JASPER JOTTINGS Week 03 - 2012 January 15     

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



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POSITRACTION: ‘Santa’ Saves Man from Burning Pickup


Faith ‘Santa’ Saves Man from Burning Pickup — But That’s Not the Whole Story…
     Posted on December 23, 2011 at 12:00am by Christopher Santarelli Christopher Santarelli

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Incredible video caught one good Samaritan this past Tuesday pulling North Texas man out from his crashed pickup truck just before it was consumed by flames. After the rescue, the good Samaritan directed traffic around the accident until help came. What makes the rescue even more astounding is that the good Samaritan, Brad Luddeke, did it all this while wearing a Santa Claus costume on his way to deliver gifts to needy children.

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[JR: "Greater love hath no man than ...". Clearly "risking it" it not as high on the mitzvah scale as "sacrificing one's life for another".  But saving a stranger, on first blush, from a burning pickup requires far greater huevos than I have. I hope all my challenges are more in line with my minuscule abilities; lest when tested, I'm found wanting. OTOH I'm sure my fellow alum can handle any size challenge. But the picture says a thousand words. Most of us don't get he chance to demonstrate physical courage. Let alone while subbing in for the real Santa. ]

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JFACEBOOK: Lodato, Ray  (MC1984) is running for Congress


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Ray Lodato

Dear Fellow Jaspers:

Wanted to let everyone know that I am running for Congress in the First District of Illinois.

If you would like to know more about our campaign or to contribute in any way, please check out our website (http://www.lodato4congress.com/) or Like us on Facebook (Ray Lodato for Congress).

Thanks for your support.

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[JR: Always glad to have Jaspers get into Congress. At least we know where they got their morals. Maybe Ray can displace Rudy as the ikon of MC. We'll have to see his positions. ]

Lodato, Ray  (MC1984)

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) objects to headline

Re: MNEWS: MC draw prospective buyers?


Your headline on the Fieldstone article is a little ... shall we say ...  slanted. I feared that the Brothers were looking to liquidate their investment in the college. Not that the private elementary/high schools were attractive to home buyers in the Fieldstone neighborhood.

Gerard M. Delaney '75

Nollaig Shona
(Merry Christmas!)

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[JR: OK, I reread it and can see, now, a different meaning. "MC draw prospective buyers?" could have been "MC draws prospective buyers? or "MC is a draw to prospective buyers?" Hmmm, maybe I'm getting better at writing "suck people into reading headlines"? Sorry to scare you. Besides, who'd want to buy a small college? The Moonies, The Scientologists, The NBA! Thanks for the feedback and I'll try to do better. And, I hope you had a merry and we all have Peace in the new year. 2012 HAS to be better than 2011 for me. ]

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JHQ: "Campus Ministry & Social Action" adds a link on the main page



Campus Ministry & Social Action

Campus ministry and social action (CMSA) helps to instill the values of faith, service and community in students of all religious and spiritual traditions. Going beyond textbook learning, CMSA offers the chance to put faith into action by examining issues of social justice and participating in community service projects at home and abroad.

CMSA has opportunities for every student to delve deeper into their spirituality – from attending a prayer service or retreat to building homes with Habitat for Humanity. In New York City alone, Jaspers can visit the elderly in nursing homes, feed the hungry at local soup kitchens and foster education by tutoring underprivileged children. But it doesn’t stop there. Annual immersion service trips to Africa, Latin America and New Orleans help Manhattan College students to reach a wider scope of need.

CMSA welcomes students to stop by Cornerstone in Miguel Hall Room 209 anytime to enjoy the CMSA lounge and resources. Satellite offices of social action are located in Thomas Hall 503 and 504.

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[JR: CMSA added a link on the main page. Lois, the nice lady who spark plugs this, is a really good soul. Hopefully, this page will document the good works they get the children becoming adults to do. I see "social justice" creeped in! I get cranked up when "social action" becomes "social justice". That's code for "social ism". We need "action"; leave "justice" to a higher authority. Per chance, they will resist the corruption of "forcing" people to follow their vision of "The Good". That's when "social justice" becomes the road to tyranny. As we have seen in the USA, South America, and other places. Hopefully, this page won't just be a static placeholder, but a blog documenting all the good stuff I know they do.]

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JTWITTER: Minor, Kenneth [MC2006] coaching Team Melo All Stars


Tweeted by "@TeamMeloBball" aka Team Melo All Stars

"We are also proud to announce that former DunbarHS&Manhattan College Kenneth Minor will join our 16u/10th grades coaching staff this spring"

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Minor, Kenneth [MC2006]

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JLINKEDIN: Solinga, Stacey [MC2010] seeking employment


Solinga, Stacey [MC2010]

Follow Stacey2010 Graduate - Business Administration Degree.

I am still looking for a job, could anyone help me? I have no prior work experience, except Adult Home Care.

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Stacey Solinga
College Graduate Looking to Begin in Business Administration
Greater New York City Area    
Human Resources



I graduated from college on May 23rd 2010 with a Bachelor degree in Management. Business Administration. I had a taste of a recruitment job, which I really loved. Now I am looking to expand that knowledge in a full career in the first company I work for.

While in college, I have learned how to interact with people, and understanding others within a diversity. I learned about conducting business within other cultures and how to interact with people through teamwork. My goal is to expand that knowledge into a work environment, which is exactly what I am doing.

I have experience with Adult Home Care. For seven years I have taken care of an Alzheimer patient from the beginning of being diagnosed, till the very last second. This experience taught me how to be patient and loving towards others. I learned how to take care of someone else and myself, along with other responsibilities. I would have to make sure the person comfortable though out the disease.


Research, French, Writing, math, Analyzing situations, Adult Home Care.ExperienceAdult Care AssistantN/A

January 2006 – May 2011 (5 years 5 months)

Interact with adult patient to assist with day to day activities. I also did research, organize and purchase supplies.Languages

English    (Native or bilingual proficiency)    French    (Limited working proficiency)

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MTWITTER: Who was the first Jasper drafted to the NBA?



Tweeted by @caseydilla03 aka Casey O'Connor

#funfact my grandpa was the first manhattan college basketball player to get drafted to the nba but I can barely shoot a layup #SWEET

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[JR: Bet this will give McEneney, Mike (MC1953) fits over on the Research Desk! ]

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Date: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM
Subject: first Jasper drafted to the NBA?
From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

You are right!!

[JR: Just trying to keep you challenged! Grinning. ]

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JOBIT: Ballo, Joseph Michael [MC1962 RIP]


Joseph M. Ballo


Of Leesburg, died on January 5, 2012 in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Ballo was born on November 17, 1940 in the Bronx, NY. He was a son of the late Joseph B. Ballo and the late Gertrude Monahan. Raised in NY, he received his B.S. from Manhattan College, and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He completed his residency in pathology at the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston, MA.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He left the service in 1972 to work as an associate medical examiner in the Westchester County N.Y. Medical Examiner's office. He returned to the U.S. Army where he served at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology for 5 years, becoming chief of the Missile Trauma Pathology Branch. He attained the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 1976 he settled in Loudoun County and in 1979 became a staff Pathologist at Loudoun Memorial Hospital, where he worked until 1989.

He left to open a private forensic pathology consulting practice. He retired in 2004 due to his health.

A talented pianist, Dr. Ballo was a founding member of the Phi Mu Alpha (national fraternal society in music) chapter at Manhattan College. He worked to get the DC Area Alumni Association chapter of Phi Mu Alpha started, and served as Vice President from 1999 -2001.

His other interests included gourmet cooking, antiques, wine making and traveling to countless horse shows in support of his daughters' equine activities. He also was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Macintosh personal computers.

Dr. Ballo leaves to cherish his memory his two daughters, Rebeccah Marie Ballo of Alexandria, VA, and Sophie Irene Ballo of Morgan Hill, CA; granddaughter, Penelope Ali; his brother Peter Ballo of New Rochelle, NY; and his former wife Dr. Amy Tankoos of Richmond, VA.

A memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg, VA. Graveside services will be held privately in Union Cemetery, Leesburg, VA.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sinfonia Educational Foundation, or to the Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue.Please share condolences with the family www.LoudounFuneralChapel.com

Published in The Washington Post on January 10, 2012


Ballo, Joseph Michael [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/washingtonpost/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-ballo&pid=155412550&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is  member of the Class of 1962.
May He Rest In Peace.

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ballo, Joseph Michael [MC1962 RIP]

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JOBIT: Rice, Robert J. [MCattendee RIP]


Robert Rice, 88
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 4:40 AM     Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 4:42 AM
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Robert J. Rice, 88, a lifelong Staten Islander who enjoyed people, died Sunday in Eger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Egbertville, where he had been a resident since 2002.

Born in New Brighton, he moved to West Brighton as a child. After graduating from Curtis High School, he enrolled in Manhattan College, but left after sophomore year to join the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving stateside.

After the war, he worked for the Brooklyn-based Charmer Industries for 42 years as a liquor salesman on Staten Island. He retired in 1988.

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His wife of 60 years, Miriam, died in 2006.

In addition to his daughter, Kathleen, Mr. Rice is survived by a son, Robert J. Jr.; four more daughters, Donna Croteau, Patricia Morrow, Mary-Jo Isoldi and Jacqueline Rice-Rogers; 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church. Arrangements include cremation.


Rice, Robert J. [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: None cited.

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

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JNEWS: Pisco, Jay T. [MC1980] Commissioner Westchester Cnty Public Works


Astorino appoints new transportation commissioner
Posted by: Gerald McKinstry - Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 09, 2012

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced the appointment of Jay T. Pisco as Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Transportation.
The appointment follows the retirement of John J. Hsu.

Pisco, an engineer and executive manager with over 30 years of experience, has experience working on municipal and private projects in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. He is a licensed engineer in five states and holds a Biomedical Engineering degree from Manhattan College and a Master’s in Computer Science from Iona College. His most recent position was vice president of BSG Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture in White Plains.

“Jay’s deep background managing both the design and construction of projects will be a tremendous asset in evaluating and overseeing the county’s infrastructure, especially at a time when the challenges of delivering services and stretching tax dollars are so great,” Astorino said.

Pisco, 53, is the past president of the Board of Directors for the New York State Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America. Prior to his position at BSG, Pisco served as a vice president of HDR Engineering, also in White Plains, and a mechanical engineer with the New York Power Authority and Burns and Roe, a global construction and engineering company based in New Jersey.

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Pisco, Jay T. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Jay is a member of the Class of 1980.

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pisco, Jay T. [MC1980]

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MNEWS: Shannon Butler, Joliet Catholic basketball, coming to MC


Q-and-A with Shannon Butler, Joliet Catholic basketball
January 9, 2012 6:40PM

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Shannon Butler, Joliet Catholic basketball
Updated: January 10, 2012 2:20AM

Butler, a senior, made the All-Medieval Classic Team at Lincoln-Way East and is bound for Manhattan College in the fall.

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[JR: Good press for MC and talent coming east. ]

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JOBIT: Capobianco, Angelo N. [MC1954 RIP]


Angelo N. Capobianco (1932 - 2012)

Capobianco, Angelo N.

Angelo Capobianco passed away Saturday at the Westchester Medical Center, he was 79.

A lifelong resident of Yonkers, Angelo was born July 15 1932 to Nicholas and Rosemarie (nee Virgilio). An Accountant and graduate of Manhattan College, he is the loving Husband of Doris (nee Furlong), and Father of Phylis Veit (David) and Robert.

Past president of the Bryn Mawr Knolls Civic Association and Trustee and Devoted Parishioner of St. Bartholomew's Church, Angelo is also a loving Grandfather to Charles John, Jennifer, and Jessica Bilangino. He is also survived by his Brother Peter (Diana), Sister Barbara Beracha (Barry), Nieces Rosemarie Kilinski, and Bonnie Micheli. Angelo is predeceased by a Nephew Peter Capobianco but survived by Nephews Brian and Bradley Beracha.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at St. Bartholomew's Church in Yonkers. The family asks that donations be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, Provincial House, Queen of Peace Residence, 110-30 221st Street, Queens Village New York 11429 or St. Bartholomew's Church, 15 Palmer Road, Yonkers New York 10701.

Published in the The Journal News on January 11, 2012


Capobianco, Angelo N. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=angelo-capobianco&pid=155361908&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Angelo is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace!

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Capobianco, Angelo N. [MC1954 RIP]

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JHQ: LOVE throughout Rwanda, Namibia


During the next two weeks, Jaspers are spreading their L.O.V.E. throughout Rwanda, Namibia,...

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[JR: No details, but we should all wish them "good luck". It's good for a number of reason. Help folks, learn something, and get some good press for MC. ]

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JTWITTER: How does one "Party Life A La Sallian"?



Tweeted by: "@MarlWenplotsky" @Mark Wengenosky

"Just rsvp'd for the #ManhattanCollege #classof2011 yearbook dinner/get together this friday, should be a barn burner. #PartyLikeALaSallain"

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[JR: What is newsworthy to all alums is the question: How does one "Party Life A La Sallian"? ]

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JTWITTER: MC Softball raffle


Tweeted by: "@MANduh_PAXSON" aka "Amanda Paxson"

"Support Manhattan College Softball and buy a raffle ticket #please! pic.twitter.com/JTyv9gN4"

[JR: No way to buy one online. Hmm, need some marketing help? Have answer the question: "Why?" ]

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JOBIT: Reynolds, Michael J. [MC???? RIP]


Michael J. Reynolds (1938 - 2012)

Reynolds, Michael J.

Michael J. Reynolds, 73, passed away on January 10, 2012, at his home in Fort Myers, FL.

Mike was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Manhattan College. He started his career with New York Life Insurance Company and later with Frank B. Hall, ultimately becoming President of the consulting company. He then became President and CEO of the Pentegra Group in White Plains until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Windham Country Club.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Sue; children Amy Reynolds, Katie (Gregory) Karanastasis and Michael Reynolds; and grandsons Kyle, Tyler and Jake Karanastasis.

Arrangements can be found at deckerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

Published in the The Journal News on January 12, 2012


Reynolds, Michael J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=michael-reynolds&pid=155421272&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is member of the Class of 1959.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Reynolds, Michael J. [MC1959 RIP]

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JTWITTER: Why doesn't MC have an  acapella group?


Tweeting as "@HOMELESSBITCH" Lizzy Miller

"why doesnt manhattan college have an acapella group #realtalk"

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[JR: So start one?]

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JNEWS: Petry, Greg [MC1978] certified Parks and Recreation


People on the Move
January 12, 2012 6:42PM
Updated: January 13, 2012 2:39AM

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Park certification: Greg Petry, executive director of the Waukegan Park District, recently earned the Certified Park and Recreation Executive certification granted by the National Certification Board in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association. The CPRE program recognizes advanced skills and competencies related to the professional practice and delivery of park and recreation programs and services.

Petry has been the executive director of the Waukegan Park District since 1994 and has been with the district since 1987. He previously was with the Highland Park, Mundelein and Park Ridge park districts. Petry obtained a bachelor of science degree from Manhattan College in 1978, and a master of science degree in parks and recreation from Pennsylvania State University in 1981.

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Petry, Greg [MC1978]

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JOBIT: Kiernan, Fr. Joseph V. [MC1959 RIP] by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM
Subject: Father Joseph Kiernan,'59 RIP

Dear John,

The January 12th Edition of CATHOLIC NEW YORK has the following Obituary for Father Joseph Kiernan,'59:


Father Joseph V. Kiernan, O.F.M., a native of the Bronx who went on to serve assignments in several states as a  Franciscan friar, died Dec. 19 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 75.

Father Kiernan served in parish ministry, was a seminary faculty member, member of the novitiate formation team, hospital chaplain and secretary of the justice and peace committee of the Franciscan's Ho;y Name Province. His assignments took him to New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virgina, Georgia and Florida.    He was a graduate of All Hallows Institute (now All Hallows High School) in the Bronx and held a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at St. Joseph's Seminary in California. He entered that Franciscans in 1964, professed final vows in 1968 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969.

He is survived by a sister, Eileen. A Funeral Mass was offered Dec. 23 in the Cortona Chapel of Holy Name Friary. Burial was in God's Acre Cemetery in Ringwood."

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kiernan, Fr. Joseph V. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook:  none cited

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JNEWS: Marone, Salvatore John [MC????] cited by his neice


Giants fans pack up and ship out to Green Bay hoping for a playoff win
Memories of Big Blue's 2007 playoff overtime victory keeps hopes alive
By Henrick Karoliszyn AND Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 13 2012, 7:32 PM

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“I’ve been a Giants fan my whole life,” said Nikki Marone, 55, of Manhattan. “These type of games are why. It means everything ... It’s in our blood.”

In her case, literally: Her uncle Sal Marone, a Manhattan College grad, played guard for the Giants in 1943.

This is Marone’s sixth road trip of the season with Big Blue — and she has yet to see them lose.

“I had to go to this game to keep the streak alive,” said Marone, who packed a large fleece blanket to wear at the game. “They’re going to win.”

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Sal Marone
Salvatore John Marone
Position: GHeight: 5-10    Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: August 10, 1917 in Highland Falls, NJCollege: Manhattan   (school history)

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Marone, Salvatore John [MC????]

[JR: This would make Jasper Marone about 94. And, I'm not making any "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated" mistakes. He must have, or may have had, a story to tell. Argh!]

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JHQ: "The Lesson Plan" film on 01/30 1930


Manhattan College To Host Film Screening of The Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave
Posted on January 12, 2012

Manhattan College will present a film screening of The Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Winner of the 2011 Kansas International Film Festival and the 2011 Chicago United Film Festival Jury Award for best documentary, the film is based on an experiment Ron Jones, a high school history teacher, conducted in 1967 on fascism with his class of sophomores.

Jones, a teacher in Palo Alto, Calif., launched a one-week experiment after an innocent student asked the question, “how could the German people have missed the signs of the ongoing genocide being perpetrated by the Nazis?” This question sparked Jones to test how decent Germans or anyone could become victims to totalitarian thinking, and created a movement called the Third Wave. Jones reorganized his classroom that week into a simulation of a prototypical fascist youth group. He enforced physical discipline and uniformity in the students’ posture and speech per his first-day dictum, “Strength Through Discipline.” He meant it to end there, but students were eager for more. Within one week, 30 students grew to 200 as the Third Wave took on a life of its own, and the students unwittingly re-enacted the roots of the Third Reich.

Created and co-produced by Philip Carr Neel, a former student of Jones, The Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave features interviews with Jones and students who also participated in the experiment. The documentary serves as a teaching tool to initiate conversation about uncomfortable topics of history, psychology, group behavior, gangs, bullying, intolerance and hate. The Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave documentary also coincides with Manhattan College’s own mission of accepting people of all faiths, cultures and traditions, and instilling a commitment of social action against intolerance in the entire College community.

Manhattan College’s school of arts along with the government, history, psychology, religious studies and sociology departments and the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center are sponsoring the event. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Neel and the film’s director, David Jeffrey, and a reception.
For more information on the film screening, please contact Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., associate professor of government and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College, by phone at (718) 862-7248, and visit http://www.lessonplanmovie.com/ to learn more about the documentary.

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Comment on JOBIT: Kehoe, John Leo [MC1967 RIP]

by Donovan, Richard (MC1967)

John graduated in the class of 1967, he was a dear trusted friend, always there, always dependable. Four of us shared an apartment in our senior year. We lived in the dorms together the first three years, sharing all there was to experience at Manhattan and in the neighboring watering holes. Like many of us John was drafted into the Army, and since he didn't believe in doing things half heartedly he opted into the 101st Airborne Division. I know a little something of his experiences in VietNam and can say that his exploits were downright brave, even astonishing, and he demonstrated a courage that few other men have. We grew apart after his move to California, but I always considered John to have been one of my best friends ever. May he rest in peace and may his family have peace knowing what a fine person he was.

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[JR: I'm sorry for your loss. All our loss that we didn't get to know him like you did. Dona Nobis Pacem.  (I say that a lot lately.)]

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Comment on MC Softball raffle

by Predmore, Carolyn (MCfaculty)

I found through working with the PTA that there are rules for nonprofits to run raffles and one was to sell the tickets in person. That way we were not running a gambling establishment.

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ENDNOTE: Any 'presumed consent' policy


Welsh archbishop opposes 'presumed consent' policy for organ donation
January 02, 2012

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"I agree with my fellow Church leaders that our organs should be donated as a gift to others and not as a duty," the archbishop said. "Our bodies are not an asset of the state."

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[JR: When I  first read this I said: "<Expletive Deleted>"! Then I understood. The State is not in charge of us. BUT otoh there should be a free market in organs. Ghoulish? NO! What sense is it to bury organs that will keep other people alive. When the Church Leadership gets up and points out that donations — organs, blood, or anything — is a corporal work of mercy, then I'll understand they are leading. Isn't not doing a work a sin? As a little L libertarian, I want poor people to earn from their corpse. A person should be able to leave his organs to his family to dispose of on the free market. Sounds ghoulish, but who owns our body?]

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