the school; and

WHEREAS, The Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Kain, Pastor of St. Ephrem Parish, truly merits such recognition; and

WHEREAS, The first born child of Catherine and Peter Kain, Monsignor Kain was born in Astoria, New York; in 1941, his family moved to Flushing where he and his two sisters attended St. Andrew Avellino Elementary School; and

WHEREAS, During his high school years, Monsignor Kain’s thoughts about priesthood became more and more focused and he was greatly encouraged in his spirituality by his family and by the priests from his home parish of St. Andrews; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from Power Memorial Academy, he entered Cathedral College Seminary in Brooklyn; his seminary training took place at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York and, on May 29, 1965, Peter V. Kain was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Bryan McEntegart at St. James Cathedral Basilica, then known as the St. James Pro Cathedral; and

WHEREAS, During his time at the seminary, Monsignor Kain earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Bachelor of Sacred (S.T.B.) degree; later on in life, he also earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Manhattan College and a Master of Sacred Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling from the New York Theological Seminary; and

WHEREAS, Monsignor Kain’s more than 44 years of priesthood have been characterized by a variety of ministries; his first assignment was as Chaplain at the Bishop McDonnell Camp in Commack; thereafter, from 1965-1969, he was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Parish in St. Albans; following this assignment, for the next 16 years, he was a Campus Minister at Kingsborough Community College and Queensborough Community College; and

WHEREAS, Then, in December 1984, Bishop Mugavero appointed Monsignor Kain Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Queens Village, where he had been a weekend and summer assistant during his time as a Campus Minister; in 1989, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor; in 1997, he was appointed by Bishop Daily as Pastor of St. Ephrem Parish, where he continues to ably serve today; and

WHEREAS, Monsignor Kain has served as well in many ancillary ministries in the diocese; he has given retreats to religious men, women and college students; he directed a draft counseling service during the early 1970s, was Vice President of the former Priest’s Senate, and also served as Chair of the Personnel Committee; and

WHEREAS, In 2003, Bishop DiMarzio appointed him Executive Secretary of the Presbyteral Council; from 2002 to 2004, he served as facilitator of the Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights Cluster; for nine years, he served on the Board of Trustees at Xaverian High School and he is a member of the Board at Fontbonne Hall Academy; and

WHEREAS, In March 2007, Pope Benedict XVI elevated Monsignor Kain to a “Prelate of Honor to His Holiness”; in November 2009 he was appointed to the Board of Consulters of the diocese and he has assisted Bishop Kearney and Fontbonne Hall many times during Advent and Lent with the Sacrament of Reconciliation; and

WHEREAS, Monsignor Kain’s induction into the Bishop Kearney High School Hall of Fame is a well-deserved and fitting recognition of his achievements and contributions; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to honor The Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Kain upon the occasion of his induction into the Bishop Kearney High School Hall of Fame on March 5, 2010; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Reverend Monsignor Peter V. Kain.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Feb 27 2010 10:53 AM

Comment on ENDNOTE: Girl buried alive in honour killing 

By Carolyn Predmore (MCfac)

In a country which has been trying to enter the EU, separate church and state – and in view of all that is honorable and humane this is an atrocity.

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Comment on JFacebook: MC has a demonstration today; will we make the news? 


This demonstration was spurred by an article recently printed in the Manhattan College newspaper in which homosexuals were referred to as child molesters, adulterers, abusers, mentally and physically defective, and as unfit parents. Members of the Manhattan College community wanted to come together to show support and to show LGBT students that they are welcome on our campus and should feel safe going to school at Manhattan College.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 23 2010 1:27 AM

ENDNOTE: VH1 is a tool of the Secular Progressives


VH1 on Virginity: Cynicism and Censorship
By: L. Brent Bozell
January 23, 2010 12:48 ET

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Why wouldn’t VH1 match the cynicism of Valenti with an author who has sincerely championed chastity? Take Dawn Eden, the author of “The Thrill of the Chaste.” She would make a wonderful spokeswoman for – and defender of – chastity.

Here’s the surprise: they did interview Eden last fall in New York. Here’s the end of the surprise: they left her on the cutting room floor. She was informed with the usual cliches from producers that “the big guys above us” took the show “in a different direction,” as they say. Translation: You were too good.

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[JR: Can’t even find a vestige of the ownership on the VH1 site. Unfortunately, in the “culture wars”, the youth have been subverted by propaganda. Unfortunately, “we” have allowed it to happen. The cable companies most profitable earners is soft and hard porn. Even Disney has succumbed to the easy money. Time to put “our” collective foot down.]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"