JASPER JOTTINGS Week 10 - 2011 MARCH 06    

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




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Feb 27, 2011 

POSITRACTION: $800 Death Gratuity 43-years later


Mother of Dead Soldier paid $800 Death Gratuity 43-years later
February 19, 2011 posted by Terry Richards

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – In a letter dated January 20, 2011 titled: “Subject: Waiver of Time Limits on payment of Death Gratuity of PFC William D. Noddin (KIA Vietnam April 25, 1968) to his mother, Mrs. Lorraine E. Noddin, DOHA Claim No. 2011-CL-011107.”

After I spent about 30-hours on this claim over the last 18-months, and Mrs. Noddin spending countless more hours including driving-time over the last 30-months endeavoring to find the proper agency to send this claim to, and then to get a Time Limit Waiver, about 6-months ago Mrs. Noddin went to Congressman C.W. Bill Young’s Office asking the Congressman to make inquiries into this matter.

On or about January 25, Mrs. Noddin received a letter from Leon Schachter, Director of the Department of Defense Legal Services Agency Office of Hearing and Appeals in Arlington Virginia, stating that he waived the “BARRING ACT” Time Limits of 6-years, and 43-years after the death of her son Billy, Mrs. Noddin received the $800 Death Gratuity she should have been paid in 1968.

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[JR: It's not a positive that this poor woman was never told of the benefit. It's not a positive that she had such a hassle. It's not a positive that her son's life was wasted in Gooferment stupidity. It is positive that someone invested 30 hours to help her. It is a giant positive that just maybe she can be at peace with her loss. Donna Nobis Pacem!]

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Feb 27, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Andrade, Kelly [MC2003] Asst Di, Refugee Services at FEGS


Andrade, Kelly [MC2003]
Assistant Director, Refugee Services
Greater New York City Area
Non-Profit Organization Management

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Feb 27, 2011 

JEMAIL: Bryk, William (MC1977) ids Philip Sheridan ’49

If my memory of going through the bound volumes of the Quadrangle in the Cardinal Hayes Library serves, Philip Sheridan ’49 was elected President of the Student Body in the spring of 1948.

William Bryk
Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law
578 74th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11209-2614
Tel/Fax: (347) 497-5972

[JR: Thanks, Mik. Much appreciated.]

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Feb 27, 2011 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) cites the GI Bill as MC’s savior

Dear Jasper John,

You seem to belittle gambling as a problem but gambling brought our alma mater to its historical low and almost ruined its reputation forever. During the 1951 basketball scandals two Manhattan players were found guilty of accepting bribes and other players were approached. Fortunately one of these was Junius Kellogg, Manhattan’s first black basketball player, who was attending Manhattan on the GI Bill. Think of what might have happened to Manhattan College if Kellogg had not been there- and he would not have been if libertarians had had their way. Tax payers would no doubt had better uses for their money, like betting on basketball games. The GI bill was anathema to libertarians and other conservatives but the historian Stephen Ambrose said of the bill:

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The suburbs, starting with Levittown and others, were paid by GIs borrowing on their GI Bill at a very low interest rate. Thousands and thousands of small businesses were started in this country and are still there thanks to the loans from the GI Bill. It transformed our country. (NewsHour, July 4, 2000)

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The bill had been passed by a slim margin, and, said historian Michael Beschloss, “a lot — particularly republicans — said let’s not pass this thing … They felt that it would encourage sloth; that people wound not try to get jobs. They thought this this would extend the welfare state, rather than do the opposite.”

Manhattan College benefited mightily from the GI Bill in many ways, but above all the bill saved Manhattan College and College basketball from a possibly fatal scandal.

Jasper John, Manhattan College might well have been out of business by the time you and I attended if not for “gooferment” actions like the GI Bill.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: I am truly sorrow that you have the misimpression that I think any of these "problems" are trivial, meaningless, or not worthy of solution. I think there are systemic failures which result in these "problems". In your email, you id two "problems" which I would call symptoms. Gambling isn't the problem; it's making it illegal. I f gambling was legal, there'd be no bookies to shave points. The "GI Bill" isn't the problem; Gooferment making wars is. Speaking for "libertarians", who really are as different as flakes in a snowstorm, us flakes focus on the Gooferment's supposed monopoly on force as the root cause of most problems. Some flakes will assert it's ALL problems. In Economics, we study "The broken window fallacy" --- Frédéric Bastiat Ce qu'on voit et ce qu'on ne voit pas (That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen) 1850. Might you concede that to pay the GI Bill, wealth was taken by force from some and given to others? Then might you consider that it might have been taken from a more productive use. Or maybe after it was taken, it was wasted. How do you KNOW that the GI Bill was better than another endeavor? Broken window. And, how do we know that there might have been other BETTER solutions than putting Gooferment in charge. Sorry, but just because there were benefits, even to MC, does not PROVE that is was good. We know it was not right! It's immoral to take from someone what is rightfully theirs. No matter how magnificent the cause. This is the essence of our difference. Everyone has the right to be free.]

[JR: Upon reflection, I'd rather see MC close rather than be a vulture feeding on the carcass of liberty. Like abortion, you can't avoid the consequences of principles. In my younger days, I thought that laws could prohibit addiction, gambling, vice, and all sorts of bad stuff. Now, I see that you have to let people be free. Free to make mistakes, to learn, to grow, to adapt. Now, I KNOW that we're being fooled. It's a mental disease to think that Gooferment can control us. Live free or die. Because Gooferment is the meme that kills.]

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Feb 28, 2011 

JEMAIL: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) gets a new laptop

John: I’m very sorry to hear about your wife’s death. I never met her, but she sounds like quite a gal . I’m extremely impressed by her basketball accomplishments. I myself was bad at all sports, but I think I was worse at basketball than any other sport. I had a classmate in high school, Jim Cronin, who was only 5′ 7” but was one of the best basketball players in New York City in the mid-60′s.On rainy days, when we couldn’t go outside at lunchtime, he would entertain us by sinking basketballs through the net from any spot on the court or even the farthest corner of the gym. Just as people watch caricature artists like me draw people and act like we’re magicians (just because nobody does anything with their hands anymore in this post-industrial age), I’ve always been in awe of great basketball players. It sounds like your wife was in that class of athletes, judging from her record. (28 and 1 is about as good as you can get.) I’ve lost a few close friends in the last year and a half (one died of Alzheimer’s), and it’s sad, but I haven’t lost anyone that close to me. I know it must be tough to carry on without her. I’ll keep her (and you) in my prayers.

Jerry Breen  

PS: I got a newToshiba laptop (which I’m still getting the hang of) and I’ll be sending you some new cartoons shortly.

[JR: Thanks, Jerry. 28-1 was the team she coached. Her high school team's record I'm not sure of. I know it was a bundle and at least one. She has the clippings hidden away around here. I expect to see one of her teammates at the wake. I'll ask. One thing I can tell you is that she was very modest about her achievements. I'll be trying to collect some of them on the memorial site. It's my version of a cartoon.]


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Feb 28, 2011 

JNEWS: Pufahl, Joseph M. [MC1990] ELIH BoT


Joe Pufahl named to ELIH board of trustees


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Eastern Long Island Hospital has announced the appointment of Joseph M. Pufahl to the Board of Trustees Class of 2011.

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Pufahl holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Manhattan College. He served as a Trustee for the Village of Greenport and was a member of the Greenport Village Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Source: Eastern Long Island Hospital press release dated Feb. 3, 2011

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[JR: They have copy protected the article. What fools. All they do is annoy people. And, first, how can you assert a copyright on a public domain press release. Second, what about “fair use”. Argh!]Source: Eastern Long Island Hospital press release dated Feb. 3, 2011

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Dear John,

   I believe that Joe is a member of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pufahl, Joseph M. [MC1990]

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Feb 28, 2011 

JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) is reminded of the Litany of Humility


I was attracted to the first item regarding Humility. It brought to mind the Litany of Humility. I received a copy of that particular prayer from my Spiritual Director while serving as a Deacon in the Diocese of Rochester, NY. It was good to see the Litany of Humility referenced by Susan connected with # 8. This prayer has proven to be a good ground for me when the inclination is to grab some glory.

Deacon John Antenucci, Diocese of Rochester, NY, BS ’59
Living in Sarasota, FL

[JR: I'm always please when someone finds something useful in Jottings. Never got "humility". Never got a lot of the virtues. Well, maybe "honesty", but I have to try real hard.]

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Mar 1, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Collier, Greg [MC????] All Black Children are College Material


FEBRUARY 27, 2011 · 5:45 PM
All Black Children are College Material

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I recently spoke to a friend with whom I attended kindergarten through eighth grade in Detroit, Michigan. I hadn’t spoken to my friend Eric, for nearly 30 years. He found me on Facebook as he diligently worked to re-unite our junior high school classmates. During our conversation, we spoke about the fact that during high school, we were both removed from a predominantly black environment, and placed in all-white environments. Such an experience was culture shock to say the least, and quite frustrating. After living in Detroit, and attending school with almost no white students, Eric moved to Kentucky, and I moved Farmington Hills, Michigan. Two common themes are that we were among a handful of black students at our respective schools, and our guidance counselors told us we should not go to college – we weren’t college material.

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Needless to say, Eric graduated from the University of Michigan, earned a master’s degree from Magdalene College in Cambridge, England, and a J.D. from Columbia University. Now a practicing attorney in New York City, I’m confident that Eric made a wise decision to attend college. I earned a B.S. from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Manhattan College. I also made the right decision, as my education served as a foundation for success. But in one respect, my high school guidance counselor was correct, I am good with my hands. Every time I use the paddle shifters in my expensive vehicle, I think about how great it is to be good with my hands.

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Greg Collier is President and Chief Investment Strategist of Collier Capital Advisors, a firm specializing in emerging market, U.S. equity and derivative strategies. He is an entrepreneur, investor, analyst, and professional trader who blogs periodically on various topics.

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Collier, Greg [MC????]

[JR: Agreed!]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Greg received his masters in 1999.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Collier, Greg [MC1999]

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[JR: Strategically, ALL children should be considered as “college material”. Tactically, now, in this day and age, one has to question the ROI of “college degrees”. Folks come out with a “sheepskin” and a debt that may never repayable. One of the recommendations I give “kids”is : (4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber. It’s much tougher these days to steer a course to success.]

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Mar 1, 2011 

JFOUND: Pellecchia, Vincent [MC????] General Counsel TSTC


Mobilizing the Region
News and opinion from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign
TSTC Staff Updates
by Kate Slevin

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Vincent Pellecchia joined TSTC last week as our new General Counsel. Born and raised in Bergen County, NJ, Vincent recently returned to the United States after doing environmental work in China. Prior to that, he spent a number of years in private practice in New Jersey and New York. He is a member of the New Jersey and New York bars, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Manhattan College in environmental engineering and has his Juris Doctor from George Washington University School of Law. Vincent replaces Kyle Wiswall, who left the organization to pursue a new career path late last year.

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Pellecchia, Vincent [MC????]

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Mar 1, 2011 

JOBIT: Byrne, James E. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


James E. Byrne Jr.

James Everett Byrne Jr. February 22, 2011 James Everett Byrne Jr., a longtime resident of St. Croix, died in Ft. Lauderdale at Holy Cross Hospital, of pneumonia.

He was 85 years old. Born in Syracuse, in 1926, Byrne developed several projects on St. Croix, the most notable of which is Mill Harbour, off of North Shore Road. As the co-owner of Byrne-Brown Realty at the Club Comanche Hotel, he was a daily fixture in Christiansted in the 1970s and 1980s and Frederiksted in the 1990s. Byrne was one of the better-known residents of the island, so much so, he served as Grand Marshall of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade one year, an honor he fondly recollected. Prior to his life on St. Croix, he was a U.S. Marshall in the Department of Justice in the Kennedy administration and later an advance man for Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

He was the son of James Everett Byrne Sr. and Mary McConnell Byrne of Ferris Ave. in Syracuse. He attended Manhattan College, Virginia Military Institute and Syracuse University. Immediately upon graduation, he joined his father’s firm selling life insurance. He ran for New York State Assembly but did not win a seat. Later, he went on to run businesses in Manhattan, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

He is survived by his children, Bridget Kinney of Seattle, Jennifer Paganelli of Connecticut, James Byrne III of New York City, Molly Assad of Puerto Rico, Meghan DeCastro of Atlanta and Shana Byrne of Los Angeles. Byrne is also survived by six grandchildren; and an ex-wife, Patricia Byrne of Ft. Lauderdale.


Byrne, James E. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]


Mar 2, 2011 

MFOUND: 9-year-old Manhattan College mascot Lee Thornton




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Superstition still reigns in baseball, though these days the line between magical forces and obsessive/compulsive disorder can be unclear. But late 1800 and early 1900s, a large percentage of the ball playing population believed beyond question in hexes and hoodoos, and took drastic measures to keep them at bay. This typically involved the deployment of a mascot, including but not limited to:

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9-year-old Manhattan College mascot Lee Thornton climbed a tree and jumped for a fence in celebration of a victory, only to fall and fatally fracture his skull.

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[JR: I never heard that one? ]

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Mar 2, 2011 

MFOUND: MC causes one writer to see an return to class



A Light in the Tunnel for the “Selfless” Hero

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Back in the early 1900’s, sports journalism was built around the athlete and focusing solely on their “selfless” heroism. Now over a century later, this focus has slowly changed and that “selfless” athlete seems to be no more. Though, have those individuals become extinct in the sports world, or do the current voices of the mass media forget about them? Either way, once in awhile there is a reroute back to what this industry was based on and the “selfless” hero gets recognized.

ESPN College Game Day feature profiles typically consist of the unique story of a college athlete who has in one way or another impacted their teammates, fans, or sport. This week the unlikely hero was Kevin Laue, the 6-11 230lb Manhattan College sophomore center, who has seen time in 19 games this season and is one of the Jaspers’ top dunkers. Yes, current stars like Jared Sullinger give this performance every game. So what makes Laue a “selfless” hero and worthy of this feature you ask? Well in 2009, the California native became the first one handed scholarship Division I basketball player.

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[JR: A very nice idea. Return class to sports. And, the media that covers it.]

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Mar 2, 2011

MNEWS: Barry Rohrssen’s run as Jaspers basketball coach appears to be over


Barry Rohrssen’s run as Manhattan Jaspers basketball coach appears to be over after lackluster run
Originally Published:Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 6:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 6:00 PM

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Mar 2, 2011 

MFOUND: Some cheers for MC?


02/24/2011 from Dee Kenny

…sending positive energy & sooo much love to my son, Keith in the Carolinas with his Manhattan College baseball team… ;-)

Bridget J I have alot of friends who attended Manhattan College…go Jaspers! :)

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Mar 2, 2011 

JHQ: Men’s Indoor Track Field Team Wins MAAC Championship


Manhattan College Men’s Indoor Track & Field Team Wins MAAC Championship

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To read the full article with highlights from individual athletes, click here. http://goo.gl/pXe5B

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Mar 2, 2011 

JHQ: Volunteers in New Orleans


Manhattan Students Volunteer in New Orleans Over Winter Break

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Throughout the week, the group worked on two specific houses from painting to laying hardwood flooring. The group from Manhattan included: Russell Stevens ’06, admissions and financial aid counselor and L. O. V. E. moderator; Erin Leroy ’11 and a L. O. V. E. student leader; Joseph Pokorny ’13; Alice Butler ’13; Steven Ward ’11; Janine Paliotta ’12; Samantha White ’13; Brittany Lynn Otis ’14; Maxwell Lyons ’13; Thomas Elbrecht ’13; Michael Norton ’11; Tegan Nelson ’14; and Claire O’Connell ’13.

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Mar 3, 2011 

JOBIT: O’Connor, James P. [MC???? RIP]


James P. O’Connor
November 7, 1933 – February 28, 2011

James P. O’Connor, 77, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2011, in Cary NC. He was born on November 7, 1933 in Albany, NY to the late Francis A. and Laetitia (Smith) O’Connor. He has called the Cary area his home for the last 32 years.

He is survived by his children; daughter Libby Ruba and husband Bert, of Apex; son Rob O’Connor and wife Lisa, of Charlotte and daughter Lauren Winslow and husband Zemo Trevathan, of Chapel Hill. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Ashley, Alexandra, Bria, and Rio.

Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia; and sister Gerry Kampe.

After proudly serving in the US Army, Jim graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in business management. He worked in food service management for many years in New York City before moving to North Carolina where he retired after starting his own vending business. He was a man of deep faith and a loving husband and father. Jim loved playing golf, reading, NASCAR, flying airplanes in his younger years as well as traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends on Thursday March 3, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh NC. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd., Apex NC. Internment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay Varina NC.

Memorial donation can be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Jim. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.MitchellatRMP.com

Published in The News & Observer on March 3, 2011


O’Connor, James P. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newsobserver/guestbook.aspx?n=james-oconnor&pid=149055771&cid=full

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Mar 3, 2011 

MFOUND: “If so Seton Hall needs to be in the parking lot helping with his bags”



It Has Been A long Time!

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I hear a lot of kids are looking at Manhattan College. That is a wonderful but will the Head Coach, who everyone loves, ever get it done in Riverdale? I wonder if he is second guessing not taking the St. Johns Associate Head Coaching Job? I have heard this could be this wonderful mans last season. If so Seton Hall needs to be in the parking lot helping him with his bags and leading him to South Orange in a limo with a bucket of money! I hear a lot of big-time programs are positioning themselves to snatch him up if he departs Manhattan,

Now if there is a change at Manhattan I know the perfect person for the job. None other than Tony Chiles, the current St. Johns Assistant who worked at Manhattan under Fran and Iona under Jeff Ruland. Speaking of Ruland I would not be surprised to see him as a candidate at Monmouth. But Tony Chiles at Manhattan with the right staff would be great! And I would bet Tony would be great for folks to work for. Columbia grad with a lot of experience and knowhow. Also look for Tim Welsh to get involved at Monmouth!

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Mar 4, 2011 

MFOUND: MC to gather at Viva Cantina?


Downtown Bridgeport pubs hoping for slam-dunk business
Tim Loh, Staff Writer
Updated 11:44 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2011

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On Monday, Keyes received a peculiar phone call: “It was Manhattan College,” he said, “calling to say they hadn’t drummed up much support.”

In fact, Manhattan College is scheduled to gather at Viva Cantina. That, however, came as news to Cinque, the owner, Wednesday evening, when he was informed by a reporter.

“Even better,” Cinque responded. “It’s a privilege and an honor.”

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[JR: Interesting?]

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Mar 4, 2011 

JHQ: Late notice on “Fat Panic!”

Dante Seminar
Thu, March 3, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Kathleen LeBesco (Communications/Marymount Manhattan College). Topic: “Fat Panic! Health, Morality and the ‘Obesity Epidemic’.” This event will be held in the Alumni Room/O’Malley Library.

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[JR: Sorry, but it was detected at about noon on Thursday. Way to get the word out early.]

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Mar 4, 2011 

JHQ: MC Library hosts Novelist Rick Moody (TU 08MAR@1600)

Major Author Reading Series

Tue, March 8, 4pm – 6pm

Novelist Rick Moody. This event is being held in the Alumni Room/O’Malley Library.

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Mar 5, 2011 

MFOUND: MCpictures on person’s Facebook page


[JR: But it's all Greek to me. Pun intended. Anyone care to translate?]

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Mar 5, 2011 

JFOUND: Renzella, April [MC2015] recent Miss Boston pageant


April Renzella of Topsfield, a freshman at Manhattan College in New York, competed in the recent Miss Boston pageant
Tri-Town Transcript
Posted Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:36 AM

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Eighteen-year-old April Renzella, of Topsfield, a recent graduate of Masconomet Regional High School is freshman at Manhattan College in New York, where she is hoping to obtain a Masters in Psychology and Communications and one day work in broadcasting or the fashion industry.

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Renzella, April [MC2015]

[JR: Yup, Jaspers are MUCH better looking than when I went to school. Much! Congrats to our fellow future alum. I couldn't do that at any age. Ever seen a fat old white guy injineer in a bathing suit. Melt your eyes.]

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Mar 5, 2011 

MFOUND: Now they’re rooting for Ronnie


Now they’re rooting for Ronnie
With beloved Manhattan fan ailing, friends hope to get him to tournament
By PETE IORIZZO Staff Writer
Updated 08:20 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2011

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His friends later found out why: Ronnie had received some bad news about his health. His illness, which friends declined to disclose out of respect for his privacy, is serious, though not life-threatening. Nonetheless, it was devastating to Ronnie.

He became obsessed with the prospect of his death, stopped eating and plunged into depression. He’s been hospitalized on and off, and though he’s back in his Roosevelt Island apartment, he remains in a delicate state.

“I’m not going to be at the tournament this year,” were Ronnie’s first words after “hello” when a reporter called earlier this week. Ronnie doesn’t so much engage in conversation as he does deliver a series of observations and opinions in what can seem like a never-ending run-on sentence. This time, there was none of that. He politely ended the call.

Ronnie’s friends, though, weren’t ready to give up so easily. A Manhattan official connected with Ronnie’s caretaker, putting plans into motion for him and his aide to make a brief appearance here Friday. When MAAC officials heard, they made sure to have a pass at the ready.

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[JR: MC demonstrating that it is "Catholic"? In how it treats people. Just plain old people. With the love and kindness as He taught us. Where is that NLRB type now? Home, counting his pension and benefits, for slandering a good institution.]

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Mar 5, 2011 

MNEWS: MC Kentucky of the MAAC


Manhattan sells out with Rohrssen firing
Last Updated: 5:38 AM, March 5, 2011
Posted: 1:51 AM, March 5, 2011

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By the time you read this, it likely will be official: Manhattan College is the Kentucky of the MAAC.

Too harsh you say? Actions speak louder than words.

Manhattan athletic director Bob Byrnes told coach Barry Rohrssen that he would be fired after this fifth season. The 10th-seeded Jaspers lost, 68-66, to seventh-seeded Siena late last night in the opening round of the MAAC tournament, and if form held, Rohrssen coached his last game.

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The program is supposed to stress the student in student-athlete. It’s supposed to be a front porch for the college, one that encourages potential students to enroll at the little oasis in The Bronx, get a quality education and enjoy the Division I basketball experience.

Rohrssen has graduated every player who stayed for four years — 12 in, 12 out with their diploma. He never got a technical foul in five years. He attended every graduation ceremony in May, when the campus was half-empty.

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[JR: Hmm, maybe the NLRB is right? I guess I have to eat the words written minutes ago.]

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Mar 5, 2011 

JFOUND: Fisher, Michelle [MC1994] tips off upcoming women graduates


Tiger’s Roar > News
SSU’s COBA hosts B.E.E.P
By Jaleesa Smith
Published: Friday, March 4, 2011
Updated: Friday, March 4, 2011 11:03

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The next guest speaker was Michelle Fisher, who oversees the staff of both management and union employees of Consolidation Edison Company of New York.

She has been with the company for over six years now. Her managerial abilities include underground residential construction.

Fisher’s background includes being a engineering systems specialist.

She received her bachelor in science in engineering from Manhattan College in New York and a masters in business administration from Pace University, and also a graduate certificate in construction management from New York University.

The overall program was informal; they gave good tips for upcoming women graduates looking for jobs.

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Fisher, Michelle [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Michelle (Reid) is a member of the Class of 1994.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fisher, Michelle [MC1994]

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Mar 5, 2011 

JNEWS: Walsh, Vincent [MC1962] Construction Insurance and Surety Broker


Mar 04, 2011 08:00 ET
Construction Insurance and Surety Broker Vincent Walsh Joins RFF & Associates as Senior Vice President
He Brings 40 Years of Experience to Garden City, NY-Based Firm That Is a National Leader in Construction and Surety Brokerage

GARDEN CITY, NY–(Marketwire – March 4, 2011) – RFF & Associates, Inc., an Alliant company (www.alliantinsurance.com) and one of the largest construction insurance and surety brokerage firms in the U.S., has announced that construction insurance and surety broker Vincent A. Walsh has joined the firm as Senior Vice President in its Garden City, NY office where he will be responsible for new business development and account service.

With more than 40 years of experience in the construction and surety marketplace, Walsh is a recognized surety expert who has represented some of the nation’s leading surety companies and reinsurers. He comes to RFF from a top national brokerage firm, where he was Senior Vice President for its surety and insurance practice. Before that, he was Secretary/Director in the headquarters office of Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. (now Travelers).

“Vincent Walsh has built an exceptional reputation as a true expert and top-performing broker in the specialized construction and surety niche,” stated Richard Ferrucci, National Construction Practice Leader for Alliant Insurance Services, which acquired RFF as part of its recent acquisition of New York City-based T&H Group, a regional insurance brokerage and the parent of RFF. “Vincent will be an outstanding complement to RFF’s existing team of highly seasoned insurance and surety professionals by further strengthening our relationships with major surety carriers.”

Alliant CEO Tom Corbett commented, “The hiring of Vincent Walsh demonstrates the continuing commitment of the entire Alliant organization to meeting the specialized insurance needs of the construction and surety sector on a national level. In fact, one of the key factors in our acquisition of T&H Group was its strong construction practice, including RFF.”

In addition to being licensed in property, casualty and surety, Walsh is a licensed broker for life and health. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Manhattan College and his MBA from the College of Insurance (now St. John’s University).

Walsh is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and currently sits on its National Committee for Insurance and Surety. He is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and worked on the formation of this nationwide professional organization.

About Alliant Insurance Services

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. is one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States and has a history dating back to 1925. Alliant provides property and casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services to some 20,000 specialized clients nationwide, including public entities, tribal nations, healthcare, energy, law firms, real estate, construction, and other industry groups. More information is available at: www.alliantinsurance.com.

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Walsh, Vincent [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Vincent is a member of the Class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Walsh, Vincent [MC1962]

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Mar 5, 2011 

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) reports back for duty

My fellow alums,

This past two weeks have literally been the worst in my life. My wife of forty years was “called home”. I’m not pandering for sympathy or condolences. Just explaining why Jasper Jottings has had minimal attention this week. Many of you have expressed your condolences; thank you. I’m sure everyone would like to say something. But what does one say. That was always my problem when I went to wakes or funerals. “I am sorry for your, and all our, loss.” That was about the best I could come up with. Even if I never really knew the person. (Frau Reinke dragged me kicking and screaming to a lot of them. Envision a fat old white guy injineer acting out like big baby.) Now having been on the receiving end of all those well-intentioned words, I’m convinced I was like most folks. What do you say? So for all the prayers, good thoughts, and kind words said for her: Thank you. Those of you, like me, who said a bad word or two about the whole thing, I hope we spend minimal time in Purgatory together. I’ve been in Hell for a long time.

I’ll close this matter with two quotes from my book CHURCH 10●19●62 in which Frau Reinke was the heroine. (She steadfastly refused to read it. Wise woman! Ever read an injineer’s writing? And was horrified that I made a fuss over it and her role in it. She was THE heroine. My heroine! But I did make a predictions that came true — scary. That she would go first.) The scene is where she and the hero “John” (What you expected something different for someone as self-absorbed as me?) discussed their eventual deaths and who would die first.

“My love, were it in my power, I would sadly grant thee this boon. But, we have to continue to follow His Plan for us. Let’s go forth and speak no more of this. Who ever is last will be last. It will be His choice; not ours. We’re but humble custodians of His temple on earth. It’s not our place to trump His plan. Whatever that plan be, know that I will be with you to my last breath.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 418

“Let us remember we are in the Holy Presence of God. For more days than I’d care to count, those words were said in my presence. Not until now do I think I begin to understand them.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 371

I’m not sure that the real John, me, understand it. Now, I begin my journey on my “last mile” alone. But don’t we all have to travel that last mile on our own?

Thanks for reading this maudlin remembrance,

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In loving memory of Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke (7/1/47-2/26/11)

Her obit: http://goo.gl/mk4ue

Guest book: http://goo.gl/HSEbJ

Memories: http://1000memories.com/evy-reinke

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Mar 2, 2011 

Comment on JBLOGGER: Jasper? “Daywon” (MC2008?) prof grip 

by Daywon

Hello. This is probably the last place I expected to see something related to my livejournal postings referenced/at all. I did graduate in 2008 from Manhattan College. Can I help you with something?

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Mar 2, 2011 

Comment on JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) the Litany of Humility

by Carolyn Predmore (MCfac)

Hello John,

I get humility, because everytime I think I can do something easily because I know what I am doing, I usually end up with a mess. When I go at a project with the idea that this may work and if not, then I ‘ll try something else – I do better.

I was so sorry to receive your note that Evlynn had finished her long struggle with her medical problems and has gone to be with her parents and brother in the arms of God. I know that she made a difference to a large group of people who became family by extension and I am sure that you will be at the center of their thoughts and prayers as you are in mine.


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Mar 5, 2011 

ENDNOTE: Boston archdiocese plans to sell closed parishes


Boston archdiocese unveils plans to sell closed parishes
February 17, 2011

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The Boston archdiocese has taken the first steps toward the sale of property at several parishes that have been officially closed since 2004.

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[JR: Sadly. Evidence that the end of an era is over. The Gooferment and the "Secular Progressives" have killed The Church.]

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