Sunday 28 December 2003

Dear Jaspers,

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Don't forget:

We Jan 7 Treasure Coast Club (Florida) 2003 - 2004 Luncheon Meeting
For more information call: Joe Dillon 62 Director, Alumni Relations, (718) 862-7977

Sa Feb National Alumni Council meeting
         please contact Peter Sweeney ’64  (973) 353-7610

We Feb 10 Treasure Coast Club (Florida) 2003 - 2004 Luncheon Meeting
For more information call: Joe Dillon 62 Director, Alumni Relations, (718) 862-7977

Sa Jun 12 '04 National Alumni Council meeting
         please contact Peter Sweeney ’64  (973) 353-7610


My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:

- Afghanistan
- - Cote, Richard A. (1990)
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)

- Iraq
- - Esposito, Steven G. (1981) [JR: Photos at the following URL. ]
- - Menchise, Louis (1987)

… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.



On A Rock In Rural Iowa

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This says it all in a humble way. Take a quick look!

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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Christie, Karen E.



Meehan, Joseph



Carson, Frank



Dans, Peter E.



Earls, Thomas



Ludford, Joseph



Smalls, Robert F.



Donnelly, Frank



Lochmüller, Charles H.



Carroll, Robert



Rodriguez, Lorenzo A.



Mayorga, Oscar



Horgan, Brian J.



Toner, Mike



Lilley, Alex



Esposito, Steven G.



Esposito, Steven G.



Lavin, Kevin



Dowd, Doug



Jimenez, David



Nelson, Gabriel B.



DiSalvo, Frances



Marino, Charles









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Carroll, Robert



Carson, Frank



Christie, Karen E.



Dans, Peter E.



DiSalvo, Frances



Donnelly, Frank



Dowd, Doug



Earls, Thomas



Esposito, Steven G.



Esposito, Steven G.



Horgan, Brian J.



Jimenez, David



Lavin, Kevin



Lilley, Alex



Lochmüller, Charles H.



Ludford, Joseph



Marino, Charles



Mayorga, Oscar



Meehan, Joseph



Nelson, Gabriel B.



Rodriguez, Lorenzo A.



Smalls, Robert F.



Toner, Mike





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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" – or "connect" new people -- I really appreciate it. And as always, I need your "news".]

Robert F. (1958)  Smalls

Frances (1999) DiSalvo




[Updates to the list]

[JR: The following people have updated their information. To conserve space, "please change my email from X to Y" which isn't very interesting, and to alert you that they are here, I have listed them here. As always, I need your "news" and "recruits".]

Frank Donnelly (1962)




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

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Name: PAUL
Position: bass, vocals #3.5
Writes: basslines & grooves
DOB: 4/9/81
From: Yonkers
School: Graduated from Manhattan College
E-mail: <privacy invoked>

Top 33 Bands To Listen To: John Patitucci, Jaco Pastorius, Eddie Gomez, Strung Out, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Vandals, Anti Flag, Bouncing Souls, NOFX, Emperor, Death, System of a Down, Type O Negative, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  Dropkick Murphys, Less Than Jake, Rush, Weezer, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Rise Against, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Rancid, Dream Theater, Operation Ivy, The Toasters, BOTAR, Youth of Today, Lagwagon, No Use For a Name....

Background: Paul was orphaned at a young age when both his circus performer parents were killed in a freak trapeze accident. He was soon after adopted by a lonely millionaire Bruce Wayne who had also lost his parents. This seemingly normal man was actually a souperhero and took Paul under his wing as a side kick and started calling him Robin which Paul fought against cause it sounded really gay but Bruce was insistent on it. Soon after Paul a.k.a. Robin found himself playing bass for Invisible Enemy after buying there CD while he was drunk and since he was living with a millionaire was able to constantly buy new equipment for the band to record with, which is probably why they let him stay in the band.

HaHa you probably think this story is completely made up, but your wrong, dead wrong! Paul really is a superhero sidekick, so whenever you see that bat signal light up the sky just know that I mean Robin is keeping Gotham City safe for your ass!

[JR: (????) ]





First name: Alex
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Last name: Lilley
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Access type: Public
Home state/province/county : New Jersey
Home country: United States
Member Since: Dec 10, 2003
Last Update: Dec 10, 2003
Manhattan College
New York, United States of America
Jun 1974 - Mar 1978





        Joseph Meehan has been a professional photographer, writer and teacher for over 30 years and is presently the Senior Technical and New Products Editor of Photo District News.  He has also written over 500 articles and columns on photography and photographic techniques which have appeared in such magazines as Popular Photography, Photographic Magazine, Outdoor Photography, View Camera Magazine, and Camera and Darkroom.  Meehan also served as a contributing editor with the British Journal of Photography and the annual The BJP Yearbook and is the former editor of the Photography Yearbook published in Great Britain since 1935.

         Joseph Meehan received a baccalaureate degree in science with honors from Columbia University and a Masters of Arts from Manhattan College.  He is the author of 15 books on photographic technique including: Panoramic Photography (Amphoto); The Photographer's Guide to Using Filters (Amphoto); Copying and Duplicating: Photographic and Digital Imaging Techniques(Kodak) and The Art of Close-up Photography (Fountain Press). He also presents seminars and workshop programs at major conventions such as Photo Expo East/West, PhotoFusion, DIMA/PMA, Seybold, and MacWorld.

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Gabriel B. Nelson  
Ossining, NY 10562

Recent Computer Science Graduate with strong understanding of Software

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Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, 7/2002
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

2 Years in Pre-Medical Program, 1995-1997
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY

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[JR: Everyone seems to value their time at MC. ]




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December 21, 2003 Sunday NASSAU EDITION

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Maureen Zenir and David Jimenez were married Oct. 4 at St. Dominic Chapel in Oyster Bay. She is speech language pathologist for North Shore Center for Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders in Manhasset and is the daughter of John and Deborah Zenir of Albertson. The bridegroom is an accounting manager for Empire International Trucks in Maspeth and is the son of Victor and Micaelle Jimenez of North Brunswick, N.J., formerly of Mineola. The bride received a master's degree from College of New Jersey. The groom received a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College. The reception was held at the Cottage at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. They live in Westbury.

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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.


Frank Carson delivered thousands of babies

FREMONT -- Frank Carson, an obstetrician/gynecologist, practiced medicine for more than 30 years and delivered thousands of babies.

"He had a great respect for life and his patients," his wife, Devora Carson, said. "He loved life."

Mr. Carson, a Fremont resident for 36 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. Born May 29, 1935 in Flushing, N.Y., Mr. Carson was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and attended Manhattan College and New York University Bellevue Medical Center.

Devora Carson was his childhood sweetheart, and they were married for 44 years.

Mr. Carson enjoyed woodworking and golfing, and loved the traditional Anglican Church, where he was active on the vestry for years. Family members said he was a devoted family man who adored his eight grandchildren.

Family members said he was incredibly intelligent and an infamous joke teller, usually of corny jokes, who loved chocolate, caffe mochas and opera.

Mr. Carson is survived by his wife; his daughters, Linda Genthe of Trabuco Canyon and Suzanne Knight of Franklin, Tenn.; his sons, Timothy Carson and Jonathan Carson, both of Roseville, and eight granchildren.

Services will be private.

Contributions can be sent, in the name of Frank H. Carson, M.D., to Washington Health Care Foundation, Child Birth and Family Services, 2000 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538

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[News MC]


Copyright 2003 AScribe Inc. 
AScribe Newswire
December 18, 2003 Thursday
HEADLINE: New York Academy of Sciences Harbor Consortium Releases
Letter on Mercury, Fish Advisories

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 [AScribe Newswire] -- The Harbor Consortium of the New York Academy of Sciences has released the text of a letter it has sent today to President George W. Bush, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nation's Environment Programme about pending policy changes that "remove mercury from the chemical toxics lists [and] extend the time frame in which a 90 percent reduction of mercury emissions will be achieved."

The Consortium, a broad-based stakeholder group organized by the Academy, has been studying the sources of pollution by mercury [and other toxins] into the New York/New Jersey harbor watershed and recommending strategies for reducing or preventing further contamination of the watershed. The Consortium's report on mercury and methyl mercury pollution in the Harbor has been published by the Academy and is available online,

Signed by Harbor Consortium chair, Dr. Charles W. Powers, the letter cites Academy studies that indicate that "a serious effort by the U.S. and the world community to minimize mercury emissions from coal combustion" is needed, and notes that "reductions in atmospheric releases will eventually result in lower mercury levels in fish," which warrants the creation of fish advisories that are "both protective of health for all populations and yet promote fish consumption for its important health benefits."


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Nada Assaf-Anid, Department Chair, Chemical Engineering Dpt., Manhattan College

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Founded in 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences is a nonprofit organization of more than 23,000 members worldwide committed to serving science, technology and society.


Fred Moreno, NYAS Media Relations, FMORENO@NYAS.ORG; 212.838.0230, x230

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Posted on Tue, Dec. 23, 2003 

Jewish human-rights group takes on anti-Semitic book
Knight Ridder Newspapers

(KRT) - If anti-Semitism is a rogue religion, its reigning bible is "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

"The Protocols," first issued in Russia a century ago, is a notoriously fraudulent manifesto. It purports to spell out a Jewish plot to control the world by secretly manipulating the financial markets, the media, and other levers of power.

Though it was soon exposed as a paranoid hoax forged by the czar's secret police, "The Protocols" didn't vanish. In fact, its vitriol has never had wider circulation than today, because of the Internet and the "New Anti-Semitism" that watchdog groups are chronicling, particularly in Europe and the Muslim world.

In response, specialists from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human-rights group, have written a book that scholars say is the first item-by-item rebuttal of the undying "Protocols."

Titled "Dismantling the Big Lie," the new book tackles a grim task. "The Protocols" is a dense polemic, a supposed master plot written by Jewish "learned elders" who regard non-Jews as "a flock of sheep, and we are their wolves."

For instance, Protocol 7 ("A Prophecy of Worldwide War") declares that "we must create unrest, dissension, and mutual animosities throughout Europe and, with the help of her relationship, on other continents."

In their refutation, "Dismantling the Big Lie" authors Steven Jacobs and Mark Weitzman say such a goal "is the very antithesis of what both ancient Israelites and contemporary Jews regard as the ideal of societal harmony ... of attaining "shalom, peace."

Jacobs and Weitzman cite moral-ethical examples from Jewish Scripture, postbiblical Jewish societies, and modern Jewish thought about the primacy of peace between Jews and neighbors.

By systematically challenging all 24 protocols in this way, the new book is unique, said Frederick Schweitzer, director of the Holocaust Research Center at Manhattan College, a Catholic school in New York, who reviewed the manuscript.

"Its point-by-point rebuttals, citing Talmudic and biblical texts and historic attitudes and examples, are without precedent," Schweitzer said in an interview.

"Dismantling the Big Lie" (Ktav, $18.95) was developed under the auspices of the Wiesenthal Center's Snider Social Action Institute, named for Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers chairman Ed Snider, who gave the center $5 million.

The book reprints eight "Protocols" book covers (all craven images of Jews) from various times and countries, and runs the complete, toxic text, translated into English.

"Three to five years ago, we would have had a serious debate about the merits of running the text, but we don't have that choice now," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center. "It's out there so much now, repackaged, online."

Though some booksellers refuse to handle "The Protocols," it is readily available in many parts of the world and through e-commerce.

Arabic translations are published by government presses in Egypt and are best-sellers. makes it available in a dozen languages free.

The Palestinian group Hamas cites "The Protocols" in its charter as justification for the destruction of Israel. Egyptian and Syrian TV heavily referenced it in recent anti-Semitic mini-series.

The Alexandria Library in Egypt, as part of an exhibition of holy books of monotheistic faiths, displayed a copy of "The Protocols" in the Judaism section, removing it only when United Nations cultural officials raised objections.

Schweitzer, the Manhattan College historian, said he sees "The Protocols" for sale regularly at a Nation of Islam book stand in New York.

The Arab Voice newspaper in North Jersey published excerpts last year, drawing condemnations from both Jewish groups and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

"The Protocols" is "such nonsense," Islamic council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said in an interview. "But it just keeps returning out there."

Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center official, said that in Arab and Muslim societies, "there has been a transmutation of classic Christian anti-Semitism adapted into the mainstream of cultures that traditionally did not have any homegrown, pseudo- intellectual anti-Semitic invective. ... In looking to demonize Israel and the Jewish people, they had to go shopping outside their own cultural references."

The center plans to translate the book into Arabic, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Persian, Cooper said, and to distribute it to church and government officials at a conference that will be held in Moscow in March to mark the centennial of "The "Protocols' emergence.

© 2003, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

[JR: MC speaking out! ]




Tricom Appoints Chief Restructuring Officer to Executive Management Team
Source: PRNewswire-FirstCall
Publication date: 2003-12-17

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tricom, S.A. today announced that it has appointed Kevin Lavin as Chief Restructuring Officer. Mr. Lavin is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting, a leading consulting firm specializing in corporate turnarounds and restructuring. FTI has been retained by Tricom's board of directors to aid in the Company's ongoing operational and financial restructuring. In his capacity as Chief Restructuring Officer, Mr. Lavin will report directly to the Company's board of directors.

"Kevin Lavin brings to Tricom a strong financial background and a proven record of leadership in organizations undergoing significant challenge and change," said Carl Carlson, chief executive officer. "The appointment of Kevin is a positive step forward for the Company. Kevin will focus exclusively on the restructuring process, which will allow our management team to spend its time on the day-to-day operations of the company," added Carlson.

Mr. Lavin has over twenty years of relevant business experience, including over fourteen years of experience in advising companies as well as their creditor constituencies in both financial and operational restructurings. His work experience encompasses a broad range of industries, and he has spent the last few years working almost exclusively in companies in the telecommunications and media industry. Mr. Lavin has led many large and high profile national and international assignments, including Global Crossing Ltd, ICO Global Communications and New World Networks (ARCOS-I).

Prior to joining FTI, Mr. Lavin was a partner in the restructuring group of PricewaterhouseCoopers and prior to that worked at the restructuring boutique Zolfo Cooper & Co. (now Kroll Zolfo Cooper). Mr. Lavin holds a B.S. from Manhattan College and is on the Board of Directors of the New York Turnaround Management Association. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Advisor (CIRA).

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting is a multi-disciplined consulting firm with leading practices in the areas of turnaround, bankruptcy and litigation-related consulting services. Modern corporations, as well as those who advise and invest in them, face growing challenges on every front. From a proliferation of "bet-the-company" litigation to increasingly complicated relationships with lenders and investors in an ever-changing global economy, U.S. companies turning more and more to outside experts and consultants to meet these complex issues. FTI is dedicated to helping corporations, their advisors, lawyers, lenders and investors meet these challenges by providing a broad array of the highest quality professional practices from a single source.


Tricom, S.A. is a full service communications services provider in the Dominican Republic. We offer local, long distance, mobile, cable television and broadband data transmission and Internet services. Through Tricom USA, we are one of the few Latin American-based long distance carriers that is licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to own and operate switching facilities in the United States. Through our subsidiary, TCN Dominicana, S.A., we are the largest cable television operator in the Dominican Republic based on our number of subscribers and homes passed. We also offer digital mobile integrated services including two-way radio and paging services in Panama using iDEN(R) technology. For more information about Tricom, please visit

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Publication date: 2003-12-17

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Musical Parody Usi Cast Expands And Broadens Its Focus For Play That Opens Tonight
Source: Evansville Courier & Press
Publication date: 2003-11-12
Arrival time: 2003-12-15

A five-woman musical revue has become a 17-person showcase for women and men in the University of Southern Indiana's new musical theater course.

Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd conceived "A... My Name is Alice" as a 20-song show for five women, who portray dozens of characters, both men and women.

When it opens Wednesday in the Mallette Studio Theatre, however, USI Theatre's "Alice" will feature four men and 13 women.

Director John Berst has a couple of reasons for the recasting.

First, he wanted to maximize the performance opportunities for deserving students in the two-semester musical theater performance course he's teaching.

"I had 17 people who were talented and willing enough to commit to this production. I saw no reason to turn any of them away just because the script put a certain number on the cast," he said.

Beyond that, he had a personal reason for including men.

"I think you could call `Alice' a piece for feminist parody," he said. Women featured in the show include friends, rivals, sisters and players on an all-female basketball team.

"Being a guy and not having lived the feminine experience, I don't know how qualified I am, really, to enter into that realm of satire," Berst explained.

"What I can do, however, is bring out the universality of the piece, and I can speak to the battle of the sexes and the interrelational aspects of the show, which, most of the time, deal with men and women."

The woman's perspective still dominates the production, "but it's not exclusive to that," Berst said.

"I think musical theater is a pretty open, forgiving genre. I think you can tweak it and not really betray the intentions."

Berst went outside the class for one cast member. He recruited Sue Schriber for some of the show's more mature roles.

Schriber is a veteran performer in community theater musical productions, a teacher and director of Evansville's all-city summer musicals presented by the Public Education Foundation and Evansville- Vanderburgh School Corp. He is at USI for two semesters, while Scott LaFeber, artistic director of the New Harmony Theatre, takes a leave from teaching.

Berst is a Buffalo, N.Y., native with undergraduate degrees in music and theater and a master of fine arts in musical theater performance. He's been an actor, a visiting artist and guest director at Manhattan College and served as musical director of a couple of theaters in New York. He's also vocal coach for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Berst's wife, Danielle Howard, is an actress and director taking graduate classes at USI. "She's helping me with some of the choreography for `Alice,'" Berst said.

He will play piano accompaniment for the show, which opens Wednesday in the Mallette Studio Theatre.

Berst compares the musical to the old "Laugh In" television show. He describes it as a series of musical sketches. "They're a bit random," he said, "and they're all funny."

Publication date: 2003-11-12

[JR: Probably not "our" Manhattan. But who knows. ]




CIC'S SUGGESTION: Everyone who works for a major corporation should send resumes placed here into their HR system or department. While you may not see the value, it may be that one thing that delivers an opportunity to a fellow Jasper that changes their life.

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
12/28/03 Sunday W. Basketball   Wagner   HOME   2:00 PM
12/28/03 Sunday M. Basketball   Holy Cross%   New York, NY   2:00 PM
12/29/03 Monday M. Basketball   St. John's/Pennsylvania%   New York, NY   TBA 
12/31/03 Wednesday M. Basketball   Hofstra   HOME   5:00 PM
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1/2/04 Friday W. Basketball   Bucknell   Lewisburg, PA   7:00 PM
1/3/04 Saturday M. Basketball   Siena*   Albany, NY   7:00 PM
1/6/04 Tuesday W. Basketball   St. Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   7:30 PM
1/7/04 Wednesday M. Basketball   Canisius*   Buffalo, NY   7:00 PM
1/9/04 Friday Track & Field   Fordham/St. John's Invitational   The Armory   12:00 PM
1/9/04 Friday M. Basketball   Niagara*   Niagara University, NY   7:00 PM
1/9/04 Friday W. Basketball   Marist*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/11/04 Sunday W. Basketball   Iona*   New Rochelle, NY   2:00 PM
1/14/04 Wednesday W. Basketball   Dartmouth   Hanover, NH   7:00 PM
1/14/04 Wednesday M. Basketball   St. Peter's*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/16/04 Friday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   10:00 AM
1/16/04 Friday W. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/17/04 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   10:00 AM
1/18/04 Sunday W. Basketball   Fairfield*(DH)   HOME   1:00 PM
1/18/04 Sunday M. Basketball   Fairfield*(DH)   HOME   4:00 PM
1/20/04 Tuesday W. Basketball   Fordham   HOME   7:00 PM
1/23/04 Friday M. Basketball   Loyola (MD)*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/24/04 Saturday Track & Field   Army   West Point, NY   TBA 
1/25/04 Sunday W. Swimming   CW Post/NJIT   Brookville, NY   1:00 PM
1/25/04 Sunday W. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/25/04 Sunday M. Basketball   Iona*   New Rochelle, NY   4:00 PM
1/30/04 Friday W. Basketball   Canisius*(DH)   HOME   5:30 PM
1/30/04 Friday M. Basketball   Niagara*(DH)   HOME   7:00 PM
1/30/04 Friday W. Swimming   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   7:00 PM
1/31/04 Saturday M. Tennis   Columbia Big Apple   New York, NY   TBA 
1/31/04 Saturday Track & Field   Princeton 5-Way   The Armory   TBA 
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[Sports from College]


New York, NY (December 20, 2003)- Junior Peter Mulligan scored 13 of his season-high 17 points in the second half as Manhattan defeated Richmond, 70-62, today at Madison Square Garden in the nightcap of the Dreyfus Classic. Mulligan added a season-high 11 rebounds to record the Jaspers' first double-double of the season, as Manhattan improves to 4-2 this season and 9-1 at MSG under Bobby Gonzalez.

The Spiders (5-4) jumped out to a quick 9-4 lead before the Jaspers used an 18-6 run to take a 22-15 lead with 6:46 left in the first half. Manhattan would extend the lead to as many as nine, 32-23, with 1:25 left before the break on a Mulligan layup, and went into halftime with a 34-27 lead.

In the second half, Manhattan stretched its lead to 11 points (52-41) on a Jason Benton free throw with 11:02 remaining before Richmond used a 13-2 run, capped by three Mike Skrocki free throws, to tie the score at 56-56 with 3:30 left. But the Jaspers responded with a 13-2 run of their own over the next three minutes to extend the lead back to 11 (69-58) and went on to the 70-62 victory.

Luis Flores scored a game-high 25 points and Benton added 10 points, joining Mulligan in double-figures. Richmond was led by Tony Dobbins, who tallied 15 points. Skrocki added 10 in the first ever meeting between Manhattan and Richmond.

The Jaspers return to action on Sunday, December 28, when they take on Holy Cross in the first round of the Dreyfus Holiday Festival. Manhattan looks to become only the second team in Holiday Festival history to win three straight championships.



Newark, DE – (December 22, 2003) – The Lady Jaspers fell to CAA member Delaware, with the score of 63-42. Manhattan drops its fourth straight game, falling to 3-4 on the season. Senior Rosalee Mason posted a team high 17 points with 8 rebounds, in the loss.

In the first half, the Blue Hens of Delaware jumped out to a quick 9-3 run. Manhattan would fight back and take the lead at the 11:01 mark with two free throws by Michelle Bernal-Silva, 14-13. After a few back and forth minutes, Delaware pulled ahead taking lead back, they then extended the lead with an 8-0 run capped by a half court buzzer beater by Tracey Howell, making the score 34-22.

In the second half of play, Manhattan jumped out on a 9-4 run pulling within eight at the 16:36 mark. Delaware held off Manhattan allowing only 2 field goals in over seven minutes of play until Nikkoletta Deutsch knocked down a jumper making the score 47-37. The Lady Jaspers got into foul trouble, with freshman Michelle Bernal-Silva, Rosalee Mason and Serra Sangar fouling out of the game, Delaware then pulled away, eventually capturing the 63-42 victory.

Junior Serra Sangar posted 8 points and 3 rebounds and Senior Nikoletta Deutsch also added 8 points and 3 rebounds.

The Blue Hens (8-1) were led by Tiffany Young who knocked down 21 points with 8 rebounds and Julie Sailer who added 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Manhattan will be back in action after Christmas on Sunday, December 28 against New York City foe Wagner at 2 pm. Following the Wagner game, Manhattan will head to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to face Bucknell on January 2.



Riverdale, NY (December 23, 2003)- Senior Rajne Svenssohn's performance at the season opening Manhattan Heptathlon/Pentathlon and Throws meet on December 2 has been adjusted by the NCAA using the new scoring tables and has improved his final total to the "A" Qualifying Standard. Svenssohn's new total of 5502 automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Indoor Championships, to be held in Fayetteville, AR in mid March.

The new scoring tables were recently implemented (the Heptathlon is a new event for the NCAA indoor season) caused Svenssohn's original point total of 5487 to be rescored as 5502, eclipsing the "A" standard of 5500. His qualifying mark extends the Manhattan College streak of qualifying athletes for the NCAA Championships to 18 consecutive years.



[Sports from News & Web]

Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas)
December 20, 2003, Saturday FINAL EDITION
BYLINE: WENDELL BARNHOUSE; Star-Telegram Staff Writer

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* Now that St. John's has fired coach Mike Jarvis, expect the speculation on his replacement to center on two coaches: Bobby Cremins and Bobby Gonzalez. Cremins, who last coached at Georgia Tech in 2000, is tan, rested and ready as a full-time resident in Hilton Head, S.C. Gonzalez is the popular, aggressive and successful coach at Manhattan College. St. John's administrators can either go old school or new school if they choose between the two Bobbys.

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Copyright 2003 The Hearst Corporation 

The Times Union (Albany, NY)

December 19, 2003 Friday THREE STAR EDITION


HEADLINE: Arduini going swimmingly;

Freshman quick to break Manhattan College marks

BYLINE: Bill Arsenault; Special To The Times Union

After just eight meets, freshman Courtney Arduini of Selkirk (Bethlehem High) owns eight Manhattan College women's swim team records and is part of another.

Arduini made her collegiate debut in a 105-99 triumph over C.W. Post on Oct. 31 and broke school records in the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 50 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke. She also helped the 200 medley relay team set a new standard.

The medley relay record was set again in a 105-95 loss to Siena. She picked up another record against Sacred Heart, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:04.15, breaking the old mark set in 1992 by 14 seconds.

Against Sarah Lawrence, Arduini set the 50 breaststroke and 200 IM records. The 200 IM time of 2:19.08 was more then 10 seconds faster than the old mark of 2:29.54 set in 1995.

In her latest effort, Arduini won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.03 in a 111-89 triumph over St. Joseph's. The old mark, set in 1992, was 1:03.35.

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Copyright 2003 Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY)
All Rights Reserved 
Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY)
December 18, 2003 Thursday
HEADLINE: Boeheim's adjustment pays off in a big way vs. Jaspers
BYLINE: John Pitaressi, Staff

SYRACUSE - That Jim Boeheim is a genius.

One little adjustment, and he turns a losing effort into a winning night.

Well, maybe it was a little more complicated than that, but the halftime decision to junk his signature 2-3 zone and go to an aggressive man-to-man defense definitely was the catalyst in Syracuse University's 69-63 come-from-behind basketball victory over Manhattan College Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.

Not that Boeheim thought making the change took much in the way of coaching savvy.

"No way we could give up more than 42 points playing man-to-man," Boeheim said, although he insisted his Orangemen are not a good man-to-man team despite working hard on it every day at practice.

Boeheim long has been the king of the 2-3 zone, but he will abandon it when he feels desperate. He did it last year in SU's second game with Pittsburgh and the Orangemen played it well enough to come away with a 67-65 victory.

SU did give up those 42 points in the first half, and trailed the Jaspers (3-2) by eight. Luis Flores, Manhattan's silky guard who was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the year last season, scored 15 points and Jason Benton, a 6-foot-6 center who came into the game averaging 2.8 points, added 12 as the 19th-ranked Orangemen were beaten on the boards and gave up numerous inside buckets.

"Our zone was very stagnant," Boeheim said. "We stood around and watched Benton score inside. We had no aggressiveness."

Boeheim, who has said many times his team has a long way to go to be good, didn't like what he saw on he other end of the floor.

"We made poor decisions on offense - we had 14 turnovers," he said.

That changed very quickly in the second half.

"We decided we were going to play man-to-man, and it was as good as it could be in the second half" he said.

"It turned the game around, it changed the pace of the game," said forward Hakim Warrick, who scored 12 points and had a team-leading 10 rebounds, helping give SU a 37-26 advantage on the boards after the smaller Jaspers had outrebounded them 12-9 in the first half. "It raised the energy level and made us play harder."

Warrick and Craig Forth (six rebounds, three blocks) began crashing the boards in a big way, and the entire team simply showed a lot more pizzazz. Especially Billy Edelin, who led the way with 17 points - Gerry McNamara, who has to run the gauntlet in every game to get a few shots up, had 16 - and combined with Josh Pace to hold the dangerous Flores to seven second-half points. Edelin scored 14 of this points in the second half, 12 in the first 7:21 as SU went on an 18-6 run.

"When people think of Syracuse, everybody thinks 2-3 zone," Edelin said. "We went to man, and I think it threw a monkey wrench into what they were trying to do."

The change also helped offensively, he said.

"We went aggressive, more than anything," he said. "We picked up the tempo. It made us get out and run."

It made a difference, that's for sure. You'll see it again.

John Pitarresi covers the Syracuse Orangemen for the Observer-Dispatch. Contact him via e-mail at

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Copyright 2003 Sidelines via U-Wire 
University Wire
December 18, 2003, Thursday
HEADLINE: Lady Raiders split 2 games in FAU tournament
BYLINE: By Jori Rice, Sidelines
SOURCE: Middle Tennessee State U.
DATELINE: Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Middle Tennessee State women's basketball team is 3-1 after a 70-65 loss to Manhattan College (4-0) in the Florida Atlantic University Tournament and a win against Norfolk State University (0-3).

MT traveled to Boca Raton, Fla., during the Thanksgiving weekend and played two games in the FAU Tournament. The Lady Raiders started with the Manhattan Jaspers.

Manhattan took a 12-point lead midway through the first half. Then, MT came back on a 23-9 run in the final eight minutes to lead 35-32 going into halftime.

The Lady Raiders went into the second half leading. Soon after, Nikoletta Deutsch from Manhattan made her third 3-pointer of the game, which gave the Lady Jaspers a 53-51 lead.

Deutsch added another three to extend the Lady Jaspers lead. Nevertheless, MT did not give up. Chrissy Givens' layup under the basket and Ciara Gray's free throws broke the five-minute dry spell and pulled the Lady Raiders within five with three minutes to go, 56-61.

Danielle Cooper went to the foul line and made two free throws that gave Manhattan a seven-point lead. However, Tia Stovall's offensive rebound with a putback and Keisha McClinic's bucket under the basket decreased the Jaspers' lead to three.

Indeed, MT struggled to keep up with the Lady Jaspers, but the turnovers allowed Manhattan to take over the game in the final seconds.

"Turning the ball over 27 times is not going to win you a basketball game," MT head coach Stephany Smith said.

Junior guard Patrice Holmes recorded her second double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds along with six steals. Two other MT players reached double figures: Krystle Horton scored 16 points, and Givens added 10.

The loss meant the Lady Raiders had to play NSU in the consolation game.

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LOAD-DATE: December 19, 2003


UD women’s basketball extends winning streak

Tiffany Young scored 21 points to lead UD past Manhattan.

10:14 a.m., Dec. 23, 2003--The University of Delaware women’s basketball team, led by Tiffany Young’s career-high 21 points, defeated Manhattan College 63-42 on Monday night at the Bob Carpenter Sports/Convocation Center.

It was the eighth straight win for the Fightin’ Blue Hens, who are off to the best start in UD history.

Young, a junior forward, scored 14 of her points in the second half points as the Hens pulled away. She was 11 of 14 from the foul line and also had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals.

Julie Sailer added 11 points for the Hens and Tiara Malcom had eight points and five rebounds.

UD (8-1) is unbeaten since losing its season opener to the University of Richmond and has held three straight opponents to fewer than 50 points.

Manhattan (3-4) was led by forward Rosalee Mason, who had 13 points and eight rebounds. Serra Sanger and Nikoletta Deutsch scored eight points each and Danielle Cooper had six assists.

Manhattan, which has just eight players on its roster, committed 30 turnovers and had three players foul out. UD took advantage by connecting on 33 of 45 foul shots.

The game was close for the first 12 minutes but the Hens scored the last eight points of the half to take a 34-22 lead into the break. Tracey Howell hit a half-court shot at the buzzer for the 12-point lead.

UD dominated the second half and held Manhattan to just three points over the final seven minutes of the game.

The Hens will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 4, when they open the Colonial Athletic Association season with a game at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Tip-off will be at 2 p.m.


Colleges: Syracuse can leave the zone
Orange use tough man-to-man defense to beat pesky Manhattan
The Associated Press

Syracuse’s Jeremy McNeil misses a dunk over Manhattan’s Dave Holmes in the first half Wednesday night. [Day in Photos]

(December 18, 2003) — SYRACUSE — Man-to-man defense or bust.

Strange as it may sound, that’s what it came down to Wednesday night for Syracuse University, which watched Manhattan College carve up its trademark 2-3 zone for 42 first-half points.

 “We were either going to win or lose the game playing man-to-man,” said coach Jim Boeheim, whose Orangemen made the defensive switch at halftime. “We weren’t going back to it (zone).”

He called the move a “gamble.“

It paid off.

Energized by the man-to-man, especially the hustling defense of Josh Pace and Billy Edelin on reigning MAAC Player of the Year Luis Flores, the 19th-ranked Orangemen overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and foul trouble to beat the Jaspers, 69-63, at the Carrier Dome.

Edelin, the sophomore point guard, led SU (4-1) with 17 points, scoring 14 in the second half, while backcourt mate Gerry McNamara scored nine of his 16 after intermission. Forward Hakim Warrick added 12 points and 10 rebounds and backup guard Louie McCroskey was solid again in 21 minutes (eight points). The freshman from the Bronx also heard the crowd of 14,688 boomLooouie,” for the first time.

 “Some teams attack (the zone) better than others. Sometimes we stand around and it’s not a good defense when you stand around,” said Boeheim, whose team plays next against Siena, at 4 p.m. Saturday at the dome.

Manhattan (3-2), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorite, is the team SU beat 76-65 in the first round of last season’s run to the NCAA Tournament title. Edelin also hurt the Jaspers then, scoring 15 points off the bench.

 “He’s such a big guard, such a hard matchup for us,” coach Bobby Gonzalez said.

Manhattan raced to a 10-2 lead early. Flores pumped in 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting and forward Jason Benton added 12 points, as the Jaspers led 42-34 at halftime aided by 14 SU turnovers.

But after making 16 of 27 shots in the first half (59 percent), Manhattan went 6 of 23 in the second (26 percent). Other than a layup at the buzzer by Flores, Manhattan went the final 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal.

The man-to-man defense “picked up the flow,” said Edelin, who spent 11 minutes on the bench in the first half watching McCroskey score all eight of his points. “We got more run-outs, made them turn the ball over and got some easy baskets.“

Edelin doesn’t shoot well but was more aggressive, finding spots in the lane to score eight points in a 14-3 run to open the second half. That gave SU a 48-45 lead. Pace was hounding Flores, who shot 2-for-9 in the second half and finished with 22 points, until he picked up his fourth foul with 12:50 remaining. Edelin took over, denying the 6-2 Flores looks.

 “I just tried to play him tough,” Edelin said.

Warrick was tagged with his fourth foul with 9:35 left and SU ahead, 54-52, but freshmen forward Terrence Roberts and McCroskey gave SU big minutes off the bench. Center Craig Forth, McNamara and Edelin all hit big shots to help SU build a small cushion, up 64-56 with 4:16 to go, then hang on.






From: Brian J. (1970) Horgan
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2003 3:42 PM
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply:

I am part of the Xerox Involuntary Reduction In Force effective 12-12.  I have received permission to complete several of the projects I was involved in and am continuing to check mail.

[JR: Bummer. Advise us when you get to an appropriate step in your recovery. I know it takes some time to "get your head screwed back on straight". But, it could be (is) a blessing in disguise. You know "close a door, and a window of opportunity opens elsewhere". I believe that is really true. At least it has been for me. ]




From: Peter E. (1957) Dans
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 9:53 AM
Subject: Re:

Dear John:

Thanks again for another excellent edition of Jasper Jottings. 

I particularly appreciate reading the emails from Major Esposito in Iraq and was happy that he shared the story about the Forward Surgical Team.  He and the others who put themselves in harm's way for our sakes (and their loved ones) remain in our prayers. 

I also was interested in the article about Sergeant Heyne who died in World War II and to learn that he attended La Salle Military Academy (LSMA) as a Post-Grad or PG.  Those were the days when LaSalle recruited PG's and had a powerhouse football team.  They used to play Admiral Farragut in what was referred to as the Little Army-Navy game.  In a time when Army and Navy had some of the best teams in the country, that was a big compliment.  When I started in the 8th grade at LSMA in 1948, the school stopped its PG program and recruited only students who were enrolled in the high school.  The team went on to lose every game but one.  I was also interested to see that his wife attended St. John's Villa Academy in Staten Island which I attended from 1941 to 1944.  In gathering material for a book, I called the school and was put in touch with my 89 year old 1st grade teacher who is as sharp as ever and is still teaching at St. John's.  I plan to send her a copy of the article in case she hasn't seen it.

The other article that was particularly poignant was the story about the young man whose brother was shot in the Bronx.  Having grown up in a cold water flat, tenement, and housing project, I can attest to the importance of family and those Catholic schools mentioned as well as Manhattan College in leading me on the right path.  It was also helpful that when I was growing up, high achievement was expected by the society.  This included learning including the English language and history (not social studies). Fortunately for me, victimhood, the hyping of underclass values by the "all-knowing" elite, permissiveness, and a lowest-common denominator approach using psychobabble to explain away crime and failure weren't in vogue.  While it's true that I too often am afflicted by a "the world is going to hell in a handbasket" syndrome; more and more I am optimistic about the rising generations.  Part of this optimism has come from hearing the interviews of the service men and women by the "embeds" in Iraq.

Keep up the good work.  Best wishes for a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours.

Peter E. Dans, M.D. MC'57

[JR: I am always tickled when readers find "stuff" interesting and useful. My best wishes to your old teacher. When done well, education can be the "standing on the shoulders of others we hear about. Done badly, it puts us in a hole that we have to dig out of. I have been in both and the difference is huge! ]




From: mike 72 toner
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 3:05 PM
Subject: Re:

On 12/20/03 11:52 AM, "reinke (@ home office)" wrote:

> [JR: I suggest we demand the impeachment of one Supreme, one from the
> Ninth Circus, and one from the District Court level. Pick the worst
> one and nuke him or her. Then watch the close attention to the
> Constitution pick up. ]

Dear John,

OK, but if you get to pick a "worst" one, then I get to pick a "worst" one (on the Supremes I start with Scalia, then Rhenquist, then Thomas) and I'll bet we cancel each other out.

Ain't democracy grand!!

Thanks, as always, for your excellent work in keeping this forum going - and MERRY CHRISTMAS !! (though, isn't it polite when you are not sure of someone's faith to say Happy Holidays??)

mike toner
bee '72

[JR: <1> Well ok let's nuke two. It's not a democracy; it's a republic. The minorities have "rights"! And as part of the "minority", I demand my rights! To speak, to worship, to defend myself, and to live in peace with my fellow man. Something the majority seeks to deny us all. <2> Thanks for the compliment. But, without participants and readers, it wouldn't be viable. <3> Having grown up in a Jewish neighborhood, I never heard anyone be insulted by being the recipient of good wishes, regardless of the language or variation. We must be vigilant when people seek to divide "us", people of good will, for any reason. ]




From: Charles Marino ' 05
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 5:23 PM
Subject: Joining the List

John Reinke,

I think its a great idea to connect the jasper community.  Please add me to the list under this e-mail address.

Thank you,
Charles Marino ' 05
Mechanical Engineering

[JR: I think it's a unique resource for you students to connect to the appropriate "old fogies" who can help you in wisdom, job refs, or just being an ear. When I started out, I though I knew so much and burned many opportunities before finding some that I couldn't screw up. Hopefully, this list can help others avoid my mistakes. ]




To: Karen E. (????) Christie
From: John Reinke
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 10:39 AM
Subject: Under the heading of no good deed. FW: Returned mail: User unknown

Jasper Karen: Can you help reconnect Dowd? John'68

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Subject: Re: Jasper Jottings 04/21/00

From: Karen E Christie


The following message was received at and is being forwarded to you, the list owner. ========

Dear John (Collector-in-Chief!)

            Thank you for your weekly Jasperjottings.  I recently spoke to two Alumni Jaspers, and they are evidently not on your e-mail list.  I am therefore sending you these two new addresses.

            Doug Dowd - Class of 1994 -

[JR: Always trying to recover the "lost" or "escapees"! ]




From: Joseph Ludford, '58E
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 11:31 AM
Subject: Re:


Re: Obit 1

I knew Thomas Earls in ROTC while I was at Manhattan.  His goodness of heart was recognizable at a young age.  I never forgot how he treated us lower ranking cadets.

Thanks for the great service you provide.

Joseph Ludford, '58E

[JR: And, thanks for sharing your memories of a "good guy". It lends meaning to "no good deed goes unnoticed". ]




From: Prof. Charles H. Lochmüller (1962)
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 22 Dec 2003

Yes. Use the Permanent alumni e-mail address.

That's a long story about Heckman. I was in AFROTC a year ahead of him. My eyes went and I did not want a commission as a Navigator/Observer. The discrimination goes beyond employment. A two tour buddy did all that is needed to get a M1 rifle from the one-time Director of Civilian Marksmanship now called Civilian Marksmanship Program.  His application was delayed an additional 6 months. Why? Extra careful look being given to people who served in SVN because they are considered potentially dysfunctional. Silver Star or not. Marked for life.

Charles '62

[JR: There does seem to be a perverse element of government that needs to be nuked. I always say the "government is not our friend". It is like SOME people take on a negative role when they enter government service. It's like the worst comes out when petty people are given a little power. My examples are the Post Office and the DMV. At least when it happens in the NFL or the NBA, I don't have to play along. But, in government, I am forced to pay for the show.]




From: Lorenzo A. Rodriguez (1968)
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 9:19 PM
Subject: RE:

Dear Fellow Jasper John:

In your last weekly message, you indicated that Oscar Mayorga, Eng. 1969 changed his e-mail.  I was the one who connected Oscar with your Jasper Jottings. If you would be kind enough to forward to him my request for him to contact me at <privacy invoked>, I would appreciate it very much.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year!

I hope God continue to grant you great health so that you may send the Jasper Jottings for a very long time.  It is a great connection to Manhattan College without the College's PR hype. God bless you!

Lorenzo A. Rodriguez

[JR: Hey, it's either some hype from the College or drivel (my Libertarian points, Curmudgeon's rants, or Helm's french MacDonalds). At least the price it right! ;-) Thanks for the kind wishes. PS, I have BCCed him on this message. John'68 ]




From: Robert Carroll  '68
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 10:17 PM
Subject: Re:

Please remove my name from your email distribution.

Robert Carroll  '68

[JR:  Why?]

From: Robert Carroll  '68
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2003 11:26 AM
Subject: Re:

You incorrectly assume that everyone shares your values and political views.

Please remove my email address from your distribution. 

[JR:  I did after your first request. Please let us know if you have any news. Thanks for participating, John'68 ]

[JR: I know that most people don't share my opinions, but, like Jasper Toner's reply above. It is interesting when you can get a dialogue going. People need to have a reason to take ten minutes to read this.  ]




From: Steven G. (1981) Esposito
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2003 4:03 AM
Subject: Fwd: December 2003 Christmas From ISteve in Iraq

Merry Christmas John!!...note my dot mil address

[JR: I have added a duplicate address to your mil address. So I have to remember now to subtract 3, Maybe this might make it easier for you. If not, just let me know and I'll delete it. ]

Company B, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations)
Kirkuk, Iraq
APO AE 09347

REPLY  TO  Steven G. (1981) Esposito

21 December 2003


SUBJECT:    Christmas 2003 Greetings from the Town of Ad-Diluyilah, Iraq

     Hello, happy holidays and glad tidings and Christmas cheer. I just want to let you know that I am fine, and doing well as can be but missing home very much as the holidays approach. I am winding down my stay in the Sunni Triangle at the town of Ad-Diluyilah. I plan to leave for Tikrit next week to take on a desk job at the in division headquarters. It will be in Saddam’s palace on the Tigris. Oh, how appropriate it is now that he is no more. I am sad to leave the Samarra East Airbase and all the close friends I made at the 3-29th Field Artillery battalion. I will always be proud to wear the 4th Infantry Division combat patch. It is very hard to leave and depart from the friendships made here. It will also be depressing to be just here for the holidays, especially when we were supposed to be home and at Fort Bragg at this time. I apologize for not writing often as I should have, but I was unable to get to the PX for more than a month to get Christmas cards (and a haircut) in time, so this will have to do. Anyway it's more personal than a card.

     What I will miss most will be being in the field with a civil affairs team conducting civil military operations (CMO) doing assessments of the towns and villages. I will miss the town’s people and the friendships forged in trust with the locals even though it was under the dangerous rigors of combat conditions. I will miss going to the clinics, city hall and especially the schools. Going to the schools and rebuilding them gave me new perspective on life over here. Children will always be children no matter where they are or what country they are in. Innocence can never be snuffed out as I quickly learned. No matter how big and bad the dictator may be. Just being able to reach out and touch their young hearts and minds was the greatest accomplishment we could do as civil affairs soldiers. Maybe one day they will remember us fondly as a people who came in peace and were willing to share happiness and a smile (and yes, do the infamous “donkey dance” in class with them). That was my greatest reward and satisfaction during my tour of duty here. One bright note of the tour was CBS visited us last Saturday and spent the afternoon seeing how we conduct civil military operations, especially in rehabilitating schools. It was a fun-filled day as well and what they saw is actually how we are treated here by the Iraqi’s. These folks are not out to hurt us do us harm. Many have become our friends and say that I am their “brother.” And I know that they sincerely mean that. They even guaranteed our safety as they guided us to visit their villages in places where we could easily have been ambushed as we assessed their badly needed schools, clinics and water treatment plants. Even the Imam’s (religious leaders) we met. Not all preach Jihad or death to Americans. Only the weak cowards bought and bribed by the loser regime are the ones that used religion as poor excuse to express terror and malice.

      Now that Saddam was finally captured we hope that peace and stability will come, or just the opposite may happen. His loyal Ba’athist and Feyadeen cowards may just act up even more so now. It’s pretty pathetic when you think about it. What was Saddam thinking? You have to ask. Why do his followers continue on when there is nothing left? (They never had anything to begin with anyway) Well, to see him cowering in a spider hole like weak animal and seeing how cheaply his goons attacked us. It also says a lot about his moral fortitude and courage as a leader as well as that of his cowardly followers. And that’s not much to brag about. I guess that was his vision and philosophy of a true leader. (Yeah, right!). Well, I can say that this hopefully will close the chapter of another horrible and evil dictator who has made the “Honor Roll of Evil,” summa cum laude.

     But most of all, I will miss the bonds of friendship made under those conditions serving proudly with the soldiers of the 3-29 Field Artillery battalion. War brings men closer together. The closeness of this bond is one that will never be forgotten with the men you fought alongside with. Departing them especially during the Holiday season is always hard. But the lesions learned will be lessons learned for life. Standing up and establishing police departments, repairing and renovating schools, water treatment plants and clinics. Just putting a smile on a young child’s face is worth it all and seeing how the average Iraqi reacts and how grateful they are for the help. Many, many are like that. They are just like you and I. Well, what would one expect from over 30-35 years of despotic tyranny? It will be a slow beginning, but only time will tell about how we left out mark on a people starved to their right to live life, enjoy liberty and their pursuit of happiness, just as any he right other free democratic society normally does. The future of a new and free Iraq now belongs to the young ones that we have left our mark on and we are proud to say that we were able to bring to the Iraqi’s this holiday season…..the gift of freedom.

     As I close it will soon be the night before Christmas, here in Iraq. Not a creature will stir, pray God, not even a Feyadeen rat.  As we lie in our racks and recall where we are at, we hope and pray that our loved ones at home will remember us all.  The right to live to life, with freedom and all, we have so much to give thanks as we deck the halls, because no terrorist in this land could never ever make us ever fall. So onward dear Santa, watch over us here, maybe your sled will magically appear and bring us all closer to all we miss so dear. But the best gift of all, pray tell; is not only of peace and joy, but bring us closer to our land we hold oh so near, so that the rest of us back home will never, ever live in fear. All of your love and support to us here is the best gift of all, for our only holiday cheer. And with this as I go, I wish all a good night, with peace and good will, to all a Good Night!!........Merry Christmas to all and may the freedom that makes our country great fill your hearts and homes with hope this holiday season. May God always Bless America. I miss home so much!





SO-38 Team Chief,
404th Civil Affairs Battalion (SO)

“Freeing the oppressed…The CA Way!”

[JR:  Speechless! ]







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Public Education Fails

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years, reporting on everything from sports to politics. From 1969–71, he worked as a campaign staffer for gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races in several states. He was an editor, assistant to the publisher, and columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001. He now writes a syndicated column which is carried on Reese served two years active duty in the U.S. Army as a tank gunner.

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We cannot correct what's wrong with public education using mandatory tests.

The main problem with public education is that it is a political institution controlled by politicians. They have screwed it up, but as usual, they will not admit their own failings and instead blame teachers, students and parents.

I got a pretty good education in public schools, but that was before the era of political correctness and before crackbrain theories began to flow out of colleges of education like odors out of an outhouse.

We did not take standardized tests, and there were no social promotions. Fear of failing was a great motivator. The idea of having to repeat a year sitting in a classroom full of younger children was, ugh, a nasty thought to children of my era. There was also the fear of what our parents would do.

We were not segregated by ability. One of the cruelest things public education has done is to implement the idea of segregating students by ability, or at least by what the school thinks is their ability. That is a system of vicious labeling and does great psychological harm. How would you like to be labeled a "slow learner"?

No, in my day, we all sat in the same class and received the same instruction. Differences were reflected in grades. There always some A students, some B students, some C students, some D students and occasionally an F student. But no one was ever publicly branded. Nor was there any pressure on the teachers to produce uniform results.

Uniform results are impossible because students are not uniform. They are all different. They differ in IQ, general health, family background and genetic inclinations. A good teacher simply tries to get from every student his or her best effort. That is the way it should be.

We have, and have had for a number of years, a generally sorry class of politicians. They are masters of evasion. The real problem, which was becoming public, was the policy of social promotion. Rather than cause a hassle, school bureaucrats had crafted various schemes to promote children whether they learned any of the material or not.

The simple solution would have been to ban social promotion. But to ban it, politicians would have had to admit that it existed, and they were afraid to do that for fear that it would get mixed up with the race question. So they came up with the scheme of standardized tests. Now, because of the incredible pressure put on schools and teachers, most of the year is spent studying for the test.

The problem is, some children just are no good at taking tests. They might be smart. They might know the material, but they don't do well on written tests. Some kids need more individual attention than others, but under the pressure of the test, there is no time for that. The only intelligent assessment of a child's progress is the one made by his or her teacher, who has spent a year with the child.

I think public education is so messed up, it needs to be abolished. I would be willing to pay school taxes into a fund that would provide scholarships to private schools for all of the children whose parents can't afford it. If we abolished the monopoly of public schools, the private sector would provide the educational resources, especially if there was a pool of public money with which to pay the tuition.

The public-school industry – and that's what it has become – is too riddled with entrenched bureaucrats and too politicized to ever be reformed. It should simply be dismantled, along with the colleges of education, which are hotbeds of claptrap.

December 22, 2003

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Charlie's right. We need to ahave change of thinking about "public education". Education of future citizens is too important to allow the government to do it!

And that’s the last word.