Sunday 14 April 2002

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has 957 subscribers by my count.

Don't forget: … … 

Tuesday, April 16 - Treasure Coast FL alumni luncheon
           noon Holiday Inn US 1, Stuart, Florida

Someday, May 2 – Jasper’s Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Reception
            RSVP Bob Van Etten'66 Chairman call 201-386-6867

Monday, May 6 – Jasper Open Summit New Jersey
            RSVP Bob Byrnes ’68 718-862-7230

Saturday, June 8 – Alumni Society General Meeting
            Info Ssive Sola 718-862-7454

Friday, May 31 – Reunion Weekend Boat Ride
               rsvp Grace Feeney 718-862-8013

Someday, August 5 - Construction Open Golf Tournament Eastchester, New York.
             call Joe Van Etten at 212-280-0663

ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.


On Thursday, April 11, I attended the first Manhattan College Alumni Society New York City Club priemer event. If ya coulda went, but didn’t, then ya shoulda because it was great. Hosted by Tom Moran CEO Mutual of America (1974), Jor Ripp CFO Time Warner AOL told us that the internet has just started to change how we do everything. That talk alone was “educational” for anyone touched by tech, working it IT, or investing in the market. The sold-out event was “lightly” attended by over 175 Jaspers. Organizers and College “staffers” stood in the back so that there might be chairs for the “paying guests”. I expected it to be even more crowded.

In today’s economic climate, who could afford to miss out on all those willing networkers. I thought one thing was very interesting: the willingness of “old” jaspers to help “young” ones. But, it was hard to move the “young” from their comfort zones talking to their peers. The two most useful conversations I had that night were with a Class of 64 and a Class of 94.

Now, how about something in New Jersey?


We’ve lost another source of Japser coverage at:

Date Posted: 13:05:03 04/11/02 Thu
Author: Yank
Author Host/IP: /
Subject: I'm taking this board down indefinitely

As a fan of Manhattan College, Manhattan College athletics and staff, it pains me to do so, but I'm taking this board down. It will look like you can put posts out here, but they will need approval and the only ones I expect to approve are this one and probably a more detailed goodbye sometime in the next few days.

Congrats to Coach Gonzalez and Luis Flores on their Metro COY and Citizenship awards.


My searches turned up this cryptic headline as “MC” but when I went to there is wa gone. Help?

Owens To Be Sworn in as WLSC President Wednesday
The Intelligencer   Apr 7 2002 9:32AM GMT
Wheeling WVa


Here comes the news after this comment.
Defining Courage
by Jim Sias
Building Pride, Spirit, & Support for the Scarlet Knights

"On February 10th, 2001 - just 6 days before the Big East Championships - Rutgers swimmer Mike Kursh's 15-year old brother was killed in a car accident." "Kush's teammates chartered a bus to attend the funeral." "Bordering the realm of miracles, Kuhn turned in his personal-best times in the 50-yard, 100-yard, and the 200-yard freestyles that meet, while also providing a late surge in the 800-yard relay, which led Rutgers to a second-place finish in the event." Swiss critic Ameil once wrote "Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage."

We can learn lessons without having to necessarily "pay tuition at the school of hard knocks" for every lesson. When I read this, even though it's not about a Jasper, it occurred to me that if we "stay in the moment" great things can be accomplished even in times of crisis. I found this young man's example, and that of his team mates, stirring.

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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Remigino, Lindy



Witzig, Berard J.



Brehm, Joseph H.



Hart, Patrick J.



Helm, Robert



Keating, Ray



Dans, Peter E.



Antenucci, John



Gelione, Jack



Dillon, Joe



Rosa, Albert Joseph



Arrigan, Nicholas Joseph



Nasser, Bob



Jalkut, Steve



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Moran, Tom






Menchise, Louis



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Antenucci, John



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Gelione, Jack



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Helm, Robert



Jalkut, Steve



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But a new web site is up!

2001-2002 Manhattan College Men's & Women's Crew

Welcome to the home of Manhattan College Crew on the internet. 

This site was developed to put information about the team at your fingertips. 

During the coming months expect new pictures, a new layout, a guest room, information & links and results for the year's races and much more, including video of selected fall and spring races, so check back frequently.


We are going to scan in as many photos as we get categorized by each year.  Please also note the year the photos are from, any appropriate caption, including names, etc. for any photos sent.





Yahoo! ID:  Chiquita726 
Real Name: J.S. 
Location:  NYC
Age:  20 
Marital Status:  Single 
Gender:  Female
Occupation:  Student-Manhattan College 

Hobbies: Cooking, Drinking, Going to nice restaurants, Going to Bookstores and Coffee Bars,Hard Partying, Playing with the PC, Rollerblading, Seeing the Latest Movies Shopping,Watching Soap Operas(ABC),Working

Favorite Quote "Livin La Vida Loca!!!!!!!!!!"





Rosemarie Coppola
Manhattan College
, B.A., 1996; Georgetown Law Center, J.D., 2000

Schulte Roth & Zabel
919 Third Avenue  (between 55th and 56th Streets)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 756-2000 phone




Profession: Chemical Engineer with a Masters Degree from Manhattan College NYC, Class 82. Youngest National Award in Chemical Engineering 1985. Has held managing positions in Procter & Gamble, Bufete Insurtial and Pyrolac. He’s also a part time associate professor at the Chemical Engineering department, Universidad la Salle in Mexico City. Currently is the Director of Business Development at Pyrolac. Click here for professional resumé. (Underconstruction)

[JR: I couldn’t figure out the man’s name? Help!?! Any ’82 ChemEs out there?]





Albert Joseph Rosa
of Denver
Natural Science, Mathematics & Engineering Engineering

Professor/Chair     Appointed: 1986/1986 

2390 South York Street
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado 80208

B.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1963




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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.]

Your assistance is requested in finding these. Please don’t assume that I will “catch” it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesn’t makes it’s way in. This week we have several that would have been missed but for the alert reporters as noted with their covering message.


Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company  
The New York Times
April 10, 2002, Wednesday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Page 8; Column 1; Classified

Arrigan, Nicholas Joseph

ARRIGAN-Nicholas Joseph, 60. Of The Hideout, Lake Ariel, PA, formerly of New York, NY, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY and worked 26 years for the Depository Trust Co. in NY. Born December 16, 1941 in NY, he was a son of Mary Patricia Kelly Arrigan of Pompano Beach, FL and the late Nicholas F. Arrigan. A brother John preceded him in death. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife Patricia Lynn (Bruining); son Nicholas, Basking Ridge, NJ; grandchildren Kieran & Katie; sisters Anna Sweeney, Bridgit Keller & Patsy Monahan and brother James. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Nicolas J. Arrigan Endowment, attn. Br. John Muller, Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, New York 10471-4098.

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Copyright 2002 Wilkes Barre Times Leader 
All Rights Reserved  
Wilkes Barre Times Leader
April 6, 2002 Saturday MAIN EDITION

Nicholas Arrigan
April 3, 2002

Nicholas Joseph Arrigan, 60, of The Hideout, Lake Ariel, and formerly of New York City, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.

Born Dec. 16, 1941, in New York City, he was a son of Mary Patricia (Kelly) Arrigan of Pompano Beach, Fla., and the late Nicholas Francis Arrigan. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, N.Y., and held a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Manhattan College. Before retiring, he worked for 26 years for the Depository Trust Company, New York City, now a subsidiary of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Francis.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, the former Patricia Lynn Bruining; son, Nicholas Francis, Basking Ridge, N.J.; two grandchildren; sisters, Anna Sweeney, Port Jefferson, N.Y.; Bridgit Teresa Keller, Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Patsy Monahan, Pompano Beach; brother, James, New York City; and numerous nieces and nephews

A celebration of his life will be planned at his home in Lake Ariel.

In lieu of flowers, his wife will establish an endowment in his memory at Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y. Information regarding the endowment will be available at the celebration.

Arrangements are by the McLaughlin Family Funeral Service, Wilkes-Barre.

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Copyright 2002 Sun-Sentinel Company  

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

April 7, 2002 Sunday Broward Metro Edition




ARRIGAN Arrigan, Nicholas Joseph, 60, of The Hideout, Lake Ariel, PA formerly of New York, NY died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, PA. Born December 16, 1941 in New York, NY he was a son of Mary Patricia Kelly Arrigan, of Pompano Beach, Florida born in Gort, Ireland and the late Nicholas Francis Arrigan, of Pompano Beach, Florida born in Clonmel, Ireland. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY and earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. Prior to retirement, Mr. Arrigan, worked twenty-six years for the Depository Trust Company, New York City, now a subsidiary of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. A brother, John Francis Arrigan, preceded him in death. Surviving in addition to his mother, are: wife, the former Patricia Lynn Bruining, son: Nicholas Francis Arrigan, from Basking Ridge, NJ; two grandchildren: Kieran and Katie sisters: Anna Sweeney from Port Jefferson, NY, Bridgit Teresa Keller from Hobe Sound, FL, Patsy Monahan from Pompano Beach, FL brother: James Arrigan, from NYC and numerous nieces and nephews, A Celebration of his life will be planned in the near future at his home in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, his wife Patricia L. Arrigan, will be establishing an endowment fund in Mr. Arrigan's memory at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471. Information regarding the endowment will be available at the Celebration of his life. Arrangements by McLaughlin Family Funeral Service, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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Copyright 2002 Times Publishing Company  
April 10, 2002, Wednesday

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Safety Harbor

HART, PATRICK J., 82, of Safety Harbor, died Sunday (April 7, 2002) at HarbourWood Nursing Center, Clearwater.. He was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and came here in 1980 from New York. He worked as a business manager of a publishing company. He graduated from Christian Brothers School, now known as Manhattan College, and was an Army infantry officer veteran of World War II. He was a member of Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a brother, James F., California; and several nieces and nephews. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

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Copyright 2002 The Morning Call, Inc.  
The Morning Call (Allentown)
April 9, 2002 Tuesday FIRST EDITION
BYLINE: The Morning Call

Joseph H. Brehm, 71, of Bethlehem, formerly of Westfield, N.J., and Lancaster, died April 7 in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was married to Mary Jane (Miller) Brehm for 50 years last June. He was president of Ferranti International, Lancaster, for six years until retiring in 1994. Before that, he was program manager of the MK-86 Project and director of marketing and engineering at Lockheed in Plainfield, N.J., where he worked for 33 years until 1988.

He graduated from Manhattan College and did postgraduate studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Born in Troy, N.Y., he was a son of the late Henry G. and Mary (McAvoy) Brehm.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

He was a captain in the Air Force serving in the Korean War.

Survivors: Wife; daughters, Mary Ellen B. Raposa of Bethlehem, Maureen E. of Westfield; brother, Gerard A. of Troy; five grandchildren.

Services: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, Mass 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Contributions: American Cancer Society or American Heart Association, both Bethlehem.

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From: Tom Maloney (1966)
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 06:56:58 EDT
Subject: Another obit

Copyright 2002 The Washington Post  
The Washington Post
April 07, 2002, Sunday, Final Edition
HEADLINE: Obituaries

Berard J. Witzig, 89, a Falls Church resident and water resources engineer who worked for the Army Corps of Engineers from 1937 until retiring in 1975, died April 5 at the Fairfax Nursing Center. He had Alzheimer's disease.

He joined the Corps in Buffalo and worked in the Midwest and in Baltimore before transferring to the office of the chief of engineers in 1949. He remained there until his retirement in 1975. During those years, he also was involved in projects for the House Public Works Committee and the Water Resources Council.

Mr. Witzig was a recipient of the Army's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Corps' Outstanding Service Award. He was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a life member of the National and Virginia societies of Professional Engineers.

From 1966 to 1968, he taught water resources economics classes at Catholic University's engineering school.

Mr. Witzig, a native of New York state, was a 1935 honors graduate of Manhattan College, where he also received a master's degree in civil engineering.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Perpetual Adoration Society. He was a past president of the Manhattan College Club of Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marie Patricia Witzig of Falls Church; two sons, John, of Rowley, Mass., and Thomas, of Annandale; two daughters, Marybeth DiValentin of Vienna and Anne White of Arlington; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, James, died in 1953.

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Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 10:46:48 -0400
From: Edward Grenier
Subject: Ray Keating


I sadly report the death of my classmate, Raymond Keating, Manhattan Class of 1954.  No arrangements are available yet, since his relatives are still in the process of attempting to recover his remains from the District of Columbia.

Edward J. Grenier, Jr.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2415





Copyright 2002 The Irish Times  
The Irish Times
April 12, 2002
HEADLINE: Businessman philanthropist plays key role as Irish US ally
While Tom Moran's involvement with Ireland came late in life, it has blossomed into a serious engagement across business, NGO and political issues, with a particular emphasis on Northern Ireland, writes Conor O'Clery

There's a story told about Tom Moran, that he once worked in New York as a taxi driver and that one day he gave a ride to Bill Flynn, then head of Mutual of America, who offered him a job in his company. "I wish it was true," said Mr Moran, laughing, "Bill Flynn is a heavy tipper."

In fact Tom Moran did drive a taxi many years ago to pay for his tuition in Manhattan College, but he only met Bill Flynn when he joined Mutual of America in 1975. Now its chief executive, he is one of the most popular and altruistic Irish-American figures in New York.

Every visiting Irish dignitary, business executive, cleric, politician and paramilitary is sure to come across him or seek him out at a Mutual of America reception in the corporation's Park Avenue skyscraper, or at a black-tie dinner for a visiting Taoiseach or an NGO. Mr Moran's involvement with Ireland came late in life and arose from the corporate culture of Mutual of America and the enthusiasm of former CEO Bill Flynn, now its president, for the peace process.

The corporation began as a retirement association in 1945 with a $ 10,000 grant from what is now the United Way (a charitable organisation for the under-privileged). It was set up to provide insurance and pensions for people in the not-for-profit sector who could not get coverage from private companies.

Today Mutual of America has assets in excess of $ 10.4 billion and employs 11,000 people. It has some 10,000 clients, typically NGOs with fewer than 30 employees, like the Shelter for Battered Women and Children in Brooklyn. They also have on their books Concern Worldwide, the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and church charities.

The culture Mutual of America promotes is one of caring, said Mr Moran, citing as an example the fact that it has the largest number of volunteers every year in the American Cancer Society's walk for breast cancer in New York.

"We work very hard to make a difference both as individuals and as a corporation," he said. It was not just an opportunity but a responsibility, he added.

The corporation supported those who "believe that society is not going to be measured simply by how well the people at the top do, but by how well the people who are not at the top do."

This culture encouraged executives to associate with good causes on a wider scale. In 1990 a Mutual director, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, persuaded board members to get involved in a conference he co-chaired in Oslo called "The Anatomy of Hate", where world leaders address issues of fanaticism and hatred.

Then Bill Flynn, who has Co Down ancestry, was encouraged to "do something" about Northern Ireland and he and Tom Moran became part of the group of American businessmen who acted as unofficial peace envoys throughout the 1990s.

"One of Tom Moran's secrets is that he is a great listener," said Niall O'Dowd, publisher of Irish America, who organised the peace delegations. "I have sat in many meetings with him on Northern Ireland where he allowed everyone else to put their point of view. Then he would make a brilliant summary and deliver the American perspective."

Tom Moran, who is a passionate believer in the American concept of corporate and individual philanthropy, has personally donated tens of thousands of dollars to Irish political parties and individuals, and to causes like Concern, the Smurfit Business School and the Catholic Church.

He is chairman of Concern Worldwide's US board - which "opened my eyes to see the potential to make a difference" - and of the North American board of the Smurfit Business School.

When pressed he acknowledges that "I give away a big percentage of what I make.

"But I lead a fairly simple life. I don't want for anything, I'm fairly comfortable."

A pile of letters from supplicants as thick as a telephone directory comes to his office every day. Told once that a prominent Irish politician was complaining at not receiving anything from him, he replied: "I've 10,000 people asking for money - when I get through those that have asked, I'll start working for those people that haven't. I'm not going to search him out."

Like many Irish-American executives he has been taken aback by criticism of American foreign policy in the Irish media since September 11th. It could affect corporate sponsorship of Irish causes, he says.

"However, I spend a lot of time in Ireland and I get a sense that while there may be debate and questions about the important issues that we all face together, ultimately the friendship and support still exists.

"The sense of betrayal felt by people over here is because the only voice they are hearing from Ireland is through the columnists and that is the voice of betrayal. And that's unfortunate. I think it is not the true sentiment of the people."

He reckons he has met and entertained practically every politician of note from north and south in Ireland and has made many close friends, especially in the North. The first thing he does when rising at 4.30 a.m. every morning in the apartment where he lives with his wife Joan is to read the Irish papers on the internet. He welcomed the IRA's decommissioning this week and was dismissive of criticism that it was aimed at the election in the Republic.

"We have reached the wonderful point in the history of Northern Ireland where people are getting upset because people are more interested in politics and elections than they are in the guns," he said.

"Thank God. I wish we could find that in the Middle East."

Tom Moran is not a typical corporate titan. He is low-key, and avoids publicity, only reluctantly agreeing to an interview. His conversation is sprinkled with self-deprecating wisecracks. He doesn't own a car, but roars around on one of his three motor cycles; two Harley-Davidsons and a Honda Goldwing.

He goes to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year, sometimes taking a dozen guests from Ireland; a shelf in his sixth floor office is covered with Mardi Gras beads and polished Zulu coconuts. Behind his desk hangs a watercolour of Dessie Hynes's pub in Dublin by artist Rosin O'Shea.

He shows visitors a scrap book of a world tour with 50 CEOs, during which he had a spirited altercation with Fidel Castro. When "contemplating big decisions" in his office he likes to listen to a CD of Rua (Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall). A music lover, he had an 1896 Steinway installed on the 35th floor of the building where corporate receptions are held. The most recent was last week for the launch of Congressman Peter King's latest Irish-theme novel, Deliver Us From Evil.

On his father's side both Tom Moran's great grandparents were Irish; they married in Carrick-on-Suir before leaving Ireland to eventually settle in New York.

On his mother's side his grandmother was Peggy O'Neill whose roots were in Kesh, Co Fermanagh, and his grandfather was Arturo Bonaventura Quaranta from Salerno. When Irish visitors ask where he is originally from, he says: "I tell people I'm from the south - just outside of Salerno, Italy."

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[JR: He hosted last night’s first New York Alumni Club meeting. 1974]




Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company  
The New York Times
April 12, 2002, Friday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Page 1; Column 2; Metropolitan Desk
HEADLINE: Healing a Parish's Double Wound; Priest Takes Over a Flock That Feels Twice Betrayed

He feels like a pastoral pinch-hitter in need of compassion and a compass, the way he was suddenly ordered to lead a parish that he had never set foot in before.

He does not have the keys to the safe or the remote control to the garage at his new quarters here, because the priest he replaced left so hastily. He also feels uncomfortable with his new bedroom and office, which still contain his predecessor's personal effects, like unopened mail, and a computer using screen savers of smiling parishioners. But at least he can rely on what he calls his "transitional desk," a 127,000-mile Dodge Stealth crammed with holy oils, a copy of the Pastoral Care of the Sick and other ecumenical essentials. If ever there was an example of someone's being thrust into an awkward situation with awesome responsibility, then it would be hard to top the Rev. Michael Keane, who replaced the Rev. Kenneth Jesselli last week as the pastor at the Holy Name of Mary Church.

Last week, Father Jesselli abruptly left the parish, and is believed to be one of six priests forced by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to abandon their official duties because of past allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement read from the pulpit by Father Keane, the archdiocese said only that Father Jesselli had been asked to leave the parish "due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior from his past."

But as parishioners around the region struggle to adapt, what makes Father Keane's transition all the more delicate is that Father Jesselli had replaced Father Gennaro Gentile, who had himself been repeatedly accused of sexual improprieties, giving this Westchester village a dubious double distinction.

So far, many parishioners say that they are impressed with Father Keane. Some, a little more wary of anyone officially affiliated with the archdiocese, have harsh words for the institutional handling of the scandal. And others toss out words like "disappointed," "outraged" and "confused" when assessing an ever-widening scandal that they feel has unfairly besmirched their village's good name.

"It's like being in a darkened room," said Mary Cohen, director of the Holy Name of Mary Montessori School, which is next door to the church. "You don't know what's north, south, east or west. So your best protection is to stay still, and you wait for the light to turn on."

And Father Keane, for one, senses the disappointment, and embraces the doubts as "the most difficult challenge of my life."

"The trust needs to be restored, because people are hurting," said Father Keane, while preparing for noon Mass on Wednesday. "Coming on the heels of the last two, I was expecting some sort of wariness, because you wonder: 'Here comes another one. What's his background?' You do wonder."

With a Gothic-style edifice that soars as the highest structure in this village's downtown, and a roster of 1,200 families, the Holy Name of Mary Church is a dominant presence in this hilly suburb of 7,600 people located about 40 miles north of Manhattan. It came as a shock several years ago when parishioners learned that Father Gentile, a very popular figure in town, was first accused of improperly touching boys in the 1990's. Many credited him with fostering a low-key, inclusive atmosphere.

Indeed, as recently as last year, some longtime parishioners still asked Father Gentile to officiate at weddings or funerals -- even though one of the accusing families recently settled its lawsuit with the archdiocese. And while Father Jesselli had been at the church for less than two years, he, too, had struck some as a decent, if quiet, leader.

"I have nothing but the highest regard for both those gentlemen, and I had no signs of any impropriety," said James Shevlin, a telecommunications manager who teaches a third-grade Catholic education class at the church. "I think the way most Americans should think, which is, innocent until proven guilty."

Other parishioners or former parishioners, though, said that they gradually grew disillusioned with one or both men. Some said that they transferred out of the church's parish school, which is defunct, or even out of the church itself, said Colleen Coxen, a co-owner of the Coxen Sisters deli here, whose family had attended Holy Name for years but no longer does.

It has come as relief to some that the archdiocese said that the allegations against Father Jesselli were from his past -- pre-Croton, presumably. Still, a large majority of parishioners interviewed here said that they had lost faith in the archdiocese's actions and intentions.

"I think the archdiocese is out the window right now," said Suzanne Stevens, a real estate broker who is also a music director at the church. "How dare they -- on the heels of Father Jerry -- bring in Father Ken? And did they know? They need to answer, and I hope we have a strong enough voice to make some change."

Already, some parishioners have tried to deliver a message. On Sunday, Georgiana Grant, a longtime parishioner who is also a member of the village Board of Trustees, changed her regular weekly contribution from $20 to $0 -- and wrote the word "zero" on her check. And the flier from the archdiocese announcing Cardinal Edward M. Egan's $15 million appeal only grated on her more.

And now, into this maw steps Father Keane, who had never been to Croton before, except maybe when passing through along Route 9.

The son of a retired New York City police officer, Father Keane played football and lacrosse while growing up in Rockland County, briefly studied business at Manhattan College and played drums in a Southern rock-influenced band called Southpaw before turning to the priesthood.

For the last seven years, Father Keane, who turns 41 on Friday, taught religion and psychology, as well as working as a strength and conditioning coach, at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. Then, last week, he received a call at 9 p.m. from the archdiocese, ordering him to report to Croton at 8 the next morning. It was an emergency. He didn't know why, exactly. He didn't have time, even, to say goodbye to his students.

Last weekend, he was asked to read a form letter during Mass from the archdiocese regarding the sexual abuse allegations. He still has no idea where Father Jesselli -- or Father Gentile, for that matter -- might be.

On Monday, Father Keane will be part of a special meeting for parishioners to express their opinions about the scandal. And he says that he welcomes a little "righteous indignation," for he, too, has been disappointed by the archdiocese.

"I can see why it's harder to trust institutions," he said. "It's like the government in the '60's, and the church in 2002. If they're planning a tour of reconciliation, we should be Stop One."

But so far, Father Keane has been surprised and heartened by the warm reception. Some people have offered him dinner, or a room for the night. One parishioner even donated a cell phone, knowing that Father Keane will need to stay connected to many people. And at noon Mass on Wednesday, one longtime parishioner, Helen McGrath, hugged Father Keane, before joking that perhaps she shouldn't have done that.

Beyond the spiritual work, there is also the practical matter of moving from Poughkeepsie to Croton. Father Keane plans to box up some worldly possessions this weekend, but may need to shuttle back and forth for several more weeks, at least -- particularly since he made promises to high school students to attend their graduation and participate in a few other pastoral activities as well.

At the rectory in Croton, meanwhile, there are still some things he has to adjust to. On his first day, he literally walked into a closet. He also has many minor questions about whether Father Jesselli owns the couches, the dresser or any number of other objects throughout the Tudor-style house.

After all, vestiges of Father Jesselli still loom. A couple of days after Easter, Father Keane noticed a blue envelope in the office. It had not yet been opened, and it read: "Happy Easter, Father Ken."

GRAPHIC: Photos: Mary Cohen prays for guidance at the church. "It's like being in a darkened room," she said of the scandal. Two priests at the church have left after misconduct allegations.; The Rev. Michael Keane prepares for noon Mass at his church of two weeks, Holy Name of Mary in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Photographs by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times)(pg. B1); Parishioners at the noon Mass yesterday joined hands at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Many have voiced outrage at the archdiocese after two priests in a row left amid misconduct allegations. (Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times)(pg. B5)

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Copyright 2002 The Durham Herald Co.  
The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.)
April 9, 2002, Tuesday
SECTION: Durham; Pg. C1;
HEADLINE: Memoirs of a paperboy turned engineer; Duke professor recalls early career delivering the Press in Queens

Henry Petroski whiled away his childhood afternoons on the seat of a maroon Schwinn bicycle delivering the Long Island Press in his Queens neighborhood.

At the time, in the 1950s, the young Petroski thought mostly about all "the consumables, like cigarettes, soda and ice cream" he could buy with his $ 15-a-week salary.

But, about five decades later, he believes that job got him thinking about how things work, or in a word: engineering.

"I suspect that my introduction to a host of frustrations as a paperboy helped me to better understand invention and design, and the technology within which they work," he said. "As a paperboy, I was part of a technology larger than myself. In time, technology became a part of me." Today, Petroski is a professor of civil engineering at Duke University and author of 10 books. His latest, "Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer," is published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, and sells for $ 25 at local bookstores.

The book is "selling well" at the Barnes & Noble at New Hope Commons, a clerk said.

"People love to read books by local authors," said the clerk, who asked not to be identified.

The Durham resident spent the last two years, mostly this summer in Maine, writing the book and is currently on a book tour.

His other books include looks at the design and history of paper clips, pencils and bridges.

"Paperboy," his most personal work yet, is "a marvelous memoir," according to a starred Kirkus review.

In it, Petroski brings to life the three years he spent delivering the newspaper. He talks about moving from his home in Brooklyn to Queens and receiving a new bike - all on the same day, his 12th birthday.

"My parents wanted to live in a bigger, nicer house in a better neighborhood," said Petroski, now 60 and the father of two grown children. "Moving to the suburbs was the thing to do - there's grass and trees there, things that are scarce in Brooklyn."

He explains how he bartered his time for parts in a bicycle shop and learned about being a paperboy when other boys would come into the shop to buy new tires or a bike basket.

"Once I discovered I could make cash, I decided that being a paperboy was the job for me," he said.

For nearly three years, every day after school and early Sunday morning, Petroski would head to the Long Island Press' circulation office and get his bundle of 100 papers. Then he'd fold them precisely and pack them into his basket. Soon, he was pedaling up and down his neighborhood streets, hurling the papers onto front porches.

"It taught me a lot of responsibility... that each day, my customers counted on me to deliver the Press to them," he said.

Within a year, he purchased a new bike: a Schwinn Phantom.

"It was pretty snazzy, with chrome fenders and white-wall tires," he said.

In his book, Petroski also describes some of his customers, the history of Queens and its house numbering system, the method for adjusting tire spokes and the rules of penny pinching.

To this day, Petroski is still intrigued with the newspaper industry and is amazed when he reaches for The Herald-Sun on his porch every morning.

"It's this gigantic, technologic enterprise that takes bunch of people, doing all sorts of duties, to produce a newspaper every day," he said. "It blows my mind that news can happen after I go to bed and I can read about it when I wake up the next morning."

He said the engineering concepts of the newspaper industry and maintaining a bicycle for his route kick-started his engineering career.

"It got me to think about science and mathematics and systems and methods," he said. "In retrospect, I am not at all surprised that I became an engineer."

After high school, Petroski attended Manhattan College in New York City and then graduated from University of Illinois-Urbana with advanced degrees in engineering.

After college, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and then worked at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. In 1980, he took a job at Duke as a professor.

Petroski, whose wife, Catherine, is also a writer, hopes this book will be as successful as some of his others.

"I've been lucky so far; people really seem to like my writing," he said.


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Copyright 2002 Daily News, L.P.  
Daily News (New York)
April 8, 2002, Monday SPORTS FINAL EDITION
HEADLINE: IN PERFECT HARMONY Chorus blends many cultures to find its voice

Come 3 p.m. Sunday, rare music will be heard in the 92nd St. Y's Kaufman Concert Hall - songs that, in one sense, will never be heard again.   That's when The Young People's Chorus of New York City, directed by group founder Francisco Nunez, presents its "Transient Glory" concert.

It promises to be a singular performance in part because of the voices involved. As Nunez explains, chorus members, who are between 11 and 18 years old, sing in voices that are making the transition from childhood to adult sound. "So we will never again sound like we do at that particular moment," Nunez said. "The voices won't be exactly the same again."

Since its founding 10 years ago, the chorus, now 225 strong, has won dozens of awards and performed at venues around the country, including the White House.

It also has commissioned dozens of original pieces during that time - composer Steven Mackey's arrangement of the poet William Carlos Williams' "The Attic Which Is Desire" and Jenny Johnson's "The Smiling Eyes" will make its debut at Sunday's performance.

Nunez, 36, said the "Transient Glory" concert also will feature works by Czechoslovakian, Norwegian, Estonian and Finnish composers, as well as a few of his own.

The wide range of composers is appropriate given Nunez's goal when he formed the chorus: to provide a setting where children of different ethnic backgrounds could enjoy a variety of music, and themselves.

Born in the Bronx but raised in the Dominican Republic until his return to New York at age 11, Nunez graduated from the now-defunct Power Memorial High School, then attended Manhattan College for a year before switching to New York University, where he earned a degree in music in 1988.

He went on to earn a graduate degree in music education from the University of Calgary in Canada.

After growing up in a fairly insular Dominican community, both overseas and in New York, Nunez said it was his exposure to the city's diverse people and cultures in high school and college that made him realize how important it is for young people to meet different kinds of people.

After he met Jews, Italian-Americans, African-Americans and others, Nunez said, he saw that many futures were possible - not just the Con Edison job he had always assumed was his destiny.

"There was a world out there that was different than the one I grew up in," he said. "I realized I did not have to follow the path that had been prescribed for me."

He started the chorus "for the kids trapped behind the burglar bars on the apartment windows. Some of them, their parents don't let them out of the house for fear something will happen to them. But when they meet other children, they find that they are not all that different, and that opens up their world."

Choir members such as Raquel Garcia, 17, of Queens; Virginia Creary, 14, and Tabrizia Jones, 15, both of the Bronx, and Dunia Rkein, 16, Elaina Emerick, 17, Emilia Vignola, 15, and Mitchell Schor, 11, all of Manhattan, say the choir has done just that.

"It's really fun, but it's also challenging," said Mitchell, who started in the organization's junior choirs when he was 6. "The other kids are great. We have a real family relationship here."

Said Emilia, "There are so many different people in the chorus that now, not only do I have friends in my neighborhood and school, I have friends from all over the city."

Nunez added, "I want New York City to understand that these young people are musicians and artists and they should be praised for that. The same way we applaud a 14-year-old who wins the gold medal at the Olympics, we should be applauding these kids."


The Young People's Chorus of New York City will have auditions next month. Call (212) 415-5579 to arrange an interview.

GRAPHIC: LINDA ROSIER DAILY NEWS Director and founder Francisco Nunez (back row r.) with some of the members of The Young People's Chorus of New York City.

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Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc.  
Newsday (New York, NY)
HEADLINE: THE LAST WORD; When the Olympics Weren't So Hyped
BYLINE: Steve Jacobson

INTRODUCTION to the Olympic Games came to Dean Smith, the sprinter, with an invitation to a sauna, which was not something they knew a lot about in Texas then. It was Helsinki in 1952 and it was a world apart, as adventurous as Smith was.

"This girl invited me to go home with her to have dinner with her family and take a sauna," Smith recalled as if it were just the other day. "I asked her what a sauna was. She said we all sit together in this hot room. I asked, 'With our clothes off?' She said with our clothes off. I was 20 years old. I said, 'We don't do that in Texas.'" It was seven years after World War II, the war in Korea was bitter, it was the first time the Soviet Union had taken part in the Olympics in 40 years and it was all so mysterious. The Soviets refused to permit the torch to be carried over Soviet-controlled territory, so it had to go the long way from Greece to Finland. The Soviets announced that their athletes would not stay at the Olympic village but would fly in daily from Leningrad. That was changed and the Soviets and their satellites set up their own quarters outside a Soviet naval base in Finland, a camp all wrapped in barbed wire and secrecy.

"Wherever the Russians went, there were men in those long coats," Harrison Dillard said. "If you tried to talk with the Russian athletes, they'd interrupt soon. Whatever we did in practice, they'd be taking pictures."

"We talked with the divers a little, mostly body language," said Pat McCormick, who took gold in platform and springboard diving in '52 and '56. "We could communicate in the showers because those men couldn't come in. I remember one big Russian woman, how tough she looked."

"Tough as a boot," said Smith the Texan.

It was the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Games at the New York Athletic Club the other day for more than 30 members of the American team, many of whom had not seen one another in that time. They laughed at how Smith, who became a Hollywood stuntman for such stars as Robert Redford, Ben Johnson and - yes - Maureen O'Hara, and massive shot-putter Jim Fuchs blustered themselves into the Soviets' camp, just for a look around.

They shared laughs from the time Olympic Games made nobody wealthy and few famous. "There is no such thing as a former Olympian," Dillard said. "I hope today's athletes feel the same camaraderie; I don't think so."

Dillard, winner of the 100 meters in '48, won the 110 hurdles. Lindy Remigino of Manhattan College won the 100. Smith, Dillard, Remigino and Andy Stanfield won the 4x100 relay. Nobody knew much about the Soviets except their times. But the Soviets didn't know much about the outside, either. "They didn't even know how to walk on the springboard," Dr. Sammy Lee said. That's why they took pictures.

Lee won gold on the platform in '48 and '52 and became surrogate father to the great diver Greg Louganis.

The Finns were polite to the Soviets at the Opening Ceremonies, short years after the Finns had fought them to a virtual standoff. The Soviets wore all white with red neckties lettered with CCCP, which few Americans understood. "We had hats," Remigino said. "When they released the pigeons, we were glad we had hats. They had no hats."

Lee, born in Korea, was the first person of color to win the Sullivan Award at the NYAC in 1952. "In 1942, I was kicked out of here," he said. He and Charlie Balterman walked in Manhattan, Lee recalled, "and Balterman said, 'Did we get kicked out because I'm Jewish or because you're Chinese?'"

The NYAC has changed over the years, too.

Lee was a major in the Army medical corps. Because of his ancestry and the fighting in Korea, he was a particular propaganda target for the Soviets. He recalled being greeted and wrapped in a hug by a particularly buxom Russian woman who attached a pin of a dove of peace to his lapel. "They took pictures and sent them all over North Korea," Lee said. "They asked me how much money I made and had I ever read Karl Marx. Then the U.S. papers said, 'USA Duped by Russian Propaganda.' I was worried that I'd never be promoted beyond major.

"In the competition, the Soviet judges wanted to identify me as North Korean. I didn't tell them I was South Korean. To the judges on our side, I wanted them to know I was South Korean. We saw this winter that judges still aren't all neutral."

Pat McCormick recalled that when she got home with her gold medals, neighbors asked where she'd been, had she been off on vacation?

The Olympians assembled for a group picture and the photographer asked a question to make them smile. One of the women responded, "We're still alive."

They always were.

GRAPHIC: Photo Courtesy Joe Goldstein Public Relations - Harrison Dillard, in the middle of the track, edges U.S. teammate Jack Davis in the

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Subject: Teachers' Statement Protesting the Israeli Invasion
Date: 2002-04-09 08:31:03 PST

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If you wish to sign this statement, which will be sent to teachers' organization, the US and Israeli governments, please contact:

George Caffentzis at

[list of signatories as of April 5, 2002 appended below]

Statement of Teachers Protesting the Israeli Invasion

We, as teachers, condemn the new Israeli attack on Palestinians in the West Bank and demand the end of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

We are inspired by the stand of Josi Bovi and the hundreds of peace activists from Europe and the United States who have gone to Ramallah and other towns to block with their bodies the Israeli government's attempt to crush the Palestinian resistance and destroy the Palestinian National Authority headquarters.

We demand an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza because the campaign of terror which the population of the occupied territories is being subjected to--the break-ins in the houses of unarmed civilians, the mass arrests of Palestinian youth, the wanton destruction of property and of any symbol of Palestinian self-governance, including the summary execution of Palestinian officials, and the siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters—are barbaric acts, condemned by international law, to which none of us can give his/her assent.

We are also convinced that this occupation has nothing to do with "the right of Israel to defend itself" nor can it be legitimized as a response to the suicide-bombings which, in recent weeks, have bloodied the streets of Israel. It has long been evident that no peace can come to Palestine and Israel until the legitimate demands of the Palestinians for the "right to return" and statehood are met and the Israeli politics of installing settlements into the occupied territories comes to an end. It has also been evident that the escalation in the means used by Palestinian organizations to achieve their objectives is a consequence of the lack of any effective international response to the Palestinians' just pleas and the Israeli government's refusal to implement any of the numerous UN resolutions calling for the end of its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

For decades, despite many "peace talks," nothing substantive has been done to address the plight of the Palestinians other than the fashioning of plans which guarantee that they will remain refugees in their own land. It seems now that even those "peace" agreements were too much for the Israeli government to concede--as demonstrated by Sharon's determination, from the time of his election, to ensure that none of the settlements should be dismantled and even more should be created on Palestinian land.

This is the root of the problem today in Palestine and no amount of force will succeed in destroying the resistance it has generated. Thus, what we can expect for the future is a constant state of war--more killings, more communities destroyed, and more invasions. We cannot witness this torture of the Palestinian people in silence.

As teachers we have a right and a duty to speak clearly in times of crisis. This duty today comes down to (a) opposing the Israeli Government's violent denial of the Palestinians' human, civil, and even property rights; (b) opposing all foreign aid and arms exports to Israel, and (c) making a commitment to work with all people who are interested in seeing that a just resolution is implemented—so that a future can be built in which Palestinians and Israelis can live side by side with equal rights.


Signatories of the Statement as of April 5. 2002. Institutional affiliation purely for identification purpose. If you wish to sign this statement, which will be sent to teachers' organization, the US and Israeli governments, please contact George Caffentzis at

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*Picher Marie-Claire, College of Mount Saint Vincent/Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

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"The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated."  --Josi Martm
The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory



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April 12, 2002
Melinda Whitaker Drives in Two Runs for the Jaspers

HEMPSTEAD, NY - Julianne Soviero (East Setauket, NY) pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run to lift the Manhattan College softball team to a 4-3 victory over Hofstra. The Jaspers lost to the Pride in an abbreviated second game, 8-0. Manhattan's record is now 9-17, while Hofstra stands at 11-24.

Manhattan took the lead in the first game on a four-run third inning. Jennifer Kamph (Ozone Park, NY) singled to right field and Katie Bentz (Weschester, PA) hit a sac bunt to advance Kamph to second. The designated player, Meghan Farrelly (Latham, NY), was hit by a pitch, and Erica Kostik (Orangeburg, NY) singled to left center to score Kamph, while taking second on the throw. Melinda Whitaker (Saugerties, NY) came up with the final blow by hitting a blast to the center field wall for a stand-up double, which scored Kostik and Farrelly. Whitaker eventually scored on an error by the catcher to round out Manhattan's scoring effort.

Hofstra battled back with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but solid defense earned the win for the Jaspers.

Stefanie Kenney earned the win for Hofstra in game two of the doubleheader. Kenney pitched all five innings of the abbreviated game giving up one hit and striking out eight. Manhattan trailed just 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when Hofstra totaled six runs on six hits and one error.

Manhattan returns to action this weekend when they travel to Siena and Marist for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday respectively.



April 10, 2002
Cosgrove Collects Career-High 17 Saves

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Manhattan College women's lacrosse team defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Marist College 11-9 this evening at Leonidoff Field. The Lady Jaspers advance to 2-7, 2-1 in the MAAC, while the Red Foxes fall to 2-7, 0-2 in the MAAC.

Senior goalie Maegan Cosgrove (Farmingdale, NY) made a career-high 17 saves only allowing nine goals from 37 shots.

Melissa Medina (Pearl River, NY) put the Lady J's on the board by scoring an unassisted goal at the 23:29 mark. The Red Foxes answered with two goals by Brandi Petersen. With less than twelve minutes to the half, Medina scored again to tie the game at two goals apiece. However, Marist took the lead to end the half 5-2.

In the second half, a free position goal by Nora Jacquette (Philadelphia, PA) set the tone for Manhattan. Twenty-one seconds later a pass by Maureen Moore (Suffern, NY) to Mary Dudek (Pearl River, NY) brought the Lady J's to within two. Peterson scored two more goals before Rory Maguire (Bellerose Village, NY) and Jacquette stormed towards the net for a combined three unanswered shots. An assist by Maguire to Moore tied the game at eight with less then five minutes to play. Alana Fevola's (Pearl River, NY) pass to Maguire gave the Lady J's their first lead of the game, but the Red Foxes were not finished yet. An unassisted goal by Maria Reoch tied the game at nine. After two failed free position Marist shots, Dudek gave Manhattan the lead with an unassisted goal at 1:10. Jacquette sealed the win with 18 seconds left in regulation for the team's second MAAC victory.

Manhattan will travel to Le Moyne on Friday, April 13th for a 12pm conference match-up and on Saturday, April 14th the Lady Jaspers will play at Albany beginning at 11am.

Goals: Nora Jacquette (3), Rory Maguire (3), Melissa Medina (2), Mary Dudek (2), & Maureen Moore (1).
Assists: Rory Maguire (1), Melissa Medina (1), Maureen Moore (1), & Alana Fevola (1).
Saves: Maegan Cosgrove (17)


April 10, 2002
Cucurullo, Anderson Each Collect Three Hits in Loss

EASTON, PA. - The Lafayette College Leopards held off a ninth-inning rally by the Manhattan Jaspers and eked out a narrow 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon at Metzgar Field. Manhattan is now 16-12 while Lafayette improves to 14-10.

Manhattan out-hit Lafayette 12-7 and played solid defense the entire game but fell short in the ninth inning. Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Matt Tambellini. The Jaspers tied it up in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Holzer (Brooklyn, NY). Taylor Brown (Newfield, NY) started the game for Manhattan and did not allow a basehit until the bottom of the fifth inning when Jeff Rogers lined a one-out double to leftcenter. Jason Boyd followed with an RBI-triple to the gap in rightcenter to regain the lead for Lafayette. Wilson Resto (Manhattan, NY) came in to relieve Brown and was called for a balk on his first offering, which allowed Boyd to score the third run of the game.

The Jaspers stranded two runners in the top of the sixth, but Lafayette, on the other hand, rallied to plate two runs in the bottom of the inning on a double by Rogers. Manhattan got one back in the top of the eighth on an RBI-groundout by Sylvester Gutierrez (Fresh Meadow, NY). Ryan Darcy (Levittown, NY) came in to work a scoreless eighth, and the Jaspers entered the ninth trailing by three.

Holzer drew a walk to start the ninth. After Gary Diaz (Naugatuck, CT) flew out to left, Matt Cucurullo (Valhalla, NY) tripled down the right field line, allowing Holzer to score from first to make it 5-3. Josh Greco (Kensington, CT) was called out on strikes for the second out, which brought up cleanup-hitter Wendell Anderson (East Hartford, CT). Anderson lifted a deep fly ball to right-centerfield, which dropped between the center and leftfielders. Cucurullo scored easily and Anderson ended up at second base with his third hit of the day. Anderson, who represented the tying run, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Chris Gaskin (Rego Park, NY) stepped in, and, on a 2-1 count, hit a weak ground ball to the second baseman, who flipped it to first to end the game.

Cucurullo and Anderson each had three hits and an RBI while Eric Fierro (Levittown, NY) had a pair of hits. Gutierrez and Holzer each knocked in a run in the losing effort.

Manhattan returns to action this weekend, traveling to MAAC rival St. Peter's for a three-game series. The Jaspers and Peacocks will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon.


April 10, 2002
Gonzalez Named Metro Coach of the Year, Flores Receives Citizenship Award

BROOKLYN, NY - Manhattan College head men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez and sophomore standout Luis Flores (New York, NY) will be honored at the School News Nationwide (SNN) Inaugural College Basketball Awards this Friday, April 12 at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant. Gonzalez will be presented with the Metropolitan Coach of the Year Award, and Flores will receive a Citizenship Award.

In just his third year at the helm of the Jaspers, Gonzalez led the Jaspers to a 20-9 record and a trip to the Postseason National Invitation Tournament. The 20-win season was just the seventh in the program's 97-year history and the NIT berth was the first for a Manhattan team since 1996. Gonzalez and the Jaspers also won the 2001 MSG/Foot Locker Holiday Festival Championship at Madison Square Garden, beating local rival Fordham in the first round and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Iona for the title. At the conclusion of the regular season, Manhattan finished third in the conference with a 12-6 league mark. Despite losing in the first round of the MAAC Tournament, the Jaspers secured a spot in the NIT against BIG EAST power Villanova.

Flores made a huge impact on the Jaspers in just his first season with the program. A First Team All-MAAC selection, Flores led the Jaspers with a 19.4 scoring average and was ranked among the nation's best in free throw percentage. Flores was named Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Festival and was selected as MAAC Player of the Week three times during the season. A native of New York, NY, Flores was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 2 Second Team.

The SSN Inaugural College Basketball Awards are slated for Friday, April 12 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant in Manhattan. For more information about the event, please contact Bill Tingling, SNN Executive Director/Publisher at 718-230-7821.


April 9, 2002
Cosgrove Ranked in NCAA Weekly Standings

RIVERDALE, NY- Manhattan College women's lacrosse senior goalie Maegan Cosgrove (Farmingdale, NY) currently leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in saves percentage (0.587) and goals against average (7.82) for the week ending April 7th. Cosgrove is also ranked ninth in save percentage and 11th in goals against average in the National Collegiate Athletic Association weekly standings.

Cosgrove posted 11 saves on 15 shots in the victory over Canisius College and 10 saves on 28 shots against the fall to Niagara University.

Manhattan will travel to Marist on Wednesday, April 10th for a 4pm conference match-up.


April 8, 2002
Freshman Eugene Tanner Tags Siena for Ten Points

RIVERDALE, NY - Just two hours after the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced that Manhattan freshman Eugene Tanner (Medford, NY) earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending April 7th, Tanner scored seven goals and added three assists for ten points in Manhattan's 15-6 victory over Siena.

Siena scored just 30 seconds into the game as Eric Morrissey hit an unassisted shot at 14:29. Siena pushed the lead to 3-0 when Tom Nally and Chris Padden scored at the 13:41 and 8:07 mark respectively. Eugene Tanner put Manhattan on the board with just 3:58 left to play in the first quarter with an unassisted goal. Tanner answered three minutes later with another rocket, unassisted with 54.8 seconds left in the first.

Tanner tied the game at 3-3 on a pass from Nick Silva (Chesterfield, MO) with 5:57 on the clock in the second. Chris Padden gave the Saints a 4-3 lead at 2:22, but Tanner scored for the fourth time just under 30 seconds later to tie the game at 4-4. Daniel Roy (North Rockland, NY) scored the first goal of his collegiate career with 42 seconds left in the half on an assist from Tony Pintauro (Williston Park, NY) to give Manhattan the lead for good. Manhattan led 5-4 at the half.

Manhattan held the Saints scoreless for the third period, while scoring four goals to lead 9-4 at the end of the third period. Justin Otto (Merrick, NY), Mike Kelly (Syracuse, NY) and Marty DarConte (Commack, NY) each scored in the third. Tanner assisted three of the four third-period goals and added a goal of his own.

Manhattan scorched Siena for six goals in the fourth quarter, including two by Tanner, two from Silva, two from DarConte and one from Mike Honors (Syracuse, NY). Pintauro added two assists in the fourth period, while DarConte and Kelly each assisted one goal.

Tanner finished with seven goals and three assists for ten points, tying the Manhattan College single-game point record. He also now holds the College single-season point record (54) and the single-season goal record with 39 goals and there are still three games left to play. Tanner has been named MAAC Rookie of the Week twice this season.

Manhattan improves to 6-5, 4-0 in the MAAC, while Siena drops to 1-5, 0-2 in the MAAC. Manhattan returns to action on Saturday when they host Mt. St. Mary's at 1:00 PM at Gaelic Park.

                1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Siena        2 3 4 6 15
Manhattan 3 1 0 2 6

Goals: SC: Padden 3, Nally 2, Morrissey 1.
MC: Tanner 7, DarConte 2, Silva 2, DarConte 2, Kelly 1, Honors 1.
Assists: SC: Wolpert 1, Nally 1.
MC: Tanner 3, Pintauro 3, Kelly 1, Silva 1, DarConte 1.
Saves SC: (Pence -15)
MC: (Amandola - 8)


April 8, 2002
Tanner Blows Away Rookie Competition with 16 Points in Two Games

EDISON, NJ - Nick Silva (Chesterfield, MO) and Eugene Tanner (Patchogue, NY) were named Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week respectively for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the week ending April 7 conference officials announced Monday. This is the second weekly honor for each player this season.

Silva helped the Jaspers to a 2-0 week over conference opponents, including a four-assist effort versus Wagner and a two-goal and three-assist performance in a 17-4 win over Marist. Silva, a two-time All-MAAC selection, ranks third in the conference in scoring with 32 points and second in the conference in assists per game with 2.10. Silva also scored his 100th point with his third assist versus Wagner.

Tanner scored 16 points in two games and in doing so, broke the Manhattan College record for goals in a single season (32) with four games left to play and he needs only four points to break the Manhattan single-season point record. Versus Wagner, Tanner posted six goals and added one assist in only one half of play. In a 17-4 win over Marist, Tanner scored nine points on four goals and five assists. He leads the team and the conference in scoring with 44 points and in goals with 32. Tanner also leads the conference in points per game with 4.4.

Manhattan is currently 5-5 and in first place in the MAAC with a 3-0 record. Manhattan hosts Siena today at 3:00 PM at Gaelic Park.


April 7, 2002
McGrath Qualifies for the IC4A and US Junior Championships

PRINCETON, NJ- Freshman Dan McGrath (Lynbrook, NY) of the Manhattan College track and field team qualified for the IC4A Championships and the United States Junior Track & Field Championships in the 10,000m this past weekend at the Princeton Invitational. McGrath ran a season best of 31:10 seconds.

Juniors Tim Muratore (Tenafly, NJ) and Andres Cordero (Little Falls, NJ) also qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 10,000m. Muratore qualified with a time of 32:24, while Cordero followed shortly in a time of 34:47. Freshmen Rob Tillotson (Rye, NY) and Dough Becht (East Pachogue, NY) both had personal bests in the 5000m. Tillotson ran 15:47, while Becht ran 16:34. In the Steeplechase, senior Jeff Clark (Bogota, NJ) ran a seasonal best 9:19.

Freshman Julie Lamiquiz (Staten Island, NY) kicked off her outdoor season by running a personal best in the 5000m in a time of 18:14.

The Jaspers will return to action on April 13th when they compete in the Lion Invitational in New York and the Sea Ray Relays held in Knoxville, TN.


April 7, 2002
Dolphins Complete Three-Game Sweep of Manhattan

SYRACUSE, NY - Brian Mattoon pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits with 12 strikeouts, to lead the LeMoyne College Dolphins to an 8-0 victory over the Manhattan College Jaspers Sunday afternoon. Manhattan falls to 16-11 overall, 4-5 in the MAAC, while first-place LeMoyne improves to 12-9 and 8-1 in the MAAC.

Starter Wendell Anderson (East Hartford, CT) (3-2) got off to a shaky start, allowing four runs in the first inning, and lasted just 2 2/3 innings. For the second straight game, Dolphin third baseman Mike Pecchia hit a grand slam, this time in the first inning, to power his team to victory. Freshman Mike Parisi (Lake Grove, NY) relieved Anderson in the bottom of the third and worked the final 5 1/3 innings. Parisi allowed just one unearned run, while striking out four and walking one. Sophomore Josh Greco (Kensington, CT) collected the only extra basehit of the game, a double in the second inning, while freshman Gary Diaz (Naugatuck, CT) and sophomore Frank Cappello (Pelham, NY) each singled in the losing effort.

Manhattan looks to get back on the winning track on Wednesday April 10 at Lafayette at 3:30 PM.


April 7, 2002

RIVERDALE, NY- The Manhattan College women's lacrosse team lost a heartbreaking Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game against Niagara University, 11-9 today at Gaelic Park. The Lady Jaspers fall to 1-7, 1-1 in the MAAC, while the Purple Eagles advance to 3-3, 1-1 in the MAAC.

Niagara scored two straight goals in the first eight minutes of play before Manhattan got on the board at the 22:19 mark by sophomore Alana Fevola (Pearl River, NY) who was assisted by sophomore Mary Dudek (Pearl River, NY). Purple Eagle junior Sarah Gallegos led her team with four unassisted goals in the first half for a 6-3 lead into halftime.

In the second half, senior goalie Maegan Cosgrove (Farmingdale, NY) held the Purple Eagles to just five goals, while the Jasper attacked the net for six goals. With ten minutes left to play the Lady Jasper rallied together to score two goals by Rory Maguire (Bellerose Village, NY) and Nora Jacquette (Philadelphia, PA) to bring hope back into the game. However, Niagara's Megan McNerney answered with one of her four goals of the day to seal the win 11-9.

The Lady J's will travel to Marist on Wednesday, April 10th for a 4pm conference match-up.

Scoring: Nora Jacquette (2), Rory Maguire (2), Victroria Carman (1), Melissa Medina (1), Alana Fevola (1), Mary Dudek (1)
Assists: Victoria Carmen (1), Melissa Medina (1), Alana Fevola (1), Mary Dudek (1), Jamie Carter (1)
Saves: Maegan Cosgrove, Manhattan (10); Michelle Nucci, Niagara (17)


April 6, 2002
Freshman Eugene Tanner Scores Nine Points in Win

RIVERDALE, NY - Five different players scored two or more goals to lift the Manhattan College men's lacrosse team to a 17-4 win over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Marist in a crucial conference game at Gaelic Park on Saturday afternoon. With the win Manhattan improves to 5-5, 3-0 in the MAAC, while Marist drops to 3-5, 2-2 in the MAAC.

Both teams played for possession until junior co-captain Nick Silva (Chesterfield, MO) started the scoring at the 8:10 mark in the first quarter. Manhattan struck again just under three minutes later when Don Femminella (Massapequa, NY) converted a pass from freshman Justin Otto (Merrick, NY) at 6:28. Eugene Tanner (Patchogue, NY) scored his first goal of the game, unassisted with just 17 seconds left to play in the first to give Manhattan a 3-0 lead.

Tanner opened up a blistering second quarter with an unassisted goal at 12:12 in the second. Otto added a goal four minutes later on an assist from Tanner. Marist's first goal was at the 9:15 mark in the second period when Josh Ben -Eliyahu converted a pass from Pat Van Horne. Mike Honors (Syracuse, NY) scored on an assist from Brady Becklo (Gill, MA) just 25 seconds later. Femminella and Becklo scored back-to-back goals to give Manhattan an 8-2 edge at the half.

Manhattan outscored Marist 9-2 in the second half including three goals by Mike Kelly (Syracuse, NY), two from Otto and two goals and four assists from Tanner. Tanner finished the game with nine points on four goals and five assists. Kelly and Otto each finished with three goals and one assist, while Silva added two goals and three assists for five points. Femminella rounded out multiple scorers with two goals and two assists.

Manhattan returns to action on Monday when they host Siena at 3:00 PM.

  1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Marist  0 1 2 1 4
Manhattan 3 5 5 4 17
Scoring Goals-
Marist: Ben-Eliyahu 1, Nahama 1, LaRose 1, Scully 1.
Manhattan: Tanner 4, Otto 3, Kelly 3, Silva 2, Femminella 2, Becklo 1, Honors 1, Pintauro 1.
Marist: Van Horne 1, Nahama 1, Ben Eliyahu 1.
Manhattan: Tanner 5, Silva 3, Femminella 2, Otto 1, Kelly 1.
Marist 10 (Schumeyer - 10)
Manhattan (Amandola - 6) (Sertzoglou -1)


April 6, 2002
RIVERDALE, NY- The Manhattan College women's lacrosse team defeated Canisius College 10-3 this afternoon at Gaelic Park for their first win of the season.

The Lady Jaspers advance to 1-6, 1-0 in the MAAC, while the Griffs fall to 3-3, 0-1 in the MAAC.

Manhattan took an early 4-0 lead before Canisius could get a goal by Lady J goalie Maegan Cosgrove (Farmingdale, NY), who totaled 10 saves for the day. Sophomore Nora Jacquette (Philadelphia, PA) started things off at the 23:25 mark from an assist by freshman Victoria Carman (Freeport, NY). Twenty-one seconds later, junior Maureen Moore (Suffern, NY) scored her first goal of the season from an assist by Jacquette. Griffs goalie Sarah Royer, who totaled 10 saves for the day, slowed down play for Manhattan before sophomore Alana Fevola (Pearl River, NY) scored her only goal of the game at 17:33 from an assist by senior Rory Maguire (Bellerose Village, NY). Less then a minute later, sophomore Mary Dudek (Pearl River, NY) scored an unassisted goal for the 4-0 lead. Junior Rachelle Held scored the Griff's first goal at 8:54 before Manhattan called timeout. With less than four minutes to the half, Maguire scored off a pass from Jacquette and scored again two minutes later. Jacquette scored her second goal of game at 1:18 for a 7-1 Manhattan lead at the half.

Griff senior Kristy Grossman opened up the second half with a goal assisted by teammate Courtney Schmitkons. A Canisius foul allowed Maguire to score her third goal of the day at 14:47. Twenty-nine seconds later freshman Jamie Carter (Williston Park, NY) scored from an assist by Jacquette. The Griffs answered with a goal by Rebecca Scanlon, however, a free position goal by Medina sealed the victory for Manhattan 10-3.

The Lady J's will return to action tomorrow, April 7th hosting Niagara University at Gaelic Park beginning at 10am.


April 6, 2002
Dolphins Beat Jaspers 4-2 in Game 1; 10-1 in Game 2

SYRACUSE, NY - The Manhattan College baseball team dropped a doubleheader to MAAC rival LeMoyne College Saturday afternoon in Syracuse. The Dolphins snapped the Jaspers' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory in the first game, and completed the sweep with a 10-1 win the nightcap. Manhattan is now 16-10 overall and 4-4 in the MAAC, while LeMoyne improves to 11-9 overall and 7-1 in the MAAC.

The Jaspers got a solid pitching effort from ace Ryan Darcy (Levittown, NY) (4-3), who pitched all eight innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight basehits with no walks in the losing effort. LeMoyne got on the board in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Brett Woodcock. The Dolphins added another run in the bottom of the third on a Manhattan fielding error. Later in the bottom of the fifth, the Dolphins added two more runs to take a 4-0 lead. Woodcock collected his second RBI of the game with a basehit down the leftfield line, and Eddie Harper pushed across a run on a fielder's choice.

Manhattan did its only damage of the game in the top of the sixth, as the Jaspers capitalized on a pair of LeMoyne fielding errors for its two runs. Jonathan Holzer (Brooklyn, NY) singled to lead off the inning, and Gary Diaz (Naugatuck, CT) reached on an error by the first baseman to put runners on first and second. Diaz and Holzer pulled off a double steal and Holzer came around to score after a throwing error by catcher Tony Woods. Chris Gaskin (Rego Park, NY) reached on a bunt single down the third base line, which allowed Diaz to score, but was called out at second base to end the inning. Manhattan had another scoring chance in the seventh inning, with runners at the corners and only one out, but Sal Candela (Brooklyn, NY) hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the rally.

In game two, Dolphin third baseman Mike Pecchia drove in six runs, which included a grand slam in the fourth inning, to lead LeMoyne to the victory. Manhattan scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI groundout by Frank Cappello (Pelham, NY). Ken Gleason (Glendale, NY) (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, working just four innings and allowing 10 runs, although only four were earned, on nine hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Taylor Brown (Newfield, NY) came in to work the final two innings, giving up just one hit and one walk. Diaz and Gaskin each had two hits in the losing effort.

Manhattan and LeMoyne square off in the final game of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 12 Noon.


April 6, 2002
Head Coach Susan Hannon Earns 100th Career Coaching Victory

RIVERDALE, NY - The Manhattan College (8-16, 1-3) softball team split a doubleheader with MAAC rival Iona College (8-13, 1-1) this morning at Gaelic Park. Iona shutout the Lady Jaspers in the first game by a score of 4-0, but Manhattan snapped its six-game losing streak and won the second game 5-1 for its first MAAC win of the season. The win also marked the 100th career coaching victory for sixth-year head coach Susan Hannon.

In the first game, Iona's Amy Burdette pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Manhattan's Julianne Soviero (East Setaucket, NY) kept the Gaels off the board until the fourth inning, when Alicia Lanzieri broke through with a double to center field to score Liz Hammel for the first run of the game. Iona added two more runs in the fifth on an RBI-double by Aviva Jorstad. Jorstad came around to score the third run of the ballgame after Claire Dinkel layed down a bunt in front of the plate. Jorstad charged down the thirdbase line and collided with catcher Michelle Chiappa (Pearl River, NY) at the plate, causing her to drop the ball.

Kara Husband (Depew, NY) came in to work the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Amanda Pucci drove in the fourth run of the game in the top of the sixth on a single to left field. Manhattan had a chance to get back into it in the bottom of the seventh, as Margaret LaFex (Syracuse, NY) and Melinda "Mo" Whitaker (Saugerties, NY) walked and Jennifer Kamph (Ozone Park, NY) singled to load the bases with only one away. But Chiappa hit a screamer to the right side, which was stabbed by the first baseman, who fired across the diamond to double-up LaFex at third to end the game. Soviero (2-6) took the loss, working five innings and allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

In game two, the Lady J's jumped out to an early lead when Meghan Farrelly (Latham, NY) singled to the right side to drive in LaFex and give Manhattan the 1-0 lead. Later in the bottom of the third, the Jaspers rallied for four runs, all of which came with two outs, on four basehits to assume a 5-0 lead. Farrelly drove in her second run of the game with a line drive up the middle to score LaFex. Whitaker came up with the big blow in the inning, drilling a bases-clearing double to the gap in left-center field. Iona scored its only run of the game in the top of the fifth inning on a Manhattan fielding error. Brianne Illanovsky (Matamoras, PA) (2-3) picked up the win, working four shutout innings and allowing four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Manhattan returns to action on Thursday April 11 at Hofstra at 3:30 PM.




[Compiled Sports Reports]

Talk About This Story Here!
In these days of specialized players, Henry Lee is a throwback.
Friday, April 12, 2002
By Ed Daigneault
© 2002 Republican-American


<extraneous deleted>

Struggling: Southbury's Suzanne Masotto has struggled a bit at the plate for the Manhattan College softball team. Not coincidentally, the Jaspers are struggling as a team with an 8-16 mark.

Masotto, a sophomore first baseman and Pomperaug grad, was the team's leading returning hitter this season after a freshman campaign in which she hit .248 with 31 hits and a team-high 13 RBI. She is hitting .182 this year, but leads the team with 11 RBI and 18 total bases. Her 12 hits are good for second on the team.

While Masotto has had a rough time at the plate, she has been nearly flawless in the field. In 166 chances, she has committed just one error. Her fielding percentage of .994 is tops for the Jaspers.

© 1997-2002 American-Republican Inc.




[Email 1]

Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 06:13:55 -0500
From: Bob Nasser
Subject: Re: Jasper Jottings 2002-030-31


I have a new email address: <privacy invoked>




[Email 2]

From: Robert Helm
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-04-07

Good Afternoon, John:

1.       God bless you, you do a wonderful job.

2.       I really must read Mr. Fay s e-mail carefully and reread my answers to him that you so generously quoted in full in the previous JJ.

3.       I will say this point at once. He was very generous to admit that Dubliners and the Beltway denizens have a great deal in common.   FNS sends



[Email 3]

Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 17:09:51 -0400
From: Peter Dans
Subject: Op-Ed Piece for Consideration for Jasper Jottings


Thought you might be interested in one of my latest jottings; it appeared in a recent issue of the Baltimore Sun.  I won't be offended if you don't deem it appropriate for inclusion.  Glad to hear that you have a new job.  Keep up the good work of connecting alums.

Best wishes,

Peter E. Dans '57


Aspire to make yours a beautiful mind
By Peter E. Dans
Originally published March 28, 2002

A BEAUTIFUL Mind won the Oscar for best picture, justifiably so. The film has a beginning, a middle and an end, along with superb acting.

What makes it stand out, though, is the respect shown for viewers' intelligence. Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman poignantly chronicle Nobelist John Nash's teetering over the line of sanity while interacting with the inhabitants of his real and delusional worlds. Mr. Nash is hardly depicted as heroic. Yet some have criticized the film for not being more faithful to the truth.

True, Mr. Nash's portrayal as decidedly heterosexual ignores his apparent homosexuality and his vice squad arrest in a Muscle Beach men's room in 1954. More importantly, his abandonment of his first child and the unwed mother are nowhere mentioned. Instead, we have a moving tribute to his wife at the Nobel Prize ceremony, a beautiful fiction concocted by Mr. Goldsman.

Still, movies are not history lessons, although many take them to be so. They are primarily entertainment and, as such, A Beautiful Mind succeeds admirably.

My problem with the film is the title, derived from the excellent biography by Sylvia Nasar. Mr. Nash is a true genius whose brain has some amazing circuitry but, as for his mind, it's clearly disordered and often ugly. My Webster's defines the mind as "the complex of elements that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons."

This definition elevates rationalism in the same way that IQ tests elevate intellectual genius over other forms of genius.

By this definition, Mr. Nash's mind would be much superior to that of my late brother-in-law, who died of mesothelioma after years of working in a Rhode Island mill.

Lionel was not a great student, but he could analyze a mechanical problem before anyone else and, even better, could solve it. What's more, he was always trying to help someone, including his supposedly bright but inept brother-in-law.

This raises a central question. Despite his overweening pride, arrogance, insensitivity and downright cruelty at times, does Mr. Nash's brilliance qualify his mind to be called "beautiful"? I think not.

This is not to take away from his marvelous accomplishments or that amazing circuitry. Rather, I would accord the label to such minds as those that inhabited Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Maimonides, Aquinas, da Vinci, Francis of Assisi, Jane Austen, Lincoln, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa. The reader could supply others.

Even this, however, contributes to the misconception that only famous people and Nobel Prize winners are worthy of such recognition. Balderdash! In my experience, the minds of some brilliant scientists and "thinkers" have been demonstrably far less beautiful than those of many an anonymous toiler.

Take my immigrant grandmother, who had to drop out of school after the fifth grade to do piecework. She spent her life, in the face of tragedy, holding together a family while working as a cleaning woman into her 60s. She would hardly be considered a candidate for the accolade "a beautiful mind." Yet she was a pragmatic genius to accomplish what she did while simultaneously radiating kindness to those around her.

To me, then, the mind is more than the center of language, reasoning, computation and sensory inputs.

If that's all it was, those artificial intelligence mavens would have a better chance of replacing us. Rather, as the oft-heard expression "a dirty mind" implies, it's the most humanly identifiable reflection of a person's soul.

Probe the mind beyond the easily testable and you discover what characterizes and preoccupies a person, the place where true beauty or ugliness resides.

David Seegal, a medical school teacher with a beautiful mind, was appropriately eulogized by a colleague as being "magnanimous" - that is, possessing a great soul or spirit. Look around you and I bet you'll find a lot of anonymous people who share that trait.

There's no Nobel Prize for it, but it helps make this world a better place, and it's something to which, regardless of our intellectual or material endowments, we can all aspire.


Peter E. Dans is an associate professor of medicine and public health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also writes a movie column for Pharos, the quarterly journal of Alpha Omega Alpha, the honor medical society.

Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun

[JR: Well said. We can see the “beautiful minds” in people who do more with less and usually under adverse circumstances. It’s ok to be rich, just don’t think you’re smart or you earned it all on your own. IMHO!]



[Email 4]

From: Louis Menchise
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-04-07 (from home) by direct
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 0:12:45 -0400


    I reiterate: "... it is imperative for government to give hope..."  I didn't say , "Government has always given hope..." or "It is up to government and government alone to give hope..."   In other words, government should give hope.

    McCain in '08 and '12 - unless you can find someone better.  At least I didn't say, "Re-elect Gore in '04."  Puh-leeze! 

    Don't get me started on Bill Clinton who, other than freeing federal money for states, counties and municipalities to hire police officers, for forcing drug companies to lower the price of A.I.D.S. drugs and for signing N.A.F.T.A., will be remembered for: Whitewater; ties to Hillary's Rose law firm; Vince Foster's suicide (but then again, the revolver was in his right hand - Foster was left handed;) Travelgate; Filegate; Nannygate; Gennifer Flowers; Paula Jones; Monica Lewinsky; and lying to the American public which caused him to be disbarred in Arkansas and by the Supreme Court.  It's amazing what he got away with solely because the economy was strong from the beginning of 1995 to mid 2000.

Louis Menchise

[JR: I only quibble with Paragraph One, the “government” should have ZERO role in happiness. It can’t do squat without destroying whatever it touches. My goal is to have it touch very little. Paragraph Two and Three should not give the other side of the aisle any thought that they are any better. I dislike both “big government” parties equally. This time around these bozos weren’t even housebroken.]



[Email 5]

From: Jack Gelione
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 21:20:26 -1000


Please delete me from your mailing list.

Aloha,  Jack 

[JR: Done without any effort to find out “why”. I’m tired.]



[Email 6]

From: John Antenucci (1959)
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 16:06:22 EDT
Subject: Re: Jasper Jottings 2002-04-07 (from home) by direct

Dear John:

      John Antenucci and Roni Antenucci will be taking a year of travel and prayer to determine where the Lord is calling them to minister together.  We both have Masters' Degrees in Theology and have spent the past seven years ministering in three different parishes in the Diocese of Rochester, NY - specifically in the City of Rochester, NY.  John served as Parish Deacon in two inner city parishes and Roni served as Pastoral Associate in city parish.  Note we have been serving the Church separately, therefore not much time to worship together.  God's call can be challenging.  However, we have always had a dream to be of service to humanity together.  That dream was taking flesh before we were married.  Recently the call to minister together has become very strong.  We spent much time praying about this and recently took time at the Benedictine Monastery in Erie, PA for more in depth reflection and Sp! iritual Direction.  As a result Roni will be retiring from her Pastoral Associate position effective July 31, 2002; John is applying for a one year leave of absence from his Diaconal ministry in the Diocese of Rochester.  We will be traveling around the country seeking a clear picture of where we can be of service together to the Church and humankind.  Please keep us in your prayers as we undertake this journey.  

John & Roni Antenucci

[JR: Good luck and God bless. I recall the old (India) Indian tale about “diamonds in the stream”. How the man wants to find diamonds, leaves home to look, has great tribulations, and the next owner of his home finds diamonds in his stream. The morale being sometimes what you seek is where you find it. Often, you have to go away to come back to it. I have a friend who goes to build churches in Brazl, yet the inner city “downtown” could use that effort. Hmmm!]



[Email 7]

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 09:53:23 -0400
From: Steve Jalkut (1970)
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper

Thanks for the email.  Yes, please sign me up for future jasper jottings.  And by the way, Ben Benson is no longer the Director of Alumni Relations.  Ben retired last December and Joe Dillon has assumed the new role.  Unfortunately the College has not updated the web site with Joe's new contact information

Best Regards. 

[JR: Yup, I have to “fix” my canned invite. But it does get people to write.]



[Email 8]

From: Joe Dillon
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 10:26:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper


Good to see you last night add me to your list by the way one of my major projects this summer is to fix our web pages. I will be asking for your help

[JR: Love to. I am sure that on jottings there are others even more able than I to help.]



[Email 9]

From: Walter F. Matystik
Subject: Re: Here's an example of ...
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:16:40 -0400
Organization: Manhattan College


After careful consideration, we've decided to accept your generous offer to establish the Reinke Endowment so that we may offer free education to all in perpetuity !!!

FYI - This is what some of the Ivy's are up to: Do you believe our alums would be interested and pay comparable pricing for offerings such as this?? Perhaps you could informally survey your alumni groups

I'm also looking for suggestions for free or inexpensive traing for basic computer skills (MS Office, Internet & e-mail basics) either online or via CD-ROM with asessement (e.g end of chapter quizzes) if you've run across anything  interesting.

----- Original Message -----

From: John Reinke
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 11:55 AM
Subject: Here's an example of ...

… … … a business using free education to advance its agenda.

[JR: Comments?]





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A Final Thought

Developmental Disability
HUD boondoggles show why bad government programs are so hard to kill.
By Mike Lynch

"Beware of public-private and public-nonprofit partnerships. In D.C. it's common practice for the heads of the ostensibly nonprofit CDCs to have ownership stakes in the for-profit companies with which they do business. The CDC that operates in Anacostia, one of D.C.'s most blighted neighborhoods, has for-profit subsidiaries that do such things as make a $25,000 loan for a trip to Africa to purchase gold. (The gold disappeared on the return trip.) The for-profits tend not to earn actual profits, but they do take loans from the nonprofits and pay consulting fees to nonprofit heads, with no obligation to open their books."

I am a continual nag about government. You know it; I know it. It's just, that everytime I read articles like this one, I don't understand why more people are not outraged. We have to stop funding this crap so we can have the money in our pockets to fund the charities that we will be involved in. There is a site named after Lord Acton, who name escaped me at writing time – but found it later - ( Acton Institute for the study of Religion & Liberty), has some GREAT guidelines on effective and efficient charity. And, it ain't the government!

And that’s the last word.