Sunday 23 March 2003

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has 1,026 subscribers to the full edition (319 AOL-ers plus 702 non) and 5 to the "slim pointer" message by my count.

Don't forget:

Th, Apr 3- Spring 2003 Reception and Networking Event
†††††††††† St. Peterís Church in NYC (619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th Street).
†††††††††† RSVP to

Sat Apr 5-- Gulf Coast Alumni Club
††††††††††††† 5PM Dinner at the Silver Cricket in
††††††††††††† Sarasota.RSVP:CJOLEARY c/o jottings

Sat Apr 5-- women's soccer to hold alumni game
††††††††††† to raise funds for the Lady Jaspers
††††††††††† at Merle Avenue School in Oceanside, NY at 2:00 PM.
††††††††††† Call Coach Sanchez at 718-862-7936

Fr Apr. 25 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour
††††††††††††††††† Mad River Bar @1442 Third Ave.
††††††††††††††††† RSVP:

Weekend Jun 6-8 Sesquicentennial Reunion 2003

Th Jul. 24 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour
††††††††††††††††† Mad River Bar @1442 Third Ave.
††††††††††††††††† RSVP:

Pinched nerve is still hurting, but I compiled as best I can. Indexing, editing, and extensive typing still too much. I am seeking alternatives that are less demanding for editing. Stay tuned.



BOSTON - There were 32.5 seconds left in the career of the two seniors who have been instrumental in the transformation of Manhattan College from MAAC afterthoughts to league champions.

[JR: As well as can be expected give the respective talent levels.]


ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.


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These basketball players at Cairo High School in Illinois donít have much, not even decent uniforms.But that doesnít stop them from winning.

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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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††††††††††††††† Obits
††††††††††††††† "Manhattan in the news" stories
††††††††††††††† Resumes
††††††††††††††† Sports
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Pinched nerve prevents extensive editing.



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[Bouncing off the list]

[JR: The following people have "bounced off" the list. Some bounces expose my poor administrative skills and I can not "who" bounced off. Thus the subscriber total may change more than are shown in this section. I have done what I can to notify them. If you can help "reconnect" Ė or "connect" new people -- I really appreciate it. And as always, I need your "news".]




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







Cameron McKenna LLP is the Washington, D.C. based affiliate of CMS Cameron McKenna, which is one of the world's leading international law firms. Cameron McKenna LLP has been advising clients in the United States since its establishment in 1996. Cameron McKenna LLP's practice focuses on energy law and we offer our clients in-depth and timely advice on the constantly evolving energy industry.

John J. Bartus
Washington, District of Columbia

John J. Bartus' practice focuses on all aspects of regulation, deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry, including representation of energy industry participants in proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has advised electric utilities, power marketers, merchant transmission developers, industrial customers, municipalities, and incipient Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) on matters such as the restructuring of the wholesale and retail electric industry, power sales agreements, transmission access and pricing, and competition issues. Before joining Cameron McKenna LLP, Mr. Bartus served for 20 years as a trial attorney and supervising trial attorney with FERC, representing the agency in matters involving electric rates, utility mergers, open access transmission, Independent System Operator development, hydroelectric licensing, and various antitrust, accounting and environmental issues. He was also a legal advisor to Commissioner Anthony Sousa on electric matters. Mr. Bartus is also a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General's department.

Areas of Practice:
Energy Law
Deregulation and Restructuring

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
New York

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
L.L.M., 1978
St. John's University School of Law, 1974
J.D., 1974
Manhattan College
BSEE, 1971

Professional Associations and Memberships:
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Energy Bar Association

Tau Beta Phi
Eta Kappa Nu








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Bridget Geddes

Bridget Geddes, Manhattan College - Sunwest 1999 - San Pasqual HS

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[JR: which links to Ö ]

Bridgett Geddes #3
Setter/Right Side
Escondido, CA

BRIDGETT is in her third season with the Lady Jaspers...Named to the All-MAAC First Team...Named to the Four Points Titan Classic All-Tournament Team...Ranked second in assists in the MAAC with 11.17 assists per game...Ranked second on the team in both service aces (34) and block assists (46)...Ranked fourth on the team in hitting percentage (.214)...Finished fifth on the team in digs (245) and digs per game (2.227)...Had a career-high 66 assists vs. Loyola (10/27/01) and a season-high 18 digs vs. Fordham (9/8/01)...Recorded her 1000th assist for Manhattan College vs. Providence (10/17/01)...AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team...Named to the St. Johnís, Bucknell and Orange Classic All-Tournament Teams...Ranked third on the team in hitting percentage (.256)...Ranked second on the team in service aces (51)..Had a career-high 20 digs vs. Bucknell (9/15/00)...Had a career-high 16 kills vs. UMI (9/16/00) and against Yale (10/17/00)...Transferred to Manhattan College from the University of California-Santa Barbara...Finished second on the 1999 UCSB Team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball Championships. Major: Communications

[JR: Which is good CA pr for MC imhoÖ]




David J. Thompson, CFA - Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Bachelor of Science - Finance, Manhattan College
14 years institutional fixed income investment experience
Formerly, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Lord Abbett & Company and Senior Portfolio Manager, Dewey Square Investors
Member of Investment Committee

[JR: with pix ]




Frank P. Fazio Ė President

Frank Fazio was VP Sales and Business Development at Comtek Expositions and has extensive experience in organizing large domestic and international trade fairs in the B2B environment. He had previously held the position of Vice-President, Information Technology Group for Cahners Exhibition Group (now Reed Exhibitions).

He has also had extensive sales and marketing experience with Xerox and IBM Corporation in the United States in addition to a strong management background in trade publishing.

Mr. Fazio received a BBA in Marketing from Manhattan College.

[JR: with pix ]




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From: Edward J. Simko Jr. [1981]
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 2:22 PM
Subject: RE: jasperjottings200300316.htm

Hi John,

Can you include some new information about the newest addition to my family. Thanks.

My wife Krys gave birth to a daughter Skylar May Simko 7 lbs, 9 0z. 20 1/2 inches tall on October 27, 2002.Mother, daughter and Father are all doing well!!In July of 2001, we relocated with Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services to Scottsdale Arizona. I am working as a Manager of Network and System Integration in the Information Technology Department. Looking for any other Arizona Jaspers!!

Edward J. Simko Jr.('81)

[JR: Congrats. PS: See email #1. Maybe you guys want to get together an root for the men and women when they are on TV? ]




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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 donít assume that I will ďcatchĒ it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesnít makes itís way in.


From: Michael F. McEneney
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:57 AM
Subject: Obit

Dear John,

†††††††††††††† I hope that you are doing better with your pinched nerve and that you will be able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in proper fashion!

†††††††††††††† On a sad note Saturday's March 15th, NY Times, page B7 has an obituary for Augustus J. Valauri,DDSClass of 1942. I have a copy if you need it.

††††††††††††††† Best,

††††††††††††††††† Mike McEneney Esq., '53 BBA


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company
The New York Times
March 15, 2003, Saturday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Page 7; Column 3; Classified


VALAURI - Dr. Augustus John, a pioneer in oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, passed away on Thursday at his home in Rye, New York at the age of 83. He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan College and New York University College of Dentistry. During World War II, he served in the US Navy in the Pacific theatre and retired as a Lt. Commander. After completion of his specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Bellevue Hospital, he became a founding member of the Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU Medical Center. For over 40 years, he maintained dual faculty appointments at the NYU Medical and Dental Schools. He became a most respected Professor at each institution. He was a dedicated and compassionate clinician who shared his talent and knowledge with all he came in contact with. He authored numerous articles and chapters in the area of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as, Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He was an active member and past president of numerous prestigious professional organizations. He shared a private practice with two of his sons. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of wife, Violet and devoted father of sons Fredrick, David and Bruce and grandfather of Matthew, Amanda, Nicholas and Alexandra. The family will receive friends Sunday 2-5 & 7-9PM at the Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY. Services will be held Monday 10AM March 17, 2003 at the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund, Church of Our Saviour.

LOAD-DATE: March 15, 2003





From: Michael F. McEneney
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:49 AM
Subject: Obit

Dear John,

†††††††††††† Iwrite to advise you that I have just learned that Robert Drobinske, Class of 1953 passed away on February 22, 2003. Bob had retired after teaching for 39 years. He had been a swim club manager for 30 summers. Bob leaves his wife Lois, three children and ten grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

††††††††††††††††††† Mike McEneney, Esq. '53 BBA




[MC in the News]


Two's company
Patterson spins historical tale with co-author's help
By Jill Barton
Centre Daily Times
(c) Copyright 2003, Centre Daily Times. All Rights Reserved.

†† James Patterson rises early, well before the Florida sunshine spills across the blue waters outside his second-story office and onto the round, antiqued table where he does much of his writing.

†† He spins out page after page with a pencil, then he might take a stroll, play nine holes of golf and write a bit more -- sometimes all before lunch.

†† "It's a very comfortable pace I have now," Patterson says from a love seat on a patio with the same waterfront view. "I have a lot of ideas. I have more ideas than I could ever write in my lifetime."

†† Patterson thinks fast and works fast, and that tempo has allowed him to produce a string of best sellers, some of which he wrote while serving as CEO of a New York advertising agency.

†† The first of his 26 books, "The Thomas Berryman Number," won the Edgar award for best first mystery novel. But he's probably best known for such thrillers as "Kiss the Girls" and "Roses Are Red," featuring psychologist-detective Alex Cross, who has been portrayed twice on film by Morgan Freeman.

†† Patterson's methods of keeping his current pace of churning out about three best sellers a year, though, are even more mysterious than the books he writes.

†† Patterson wrote "The Jester," which debuts this week, with the help of Andrew Gross, who also co-wrote an earlier novel called "2nd Chance." Writer Peter de Jonge has worked with Patterson on two of his other books.

†† Set in France during the Crusades, "The Jester" tells the story of Hugh De Luc, an innkeeper-turned-jester "who's part Braveheart, part Jerry Seinfeld and part Sherlock Holmes," Patterson said.

†† He's also part Romeo, as the story revolves around Hugh's quest to find his abducted wife. At the center of his dizzying search is a priceless relic hunted by nobles, who are as implausibly evil as Hugh is good.

†† Patterson won't talk about how he divided the writing with Gross, though he's quick to show he shares his main character's use of humor to lighten stickier situations. Some critics have questioned whether the co-written books that boldly carry Patterson's name are really his own.

†† "We alternate words," Patterson jokes about the division of responsibilities. He then adds, more seriously, that he won't get into specifics because when he has in the past, he finds someone else doing what he does.

†† "I find that what comes out the other end is a little different than some of my solo books, but there's a lot of similarities so I think they hold up," he said.

†† Patterson said Gross added a little more logic and length to this work, which has 452 pages but is divided into tiny, tempting chapters, as are Patterson's solo works.

†† "If you talk to the two of us, he'll talk for a longer time than I will," Patterson said, partly in jest. "So it's just a fun process. And it works well."

†† Patterson's editor at Little Brown and Co., Michael Pietsch, said he receives the co-authored manuscripts from Patterson, then deals exclusively with him.

†† "His is the final voice in every case," Pietsch said.

†† Patterson's voice also clearly comes through in each of his novels. They are classic page-turners, with unrealistic yet thrilling plot twists and the shortest of chapters that aim to give a sense of accomplishment to readers, some of whom are high schoolers who have never finished a book before or adults who had lost interest in reading.

†† Patterson, who was born in 1947 and grew up in Newburgh, N.Y., said that when he was in high school, he was a good student but didn't like to read, and still hates some of the books his teachers forced upon him -- classics like "Silas Marner" and "Middlemarch."

†† So he tries to make his novels books that readers will not want to put down.

†† "He always gets you to a point in every chapter where -- Bang! -- this happens," Pietsch said. "I think that what it comes down to is readers have learned to trust him to deliver something that's really entertaining, that surprises them in a new way, and that's really smart about relationships."

†† Patterson's eye toward human emotions create the most compelling -- and realistic -- piece of his novels. A love-conquers-all approach resonates throughout his books, and his life. Though happily married and father of a 5-year-old named Jack, Patterson is quick to share a heartbreaking tale about his first great love.

†† Six years into what Patterson described as "a great love affair," his great love collapsed on the floor of a post office. They soon learned she had a brain tumor. She lived two more years.

†† "The point of view we took was, 'I am so happy to be with you today,' and 'Isn't it lucky that you didn't die that day in the post office and we have today to do whatever, to take a walk,' including walks where I would be pushing her up the West Side in a wheelchair," Patterson said.

†† That romantic sentiment is probably most evident in 2001's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas," though it's clearly what drives the hero throughout "The Jester."

†† Patterson came into writing as a "fluke," though both of his parents worked as newspaper reporters at one time and his father wrote a still-unpublished book. Patterson started "scribbling," as he calls it, during the free time he had while working at a mental hospital during college.

†† "And I really liked scribbling," said Patterson, who earned his bachelor's degree at Manhattan College. After earning a graduate degree at Vanderbilt University, he went to work in 1971 as a copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, and became the firm's youngest CEO in 1988. He was chairman from 1990-96.

†† He created award-winning ad campaigns for such clients as Burger King and Kodak, and published "Thomas Berryman" in 1976.

†† Besides mysteries and thrillers, he has produced a love story, a science-fiction book about children who can fly, and now, a historical tale that really is a mixture of all those genres.

†† "I don't think I could every year just write an Alex Cross series," he said. "I think it would get very stale, very fast. If I had to do it, Alex would be dead by now."



Copyright 2003 Associated Press
Associated Press Worldstream
March 18, 2003 Tuesday
DISTRIBUTION: Europe; Britian; Scandinavia; Middle East; Africa; India; Asia; England
HEADLINE: Mexican resorts beef up security as terrorism fears, war jitters dampen spring break south-of-the-border
BYLINE: WILL WEISSERT; Associated Press Writer

With fears about war in Iraq keeping her up at night, Scott Robertson's mother called last week to try to persuade her son to cancel his trip to Cancun.

But standing on his tiptoes for a better view of two topless coeds on an oceanfront stage, the 21-year-old Iowa State senior said terrorism jitters and war weren't about to ruin his spring break.

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On the beach, there is little concern. Sipping beer on powder-white sand, Alanna Cheyney, a 21-year-old senior at Manhattan College in the Bronx, said she felt safer in Mexico than back home.

"We needed to get out of New York. Everybody there is depressed and worried about war," Cheyney said. "Here you'd never know Iraq existed."

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LOAD-DATE: March 19, 2003



Tiger Woods has not made a public statement about whether he agrees or not with Augusta National's policy of excluding women from membership.
Athletes care about money, not issues
Lack of public stances on Iraq, Augusta is sad but expected
By Evan Weiner

††††† March 18 óIt seems everyone has an opinion on the events unfolding in Iraq, either pro-war or anti-war. Everyone from the Pope to unions to city councils to students to veterans. Everyone that is except professional athletes.†††

†††††††† WHILE ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS take to the streets, buy newspaper and television ads, and the pro-war faction pumps out its thoughts on talk radio and cable TV, while entertainers talk against or for the war, professional athletes have fallen silent except for a scant few.

†††††† The Dallas Mavericksí Steve Nash wore an anti-war T-shirt during the NBAís All-Star weekend. Former Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman decided to leave his high-paying job with the team last year to become a Ranger in the Army and fight terrorism.

†††††† For most pro athletes, there seems to be no social consciousness. No athlete has taken the stand that <<<Manhattan College>>> womenís basketball player Toni Smith has. She simply turned away from the United States flag during the playing of the national anthem prior to her games at the Manhattanville College campus in Purchase, N.Y. Smith hasnít fully explained her decision, but that hasnít stopped right-wing radio talk show hosts and sports commentators to condemn her or say that sports and politics should never collide.††

Sports affected by war††

†††††† Of course, wars have been fought to ensure that people like Smith have the right to express their viewpoints. Smith does not have an athletic scholarship, but that has stopped talk show hosts from demanding that Manhattanville strip Smith of her scholarship. Kind of makes you wonder what else talk show hosts get wrong.

†††††† Nash, by the way, is a Canadian. But Smith is a 21-year-old New York City native and is a great example as to why athletes keep their mouths shut. There is too much money and too much pressure on them to voice an opinion. Itís far better to be seen as an athlete than being heard. For most pros, itís all about making money and not taking social stands.††

††††††† Pro golfers arenít taking chances and are staying mute about the Augusta National Golf Clubís male-only membership policies. That despite the fact that the Masters tournament in April will be the scene of numerous protests. NFL players arenít talking about league teamsí practices in hiring head coaches. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and some owners have set in motion a procedure that makes sure minority candidates are interviewed for head coaching positions. Yet, no players are taking a hard stand other than saying its too bad that so-and-so didnít get a job.

†††††† Elite athletes worry more about selling shoes and video games. Is Tiger Woods just a golfer and a corporate spokesman, or will he take a principle stand and say there should be or should not be female members at Augusta National? So far, he hasnít taken a stand even though he has had numerous chances.

†††††† Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, leader of the Rainbow/Push Coalition, probably will greet Woods when he gets to Augusta and ask for his support. So will the Ku Klux Klan as it supports the Augusta National stance.††

†††††††† Will there be another Muhammad Ali or Curt Flood to protest, or will athletes remain quiet? Ali halted his boxing career and was stripped of his title, and risked prison time, after refusing military service in protest of the Vietnam War. Ali gave up more than three years of his career. Flood didnít report to the Philadelphia Phillies after St. Louis traded him and challenged Major League Baseballís reserve clause. Flood not only gave up his career but also left the country for awhile.

†††††† If you are expecting pro athletes to weigh in on Gulf War II, donít hold your breath.

†††††† Athletes like to compare themselves to entertainers, but thatís a bad comparison. Entertainers take stands and talk about issues. Athletes keep quiet and cash paychecks.


Evan Weiner is a commentator on the Business of Sports for Westwood Oneís Metro Networks.

[JR: I wrote the writer about the internal inconsistency Manhattanville sometimes versus Manhattan at another time. While the young lady has right to protest without government influence, other citizens can express their opinions also. When troops are in the field, one has to be careful what one says least it be misinterpreted.]




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FROM THE COLLEGEíS WEB SITE: [which is no longer at the College, but at a third party. Web bugs are on the pages. (Thatís the benefit of being a security weenie!) So, itís reader beware. Your browser can tell people ďstuffĒ 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
3/23/03 Sunday Baseball†† Marist*†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
3/26/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Stony Brook†† TBA†† 3:00 PM
3/26/03 Wednesday W. Tennis†† Saint Peter's†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
3/26/03 Wednesday M. Tennis†† Hofstra†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
3/27/03 Thursday Softball†† Seton Hall†† South Orange, NJ†† 2:30 PM
3/27/03 Thursday M. Tennis†† Monmouth†† West Long Branch, NJ†† 3:00 PM
3/29/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Monmouth Invitational†† Monmouth, NJ†† 10:00 AM
3/29/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Rutgers Invitational†† Rutgers, NJ†† 10:00 AM
3/29/03 Saturday Baseball†† LeMoyne* (DH)†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
3/29/03 Saturday Softball†† Marist*†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
3/29/03 Saturday W. Lacrosse†† SUNY Stonybrook†† Away†† 1:00 PM
3/29/03 Saturday M. Lacrosse†† St. Joe's*†† Philadelphia, PA†† 2:00 PM
3/30/03 Sunday Baseball†† LeMoyne* (DH)†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
3/30/03 Sunday W. Tennis†† Siena*†† Loudonville, NY†† 1:00 PM
3/30/03 Sunday Softball†† Siena*†† HOME†† 1:00 PM
3/31/03 Monday W. Tennis†† Fordham†† Bronx, NY†† 3:00 PM
4/1/03 Tuesday Baseball†† Fordham†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
4/1/03 Tuesday W. Lacrosse†† DREXEL†† HOME†† 3:30 PM
4/2/03 Wednesday Softball†† St. Francis, NY†† Brooklyn, NY†† 2:30 PM
4/2/03 Wednesday W. Tennis†† Long Island†† Brooklyn, NY†† 3:00 PM
4/2/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Pace†† Pleasantville, NY†† 3:00 PM
4/3/03 Thursday M. Tennis†† Fairfield*†† Fairfield, CT†† 3:00 PM
4/4/03 Friday Golf†† Yale Spring Opener†† New Haven, CT†† TBA
4/4/03 Friday Track & Field†† Sam Howell Invitational†† Princeton, NJ†† 10:00 AM
4/4/03 Friday Track & Field†† Sam Howell Invitational†† Princeton, NJ†† 10:00 AM
4/5/03 Saturday Golf†† Yale Spring Opener†† New Haven, CT†† TBA
4/5/03 Saturday W. Lacrosse†† Canisius*†† Away†† 10:00 AM
4/5/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Sam Howell Invitational†† Princeton, NJ†† 10:00 AM
4/5/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Sam Howell Invitational†† Princeton, NJ†† 10:00 AM
4/5/03 Saturday Softball†† Rider*†† HOME†† 10:00 AM
4/5/03 Saturday Baseball†† Siena* (DH)†† Loudonville, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/5/03 Saturday M. Lacrosse†† MT. ST. MARY'S*†† HOME†† 2:00 PM
4/6/03 Sunday W. Tennis†† Niagara*†† HOME†† TBA
4/6/03 Sunday Golf†† Yale Spring Opener†† New Haven, CT†† TBA
4/6/03 Sunday Softball†† Cornell†† HOME†† 9:00 AM
4/6/03 Sunday Baseball†† Siena*†† Loudonville, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/6/03 Sunday W. Lacrosse†† Niagara*†† Away†† 1:00 PM
4/6/03 Sunday M. Tennis†† Niagara*†† HOME†† 1:00 PM
4/8/03 Tuesday M. Lacrosse†† SIENA*†† TBA†† 4:00 PM
4/9/03 Wednesday M. Tennis†† Wagner†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
4/9/03 Wednesday W. Lacrosse†† Fairfield*†† Away†† 3:00 PM
4/9/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Lafayette†† HOME†† 3:30 PM
4/9/03 Wednesday Softball†† Fordham†† Bronx, NY†† 3:30 PM
4/10/03 Thursday W. Tennis†† Fairfield*†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
4/11/03 Friday Track & Field†† Sea Ray Relays†† Knoxville, TN†† 10:00 AM
4/11/03 Friday Track & Field†† Sea Ray Relays†† Knoxville, TN†† 10:00 AM
4/11/03 Friday M. Tennis†† St. John's†† Jamaica, NY†† 3:30 PM
4/12/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Lion Invitational†† New York, NY†† 9:00 AM
4/12/03 Saturday Track & Field†† MET Championships†† TBA†† TBA
4/12/03 Saturday W. Lacrosse†† LEMOYNE*†† HOME†† 11:00 AM
4/12/03 Saturday Baseball†† Canisius* (DH)†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
4/12/03 Saturday Softball†† Niagara*†† Niagara University, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/12/03 Saturday M. Lacrosse†† CANISIUS*†† HOME†† 2:00 PM
4/12/03 Saturday W. Tennis†† Marist*†† Poughkeepsie, NY†† 2:00 PM
4/13/03 Sunday Softball†† Canisius*†† Buffalo, NY†† 11:00 AM
4/13/03 Sunday Baseball†† Canisius*†† HOME†† 12:00 PM
4/15/03 Tuesday W. Lacrosse†† Rutgers†† Away†† 3:30 PM
4/16/03 Wednesday Softball†† Monmouth†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
4/16/03 Wednesday M. Tennis†† Marist*†† Poughkeepsie, NY†† 3:30 PM
4/16/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Army†† West Point, NY†† 3:30 PM
4/17/03 Thursday Golf†† Canisius Invitational†† Easton, MD†† TBA
4/17/03 Thursday M. Tennis†† Stony Brook†† Stony Brook, NY†† TBA
4/18/03 Friday Golf†† Canisius Invitational†† Easton, MD†† TBA
4/19/03 Saturday Golf†† Canisius Invitational†† Easton, MD†† TBA
4/19/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Army Quad (W)†† West Point, NY†† TBA
4/19/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Princeton Quad (M)†† Princeton, NJ†† TBA
4/19/03 Saturday Baseball†† Saint Peter's* (DH)†† Jersey City, NJ†† 12:00 PM
4/19/03 Saturday M. Lacrosse†† Marist*†† Poughkeepsie, NY†† 7:00 PM
4/21/03 Monday Baseball†† Saint Peter's*†† Jersey City, NJ†† 12:00 PM
4/21/03 Monday M. Tennis†† Siena*†† Albany, NY†† 3:00 PM
4/22/03 Tuesday Golf†† Peacock Invitational†† Heron Glen Golf Course†† 10:00 AM
4/22/03 Tuesday W. Tennis†† Wagner†† Staten Island, NY†† 2:00 PM
4/22/03 Tuesday Softball†† Saint Peter's*†† HOME†† 3:00 PM
4/22/03 Tuesday Baseball†† Sacred Heart†† Bridgeport, CT†† 3:30 PM
4/23/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Hofstra†† HOME†† 3:30 PM
4/23/03 Wednesday W. Lacrosse†† MARIST*†† HOME†† 3:30 PM
4/24/03 Thursday Golf†† MAAC Championship†† Lake Buena Vista, FL†† TBA
4/24/03 Thursday Track & Field†† Penn Relays†† Philadelphia, PA†† TBA
4/24/03 Thursday Softball†† Stony Brook†† Stony Brook, NY†† 3:00 PM
4/25/03 Friday Track & Field†† Penn Relays†† Philadelphia, PA†† TBA
4/25/03 Friday W. Tennis†† MAAC Championship†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/25/03 Friday M. Tennis†† MAAC Tournament†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/25/03 Friday Golf†† MAAC Championship†† Lake Buena Vista, FL†† TBA
4/26/03 Saturday Golf†† MAAC Championship†† Lake Buena Vista, FL†† TBA
4/26/03 Saturday M. Tennis†† MAAC Tournament†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/26/03 Saturday W. Tennis†† MAAC Championship†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/26/03 Saturday Track & Field†† Penn Relays†† Philadelphia, PA†† TBA
4/26/03 Saturday W. Lacrosse†† SIENA*†† HOME†† 11:00 AM
4/26/03 Saturday Baseball†† Iona* (DH)†† New Rochelle, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/26/03 Saturday M. Lacrosse†† SACRED HEART†† HOME†† 2:00 PM
4/27/03 Sunday Golf†† MAAC Championship†† Lake Buena Vista, FL†† TBA
4/27/03 Sunday W. Tennis†† MAAC Championship†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/27/03 Sunday M. Tennis†† MAAC Tournament†† Flushing, NY†† TBA
4/27/03 Sunday Softball†† St. John's†† Jamaica, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/27/03 Sunday Baseball†† Iona*†† New Rochelle, NY†† 12:00 PM
4/29/03 Tuesday Track & Field†† Broadmead Invitational†† Princeton, NJ†† TBA
4/30/03 Wednesday Baseball†† Columbia†† New York, NY†† 3:00 PM


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March madness loses lustre: Tournament suffers from a lack of big men and big-name players like in years past

Dave Feschuk



National Post

All but Toronto

B01 / Front

(c) National Post 2003. All Rights Reserved.

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is still the greatest spectacle in sports. It's still a hard-to-miss rite of the soon-to-be spring, still a one-and-done wonder in which the buzzer beaters, if it's a good crop, come in bunches.

But that doesn't change the fact that the NCAA Tournament is in danger of losing its appeal.

It is, without exaggeration, a circus. And like any good circus, it makes you shake your head at the miracle. The performers, like the dancing bears of Moscow, will be paid, officially at least, not a dime. The ringmasters, meanwhile, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its affiliate colleges and universities, will bathe in the cash of a new TV deal that will pay them, over the next 11 years, US$6-billion, or some US$34-million per broadcast day.

But that's not the only reason the tourney is difficult to get behind.

The reason I'm down on the Madness -- the reason I'm not as excited as I used to be about the single-knockout hoops fest -- isn't that I keep getting beat in the office pool by sports-hating women who pick the teams based on jersey colour, or that I'm a little tired of watching the quartet of No. 1 seeds pummel their No. 16 victims by an historical average of more than 25 points.

It's because the players competing for the championship, in general, aren't that good, and they appear to be getting worse. They aren't that big and they're getting smaller. They aren't that incredible to behold and they're getting less remarkable every season.

And while the players will undoubtedly be plucky and hustling and worthy of your admiration -- while they're sure to provide us, free of charge, with plenty of memorable moments -- it's hard to overlook the fact that the world's best teenaged players, once the NCAA's collective property, aren't playing in the NCAA anymore.

Lebron James, 18 and the odds-on favourite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft, has played in high school games on U.S. cable that have out-rated most of their college counterparts. Darko Milicic, 17 and a near-lock for the NBA's No. 2 selection, didn't even consider coming to the U.S. for his basketball schooling.

And so the talent pool, this year especially, is remarkably thin.

Look at the first-team all-American selections from 20 seasons ago: Five of the six players selected became NBA stars (albeit, in some cases, briefly). Yeah, Ralph Sampson and Keith Lee never really turned out. But Michael Jordan did okay. Patrick Ewing had a run. Dale Ellis inflicted some damage. So did Sam Perkins and Wayman Tisdale.

Looking for depth: How about an all-America second team that included Clyde Drexler, John Paxson and Sidney Green, all of whom became NBA starters.

Look at the talent level just 10 years ago, when the all-America first and second teams boasted Chris Webber, Penny Hardaway, Jamal Mashburn, Grant Hills, Eric Montross and Glenn Robinson.

You look at last year's all-America selections and you see the dropoff. Jay Williams and Drew Gooden still look like they'll be good NBA players. Juan Dixon's a keeper. But Dan Dickau and Steve Logan? They're marginal pros at best. And as for this year's favourite to win the NCAA player of the year? He's T.J. Ford, the 5-foot-11 guard from Texas, and although he'll likely be a top-10 pick in the pro draft, he's far from the can't-miss superstar that the NCAA used to deliver in droves.

So, it's getting harder for the hard-core hoops fan to stay interested. The once-a-year poolie who used to be able to name, say, the starting lineup of Duke and a Syracuse standout or two probably can't put a more than a couple of faces to a couple of teams.

College basketball players aren't household names anymore. And college basketball teams can't exactly be dynasties.

Alabama was the No. 1-ranked team in the country back in December. On Friday they'll be the 10th-ranked team in the Midwest region. And they'll be playing the Indiana Hoosiers, last year's tournament finalist but only a seventh seed this time around thanks to a late season collapse that saw them plummet from sixth in the nation before Christmas to

Some of these teams, indeed, aren't what they seem. The Manhattan College Jaspers, 14th seed in the East, aren't even based in Manhattan. They make their home in suburban Riverdale, N.Y., 20 miles north of the gritty city. And speaking of tenuous geography, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, the East's 11th seed, are led in scoring by an Englishman, London's Ugonna Onyekwe, and they've got an Irishman, Conor Tolan, coming off the bench.

You know the game has hit a new low when they're recruiting from soccer central. You know it's hit an even lower low when a bloke from London can net 16 points a game.

That's not to say Onyekwe and Tolan and the Quakers won't be worth watching. Weaknesses -- in players, in teams, in basketball pedigree -- make for unpredictable results, and if it's unpredictability you cherish, this is your event.

But if you were hoping to catch a glimpse of greatness; if you were hoping to see the next special player carry his team to a title, you'll have to tune in to the Ohio state finals or the Yugoslavian league playdowns.




At Manhattan, 2 Teams Revel in Playing On



Sports Desk; Section D

The New York Times

Page 5, Column 1

c. 2003 New York Times Company

†† They hang out with each other, cheer for each other and give pep talks to each other. Some even live in the same dormitory.

†† So it made sense last night that the Manhattan College men's and women's teams would celebrate their N.C.A.A. tournament invitations together. They gathered at a campus lounge with friends and alumni to watch the brackets announced on television and toasted the re-emergence of both programs.

†† Neither squad had made the tournament since the mid-1990's. Both are seeded 14th.

†† The players howled at the announcement of their first-round opponents: third-seeded Syracuse (24-5) for the men (23-6) on Friday in Boston in the East Regional, and third-seeded Mississippi State (23-7) for the Lady Jaspers (20-9) on Saturday in the Midwest Regional in Albuquerque.

†† Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, Manhattan's president, said the college dwells in the ''safe harbor of gender equity.'' But the teams' relationship goes deeper than Title IX.

†† ''I'd say we're very close,'' said Luis Flores, star of the men's team.

†† When the men's 15-game winning streak was snapped by Fairfield on Feb. 13, Rosalee Mason, the Lady Jaspers' leading scorer and rebounder, urged Flores not to lose sight of the entire season.

†† ''I told him you just have to bounce back,'' Mason said.

†† When the women's 13-game winning streak was halted 12 days later, Flores returned the favor.

†† ''I told her to try to get the next one,'' Flores said. ''We both had great runs, but it was time to move on.''

†† The men, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champions, were expected to reach the tournament. They gushed that they were simply glad to be there while spinning scenarios of how Manhattan could score an upset a la the 1994-95 Jaspers, who stunned fourth-seeded Oklahoma in the first round, 77-67.

†† Stay focused and hit free throws, the men said. (Manhattan led the nation at 78.6 percent.)

†† ''We just have to come out and be who we are, and then have no fear,'' the senior forward Jared Johnson said.

†† Bobby Gonzalez, the men's coach, noted that his team was 16-4 at neutral and away sites, including victories over Seton Hall and St. John's.

†† Flores, who averaged 24.8 points in 38.8 minutes, said the tournament was tense and emotional but no time to get fatigued.

†† ''We have to play well and we got to be lucky,'' Gonzalez said.

†† The Lady Jaspers, who last reached the N.C.A.A. tournament in 1996, face perhaps longer odds. No MAAC women's team has won an N.C.A.A. game in 23 tries.

†† Mason, a junior forward from London, said she was so excited to be in the tournament that the specifics of the matchup were incidental.

†† ''I'm looking forward to playing a higher-caliber team than we've played before,'' she said.

†† When the Lady Jaspers fell to 3-8 on Jan. 5, Coach Sal Buscaglia began sleeping on the couch in his office. The team then won 13 straight, and Buscaglia has since called his office home. But he acknowledged that the extra hours of watching game film might work only so well against Mississippi State's leading all-American candidate, LaToya Thomas.

†† ''It's a David-and-Goliath challenge, no question,'' he said.

†† Gonzalez and Buscaglia scrambled to their offices after the party to secure game film on their opponents. If mutual admiration counted, perhaps Manhattan's teams can be more than first-round fodder.

†† ''There's a good camaraderie,'' Gonzalez said.

Photo: Coach Bobby Gonzalez, left, and guard Luis Flores after they learned Syracuse would be their first opponent. (Suzy Allman for The New York Times)





East Regional/ THE BREAKDOWN

Sooners Have Plans for Later

Robyn Norwood


Special Section; Sports Desk; Sports

Los Angeles Times

Home Edition


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†† No. 3 SYRACUSE (24-5)

†† First-round opponent: No. 14 Manhattan.

†† Season in brief: The Orangemen started 11-1 before losing to Pittsburgh and were also hot down the stretch before falling to Connecticut in a Big East tournament semifinal. Their other losses were to Memphis, Rutgers, and again to Connecticut.

†† Player to watch: Carmelo Anthony. He's the best freshman in the nation, and the explosive 6-8 forward with three-point shooting range isn't long for the college game after averaging 22.7 points and 10 rebounds a game.

†† Tidbit: This marks the Orangemen's 22nd tournament appearance under Jim Boeheim. The only active coaches with more are Bob Knight, Lute Olson and Eddie Sutton -- all of whom have won the national championship.

†† NCAA bio: Failed to make the tournament last season for only the third time in 20 seasons. Played for the NCAA title twice, losing to Indiana in 1987 on Keith Smart's late shot, and falling to Kentucky in 1996.

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PHOTO: NO. 1 GOAL: Forward Johnnie Gilbert and Oklahoma are a top seed in the East with high hopes of making the extra step beyond last season's semifinal loss at the Final Four.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Reuters




Mississippi State men, women receive NCAA bids


Associated Press Newswires

Copyright 2003.The Associated Press.All Rights Reserved.

†† JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - For the second straight season, Mississippi State will be represented in both the men's and women's NCAA


†† The Bulldogs (21-9) were seeded fifth in the East Regional on Sunday. They will play No. 12 seed Butler (25-5) in the first round on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

†† "We're very excited," said MSU coach Rick Stansbury. "Our fans are excited and will be gathering all the tickets they can get their hands on."

†† The Lady Bulldogs (23-7) are a third seed in the Midwest Regional. They'll play No. 14 seed Manhattan College in the first round on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

†† No other state team received a tournament bid.

†† Mississippi State lost to Kentucky 64-57 in the finals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, which may have contributed to a seeding that some players thought was too low.

†† "I thought we would be a four seed, but it's no big deal," Mississippi State center Mario Austin said. "We've got to go out and win anyway. Plus, there's not much difference between a four and a five."

†† The Bulldogs felt unfairly treated by the NCAAs "pod" system last season, when they were sent to Dallas for the Midwest Regional as the No. 3 seed. Mississippi State faced sixth-seeded Texas in the second round and lost in an arena packed with Longhorns fans.

†† The Bulldogs could be the ones benefiting from the pod this season. Mississippi State's Starkville campus is only 140 miles away from Birmingham.

†† The Bulldogs have an 8-5 NCAA tournament record, including a Final Four appearance in 1996. They're making their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament and sixth overall.

†† It will be the first meeting between Butler and Mississippi State

†† "I haven't seen them play a lot, but I know they like to shoot the three," MSU senior point guard Derrick Zimmerman said. "They are a set-oriented offense."

†† "Butler is a very good basketball team," Stansbury said. "I have no concern about our team overlooking them. Our kids have done a great job all year long of respecting opponents."

†† The Lady Bulldogs are making their fourth NCAA appearance, all in the last five seasons. They have never gotten past the second round. Last year, they were beaten in the second round 77-55 by Texas Tech.

†† The Lady Bulldogs have played Manhattan College once before, losing 52-32 during the 1985-86 season.

†† The Mississippi State women were knocked out of this year's SEC tournament by Tennessee in the semifinals.




Coach's style spurs exodus at Seton Hall- Players quit baseball in droves




The Star-Ledger†† Newark, NJ



(c) 2003. The Star-Ledger. All rights reserved.

Nate Meyl said he walked away when the sport he loved became a job he hated. David Bakunas said he had enough after he was told to run seven miles in cold weather wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Garrett Weir said he quit soon after the verbal abuse started to include racial slurs.

Eighteen baseball players have left Seton Hall in the past three years, and many point to one reason: Coach Mike Sheppard.

Sheppard, a fixture at the university on pace to win his 1,000th game this season, is a former Marine who built a successful program in South Orange around discipline. He said his strict approach, supported by the school's administration, turns young athletes into men, preparing them for professional baseball or a successful life outside the game.

But in his 31st season, his discipline is often viewed differently by a new generation of athletes. Those who left the program said they were unwilling to tolerate his old-school approach, which they said includes abusive language and coaching tactics. As a result, they are leaving the program in alarming numbers.

"It was like a prison," said Matt Skrypack, a pitcher from New City, N.Y., who transferred to Dominican College last summer after his junior season. "It was always negative. Everything was always negative. That's one of the biggest reasons I transferred."

The 18 players represent nearly two-thirds of an average college baseball team's roster. Thirteen were scholarship players and five were walk-ons, and the level of talent varies greatly. Some were star pitchers, others reserves and some were just starting their college careers.

The Star-Ledger interviewed nine of the players and the parents of six others during the past three months. One player declined to comment. Two players and their parents did not return phone calls.

Sheppard said the players transferred for a variety of reasons, including poor grades, discipline problems and playing time issues. He said his program, which has produced nearly 80 professional players and six Major League all-stars, is about discipline - which means it is not for everyone.

"I'm a product of Seton Hall, I'm a product of the Marine Corps, I'm a product of coaches who ask you to run through the brick wall - and I did," Sheppard said. "And I will tell you, I've never done anything with a kid that I haven't done myself, or there's nothing I've done that I wouldn't do if the roles were reversed right now. . . . Some people today just can't stand strong discipline."

Supporters see the 66-year-old coach as the respected patriarch of a baseball family, a throwback to an era when coaches cared less about wins and losses and more about molding good men. They cannot understand why so many players would leave a program with a proven track record.

"I feel like he's part of my family, my grandfather," said Isaac Pavlik, a star pitcher from last season who plays in the Colorado Rockies farm system. "You don't just play baseball for Coach Sheppard. You become a man in his program."

But others believe he has lost touch with today's athletes and too often crosses the line between discipline and cruelty.

Some of the players who left the program said Sheppard used abusive language, denied them food on road trips and made them run in full sweatsuits despite sweltering heat. One player was told to march in front of the school's student center pretending his bat was a rifle, his mother said. Another was told to lie face down on the ground with his arms spread wide in a mock crucifixion, according to several witnesses.

"It was just abuse," said Joe Bakunas, whose son left the team this summer after his freshman season. "I understand discipline, and I understand you have to have that. But this was something different. It was like a terrorist camp."

The baseball player regarded as the greatest to wear a Seton Hall uniform, Mo Vaughn, said he has never told a young athlete to play for Sheppard. Vaughn said he had no relationship with Sheppard and said his former coach took too much credit for the success of his teams.

"We basically played to shut him up," said the Mets first baseman, who played on a team that featured big-leaguers Craig Biggio and John Valentin. "We didn't want to hear his mouth. We wanted to play well to keep him quiet, and look where it got us. Look where we are now. But that doesn't mean every kid has the mental toughness to get you through it.

"I'm sure Shepp thinks that if a lot of players were transferring, then they weren't the right type to play for him anyway." A BASEBALL PATRIARCH The walls of his narrow South Orange office, located off a stairway landing inside Walsh Gymnasium, are covered with smiling faces, all of them former Pirates, many of them big-league stars.

"I don't know what will happen to all this stuff when I'm gone," Sheppard said. "Maybe they'll have a big bonfire."

Some of the trophies are for his individual accomplishments. Sheppard has been named Big East Coach of the Year three times and would become only the 12th coach to win 1,000 games. His teams have posted 40- victory seasons five times and reached the College World Series twice.

He has endured two major health scares - a stroke and triple-bypass surgery, the latter forcing him to the sidelines for the 2001 season. His son Rob, the associate head coach and his likely successor, coached the team in his absence and won the Big East Tournament.

He has two other sons in baseball: Mike Jr. is the head coach at Seton Hall Prep and John is the coach and athletic director at Morristown-Beard. But everyone he coaches, his friends say, becomes family.

To them, he is not "Mike" or "Coach Sheppard," but simply "Shep." He is a coach involved in every part of their lives, from baseball to the smallest details. On his desk, the phrase "I will not walk across the student center in bare feet" is written 25 times on a white sheet of notebook paper, a 1960s punishment meted out to a player in 2003.

"There are always going to be a couple of guys who aren't happy somewhere," said Tim Byron, a former Seton Hall player and the head coach at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan. "To say it's the coach - he didn't like me, he forced me out - that's cowardly."

Sheppard draws part of his salary from his position as an associate professor and is listed as a part- time head coach on Seton Hall's gender equity documents. The school does not release salary figures for its coaches, but a baseball coach at a conference such as the Big East made an average of about $75,000 a year last season.

Jeff Fogelson, the Seton Hall athletic director, said his baseball coach can stay in the dugout as long as he wants. School president Monsignor Robert Sheeran, through a spokeswoman, referred all questions to Fogelson.

"If there's a point when it's time to move on, he'll know that," Fogelson said. "I never expect I'll have to call Shep in and say, 'Hang up the cleats.' He'll know. . . . Shep is the same guy. The kids that he is preaching to are different."

Brian Leighton, a former player who spent four years in the program, said he didn't appreciate Sheppard's discipline until he left the school. He is now a volunteer assistant coach at Manhattan College, where his twin brother Kevin, another Seton Hall graduate, is a full-time assistant.

"I find myself saying a lot of the things that Shep said to us," said Leighton, a Whippany native. "You think that you're never going to see things from that perspective, but there I am, trying to coach these guys, and I see how they're being lazy and I say the same things Shep said to me." 'REPUGNANT' LANGUAGE It was the things Sheppard said, however, that contributed to driving Garrett Weir out of the program.

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†† TRENTON - As he dribbled out the final seconds of a victory that would send the Manhattan Jaspers to their first NCAA Tournament in eight seasons, many different images flashed through Luis Flores' mind.

†† "My transferring (from Rutgers), having to sit out a year, being given an opportunity to finally play with a great player like (former Jasper) Mugsy Green and then how we lost in the first round here last year," Flores said. "And now we were going to the dance. I felt like crying."

†† Shed no tears for Manhattan. The Jaspers punched their ticket to the NCAA tourney last night by having Jared Johnson and Dave Holmes neutralize Fairfield's intimidating frontcourt tandem of 6-10 Ajou Deng and 6-9 Deng Gai. And Flores was simply Flores, scoring a game- high 22 points as Manhattan rolled to a 69-54 victory in the MAAC tourney final at Sovereign Bank Arena.

†† That the automatic invite came as a result of a win over Fairfield only made the victory more satisfying for Manhattan because it was the Stags who had ousted the Jaspers from the MAAC Tournament in two of the last three seasons, both times in the first round.

†† "No question it made it a little sweeter," Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "A little bit of revenge that we used as motivation."

†† The Jaspers (23-6) jumped on Fairfield almost from the start. With the teams locked in a 7-7 tie, Gonzalez leaned into the huddle during a timeout and told Flores, "Luis, let's make our move now."

†† The Jaspers responded with a 13-0 run to go up 20-7, cruised to a nine-point lead at the half (38-29) and never allowed the Stags (19- 11) to get within nine points in the second half.

†† The combination of Holmes (12 points, six boards) and Johnson (10 points, six boards) turned in such a dominating performance against the taller Stags frontcourt that Gai, who came in averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds, was a non-factor, finishing with just five points and eight rebounds.

†† "Going against that front line is always tough," said Holmes, who also had two blocks and three steals. "They bring a lot to the table. But I told Jared we weren't finished until we get this championship. Now our MAAC mission is over, but we're still not finished."

†† It's the first time the Jaspers will play in the tournament since 1995, when they upset Oklahoma before losing to Arizona State in the second round.

†† Now this group is looking to make a little noise of its own deep into March.

†† "We're a dangerous opponent in the first round," Gonzalez said. "Very dangerous."

Caption: AP WITH AUTHORITY Manhattan's Jared Johnson slams down two of his 10 points as Japers win MAAC tourney.


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Freeman Wins Weight Throw

By James Dunaway


Sport Desk; Section D

The New York Times

Page 7, Column 4

c. 2003 New York Times Company

†† Jacob Freeman, a Manhattan College senior from East Greenwich, R.I., won the men's 35-pound weight throw at the N.C.A.A. indoor championships yesterday in Fayetteville, Ark.

†† Freeman, who had finished ninth, sixth and second in his first three appearances at the meet, produced his winning throw of 71 feet 2inches on his first attempt. No one came close until the fifth round, when Drew Loftin of Colorado State came up with a career best of 71-1 1/2, just an inch short.

†† Freeman's victory at the met was the first by a Jasper since Gary Halpin won the weight throw in 1988.

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Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2003 Tuesday, REDEYE EDITION
East: Sooners set a course

This is one of the two brackets that all those teams not seeded No. 1 aspired to be in. Why? Because neither Kentucky nor Arizona is in the region. Going through Oklahoma--or Texas in the South--is a far less daunting task than facing the Wildcats or the Wildcats.

Getting singular: Orangemen, Wolfpack.

Best player: Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony, who can flat out take over games.

Best game: No. 6 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 11 Pennsylvania. Every year there's a team like Penn that you know nothing about, so they rise up and bite some better team. Penn shoots three-pointers very well.

Cats & Dogs: The No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs face the No. 12 Butler ... Bulldogs. No Cats allowed.

Fascinating mascot matchup: Do you know what a Jasper is? Brother Jasper brought baseball to Manhattan College, so he has to be a good guy. Could he beat the Orangemen mascot? Maybe. That Syracuse mascot is awfully round.

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GRAPHIC: PHOTOS 3PHOTO: Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony.; PHOTO: Wisconsin's Kirk Penney.; PHOTO: Texas' T.J. Ford.

LOAD-DATE: March 19, 2003

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Daily News (New York)
March 18, 2003, Tuesday SPORTS FINAL EDITION
HEADLINE: GONZALEZ AU GO-GO Jaspers coach takes nonstop route to big Dance

It's been a whirlwind week for Bobby Gonzalez, Manhattan College's fast-talking, ambitious young coach. And he doesn't want to get off the dance floor just yet.

When Manhattan defeated Fairfield, 69-54, to win the MAAC Tournament in Trenton last week, Gonzalez had coached the Jaspers to their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1995.

The celebration started shortly after the final buzzer. "First I get a bucket of ice water dumped over my head," he says. "I was shaking like a leaf. I'm afraid I'm going to get pneumonia. I look over at our president, Brother (Thomas) Scanlan, and he has tears in his eyes. Then I get on the bus and see I had 46 messages on my cell phone. I thought it must have blown up. Messages from Rick Pitino, Pete Gillen, Fran Fraschilla, Lesley Visser, Howard Garfinkel, Sonny Vaccaro."

Pitino has become a mentor to Gonzalez. He advised him not to be satisfied with just getting into the field. "Now put on the Cinderella shoes and go dancing," Pitino said.

Said Gillen, a Fairfield graduate who had Gonzalez on his staff at Xavier, Providence and Virginia: "It's the first time I ever rooted against my alma mater."

By the time the team bus made the two-hour trip back up to the Riverdale campus, it was 2:30 in the morning. But when the coaches and players walked into Draddy Gymnasium, they were greeted by thunderous applause. Then the students broke into a chant, "Ten more years."

Gonzalez took it all in, then went back to his apartment to watch tape of the game until 5:30 in the morning. "I was just so pumped with adrenaline and so excited about the way my team played," he says.

Besides, everyone knows the 39-year-old Gonzalez never sleeps.

Gonzalez, whose team plays Syracuse Friday in Boston, is one of the hottest young coaches in the country. But it his future wasn't nearly this bright. Gonzalez, who grew up in Binghamton, didn't have any "godfathers" or a Duke pedigree when he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Buffalo State.

He just wanted to coach, and his first full-time job was at Tollentine High School, a Catholic League power in the Bronx, which has since closed. Gonzalez was hired as an assistant to Bob Mackey - the current girls coach at Christ the King - in 1988 on the advice of Jim Boeheim, at whose camp he worked in the summers.

"I barely made enough money to pay the rent," he says. "I was living with Bob Mackey. We shared a flat in Rockaway and used to drive two hours to get to the South Bronx."

The principal at the school was Sister Roseann Gorman. "A tough Irish lady," Gonzalez says. The first day Gonzalez arrived on campus, he noticed an unusual amount of commotion in the hallways. "That's just a bomb threat," she told him. "Go to your homeroom."

Gonzalez taught ninth- and 10th-grade history and coached the junior varsity. "I had a nun prepping me every day before I went into the classroom," he says. "I tried to teach like I coach. I don't know how any of the teachers next to my room got anything done."

He didn't need any cue cards on the court. By his third season, his JV team - which included Kareem Reid, who went on to play at Arkansas, and Steve McDowell, who was on Manhattan's last NCAA team - won the 1991 city Catholic League championship.

Then the diocese closed the school.

Gonzalez scrambled, spending the next two years as a varsity assistant at Brother Rice during the Felipe Lopez era before he got his first big break. He was hired by Gillen, who was then at Xavier, as a restricted earnings coach for $16,000. "The next thing you know, I'm over at Pete's house," he says. "His wife is feeding me pasta. I got no food, no money, no friends. Pete is taking me to Reds games. I'm hanging out with his son. I didn't know what bus hit me."

Gonzalez followed Gillen to Providence and then Virginia. Along the way, he made friends.

He hung out with the coaches from Riverside Church and the Gauchos and built a strong relationship with both AAU teams. Then he found his way to the Five Star camp.

Howard Garfinkel, the director of Five Star, heard about Gonzalez from a friend, Tom Konchalski, who runs a scouting service in the East, and hired him as a counselor in 1988. He was basically a go-fer. "I used to rent a van in Harlem, then drive all the New York kids to Pittsburgh," he says. "I had guys like Stephon Marbury, Jamaal Mashburn in the van. They used to say, 'There's a lot of money in that van. Don't let anything happen.'"

Gonzalez has come a long way since then. When he left Gillen's staff at Virginia to interview for the Manhattan job, AD Bob Byrnes greeted him at Newark Airport.

"One of the first questions he asked me was if I played golf," Gonzalez says. "I told him it's hard to play golf when you're on the phone all the time. I think he liked that answer because he wanted someone who was a relentless recruiter."

Gonzalez has rebuilt the program quickly, coaching the Jaspers to the NIT last year and now to the NCAA Tournament with a veteran nucleus of forwards Jared Johnson and David Holmes, center Jason Benton and guards Luis Flores and Jason Jackette. Then there are freshman contributors Jason Wingate, Kenny Minor and Mike Konovelchick.

This week they'll have a chance to take that next step.

GRAPHIC: JONATHAN BARTH Bobby Gonzalez's rise to NCAAs has been more persistent than rapid but the coach has won the right friends and designed the correct plays to get himself and Manhattan to promised land.

LOAD-DATE: March 18, 2003





[Email 1]

From: Joseph Lestingi [1957]
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 2:48 PM
Subject: La Salle Academy, NY, NY

Hi John,

Glad to hear you are getting better.

The LaSalle Academy class of 1953 is celebrating its 50th anniversary at St. Patrick's Cathedral on June 4, 2003. We sent letters to 110 classmates, but do not have the addresses for another 80 classmates. Is there a way you can post this with the hope that some of the 80 may have graduated from Manhattan?

Thanks for your help.



Joseph Lestingi
Tucson, AZ 85739

[JR: Now, Joe, I don't think I should ask 920+ Jaspers to read about a high-school reunion. Do you? Under the mutual agreement between the readers and I, I am supposed to distribute MC info. So I'll have to stick to that. If y9u can figure a way to get the announcement in, then I would be happy to pass along any responses. (I just thought this would possibly fool someone into believing that I wouldn't pass along your request. Some people have no sense of humor!)]

[JR: PS See Birth 1 re AZ Jasper. ]



[Email 2]

From: Marjorie Apel [MC Staff]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 10:05 AM
Subject: Re:jasperjottings200300316.htm

Thanks for including my re-election notice.I'll let you know the results after tomorrow.Several Jaspers live in Hastings and our school superintendent, Jay Russell is a Jasper.

[JR: Hope you get what you want.]



[Email 3]

From: John J. Bartus [1971]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 16 March 2003

count me in

"john.reinke" wrote:

> To: John J. (1971) Bartus
> Dear Jasper Bartus,
> I tried to send you an invite to my Jasper email ezines. But, I was
> blocked by a "dumb" email filter. I also have the invite on a free web
> page if you would like to read it there.
> You can read the last few issues at:
> Hope this gets thru, and that you at least consider joining the
> dialogue. It's free. But 1,000+ Jaspers seems to like it.
> John '68
<extraneous deleted>
>†† Reason: SMTP transmission failure has occurred
>†† Diagnostic code: smtp;550 Rejected by filter- an inappropriate
> word was found in the message body
>†† Remote system: dns;




[Email 4]

From: James Gannon (2000)
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 12:22 PM


Congratulations to the Jaspers men & women for winning the MAAC championships.

Our next M.C. Young Alumni Happy Hour is on Friday, April 25. We hope to see you there...

Friday, April 25
Manhattan College
Young Alumni
Quarterly Happy Hour Party
A night of mingling & networking
with fellow Manhattan Young Alumni
$5 admission
upstairs at:
Tammany Hall
218 E. 53rd St. (between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 355-6607
Please RSVP:
(212) 288-0893

Invite your fellow Jaspers
Manhattan College Young Alumni Committee
Jimmy Gannon '00
Steven Jalkut '92
Aileen Farrelly '95
Sean Murphy '86
Other Manhattan College NYC Alumni Events:
Mon. March 17 - NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
††††† line-up behind Manhattan College Pipe Band
††††† meet before 11:50am at W. 45th (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
Thurs. April 3 - New York City Alumni Club Spring 2003 Networking Event.
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Ave. (54th St.)
Guest Speaker - Dr. Charles Geisst
Program: Wall Street - Starting the 21st Century
6-6:30 arrival
6:30-7:30 guest speaker
7:30 - 9pm - Networking
Guest appearance by author Terry Golway
$40 per person. Advanced registration required.
Register on-line at:
June 6-8
Sesquicentennial Reunion 2003
Thurs. July 24
Manhattan College Young Alumni Happy Hour
at Bar Thirteen
35 E.13th St. (between Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY
Feel free to forward this to fellow MC Alumni
This email is being sent to Manhattan College young alumni on behalf of the Manhattan College Young Alumni Committee.

[JR:Maybe I can "sneak in", think they'd notice. Right, try it later in the evening.]



[Email 5]

From: Ed Handren [1965]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 10:43 AM
Subject: Re:jasperjottings200300316.htm

try Rocco Grassi at <privacy invoked>

Edward P. Handren, P.E.
Annandale, NJ 08801

[JR: Done, Thanks.]



[Email 6]

From: Rocco Grassi [1985]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: Ed Handren said try Rocco Grassi

Hello John,

Thanks for the invitation.Please include me on your Manhattan alumni distribution list.


Rocco Grassi

[JR: Welcome, you're listed in MCOLDB as being in AZ? Seems like a lot of AZ interest this week. ]



[Email 7]

Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 11:13 AM
Subject: FW: Networking: Where to Cast Your Net

Hello all,

Hope everyone is well. Please let me know when the next Manhattan College networking session will be. Hope to see you all soon.


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

From: Job Tip of the Day
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 11:00 AM
Subject: Networking: Where to Cast Your Net

----------- NETWORKING: WHERE TO CAST YOUR NET -----------------


One of the most effective ways to find a job: Network.

Spread the word that you're looking for a new job. First, tell your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances ... everyone. Even tell your mail carrier and your hair stylist. (But don't tell anyone at your current job.)

When it comes to networking though, there's more to consider than simply who you know.

You have to think about who you DON'T know. And then find a way to get to know those people.

Once you've exhausted your personal connections, it's time to focus on meeting some new faces.

[JR: Thanks for the tip. See the calendar there is one coming up.]



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