JASPER JOTTINGS Week 52 - 2011 December 25     

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



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POSITRACTION: Inspiration from life’s obstacles?


TED Blog
TEDxWomen: A truly global conversation
27 November 2011
Living beyond limits: Amy Purdy on TED.com

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When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now … she’s a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life’s obstacles. (Recorded at TEDxOrangeCoast 2011, September 2011, in Boulder, Colorado. Duration: 9:37.)

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[JR: Mandatory 10 minute video that really is quite emotional and inspirational. And, makes you what to check for that bacterial meningitis vaccination. For all those countries who put “their” women in burqa, under a “glass ceiling”, or unbelievably abort or murder them, take a look at this dynamo. We here in the USA should be unstoppable! At whatever these gals put their minds to.]

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JFOUND: Countryman, Edward F. [MC1966]



Countryman, Edward F. [MC1966]
University Distinguished Professor
· Colonial America
· American Revolution
· History and Film

Educational Background
· Ph.D. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1971
· M.A. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1969
· B.A. Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, 1966

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Barrett, James Brendan [MC1947 RIP]

http://goo.gl/585Pl (Original report)


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.

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

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1947.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Graduated the year I was born. Would have liked to have heard his stories about what MC was like then. Argh! Lost. I have to do a better job "capturing" these "songs." Dona Nobis Pacem.]

Barrett, James Brendan [MC1947 RIP]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Gentles, Gary [MC2002]

http://goo.gl/Er7uM Original Jasper Jottings Story


Black Enterprise ‘Next’ Talks to The Minds Behind Singersroom

Date: 12/16/2011 1:59:18 PM | SR Staff

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Dear John,

                  I believe that Gary is a member of the Class of 2002 but I do not find anything in my "stuff" for Adeniyi.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. We'll have to rely on the readership to get that detail.]

Gentles, Gary [MC2002]

Osimore, Adeniyi [MC????]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Scolaro, Thomas B. [MC1996]

http://goo.gl/ydd7w Original Jasper Jottings story


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Dear John,

               I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1996.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Scolaro, Thomas B. [MC1996]

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MFOUND: Pictures of beautiful people on the campus


[JR: Some pictures of beautiful people. Who knew MC did so much "music"? But, no pics of injineers. That'd be "ugly".]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) without government, we'd still have slavery
From: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)
Date: Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 7:57 PM
Subject: Judge Napolitano

Dear Jasper John

With your tendency to blame the "gooferment" for virtually all our problems no matter what, there appears to be very little chance of changing your mind significantly or maybe not at all. But I will give myself one more try by commenting on an argument I found in Judge Andrew Napolitano's latest book "It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong"

Like you have in the past the judge lays the blame for Jim Crow Laws in the south on the government and writes that " Furthermore, it wasn’t businesses that chose to discriminate in the Jim Crow south; rather Napolitano reminds readers that “Jim Crow laws were written, implemented, and enforced by the government.” He adds that “Jim Crow is a clear demonstration that we simply cannot trust the government to decide what discrimination is acceptable and what discrimination is deplorable.”

Frankly I think the judge is either very naive or disingenuous when he writes material like this. It seems to me that anyone with even rudimentary knowledge of southern history knows that the government was not an independent entity when it came to the enactment and enforce of theses terrible laws, which kept African Americans virtual slaves for a century In truth Jim Crow laws were enforced by vigilante groups like the KKK using techniques that could include threats, job loss, beatings, and even murder. Unfortunately most white southerners gave approval to those methods- which were quite popular in churches, citizen's councils and other civic organizations. The government had no choice but to enact and enforce those horrible laws or face the wrath of the KKK itself.

The government of the United States was indeed failing to meet its Constitutional requirements during that time. The Constitution demands that each and every state has a "Republican Form of Government." The states of the former confederacy clearly did not meet that requirement and should have been forced to give black Americans full rights or face loss of autonomy

The civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's finally brought about a great increase in the rights of black Americans via action by the federal government. Without government action we would still have virtual slavery in this country. I say "Thank God for the "gooferment" when it works to help us all.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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JR responds:

Once again, you give credit to the Gooferment for everything good and nothing bad.

The Civil War was fought over the dying institution of slavery. Most modern countries outlawed it without killing a lot of people and creating a permanent scar across the land. Lincoln rejected a proposal to buy out all the slaves. He rejected peace proposals with the Confederacy. He was in the pocket of the Northeastern wealthy. (You can read my blog about why I deem him the worst President. Bill O'Reilly is wrong about him.)

Racists, took over and used State Gooferment, to exert control over the citizens. Bus owners never had segregation until the State Gooferments mandated it. Same with Woolworth's lunch counters.

(A big point of the gun control laws was to keep firearms OUT of the hands of minorities. Hard for the KKK to intimidate someone who can shoot back.)

"The Gooferment had no choice but to submit to the KKK?" You can't be serious.

The Civil Rights Movement wasn't the Federal Gooferment giving minorities their rights back; it was the Occupy Wall Street of its day. More articulate; more focused. The entire weight of the country was coming down on the racists.

And, THEN, when the handwriting was on the wall, the "Federal Gooferment" runs around to get at the head of the parade.

Jaspers, in my cousin's class, went South to march. I wanted to go, but my Mom wouldn't let me.

Seriously, did we go to the same school?

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JHQ: Plum benefits for alums


Plum benefits

courtesy of Manhattan College Alumni

[JR: Seems like a lot of offers. Without "panhandling"? Might spark an idea and save a few bucks. YMMV! ]

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JFOUND: Quinn, Peter [MC1969] citing Fandel's influence


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As the father of a BC senior, I’ve been reading and enjoying Boston College Magazine for several years. The excerpt from Clare Dunsford’s book in the most recent issue took my admiration to a new level. I was deeply moved by Dunsford’s aching honesty and penetrating eloquence. Her article is as fine a piece of writing as I’ve encountered in any publication.

A long time ago at Manhattan College, I had a terrific poetry teacher named John Fandel (a first-rate poet) who told his class of sophomoric skeptics/skeptical sophomores that “writing at its best is like religion at its truest: It’s a way of redeeming experience from incoherence.” My thanks to Dean Dunsford for the reminder of the wisdom in those words.

Peter Quinn P’08
Hastings On Hudson, New York

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Dear John,

              This just popped up. I do not know why I did not see it before. I believe that this very well could be "our" Peter from the Class of 1969.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Quinn, Peter [MC1969]

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JEMAIL: Brill, Dave (MCattendee) remember Prof Fandel; I remember the story

From: Brill, Dave (MCattendee)
Date: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM
Subject: Fandel RIP and photo

Hi FJohn,

Thanks for your reply. I'm glad to hear that John Fandel had other fans also. I wrote a little appreciation below, and I'm attaching a photo from one of his books, "Testament".




I was saddened to hear of John Fandel’s passing. Last week, I was reading something that reminded me of him. I did an online search for his name, and found quite a few items, some indicating that he was still active in his eighties. I was thinking of writing him a letter, but then saw the notice that he’d died just a few weeks ago. I wish I’d done the search earlier.

I attended Manhattan College from 1961 to 1963 and took classes from him both years. He was unequivocally the best teacher I ever had. I’d never understood what literature, especially poetry, was about (other than a high-school chore). But his insight and enthusiasm gave me a strong appreciation of writing, and of the arts in general.

In the classroom, John Fandel was more than just a lecturer. He saw his students as individuals with different concerns and aspirations. He was generous with his time, and I think many students saw him as a friend.

This was especially true in my case. In 1963, I was expelled from the College for handing out a newssheet that mildly satirized some aspects of Manhattan and the Church. I’d been summoned to a hearing conducted by the College President and other officials. To my surprise, John, on his own initiative, came and testified on my behalf (though to no avail). I’ve always been grateful for his kindness.

People sometimes say their lives were touched by one teacher in particular. For me, it was John Fandel. He opened my eyes to many possibilities. It was a privilege to know him, and may he rest in peace.


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So, you're that "Dave Brill". Believe it or not that, I remember and read that handout. It went throught the Prep like wildfire. The Brothers went through and collected ALMOST all the copies. I vaugely remember my home room teacher "refuting it" point by point the next day. Sometimes he said "that's a good point". You don't, by chance, have another copy do you? I'm active in a group of Prepsters Class of 1964 and I'm sure they get a kick reminiscing about it again. That would be a real collector's item for us!

Unfortunately, I never met the man, John Fandel. Maybe that was good? Wonder how he felt about young soon-to-be-fat soon-to-be-old white guy injineers? We weren't welcome up on the erudite hill. Too fixated on objective reality I was told many many times.

Thanks for sharing that story. And sparking another piece of Jasper lore. I kinda know how you must have felt. I'm not too popular with certain parts of the Administration. (They say I interfere with their fundraising.) But unlike your case, there's not a lot they can do about me. Guess they could revoke my diploma, find a bill that I'd never paid, or conduct an exorcism.

What was that Groucho Marx line: "I would not want to join a club that would have me as a member."?

I can't imagine the suffering that they inflicted on you for a few words? No matter how blasphemous.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JTWITTER: Christine Heller, Christine [MC2015?] a blogger?


@german_viola_7 Christine Heller

Photo: tmblr.co/Z9ikWyDTy4Qe


I'm Christine, I'm 18 and a freshman at Manhattan College. Some people think I'm strange, and the odd thing is, I agree.

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Christine Heller, Christine [MC2015?]

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Commented on JEMAIL: Brill, Dave (MCattendee) remember Prof Fandel

by TennisTitan
I had Mr. Fandel @ MC and agree with the author that he was an exceptional teacher,,,I am almost (but not quite) driven to re-read the Canterbury Tales. May he rest in peace.

[JR: "TennisTitan" is Briscoe, Tom (MC1968). Although until he oils his new bionic knees, I'm not sure how much "tennis" is in that particular "Titan". Perhaps, yet another Jasper who's a legend in his own mind. I on the other hand are well aware of the modesty of my own achievements! No "titan" on this side of the glass. LOL!]

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MNEWS: No. 18 Manhattan College


No. 18 Manhattan College

Bronx, N.Y.

Average Graduate Salary: $95,260.00

Total cost, 1 year: $36,810.00

Click here for more about this school.

Average salary is for alumni 10-19 years after graduation, according to data from Payscale.com. Total cost is for out-of-state students living on campus during the 2008-09 academic year, and may include tuition, room and board, books, fees, and other expenses, where applicable.


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[JR: Finally found a link for what folks were tweeting about. Wow, I'm dragging down the average ... again ... still?  ]

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JHQ: Rathgeber, Kenneth [MC1970] Chairman MC BoT


Manhattan College Names Kenneth Rathgeber Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Posted on December 19, 2011

Kenneth A. Rathgeber, executive vice president and chief compliance officer for the Investment Adviser and Fidelity Mutual Funds for Fidelity Investments, has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Manhattan College. The new appointment will take effect July 1, 2012, and Rathgeber will succeed Thomas D. O’Malley, who has served as chairman since 2005.

“Ken Rathgeber has a remarkable record of commitment and service to the College, and has long been an active and valued member of the board. He will be a wonderful chairman and a worthy successor to Tom O’Malley, under whose expert leadership the board has prospered,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.

Rathgeber graduated from Manhattan College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and throughout his career, has remained dedicated to his alma mater. Since his appointment to the College’s board of trustees in 2005, he has been a member of the development committee, was elected to the board’s executive committee in June 2007, and is currently serving as vice chair of the board. In addition, he served as a chair of the College’s Annual Fund, has been a member of the De La Salle Medal Dinner committee for several years, and is presently co-chair of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons capital campaign project.

“Ken Rathgeber is an excellent choice to lead the board at this exciting time in Manhattan College’s history,” said Thomas D. O’Malley, chairman of PBF Energy LLC. “He is a respected professional, a seasoned and talented leader, and a strong and dedicated supporter of the College. I am leaving the board in very good hands, and I look forward to assisting Ken and my colleagues in carrying forward the great work of the College.”

Beginning his career with Fidelity in 1995 as chief financial officer and treasurer of Fidelity Mutual Funds, Rathgeber later became acting president of Fidelity Brokerage Services. He was named president of Fidelity Brokerage Group in 1997, and was promoted in 1998 to executive vice president and chief operating officer for Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc. He was the head of risk oversight from 2002-2008 and has maintained the position of chief compliance officer for Fidelity Funds since 2004.

Before working for Fidelity, Rathgeber spent 17 years with Goldman Sachs as chief operations officer for Asia, responsible for the operations, technology and finance functions. He was also a finance manager for Dillon Read & Company, a senior examiner for the New York Stock Exchange, and an auditor for Price Waterhouse & Company.

“It is a great honor for me to serve as chairman of the board of Manhattan College. I have worked closely with Tom O’Malley, who has been a great chairman and mentor for the last six years,” said Rathgeber. “Along with my fellow trustees, I am dedicated to seeing Manhattan College be a premier Catholic institution of higher education, and preparing our students to succeed in the challenges that they will face.”

After graduating from Manhattan College, Rathgeber went on to receive an MBA from Long Island University in 1976. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

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JOBIT: Horan, John Thomas [MC1957 RIP]


John Thomas Horan

John Thomas Horan, age 77, of Manassas, VA passed away on Dec. 18, 2011. John was born on Dec.1, 1934 in Bronx, NY to John and Helen Horan. He graduated fro Manhattan College with an Engineering degree. Prior to retiring and making his home in Virginia, John was a long time employee of the Grumman Corporation based on Long Island, NY.

John is survived by his daughter Kathleen and her husband Ed Catlett of Rutherford, NJ and by his son, Michael Horan and his wife Mary Beth of Greensboro, NC.

John will be dearly missed by his four grandsons, Michael, Brendan, Connor Horan and Scott Catlett. John is also survived by his sister, Veronica Weber and her husband Fred of Long Island, NY and Florida as well as his brother, Gerry Horan, of San Francisco, CA.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 21 from 7-9 pm at Pierce Funeral Home on Center Street in Manassas, Va. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, December 22 at 1:00 pm.

Published in News & Messenger on December 21, 2011


Horan, John Thomas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newsandmessenger/guestbook.aspx?n=john-horan&pid=155132128&cid=full

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Dear John,

                I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1957.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Horan, John Thomas [MC1957 RIP]

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JOBIT: Pollaci, James B. Jr. [MC1950 RIP]


James Pollaci Jr.


James B., Jr. M.D., 84 of Ridgewood, NJ passed away Monday, December 19, 2011.

He was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard during WWII and was a graduate of Manhattan College and the University of Rome in Italy where he received his Medical Degree. He was an anesthesiologist at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Ridgewood and an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor at Bellevue and NYU Medical Center in New York City. He was a member of the Hobbyist Club and a longtime member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood, NJ.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, daughters, Laura-Lynne wife of David Rubino of Bethesda MD and Lisa wife of Miguel Vilar of Media PA, son, James B. Pollaci, III of Jersey City NJ, and seven Grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:45 AM on Thursday, December 22, 2011 in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Ridgewood NJ.

Contributions are suggested to National Parkinson Foundation or National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation.

Published in The Record and Herald News on December 21, 2011


Pollaci, James B. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/northjersey/guestbook.aspx?n=james-pollaci&pid=155135292&cid=full

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Dear John,

               I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1950.

                          May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pollaci, James B. Jr. [MC1950 RIP]

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MFOUND: MC's Christmas greeting reaction


Are you for real manhattan college? http://pic.twitter.com/6Tj6K43a

[JR: Name deleted. Not fair to whay I think is a common reaction, I know I had it. "A Christmas is not the time to 'panhandle'. And, has ANYONE learned the first rule of 'networking'? First ]


[JR: And, as a techie nit picker, who leaves a space between the "dear so and so" and the comma that follows? Answer: Some one who's not very precise at their task. I know what Doctor Zia would say: "You English Major. No extra space. Receiver insulted. Bridge ... err, request fall down. No credit". And to "Hey, we tried." "Bridge fell down; noooooo partial credit." ROFL! I guess they meant well. Never assume malice, when ... ]

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JFACEBOOK: Curran, David (MC1971) screenplay "Forgiveness" finalist


David Curran

My very short screenplay: Forgiveness, made the finalists in the


contest below. The comments were so enthusiastic from all of you who commented that I thought I'd enter and try for free trip to the Sundance Film Festival. I've always wanted to go. So thanks to all of you I'm halfway there.

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Curran, David (MC1971)

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JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) interviewed about "Christians in the Movies"

From: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:33 PM
Subject: some of the interview

Hi John:

Here's wishing you, your family, and your readers a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year,

I thought you might be interested in including in Jasper Jottings this link to an interview that appeared in the National Catholic Register related to my book "Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners" which is now in paperback.

Best regards,


Peter E. Dans, M.D., MC Science 1957

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kathryn Lopez"


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[JR: It was a great interview. I especially liked this snippet.]

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How does your Catholic education at Transfiguration School in New York’s Chinatown influence the way you take in and interact with popular culture?

As you know, the term “catholic” means “universal.” Our Catholic school textbooks, which affirmed God and country (Pro Deo, Pro Patria) and were inclusive, not hyphenated. The teachers taught us about the world; this was especially so at Transfiguration where they were Maryknoll missionaries.

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[JR: I think that's a very astute observation. It really really points out the GIANT difference between Catholic schools and today's "government temples of ignorance". And, what was lost as those schools attempt to competed with "free education". Guess the Church leadership forgot to study economics. For the want of that "nail" — Catholic grammar schools, generations of Catholic girl children were turned into ... lost souls for the Faith. Sigh, I'm just a fat old white guy injineer, but the war for the soul of the Nation was lost not in the movie theaters, but when "Gooferment Skrules" were allowed to undermine Society and the Catholic community as well. But I enjoyed the interview.]

[JR: Ditto the greeting. It's a first for me and I hope that all our fellow alum have a great "Winter Solstice". LOL! What is the reason for the season? Shopping! Mele Kalikimaka to all. (It just sounds merrier to me. Treasure the opportunity that passes all to soon.]

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MNEWS: MC and community friction


December 21, 2011
Community to MC: You owe us a lot
By Adam Wisnieski

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Has Manhattan College been hoarding spots meant for the public in its Broadway garage?

According to Community Board 8 Land Use chair and New York State Dormitory Authority board member Charles Moerdler, the answer is yes. The school is legally required to offer parking to the public.

The issue came to light when residents who live on Waldo Avenue near Manhattan College asked the school if they could use its parking garage during the planned two-year construction of a 69,000-square-foot student commons on the east side of Waldo Avenue overlooking Gaelic Park. The construction will mean the temporary loss of 20 street parking spots.

Manhattan College did not respond and Mr. Moerdler said at a Dec. 5 CB 8 meeting he was losing patience with the school. So he did some digging and said he found that the college received public funds to help finance the five-level garage and is required to grant a certain amount of community access.

The school made promises to that effect ahead of community board approval of the garage, which was completed in 2008. The bottom floor of the garage was even supposed to house a Pathmark grocery store.

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[JR: That's the problem in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Yuk. The "people" own your "private" property. You can pay the taxes on it, but your really are just a "renter" and subservient to the "will of the pepull". At least the people with "pull". Argh!]

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JNEWS: Koch, Frank [MC1989] chair Long Island Water Conference


Frank Koch Elected LIWC Chair
Garden City superintendent of water and sewer has been active with the LIWC for more than 12 years.
By Patch Staff
December 21, 2011

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Malverne resident Frank Koch, Garden City's superintendent of water and sewer, has been elected chair of the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC).

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Koch, who lives in Malverne with his wife, Kelly, holds a professional engineering license and a water plant operator IB license in the State of New York. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College. His early experience was in maritime engineering both as an officer on private commercial shipping vessels and as an engineer, designing and planning shipping terminals in growing countries, according to the release.

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Koch, Frank [MC????]

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I'd like to thank you for posting that story about Frank Koch's election as LIWC chairman, my company works for the Conference and sent that story to the Malverne Patch. I noticed that you listed [MC????] in place of a grad year so I thought I would get you that info. Frank graduated from Manhattan College in 1989. Please don't hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions. Thanks again for your interest in the story.

-Pete Ottaviano
Zimmerman / Edelson, Inc.

[JR: Thanks, your right that I didn't know that fact. And, you beat in the "research staff". :-) But, we'll keep him on anyway.]

Koch, Frank [MC1989]

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from    McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
date    Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
subject Koch, Frank 1989 chair Long Island Water Conference

Dear John,

               I believe that Frank is a member of the Class of 1989.


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MNEWS: Dominican future teachers reflect


We remember : Manhattan College - New York
Monday 19 December 2011

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A group of mainly future teachers. Reflexion on this world futur ! Thank you for believing in this Manhattan educational project of the Dominican experience. This is your fourth experience with us and it became a priority for your College of New York. Lets change this world through education. Before reaching a love that looks really one for himself, there is often a love that is finding oneself in the other.

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[JR: Good press. Good works are rarely forgotten.]

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JNEWS: Schneider, William [MC1984] Yonkers Acting Commissioner


Spano announces three more appointments
Posted by: Colin Gustafson - Posted in Yonkers on Dec 22, 2011

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YONKERS—Mayor-elect Mike Spano yesterday named his picks for housing and buildings commissioner, city engineer and veterans services director.

William Schneider, who has served as deputy commissioner of housing and buildings since 2002, will be elevated to acting commissioner. Paul Summerfield, a former deputy city engineer who has served as acting city engineer since November, will now have “acting” removed from his title. And Albert Ramsey, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will continue as head of the Department of Veterans Services.

All appointments are subject to City Council approval.

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Mayor-Elect Spano announces Housing and Building Commissioner, City Engineer, and Veterans Director Appointments

Yonkers Mayor-Elect Mike Spano today continued filling leadership positions for his incoming administration, announcing his appointments for the positions of City Engineer, Director of Veterans Services, and Commissioner of Housing and Buildings.

William Schneider, currently Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Buildings, will be elevated to the position of Acting Commissioner. Schneider has served as deputy commissioner since 2002, and before that spent fourteen years in supervisory positions with the Westchester County Health Department and the Bureau of Environmental Quality.  A licensed professional engineer, he began his career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a Certified Code Enforcement Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Manhattan College.

Supervising a staff of 32 people, Schneider has been responsible for reviewing the wide variety of development in Yonkers, ranging from the downtown and waterfront, to the Cross County Shopping Center and Ridge Hill, as well as residential construction.

“Bill Schneider has dedicated his life to public sector engineering and building regulation,” said Mayor-elect Spano, “As the number two person in the department he has been involved in every aspect of dealing with construction in the city. He is absolutely ready to step up and expand his responsibilities.”

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Schneider, William [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1984.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schneider, William [MC1984]

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JNEWS: Ventosa, John [MC1984] VP Indian Point Energy Center


12/22/2011 | 12:40 pm
Entergy Corporation : Entergy Nuclear Names John Ventosa Site Vice President at Indian Point

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White Plains, N.Y. - Entergy Nuclear has named John Ventosa site vice president at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y., effective December 19. In this position, Ventosa is the top official at the plant, responsible for its overall management.

Tim Mitchell, Entergy Nuclear's Chief Operating Officer, said, "John brings a wealth of engineering and operational experience with him to this position and is strongly suited to continue leading Indian Point's safe and vital operations well into the future."

Ventosa, a 25-year veteran of the nuclear power industry, served most recently as nuclear fleet vice president of operations support in White Plains, N.Y.  He began work at Indian Point in 1991 as a system engineer and has held a variety of roles with Entergy at Indian Point, including manager of operations and director of engineering.

"I look forward to working closely with the 1,100 dedicated Entergy employees at Indian Point as we continue to safely operate this important resource," said Ventosa.

Ventosa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Monmouth College. He also earned a Senior Reactor Operator Certification at Indian Point Unit 2 and a Boiling Water Reactor Certification with General Public Utilities Nuclear Corporation.

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, businesses and public facilities primarily in New York City and Westchester County.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

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Ventosa, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

                   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1984.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ventosa, John [MC1984]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967) doing OK but held up

Hello John,

As always, I want to thank you for your continuing support for our Addis Hope program despite the difficult financial times we are all facing. Your donor partnership comes at a very difficult time for the program in which the cost of living has skyrocketed. For example, for more than a year now we have been paying the equivalent of five dollars for a gallon of gas.

My original plan was to have returned to Ethiopia on November eighteenth but I’m now residing in De La Salle Hall, the Christian Brothers medical facility in Lincroft, N.J. recovering from colon cancer surgery. The surgery was successful but four to six months of chemotherapy is now required as a preventive measure of any recurrence.

Despite all that, I have been blessed with competent, caring medical personnel as well as marvelous support from family and friends.

Many thanks, again, and may you and your family have a blessed Christmas and joy filled New Year.

Br. Greg

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[JR: Glad to hear that you're OK. As Addis Hope's chief fundraiser, that's going to leave a big hole. Perhaps our fellow alums can send their "best wishes for a speedy recovery" on little green pieces of "certificates of appreciation" to Addis Hope. Happy Holy Days to you and all those over at the facility.]

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JOBIT: Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports Dantzig, Sr. Louise [MC1955 RIP]

Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970):

"Sister Louise Dantzig, RSM is a Manhattan College graduate. From "The Long Island Catholic" edition of Wednesday December 21, 2011. http://www.licatholic.org/obituaries/sister-louise-dantzig-rsm"

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Sister Louise Dantzig, RSM
December 21, 2011 | Vol. 50, No. 33

BRENTWOOD — Sister Louise Dantzig, 91, formerly Sister Mary Claver, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas Mid-Atlantic Community, died on Dec.11 at Maria Regina Residence here. She was a Sister of Mercy for 72 years.

She entered the novitiate in Syosset on September 8, 1939 and made her final vows in 1945. She graduated from Manhattan College in 1955 with a B.A. in English and in 1964 from Rivier College with an M.A. in French.

Sister Louise gave many years of dedicated service in education and other areas to the Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Dioceses: Holy Rosary, Brooklyn (1942-45); St. Mary’s, Syosset (1945-49); St. Brigid, Brooklyn (1949-55); Catherine McAuley High School, Brooklyn (1955-61); Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset (1961-67); Mercy High School, Riverhead (1967-69); and Nazareth High School in Brooklyn (1976-78).

Over the years, she also worked at the Brooklyn diocesan television station, taught in schools in France and New Jersey, and from 1983-1996 served as a missionary in Santiago, Chile. Sister Louise retired to the Convent of Mercy in 1996 and relocated to Maria Regina Residence in 2002.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Celine & James Duffy, and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Mercy Convent Chapel in Syosset on Dec. 15. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

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JNEWS: Bessette, Russell W. [MC????] AVP of University of Louisville


Russell Bessette, M.D., Named Associate Vice President for UofL Health Affairs
December 23, 2011
Targeted News Service

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 22 -- University of Louisville issued the following news release:

Russell W. Bessette, M.D., former associate vice president for health sciences and director of health information technology at the University at Buffalo and a former executive director of the New York State Agency for Science Technology & Academic Research (NYSTAR) and, has joined the University of Louisville as the associate vice president for health affairs.

David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for health affairs, noted Bessette's experience in strategic planning and use of bioinformatics to measure and health care informatics to measure and enhance the quality of health care in novel ways.

"I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Bessette to this new position at the UofL Health Sciences Center," Dunn said. "The use of informatics is essential to allow health care providers, health systems and health insurance plans to work together to increase access to higher quality health care at lower cost. Dr. Bessette's proficiency in this area will help us as we face a tumultuous time in health care and academic medicine."

Bessette, who graduated from both the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Dental Medicine, joined the UB faculty in 1989 as a clinical professor of surgery. Trained in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has published both peer-reviewed articles and surgical textbook chapters focused in the area of reconstruction of the human temporomandibular joint.

He has been a leader in academic research for more than 30 years in the fields of science and technology. He has authored or co-authored more than 55 peer-reviewed academic publications, reports and research papers, and has authored eight textbook chapters on reconstructive surgery.

Bessette served as chairman of the New York State Public Health Council from 1996 until his current appointment. He served as executive director of the Buffalo Technology Transfer Center at Sister's Hospital from 1997-99, and as director of the Instrument and Devices Clinical Laboratory at Buffalo's Center for Advanced Technology from 1985 to 1989.

A graduate of Manhattan College, Bessette was trained in general surgery and reconstructive surgery, and is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. He also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His professional experience also includes an appointment as a clinical professor in the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine. In 1976, he was recognized as the medical school's Educator of the Year; in 1983 he was awarded the First Place Research Paper Award by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons; and in 1987 he received the Annual Dental Alumnus Award from the University at Buffalo.

Bessette is a past president of the Erie County (N.Y.) Medical Society, the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons and the University at Buffalo Medical Alumni Association. He is a past member of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery.

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

by Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965)

Sorry I missed this one John. I could have used the laugh a couple of days ago. It is a Ding Dong world. I suppose that masturbating isn’t OK but schtumpfing is. Or…wait a second I have to go back to my formal logic course to figure this thing out. And since I pulled a “D” in that I never will.

Submitted on 2011/12/17 at 7:12 pm

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

by Gallaher, Peter “peardarban” (MC1965)

And the paper says it’s a criminal case? The woman is charged with??? B&E and Burglary?

Submitted on 2011/12/17 at 7:12 pm

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Comment on JEMAIL: Brill, Dave (MCattendee) remember Prof Fandel

by Marty Gallé (MP1964)

I didn't come to the PREP until '62, a transfer from Don Bosco Prep in NJ. I seem to have missed all the good stories you talk about. I can't think of a single "happening" during my two years as a Prepster. I guess New Jersey Boy's weren't awake to the "insider" stories.

Marty Gallé, 1964

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ENDNOTE: “Wrong” Twin killed


Hospital Kills “Wrong” Twin in Abortion, Both Babies Now Dead
by Steven Ertelt | Melbourne, Australia | LifeNews.com | 11/23/11 6:28 PM

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A hospital in Australia making news for having killed the “wrong” twin in an abortion of a healthy unborn child when the mother of the babies wanted an abortion on her child who doctors said had little chance to live. Now, both babies are dead.

The Herald Sun newspaper reports that the unnamed woman from Victoria had already named her unborn children when doctors told her one of the unborn babies had a congenital heart defect that would requires years of operations, assuming the baby survived long enough to have them. The mother decided to have an abortion, terminating the life of one of her unborn children and allowing the other baby to live.

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[JR: This is a tragedy in thinking. The meme is all wrong. By trying “to play God”, everyone involved is responsible for this disaster in miniature. And, while the best “medical minds” may have presumed that the “sick” twin would have all these troubles, how can they be sure? And, that ignores the possibilities of medical progress in knowledge, new technology, someone with better skills, someone with a novel approach, new drugs, or even just an old-fashioned miracle. And, so what if the “sick” twin has a shortened lifespan, even if it’s just a day. Are we judged by how we treat everyone on this life boat called “Earth”. To the best of our ability! Makes the moral choices much easier. And, “accidents” like this aren’t as likely. Seems an appropriate rant for Christmas Eve. Dona Nobis Pacem!]

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