Sunday 24 Febuary 2002

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has 995 subscribers by my count.

Don't forget: … … 

Friday 01 Mar 02 – MAAC Basketball Tournament – Albany NY
              Details to follow based on playoff schedule

Sunday 03 Mar 02 – SW Florida Alumni Brunch at Worthington Country Club
              Contact Grace Feeney at the College

Monday, April 08 - Dennis Moroney Memorial Golf Outing & Dinner
            RSVP by Mar 1 c/o who will forward to the Cavanaughs


I am having a technical problem with the web output from Word. It is not translating the index to the html output. I am working on a fix. Till then the web site does not have the index. Sorry about that but blame Microsoft.


ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.

Here comes the news after this comment.

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Two fetuses found in bin at car wash
Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle

A man searching for discarded dimes and quarters found two dead fetuses in a car wash's trash bin in north Houston on Friday, police said.

The fetuses were about 6 to 8 inches and had begun to form fingers and hands and facial features, said Lt. Ron Walker.

They appeared to have been in the trash bin at the car wash in the 5200 block of Airline for no more than a day, he said. The mother, he said, may have been four to five months pregnant.

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Maybe stories like this will strike at our sensibilities. I think both sides of the debate might agree that this is no way for this to happen. For those of us, who think that these were more than trash, there is an inherent sense of sadness.

For me, I wonder if these were the ones who were supposed to cure cancer in our lifetime? We won’t know until we get our eternal reward; but it makes you think!

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

"Collector-in-chief" John



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Copyright 2002 Internet Wire, Incorporated.
All rights reserved.  
Internet Wire
February 19, 2002 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Joseph E. Broderick Appointed President & CEO Of Qiva; Experienced Supply Chain Executive To Lead Market Innovator

Qiva, the leading provider of internet based software solutions for global logistics and trade management, announced the appointment of Joe Broderick, the former President and COO of McHugh Software International, to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to add my leadership and experience to the great team at Qiva," said Joe Broderick. "Together we can implement solutions that will help global companies meet the increasing demand for logistics performance improvements. Qiva's integrated global logistics and trade management solution delivers collaboration and performance management of complex logistics networks, thereby improving service levels and reducing total landed costs. With brand name customers like Synopsys, Grainger, Aspect, Zilog, KLA Tencor, Pacer and Delmas/OTAL, Qiva has the solutions, experience, and global presence to demonstrate real value for global enterprises." Joe joined Qiva from McHugh Software International where he was the President and Chief Operating Officer; as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to McHugh Software, Joe was the Executive Vice President in charge of worldwide sales, consulting services and marketing at Manugistics. Previously Joe was a senior executive at NetWise and XA Systems. Joe's educational credentials include a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

"Joe's leadership roles at Manugistics and McHugh Software, along with his extensive experience in supply chain planning and execution applications make him a great fit for Qiva." said Bruce Richardson, Senior Vice President of Research at AMR. "I am confident that Joe will have a dramatic and positive effect on the further development of Qiva's leadership position in global logistics management." "Joe's career has been about helping companies realize significant financial gains by implementing innovative software solutions," added Bob Evans, CEO of the Symphony Technology Group, a Qiva investor. "Combining his capabilities with those of Qiva should be a huge win for customers."

San Francisco-based Qiva (pronounced "Key-vah") provides enterprise software to manage global supply chains to the highest levels of performance. Qiva's suite of solutions enables enterprise shippers, transportation and logistics service providers to predict, manage and control complex global logistics & trade activities among suppliers, buyers and other partners. Deployed as integrated or discrete applications, Qiva's software solutions deliver significant improvements in total landed costs and service levels. The company has a global customer base of 14,000 users across 37 countries, with offices in Asia, Europe and the United States.

For more information, contact Qiva Inc. at 299 Kansas St., San Francisco, CA 94103. or by phone at 415.762.6000. Qiva can be found on the web at

CONTACT: John Tristan (J.T.) Treadwell Director of Corporate Marketing QIVA 415-762-6008

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Professor of Environmental Engineering Science
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena  CA  91125

Manhattan College, New York, 1950-54, B.E. (Civil) (with honors)





Lignified Xylem Cells and Stress Resistance in Opuntia laevis Cladode Joints
Christopher M. Frenz (Left in photo)
Manhattan College




Among my favorite things to do is Crew!!

I am currently attending Manhattan College and am a member of their GROSSLY UNDER-APPRECIATED yet REALLY GOOD Crew Team.


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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]


Copyright 2002 The Hearst Corporation  
The Times Union (Albany, NY)
February 17, 2002 Sunday THREE STAR EDITION
HEADLINE: McEnroe, Robert W.

Robert William McEnroe, labor leader, died at his home on Valentine's Day after a long illness. He was 69. Born September 6, 1932 in Woodside, NY, Mr. McEnroe was the son of Irish laborers. He attended Manhattan College for Engineering, served in the Army during the Korean War, attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, and later earned a Master of Arts degree from the Cornell School of Labor Relations. Mr. McEnroe began his career with the U.S. Dept. of Labor but soon became an organizer with AFSCME in the early 1960s, advocating for more secure working conditions and enhanced training for prison workers in Illinois. Mr. McEnroe then served as an administrator for 15 years with District Council 1707 (a social services union) in NYC, before returning to AFSCME as the area director of New York State. Beginning in 1979, Mr. McEnroe facilitated the merger of CSEA and AFSCME. He later served as area director for Arizona. In the latter part of his career, Mr. McEnroe returned to DC 1707 and was repeatedly elected its executive director until his retirement in 1994. He is credited with reversing the decline of 1707's essential membership to an increase of nearly 70% by his retirement. He also initiated improved health care access, improved job security and retirement benefits, post secondary education, and job training for 1707's members. He successfully secured the late 1980s award of retroactive pensions for Head Start Workers in New York City. As a long time friend of the late United Farm Workers president, Ceasar Chavez, Mr. McEnroe established 1707 as a primary conduit for public education on the plight of agricultural workers in California. He will be remembered as a man committed to American ideals, and whose contributions to society are measured best by the countless people whose lives he worked passionately to make safe, healthy, and self-sufficient. He is survived by his wife, Alice Nelson McEnroe; his four children, Alicia Mamarella (and husband, John), Cheryl, Miriam, and Christopher (and wife, Kathleen Bliss); two grandchildren, Aidan and Maeve McEnroe; and a sister, Maureen (his eldest sister, Eileen, having passed away several years ago). Funeral services from the Magin & Keegan Funeral Home, 891 Madison Ave., Tuesday morning, 9:30 and at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 10:00. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home, Tuesday morning after 8:30. Interment, Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Albany Hospice, 155 New Karner Rd., are requested.

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Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 13:27:10 -0500
From: Gerard M. Delaney
Subject: jj


In the fullness of time, I have left the Blessed Sacrament novitiate, and am looking for work. If you know of anybody looking for a systems engineer with experience in imagery and geospatial things, my resume is on-line at





A position in systems engineering in Information Systems or Aerospace


Master of Science, Computer Information Systems, Florida Institute of Technology,  Melbourne, FL, 1995.
Master of Science, Systems Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1987.
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Manhattan College, Bronx, N. Y., 1975.


Systems Engineer III Harris Information Systems Division,  Melbourne, FL 1995 - 1999.
Systems engineering of image processing and dissemination systems. Proposal support, including concept development, requirements tracking matrix, image product production systems.     


Requirements for integration of new travel expense processing system during transition to PeopleSoft accounting modules;
Communications and processing requirements for processing multi-spectral  imagery and target extraction algorithms.
Communications costs for transferring imagery data to teammates using  alternative means, from courier to various leased line options;
Requirements for systems performance for data management and distribution  system for National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) imagery and  geospatial information and products;
Interfaces with providers of geospatial data and products;
Requirements for outsourced production of NIMA geospatial information  and products.
Requests for Changes (RFC) to determine if there was potential to impact  program requirements or interfaces.


Schedules for insertion of new tasks into daily and periodic data processing  flows for expense data, including relationships with existing data processing  tasks;
Model of data traffic and processing loads for multi-spectral image exploitation  system;
System architecture to implement multi-spectral imagery exploitation system;
Communications models for determining costs of transferring imagery to team  mates.
Requirements allocation matrix of requirements to program elements, releases  and test requirements. Customer described this document as "best submitted"  in the procurement.
Proposal inputs, including Best and Final Offer (BAFO) questions.
Database to track and maintain status of RFCs, and tasking of engineers to assess  impact to our project.
Process models for production of imagery products.
Web site for customer, user, and development team access to program documents.
Participated in oral presentation as member of problem solving team at customer's site.
Monitored customer web sites for reading library, RFP and amendments.
Developed and maintained proposal library, including database to track documents.
Identified and assessed military, government, and industry standards for applicability and impact, including DII COE.

Staff Engineer-Systems, Harris Space Systems Corp., Rockledge, FL 1995

Developed Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) operations concepts for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Utilization and Mission Support (UMS) pursuit. (Part-Time position while enrolled in graduate school)


Spacecraft, subsystems, payload, and program operations requirements for  Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) Operations.

Spacecraft, subsystems, experiment, and program operations concepts for AXAF  operations;
AXAF Operations input to UMS pursuit;
Concept for company to assume responsibility for operating spacecraft and  associated ground operations, including mission planning, investigator  interfaces, data management, command generation, operations support and  anomaly resolution;
Skill and staffing requirements.
Participated in Risk Assessment studies.
Wrote 10% of technical proposal, amounting to 5% of proposed effort.
Introduced proposal technical team to concepts and requirements of satellite operations.

Senior Engineer, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., Huntsville Division 1982 - 1992

Mission, and Systems Engineering, Program Management for Spacelab, National Aerospace Plane, and Space Station Freedom systems, NASA science payloads, and foreign ballistic missile operational analysis.

Authored Computer Based Training (CBT) materials for spacecraft operations.

Manpower and budget requirements;
Mission, resource requirements, and resource availability models;
Systems requirements for performing fleet management of Spacelab systems  and components;
Database file structure and interface requirements for computer applications;
Requirements for NASA science payload operations aboard Space Station, assessing communications systems requirements, architectures, and  payload operations;
Specialized uses for Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) desk top computer applications;
Spacecraft systems operations sequences and procedures, including  troubleshooting.
Requirements for Spacelab Developmental Flight Tests (DFT).
Instructed operations and engineering personnel.
"Book boss" for:
Spacelab Operational Data Book (ODB), NASA's single source of reference for  Spacelab systems and component characteristics for use by flight controllers;
systems specifications, Space Shuttle ICD's and payload services handbooks for  Spacelab derived carriers.
Analyzed  operations and support requirements for National Aerospace Plane  (NASP)/X-30 candidate payloads and systems, including assessment of upper stage  energy requirements.
Monitored Spacelab carrier and subsystem performance during testing and missions.
Evaluated vehicle and payload anomalies, and recommended resolutions.


Proposal preparation;
Long range planning for utilization and procurement of critical flight equipment;
Intelligence analysis and operations support;
Systems Requirements Reviews (SRR), Preliminary and Critical Design  Reviews (PDR, CDR), Qualification and Acceptance Reviews, Design  Certification Reviews (DCR) and Flight Readiness Reviews (FRR) of  spacecraft and experiment equipment designs.
Evaluated operational and test data to determine satisfaction of test objectives and design requirements.
Evaluated and tested operations center displays.
Planned and scheduled resources using Microsoft Project and Excel.
Prepared inputs for Program Operating Plan (POP) and long-range budgets  and resource requirements.
Tested interfaces between computer applications. Built appropriate test cases and files.

Space Systems Officer, United States Air Force 1975 - 1981

Systems Analysis and Mission Operations, Orbital analysis, radar sensor system and satellite operations. Orbital Analyst, NORAD Combat Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain Complex.

Space Systems Operations Officer. Operated Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft and ground control site, and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) radar site.


Vehicle and sensor command and control;
Mission data recovery, storage, and transmittal;
Spacecraft and ground station systems monitoring;
Radar station systems monitoring;
Anomaly resolution by military and contractor personnel.
Supervised operations crews.


Orbital analysis, maintaining database of spacecraft orbits, predicting satellite  locations;
Tracking support requirements analysis for U.S. and Allied satellite launches.
Maintained database of foreign launch profiles.
Predicted long term satellite decays.
Instructed and evaluated operations personnel.


DoD Top Secret. SSBI March 1996. Debriefed July 1999.


Microsoft Word  MacDraw/Claris Draw  HTML  Windows  Microsoft Excel   Clips  C++   UNIX Microsoft Access  DOORS  Structured Query Language (SQL)   Macintosh Microsoft Project   Visio  FORTRAN 


Master of Theological Studies, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, 1994.
Seminars in systems engineering, communications applications, radar theory, expert systems, and computer based  program management tools.
Graduate study Space Science and Computer Science, Florida Institute of Technology.
Graduate study Systems Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Air Force Space Systems Analyst Course.
Air Force Squadron Officers School
Air Force Space Operations Officer Course.


Telescience Benefits and Challenges in the Early Space Station Freedom Era  (with two others).
Presented at 41st Congress of the International Astronautical Federation; published in Acta  Astronautica, Volume 25, Number 10, 1991.


Harris ISD Special Recognition for  NIMA procurement efforts (DAGS Capture Team), for  successful effort to capture $20 million dollar proposal, which grew into Information Access  Services (IAS) program.
NASA "Mission Flag" for STS 52/USMP-1
NASA Group Public Service Award for Spacelab 1
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
New York State Regents Scholarship



Air Force Association (AFA) Life Member


International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Space Coast Chapter Treasurer
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Senior Member
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)





February 22, 2002
Jaspers Clinch Third Seed In MAAC Tournament With the Win

RIVERDALE, NY – Luis Flores (New York, NY) scored 26 points to lead the Manhattan men’s basketball team over the visiting Iona Gaels, 81-66, in front of a standing-room-only crowd in Draddy Gym on Senior Night in a crucial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.

With the win, Manhattan improves to 20-7, 12-6 in the MAAC while Iona fell to 13-16, 10-8 in the MAAC.  The win assures the Jaspers a #3 seed in the MAAC Tournament, which commences Friday, March 1st. Manhattan won 20 games for just the seventh time in the program’s 97-year history.

Trailing 9-7 with just under 16 minutes on the clock, Manhattan put together a 7-0 run over three minutes to take a 14-9 lead on back-to-back baskets by Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY) on consecutive assists by Flores.  Iona closed the lead to three just seconds later on a shot by Charles Henson, but Manhattan opened up a double-digit lead on a 12-3 run over five minutes to lead 23-12 with nine minutes left to play.  The Jaspers would lead by as many as 16 late in the half, and went to the locker room with a 12-point edge.

Manhattan maintained a double-digit lead for the first six minutes of the game, but Iona made a strong run with 13 minutes on the clock by scoring nine unanswered points, to cut the lead to two (51-49) at the 10:31 mark.  Flores responded by hitting a floater and drew the foul to put the Jaspers back up by four (54-49).  Flores hit the extra point for the three-point play to spark an 8-2 run that put the Jaspers up for good.

Iona came back and cut the lead to five with two minutes left to play by hitting four consecutive foul shots, but Flores retaliated once again with a three-point play to ice the game for Manhattan.  The Jaspers closed the game with an 11-1 run for the 15-point victory.


Flores finished with a game-high 26 points, on 10-15 shooting, with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Jason Benton (New Haven, CT) and Johnson chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Jaspers’ next game will be at the MAAC Tournament at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Their opponent is yet to be determined.


February 21, 2002
Maegan Cosgrove Named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

EDISON, NJ – The Manhattan College women's lacrosse team has been picked to finish fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches' preseason poll announced today.  Fairfield University, which captured last year's MAAC crown, was chosen to win again. The Lady Jaspers totaled 28 points, while Fairfield totaled 45 points, followed by second place Niagara with 41 points and third place Marist with 35 points.

Senior Maegan Cosgrove (Farmingville, NY) was chosen as the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and named to the Preseason Team. Last season, Cosgrove started in 17 games, totaled 174 saves, and averaged a 10.1 goals against average for the season.

Senior attacker Rory Maguire (Freeport, NY) was also named to the Preseason Team. Last season Maguire led the team in goals (25) and in shots on goal (66).

The women's lacrosse team will kick off their spring season this Friday, Feb. 22nd when they travel to Lehigh University for a 4pm match-up.

2002 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Fairfield 45
2.  Niagara  41
3. Marist  35
4. Manhattan  28
5. LeMoyne 24
6. Canisius 15
7. Siena   8


February 20, 2002

EDISON, NJ – The Manhattan College softball team was picked to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced by conference officials today. Saint Peter’s, the defending MAAC champion, was tabbed to repeat as the league favorite again this season.

Head Coach Sue Hannon returns for her sixth season at the helm of the Lady Jaspers, who finished sixth in the MAAC a year ago with a 17-26 overall record and a 7-9 conference mark. Hannon returns five starters, including pitchers Kara Husband (Depew, NY) and Candice Aulogia (New Windsor, NY), who combined for 140 strikeouts last season. Sophomore Suzanne Masotto (Southbury, CT) is back after a solid freshman campaign, which saw her hit .248 with 37 basehits and 10 RBI. Senior catcher Michelle Chiappa (Pearl River, NY) and sophomore outfielder Katie Bentz (Westchester, PA) will captain the team this spring. Chiappa hit .215 with six RBI in 2001 while Bentz hit .203 with five RBI and 17 stolen bases in her rookie year.

The softball teams opens the 2002 regular season on Wednesday, March 6 when they travel to West Point to take on Army at 3:00 PM.


February 20, 2002
Wendell Anderson Named to Preseason Team as DH

EDISON, NJ – The Manhattan College baseball team was picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced today by conference officials. Marist, the two-time defending conference champion, was tabbed as the favorite once again this year.

The Jaspers are coming off their fourth straight 20-win season, after finishing 20-25-1 in 2001. Manhattan finished seventh in the MAAC standings last year with an 8-4-1 league mark. The Jaspers return five starters from last year’s team, including Preseason All-MAAC selection Wendell Anderson (East Hartford, CT). Anderson, a senior tri-captain, is a four-year letterwinner for the Jaspers, who holds the all-time homerun record at Manhattan. Last year Anderson hit .319 with eight homeruns and 33 RBI.

The Jaspers open up the 2002 regular season with a three-game series at Delaware State, beginning Saturday, February 23 at 12:00 PM.

2002 MAAC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Marist - 97
2. LeMoyne - 82
3. Siena - 80
4. Rider - 76
5. Fairfield - 52
    Iona - 52
7. Manhattan - 42
8. Niagara - 36
9. Canisius - 22
10. Saint Peter’s - 11


February 18, 2002
Four Lady Jaspers Score 10 Points or More in Win

RIVERDALE, NY – The Manhattan College women’s basketball team upset conference-leading Siena 78-72 in double-overtime in a crucial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up in Draddy Gym on Monday evening.

Trailing 7-2 early in the first half, Manhattan put together an 8-2 run to take a 10-9 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining to play.  Although Siena would tie the game on two more occasions, the Lady J’s went into the locker room with a four-point lead (29-24).

The game see-sawed back and forth for the first few minutes in the second half, but Siena charged back with a 14-2 run sparked by three consecutive three-pointers, one by Erica Anderson and two by Mary McKissack.   Siena led 39-33 at 13:33, but Manhattan wouldn’t go away, as the Lady J’s took the lead just two minutes later on two lay-ups by Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland).

Donnette “Shorty” Reed (Syracuse, NY) hit a layup to cut the lead to three with 3:47 remaining and neither team would score for the next two minutes.  Reed stole the ball with 1:34 remaining but missed the ensuing fast break lay-up.  Reed picked off another steal with just a minute left to play and was fouled hard on the play. Reed left the floor and Mary Kacic (Howard Beach, NY) was substituted to shoot the free throws.  Kacic hit both and the lead was cut to one with 1:05 on the clock.  Liene Jansone hit a layup on an assist from Basko with 20 seconds left to play to put the Saints back up by three (61-58).  The Lady J’s got the ball back over half-court and called a time-out to set up the next play.  Manhattan’s Tiffany Schettig (Altoona, PA) hit a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock to tie the game at 61-61.  Reed was credited with the assist.  Schettig stole the ball on the inbounds throw to send the game into overtime.

Basko hit a three pointer to start the first overtime period, and Manhattan answered with a steal by Schettig and a layup by Walters.  Basko hit two free throws and Siena held the lead until the 1:47 mark when Reed hit a layup to cut the lead to one (66-65) and then picked off a steal and made the resulting fast-break layup give Manhattan the 67-66 lead. Siena’s McKissack made one-of-two free throws on the other end to tie the game back up with just over a minute left in overtime.  Rosalee Mason (London, England) grabbed a pass by Reed and made a layup to put the Lady J’s up by two (69-67) with 56 seconds on the clock.  Basko missed a three and the McKissack deflected the rebound to Jansone, who tied the game with a layup.

Again, Siena started the second overtime period with a three pointer, this time by Chrissy Loeliger, to take the three-point lead.  But after that possession, Manhattan controlled the remainder of the game starting with Reed’s dramatic drive to the basket, hitting the layup and drawing the foul with 4:11 left in the second overtime.  Reed hit her free throw and the Lady J’s nabbed three consecutive steals to keep the Saints at bay.  Neither team scored again until Mason went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe with 1:28 remaining.  Reed made two more free throws after a key defensive rebound by Anna Hakansson (Bjarred, Sweden) with just 19 seconds left.  After a thirty-second timeout by Manhattan, Schettig was fouled and made 1-of-2 shots.  As Basko grabbed the rebound, Siena called a timeout, but didn’t have any remaining, which resulted in a technical foul.  Senior Birgitta Tsoma (Katrinholm, Sweden) hit both free throws to give Manhattan the six-point edge.

Mason and Reed led Manhattan with 17 points.  Mason added 14 rebounds, while Reed chipped in five steals, five assists and two rebounds.  Walters finished with 14 points, seven boards, three steals and two blocks.  Kilkenny added ten points, six rebounds and four steals.  Basko led the Saints and all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds to go along with her six assists.  McKissack had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jansone finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

With the win Manhattan improves to 16-10, 11-6 in the MAAC, good for sole possession of third place in the conference standings, while Siena falls to 19-5, 14-2 in the MAAC, which ties them for first place with St. Peter’s.  Manhattan’s 11 MAAC wins tie the College record for most conference wins in a season and this is only the second win over Siena in the past 12 meetings.  Manhattan beat the Saints by one at Siena during the 1999-2000 season.

Manhattan returns to action on Sunday at Iona for a 2:00 PM regular-season finale.


February 18, 2002

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Sophomore Dave Holmes (Washington, DC) scored a career-high 23 points to lead four Jaspers in double figures as Manhattan pulled away from the Loyola Greyhounds in the second half en route to a 67-56 victory Monday evening at the Bridgeport Arena.

Manhattan completed the regular season sweep of Loyola and improves to 19-7 overall, 11-6 in the MAAC, while Loyola falls to 4-22 overall and 3-14 in the conference.

Holmes would score early and often in this one, as he reeled off seven of the Jaspers’ first nine points of the game, giving Manhattan the early lead. The Jaspers led by as many as nine in the half (21-12), but the Greyhounds closed the period with a 14-4 spurt capped by a jumper from Bernard Allen at the buzzer to take a 26-25 edge at the break. Holmes provided over half of the Jaspers’ offensive output in the first half, sinking 6-10 shots for 13 points.

The second half was all Manhattan as the Jaspers shot 59.1% from the field and hit 15-18 from the foul line. Down by three with 17 minutes to go in the game, Manhattan outscored Loyola 19-2 to assume their biggest lead of the game, 46-32, at the 10:18 mark. During that sequence, the Jaspers forced eight Greyhound turnovers and held Loyola to just two field goals for the first 10 minutes of the second half. From there, Loyola would get no closer than seven.

Holmes hit 10-18 shots from the floor for a career-high 23 points, in addition to picking off three steals and blocking two shots. Von Damien “Mugsy” Green (New York, NY) finished with 13 points, including 11-12 from the foul line, and dished out five assists. Senior Noah Coughlin (Middleboro, MA) hit three three-pointers and totaled 11 points and five assists, while Jason Benton (New Haven, CT) chipped in 10 points and blocked two shots. Sophomore Luis Flores (New York, NY) failed to score in double figures for the first time this season, and was held to just 1-6 shots from the field for two points.

Manhattan wraps up the regular season on Friday, February 22, hosting Iona in Draddy Gym for Senior Night. The Jaspers will honor their three graduating seniors, Coughlin, Green and Willie Haynes (Rochester, NY). Manhattan will also be seeking their 20th win of the season, a feat only accomplished by six other Manhattan teams in the 97-year history of the program.


February 18, 2002

EDISON, NJ – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s track and field teams earned a total of 18 spots on the New York Lottery Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC Indoor Track All-Academic Team announced Monday.

To earn a spot on the New York Lottery All-Academic Team, honorees must be in their second year of residence at the institution, have a grade point average of 3.200, and be a starter or important reserve for the team.

Here are the Honorees:
Name/Hometown Year Major GPA
Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad, Sweden) Junior Engineering 3.917
Chris Bloom (York, PA) Sophomore Special Education 3.393
Michanne Campbell (Mount Vernon, NY) Sophomore Elementary Education 3.471
Kristen Cerasi (Eastchester, NY) Senior Pre-Physical Therapy 3.595
Gavin Cosgrove (Kingston, Ontario)  Sophomore Business 3.533
Michelle Daly (Port Jefferson Station, NY)  Junior Communications 3.420
Shannon Gaffney (Albany, NY)  Senior Bio-Chemistry  3.841
Daniel Gazzola (East Greenwich, RI)  Junior Business 3.567
Charles Harklerode (Clinton Corners, NJ)  Junior Biology 3.241
Tracey Kirk (Ramsey, NJ)  Senior Secondary Education  3.569
Karin Larsson (Garphyttan, Sweden)  Sophomore Undecided 3.722
Tim Muratore (Tenafly, NJ)  Junior Biology 3.654
Mike Pellet (Cronton, NY)  Junior Physical Education 3.226
Erik Rokeach (Middletown, NY)  Senior Communication 3.720
Shona Sandlin (York, PA)  Senior Elementary Education 3.403
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February 16, 2002
Dan Mecca Named Men's Coach of the Year

RIVERDALE, NY – The Manhattan College men's and women's track & field teams swept the team titles at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Indoor Championships held today at Draddy Gymnasium. This was the sixth consecutive year the Jaspers have walked away with the title and the seventh time in the nine-year history of the championship that both Manhattan teams have won.

Head coach Dan Mecca was named the 2002 MAAC Men's Coach of the Year, while senior Kristen Cerasi (Eastchester, NY) and junior Lauren Primerano (Trenton, NJ) were named the 2002 MAAC Most Outstanding Female Athletes.

The women scored a total of 252.5 points to second place Rider University's 135 points.  Primerano, who placed in four events this afternoon, won the Weight Throw title with a mark of 13.60m, set a new school record in the Pole Vault with a leap of 2.53m for a second place finish, placed fifth with a personal best in the Shot Put with a mark of 10.96, and finished eighth in the Long Jump with a mark of 4.84m.  Cerasi won the 3000m (10:18.26) and Mile (5:03.94) titles.  Junior Stefani Allen (Levittown, PA) won her second MAAC Indoor title in the 55m Hurdles (8.39) and her second in the 200m (25.68) today. Senior Chenelle Bruce (Boston, MA) won the 400m Dash in a time of 59.57 seconds. Freshmen who won their first MAAC titles were Karin Larsson (Garphyttan, Sweden) in the Shot Put (13.14m), Jana Cagin (Stockholm, Sweden) in the Long Jump (5.32m), and Samantha Griffin (Jersey City, NJ) in the 55m Dash (7.16).

The men scored a total of 267.5 points to second place Rider's 121.5 points.  Junior Jacob Freeman (Providence, RI) set a new MAAC record of 20.71m to seal the title in the Weight Throw and he placed fifth in the Shot Put with a throw of 14.07m. Junior Mike Pellet (Croton, NY) walked away with the crown in the Shot Put with a mark of 16.04m and placed second in the Weight Throw with a personal best 15.94m. Magnus Ahlen (Karlstad, Sweden) set a new MAAC record for the crown in the Long Jump with a personal best 7.48m and placed second in the 55m Dash in 6.64 seconds. Rajne Svenssohn (Karlstad, Sweden) was crowned champion in the High Jump (1.96m), placed second in the Pole Vault (3.45m), placed third in the 55m Hurdles with a personal best 7.96 seconds and finished fourth in the Shot Put with a personal best 14.27m.  Janek Augustynowicz (Rutherford, NJ) won the Triple Jump title with a leap of 14.64m. Freshman Nils Pettersson (Karlstad, Sweden) won his first championship title in the Pole Vault with a leap of 4.30m. Senior Eddie Potter (Monroe, NJ) won his second MAAC Indoor title in the 200m with a dash of 22.37 seconds. Potter was also a member of the winning 1600m Relay team with Kurt Forsyth (Summit, NJ), Gary Gentles (Peekskill, NY), and Jason Smith (Rochester, NY).

For complete results, please visit the Manhattan Track Schedule Page.

The Jaspers will return to action Sunday, February 24th when they compete in the Seton Hall Last Chance Invitational beginning at 9am.


February 15, 2002

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Despite leading virtually the entire game, the Jaspers were unable to hang on in the closing seconds as a slam dunk by Rider’s Mario Porter gave the Broncs a narrow 64-62 victory over the visiting Manhattan Jaspers in a MAAC contest Friday night.

Rider improves to 15-9 overall and 11-4 in the MAAC, while Manhattan falls to 18-7 and 10-6 in the MAAC.

Manhattan made its presence known in the opening minutes, racing to a 9-1 lead at the 16:18 mark. In fact, Rider was held scoreless from the field until RJ Wicks converted a layup at the 15:08 mark. Manhattan led by as many as 14 in the half, and took a 34-28 edge into the lockerroom after hitting 11-26 (42.3%) shots including 4-5 from behind the arc.

The Jaspers maintained their lead for the majority of the second half, but Rider hung around and eventually closed to within two (57-55) on a basket by Poter at the 5:19 mark. The two teams traded baskets over the next few possessions, before Rider rallied to tie the game at 61-61 on a three-pointer by Jerry Johnson. After a Bronc timeout, a jumper by Luis Flores (New York, NY) was off the mark and Rider’s Robert Reed came down with the rebound. He was fouled by Jason Benton (New Haven, CT) and went to the line for two shots. Reed hit the first to give Rider its lead of the game (62-61) with 43 seconds to play. But Reed missed the second, and Dave Holmes (Washington, DC) came down with the rebound. A layup by Mugsy Green (New York, NY) rimmed out but Holmes was there for the offensive board and was fouled on the play, and went to the line for two shots. Holmes made the first to tie the game at 62-62 with 26 seconds left. The second attempt by Holmes was no good, and Porter hauled in the rebound. After Rider brought the ball up the court, the Broncs burned their final timeout to set up the game-winning shot. On the ensuing possession, Wicks got the ball to Porter under the basket who went in for the game-winning dunk with 11 seconds to play. A last-second layup by Green wouldn’t go, and Rider escaped with the victory.

Holmes led all scorers with 19 points and nine rebounds, making 7-10 shots from the floor including a pair of three-pointers. Flores was the only other Jasper in double figures with 15 points and three steals. Johnson led the Broncs with 17 points including four three-pointers.

The Jaspers return to action on Monday, February 18 when they take on the Loyola Greyhounds at the Bridgeport Arena at 6:00 PM.



[Compiled Sports Reports]


Copyright 2002 The Hearst Corporation  
The Times Union (Albany, NY)
February 19, 2002 Tuesday THREE STAR EDITION
HEADLINE: Siena women defeated again; Manhattan hands Saints second loss in row in 2 OTs

In one of their most dramatic games of the season, the Siena women's basketball team suffered a 78-72 double-overtime loss to Manhattan College at Draddy Gym. The setback marked Siena's second consecutive defeat after a 19-game winning streak.

At the end of regulation, with Siena (19-5, 14-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) up 61-58, Tiffany Schettig sunk Manhattan's only 3-pointer of the game with only two seconds left to force overtime. In the first overtime, the conference rivals played to another stalemate. Gunta Basko scored five points for Siena and Donette Reed four for the Jaspers (16-10, 11-6). Basko finished with a game-high 27 points and also pulled in 17 rebounds to lead all players.

Chrissy Loeliger opened the second overtime with a 3-pointer, but that was all the Saints would manage to get as turnovers stymied their offensive flow. The Saints gave the ball up 31 times.

Reed netted five of the Jaspers' nine points in the second OT to put the game away.

"We're not playing well together," said Siena head coach Gina Castelli, "They're better players than they are showing and they can make better decisions."

The Saints responded to a four-point halftime deficit by nailing seven consecutive 3-pointers to start the second half. Despite the run, Siena's biggest lead never got past six points.

Reed and Rosalee Mason each scored 17 points for Manhattan.

Siena next plays St. Peter's, also 14-2 in the MAAC, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Alumni Recreation Center.

SIENA (19-5, 14-2)
Anderson 3-9 0-0 9, Basko 9-17 6-6 27, Jansone 5-10 2-2 12, Craft 1-5 2-4 4, McKissack 4-4 1-2 13, Loeliger 1-6 0-0 3, Marchino 0-1 0-0 0, Johnston 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 25-55 11-14 72.

Kilkenny 5-7 0-0 10, Mason 6-18 5-9 17, Walters 7-13 0-2 14, Schettig 3-8 1-2 8, Bach 3-7 0-0 6, Tsoma 0-0 2-2 2, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Kacic 0-0 2-2 2, Greene 0-2 0-0 0, Reed 6-15 5-5 17, Hakannson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 31-73 15-22 78.

Halftime--Manhattan, 29-25. Regulation--61-61. 1st Overtime--69-69. 3-Point goals--Siena 11-22 (Anderson 3-8, Basko 3-5, Craft 0-1, McKissack 4-4, Loeliger 1-4), Manhattan 1-3 (Schettig 1-3). Fouled out--Siena 1 (McKissack), Manhattan 1 (Eve Walters). Rebounds--Siena 43 (Basko 17), Manhattan (Mason 14). Assists--Siena 19 (Basko 6), Manhattan 11 (Reed 5) Fouls--Siena 16, Manhattan 14. Technical Fouls--Manhattan (the bench). A--450.

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Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc.  
Newsday (New York, NY)
February 17, 2002 Sunday QUEENS EDITION
HEADLINE: LOCAL COLLEGES; Manhattan Sweeps MAAC Titles Again

It was more of the same for Manhattan College as it swept the MAAC men's and women's indoor track and field championships at Draddy Gym yesterday for the sixth consecutive year, and the seventh time in the nine-year history of the event.

On the men's side, Manhattan junior Thomas Jacob Freeman won the 35-pound weight throw, setting a new MAAC record of 20.71 meters, and took fifth in the shot put (14.07). He was named Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events. Magnus Ahlen also set a MAAC record with 7.48 meters in the long jump for the Jaspers, who took the team title with a score of 267.5. Manhattan coach Dan Mecca received the men's coach of the year award. On the women's side, Kristen Cerasi won the 3,000 meters (10:18.26) and the mile (5:03.94) to earn the Most Outstanding Performer for Track Events award for the Jaspers, who finished first with a score of 252.5. Teammate Lauren Primerano took the award for Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events by winning the weight throw (13.6 meters), placing second in pole vault (2.53) and fifth in the shot put (10.96).

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GRAPHIC: AP Photo for Newsday - William & Mary's Marshall Hubbard slides back safely to first base after St. John's pitcher Brian Dorsey's pickoff throw to first baseman Chad Cambra during sixth inning.

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[Email 1]

From: Gerard Delaney BS '75
 Subject: Article: City College, the Faded Jewel of CUNY, Is Recovering Its Luster
Date: Sat,  2 Feb 2002 15:38:13 -0500 (EST)

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Note especially the last paragraph. I think the level of diversity at Manhattan has drastically increased over the last 30 years.

Gerard DElaney BS '75

City College, the Faded Jewel of CUNY, Is Recovering Its Luster
February 2, 2002

City College is shaking an old underachieving academic stigma that stuck to it for decades.

February 2, 2002
City College, the Faded Jewel of CUNY, Is Recovering Its Luster

For 30 years, City College has been maligned as the good child gone bad in the City University family, with critics saying that its shining promise was smashed by admission policies that turned the college into a lackluster remedial mill.

But by some measures, City College, once famed nationally as the Harvard of the poor, has begun to match or beat out rivals in the City University of New York like Queens, Brooklyn, Baruch and Hunter Colleges that had been eclipsing it in recent decades.

The college is re-emerging at or near the top on indexes like freshman SAT scores and high school averages as a result of a pool of high-achieving immigrants; new recruiting programs that stress its strength in engineering, architecture and science; an enticing honors program; and sharp reductions in the number of less-well-prepared students.

For generations, City College, located in Harlem at West 135th Street, was a refuge for the city's poor and working-class strivers, where students excluded from the Ivies and other top colleges because of race or religion could get a top-notch education. Eight City College students went on to win Nobel Prizes, and the college produced such celebrated graduates as Jonas Salk, who developed the first polio vaccine, and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

But in the late 1960's, advocates of open admissions argued that too many black and Hispanic students were excluded as a result of poor preparation in failing public high schools. As a result, admissions criteria throughout the 17 campuses of CUNY were loosened and City College began to attract many of the city's poorly prepared high school students. Critics soon complained that the college's quality had declined sharply, and by the 1980's, university officials acknowledged that it was fifth among CUNY's senior colleges instead of first.

But the most recent admissions statistics indicate that all that seems to have changed.

"City College is now taking steps to return to those days when its reputation was a reputation of excellence," said Eugene S. Blaufarb, an assistant principal at the city's most selective public high school, Stuyvesant in Lower Manhattan, who said that more Stuyvesant students were again applying to the college.

"Not only is it a turnaround in the numbers of students who are applying," he said. "There is also a turnaround in who's applying. The kids who applied before tended to be our underachievers. Now it is our real achievers."

The top 25 percent of the applicants that City College accepted as freshmen through its regular admissions procedure from American high schools last fall tied for the highest SAT scores among CUNY's 17 campuses: an average combined mathematics and verbal score of 1,200 out of 1,600. Only Queens College matched that figure. If SAT scores for all of the regularly admitted freshmen applicants from American high schools are used, City's 1,089 average was second only to Baruch's 1,096, and up from less than 1,000 just four years ago.

To be sure, CUNY officials point out that the difference between City College and CUNY's other senior colleges on admission statistics is small and can change from year to year. But many CUNY professors who have seen these scores are startled to see how City College has begun to regain its former stature. And it has done so, its top officials stress, without sacrificing the diversity of its student body.

These figures do not include scores for economically and educationally disadvantaged students in CUNY's SEEK program (Search for Elevation, Education and Knowledge), who are admitted separately and are at all the senior colleges. But even those students are now closer academically to the regularly admitted students than they used to be. And the number of SEEK students has been cut; last fall's entering class at City College had 157 SEEK students, down from 279 a year earlier.

"We have a very, very strong student body," Gregory H. Williams, the college's new president, said on Thursday in an interview. "With the end of remediation, it has gotten much stronger this year. We're on the right trajectory."

Some of the improvement in academic scores is clearly a result of CUNY's fiercely debated decision several years ago to improve its reputation by removing remedial courses from the curriculum of its 11 senior colleges and to direct weaker students to its 6 community colleges.

The shift has probably benefited City College more than the other senior colleges because its student body changed so much after open admissions and because the change drew so much attention. In the book "City on a Hill: Testing the American Dream at City College," James Traub described City College classrooms filled with students who did not write or speak English well.

That book, along with a growing chorus of attacks from Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and other critics, prompted CUNY's trustees to remove remedial courses from their senior colleges. The new policy, phased in over three years, took effect at City College last September.

Critics of the tighter admissions policies expressed concerns that CUNY would now be turning away those students who needed its help the most, including many poorly educated minority and immigrant applicants who did not yet have a strong command of English.

Dr. Williams said that the academic improvement among entering students has not resulted in a change in demographics. Students in minority groups make up more than three- quarters of City's student body, he said, with the largest groups being Hispanic and black. While he acknowledged that the number of E.S.L. students — those needing to learn English as a second language — had decreased, he said the college was still hospitable to immigrants.

"This is not being done on the backs of E.S.L. students," he said, adding that half of City's students were born outside the United States.

While the latest SAT scores do not put City College on a par with the Ivy League, the college has begun to capture the interest of some of the city's strongest students for the first time in a long time. Many are drawn by the modest tuition ($3,200 a year for state residents), and free tuition to those who qualify for CUNY's new honors program, which also provides them with free laptop computers and covers other academic expenses. More than 200 honors applicants for next year have designated City as their first choice.

Students interested in areas where City is especially strong, like biomedical engineering and architecture, are electing City, often after being admitted to more selective campuses. "Financially, it came down to City College or Manhattan," said Asad Chaudhary, a freshman honors student at City who was also accepted at Columbia, R.P.I. and the State University of New York at New Paltz. "And Manhattan had absolutely no diversity."

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[JR: Well all this stuff about diversity, in most cases is a lot of bull. It’s only when we set up tough competition that we bring out the best in ourselves. It’s not sexism or racism to set tough standards. It’s about equal opportunity; not equality of outcome. There are no Jewish centers in the NBA. Just the best! If you can do it better, open up your bankbook for incoming cash. Recently at work, an HR type reprimanded a colleague for lack of diversity on an ad-hoc team he pulled together. His response was that the only people who volunteered for this assignment – moving heavy boxes and setting up pc-s near ground zero for 80 hours a week were a few young guys who all happened to be young and white. We can’t, and should make people into what they don’t want to be. Everyone, even me, got the offer. That’s equal opportunity. Of those who wanted it, only young white guys accepted. Not equality of outcome. No diversity? No it’s called freedom. Remains to be seen if my colleague has taken a “spear” for the team. Besides, I don’t want a job where I have to work!! It’s against the rules I learned at MC! <For the humor-ly-challenged: That was joke.> ]



[Email 2]

From Richard D. Cacchione
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 02:58:09 EST
Subject: Update

Dear John:

Just some data to update your file on me.

On December 29, 2001, I married Rosa Pinto of Lima, Peru in a ceremony in Rye, New York.

We are currently living in London where I continue my research toward a doctorate in Peruvian literature and culture at Birkbeck College, University of London, under the direction of the internationally recognized peruvianist, Prof. William Rowe.

Have been invited to give a presentation on April 5 at a conference sponsored by Dr. Stephen Hart, University College, University of London.  The talk will be on the Generation of the 50s, the subject of my dissertation.  This Generation of poets, narrators, painters and composers is considered the most important group in the rich corpus of Peruvian literature and is credited with changing Peruvian literature and the way the country perceives itself.

By the way, I never did advise you that I received a Masters in Latin American Literature from Columbia University in May 2000.

All of this is a bit of a change from my degree in Economics at Manhattan and an MBA in Finance at NYU, buy it is thoroughly enjoyable and challenging.

All the best.

Richard D. Cacchione

[JR: You didn’t say how old you were when you decided “to reinvent yourself”. But I’d guess we’re about the same age. Old! Kudos on ding what you obviously love. Thi is another example to all the young people who obviously know everything, “It never to late to change”. One thing I have learned from doing this “modest effort” is that at every age, if we are open to the direction of a higher power working within ourselves we can still do “great things”. As modest or as natural as they may seem to us, they can be inspiring to others. I urge everyone to tell their “story” so we ay all learn and be so inspired to make our own “way”. What ever that is. Thanks for sharing this with me and us.]



[Email 3]

From: Michael F. McEneney
Subject: Item
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 00:08:52 -0500

Dear John,

           The Real Estate Section of Sundays NY Times (2/17/02) on page 7 has an article entitled IF YOU ARE THINKING OF LIVING IN /FIELDSTONE. After setting forth the interesting History of the 140 acre "residential park" and listing some of the more notable residents, there appears this line near the end on the article: "Manhattan College, a private college founded in the 19th century, is just down the hill toward Broadway."

              I guess we are like the poor cousins! Oh well at least they spelled our name right!

                       Mike McEneney, Esq, '53 BBA

February 17, 2002
Fieldston: A Leafy Enclave in the Hills of the Bronx

ENTERING Fieldston, a woodsy enclave in the northwest Bronx, is like following Alice down her rabbit hole. In this world, streets defy the city grid, following the natural contours of rock outcroppings and hillside. Tudor mansions, Dutch colonials and Mediterranean bungalows cozy into the landscape, sometimes squarely facing the street and occasionally tucked in sideways. Trees here are treated like treasures, kept alive at almost any cost and, in one case, even allowed to grow through a slate-roofed cottage.

Once a private hunting preserve, Fieldston bills itself as a "residential park" with 257 houses on a 140-acre tract, skirted on the west and north by the Henry Hudson Parkway. No guards at gates bar entry, but its property owners' association has been able to block commercial traffic, driver's training, on-street parking and the Riverdale Ramble road race.

"What I like is the sense of coherence, that this is a planned community," said Bernard L. Stein, the editor of The Riverdale Press. Mr. Stein, now a Fieldston resident, grew up in an apartment house a few blocks away but stalked squirrels with a bow and arrow in the community's woods as a boy in the 1950's.

Until the IRT subway reached 242nd Street and Broadway in 1908, the land was a forest of oaks, elms and chestnuts broken only by a few paths down the hill to Broadway. Even today, foliage is so dense that vegetable gardening is all but impossible. For most of the 19th century, the property belonged to the family of Maj. Joseph Delafield, a veteran of the War of 1812 who established a lime quarry and kiln near the Hudson River.

Abundant game in the eastern part of his 310-acre parcel, including the highest point in the Bronx, spurred him to build a hunting lodge near what is now 246th Street and Independence Avenue. After the Civil War, his son built an elegant summer home near the lodge, naming the mansion Fieldston Hill, supposedly after the family's ancestral estate in England.

With modern transportation bringing the city so near, the major's three grandsons decided to develop their forest primeval.

They began their development cautiously, raising money by selling a few acres in 1909 to Columbia University's Teachers College for a laboratory school that would become Horace Mann School, one of three private schools in or near Fieldston. Hiring an engineer to lay out the winding streets and broad boulevards and refusing to sell any residential plot adjoining one already sold, they were able to open up meandering streets while encouraging a pastoral mood.

Just as important in establishing Fieldston's special character was the arrival of Dwight James Baum, who had chanced to hear about the development in 1914 in a water-cooler conversation at the Manhattan architectural firm where he was a young associate. Intrigued, he trekked up to meet with Edward Delafield and soon he was designing homes for Fieldston — and living there. The Delafield home that he remodeled into a Georgian mansion was destroyed by fire in 1994, but his own home, Sunnybank, still stands at 5001 Goodridge Avenue.

"For over a quarter of a century, Dwight James Baum designed dozens of Fieldston's homes, imparting a coherence and quality that the neighborhood would otherwise have lacked," Mr. Stein wrote in 1998, on the 75th anniversary of the Fieldston Property Owners Association. The association was set up to oversee the development after the Delafield family liquidated its holdings in 1923.

What all the Baum houses had in common was intent. Baum designed the exterior first, striving to create the most beautiful house regardless of architectural style. Only later did he worry about the floor plan.

Fiorello H. La Guardia, a three-time mayor of New York, lived and died at 5020 Goodridge Avenue. When he read the comics over the radio so no children would be disappointed during the citywide newspaper strike of 1945, the microphone was in his Fieldston library.

Henry Heide Jr., who made Juicyfruit, Jujubes and Gummi Bears, headed the Fieldston owners association during the Depression. Sidney Gamble of Procter & Gamble lived in an enormous stone house on Fieldston Road, sold by his widow in the 1990's. After World War II, Richard Simon, founder of Simon & Schuster, bought a Georgian red-brick Baum house where he brought up his three musical daughters: Joanna, Lucy and Carly.

TODAY, residents include United Nations ambassadors from Benin and Guinea; Jennifer J. Raab, president of Hunter College and former head of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission; and G. Oliver Koppell, the former New York attorney general newly elected to the City Council. Theodore Kheel, the labor lawyer, has a house around the corner from Ruth Friendly, editorial adviser for the Fred Friendly seminars in media, law and public policy, established by her late husband, a former CBS president and Columbia journalism professor.

Mrs. Friendly, an F.P.O.A. board member who moved to the neighborhood from Scarsdale in 1968, likes living "in a great island of green," a 13-minute drive from her office at Columbia. Residents also commute to Manhattan by subway, express bus and Metro- North.

Fieldston property owners pay an annual assessment to the association for services generally provided by the city in other neighborhoods like maintaining streets and sewers. The fee, based on footage facing the street, also covers snow and leaf removal, 24-hour security patrols, landscaping public areas and stocking goldfish in Indian Pond. The pond looks like a setting for "Hiawatha," which indeed was performed there in 1914 by a band of Indians.

New homeowners receive a tasteful 14- page pamphlet that introduces them to Fieldston's history and points out what they are expected to do "to maintain the unique community of our residential park." Residents are urged to keep their automobiles, affixed with Fieldston parking decals, in their garages or driveways to help "preserve the bucolic aspects of the streets" and to allow the security patrol to spot any "out- of-the-ordinary vehicles."

Guests parking on the street must post a note on the front windshield with the address where they are visiting. Any car without decal or note will be towed. Written permission and a contract from the association is required for any filming, races or organized events.

Houses in Fieldston come in all sizes, including small brick boxes built in the 1960's and 1970's. Because land is at a premium, even some of the more graceful homes are being pulled down and replaced by what Mr. Stein describes as "arrogant residences too big for their lots thrusting their multicar garages at passers-by."

Most homes in the neighborhood are now valued at more than $1 million, although occasionally a house can be found for about $750,000. Only a handful of homes have been offered for sale since September, none of them at the low end. One 1912 colonial-style, renovated in 1993, was advertised at $2.25 million with an association assessment of $1,900 and taxes of $7,100.

"Even if you add real estate taxes and assessment, you're still talking about a yearly expenditure so much less than that of Westchester or New Jersey that people can't believe it," said Vivian H. Oleen, a Sopher realtor in Riverdale and a Fieldston resident.

Houses often change hands only after elderly residents have died. Such houses are likely to have original kitchens and baths and both the charms and drawbacks of early 20th-century construction.

Many buyers look in Fieldston because of its proximity to three well-regarded private schools through 12th grade: Horace Mann, Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Riverdale Country Day. It is also ringed with other educational options, parochial and public. Among Jewish schools are the SAR Academy and the Kinneret Day School, through eighth grade. Nearby Catholic schools, also through the eighth grade, include St. Gabriel, St. Margaret of Cortona and Visitation.

P.S. 24 and P.S. 81 are "some of the best," with test scores in the top 10 percent in the city, according to Mr. Koppell, who until recently headed the local school board. M.S. 141 is being transformed into the David A. Stein Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy, a neighborhood school named for Bernard L. Stein's father, offering Grades 6 through 12 by 2003. Manhattan College, a private college founded in the 19th century, is just down the hill toward Broadway.

With its playing fields, hundreds of different kinds of birds, fat black squirrels and distinctive houses, Fieldston seems isolated from city noises and stress. Preserving the idyll over the years has taken some doing in the courts and city government to make sure that only single-family homes could be built and that development conformed to the standards laid down by the Delafields. At the heart of maintaining the community's character is control of its streets. Once a gated community, Fieldston established its right to bar unwanted traffic, set speed limits and limit parking through a series of court decisions in the 1960's and 70's. The association remains vigilant against encroachments, particularly trucks rumbling through with construction materials.

FOR more than 30 years, developers have been trying to build in Chapel Farms, a 16-acre parcel of forest and rock outcroppings abutting Fieldston, but adding even a few houses would be difficult if not impossible without access through Fieldston.

For nearly a decade, John Fitzgerald, a lawyer who lives in Fieldston, has planned to build luxury homes there. Last spring his proposal, which had been certified by the City Planning Commission, encountered strong opposition at Community Board 8 because of environmental concerns about rocks, trees, wastewater runoff and roads.

Mr. Fitzgerald, who declined to be interviewed for this article, has criticized the association for arrogance and told The Riverdale Review that the issue boils down to "muscle, to keep people off their streets."

But for an elite private development, the neighborhood seems down to earth.

"It has a tremendous amount of elegance and history, but it's not off-putting," said June Eisland, a former city councilwoman who was chairwoman of the land use committee overseeing the area. "It's the country in the city."  

Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company



[Email 4]

Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 19:10:46 -0500
From: Maher
Subject: Change of E Mail Address for Jasper Jottings

Hi John,

My E Mail address has changed again!  I probably didn't send you an update from   <privacy invoked> since I knew this one was coming along. Our internet provider switched to their own servers so instead of <privacy invoked>, it's now: <privacy invoked>.

Ed Maher

[MCOLDB: 1974]

[JR: You need to update MCOLDB too. In order to keep those fund raising calls coming each year. Just kidding, I know they use a different database. Sure, they keep the good info for themselves. We’ll show though when MCOLDB is more uptodate!]


[Email 5]

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 12:35:54 -0500
From: Robert Helm
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-10 (from home)

Good Afternoon, John:

1.       I am the bearer of glad/sad news about one of our Alumni mates. The gentleman’s name is William Raymond Gedgard [MCOLDB: 1965] and he is the youngest of my wife’s cousins on her mother’s side. We got back in contact after some years because of Jasper Jottings. .

2.       First, the sad news. His brother, Roger, died Thursday/Friday from a massive heart attack while in the ER of Roger’s local hospital for a ‘low blood sugar’ attack. The Funeral mass was this morning and the interment will be tomorrow morning. Ray’s mother, Edna Hogan Gedgard, passed away in the late fall and was buried before Christmas. She was in a nursing home and not sentient but healthy and died quite suddenly I believe. William R. Gedgard is called Ray by the rest of my wife’s family. (I suppose to distinguish him from his father, William Gedgard, Sr.).

3.       The good part of my news is that Ray was inducted as a Fourth Degree K of C on Sunday.

4.       This which meant that he was absent from his only sibling’s wake, which did not set too well with his sister-in-law, her family, AND my wife! (She really has had the worst Fall of her life…9-11 caused the death of another cousin, a retired Fire Chief, who watched the building fall on people he had trained and whom he knew, causing a massive heart attack and a stroke which was terminal about 2 weeks after 9-11. Richie, the chief, was also one of Ray’s first cousins but there was little or no contact between them. So I guess he has lost the same 3 relatives in the same period that my wife has).

5.       If I can get a copy of the K of C induction, I will pass it on to you.    FNS sends

Robert A. Helm

[JR: Well, congrats to him on the Fourth Degree. I’m sure that in time, all our transgressions are forgiven.]



[Email 6]

From: John Baumann '49 BCE 
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 13:36:51 EST
Subject: Re: South West Florida Jaspers

    Dear John -- FYI -- All Jaspers living in or visiting SW Florida on March 3rd ,2002 are invited to attend the Alumni Brunch ($ 20 p.p.) at Worthington Country Club - Exit 18 off I-75 ,11:30 AM . Contact Grace Feeney at the College or the writer at c/o Jasper Jottings so we know all that will be there. Bro. John Muller will be the visiting rep.from the Hill.

    SW Florida means Marco Island, Naples , Collier & Lee County , Bonita Springs, Golden Gate, Ft. Myers ,N.Ft. Myers , Ft.Myers Beach , Cape Coral , Sanibel, North Port , Punta Gorda and I'd say anywhere below Tampa.

    John thanks for your help and keep up the Jottings--

            God Bless --John Baumann '49 BCE  

[JR: I am trying and email like yours makes it worthwhile.]



[Email 7]

Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 14:34:37 -0500
From: Robert Helm
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-10 (from home)

Good Afternoon, John:

1.       The last Jasper Jottings which I received was dated 2/10/02. Have I become P.N.G? Are you okay? I miss it. FNS sends

Robert A. Helm

[JR: No, just the usual inet email reliability. Resent. ]



[Email 8]

Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 21:30:44 -0500
From: John R. Flanagan
Subject: Jasper Jottings

Dear John,

  Please provide a current/replacement URL for Jasper Jottings following the demise of   I was a member of the ListBot List.  If necessary, please provide instructions on applying for membership to the successor List.  Thanks in advance.

John Flanagan, `57E

[JR: Done. I’ve added you to the list. I thought I carried everyone across but welcome back.]





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A Final Thought

"Senator Tom Daschle insists that the Senate does not have time to deal with such critical issues as a House-passed ban on human cloning, the energy bill, an economic stimulus package, the growing backlog of vacancies in the federal courts, and President Bush's stalled judicial nominations. Mr. Daschle and his fellow Democrats do have time, however, for political fundraising. The majority leader will adjourn the Senate on December 10 for a week-long national party fund-raising tour."

Now we all know, wink, wink, that there is no difference between the two parties. Just ying and yang. Two sides of the same coin. So I am sure that change the names and the result will be NO different. But just for laughs, let's pretend there was a difference and I was the head of that alternative party. I would "instruct" the members of my party, even though we were in the minority, to show up every day for two hours say from 10 to Noon and just sit in our seats. The Congress would not be in session but maybe we could have someone read "instructions" from the Founding Fathers, or other great Presidents like: Thomas Jefferson, Milliard (do nothing) Fillmore, John Kennedy, or Ronald Regan. Nothing need be accomplished but the quiet reminder that they were there to do the people's business.

But, we know that there is no difference so this won't happen. But, in your own mind, think of the Congress with having one true Libertarian, a majority of one, sitting there. What a great place America was and could still be if everyone, me included, could mind our own business. :-)  Maybe I could be minding my own business if the intrusiveness of government was curbed.


And, that’s the last words for this week.