JASPER JOTTINGS Week 51 - 2011 December 18     

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



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POSITRACTION: Abortion is Murder


Judge Napolitano: Why Taxation is Theft, Abortion is Murder, & Gov't is Dangerous

[JR: A ½ hour, but contains a well spoke argument about "abortion". Made me feel that I was back in High School where a Christian Brother, who's name I've long forgot, told some young hormone ravage boys to wise up. "It's not all kissy face and pressy body! Actions have consequences. Now when is it ok to kill? A man, a child, a baby, prior to birth?" This is what passed for sex ed in my school. I vaguely remember the line "If you don't dip your pen in some girl's inkwell, then you won't have anything to worry about." But, I can't swear that was in school or basic training. Anyway, the Judge makes a strong case, I'm not sure if I exactly agree. Having had the Christian Brothers, you might be able to make a case that "rights" inure to the person when they can take them and fight for them. In that instance, there are some people who never reach that age. Ever. I found the Judge's riff on when and how it flows from either Natural or Moral Law most reassuring. Hope you find it inspiring as well. I liked his allusion to Aquinas' argument of conscience. We've forgotten that, I fear, in this country.]

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JFOUND: Danahar, David C. (MC1963) President Southwest Minnesota State University


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David Danahar - president of Southwest Minnesota State University

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President David C. Danahar
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Phone: (507)537-6272
Fax: (507)537-6241

Appointed: July 1, 2001

Previous positions:
    Provost, Loyola University, La.
    Vice president, Loyola University, La.
    Dean, Fairfield University, Conn.

    Ph.D, University of Massachusetts
    M.A., University of Massachusetts
    Bachelor’s degree, Manhattan College, N.Y.

Professional organizations:
    American Historical Association
    Central European Historical Association
    Division II President?s Council

Areas of expertise:
    New designs/models for P-14 and P-16 learning systems

    A historian by training, President Danahar has a special interest in Central European history and the Hapsburg Empire.

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Danahar, David C. (MC????)

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Dear John,

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


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Danahar, David C. (MC1963)

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JOBIT: Bertin, Anthony P. [MC1951 RIP]


Anthony P. Bertin

Anthony P. Bertin, 81, of Deerfield, died on Friday, December 9, 2011, in the warmth and comfort of his home with loved ones by his side.

The son of the late Antonio and Ines Mion Bertin, Tony was born in New York City and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY. In 1951, he graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Following his Army service as a member of the Signal Corps in Korea, Tony moved to Utica and was employed by the General Electric Company.

In May 1958, Tony married Eleanore Bonacci at Blessed Sacrament Church. They made their home in Utica and Deerfield. A man of integrity and purpose, he worked in various positions and retired from General Electric Company in 1992 as Project Manager.

He was an active member of the Elfin Society, a member of Historic Old St. John's Church, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Tony's first love was family, then his home. His hobbies included gardening (great vegetables), hunting, deep-sea fishing and cheering for the NY Giants. He was an avid bridge player who planned his schedule around the Thursday Bridge Group. His love of reading and history led Tony and his wife to travel extensively during his retirement, but they always loved to return to "Home Sweet Home".

He had treasured memories of all of his friends and activities, and Tony's children and grandsons were his greatest source of pride. Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Eleanore; two daughters, Lisa (Robert) Freeman, Lancaster, PA, and Ellie (Nicholas) Colucci, Westfield, NJ; as well as five grandsons, Nicholas Leonard Colucci, Washington, DC, Alex Bertin Colucci, Middlebury College, Vermont, John Thomas Colucci, Colgate University, Christopher Robert and Andrew Bertin Freeman, Lancaster, PA. He is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Johanna Bonacci Albrecht and Henry Albrecht, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday (today), December 11, from 2-4 p.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Historic Old St. John's Church, 240 Bleecker St., Utica.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Historic Old St. John's Church.

The Bertin family wishes to thank Dr. Booth, the staff of Central NY Cardiology and Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare for their compassion and care. Messages of sympathy at www.nunnandmcgrath.com

Published in The Observer-Dispatch on December 11, 2011


Bertin, Anthony P. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/uticaod/guestbook.aspx?n=anthony-bertin&pid=154962332&cid=full

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Dear John,

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

                              May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bertin, Anthony P. [MC1951 RIP]

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JOBIT: DiNapoli, Alfred E. Sr. [MC1938 RIP]


Alfred DiNapoli Sr.


Alfred E. DiNapoli Sr., age 95, of Milford, died December 6, 2011 in Milford Health Care.

Alfred was the beloved husband of 68 years to the late Dorothea Guilfoyle DiNapoli, who past away almost a year ago to the day. He was born in New York City on October 17, 1916, son of the late Pasquale & Mary Francis Bongo DiNapoli.

He was a longtime resident of the Bronx and Yonkers before recently moving to Milford. Alfred was a graduate of Manhattan College and received a Bachelors Degree in Science. He was a decorated Army Air Force Veteran of WWII, twice recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Mr. DiNapoli was a retired Deputy Clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Past Commander of the New York Supreme Court American Legion Post 1062, and Past President of the New York Catholic Court Attachs Guild.

Survivors include his devoted sons, Alfred E. Jr. and his wife Susan and Don and his wife Anne Sheehy and a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces & nephews and great grand nieces & nephews.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 Broad St. Milford from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Thursday at 11:00 am directly in St. Mary Church Milford. Interment will be private.

To leave condolences or for directions, please visit our website @ www.georgejsmithandson.com

Published in the New Haven Register on December 11, 2011


DiNapoli, Alfred E. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nhregister/guestbook.aspx?n=alfred-dinapoli&pid=154966090&cid=full

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Dear John,

                I believe that Alfred is a member of the Class of 1938. His son, Alfred Jr, is a member of the Class of 1968. Al was a long time, well respected Clerk in the New York State Supreme Court. My father was a clerk in that Court when Al started and helped break him in.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Great background connecting son to MC.]

DiNapoli, Alfred E. Sr. [MC1938 RIP]

DiNapoli, Alfred E. Jr. [MC1968]

[JR: Our condolences to our fellow Jasper from the fine Class of 1968. Hopefully, he can and will tell us about his dad. And himself. Sad days like this make me wish we had a staff of reporters to go out and interview all these great Jaspers. Argh! Lost wisdom.]

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JOBIT: Nolan, Thomas F. Jr. [MC1941 RIP]



THOMAS F. NOLAN, JR , died at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT on December 7, 2011 at age 91.

He was predeceased by his father Thomas F. Nolan, Sr, M.D., his mother Mary Bowen Nolan, NYC and his brother Richard B. Nolan, M.D., also of NYC.

Born in Greensburg, PA on May 15, 1920, Tom graduated from LaSalle Academy, NYC, Manhattan College and NYU School of Medicine with residencies in surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital, NYC and St. Vincent's Hospital, Erie, PA. Dr. Nolan served in the US Army Medical Corps from 1946-1948 and from 1952-1953. He practiced general surgery in Erie, PA from 1950-1986.

He and his wife Joan retired to Madison, CT in 1986. In retirement he pursued many artistic interests - poetry, music and art - with the same joie de vivre he exhibited in his personal and professional endeavors .

He was President of the Northwestern PA Chapter of the F.A.C.S. and active in the American Cancer Society . He served as President of the St. Vincent Hospital Medical Staff from 1971-1972, Chairman of the United Way gift committee, Officer in the "Y" Men's Speaker Club and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter's Cathedral in Erie, PA.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan Devine Nolan of Madison, CT and their five children, Betsy N. Sandberg (Bill), Riverside, CT; Thomas F. Nolan III (Barrie), Fairview, PA; Jodie Nolan (Jonathan Thomas), South Deerfield, MA; Robert W. Nolan, M.D. (Marianne), Castle Rock, CO and Kate N. Clemens (Dave), Glastonbury, CT; grandchildren, Brendan Nolan (Meaghan), Darien, CT, Christopher Nolan (Johanna Kao), Hong Kong; Jesse Nolan, San Diego, CA; Emma Nolan-Thomas, Ann Arbor, MI; Tyler Sandberg, Broomfield, CO; Griffin Sandberg, Boulder, CO; Elizabeth Nolan, Castle Rock, CO; Ian and Dylan Clemens, Glastonbury, CT. Also surviving Tom are three great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Jack and Marykate Nolan, Darien, CT.

His family and friends will miss his incomparable compassion, humility and humor. His glass was always half full and others always came first.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 at St. Margaret's Church in Madison. CT at 11:00 am. A reception will follow at The Winter Club in Madison, CT. Burial will be at a later date in Erie, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 5031 West Ridge Rd., Erie, PA 16506-1249 in the name of Thomas F. Nolan, Jr., M.D.

Published in GreenwichTime on December 11, 2011


Nolan, Thomas F. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/greenwichtime/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-nolan&pid=155005557&cid=full

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Dear John,

                    I believe that Thomas is member of the Class of 1941.

                         May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nolan, Thomas F. Jr. [MC1941 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) on social justice
From: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)
Date: Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Subject: Social Justice = a term coined by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas

Dear Jasper John

I have always thought that the concept of social justice was an essential part of Catholicism and helped distinguish Catholics fro some protestant denominations who did not think good works or economic policies to be important A brief look at some web sites seems to indicate I am correct.

The concept can be traced back to St Thomas Aquinas, whose teachings dominated philosophical and morals teachings when I was at Manhattan.

Sincerely yours
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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From Wikipedia:

Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.] The term and modern concept of “social justice” was coined by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli in 1840 based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and given further exposure in 1848 by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati.[1][2][4][5][6] The idea was elaborated by the moral theologian John A. Ryan, who initiated the concept of a living wage. Father Coughlin also used the term in his publications in the 1930s and the 1940s. It is a part of Catholic social teaching, the Episcopalians’ Social Gospel, and is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by green parties worldwide. Social justice as a secular concept, distinct from religious teachings, emerged mainly in the late twentieth century, influenced primarily by philosopher John Rawls. Some tenets of social justice have been adopted by those on the left of the political spectrum.

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[JR: Hmmm, “social justice”? Sorry, but the term has been assumed by the radical left -ists (i.e., Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Who knows what else ists) to mean “to each according to their needs (as they see them)”. I humbly doubt that Saint Thomas Aquinas, whom the good Brothers in Good Shepherd Grammar school and Manhattan Prep insisted we read, would recognize the “cradle to grave” handouts as his social justice of “equality”. I’d have to go back and refresh my memory but wasn’t he about a “just price” and the immorality of gouging one’s fellow man. I don’t remember him saying to rob everyone so that some might live a life of indolence (i.e., on the dole for generations). Maybe I misread him; I doubt I am misreading today’s Socialists. They want to control the levers of Gooferment for their own benefit. And, soon the productive class will stop producing and everyone will starve. I’m sure that’s not what the Church Fathers — past or present — intended. Shame economics is such a hard subject; with all that math and facts stuff. “The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” —Margaret Thatcher Charity, of course; forced redistribution of wealth, never!]

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JNEWS: Breslin, Michael P. [MC1986] EVP Richmond University Medical Center


RUMC names new executive VP
Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 5:56 AM     Updated: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 5:58 AM
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Michael P. Breslin of Belle Harbor, N.Y., has been named the executive vice president of Administration and Finance at Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.

A certified public accountant, Breslin is a highly regarded leader in the area of health care operations and finance, having served as partner in the Manhattan office of Ernst & Young.

While there, he was the lead partner responsible for coordinating all aspects of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services provided to some of the largest academic medical centers and healthcare systems in the country. He also served as a senior executive with a number of major healthcare facilities in the New York area.

Breslin was chief financial officer for Lenox Hill Hospital, where he directed a major financial turnaround ultimately leading to that institution's acquisition by the North Shore LIJ Health System in 2010. Most recently, he served as vice president of the North Shore LIJ Health System in Manhasset, L.I.

Breslin is a member of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut State Societies of Certified Public Accountants and has served as the chairman of the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants Healthcare Subcommittee.

Breslin is a graduate of Manhattan College.

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Breslin, Michael P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1986.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Breslin, Michael P. [MC1986]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) Cardona's [MC1962 RIP] Funeral Mass

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM
Subject: Judge Cardona's "62 Funeral

Dear John,

                Here is the story from the Albany Times Union about Judge Cardona's Funeral Mass.


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Date:     Sun, 11 Dec 2011 20:39:49 -0500 (EST)

ALBANY — The hundreds who packed St. Mary's Church in downtown Friday for the funeral of Appellate Division Presiding Justice Anthony V. Cardona came away feeling they knew the beloved judge a little better, whether it was hearing stories about him or singing — and the whole church sang — the "12 Days of Christmas," just like the Cardona family would do every year.

Anthony V. Cardona Jr., the oldest son and an assistant district attorney in Albany County, led the congregation in the song and had one stipulation: When the verse of "five golden rings" came around, only the judges, more than 110 of them, were instructed to sing that part. The directive brought laughs from the congregation. But when the judges met the challenge with a vigorous and melodious rendition, applause erupted throughout the church.

Every Christmas, at least once, Cardona would gather his family around, his four children, their spouses, and his grandchildren, put them in groups for the singing of the "12 Days of Christmas," his son said. "Now we're going to sing it."

Many walked out of church smiling, in between tears. How many times do you sing a non-religious song at a funeral, even though the argument could be made the song has religious symbolism?

Cardona, 70, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. A Glenmont resident and Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, he began his law career in 1971. He was on the bench for 27 years, first as an Albany County Family Court judge and then as a state Supreme Court justice who was appointed to the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court Third Department and served as the presiding justice of that five-member panel which has jurisdiction in 28 counties.

Those who knew him agreed that Cardona exemplified happiness and a love of life. He always appeared robust and bigger than life.

Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese reflected on Cardona's "rich and truly accomplished life." He spoke of the judge's compassion while serving in Family Court, which the bishop said "in his mind was the most difficult seat on the bench."

Cardona's virtues included a "serene temperament and impeccable integrity" that complimented his "keen legal skills," Hubbard said. The judge never lost his sense of humor nor respect for all who appeared before him, and despite his accomplishments, "the joy of his life was his family, truly the cherry on the sundae of his life," he said.

"He was like a brother to me," Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings said outside the church. "I loved him. He taught lessons of life, how to treat people and love your family,"

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi, a young lawyer with Cardona at the firm of Ainsworth Sullivan Tracy Knauf, said, all in all, Cardona was "really a simple person. He liked nothing better than to play with his grandchildren or sit down and have a bowl of linguine with clam sauce."

The Rev. Anthony J. Chiaramonte, a childhood friend of Cardona's and one of several priests on the altar, said in his homily, "Our hearts are broken and our eyes full of tears" as we "cry out 'why'? 'Why Tony, why now?' "

The priest spoke of tender moments with Cardona at St. Peter's Hospital on Thanksgiving morning and of making peace with God. Chiaramonte said he once received a card that said, "Thank God for people who make life beautiful," adding, "Tony truly made life beautiful for all of us."

Cardona was known for a metaphor that everyone he touched, especially judges, came to enjoy — "making sauce." Appellate Division Associate Justice Edward Spain worked with Cardona on a daily basis. He said Cardona "was fiercely passionate about ... getting our decisions out in a timely fashion."

"He had a lot of other duties, whether it was deciding on a color of a wall" if the court was being renovated, "or picking out a piece of furniture or who would be appointed to a committee," Spain said. "When asked if he had made a decision on a person or picked a color, he would said, 'No, I'm making sauce.' "

He believed good Italian sauce has to simmer, and that meant he was thinking about it, Spain said. "But then again, he got those decisions out."

Teresi said Cardona was a conciliator. "One of his great lines was, 'We're going to sit down and make sauce.' " It meant "sit down and work this out, not be adversarial."

Albany attorney Richard Miller sang "Ave Maria" and "Silent Night" among other songs.

Daughter-in-law Meghan Cardona, who is married to Cardona's son, Brian, spoke of her warm acceptance into the family and of Sunday dinners and big vacations, which could include 17 people.

Attorney Roger Fritts, who gathered with Cardona every Saturday morning at a breakfast club, said the judge's "Italian heritage was reflected in many ways ... eating being one."

Cardona loved people, and a long list wanted to visit him during his illness. One day, Cardona told Fritts, "If anyone comes, I don't like, you can keep him out," and Fritts said he responded, "Who the hell might that be?"

"Terrific" was a favorite word of Cardona's, Fritts said, as he broke down, noting that if Cardona could look around the packed church, he would say, "Isn't this terrific!"

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[JR: Sounds like he was a hell of a fellow. Too bad, I didn't get to meet him. Who will fill those big shoes?]

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JNEWS: Fahey, John M. Jr. [MC1973] returns to roots


John M. Fahey, National Geographic CEO, returns to Ross
By Andrew Reiver
Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011 Updated: Sunday, December 11, 2011 23:12

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"We are in a period of exponential change. Our lives are changing at a never before seen pace."

This was the opening statement from John M. Fahey, Jr. during his Wednesday presentation to the Ross student body. A Bronx native, Fahey attended Manhattan college as an undergraduate before receiving an MBA from the U of M. SInce 1998, he has served as both the CEO and President of the National Geographic society, as well as the Chairman of its executive committee. Fahey provided students with a wide array of information, including his own beginnings and leadership style, as well as valuable insights into the ever-evolving media industry.

Fahey came to National Geographic in 1996, after serving as the CEO and President of Time Life, Inc. Immediately, he found that a change to the existing "stultified" culture was necessary for the progression of the company, but also that this change would be very difficult to put into effect. "If you canʼt get something done, you need to elevate and push past it," Fahey says; given his attitude and industry experience, he was allotted the responsibility of making this change a reality. So as to make sure that everyone was on the same page, the primary step was creating 7 core values which would help the organization as a whole accomplish their goals; for example: "Mankind wants access to everything. (National Geographic) aims to illuminate the place between that desire and this planetʼs ability to provide." Though Ross students most likely dread the idea of a SWOT analysis, Fahey next encouraged employees to do just that: analyze the strengths and weaknesses of National Geographicʼs strategies. "The world is a changing place," he said. "If (this company) is going to be successful in 3 to 5 years, what are we going to be doing?"

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Mr. Fahey, however, does not share the sense of fear that seems to have affected many of his contemporaries. "The move away from print is inevitable," he says calmly, yet with certainty. Just as he knew that National Geographic needed to drastically change when he joined the company, he knows that things cannot remain static now either. So what is National Geographic doing to address these seemingly constant technological advancements? "Weʼre working with just about everybody in the digital world," he exclaims. Current projects include one with Microsoft, which will be a hybrid of television and video games; one with Netflix, which is focused on youth programming; and, of course, app-development with Apple. Thus, when looking to the future, Fahey has little concern about what obstacles growth may present. In fact, the only feeling he really conveys is hopefulness: "(Technology)" is allowing us to create an organic, alive, incredible place that we never could before," Fahey exclaims. "This is the most exciting time for media ever."

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Fahey, John M. Jr. [MC1973]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) "condemned by several popes"

From: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)
Date: Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Subject: libertarianism, capitalism,[7] fascism, and Nazism have all been condemned, at least in their pure forms, by several popes since the late nineteenth century.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Catholic social teaching is a body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state. Its foundations are widely considered to have been laid by Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical letter Rerum Novarum, which advocated economic Distributism and condemned Socialism, although its roots can be traced to the writings of Catholic thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo, and is also derived from concepts present in the Bible.

According to Pope Benedict XVI, its purpose "is simply to help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just…. [The Church] has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice…cannot prevail and prosper",[1] According to Pope John Paul II, its foundation "rests on the threefold cornerstones of human dignity, solidarity and subsidiarity".[2] These concerns echo elements of Jewish law and the prophetic books of the Old Testament, and recall the teachings of Jesus Christ recorded in the New Testament, such as his declaration that "whatever you have done for one of these least brothers of Mine, you have done for Me."[3]

Catholic social teaching is distinctive in its consistent critiques of modern social and political ideologies both of the left and of the right: liberalism, communism, feminism,[4][5] atheism,[6] socialism, libertarianism, capitalism,[7] fascism, and Nazism have all been condemned, at least in their pure forms, by several popes since the late nineteenth century.

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[JR: Sorry for missing this on Sunday. Hectic to reset everything for a fresh week. You should take a "contributor" account on the Jasper Jottings Daily blog, and insert them right into the stream. Avoid the handling.]

[JR: Now I'm just a fat old white guy injineer and not well versed in all this stuff, but, I thought infallibility only applied to "faith and morals"? So condemning "capitalism" is like condemning "gravity". And, "libertarianism" is condemning "free will". No libertarian that I know or have read ever condemns "religion" or "charity". As a matter of fact, Libertarians are very charitable and advocate vigorously for it. It's not "charity" or "liberty" to have the Gooferment rob the people, turn around giving a few crumbs, and exacting a terrible "handling charge". Like to see the Holy Father condemn "Big Gooferment". Back in the 70's when I was big in the tax revolt movement, I had stats that showed roughly that the "vig" for ANY level of Gooferment to handle money was 50%. So we send money to the IRS, the big Federal Gooferment "grants" to the State Gooferment, who in turn "grants" to the County Gooferment, who in turn "grants" to the Municipal Gooferment. SO that's ½ * ½ * ½ *  ½ or .50 + .25 + .125 + 0.0625 = .0625 to whatever purpose it was meant for. Like the local Municipal Food Bank (A concept I disagree with.) So you'll see why the Libertarians would rather donate directly to say the Salvation Army, then all those bureaucrats! Charity isn't a proper Gooferment function. ]

[JR: And, you quoting Wikipedia? I thought all you intellectuals from up the hill looked down on Wikipedia. :-) Can't use to quote or cite from it at MC. Argh! And, yes, I'm biased as one of the grazillion "little editors" of Wikipedia. Guess the Pope will be against Wikipediaism next?]

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JTWITTER: Otto, Justin (MC2005) The Hershey Haymakers



@NALacrosse NALacrosse

The Hershey Haymakers have selected Justin Otto of Manhattan College for their 12th round pick

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[JR: The Hershey Haymakers?]


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[JR: Justin Otto?]


Justin Otto - Owner/Founder - Justin is a 2005 graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale. There he obtained his degree in Civil Engineering while playing lacrosse at the D1 level. Justin plays attack and is currently the All-Time Leading goal scorer in MC history (129), second in points (172) and was part of the 2002 undefeated season winning the MAAC Championship and playing in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.

He received Team MVP honors in 2003 along with 3-Time First Team All-MAAC selection, a Second Team All-MAAC selection, 2-Time All Tournament Team, led the team in scoring and points in three out of his four years and was Top 20 in goals in Division 1 every year.

Otto was the Offensive Assistant Coach at MC for the 2005-2006 season as well as the Assistant Coach for Riverdale Country Day in 2008 & 2009. He is currently the head JV coach at Bronxville H.S. and still plays as part of the U.S. Indoor Developmental Team, the Salt Shakerz (www.laxoften.com) and runs the Empire Lacrosse club as part of the American Lacrosse League (www.americanlacrosseleague.com).

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Otto, Justin (MC2005)

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JHQ: Manhattan Monthly December 2011


 College Launches New Website
 Manhattan Alumnus’ Mentoring Program Receives Presidential Award
 Manhattan College Honors Two AECOM Leaders at De La Salle Medal Dinner
 College Remembers Professor John Fandel
 Alumnus Presents Inside Look Into 2012 Presidential Campaigns
 College Names Emmanuel Ago Assistant Vice President for Student Life

On Campus
 Building Lasallian Alliances
 Manhattan College Hosts A Festival of Lessons and Carols Christmas Celebration
 Engineering Awareness Day Draws Dozens of Prospective Students
 College Hosts Campus Visit With Leader of De La Salle Christian Brothers

 Manhattan College Inducts Eight Honorees To Athletic Hall of Fame
 Alumni Office Welcomes New Assistant Director
 Long Island Alumni Reception Held on Nov. 9
 Class of 2011 Yearbook Release Reception
 Manhattan vs. Siena Basketball Game
 Jaspers of Georgia 21st Annual Luncheon
 Post-baccalaureate Studies and Fellowship Opportunities
 Save-the-date for Reunion Weekend
 Become a Mentor at Manhattan
 Year-end Gifts to Manhattan
 Alumni Resources
 Contact Your Alumni Office

Student News
 Student Accomplishments

 Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

HR Announcements
 Welcome New Employees
 Manhattan College Milestones

 Manhattan Wins 104th Battle of the Bronx
 Baseball Receive MAAC Championship Rings
 Jaspers Host First Meet On New Indoor Track
 Jaspers Advance to MAAC Finals With Overtime Win
 Dan Mecca Honored at Faculty Convocation
 Malia McGuinness Named Second Team All-MAAC
 Monica Roeder Named MAAC Player of the Week

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JOBIT: Devenuti, Richard B. [MC1951RIP]


Richard B. Devenuti

Our beloved, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Richard B. Devenuti, age 84, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011 in Surprise, AZ.

He was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on July 23, 1927 to Dominick and Irene Devenuti. A World War II veteran, he graduated from Manhattan College as an Electrical Engineer in 1951 and earned his MBA from Florida State University.

He worked in the aerospace industry for 45 years, the last 28 years with the Boeing Company.

Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was the Grand Knight at St Theresa's Parish in Federal Way, Wa. He loved his family, golf, tennis and travel. Never a handy man, he learned to repair cars, do shoddy construction and could fix almost any problem with duct tape and string.

He is survived by Judy, his wife of 59 years, son Richard R. (Jayne) Devenuti and daughters Linda, (John) Keena and Kim Devenuti, 5 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, two brothers and a sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital or your local hospice. A celebration of his life is planned for the New Year.


Devenuti, Richard B. [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/seattletimes/guestbook.aspx?n=richard-devenuti&pid=155019775

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MVIDEO: Some Jaspers do "The Polar Plunge"


Uploaded by ManhattanJaspers on Dec 9, 2011

On Sunday, December 4th, various Manhattan College student-athletes participated in an event titled, "The Polar Plunge". The event was a great success, a 31 member team from Manhattan College participated in the plunge and online donations totaled $3,903.00. All donations go toward the Special Olympic events that are held in the state of New York.

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[JR: Ahh, the exuberance  of youth. At least, getting cold was for a good purpose!]

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MFOUND: Course work in Spain


The Manhattan College held a summer in the UCAV
Digital Avila

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The Manhattan College (USA) held a course next summer at the Catholic University of Avila (UCAV) to promote student exchange during the six weeks which will continue this activity.

During that time, not only participating students attend Spanish classes but also of Mechanical Engineering, for which there will be a professor at Manhattan College, as revealed in the meeting between the two institutions on Monday.

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[JR: OK, my Manhattan Prep Spanish is a little rusty. ... err, OK, I can not tell a lie, GOOGLE TRANSLATE did it.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) reviews a Fandel poem

from    Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)
to    jasperfjohn68
date    Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM
subject    Poetry Readers Challenge - Reviews 2010: Bach and a Catbird by John Fandel

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message 1: by Donald (new)
Apr 04, 2010 04:13pm

John Fandel’s collection of poems, Bach and a Catbird published by Roth Publishing in 1978 contains 50 poems, mostly short poems in formal meter and rhyme, although a few are in free verse. John Fandel is not a household word. In fact, information about him and his poems is meager, despite the fact that his first collection was published in 1947 and he is now 85 and still writing and publishing. The back cover of this collection states, “John Fandel has published many poems (384) in a number of periodicals (90). In addition, he has brought out collections (4), chapbooks (8), privately printed pamphlets (16), and hand-made brochures (24). “ He now probably has double the amount of publications mentioned above. His lack of recognition among the outlets for contemporary poetry is a mystery to me.

The first poem in the collection, “The Aging Astronomer” – which recalls the famous Whitman poem - has a line that characterizes Fandel’s overall technique: “ He had a windowful of sky..and wonder.” Fandel is a poet of the wonders of the physical world. But he is not a poet of the deep forest, instead the poet of the garden; not the poet of the Windhover, instead the poet of the Cardinal and the Mockingbird; not the poet of the deep sea, but the poet of the Sandpiper along the ocean’s edge. Fandel’s poems have the feel that they were influenced by both Gerard Manly Hopkins and Robert Frost (with maybe a touch of Richard Wilbur and Robert Francis thrown in), and an even more distant influence of Keats and Milton. They are deceptively simple, replete with word play, puns and all the literary devices that makes these poems a joy to read. Fandel's classical education is obvious though subtle.

The selections I admired most in this collection are: “Mostly about Calendulas.” one of his many Ars Poetica poems; “Laws,” “Lilacs,” “Sandpiper,” “Map Reading.” and “Blessing Them,” a poem about the feminine influences in his life.

Because, as mentioned earlier, Fandel’s poems do not show up on a simple Google search – it is actually easier to locate them at Amazon or Abesbooks than to try to get them from a University or Local library- I will print out “Laws,” “Lilacs,” and “Mostly about Calendulas” below:

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[JR: I had concerns about Fandel's copyright status. So I refered it to the "legal desk" and Mike ran over from the "research desk" to answer.]

Dear John,

                 With the current state of flux over the "fair use" and all of that, it is probably best to edit out the material and just cite it.

                This has turned out to be a great undertaking.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

[JR: He "ran" pretty fast for '53 Jasper. So I just took the liberty of editing the text. It's available at the above link. Discretion is ...  ]

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JLINKEDIN: Talone, Annie [MC1997] High School Counselor at Yonkers Public Schools


Talone, Annie [MC1997]
High School Counselor at Yonkers Public Schools
Greater New York City Area
Primary/Secondary Education

Summary: Empowering, resourceful, dedicated counselor with extensive experience serving diverse populations, administrators and staff in challenging environments. Approachable, communicative professional with reputation as caring, reliable student advocate. Proactive, team-spirited leader with proven ability to guide and motivate students towards desired success.

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JNEWS: Mohr, James [MC2010] assaulted at the Jet game


Updated: Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 6:56 AM
Jet fan’s vicious ‘chief’ beatdown
Last Updated: 6:56 AM, December 14, 2011
Posted: 1:18 AM, December 14, 2011

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A diehard Jet fan was savagely beaten on his own turf by a drunken gang of Kansas City Chiefs fans after their team was trounced on Sunday — with one of the assailants barking “F--k New York” and “You all deserved what happened on 9/11!” the victim’s distraught family told The Post.

James Mohr, 23, a physical-education teacher at the Bronx Guild vocational high school, was wearing his Jets gear after the team’s 37-10 victory as he walked through Parking Lot J at MetLife Stadium when a woman standing with a pack of thugs screamed the vile taunts.

Mohr took offense and told the rowdies their 9/11 insult was “disrespectful,” said his sister, Anna Mohr, 28.

“Our other brother is a fireman, and my father is retired FDNY, so you can understand why a 9/11 comment would especially irk him,” Anna said. “He was shocked anyone would actually say something like that.”

Mohr, who lives in Auburndale, Queens, was walking alone from where a group of neighborhood pals had gathered in another part of the lot where some buddies from Manhattan College were parked when he was jumped by up to seven of the cowardly goons. At least one was wearing a Chiefs football jersey, a police source confirmed

The lifelong Jet fan suffered a fractured jaw, cheekbone and eye socket in the beatdown, and also has bleeding on the brain.

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[JR: This is absurd. It's not hard to imagine the "religious wars" in third world countries. We have our own version here in the USA. Seriously, fighting over professional team affiliations. Yeah, there can and should be good natured jostling over why the Giants are better than the Jets or the Yanks are better than the Red Sox, or event he Jaspers are better than Rams. But physical violence! Over sports teams? And, I don't think it's just all alcohol. (Don't get me started on ranting about the "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs") Where's the security? And, what about the RKBA? He should have been allowed to defend himself with deadly force. Bet that would put a stop to this nonsense. Argh!]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM
Subject: A "manhattan college" connection? Opinion?

Dear John,

                 I checked and he is a member of the Class of 2010.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mohr, James [MC2010]

[JR: We're praying for his complete recovery and that his attackers   ]

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JNEWS: Young, Michael [MC1975] Westchester Community Sports HoF


Westchester Community Sports Hall Inducts Four
by Danny LoPriore (email) 12/13/11

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Michael Young (Mt. Vernon), who started for the 1971 Mt Vernon High School team. Young was also an outstanding track athlete who played for the Vikings before transferring to Manhattan College and returning to WCC as an assistant coach.

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Young, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1975.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Young, Michael [MC1975]

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JHQ: Thornton, Charles [MC1961] in Jane Pauley video


"Charles Thornton '61 was recently featured on AARP’s "Your Life Calling With Jane Pauley," which airs frequently on NBC’s Today Show. See a behind the scenes peek here."

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Behind the Scenes of AARP's October 24th, 2011 TODAY show segment, Your Life Calling w/ Jane Pauley. Charlie Thornton along with 8 of his colleagues started ACE (Architects, Contractors & Engineers) a program encouraging high school students to become engineers. More info. www.aarp.org/jane

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[JR: Two minute video.]

Thornton, Charles [MC1961]

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JHQ: Christmas video from MC


Uploaded by manhattancollege on Dec 14, 2011

Merry Christmas from Manhattan College's communication department! Enjoy this special message, which was entirely student directed and produced.

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) finds Maresca, Joseph [MC1973]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM
Subject: Dr. Joseph Maresca,'73 (Mt.St Michael '69)

Dear John,

           Here is a piece form the Mount Saint Michael on line newsletter about Joe Maresca,'73 and a program he is doing at the Mount.


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Dr. Joseph Maresca '69 CPA, CISA is not only a distinguished accountant, he has recently started a second career as an avid writer on academic topics.

Earlier this year, Dr. Maresca created and launched the website Supercontents on Lunch.com. in order to centralize complex research topics like The Artificial Sun, The Continent of Plasticsis and Nuclear Power Safety Issues. 

Members of Lunch.com write articles on topics of interest in the arts, sciences and current events. Says Dr. Maresca, " I like writing about academics in order to add a practical dimension to the subjects. Obviously, Accounting has brought me into the details of business operations that operate in ways that the accounting literature does not always anticipate."

The intent of Supercontents, says Dr. Maresca,  is to have content which is topical, well-researched and generally unique. The content should interest a wide spectrum of professionals, people in academe, government, researchers, students at every level, hobby enthusiasts,  nature enthusiasts  and many others. Some popular issues covered on Supercontents include articles on the following.

* The Icelandic Volcano

* Haitian Earthquake

* The Continent of Plasticsis

* Natural Cancer Killers

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Keep this up and you'll be off the reference desk and elbowing me out as CiC.]

Maresca, Joseph [MC1973]

[JR: I'll add some value by adding the direct link to his work. If I can't be CiC, maybe I can stay on the techie desk. Before it's outsourced to a third world country. But who'd work for these wages?]


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JNEWS: Marsala, William Z. [MC2013] earns honors


Installed In Civil Engineering Honor Society
2011-12-16 / Community

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William Marsala and Dr. Moujalli Hourani, chairperson of Manhattan College civil engineering department

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William Z. Marsala was recently installed as a member of Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. The induction ceremony and dinner took place on November 11, at Manhattan College where William is currently in his junior year studying Civil Engineering. William is a graduate of Garden City High School, Class of 2009.

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Marsala, William Z. [MC2013]

[JR: Congrats and good press for MC.]

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JNEWS: Greeley, Joseph R. [MC1976] Project Director McKim & Creed


Project Director Joins McKim & Creed

Sarasota, FL, December 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- McKim & Creed, a nationally ranked, award-winning engineering, surveying and planning firm, announces that Joseph R. Greeley, PE, has joined the company’s Sarasota, Florida, office as project director.

Greeley is a graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in civil engineering. He brings more than 35 years’ experience in environmental design, water and wastewater facilities, and process design. He is a member of the Florida chapter of the Water Environment Association and the American Water Works Association.

Prior to joining McKim & Creed, Greeley worked at Stantec Consulting Services as a Principal and Water Practice Leader for the southern region.

At McKim & Creed, he will have overall responsibility for business development, senior project management and service delivery in the southwest Florida area.

About McKim & Creed:

McKim & Creed provides engineering, surveying and planning services to public and private sector clients via 13 offices throughout the Southeast. The company has won numerous awards and accolades, and has been named one of the top architectural/engineering/contracting firms by Public Works magazine, one of the top design firms in the Southeast by Southeast Construction magazine, and one of the top 500 design firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record magazine.


Greeley, Joseph R. [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1976.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Greeley, Joseph R. [MC1976]

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JNEWS: Roberts, Keith J. [MC1990] joined Brach Eichler LLC


Keith J. Roberts of Old Tappan joins law firm, Brach Eichler LLC
Thursday December 15, 2011, 10:46 AM
Northern Valley Suburbanite

Keith J. Roberts has joined Brach Eichler L.L.C. as a member of the firm's healthcare practice group. He previously was a partner at Roberts & Moscaritolo in River Edge.

Roberts' practice focuses in the areas of healthcare law, complex insurance litigation, personal injury and personal injury protection (PIP) arbitration.

He serves as counsel to MRI facilities, surgical centers, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, chiropractic physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, multi-disciplinary facilities and physical therapists.

A highly experienced insurance litigator, he has argued important cases before the trial and appellate courts in New Jersey and prosecutes insurance claim-related lawsuits and arbitrations.

In addition, he has successfully prosecuted millions of dollars of medical benefit claims pursuant to the no fault PIP arbitration process on behalf of medical providers treating auto accident victims, and is a recognized expert in this practice field.

Roberts is one of a select few attorneys to serve on the New Jersey Auto Insurance Commissioners Technical Advisory Committee on PIP (PIPTAC). As a result, he has participated in the administrative and statutory reform of New Jersey's no fault automobile insurance system, as well as the no fault PIP arbitration process.

Roberts earned his bachelor of arts from Manhattan College and a juris doctorate from New York Law School. A resident of Old Tappan, he serves on the Forthright Advisory Council (formerly the National Arbitration Forum), and provides counsel on behalf of the user community engaged in the process of PIP dispute resolution with insurance carriers throughout the state. He also serves as moderator/speaker for the annual New Jersey Institute for continuing education no fault insurance (PIP College), a program he developed over the past ten years.

"Keith's arrival enables us to provide strong physician advocacy in both litigation and arbitration matters," said John D. Fanburg, chair of the healthcare practice group and managing member of Brach Eichler. "Keith is highly experienced in advocating for physicians' rights in matters involving insurance carriers, fraud-related defense, state-initiated disciplinary proceedings, or prosecuting medical provider claims for reimbursement, as well as in the typical range of healthcare litigation matters."

Brach Eichler L.L.C. is a full-service law firm based in Roseland. With nearly 60 attorneys, the firm is focused in healthcare, real estate; litigation; tax, trusts and estates and business and finance. For additional information visit www.bracheichler.com.

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Dear John,

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


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Roberts, Keith J. [MC1990]

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JHQ: Fall 2011 COMM(unity) newsletter


COMM(unity) is the official newsletter of the communication department at Manhattan College, published during the fall and spring semester of each academic year. It is also produced — in its entirety — by students in the department as an extracurricular activity. And this is as it should be. Because COMM(unity) is not simply a vehicle for us to inform the larger Manhattan College community about the newsworthy things our department, its students and its faculty are doing, it is also a vehicle to showcase what we teach our students and what they learn: how to write news and information-based articles, how to do professional-quality layout and design work, how to master the programs and software used to create such documents, and how to do all of the above on a deadline.

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JHQ: MC Prez top Irishman in ed



Manhattan College’s President Recognized by the Irish Voice Newspaper
Posted on December 14, 2011

The Irish Voice newspaper will recognize Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, as one of the top figures in education with an Irish heritage at an awards ceremony on Dec. 14 at the home of Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny. O’Donnell was named to the Irish Education 100 list along with other significant educational leaders in North America, and the Irish Voice will feature all honorees in a special edition of the newspaper on Dec. 14.

“Manhattan College has a long and rich history of service to the Irish community in New York, and I am honored to be part of the Irish Education 100 list,” O’Donnell said.

As the 19th president of Manhattan College, assuming the role on July 1, 2009, O’Donnell came to the College after five years of service as the dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University. In addition, he spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program.

O’Donnell is currently on the board of trustees at La Salle University and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), and has served as a board member for the Lilly Fellows Program and for Collegium, a consortium of Catholic universities that strives to strengthen faculty understanding of and participation in the mission of Catholic higher education.

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JOBIT: Barrett,  James Brendan [MC???? RIP]


James Barrett

Col. James Brendan Barrett, 88, a retired Marine Corps colonel and former bank executive, died December 11 on Hilton Head Island, SC of natural causes.

He was born December 22, 1922, in New York City to John T. and Johanna Moynihan Barrett and attended schools there until leaving college during World War II to serve as an officer with the Marines in the South Pacific, Okinawa and North China. After his discharge he returned to Manhattan College and earned a degree in civil engineering, after which he worked as a construction field engineer in Venezuela.

He subsequently attended Harvard Business School, graduating with an MBA in 1951 and returning to active duty with the Marines was wounded in action as a rifle company commander in Korea. After convalescing in Japan, he became a career infantry officer, serving in Frankfurt, Germany, and Paris, France, on the staff of the U.S. Commander in Chief, Europe; in Yokosuka, Japan, on the staff of Commander Naval Forces, Far East; teaching at Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, VA; and serving with troops in various locations in the Far East.

In 1953, he married Anne Kaufman Good, a Marine widow residing in Alexandria, VA, where they established several homes during his tours in the Quantico and Washington areas. When assigned to the National Security Agency in Maryland, Col. Barrett moved to Annapolis, where he was to reside over 30 years. He retired in 1970 and later joined Maryland National Bank of Baltimore as a trust officer, retiring again in 1988 as vice-president.

He and his wife were avid world travelers and he was active in American Heart Association volunteer affairs in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas. His wife preceded him in death in 1998; a year later he moved to Hilton Head Island, SC.

He is survived by a son, Christopher B. Barrett, of Ithaca, NY;a stepson, R. Fletcher Good IV, of Elkin, NC; a stepdaughter, Roxanne Good Powell, of Crofton; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association , www.heart.org The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.islandfuneralhome.com

Published in The Capital on December 17, 2011


Barrett,  James Brendan [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/hometownannapolis/guestbook.aspx?n=james-barrett&pid=155063010&cid=full

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MOBIT: Reilley, Alvin G.  Jr. [MCxfac RIP]


Alvin G. Reilley Jr.

Reilley Jr., Alvin G.

Alvin G. Reilley Jr., born in Yonkers, NY, on July 22, 1936, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011. Al was a graduate of Gorton High School where he excelled in basketball and football. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 1958 with a Bachelors Degree in electrical engineering. He earned two Masters Degrees, one in Electrical Engineering, and one in Civil Engineering from New York University. He also taught Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College.

Al worked for the Rockland County Health Department from 1966 to 1972, during which time he organized and directed the county's first Air Pollution Control Program. He also worked for the New York State Department of Health between 1972 and 1989 as the Regional Director of the Environmental Health, overseeing seven counties in his jurisdiction. From 1989 until his retirement in 1999, he served as the Regional Manager of the Traffic Control Center for the New York State Department of Transportation.

He possessed a strong faith and was known for his generosity, sense of humor, and love of animals. He enjoyed all kinds of music and was an avid sports fan. Being an exceptional husband, father, uncle, and friend, he especially enjoyed spending quality time with his family.

Al is survived by his wife, Anne of Stony Point, to whom he was married for 37 years; and son, Steve (Cara) of Nanuet. Also surviving him are his nieces, Sena, Lorie (Doug), Julia (Stefano), Colleen (Ariel), Christina; and his nephew, Francis, all of whom he loved as his own children. Al is also survived by his brother, John (Virginia); nephew, John (Laura); and niece, Cathy (Kirk).

Friends and family may call at the Edward C. Finn Funeral Home in Stony Point on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, from 7-9pm, and on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, Stony Point.

Published in the The Journal News from December 17 to December 18, 2011


Reilley, Alvin G.  Jr. [MCxfac RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/hometownannapolis/guestbook.aspx?n=james-barrett&pid=155063010&cid=full

[JR:  We recognize, and Manhattan College alumni should pray, for our fellow "Jasper Maker" and the family at this time. Staff and Faculty -- current and past -- are recognized, remembered, and prayed for. We are mindful of the service of these good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge" that making us what we are. They are the "blacksmith's muscles" on the "bones" of the MC campus.]

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MNEWS: Crime around MC


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1. Jasper stabbed on subway

A Manhattan College student was stabbed at around 3 a.m. on Dec. 11 at the 238th Street Station, during an attempted robbery on a northbound No. 1 train.

According to a student security advisory e-mailed to students on Dec. 11, the victim said he fell asleep on the train and awoke to a man dressed in black, displaying a knife. The man attempted to steal the victim’s cell phone and “the victim sustained a non life threatening [sic] puncture wound,” according to the advisory.

The student reported the stabbing at around 2 p.m., according to the advisory.

“He’s doing well, preparing for finals,” a spokesperson for Manhattan College said on Monday.

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[JR: Argh! You don’t sleep on the subways. Listen to Petal Clark’s song. And you don’t stand in the pouring rain either. No matter how romantic.]

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JNEWS: Gentles, Gary [MC????] + Osimore, Adeniyi [MC????] =  “Live.Create.Entertain.”


Black Enterprise 'Next' Talks to The Minds Behind Singersroom
Date: 12/16/2011 1:59:18 PM  |  SR Staff

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Finding hip-hop music online is easy. There are literally hundreds of blogs and sites dedicated to the genre and it’s myriad sub-genres but when it comes to R&B it’s a different story. As popular as the genre is there are very few sites that cater to the niche. Sure there are entertainment sites that cover a range of different types of black music but there are very few that focus on the world of R&B, its rising stars and the community of people who are are passionate about it. Enter Singersroom.com. Founded in January 2006 by Gary Gentles and Adeniyi Osimore, Singersroom was created to fill that void. Omisore and Gentles met at Manhattan College, where they both ran track.They became fast friends when they realized they both had a passion for IT and Web design. Partnering to form the MusicLife Entertainment Group (MLE Group) they set out on a mission to “Live.Create.Entertain.”

Their initial approach with Singersroom was to focus on all the budding talent around them and to build an engaged and loyal community both on and offline. They created  the successful events Singersroom Live! and Acoustic Conversation to showcase talent adding event producer and promoter W. Deyior Dunbar to mix as the third partner. In just five years Omisore (age 29),  Gentles (30), and Dunbar (29), have made the site an authority and major platform in the R&B world–helping to launch the careers of current stars like Jazmine Sullivan and Chrisette Michelle and  even receiving a 2010 Soul Train Award for “Best Soul Site.” BE Next spoke to the men behind SR to hear how they did it and what they have coming in the new year.

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Gentles, Gary [MC????]

Osimore, Adeniyi [MC????]

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JNEWS: Scolaro, Thomas B. [MC????] selling Miami 6BD


Law firm partner asking $1.89M for Miami 6BD
by Jay Brownstown, published Dec. 16, 2011

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Thomas B. Scolaro and Valerie Bauwens have listed for sale a six-bedroom, five-bath home at 3724 Loquat Ave. in Miami for $1.89 million.

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Scolaro is a lawyer and partner with the law firm of Leesfield & Partners, P.A. He is an experienced trial lawyer that handles all types of complex liability and severe injury cases. He holds a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

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Scolaro, Thomas B. [MC????]

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JBLOGGER: Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984] on RIP Christopher Hitchens


RIP Christopher Hitchens...
Friday, December 16, 2011
Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984] -- The Write Angle

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What I most revered about Christopher Hitchens was his mental dexterity— his fearlessness in the face of any and all comers. His passionate defense of freedom of speech against both the apoplectic left and right was most appreciated in this dangerous age of political correctness. While vociferously attacking and ridiculing religious extremism, when it merited being attacked and ridiculed, Hitchens never once bowed to the PC juggernaut or capitulated to its ludicrous syllabus. Contemplate this: Christopher Hitchens was the subject of very real death threats for merely standing in solidarity with Salman Rushdie—a novelist whose crime was penning a couple of sentences in a work of fiction, and who ultimately was forced underground courtesy of some insane and murderous religious decree known as a fatwa. How could a single creative sort or freethinking person in a free society like ours not throw in with Rushdie and his plight? Well, that’s a very fair question. Christopher Hitchens did in a very big and courageous way, but so many others did not. His faithfulness, nerve, and erudition will be sorely missed at a time when they are needed more than ever before….

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[JR: Yup, you don't have to agree with someone to respect their courage. I thank my fellow alum for pointing this out to us.]

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JHQ: Jasper Jingle pics on FACEBOOK



More than 250 students celebrated the last day of classes at the annual Jasper Jingle dinner-dance at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. The College-wide event held on Dec. 9 was hosted and planned by the junior class officers. Merry Christmas, Jaspers! Tag yourselves in the pictures!

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Submitted on 2011/12/16 at 2:46 pm

Comment on JEMAIL: Menchise on famous alums testimonals

by O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

I certainly agree with Louis about the lack of Manhattan getting the name “out there” currently or in the past. This was brought home last Sunday when after Mass I was talking our deacon and another parishiner both of whom retired here to Williamsburg from New York and both of whom are St.John’s graduates. The deacon commented on my licence plate which is “MANHTAN” (my other cars’s plate is “JASPERS”) and when I told him it was for MC and not the Borough the third party wanted to know if MC was still in existance since he heard nothing about it in years. This lack of effort on promoting the name has been going on for a very long time even though MC has a great story to tell. I have been an academic for most of my career and I can attest that MC is largely unknow in higher education. At professional meetings and here at William and Mary when colleagues inquire where I went to undergraduate school and I say MC I am usually greeted with a blank stare and a few colleagues have been sufficiently honest to reveal that they had never heard of it. I still remember my first day at Columbia Business School when the student at the adjacent desk (a Cornell man and native New Yorker) inquired as to my undergraduate school he allowed that he had never heard of it. I always promote MC as best I can but grassroots efforts are only modestly helpful and the real push has to come from the home office in Riverdale.

Bill O’Connell, ’59
Williamsburg, VA

PS Let’s not even get into the subject of what a Jasper is.

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Submitted on 2011/12/11 at 2:46 pm

Comment on JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) on social justice

It is fun to see a good christian argument again. But now in writing, I remember when we only did this verbally in the Green Leaf. Brings back great memories.

Author     jamesjbrown

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Dear John,

              I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1970.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brown, James J. (MC1970)

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Submitted on 2011/12/12 at 10:57 pm

Comments on JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Carfolite 

by Mike Carfolite

To my dear Uncle John, I will miss you. Mike Carfolite

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ENDNOTE: An amusing "theft" case that deserves a laugh


Man Accuses Ex-Girlfriend of Stealing Sperm, Making Twins
by Steven Ertelt | Houston, TX | LifeNews.com | 11/25/11 6:01 PM

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A new and unusual criminal case out of Houston, Texas highlights some of the problems with the fertility industry shown in a new video that is getting attention within pro-life circles.

In this case, a Texas man is upset his former girlfriend stole his sperm and used it to produce two twins via in-vitro fertilization without his permission. The man says he had no idea what happened until he received a receipt from the fertility clinic addressed to him.

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From the story:

“Actually, I couldn’t believe it could be done. I was very, very devastated. I couldn’t believe that this fertility clinic could actually do this without my consent, or without my even being there,” Pressil said, adding artificial insemination is against his religious beliefs.

Pressil’s ex-girlfriend sued for and was granted child support after blood tests confirmed he is the father.

“That’s a violation of myself, to what I believe in, to my religion, and just to my manhood,” Pressil said.

“It’s not what you’re thinking when you’re in a relationship,” said Jason Gibson, Pressil’s attorney. “That’s not what most people are thinking, that their partner is going to get a special condom, use that condom as soon as you’re done having sex, run off to the fertility clinic to go have an IVF procedure. That’s certainly not what my client was thinking,” Gibson said.

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[JR: Excuse me? “his religious beliefs” Now that’s a real thigh slapper. I’ll have to call on Key West Lou, my friend John D, Tax Defender, Richie F, and all the other Jasper lawyers to opine on this one. I imagine, that under cross examination of the complainant, the defense attorney might inquire as to the depth of those beliefs. Given that it was his obviously religious fervor that led to filing charges. Hmmm, having pre-marital sex with one’s GIRL FRIEND is OK religion-wise. How about that condom stuff? ROFL! I’d order, as they say on Law ‘n’ Order, 731 psych evals all around. Why would the woman want to have children with this “catch”? And, ewww, running around with a “special condom”. Used! Yuck!!! I’d expect this on Comedy Central. And, hey Esquire, (the guy’s lawyer) , we know exactly what your Client was thinking … … with his “little brain”. Guess the guy should have went to MC Biology class: “If you don’t dip your pen, you never have support problems.” Argh! To me, this is symptomatic of what’s wrong with “us” and a waste of the court time, better spent on corrupt politicians. About the only thing that would make this story funnier, would be if he was a politician. Please, make my day! I feel true sorrow for the twins in this case. One can only hope that they can over come a rough start. Certainly will make for interesting “family time” at the holidays.]

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