JASPER JOTTINGS Week 50 - 2010 Dec 12 

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




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Dec 5, 2010 (6 days ago)

POSITRACTION: Your next lifeguard at the beach — Emily; Not Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson but ...


Hydronalix EMILY
The fastest lifeguard

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Ocean riptides drown an estimated 100 people every year in the U.S. They can sweep a swimmer out to sea at up to eight feet per second, outpacing even the strongest lifeguard. EMILY, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, is a four-foot-long remote-controlled rescue buoy that can zip across choppy waves at up to 26 mph, reaching a drowning victim 10 times as fast as any swimmer.

Propulsion comes from an electric motor and a Jet Ski–type impellor that pulls water in and ejects it out the back, generating enough thrust to safely tow a struggling swimmer back to shore. Lifeguards remotely steer the craft to its target and use an onboard camera and speaker to communicate with victims. Manufacturer Hydronalix has successfully tested EMILY at more than 20 beaches nationwide and next year plans to introduce a version that can navigate on its own using sonar. $3,500.

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[JR: Amazing what humans can come up with when we're free to innovate. Hard to believe that any beach would be without one. More inspiring that any Hollywood babe.]

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Dec 5, 2010 

JBLOGGER: Williams, Harry Roger III [MC????] cites Brother Justin Brennan


Harry The Librarian
Harry Roger Williams, III   Librarian, Rotarian, music lover, philosopher, narrator, public speaker, creator of the “Famous Library as Barn Raising” Speech.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Manhattan College News – Brother Justin’s Legacy

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My father urged me to attend Manhattan College in the sixties partly because he was so impressed with the insightful and effective arbitration and guidance he witnessed (as Business agent for a “rogue” Teamsters local that resisted the influence of organized crime) from Brother Justin, who was on Manhattan’s faculty. It looks like history has endorsed Dad’s opinion of that great man.

Manhattan Monthly – December 2010 | News Article reports:
Manhattan College Offering New Labor Studies Major

Starting in January 2011, Manhattan College will be offering a new undergraduate labor studies major and minor in the school of arts. The labor studies program will teach critical intellectual skills enabling students to analyze social policy questions and prepare for graduate studies and/or careers in government, labor law, union organization, human resources, teaching and much more.

“I am honored to serve as the first director of the B.A. in labor studies at Manhattan College and that the new program will pay tribute to Brother Justin Brennan, F.S.C., who was the first pioneer of labor education at the College,” said Joseph J. Fahey, Ph.D., professor of religious studies. “As part of our Lasallian tradition, we are committed to social justice for all and this will be further exemplified through the future work of Manhattan’s labor studies graduates.”

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Williams, Harry Roger III [MC????]

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Dec 5, 2010 

JFOUND: Jesse and Julia who?


Posted December 3, 2010
Meet Jesse & Julia | Bronx, NY Engagement Photographer

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Another one of my fabulous 2011 couples has made their way to the blog! Yay!

I met up with Jesse & Julia on their home field (literally) in the Bronx! Yup, Yankee territory!!! Double Yay! Okay, so we didn’t hit up Yankee Stadium, but they did give me the tour of their turf including Manhattan College (where they met), followed by a killer post shoot diner breakfast NY style!

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[JR: Cute story. Nice pictures. Your job, my fellow alums, is to identify who they are. The prize is a free subscription to JJ for next year. Hey, whatta ya want? It's a low budget operation.]

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Dec 5, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Schultz, Justin [MC2007] Territory sales associate for Coca-Cola NA


Schultz, Justin [MC2007]
Territory sales associate
for Coca-Cola North America
Greater Los Angeles Area
Food & Beverages
Specialties: Union negotiation

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Dec 5, 2010 

JOBIT: Biggins, William Patrick [MC1957 RIP]



William Patrick Biggins, Sr., a loved and admired man, died on Monday, November 29, 2010.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 7th, 10:00 a.m., at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206, with burial following in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., prior to the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 3846 West 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208, or to Cure of Ars Catholic Church.

Bill was born in New York on March 18, 1935. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, Manhattan College in New York, and a graduate student at New York University. He had careers with IBM, General Foods, and Howard Johnsons in a financial capacity. In 1969, he realized a dream of his to start his own business. Along with a business associate, he opened a food brokerage. They later started a new company, Aspen Products together, until the death of his partner in 1994. The company is still owned and operated by the family.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary; and two brothers, Thomas and John. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Marie; sons, William, Jr. (Terry), Thomas (Paula); daughters: Jeanne (John), Patricia (Stan), and Susan (Don); ten grandchildren: Sean, Matthew. and Nicole Biggins, Luke, Anna, Mark, and Eric Biggins, Sam, Will, and Ben Bourdow. Also surviving are three sisters: Mary Ellen Desmond (Patrick), Josephine Sheridan (Peter), Kathleen now Sister Maria Goretti; and many nieces and nephews, who along with his children, spent many happy hours at the shore and skiing together (UB and the Gang).

Appreciation and thanks to the caring staff at Garden Terrace. Goodbye Bill, a great husband, son, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, gentleman, and friend.

“But since it falls unto my lot that I should go and you should not, I’ll gently rise and softly call, good night and joy be with you all.”

Condolences may be left on line at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com. McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145, 816-942-6180athe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582

Published in Kansas City Star on December 5, 201


Biggins, William Patrick [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/kansascity/guestbook.aspx?n=william-biggins&pid=146915862&cid=full


Dear John,

   Bill is a member of the Class of 1957. He was a Woodlawn “guy” and a member of a great St. Barnabas family. His late brother John was also a Jasper, and a lawyer with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. His niece (John’s daughter) is Kathleen Biggins the host of the long running Saturday Morning Irish Music show on WFUV.

   May He Rest In Peace,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Biggins, William Patrick [MC1957 RIP]

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Dec 5, 2010 

JOBIT: McEnery, Paul James [MC???? RIP]


Paul James McEnery

Paul James McEnery, 77, of Waynesboro, passed on to life everlasting Thursday, December 2, 2010.

He was born August 6, 1933, a son of the late Christopher and Rose (Castelli) McEnery.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Manhattan College as a civil engineer. After serving in the Army, Paul worked in the construction of roads, bridges, and other heavy construction. He was a past member of the Professional Engineers of New Jersey, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Johns Catholic Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 years, Linda M. McEnery. Paul met Linda, who was from southern California, while in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was involved in the construction of a bridge. They have lived here in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the last 15 years.

Also surviving are his son, Paul Richard McEnery and wife, Rosa, of Congers, New York; daughters, Theresa Moccio of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, Dr. Kimberly Dwyer and her husband, Lynn Reed, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Kelly Brown and her husband, Peter, of Newton, Massachusetts, and Katelyn Thorne and her husband, Charles, of Ruxton, Maryland; a brother, Robert McEnery and his wife, Joan, of Sloatsburg, New York; 11 grandchildren, Paul Francis McEnery, Brittany Rose Moccio, Christopher McEnery, John Moccio, Michael McEnery, Marisa McEnery, Cale Thorne, Finn Thorne, Timothy Brown, Tait Thorne, and William Brown; mother-in-law, Evelyn Rutter; sister-in-law, Judy Mattson; cousins, Stephen Castelli, Janet Castelli, and James McEnery; an aunt, Rita Castelli; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said 11 a.m. Thursday, December 9, 2010, at St. John’s Catholic Church by Father Rolo Castillo.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at McDow Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939.

McDow Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com.

Published in The News Virginian from December 4 to December 5, 2010


McEnery, Paul James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newsvirginian/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-mcenery&pid=146908280&cid=full


Dec 5, 2010 

MFOUND: “… couldn’t get into Fordham …”


Manhattan College Reviews – I know how!

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To me Manhattan College was the place kids went to if they couldn’t get into Fordham, Columbia, NYU, or good state schools. Classes are small and the and the student to teacher ratio is outstanding for a college. the kids are snooty and unfriendly.

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[JR: Feels like a "scraper site" that exists to fool Google. Too bad there's no way to counteract it. Argh! I thought the line was funny. I had those schools and others, but picked MC. Guess I was crazy, but "you dance with the one that brought ya".]

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Dec 6, 2010 

JBLOGGER: Jasper “Mariana Erika” [MC????]


Sunday, December 5, 2010
30 Day Blog Challenge… let’s begin :)

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I saw this on Rowena’s blog Everyday Wena, and thought it looked like fun :) So I copied it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up…
Day 01: A Recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

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So…. a picture. I didn’t realize this would be such a problem, until I tried finding a picture of myself. I found this one from May, 2010. I think I look the same.

Fifteen things about myself, I’ll try to make them interesting ;)
1. I just had my 36th birthday.
2. I have 1 daughter, and that’s all I’m having. But I have been blessed with 2 nieces and 2 nephews to date. I love them all :)
4. I am named after my father, Mariano. My mom was going to name me Erika Mariana. My father went to fill the paper work and switched it. I became Mariana Erika.
7. I graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I don’t remember anything I learned.
8. My first “real” job was with IBM. I would travel 48 weeks a year for 4 years. Now I hate getting on a plane.
9. My dream is to travel to New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Greece. I would love to take my kids, but I hate flying now… quite the dilemma for me.
10. I have arthritis and have had 1 hip replacement. I used to have 1 leg longer than the other. When I had the hip replacement, they made my legs even and I had to re-learn to walk on my new even legs.
12. I am still friends with my 6th grade Spanish teacher. She is like my second mom.

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   * Gender: Female
   * Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
   * Location: New Jersey : United States
About Me
Just a lucky person born with hip dysplasia that became arthritis. The opinions expressed here are mine… take it or leave it.

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Jasper “Mariana Erika” [MC????]

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Dec 6, 2010 

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) cites “skyrocketing illegitimate birth rates”


I agree with Mr. Stebbins that government has a role in fighting discrimination. Passing a law that says “thou shalt not discriminate,” and then enforce it should be sufficient. But rolling out a series of government entitlements is what destroyed the black nuclear family. The most accurate predictor of a life of crime is not race, it is not poverty, it is growing up fatherless. Johnson’s great society made sure that millions of young black men would grow up fatherless. The statistics bear this out with skyrocketing illegitimate birth rates. 

Your responses to Mr. Stebbins were dead on.


[JR: <1> I'm not even sure we need Gooferment to "fight discrimination". Remember that it was local Gooferment that required the private bus companies to segregate the buses in Alabama. The "greedy" bus owners saw no diff between black and white money. No, imho, government's ONLY role is to protect people from force or fraud. They can publicize "discrimination" and let the people ostracize the villains. <2> LBJ's "Great Society" sowed the seeds for disaster. Gulf of Tonkin, Medicare, warfare / welfare state -- all insure his place near the top of the worst president's list. Lincoln has #1 locked up for all time imho. <3> It's sad that "We, The Sheeple" are so clueless. And, I blame Gooferment "Eddykaytion" for that. Want to liberate the minority poor? Two things: (a) eliminate the minimum wage; (b) separate the Gooferment from Education. <4> Now watch all the liberals, teachers, and "social justice" types be upset. Did I miss any "sacred cows"? Yeah, I'm heartless! Did I mention the Gooferment should have no role in "Charity"?]

O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)

[JR: Everyone's comment is respectfully solicited. It's hard to have a weekly ezine without readers. It's hard to have readers without content. Your contribution is needed.]

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Dec 6, 2010 

JFOUND: Herzog, Rachel [MC2005] Tech Training Spec at Human Genome Sciences



Back from a carol service at Manhattan College! Tummy full of eggnog and Christmas cheer! Time to finish my candles & clean up the kitchen!

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[JR: Google to see if she's a Jasper]


Herzog, Rachel [MC2005]
Technical Training Specialist at Human Genome Sciences
Washington D.C. Metro Area

[JR: At least, I think so? Could use some confirmation of my detective work.]

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Dec 6, 2010 

MFOUND: Father George Hill, chaplain at Manhattan College, …


Catholics Await Gender-Neutral Liturgy
By Mary Kate Boylan WeNews correspondent
Monday, December 6, 2010

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BRONX, N.Y. (WOMENSENEWS)–Father George Hill, a Catholic priest, says that when he looks out on women in his congregation, he finds it insulting to tell them to pray for the “peace and unity of mankind.”

Hill is the chaplain at Manhattan College, a Catholic school in the Bronx, N.Y. He has been using gender neutral language in his liturgies for years–using “humans” and “our parent” in place of “men” and “our father.”

He does this translation himself, changing the words as he goes along.

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[JR: Perhaps he, and all of us, should be focused on the "peace and unity" part and not the "mankind" part. Talk about the gnat on the elephant's ... ... <synonym for donkey>! That's one sixties Civil Engineering Christian Brother's way of telling us we missed the point.]

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Dec 6, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Lizzi, Joe [MC1988] Independent Music Professional


Lizzi, Joe [MC1988]
Independent Music Professional
Greater New York City Area

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Dec 6, 2010

ADMINISTRIVIA: Dropped off machine argh!

Took almost an hour for them to decide that it was their problem.
<1> No sound
<2> No sync to mobileme
<3> ITunes wacks out on sync with my nano

Five to seven days, but I’m told the “depot” isn’t heavily loaded.

What it means is I’m operating in a degraded recovery mode.

Your patience will be appreciated.


Up on an alternate platform. Catching up on news and email. Interesting, haven’t fund any oversights, but the tools are different. I need my shorthand expander. That’s missed.


Dec 6, 2010 

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) thinks we need Gooferment

Hello John,

I suggest that you take some time, relax, and read your posts when you are calm.

You claim to be a little “l” libertarian. Your posts treat the world as if it is black and white; dividing it into libertarian and Big Gooferment. This black and white dichotomy leaves no difference between big “L” and little “l” libertarian. Your position against abortion is your only non-big “L” libertarian position.

Big “L” libertarianism leads to anarchy which leads to tyranny. Big gooferment leads to Socialism. Little “l” libertarianism is better, but Socialism beats Tyranny, because it can be democratically reversed, so Big goferement beats Big “L”libertarianism. Please look at your positions. Your posts show a total rejection of all government, which is not compatible with little “l” liberianism.

Just my opinion, which may be right or wrong.

Mark A. Mangone

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: Well, I think I'm always calm. :-)  If you look at the modified Nolan Chart, I always score in the Libertarian zone. I think I am a fiscal conservative and socially liberal type. I define the Big L Libertarians as those (imho misguided) Libertarians, who run a political party, thinking that they can recapture the Liberty we had just after the American Revolution under the Articles or before Washington suppressed Shays Rebellion. You can't win back liberty through the political process. True that anarchy is the eventual aim of little L libertarianism. Not chaos. Just self-discipline. Self-organized. Peaceful human society. It is black and white. Lysander Spooner was correct.]

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Dec 7, 2010 

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1959) cites too much money


Searching the web I found an Associated Press copyrighted item on MyFox9.com which reports that “the nation’s most expensive House race” was waged by Michelle Bachman in the Minnesota Fifth Congressional District.  Bachman’s district is in a conservative area near Minneapolis where she was “a Tea Party favorite” and $8,800,000 was spent on her reelection.  Compare this to the $619,000,000 that the blog you quoted reported as being spent in the Joe Connelly House race in Indiana.  Can you supply an objective reference (not a blog) where I can read about the $619 million allegedly spent in Connelly’s Indiana district?  Thanks.

Bill O’Connell ’59

[JR: <1> I think the amount of money spent on ALL races is obscene. I'd make a diktat that politicians could only take money from real people they were going to represent. Maybe we could even do away with elections entirely by having politicians "buying" their seat with contributions raised from those real people. Then politicians would really be "bought and paid" for. Votes would really mean something. <2> After pro-life Democrat Joe switched his vote for Obamacare, breaking away from the pro-life Democrats, "magically" this contract was awarded. It was "taken away" from another vendor, who was given a different contract so they wouldn't blow the whistle. <3> Sorry if I wasn't clear. It was a quid pro quo; not a direct contribution to his campaign. The "pork" was generally conceded to be the "thing" that save Good Old Joe. Politics over principle at it's best.]


U.S. to Supply 2,526 Humvees to Afghanistan Forces

AM General, LLC, was awarded a U.S. Army contract valued at $619 million for 2,526 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, or Humvees, for the Afghan police force and National Guard, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

The Pentagon’s daily contract digest said work is to be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with a projected completion date of December 31, 2013, . The contract was awarded on July 30. One bid was solicited with one bid received, the notice said.


Dec 7, 2010 

JHQ: New MC Homepage


[JR: Looks like a blog under the covers?]

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Dec 7, 2010

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) disagrees; agreed on the troops coming home

{JR: Jasper Mark77 used color and interspersed his response. I made it italic. Enjoy.]

Hello John,

This is an active week for me and I am having fun.

(1) Tie the value of a dollar to some amount of gold. And, reopen the gold window.

Misguided nonsense. Gold is even more arbitrary and capricious than plain money. At least you can control the amount of money you print.

(2) Across the board spending cut of 20%. (That takes us back to 199x levels.) (Every program; everybody gets a haircut.)

Cowardly. Find leaders with guts to set priorities.

(3) Issue 50 year bonds. Indexed to inflation. Required Congress to payoff (call) 2% every year.

Just require a balanced budget.

(4) Zero corporate income tax. (It’s a sham. Only real people — mostly poor — pay those taxes.)

We’ve given corporations rights; they must have responsibilities. Raise their taxes.

(5) Redo Social Security a la Chile (Three tiers — over 60, stays the same; under 40, sorry no SS for you; 40-60, fielder’s choice stay old or go new.)

The economics are Nonsense. SS is one of our best programs. Raise social security taxes 1%.

(6) Convert Medicare to a federal high deductible (say 500$) insurance program.

That is where we are already headed.

(7) Take a 40 year plan to stop the Gooferment from running “education”.

This is the other good program which made the US #1. Currently, the parents can run the schools if they get off their butts and get involved.

(8) Bring the troops home; reform the “Department of Defense” to be defense.

Great idea. Europe and everyone else should be defending themselves. This is the biggest giveaway program to non-Americans.

(9) End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. Pardon all non-violent drug offenders.

End the pseudo war on drugs and start a real war on drugs and win it.

Mark A. Mangone

PS – John, you need to come to Lakeland, TN, to see real little “l” libertarian government in action.

[JR: I'd love to go to TN. Or anywhere for that matter. I think you miss the control gold puts on the Gooferment's ability to spend. And, have you seen the "regulatory capture" the teacher's unions have on Gooferment education? A "real war on drugs" would to recognize that drug addiction is a medical problem; prohibition not only does NOT work, but it has catastrophic consequences on our civil society.]

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

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Dec 7, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: McKenna, Thomas [MC2010] Freelance Graphic / Web Design


McKenna, Thomas [MC2010]
Freelance Graphic / Web Design
Greater New York City Area
Summary: Graphic designer versed in web, print and identity.
Specialties: Print and Web Design.
Software: Efficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign CS5. Experience with Flash CS5, HTML and CSS.

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Dec 7, 2010

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) does not see the motivation in lead story

Hello John,

How did “Heartless Thief Steals Irish Kid’s Surgery Money” become “Positraction”? I have always looked forward to the uplifting nature of “Positraction”. This may have been a story for elsewhere in Jasper Jottings or for the Endnote.

How you must hate your picky readers.


Mark A. Mangone
Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: <1> The theft was motivating in that people came together to help. The theft was NOT the story. It was the charity. <2> Soon after that story, there was a follow up that said donors -- new and old -- have replaced the loss. And more. <3> Picky, nah. Besides, I can't afford to lose any readers. It's content that gathers eyeballs.]

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Dec 7, 2010

JNEWS: Flood, Devin [MC2006] Cheshire NH police


Branford man takes oath for Cheshire police force
Published: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

CHESHIRE — Police here have added to their ranks, hiring a 27-year-old Branford resident.

Officer Devin Flood has been working for the Wallingford Police Department since February 2008, said Lt. James Fasano, a spokesman for the Cheshire department.
Flood was sworn in as a Cheshire officer Nov. 30, Fasano said.

Because he is a certified officer, he is expected to be able to start on a regular patrol shift in eight weeks.

Flood is a 2002 graduate of Guilford High School, Fasano said.

Flood graduated from Manhattan College in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree, according to Fasano.

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Flood, Devin [MC2006]


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Dec 7, 2010 

JNEWS: Michel, Patrick [MC????] Super at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery schools


BOCES picks candidate for top position
Vote for new superintendent to come at Dec. 16 meeting
December 7, 2010 – By AMANDA WHISTLE, The Leader-Herald

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JOHNSTOWN – A new superintendent for the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services is expected to be appointed next week.

The BOCES Board of Education is expected to officially appoint Patrick Michel at a Dec. 16 special meeting.

Michel, 48, has worked for five years as the Monticello Central School District superintendent in Sullivan County.
If he is approved next week, Michel likely will start Feb. 7, BOCES officials say.

“I’m very honored and look forward to working with the community and component school districts,” Michel said this morning. “Probably the biggest difference is going to be the much larger global view [the job] will take now.”

According to a news release, Michel has experience as an associate superintendent at Clarkstown Central School District and principalships in Hyde Park and Pine Bush. He also has served on the boards of the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and Boy Scout Council within Sullivan and Orange counties. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Manhattan College, masters degrees from Brooklyn College and Columbia University and a doctor of education degree from Columbia University.

Michel and his wife, who is a special-education teacher, have three children – two in college and one in ninth grade.

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Michel, Patrick [MC????]


Dec 7, 2010 

JNEWS: Kreidenweis, Sonia [MC1983] Fellow of AmerAssoc for Aerosol Research, Meteorological Society


Colorado State University Atmospheric Chemist Named Fellow of American Association for Aerosol Research, Meteorological Society

FORT COLLINS – Sonia Kreidenweis, a professor in Colorado State University’s internationally recognized Department of Atmospheric Science, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, prestigious honors that are awarded to a select group of scientists from across the country.

Kreidenweis was one of only two scientists to be named an American Association for Aerosol Research Fellow in 2010. The AAAR is an international organization serving aerosol scientists working in a number of areas including pharmaceuticals, health effects, basic aerosol physical and chemical sciences, instrumentation development and atmospheric aerosol research. The title honors significant contributions by individuals to the discipline of aerosol science and technology and service to the American Association for Aerosol Research. Kreidenweis’ contributions to the organization include terms on the board as secretary and, more recently, as president.

The American Meteorological Society promotes development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Only two-tenths of 1 percent of the AMS membership is approved as Fellows each year.

Kreidenweis joined CSU’s Atmospheric Science department in 1991 to initiate and direct the Atmospheric Chemistry program. At Colorado State, she studies the nature and behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere and its effects on climate and visibility. Her research program includes laboratory and field measurements characterizing physical properties of aerosols, with a particular emphasis in understanding their role in the formation of warm and cold clouds.

Kreidenweis was one of 15 researchers nationally who served on the National Research Council’s committee on the Significance of International Transport of Air Pollutants. The committee issued a report in September 2009 reviewing scientific evidence that plumes of air pollutants can have a negative impact on air quality far from their original sources.

Prior to joining Colorado State, Kreidenweis was assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at San Jose University where she received Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise awards for two consecutive years for her accomplishments in research and teaching. She earned her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Manhattan College in 1983 and her master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Her numerous awards include the Colorado State University Engineering Dean’s Council Award, CSU College of Engineering George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching and Service Faculty Award, USRA/ Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Fellow Award, and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

Founded in 1982, the AAAR is a nonprofit professional organization for scientists and engineers who wish to promote and communicate technical advances in the field of aerosol research.

The organization has grown to more than 800 academic, government and industry professionals from around the world. For more information about the AAAR, go to http://www.aaar.org/
Founded in 1919, The American Meteorological Society has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, professors, students and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes nine atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services. For more information about the AMS, go to http://www.ametsoc.org

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Kreidenweis, Sonia [MC1983]


Dec 8, 2010

ADMINISTRIVIA: Suggestions for the New Year

As usual, New Year’s is a time to reassess. One thing I like to do on 1/1/2011 is to forgive myself for all the mistakes made prior to 1/1/2009. Sort of like a personal “statute of limitations”. I’ve seen my now passed Mom live her whole life regretting mistakes she made decades ago. The past is education; learn from your mistakes, but don’t wallow in them. Erasers are on pencils for a reason. “Jasper Jottings – The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College” is my hobby. A labor of love. But just as no one’s baby is ugly, it’s hard for me to see the warts and wrinkles. Your suggestions are needed if I’m too improve. No sense sitting and stewing about something that’s bugging you. Send it in. Can’t guarantee that I can do it, but I’ll sure consider it seriously.

Here’s my ideas:

  • Abandon Yahoo Groups and go to Constant Contact. Even though it’s 300$ per year, it would give me some sense if this activity is worth doing. Seek advertising to recovery some of the expenses.
  • Drop some of the categories, like JVIDEO, and others that have no content. Seek new categories that are of interest, like “charity”?
  • Maybe JJ is no longer useful to our fellow Alums and should be killed or maybe transferred to the College.
  • Kill the JJ website. I have no idea if it’s used.
  • Kill JJ-daily and / or JJ-weekly?
  • Develop an iPad application. (Why? Subscriptions or advertising with demographics.)
  • Create an annual edition summarizing the 2010 weekly issues.
  • Research the old issues to go online.
  • Seek new sources of Jasper news.
  • Open Facebook private groups for different class years. Or, use Facebook for Jasper Jottings type news.
I should have some inet way of collecting your input. Argh!


Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

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Dec 8, 2010 

JOBIT: Murphy, John J. “Jack” [MC???? RIP]


John Murphy

John J. Murphy “Jack” 1930-2010 PITTSFIELD John J. (Jack) Murphy of Pittsfield died December 6, 2010 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long illness. He was born in the Bronx September 16, 1930, son of Denis and Mae Hunt Murphy and brother of the late Maureen Murphy. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York, and received a B.E.E. degree from Manhattan College. He was employed by Sperry Gyroscope in New York as a field engineer and later as a technical writer. He began his real estate appraising career in 1966. He was married to Eileen Slattery in 1962. The family moved to Pittsfield in 1973 and eventually opened Murphy appraisal. After his faith and his family, his greatest love was the outdoors. He was a founding member of the Berkshire Knapsackers. He was chosen to receive the William Foley award in 2005 presented by the Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind, sponsored by the Berkshire Eagle. His talent for writing led him to challenge the thinking public through his many letters to the editor. He was a champion of the pre-born. He is survived by his wife Eileen, children Mary (Brad), Betty Ann, Jim (Helen), Tom (Martha), Peggy, and Nancy (Chirag), and grandchildren Althea, Sinéad, and Caleb Lamel; Amelia and Órla Murphy; and Oona Patel. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for John J. (Jack) Murphy will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from Dwyer Funeral Home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church in Pittsfield. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, New York. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations requested for Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County care of Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield MA.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on December 8, 2010

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Murphy “Jack”, John J. “Jack” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/berkshire/guestbook.aspx?n=john-murphy&pid=147002800&cid=full


Dec 8, 2010 

JBLOGGER: Jasper “JENorlando” [MC2013?]


The Blind Side
the actual account of someone who literally has a blind side

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Where did all that time go?

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The end of August 2009, we all left the homes we knew and loved so well in a vague attempt of living on our own. We found ourselves in Riverdale at Manhattan College, all for different purposes; some a real major, perhaps others a copout major. We found ourselves in Chrysostom; the Chrysostom Crazies would be an affectionate term that we would all come to love. Crazies is what we were, and it only got progressively worse the entire time spent in those tiny rooms. There was a time we spent in the basement lounge, playing pool, getting hit in the face by soccer balls or by a cue-ball. Then we progressed into hallways dwellers on the third floor; knowing everyone who came and passed. Eventually we made it into the lounge, where we could sit comfortably. We would watch Cash Cab and Jeopardy! religiously after we attended dinner, but after a while that faded. There was Christmas time where everyone went insane with lights and snowflakes. Then we had a month long break and came back even crazier.

Second semester. We had snow days and forts and snowmen. A snow day with birthday cake! A redone Locke’s Loft; they took away Regis and have yet to give him back. The always
funny: “Who drinks on a Wednesday?” There’s always rolling around on the floor, always tostitos on the floor as well. Classy not Trashy. So much laughter. We all fell in love with curling, obviously. Trips to Rita’s and Pinkberry. Watching mindless TLC crap. There was Officer Ortiz and debts to society. Nonsense, and movie watching, like Fern Gully! The excellent playlist. Central Park. Quadding. Losing IDs. Somebody drew on Regis. People of the internet. The opossum. Endless amounts of fan pages. Unique, and Rick. Too many pictures. Ducks flew together. We found that tunnel. Dorm Wars, Team Angst. Velociraptors and Samuel. Too much Rockland County. Damien from Dublin, who became our good friend. SpringFest and those shenanigans. Kornet’s Pizza, and that one Mets fan. Cinco De Mayo and our fake sombreros. The heat makes everyone angry. Finals. Packing. Leaving.

There’s so much that has happened to all our lives this year. This blog does little to recap it, and it was difficult to even attempt this. We have these great memories from a year of craziness. We really should make shirts, or something.

I can tell you that this year has made me grow up a lot, and it’s taught me a lot about myself; whether that’s good or bad, I’ll never know. It’s given us new friendships that are going to be so important in our lives. Not to mention whatever is supposed to be taken away academically, because that’s important too. All these shenanigans, though, they’ll all be good additions to a novel that I’ll write eventually. It’s crazy to think that it’s over already, but we still have three more crazy years to look forward to.

Thanks Manhattan College, for a fantastic freshmen year. And thanks crazies, for making it worth it.

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Jasper “JENorlando” [MC2013?]


Dec 8, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Aigner, Christopher [MC2004] Vice President at Aigner Chocolates


Aigner, Christopher [MC2004]
Vice President at Aigner Chocolates
Greater New York City Area

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Dec 9, 2010 

QUADRANGLE: Print version coming online?


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It’s been a great semester, and the Quadrangle’s online print is finally available. We are currently working on only making our site better and more capable. I sincerely thank everyone for bearing with us. Please note that due to technical difficulties, the December 08,10 issue will not be available online. I sincerely do apologize for this inconvenience. We hope this site has been a blessing to you, and on behalf of the McQuad web team, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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[JR: We'll have to wait and see if there's a link or Google can find it for us.]


Dec 9, 2010 

JNEWS: McCartin-Ur, Kathleen [MC????] Prudential Gross & Jansen Realty Andover NJ


Thursday December 9, 2010
Township Journal > News
Straus Newspapers

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Outstanding agents, new staff at Prudential Gross & Jansen Realty Andover office

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Kathleen McCartin-Ur has joined the staff. Formerly with Coldwell Banker, she brings six years of real estate experience to this area and was awarded the Circle of Excellence in 2005. She graduated Manhattan College and currently lives in Fredon with her husband, Ron.

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McCartin-Ur, Kathleen [MC????]


Dec 9, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Fernee, David [MC1985] Sr. Research Scientist / Sr. Coatings Fomulator at Hexion Specialty Chemicals


Fernee, David [MC1985]
Sr. Research Scientist / Sr. Coatings Fomulator at Hexion Specialty Chemicals
Houston, Texas Area

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Dec 9, 2010 

ADMINISTRIVIA: Primary platform returned …

Primary platform returned … wiped clean! Argh! So my efforts here are still in degraded fashion. Your patience is appreciated.

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Dec 9, 2010 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) disagrees about LBJ and the Civil Rights Act; as well as other points

Dear Jasper John,

We can have different opinions but not different facts.

LBJ was NOT dragged kicking and screaming by Republicans to sign the civil rights law. He fought for civil rights in the face opposition by Southerners in his own Democratic Party and strongly supported the law himself. (There was only one Southern Republican at the time). JFK supported the Civil Rights Bill and after his death LBJ utilized his experience in legislative politics and the bully pulpit he wielded as president in support of the bill. In his first address to Congress on November 27, 1963, Johnson told the legislators, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.”

Johnson correctly predicted that the South would turn to the Republicans to show white defiance of Civil Rights.

BTW the Sullivan Law was enacted in 1911 but Wikipedia states “The earliest known use of the term “Saturday night special” in print is in the Aug 17, 1968 issue of the New York Times. In a front-page article titled Handgun Imports Held Up by U.S, author Fred Graham wrote, “… cheap, small-caliber ‘Saturday night specials’ that are a favorite of holdup men…”
Among some law enforcement officers, the term has also applied to home made or improvised weapons, such as “zip guns.” The idea behind the slang being that such a weapon made during the week would be used in a crime over the weekend; Saturday night being the peak night for such crimes.

No poor here? How would like to be living in the street tonight with temperatures below 15 degrees?

Studies by private organizations have found that several million people are homeless in the US at some time during a year!!

No “gooferment” involved,

And do you really believe poor people are fat because they have too much good food? Many poor people do not have access to healthy diets and/or suffer from obesity producing diseases, both physical and mental. I suggest you do a little research on the causes of obesity before making your charges about poor people.

Sincerely yours
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: <1> I was interested in politics at a very early age. Probably due to my Aunts and Uncles debating stuff. I remember reading the press reports, listening to their discussions of the Civil Rights Act, and how LBJ was forced to do it because of the JFK assassination. And, that the law was a "poison pill". It would NOT help, but would hurt. Seems to have done just that! <2> Gun control laws are generally conceded to be racist in libertarian circles. <3> What I was trying to illustrate that "poverty" here is very different from "poverty" in a Third World Country. The fat quote was an news reported illustration by poor guy seeking admission to the USA. He got it! <4> Argh! The "poor" in the USA are different from the poor in Africa. Fat, schmat. We have "poor" people who have color TVs. We just have a very confused vocabulary. And, the politicians, bureaucrats, activists, and "poverty pimps" like that confusion just fine. I support Homefront NJ, that helps the poor in Mercer County escape the "welfare trap". Connie Mercer has been the "director" for ages. She has told me on numerous occasions that the "poor" are trapped in poverty by the government bureaucrats and the "system". I'd rather give my money to Connie than to a nameless faceless State Gooferment bureaucrat. But I don't get a choice. The Gooferment will kill me if I don't submit to the theft. <6> Research isn't the problem. It's probably we're looking at the world with completely different assumptions.]


Dec 10, 2010 

JOBIT: Urich, Joseph F. [MC1959 RIP]


Joseph F. Urich
(Daily Record)
AGE: 72

Joseph F. Urich, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away suddenly on December 7, 2010. Joe was born on March 25, 1938, in New York City to Joseph and Janina Urich. He was a longtime Chatham Township resident. Joe was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, Manhattan College (B.E.E., 1959), and NYU (M.E.E., 1962), as an electrical engineer, Eta Kappa Nu. He had a 34 year career with Bell Laboratories, and later Bellcore. Joe loved the outdoors and his workshop. He was an active Boy Scout and leader during his youth; championed the United Way during his career; and recently volunteered at the Sage Furniture Workshop and sang bass with the Morris Music Men. He and Margaret traveled extensively.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret; son Joe and his wife Lisa; daughter, Deborah Frank and husband, Keith; daughter Elizabeth Boonin and husband, Michael. He is also survived by his sisters Janina Sheehan and Virginia Driver, and his treasured grandchildren, Sarah, Jared, Carter, Michael, William, and James.

A memorial service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Chatham Township on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 2 to 5 pm at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham. All those wishing to remember Joe are invited. For further information or to send the family a condolence, please visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chatham Emergency Squad would be greatly appreciated.

Published in Daily Record on December 10, 2010

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Urich, Joseph F. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dailyrecord/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-urich&pid=147077497&cid=full


Dec 10, 2010

MOBIT: Connington, Charles F. [MPxfac RIP]


Thu. 12/09 – Death Notices
Death Notices
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 4:00 AM

CONNINGTON — Charles F. Passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. He was a WWII Veteran. Charles was a teacher & coached baseball and basketball for Manhattan Prep from 1948-1971. He was an Administrator for Bronx Community College from 1971 until the early nineties. He was a baseball umpire as well as a football official. Charles was elected to the Catholic High School Hall of Fame. He is predeceased by his loving wife Edna. He is sur-vived by his three children Charles, Kevin and Diane, he was a grandfather of 7 to Charles, Janeen, Brian, Kevin, Tara, Sean and Nina, and a great-grandfather of 6 to Courtney, Taylor, Brianne, Shannon, Shea & Samantha. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation on Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 2-5 & 7-9 at the WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5628 Broadway @ 232nd St., Bronx, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:45 A.M. at St. John’s Church. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.


Connington, Charles F. [MPxfac RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

[JR: Included because MP was part of MC.]


Dec 10, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Magee, Kathleen [MC1987] Marketing Dir at Automated Logic Corp


Magee, Kathleen [MC1987]
Marketing Director at Automated Logic Corporation
Greater Atlanta Area
Computer Software

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Dec 11, 2010

MVIDEO: MC engineering students hit the old age home


Manhattan College students help seniors stay active

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(12/09/10) THE BRONX – Students at Manhattan College are helping Bronx seniors stay active with their new invention.

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The inventions were created as a partnership between Manhattan College and Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Seniors in the home will receive the products to use.

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[JR: Good story. Good job. Only negative was student didn't "market" himself. Shape up. Give us fat old white guy injineers a bad image when we were young. LOL!]

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Dec 11, 2010

JNEWS: Daou, Youssef [MC????] Adv Prod Dev Mgr @ MicroSun Technologies LLC


[December 09, 2010]

MicroSun Technologies LLC Appoints Youssef Daou as Advanced Product Development Manager

CHICAGO –(Business Wire)–

MicroSun Technologies LLC, a leader in customized alternative power sources for the medical, commercial and military markets, announced that Youssef Daou has joined the company as Advanced Product Development Manager.

With a distinguished career in Consumer, Medical and Energy Storage industries, Mr. Daou brings to MicroSun Technologies expertise in a range of critical areas, including Battery Development and Architecture; Power and Safety Management; Risk/Reward Management; Supplier and Development Partner Management.

Mr. Daou was most recently with Dell (News – Alert), where he spent 8 years as a Battery Development Manager, overseeing a global team of design partners, suppliers and Dell engineers. In addition, Mr. Daou chaired the Quarterly Technical Reviews for all battery suppliers at Dell.

Prior to Dell, Mr. Daou was with Hi-Tronics, a Medical Electronics company, working on Batteries for Implantable Devices. Mr. Daou also worked or 6 years at Symbol Technology, a leader in handheld scanners and land mobile products, later acquired by Motorola (News – Alert). Responsibilities included leading the design team for Batteries and Power Supplies. Mr. Daou holds many patents and IPs from his work in the battery industry, and is the author of numerous research studies and white papers.

“The hiring of Mr. Daou is well aligned with our Product and Technology Architecture strategy. His extensive technical, strategy and enterprise experience coupled with supplier relationships in the battery and electronics industry will play a critical role in achieving MicroSun Technology’s growth objectives,” said MicroSun Technology’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alan ElShafei.

“MicroSun Technologies is well known as a technology-rich company and we are excited to have someone of Mr. Daou’s caliber join our team in this critical technical leadership position, leveraging his knowledge, experience and relationships to benefit our customers.”

A Ph.D. Candidate in Electro-Physics from Polytechnic University- Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Daou holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College – Riverdale, NY and an Electronics Engineering Degree from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers- Paris, France.

MicroSun Technologies (MST) is a privately held company headquartered in Chicago, IL with associated companies in Nevada and Malaysia. MST is an industry leader in innovative customized alternative power sources serving the medical, commercial, military and government markets. Please visit our website at www.microsuntech.com.

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Dec 11, 2010

MNEWS: New York City Student Government Alliance?


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Integration also means connecting NYU to the other universities in New York City. She is currently working with other students to write the bylaws and Constitution of the New York City Student Government Alliance. Under this plan, NYU will team up with Columbia University, Fordham University, Manhattan College and Yeshiva University to create a private university alliance and work alongside the CUNY system to better represent college students in citywide issues.

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[JR: MC is connecting with its competitors. That Cooperative Competition, aka coopetition, may help MC survive. Just an observation.]

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Dec 11, 2010

JEMAIL: Petrucci, Quentin J. (MP1950MC1954) on the MP-ANY Yahoo Group


I am a 1950 graduate of the Prep and a 1954 graduate of Manhattan College. I have been functioning as the contact point and info keeper for the (Prep) class of 1950.
— Petrucci, Quentin J. (MP1950MC1954)

[JR: This came in today on the MP-ANY Yahoo Group. Cross posting for obvious reasons.]

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Dec 11, 2010

JLINKEDIN: LoPinto, Lidia L [MC1987] Medical Software Implementation Expert

LoPinto, Lidia L [MC1987]
Medical Software Implementation Expert
Greater New York City Area
Medical Practice


Under the umbrella of CAE Consultants Inc. I provide various types of programming, documentation and business analysis services:
For the health industry, I have an entity acemedicalsoftware.com, where I demonstrate products provided by my partners OmniMD and ComCHART, and provide value added services such as installation, configuration, customization, maintenance, secure HIPPA compliant hosting, and “meaninful use” implementations so that doctors can receive the incentive dollars promised by the Federal Government in 2011. ACE Medical Software has been in business since 2010, and has made a number of strategic alliances to provide local services to physicians in the tristate NY, NJ and CT, areas).

For the municipal sector, my entity municipalnets.com provides software for preventive maintenance, public works management, time sheets, inventory management, contents management, and safety regulatory compliance. Municipalnets Software, has been in operation since 1993, and has served several hundred municipal and industrial clients.

My clients are hosted on the Cloud, and we provide a unique hosting service that is secure and HIPPA compliant for my clients.


All medical specialties are covered by the ACE Medical Software system, and any requirements can be customized.
Our Municipalnets Software business deals with municipalities and manufacturing businesses.

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Dec 9, 2010 

Comment on QUADRANGLE: Print version coming online? 

by Steve McKenzie Jr. [MC????]

John- This is something that we started during Fall of 09 when I was Managing Editor. It allows the Quad to be accessed by a much bigger audience and also frees the staff from certain ties of the old online platform. While I’m not a huge fan of the layout of the new site (I am partially to blame for being over ambitious on starting that project in my senior year), it is a step in the right direction and can be a great medium for comm. students to make a foray into new media.

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Dec 11, 2010

ENDNOTE: Heath care as a “right”


Catholic thinkers examine Tea Party movement and Church teaching
By Kevin J. Jones, Staff Writer

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On the issue of national health care, which many Tea Party participants have opposed, Schneck noted Pope Benedict’s recent insistence that health care is an inalienable right and governments are obliged to ensure universal health care for all citizens regardless of their ability to pay.

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[JR: Unfortunately, in matters of economics, the Pope and Father are not infallible. When you confer a positive right on someone, who pays for it? Healthcare is NOT a right UNLESS you are willing to enslave someone to provide it. It may be a Christian duty to care for the sick. But, that doesn't equate to the Gooferment managing it's "livestock". Hospitals have ALWAYS provided charity care. Now that the Gooferment runs health care, they are being forced to close. The "Secular Progressive" state wants a Godless society and Obamacare is just one more way to drive religion from the playing field.]

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