Sunday 22 December 2002

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has 1004 subscribers to the full edition and 6 to the "slim pointer" message by my count.

Don't forget:

Fr Jan. 24 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour

We, Jan 15 – Treasure Coast Florida Alumni Lunch
               Holiday Inn US 1 Stuart FL noon
                by Ed. Plumeau (52) c/o jottings

We, Feb 19 – Treasure Coast Florida Alumni Lunch
               Holiday Inn US 1 Stuart FL noon
                by Ed. Plumeau (52) c/o jottings

We, Mar 19 – Treasure Coast Florida Alumni Lunch
               Holiday Inn US 1 Stuart FL noon
                by Ed. Plumeau (52) c/o jottings

Fr Apr. 25 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour

Th Jul. 24 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour

ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.


By sheltering her Jewish neighbors, this Catholic woman saved them from almost certain death.  For the first time since World War Two, protector and protected meet.

The CNN Story:

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Six decades after she risked her life to shelter her Jewish neighbors from the Nazis, a Polish woman traveled on a plane for the first time in her life for a reunion with a member of the family she helped save.

"I love you, Anna," Holocaust survivor Sally Charsinsky said Tuesday as she hugged Anna Kopec at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Kopec, now 83, and her husband, Stanislaw, hid Charsinsky's father and brother in a room of their home in Sowina, Poland, and often kept the teenage Charsinsky there, too.

Once, when Nazi soldiers came door-to-door searching houses for Jews, Charsinsky didn't have time to hide. Kopec told her to grab a brush, go to the barn and groom the horses.

Kopec told the soldiers Charsinsky was a relative visiting from out of town and distracted them by preparing a large meal for them, Charsinsky recalled.

"I can't do enough for her. She sacrificed her life for my family," said Charsinsky, 79, who moved to the United States after World War II, married an American man and now lives in Longport, New Jersey.

Charsinsky and Kopec wiped away tears and launched into a spirited conversation in Polish, trading memories, gossip and tales of their grandchildren.

"This brings me back to the good years we had in Sowina before the Nazis arrived. My heart is beating like this," Kopec said, quickly patting her chest.

The two women were reunited by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, a nonprofit organization that identifies, honors and supports non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

The group provides monthly financial assistance to more than 1,700 aged and needy rescuers, including Kopec, in 27 countries.

Kopec is staying with Charsinsky during her visit, and Charsinsky plans to take her shopping, to Atlantic City and to synagogues to tell their story. Kopec also will be reunited with Charsinsky's surviving siblings.

Asked why she risked her life to help Charsinsky's family, Kopec -- a Catholic who walks an hour each week from her farm to church -- became so animated her translator could barely keep up.

"Whoever believes in God and whoever is religious will never turn away from another person. They will always help another human being," she said. "That's what I was taught."

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Would that I could have such great courage! Maybe we might say that she really didn't understand the risks that she was taking as we understand them now. But one has to admire faith in action. I do. I hope when our time comes, as it always does, we are up to the task. I hope I am; I know you all will be.

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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Carr, Chris  



Smith, Sherry Louise



Downes, Patrick J.



Luczaj, Ken



Stamm, Carl P.



Carroll, Steven



Emond, Douglas



Gallucci, Frank V.



Menchise, Louis



Ameres, Michael



Crino, David



Lynch, William



Spacek, Marcy J








Ameres, Michael



Carr, Chris  



Carroll, Steven



Crino, David



Downes, Patrick J.



Emond, Douglas



Gallucci, Frank V.



Luczaj, Ken



Lynch, William



Menchise, Louis



Smith, Sherry Louise



Spacek, Marcy J



Stamm, Carl P.






Goodrich Appoints Ken Luczaj President, Optical & Space Systems Business Unit


PR Newswire

(Copyright (c) 2002, PR Newswire)

  CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR) has appointed Ken Luczaj President of its Space & Optical Systems business, headquartered in Danbury, CT.  The business designs and builds high performance custom engineered electronics, optics and electro-optical products and services for sophisticated defense, scientific, and commercial applications.  

  In his new role Ken reports to Cindy Egnotovich, President, Electronic Systems Segment.  Ken was formerly President of Goodrich's Pump & Engine Controls business in West Hartford, CT.  He takes over from Ron Hodges, who has become President of the company's new Engine Controls business, formed after the acquisition of TRW's Aeronautical Systems businesses.

  According to Marshall Larsen, President and Chief Operating Officer, "This is an exciting time for Ken to be joining our Space & Optical Systems business as it expands into growing military and commercial applications.  It contributes to many truly pioneering discoveries such as NASA's use of Goodrich fine guidance sensors to accurately compute the mass of a recently discovered planet orbiting a distant star."  

  During Ken's three and a half years at Pump & Engine Controls, the business has become a leader in the development and supply of next generation fuel delivery/metering systems and electronic controls for turbine engines, including aerospace, marine and land based applications.  Prior to joining Goodrich in 1994 he gained wide experience in general management, engineering, sales and marketing roles at Litton and other companies in the aerospace, commercial and industrial markets.  

  A native of Yonkers, NY, Ken holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, New York, NY, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.  

  Goodrich Corporation is a leading global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace industry.  If there's an aircraft in the sky, Goodrich is on it.  From jumbo jets to the Joint Strike Fighter.  From helicopters to the space shuttle.  Commercial, military, regional and business.  Serving a worldwide customer base with manufacturing and service facilities in every region, Goodrich is now the largest 'pure play' aerospace company in the world.  A Fortune 500 company with annual sales in excess of $4 billion.  For more information visit   

/CONTACT:  media, Gail K. Warner of Goodrich Corporation, +1-704-423-7048/  19:22 EST

[MCOLDB: 1968 a fine year for Jaspers]




Copyright 2002 PR Newswire Association, Inc.  
PR Newswire
December 18, 2002, Wednesday 12:07 PM Eastern Time
HEADLINE: LaRossa Named PSE&G Vice President

Al Koeppe, President and COO of PSE&G, New Jersey's largest electric and gas delivery utility, today announced that Ralph A. LaRossa has been named Vice President, Delivery Operations Support succeeding Patrick J. Downes, who retires from the position January 3.  La Rossa will be responsible for managing all utility assets, including asset maintenance, and construction planning and performance assessment.  His responsibilities also include management of fleet maintenance, supply chain management and other support functions.  LaRossa will report to Ralph Izzo, Senior Vice President, Utility Operations. 

LaRossa joined PSE&G in July 1985 as an associate engineer, and has advanced through a variety of management positions in the utility's gas and electric operations.  In 1998, he was named Division Manager of the utility's metropolitan electric division, with operating responsibility for 500 employees and the electric distribution system serving Essex and Passaic counties. In June of 2001, he became Director, Distribution Operations, overseeing the utility's electric and gas distribution operations. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology with Bachelor's of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and has completed the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.  He serves on the boards of directors of the Bergen County United Way and Saint Barnabas Burn Center. 

"Ralph has successfully managed electric and gas distribution operations through a period of intensive deployment of new information systems," said Ralph Izzo. "His steady field presence has earned him the respect of both management staff and bargaining unit personnel." 

Patrick Downes joined PSE&G in 1961 and has held a number of technical and management positions, including Vice President, Electric Distribution, Manager - Transportation and Equipment, and Division Manager of two of the utility's electric distribution field locations.  From May 1997 to June 1998, he supported one of PSE&G's sister companies, PSEG Global, by serving as Chief Operating Officer for two electric distribution companies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He holds a B.E.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a M.S. degree in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He is a Professional Engineer. 

"It has been a privilege to work with Pat Downes," said Koeppe. "With his departure, we lose a valuable member of our team.  His experience, intelligence, understanding of the distribution system and the utility business and his institutional knowledge of PSE&G have been a tremendous asset to this company.  We will miss him as a colleague and a friend."

PSE&G is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG/NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy holding company with more than $25 billion in assets.


CONTACT: Joey Anderson, +1-973-430-6088, or Eileen Leahey, +1-973-430-5867, both of PSE&G

LOAD-DATE: December 18, 2002 

[MCOLDB: 1961 ]


[Messages from Headquarters (Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]



RIVERDALE, N.Y. --  New City, New York, resident, J. Carl Bennett, professor of physical education and human performance at Manhattan College, has been elected to the lifetime rank of Academician of the United Nations and World Informationalogical Parliament to the International Informational Academy.

The Academy recognizes those individuals that have international knowledge in a variety of disciplines and a breadth of general knowledge relating to international affairs as well as political contacts internationally and awareness of protocol and customs of the different countries.  With the rank of Academician, Dr. Bennett is entitled to study, conduct research and lecture at any college or institute of higher learning that is a member of the United Nations.

Dr. Bennett received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Carolina University and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.





Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 01:12:38 -0500
From: Louis Menchise (1987)

I've developed a rudimentary website who's URL is:  As a filmmaker in NYC, I can report that my endeavors have become more challenging as well, following 9-11.  With this website, I hope to improve the overall quality of movies.

I attended my 15 year reunion this year with Nicholas Spinella and his then fiancee.  A good time was had by all.  It was great to be back on campus and to see the new research facility.

[JR: Perfect timing I had no website queued up this week. I was thinking of including in my "deer in the headlights" material for FOWM a list of films for job seekers. "Rudy" is my number one recommendation. "It's a wonderful life" as number two. Care to suggest any other inspiring, upbeat, or comedy for the list?]





Carl P. Stamm, M.D.
Pre-Med: Manhattan College, Bronx, NY
Med School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
Board Certified: Gastroenterology
Fellow: Gastroenterology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
Brevard, NC 28712

[MCOLDB: 1974 ]




Frank V. Gallucci
Rochester Office

Intellectual Property

Frank Gallucci is an associate in our Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Manhattan College (1984, B.E.E.E.)
New York Law School (2001, J.D.)

United States Patent Office 2002

Principal Area(s) of Practice:
Intellectual Property

Memberships & Offices:
Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association




Carr, Chris  Manhattan College

[MCOLDB: ? ]




[No Honors]




[Weddings 1, 2, & 3 (all in one article!?!)]

Copyright 2002 The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
All Rights Reserved  
The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
December 15, 2002 Sunday
HEADLINE: Smith-Tomasky

Sherry Louise Smith and David John Tomasky were married at Lakeland Park in Cazenovia, N.Y. A reception followed at the Linklaen House.

The bride is the daughter of April Sherry of Niskayuna, N.Y., and Richard Gary Smith of Pringle, Pa. A graduate of Walter Panas High School, she received a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale and a master's degree from Emerson College in Boston.

She is the regional advocacy director of the American Cancer Society in East Syracuse. Her husband is the son of Rae and Thomas Tomasky of Maine, N.Y. A graduate of Maine-Endwell High School in Endwell, N.Y., he received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

He is a quality manager for C-Cor.Net in Manlivs, N.Y.

After a honeymoon trip to Camden, Maine, they are living in Chittenango, N.Y.

[MCOLDB: ? ]

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Sandra Fuschetto and David Crino were married recently at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle. A reception followed at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.

The bride is the daughter of Antonia and Gaetano Fuschetto of New Rochelle. A graduate of New Rochelle High School, she received a bachelor's and a master's in business administration degree in management from Iona College in New Rochelle. She is a financial analyst with RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Conn.

Her husband is the son of Joann and Anthony Crino of Bristol, Conn. A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, he received a bachelor's degree in biology from Manhattan College and a master's degree in ecology from Fordham University.

He teaches biology and chemistry at Westlake High School in Thornwood.

After a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, they are living in New Rochelle.

[MCOLDB: 1996 ]

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Catherine Gonsalves and Steven Carroll were married Sept. 28 at the Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Sullivan of Edgewater, Fla., and the late Catherine Kay Sullivan. She is a graduate of Walter Panas High School.

She is a homemaker.

Her husband is the son of Eileen and Robert Carroll of Lake Peekskill. He is a graduate of Walter Panas High School and Manhattan College.

He is the general manager of the Oleander Power plant in Cocoa, Fla.

After a honeymoon trip to San Francisco and to Australia, they are living in Oviedo, Fla.

[MCOLDB: 1978 ]

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LOAD-DATE: December 17, 2002 




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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.

[No Obits]

[JR: Good!]  





Manhattan College

Dan Wagner

Manhattan College was established in 1848 by our French Brothers of the Christian Schools who opened a parish school for French-speaking immigrants in Manhattan. In 1853, the school, by then called the Academy of the Holy Infancy, moved from Canal Street to 131st Street in the city’s Manhattanville neighborhood. It added college-level courses in 1859 and first used the name Manhattan College in 1861, taking the name from its location .In 1922, the school moved to Riverdale in the Bronx, adjacent to Van Cortlandt Park. Coeducational since 1973, Manhattan College currently enrolls approximately 3,125 students, including 2,600 undergraduates and 525 graduate students.

- Cynthia Blair 

[JR: Coed in ?1973? I had a girl as a classmate in the engineering school when I was floating around and out!?!]




Asst Director, Admissions & Retention
Location: Riverdale, NY
Posted: 12-15-2002  


Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition, located in the Riverdale section of NYC.

Asst Director, Admissions & Retention

Reporting to the Asst Vice President for Enrollment Management, responsible for coordinating initiatives which contribute to increasing the College's retention rate and participate in various recruitment activities throughout the year. Bachelor's degree required with minimum 3 yrs college or university admissions exp. Previous exp with retention programs highly preferred.

Excellent benefits package includes free tuition for employees & dependents. Please send resume indicating position, to: Vicki Cowan, Director, Human Resources.

LASALLIAN EDUCATION Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence
Riverdale, NY 10471
Fax: (718) 862-7350

An AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workforce.




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Mike Sabini
Sports; B
Journal News
(c) Copyright 2002, The Journal News. All Rights Reserved.
By Mike Sabini
The Patent Trader

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Coach: Bob Delle Bovi (1st year)

Last year's record: 6-15 (Conference III West)

Postseason showing: Lost in first round of Section 1 Class C tournament.

Front and center: After coach Glen Jensen's long and successful tenure, it's Delle Bovi's turn to run the show, with a clean-slate approach.

Outlook: Bob Delle Bovi has stressed that nobody has a starting job guaranteed to them.

"I don't have any expectations," said Delle Bovi, who was the coach at  Manhattan College from 1986 to '88 and coached perennial New York City powerhouse St. Raymond's from '78 to '83. "We're starting from scratch.

"I do expect senior leadership from Greg (Fleming) and Branimir (Vanjak). They can be good players for us."

Fleming is a 6-1 guard who can play either the one or the two while Vanjak is a 6-1 shooting guard. Two other seniors returning from last year are Jeff Dittman (5-11 forward) and Jerry Schwuchow (6-0 center/forward).

Newcomers to this year's team include juniors Danny DeRosa (6-1 center), Peter Vitelli (5-8 point guard), Chuck Hendricks (6-1 forward), Billy Gentzsch (6-2 center/forward), T.J. Anakwe (6-1 point guard) and Taylor Tacon (5-11 point guard); sophomore Mike Bramswig (6-2 small forward); and freshman Danny Chiavetta (6-3 center).

"We have a hard-working group that is willing to listen and learn," Delle Bovi said. "We don't have a 6-5 guy or anyone who is lightning quick, so we have to rely on good, solid teamwork.

"When we get a chance to run, we will run, but we won't force anything either. When we have to be patient we will pull the ball out and be patient."

Pleasantville hosts its own tournament Dec. 13 and 14. The Panthers will play Yonkers while Dobbs Ferry and Nanuet will be the other opening-round game.

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Copyright 2002 British Broadcasting Corporation  
BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political
Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring
December 12, 2002, Thursday
HEADLINE: Algeria: Paper says exiled Islamist leader to chair Islamic meeting in USA
SOURCE: Le Quotidien d'Oran web site, Oran, in French 11 Dec 02

An Algerian newspaper has reported that an Algerian Islamist leader living in exile in the USA has been asked to preside over a conference of Islamists in New Jersey on 27-29 December. The paper said that Anouar Haddam, a former leader of the now-outlawed Islamic Salvation Front, who is accused by the Algerian authorities of involvement in terrorism, will use this opportunity to return to the limelight. "This seems an affront to the Algerian victims of terrorism" and even to the American victims of the 11 September attacks, the paper added. The following is the text of report by Algerian newspaper Le Quotidien d'Oran web site on 11 December

Anouar Haddam, a former leader of the Islamic Salvation Front FIS and the Armed Islamic Group GIA , is resurfacing in the United States. He will preside over a convention of the Islamic Tanzeem organization this coming 27-29 December in the state of New Jersey, where the 11 September attacks took place. Following the strong signal sent by Washington through the sale of American military equipment to Algiers that was announced by William Burns, there is another signal that has come from the United States about the case of Anouar Haddam. The latter, whose extradition has been requested by Algeria, and who is no longer supposed to have any political activities is, however, going to preside over a major convention of Islamists in New Jersey.

As the guest of honour with other academics and figures from Islamism in the United States, Anouar Haddam will reportedly take the floor as a "political leader", according to the terms of the Tanzeem programme, which wants to make this sixth convention into an Islamism fair to which teenagers will be invited and luxury hotel rooms at the Sheraton Edison will be paid for by the convention, and where Pakistani and Afghan cuisine will be had for nostalgia buffs.

But it is more Anouar Haddam's guest who has grabbed attention. Dr Israr Ahmed, a native of Pakistan, is one of the Islamic school of thought's harshest imams. In October 2001, right after the attacks, he was one of those who ardently defended the notion that Al-Qa'idah and Usamah Bin-Ladin were absolutely not involved. It was a language reminiscent of Haddam's, who had always tried to "absolve" the FIS of any involvement in terrorism in Algeria. It was, further, based on that that he obtained American citizenship.

Yet Israr Ahmed, who made Haddam the chairman of this convention, is known to the American FBI. It was this mufti who was one of the rare Americans to meet Mullah Omar in Kandahar, whom he called "Amir El-Mouminine" Commander of the Faithful . His organization, Tanzeem Islami, specialized in collecting funds for the Taleban regime in American mosques, sending Islamist imams to Peshawar to be trained in the Taleban's schools, and which maintains a large network of teaching centres in Karachi, Bin-Ladin's fiefdom, and Lahore. And it will be under the Americans' nose that this convention is going to be held with one former American senator, Paul Findley; Pakistani preachers such as Zaid Shakir and Zauddin Sharfi; or even academics such as Abdul Aziz Shahidan from the University of Virginia, and Jim Jones from Manhattan College in New York in attendance.

This Islamist convention will also provide Anouar Haddam with the opportunity to return to the limelight of current American-Algerian events. The former elected official from Tlemcen, by training a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, is a "djaz'arist" religious school of thought which advocates an Algerian brand of Islamism as opposed to the Salafist movement which is more puritanical and traditionalist for whom the doors were open at the State Department before his first arrest and the closing of his political office, which was in Washington DC.

After two trials, one on appeal, with the American immigration services, the case of Haddam is not clear, it has so poisoned the relations between Algiers and Washington. For the Algerian authorities, Haddam's involvement in terrorism and Islamist subversion is proven. His rap sheet weighs as much as a telephone book and his name has been mentioned several times in dubious cases such as the shipping of weapons to the GIA, the establishment of the caliphate government under Gousmi Cherif, his claim of responsibility for the Boulevard Amirouche attack in Algiers , his participation on the FIS Coordinating Council Abroad CCE , or even his political influence abroad. He was one of the architects of the Sant'Egidio agreements with the blessing of the CIA, which flew him to Rome in 1995 on a special plane.

Because of this, Anouar Haddam is the last snag in the Algerian-American honeymoon. If his presence on American soil comes out of a deal between the Algerian Islamists and the former Clinton administration, all of whose subtleties we do not know, his return to public life seems an affront to the Algerian victims of terrorism and even the American ones from 11 September.

LOAD-DATE: December 12, 2002 




FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: Your resume can be sent to employers who contact our office seeking to fill positions.  For more information contact the Recruitment Coordinator at (718) 862-7965 or Email to

Actual jobs at MC are at: 

[No Resumes]




FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: [which is no longer at the College, but at a third party. Web bugs are on the pages. (That’s the benefit of being a security weenie!) So, it’s reader beware. Your browser can tell people “stuff” about you, like your email address, leading to SPAM. Forewarned is forearmed.]


The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result
12/23/02 Monday M. Basketball   Hofstra   Hempstead, NY   7:00 PM
12/27/02 Friday M. Basketball   St. John's$   Madison Square Garden   8:30 PM
12/28/02 Saturday M. Basketball   North Carolina/Iona$   Madison Square Garden   3:00/5:00 PM 
12/28/02 Saturday W. Basketball   Tulsa   HOME   2:00 PM
12/30/02 Monday W. Basketball   Harvard   HOME   2:00 PM
1/4/03 Saturday M. Basketball   Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   12:00 PM
1/5/03 Sunday W. Basketball   Fordham   Bronx, NY   2:00 PM
1/7/03 Tuesday M. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/7/03 Tuesday W. Basketball   Saint Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   7:30 PM
1/10/03 Friday Track & Field   St. John's/Fordham Invitational   The Armory   10:00 AM
1/10/03 Friday W. Basketball   Siena*   Londonville, NY   6:00 PM
1/10/03 Friday M. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/11/03 Saturday Track & Field   St. John's Fordham Invitational   The Armory   11:00 AM
1/12/03 Sunday W. Basketball   Marist*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/16/03 Thursday M. Basketball   Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:30 PM
1/17/03 Friday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   10:00 AM
1/18/03 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   11:00 AM
1/18/03 Saturday M. Basketball   Saint Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   4:00 PM
1/19/03 Sunday W. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/21/03 Tuesday M. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/22/03 Wednesday W. Basketball   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   7:30 PM
1/23/03 Thursday M. Basketball   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   7:30 PM
1/25/03 Saturday Track & Field   Princeton Five Team Invitational   Princeton, NJ   12:00 PM
1/25/03 Saturday W. Basketball   Loyola*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/27/03 Monday M. Basketball   Seton Hall   Continental Airlines Arena   8:00 PM
1/30/03 Thursday W. Basketball   Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:00 PM
1/31/03 Friday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships Pentalon/Throws   Draddy Gym   2:00 PM
1/31/03 Friday W. Swimming   Fairfield*   HOME   5:30 PM
1/31/03 Friday M. Basketball   Niagara*   Buffalo, NY   7:00 PM



[Sports from the College]


RIVERDALE, NY (DECEMBER 19, 2002) - The Manhattan College women's soccer team was honored with the NSCAA College Team Academic Award, announced the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Lady Jaspers finished with a team GPA of 3.29. This marked the fifth year in a row the team has earned the NSCAA College Team Academic Award.



Jared Johnson Scores Season-High 18 Points In Losing Effort

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 18, 2002) – Despite a season-high 18 points from senior co-captain Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY), the Manhattan College Jaspers settled for second place in the First Annual Billy Minardi Classic after an 89-62 loss to host Louisville Wednesday evening at Freedom Hall.

Manhattan drops to 4-2 while the Cardinals improve to 5-1.

Louisville scored the first eight points of the contest and would lead by as many as 17 in the first half as it shot 40.5% from the field. Manhattan committed an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and trailed by 14 (41-27) at the break.

Looking to pull off another dramatic comeback, the Jaspers came out in the second half and matched baskets with the Cardinals and even managed to cut the deficit to 10 (53-43) at the 12:13 mark on back-to-back buckets by Johnson and junior Dave Holmes (Washington, DC). The Cardinals however proceeded to score nine unanswered points to push the lead to 19 with just over 10 minutes remaining. From there, the Jaspers would get no closer than 17 as the Cardinals went on to win the tournament championship.

Both Holmes and Johnson were named to the Billy Minardi All-Tournament Team. Holmes, who was plagued by foul trouble the entire game, finished with nine points and five rebounds, while Johnson tallied 18 points on 8-17 shooting, just one point shy of tying his career-high. Senior Justin Jackette (Valhalla, NY) and junior Luis Flores (New York, NY) were the only other Jaspers in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Jaspers return to action on Saturday, December 21, when they return home to host MAAC rival Saint Peter's at 7:00 PM in Draddy Gymnasium.



Jaspers Advance To Championship Game of Billy Minardi Classic

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 17, 2002) – Junior Dave Holmes (Washington, DC) scored a career-high 27 points including 19 in the second half to lead the Manhattan College Jaspers to a narrow 76-74 victory over the Wright State Raiders in the first round of the Billy Minardi Classic at Freedom Hall.

Manhattan improves to 4-1 on the season, while Wright State falls to 5-3.

The Jaspers had to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit and an incredible 20-point first half scoring performance by the Raiders' Vernard Hollins. Manhattan held the lead in the early going and went up by as many as six with 14:19 remaining in the first half. But the Raiders countered with a 14-2 run to assume a 24-18 advantage midway through the half. Though the Jaspers closed to within one on several occasions, Wright State would not relinquish the lead and closed the half with another 14-2 spurt to go into the lockerroom with a 47-35 halftime edge.

Hollins had the hot hand for Wright State, hitting eight of 11 shots from the floor for nearly half his squad's offensive output. Manhattan was led by junior Luis Flores (New York, NY) who tallied 10 first half points.

The Jaspers began to chip away at the Raider lead in the second half, and closed to within four (53-49) on a pair of free throws by senior Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY), capping a 14-6 run. Freshman Kenny Minor (Baltimore, MD) hit a clutch three-pointer and Flores knocked down a short jumper to trim the Raider lead to one, and then Minor picked off an errant Raider pass and got the ball ahead to junior Jason Benton (New Haven, CT) for the fast-break dunk to give Manhattan its first lead (56-55) since the 13:20 mark of the first half.

Holmes would then proceed to take over the game for Manhattan, scoring 15 straight points over a span of over seven minutes to keep the Raiders at bay. Holmes, Flores and freshman Jason Wingate hit seven of eight foul shots in the closing minutes to seal the win.

Holmes tallied a career-high 27 points to go along with 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He led three Jaspers in double figures, as Flores finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 10 points. The Jaspers, who held Hollins to just one field goal in the second half, limited Wright State to seven field goals in the second half while forcing 12 turnovers.

Manhattan will now take on the host Louisville Cardinals in the championship game of the Billy Minardi Classic Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM at Freedom Hall.



RIVERDALE, NY (DECEMBER 16, 2002) – The Manhattan College women's basketball team defeated Florida A&M 76-61 to snap its three game losing streak.

The Lady Jaspers (3-4) played well offensively from start to finish. Overall Manhattan shot 49% from the floor.

Manhattan took a 35-24 halftime lead. The Lady Jaspers exploded in the closing minutes, outscoring the Rattlerettes 8-0 to close the half. Tiffany Schettig (Altoona, PA) scored 15 of her 24 points in the first half. She connected on five three-pointers to tie a career high of 24 points.

The Lady Jaspers continued the hot shooting in the second half, shooting 15-29. Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland) scored 17 points, Rosalee Mason (London, England) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Serra Sangar (Istanbul, Turkey) added 10 points.

After Florida A&M (3-6) cut the lead to eight, 66-58, Manhattan scored six consecutive points. Kilkenny scored on a three-point play, and Schettig drained a three-pointer to give the Lady Jaspers a little cushion. Manhattan closed out the game by making its foul shots. Overall they shot an impressive 18-22 from the line.

Yolanda Dixon led Florida A&M with 14 points. The Lady Jaspers held the Rattlerettes to 36% shooting for the game.

The Lady Jaspers return to action on Saturday, December 21, when travel to St. Francis (PA) for a 4:00 PM tip-off.



RIVERDALE, NY (DECEMBER 14, 2002) – The Manhattan College women's basketball team lost 66-65 to Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at Draddy Gymnasium.

The Lady Jaspers (2-4, 0-2) were unable to hold a 35-29 halftime lead. The Bearcats (2-4) shot 59% from the floor in the second half to outscore Manhattan 37-30 in the final 20 minutes.

Manhattan took a 41-31 lead in the second half, but Binghamton stormed back to take the lead. The Bearcats were led by three players who scored double-digit points. Leala Wegwerth scored 15, Nicole Dypolt scored 12 and Kate Townley added 10 points.

There were numerous lead changes in the second half. Binghamton took a 56-54 lead, then Manhattan countered with a 4-0 run to take a 58-56 lead. The Bearcats then rallied to jump ahead 62-58. Trailing 66-62 in the final seconds, the Lady Jaspers nearly won the game after Kilkenny drained a three-pointer and Manhattan got a steal but were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.

The Lady Jaspers also had three players score 10 or more points. Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland) led the team with 16 points, Tiffany Schettig (Altoona, PA) and Rosalee Mason (London, England) added 14 points.

The Lady Jaspers return to action on Monday, December 16, when they host Florida A&M at 7:00 PM at Draddy Gymnasium.




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Manhattan Drops Women's Soccer, 4-1

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Senior Jen Gwizdowski (Kenmore, N.Y.) scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute, but the Griffs were unable to hold the lead as Manhattan College defeated Canisius 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Manhattan's Gaelic Park.

Gwizdowski scored her second goal of the season from Lisa Holakowski (Independence, Ky.) to give the Griffs (1-7, 1-3 MAAC) the early lead. The Jaspers (4-4-1, 3-2) would rally to tie the game just 3:40 later on a goal by Laurie Spera. Manhattan scored the game-winner in the 70th minute on a goal by Tina Beatty. Beatty and Tina Leidl would add late goals to secure the win for the Jaspers.

Canisius returns to action Sunday morning, Sept. 30, at 11:00 a.m. against St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J.


Red Storm remove five men's teams
Rick Remsnyder
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The Journal News

NEW YORK - While St. John's officials tried to avoid saying it was a Title IX-driven move, five Division I men's programs are among the six sports being eliminated by the school, it was announced yesterday.

Football, men's indoor and outdoor track and men's cross country will be eliminated this year. Men's and women's swimming will end following the 2003-2004 season. Men's lacrosse will be added in 2003-2004.

Once the sports are eliminated, St. John's will have 17 Division I sports compared to its current level of 22. There will be 10 women's sports and seven men's sports under the new breakdown compared to the current lineup of 11 men's and 11 women's sports teams.

St. John's president Rev. Donald J. Harrington said the change in direction was necessary because women comprise 58 percent of the student body in 2002.

"With the number of young women who attend our university growing every year, we have an obligation to respond to their needs," he said. "I don't want to categorize it as a Title IX issue. I look at this as being a justice issue. Justice to our students."

Manhattan College men's and women's cross country and indoor and outdoor track coach Dan Mecca thinks St. John's is making a mistake by dropping so many men's sports even if it's trying to comply with Title IX regulations.

"It's a major disappointment," he said. "I think it is misguided to drop men's programs. You're not enlarging women's programs by dropping men's programs. Title IX is meant to increase opportunities for women, not decrease opportunities for men."

The immediate elimination of the football team will hurt the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which earlier this year lost Canisius due  to a cost-cutting measure. MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor said the MAAC will continue as a seven-team league.

"It's unfortunate," he said.

Reach Rick Remsnyder at


BU women's road woes snapped in last minute
Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton
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RIVERDALE -- Leala Wegwerth's basket with 55.8 seconds remaining gave the Binghamton University women's basketball team the lead, and the Bearcats hung on to defeat Manhattan College, 66-65, Saturday afternoon.

Wegwerth, who scored a season-high 15 points, dropped in her final two points to put BU (2-4) ahead 60-58 and complete her team's comeback from 10 points down early in the second half. "She really played outstanding in the second half," BU coach Laurie Kelly said. "We played her at (power forward) because they went with real small, quick lineups. I thought the shots she took were great."

With Wegwerth leading the way, Kelly's team picked up its first road victory since Feb. 3 against New Hampshire.

BU shot 53.2 percent from the floor, including 59.1 percent in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit. It was the first time Binghamton shot better than 50 percent in a game since Jan. 19 against Maine.

BU started sluggishly in the second half and fell behind 41-31 with 18:20 left, but runs of 7-0 and 6-0 brought Binghamton back. The Bearcats tied the game, 52-52, with 5:16 remaining.

The teams traded baskets until the final minute when Wegwerth scored to put BU in front. On the ensuing possession, guard Kate Townley stole the ball, was fouled and sank two free throws to give the Bearcats a cushion, 62-58.

They were still clinging to a four-point advantage when Siobhan Kilkenny, scored a game-high 16 points, hit a three-pointer with one second left to bring Manhattan to within one. But Binghamton inbounded the ball to Iesha Eldridge, who ran out the clock.

BINGHAMTON U.: Molly Miller 1 0-0 2; Leala Wegwerth 6 3-4 15; Nicole Dypolt 5 2-2 12; Jen Blues 3 1-2 9; Kate Townley 3 4-4 10; Laura Scordino 1 0-0 3; Jen Haubrich 0 0-0 0; Iesha Eldridge 2 0-0 4; Rachel Laws 3 3-4 9; Kristin Hibler 0 0-0 0; Erin Forkey 1 0-0 2; Totals: 25 13-16 66.

MANHATTAN: Christine Bach 1 0-0 2; Siobhan Kilkenny 6 2-4 16; Serra Sangar 4 0-0 9; Toyelle Wilson 1 0-0 2; Tiffany Schettig 6 0-0 15; Donnette Reed 2 3-5 7; Kimberly Ordille 0 0-0 0; Sanja Dedic 0 0-0 0; Rosalee Mason 6 2-5 14; Totals: 26 7-14 65.

Halftime: Manhattan 35-29. Three-pointers: Binghamton 3 (Blues 2, Scordino). Rebounds: Binghamton 41, Manhattan 24. Assists: Binghamton 15, Manhattan 16. Total fouls: Binghamton 14, Manhattan 16. Officials: Joanne Aldrich, Kevin Collier, Janice Alberti. Attendance: 303.


UF overpowers Temple in semi
St. Petersburg Times
Copyright 2002 St. Petersburg Times.

  GAINESVILLE -- In preparing for its match against Temple, Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise was concerned even her best efforts at simulating a type of offense the Gators rarely see might not be  enough.

  It is one thing to run it in practice, another to face a team with loads of experience in using it. Wise probably worried too much.   Led by three players with double-digit kills and a career night for senior Nicole McCray, the Gators defeated Temple 3-0 (30-15, 30-27, 30-14) Friday in the NCAA East Regional semifinals in front of 2,002 at the O'Connell Center.

  "It took every bit of our effort and attention all week to prepare for them," Wise said. "We felt we could practice (their offense), but with their experience and all their players, would they be too much for us? The answer was no. We were good enough tonight."

  The Gators (33-2) face Washington State (24-7) at 4 today, with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight. Washington State defeated Northern Iowa 3-0 (31-29, 30-21, 30-21).

  Florida easily handled the Owls in the first game, but Temple ralliedin the second.

  Trailing 24-25, McCray took over, registering two kills, a solo block and an assist to help the Gators pull away for good.

  "We've shown great resilience all season," said McCray, who tied her career high and a Florida NCAA Tournament record with three solo blocks and also had five block assists and 10 kills. "We're a team that never stops fighting."

  Florida had 44 kills in the match, and Temple had 32 errors. The Owls entered averaging 18 digs per game, but Florida finished the match by out-digging the Owls 42-25.

  The Gators had 13 blocks, compared with five for Temple. Florida junior Aury Cruz had 12 kills and seven digs, and Jacque Robinson had 10 kills and two aces.

  For Temple, the match proved slightly overwhelming. The Owls have never advanced this far in the tournament. Their win over Manhattan College in the first round was their first in postseason play in the program's 27-year history.

  Middle blocker Charity Hill said players were "intimidated" by the magnitude of it all.

  "As much as you can prepare a team for a match in a regional with (2,500) spectators, when you're not used to that it is very difficult," Temple coach Bob Bertucci said. "I was trying to get my team to settle down.

  "They were making entirely too many errors, which they don't usually do. Their motor was running 90 mph, and you could see that when they were serving. It was out by 10 feet and above the net by 90. I thought we were going to kill some birds when we were serving."


Another first for Violante
Joe Lombardi
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Serbay will take Manhattan: Kyle Serbay, the Lakeland/Panas lacrosse standout who starred on this past summer's Hudson Valley Empire State Games team, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

Serbay, who moved to short-stick midfielder this past season, registered 36 goals and 12 assists for the Rebels (13-8). Serbay, who had been a long-stick midfielder his sophomore year, has maintained strong defensive and ground-ball skills even though he is now an offensive player. He picked Manhattan over Drexel University. Manhattan offered Serbay a three-quarters scholarship.

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Anthony Garzilli and Mike Sabini contributed to this column.

Joe Lombardi is sports editor of weekly publications of The Journal News.

He can be reached at


Cats eye return to NCAA tourney
The Arizona Daily Star
(Copyright 2002)

   When coach Joan Bonvicini looks around in practice, she can see enough players to field junior varsity and freshman squads.  

   That's quite a change from the past two seasons, when Bonvicini, and the rest of the UA women's basketball team, grew accustomed to having no more than a few reserves on hand.

   This year, though, the filled-to-capacity Cats are so confident in their depth that they opted to redshirt Robin Roberson, giving her extra time to develop.

   The Cats are hoping a full roster will help them return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence.

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   30  guard/forward
   5-10  junior
   Hometown: Lake Havasu City (Arcadia)
   Projected role: reserve who will be eligible to play in mid-December once the fall semester ends

   About Duger

   Stops since high school: Yavapai (Junior) College, 1999-2001, Manhattan (N.Y.) College 2001, Arizona 2002

   First team All-Region I selection in final season at Yavapai with 14.2-point and 6.6-rebound averages

   Previous UA walk-on who earned a scholarship for hard work

   Last year's stats

   Did not play last year; transferred from Manhattan College before the basketball season began and had to sit out two semesters at the UA.

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NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Yale tackles tough schedule
Rich Thompson
Boston Herald
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(Copyright 2002)

   There is a reason why Yale has played four NCAA tournament teams and one NIT squad in seven road games this season.

   "We had no choice in some respects because it was difficult to get games. Nobody wanted to play us," said Yale coach James Jones, who is in his fourth season in New Haven. "I suppose we could have gone on the road and played some lesser teams. That would have been difficult enough. But going out playing tournament teams gave us confidence we could play with anybody."

   The Bulldogs opened the season with competitive losses at Oklahoma State and Wake Forest. Yale got on the plus side by trashing Penn State, 84-68, for the second year in a row there and then went to Fairfield, Conn., and beat Sacred Heart, 88-69.

   The Bulldogs survived a 70-69 struggle against Manhattan College at Madison Square Garden and followed that with wins over Holy Cross and Central Connecticut State in the Phoenix Classic on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Hartford Civic Center.

   The Bulldogs enter their exam period on a positive note. They finished 2-2 against the NCAA tournament teams (Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Holy Cross and Central Connecticut) and were victorious over NIT participant Manhattan.

   Yale returned 10 players, including all five starters, from last season's squad that shared the Ivy League crown with Penn and Princeton. Yale won its first conference title in three decades while the Ancient Eight finished with its highest Division 1 RPI rating (14th) ever.

   Jones believes Yale has improved and will get better.

   "We are playing 10 guys from last year and six through 10 have greatly improved, as has one through five," Jones said. "We have the hardest nonconference schedule in the country mainly because we don't have a home game. It's always at a Oklahoma State or a Wake Forest and our next game is at Stanford."

   Nobody on Jones' squad averages more than 30 minutes per game and only two players, guard Edwin Draughan (14.0) and forward T.J. McHugh (10.4), score more than 10 points per game. The team is shooting 48 percent from the floor, 43 percent from behind the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line.

   "I think it's hard for guys to play 30-plus minutes a game and it keeps guys hungry as well," Jones said. "It doesn't matter for us, every night somebody different is going to step up and knock shots down.

   "Last year we had nine different people lead us in scoring and I think the same thing will happen this year. By the middle of the season we will have four or five guys averaging double figures. We  are playing better now than at any time since I've been here."

   Matt Minoff, Alex Gamboa, Mark Lovett, Paul Vitelli, Chris Leanza, Scott Gaffield, Josh Hill and Ime Archibong average 14 or more meaningful minutes a game.

   "On any given night somebody will step up and drive the engine," Jones said. "We are as good as anybody and I've got guys on my bench that would start and average 20 points a game in the conference. Our guards are as good as anybody's and for the most part we play four guards and one post man. The floor matchups have been the key to our success.

   "The hardest part is keeping guys happy, fresh and feeling it's all about the team."

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Globe NorthWest
The Boston Globe
(Copyright 2002)

   BELMONT - Victor Gras will be the first to tell you the race he ran last weekend in the Foot Locker Cross-Country Northeast Regional at New York's Van Cortlandt Park was "average at best."

   More than 200 other runners wish their races could have been just as average.

   Gras finished eighth in the 220-boy field, and that was just enough to land the final qualifying spot in this Saturday's Foot Locker National at Balboa Park in San Diego. There he faces the nation's elitist of the elite in a race in which "average at best" just won't cut it.

   Gras, 16, concedes he's heading West  knowing full well that he won't be on the winner's stand when the race is over. But he knows,  too, that he has the ability to finish in the top 25 and if he does that, he says, "I'll be pretty proud of myself."

   That would cap a sensational season that has seen the Belmont junior sweep through the Middlesex League schedule undefeated; win both the Eastern Massachusetts and All State; and the 2.5-mile Division F Manhattan College Invitational, billed as the largest  cross-country race in the world with more than 9,000 runners.

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   Gras completed the 3.1-mile Van Cortlandt course in 15 minutes 48 seconds. That was a full 15 seconds behind the winner, Brendan Fennell of Pearl River, N.Y. Gras nosed out John McDougal of Peru, N.Y., for the eighth and final qualifying spot.

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   John Vellante can be reached at

Caption: Belmont's Victor Gras runs to victory in the Division 1 boys' cross-country finals at Franklin Park in Boston last month. / GLOBE STAFF FILE PHOTO / WENDY MAEDA

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Pitino brings new approach to college game
Published in the Asbury Park Press 12/14/02

College basketball's great celebrity coach, the man who spawned a hundred imitators from John Calipari to Steve Lavin to a fast-talker at Manhattan College you've probably never heard of (yet), is growing older. You can see it in the corner of Rick Pitino's eyes, in those little lines. You can hear it in a voice touched by tragedy, in the tone of a man who now knows absolutes are a luxury of the young.

Rick Pitino will stride out of the Continental Airlines Arena tunnel this afternoon, back in the arena as a college coach for the first time since his Kentucky Wildcats cut down the nets on those rims in 1996. He will look remarkably the same from the stands. Designer suit, handcrafted Italian shoes, jet-black hair, no extra pounds in sight.

As Ralph Willard, one of Pitino's closest coaching friends, observes, "Rick is one of those guys who doesn't age. He has that Dick Clark formula."

He also still has it with the kids.

"Rick Pitino!" says Seton Hall forward Andre Sweet, who was five when Pitino first burst onto the national scene in Providence's out-of-nowhere 1987 Final Four run. "What more do you have to say? It doesn't get any bigger than that in college basketball.

"We're getting Pitino in our house."

Pitino's presence is still enough to bring out the ESPN cameras, even for a Seton Hall game, the program which is getting little love from national TV.

"It hasn't changed," says Manhattan College's Bobby Gonzalez, the latest Pitino prodigy on the rise. "When Rick comes to a town, it's an event."

Only he has. Changed, that is. At 50, Pitino has tasted failure, dealt with excruciating loss, perhaps finally allowed himself to relax. He is far from the ever-sure, hyper-intense 24-year-old who recruited Seton Hall coach Louis Orr for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse in 1976.

Just listen to Pitino on those lost years with the Celtics, the 102-146 disaster that would have dulled almost any other coach's star.

"Professionally, I failed as a basketball coach," Pitino says. "There's nothing wrong with failure though. You can learn from it. You'd better learn from it."

If anything, the Celtics crumble convinced Pitino to follow his gut even more, to defy convention when it needs to be defied.

That is why he turned down the Michigan job for Louisville at the last minute, changed two universities fortunes with one second-thought cell phone call.

That is why Pitino is declaring himself out of the phenom game, letting Calipari and company chase one-year campus commuters like Dajuan Wagner while he concentrates on a new buzzword. Program players.

Pitino calls Neptune's Taquan Dean and the Bronx's Francisco Garcia examples of those kinds of players, guys who are going to stick around and get better and better rather than fixate on a quick NBA bolt.

"Dean and Garcia have the hunger," Pitino says. "If you know you're going in the NBA in a year anyways, sometimes you lose that. And that's the most important factor on whether you're ever going to reach your potential.

"You can teach a lot of things. But you can't teach the hunger."

It's a sharp departure from the way Pitino ran things at Kentucky in the 90's, where he collected so much talent he recently declared that Kobe Bryant could not have started for his Wildcats as a freshman.

It's only been eight years, but Pitino is certain it's a different college game now. Adapt or fail. And Pitino has no intention of failing ever again.

He's allowed himself more time away from the court, but even that's turned competitive. His love of horses grew into having a thoroughbred in the Kentucky Derby. When Pitino plays, there's still a final score.

"A lot of people want to say he's changed," Willard says. "And he has in some ways. But he's still the New York guy who will bust your chops at any opportunity."

At Louisville, in the shadow of the empire he rebuilt at Kentucky, Pitino has found his calling. He's the biggest thing to hit the town in years and no one's been shy in showing it. News helicopters buzzed overhead when he first arrived in the spring of 2001, breathlessly tracking his car ride from the airport to an overblown, introductory press conference. A local disc jockey does a play off "The Sopranos" dubbed "The Pitinos."

His six-year $12.25 million contract, complete with complimentary cars and a country club membership, inspired Kentucky athletic director Larry Ivy to utter the infamous line, "Louisville had to buy Rick Pitino. You don't have to buy a coach at the University of Kentucky."

"Hopefully, we're past most of that silliness," is all Pitino says on the matter.

Of course, a coach who's written books aimed to translate his winning ways into the business world, a figure who can command six figures in public speeches, cannot exactly abhor publicity.

It would mean more if his best friend was here to see it though. If Billy Minardi could go to the game this afternoon, like he did back at the Final Four in '96, like he always did when Pitino coached the Knicks at the Garden. Pitino met Billy Minardi at St. Dominic High in Oyster Bay, ended up marrying Billy's sister Joanne. He cannot remember a day he went without talking to Billy since. Until 9/11/01, when terrorists slammed a plane into the World Trade center tower where Minardi's Cantor Fitzgerald office was.

The gaping hole in Pitino's life remains. Louisville is hosting the first Billy Minardi Classic next week, an event that means so much more to Pitino than stepping back into the arena where he won a Final Four.

"That's going to be a very emotional," Pitino says. "Friendships go beyond basketball."

Rick Pitino is 50. And he's not afraid to show it.

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Raiders lose to Jaspers
Wright State succumbs to Manhattan, 76-74
By Dave Lance
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Dayton Daily News

LOUISVILLE | Who could blame Wright State for thinking it was over.

The Raiders were making it look easy. Vernard Hollins was scoring at will, Seth Doliboa was alley-oop dunking and the Raiders led by 12 with 16 minutes left to play. Let's get ready for Louisville tonight, right?


Wilting under Manhattan College's pressure defense, the Raiders lost, 76-74, in the Billy Minardi Classic in a nearly empty Freedom Hall on Tuesday night. Dave Holmes led the comeback, scoring 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.

Holmes gave Manhattan a 69-66 lead on a putback with 1:50 left. His free throws at 1:12 made it 71-66. Tyson Freeman closed the gap with a 3-pointer with a minute to play, but Holmes' two free throws 13 seconds later made it 73-69.

After playing mostly error-free basketball in the first half (four turnovers), the Raiders fell apart in the second (14 TOs). And because they let one get away, they'll have to prepare for another one who got away. His name is Matt Witt, Eastern Kentucky's freshman point guard from Bethel High School.

Witt, who led the Bees to the 2001 state title, scored a team-high 17 (with a game-high seven turnovers) in EKU's 104-63 loss to Louisville on Tuesday. The Raiders play EKU at 5:30, followed by Louisville-Manhattan in the final.

"It was our pressure D," Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "And then we started getting putbacks and tip-ins. We took back the momentum on toughness plays."

WSU's Vernard Hollins scored 27 points — 20 in the first half — but committed a game-high seven turnovers.

"We got up 12 and thought we were going to coast in," WSU coach Ed Schilling said. "You can't do that with Manhattan. They're not going to quit."

One of the Raiders' biggest weapons of late, Freeman, wasn't a factor in the first half. Forced to the bench three minutes into the game with two fouls, Freeman had no points at halftime. However, his 3-pointer with 4:45 to play cut the Raiders' deficit to 67-65.

Trent Vaughn scored his first points as a Raider, on a baseline 3-pointer that tied the game at 18 with 12:47 left in the first half. Sixth-man Braden Bushman followed with two consecutive layups to give the Raiders a 22-18 advantage.

Hollins' three-point play with 3:30 left in the first half gave the Raiders a 36-33 lead. Seth Doliboa's 3-pointer made it 39-33 and Hollins' drive and bucket gave the Raiders an eight-point lead and forced a Jaspers timeout.

Starting point guard Joe Bills continued to struggle from the field (0-4 Tuesday, 0-7 against South Florida last Saturday) but his presence was felt with his ballhandling. He had five points, four steals and seven assists, including an alley-oop pass to Doliboa for the slam, giving the Raiders a 53-41 lead — their biggest of the game.

Keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings was Louisville's coaching legend, Rick Pitino. He kept a courtside seat during the Raiders' game, keeping notes one minute, pumping hands with thankful Cardinals fans the next.

Contact Dave Lance at 225-7492 or

[From the Dayton Daily News: 12.18.2002]

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Davey's Squad Travels to Maryland
Broncos prepare for longest road trip of the season to face UMBC, Loyola.
Dec. 16, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's basketball team will be embarking on its longest road trip of the season this week when it travels to Baltimore, Md. for weekend games at Maryland, Baltimore County and Loyola College.

The Broncos take on UMBC Friday at 4 p.m. (Pacific) at the Retriever Activity Center. Santa Clara then plays at Loyola Sunday at 11 a.m. (Pacific) at Reitz Arena. Both games will be broadcast via the Bronco Radio Network, which consists of KDIA 1640 AM, KSCU 103.3 FM and Friday's game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis at 7 p.m. (pacific) and Sunday's contest will air live throughout the network.

Santa Clara enters the weekend with a 4-3 record following a 67-60 win Saturday over the University of Nevada at the Leavey Center. The Broncos were without the services of junior guard Kyle Bailey, who suffered a foot injury against Washington and is doubtful for the two games in Baltimore. Junior transfer Alex Kargbo stepped-in and scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Broncos, while senior forward Cord Anderson registered his fourth double-figure rebounding effort of the season with 13 boards in the game.

UMBC is 3-2 on the season and has dropped its last two outings after starting the season with a perfect 3-0 mark. The Retrievers won the Battle of Baltimore Classic with victories over Towson State and Loyola College then took a 15-point decision over Mount St. Mary's. Last week, UMBC scored just 43 points in a rematch loss at Loyola and fell 72-60 at Villanova on Friday night.

Loyola College is 2-5 on the year with wins over Morgan State and UMBC. The Greyhounds lost four-straight games, falling to UMBC in the Battle of Baltimore Classic, at Manhattan College and at home to Fairleigh Dickinson and Niagra. Last weekend, Loyola dropped a tight 58-55 decision to Mount St. Mary's, despite a 20-point effort from leading scorer Lucious Jordan.

Last season, the Broncos knocked-off both teams at the Leavey Center. Kyle Bailey connected on a driving bank-shot with just 1.1 seconds left on the clock to give Santa Clara a 59-58 victory over UMBC in the opening round of the annual Cable Car Classic. Bronco head coach Dick Davey signaled from the bench to call a timeout, but Bailey's view was obstructed and he drove in for the winning basket.

Against Loyola, Steve Ross scored 20 points in a 68-50 victory in the Broncos' final non-conference contest at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara led by as many as 27 points in the second half before the Greyhounds closed the gap in the final 7:00 of the game.

Following the Baltimore trip, Santa Clara returns home to host the 36th annual Cable Car Classic Dec. 27-28 at the Leavey Center. This year's field includes SCU's first round opponent Mississippi Valley State, Princeton from the Ivy League and Texas A&M from the Big 12 Conference. All four games will be televised live via DIRECTV by HDNet, a national high definition television network.

For tickets and information, contact the athletic ticket office at 408/554-4660 or to purchase tickets online, click here.

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From: William Lynch
Subject: jasper jottings
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 21:57:54 -0500


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all of the Reinke clan.

Thank you for another great year of "Jasper Jottings."

While I am at it, I extend these holiday wishes to Jaspers everywhere!

Best regards to all,
Bill Lynch
MBA '96

[JR: And the same to you, and yours, as well to all of our fellow alums that read this. I don't think there are enough Reinke's to make a clan, more like a three hand pinochle game. Thanks should go to all the people who provided input and to everyone who joins and recruits others to us. We have a small school so we have to work harder and smarter. And as always, as a true Lib, I hope we have peace.]



[Email 2]

From: Spacek, Marcy J (1996)
Subject: RE:  jasperjottings20021215.htm (slim)
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 08:03:57 -0500

Please use <privacy invoked>.

[JR: 10-4 ]  



[Email 3]

From: Marjorie Apel
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 3:56 PM
To: Reinke, John (US - New York)
Subject: Re: DT & DTT openings

>"Reinke, John (US - New York)" wrote:
>Ms. Apel: Would openings that are available at DT and DTT be
>useful? Maybe we can supply some Jaspers to the process. Happy
>holidays, John


We can always use the job lead.  This is a tough market as you know, so getting a heads-up on a job is very important.  Please E-mail them to  She is our Recruiting Coordinator and has the resumes and  lists of undergraduates as well as those alumni who have requested help from our office.

Thanks for thinking of us.


[JR: OK readership, let's push those openings in to her so we show another value to this list.]



[Email 4]

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 08:31:12 -0500
From: Douglas Emond
Subject: RE:  jasperjottings20021208.htm


Wishing you Happy Holiday's

Douglas Emond
Manhattan '84

[JR: And to you and yours, I pray the Season fills all your wishes. For me, all I want is peace and freedom for everyone.]  



[Email 5]

From: Michael Ameres '92  
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 13:34:03 EST
Subject: Re:  jasperjottings20021215.htm

new email address:

<privacy invoked>


[JR: Done. You're welcome.]





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A Final Thought

=== <begin quote> ===

This latest assault is in California but what happens there is a "go" for the  rest of the country. So wherever you live, beware.

Democrat State Sen. Gloria Romero has introduced a bill for a "nickel a drink" fee, imposed on wholesalers, on all alcohol sold in the state: 5 cents for each 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, 12 ounces of beer and 4 ounces of wine.

Retailers would decide whether to pass the expense on to consumers! Right …

Sounds innocuous, doesn't it? It's "just" a fee. After all, she doesn't want the money for frivolous things. The good senator says the money is to help the state's emergency medical system, which admittedly is squeezed financially.

But rather than fix the system, which is bloated, unbalanced and buried under tons of insurance paperwork, her solution is to throw money at it. The estimate is some $500 million a year. Not small change. But consider that right now, 44 percent of the price of beer is taxes!

=== <end quote> ===

We don't realize how important it is to distinguish between the competitive marketplace and the government. Just look at anywhere the government does something, and you will see bloat, waste, corruption, inefficiency. Just look at where there is a free marketplace, and you will see cut throat competition to deliver service to you.

The founding fathers really had their heads on straight, mostly. They knew that the government would kludge up whatever it touched. Before the socialists and communists got control here in the 1920's, we had an era of opportunity and freedom. Since the government got an unending tap into our pockets, things haven't been going very well.

Just look at the recent transit near-strike in New York. The government prescribed it's one size fits all, we know best mentality -- Rules, regulations, and "advice". For a problem they created. We still haven't rescinded the morning HOV2 rule at the Holland Tunnel from 911 and they wanted to make it HOV4. I had to get my Mom home after a fall and another relative from the hospital on Monday. Simple to do with my car. Impossible to do if there had been a strike.

It seems that each and every day, I see the situation clearer and clearer. The government is the problem. (Maybe it's the only problem!)


And that’s the last word.