Sunday 04 January 2004

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.



Former Janitor in Cowboys' Backfield
AP Sports Writer

Erik Bickerstaff is not yet a star for the Dallas Cowboys, but he is on the field. Pretty remarkable, considering his most recent plays came in high school, seven years ago.  Along the way he spent his time as, among other things, a janitor, cleaning a football stadium.

The Atlanta Journal Story:

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IRVING, Texas (AP)--Erik Bickerstaff's stat line in his debut with the Dallas Cowboys was nothing remarkable: nine carries for 41 yards, two kickoff returns for 24 yards.

What is remarkable: The last time he played that much he was a junior. In high school. Seven years ago.

Since then, Bickerstaff has faced dead end after dead end, escaping them all like only a shifty running back could.

Convinced he could make it to the NFL, he refused to give up on his dream. He certainly had plenty of chances--such as this time last year, when he was a janitor cleaning Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium.

``I just knew that I had the talent to play at any level,'' Bickerstaff said. ``I got calls from my friends in the league. They told me, `You've got the talent, just keep it up and you're going to be right here with me.'''

Before playing last Sunday against Philadelphia, Bickerstaff's last action at tailback was in 1996, his junior year at North High School in Waukesha, Wis. He was named all-league and was looking forward to a big senior season when he was caught drinking. The punishment was a yearlong suspension.

Forgotten or ignored by colleges, his only scholarship offer was from Division I-AA Northern Iowa. And it was to run track.

Bickerstaff walked on at Wisconsin instead. But the Badgers already had Ron Dayne and Michael Bennett at tailback, so Bickerstaff was moved to fullback.

He paid his dues for four years, a redshirt season plus three more. He paid his tuition, too. Along the way, Bickerstaff had just one carry--in the final minutes of a 59-0 win over Indiana.

In spring 2002, Bickerstaff was preparing for his breakthrough. Coaches said he'd start at fullback. He also was finally going on scholarship. His eagerness showed on the practice field.

``I was pretty much a wrecking crew out there,'' Bickerstaff said.

Shortly before the annual spring game, running backs coach Brian White came to him, apologizing in advance for some bad news. Although his grades were fine, it was just discovered that Bickerstaff was academically ineligible.

The problem: a low ACT score made him a ``partial qualifier'' when he got to Wisconsin. That meant he wasn't allowed to play his first year, then had only three more seasons--not four, like most players. And he'd used them up.

Once academic counselors found the mistake, Bickerstaff was told there was still one way to gain an extra season: Earn his last 12 credits in summer school. He did.

Then he was told he needed 12 more.

``I didn't really get mad,'' he said. ``I knew there had to be another way.''

His only option was going to an NAIA school. Wisconsin coaches steered him to Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but soon after he arrived the program was accepted into the NCAA. The Badgers invited him back, still honoring his scholarship even though he couldn't play.

His old coaches helped him get a job. At, of all places, the stadium.

For $8.50 an hour, he swept floors and fixed things. He often went to empty the trash in White's office and wound up spending hours studying film and talking football.

Bickerstaff also was given a workout plan designed by the strength coach. With no one to push him, and no games to prepare for, it took a lot of dedication to follow it.

Saturdays were the worst. Although many of his friends, and all of his roommates, were football players, Bickerstaff skipped every game.

``I just couldn't stand to watch knowing somebody was out there playing my position,'' he said.

In the spring, he focused on the campus workout for NFL scouts. He wasn't expecting to get drafted, but he hoped to impress them enough to get invited to a training camp.

The Indianapolis Colts were the only team that called and didn't make an offer.

So agent Adam Robbins got busy. For months, he called teams and mailed a package featuring a ``highlight'' tape that was mostly from a spring scrimmage, a bio and newspaper articles.

``I'd say 80 percent of the teams we called didn't even call me back,'' said Robbins, whose other clients are all in the Arena League.

A sympathetic NFL contact steered Robbins to a Cowboys scout who agreed to look at the package.

Bickerstaff, meanwhile, got his sociology degree. He cut back on his workouts and started looking for a real job.

Then in June, the Cowboys offered a tryout.

Bickerstaff wasn't prepared and coaches could tell. Yet they liked his size (6-foot, 230-plus pounds) and the speed and moves he'd honed running the 400-meter hurdles. Coaches recommended he get back in shape because they might let him try again.

The second chance came in August and Bickerstaff nailed it, earning a spot on the 53-man roster.

He became the scout-team tailback but seemed out of the picture. When coach Bill Parcells wanted to spark the running game, he signed Adrian Murrell, who'd been out of the league since 2000.

Bickerstaff was inactive the first eight games, then waived and re-signed to the practice squad.

His big break came last week. With Murrell gone, third-down back Aveion Cason hurt and the running game lagging, Parcells decided to use Bickerstaff in a pivotal game at Philadelphia.

``This is a player who was a very, very long shot coming to training camp,'' Parcells said. ``But he's not without some skill and he's done everything we've asked him to do.''

Bickerstaff got in early in the second quarter. He plowed up the middle for seven yards on his first carry and did it again the next play. He finished that drive with five more yards on two more carries. His only other extended action came on the final, mop-up series of a 36-10 loss.

The next day, being sore never felt so good.

``Everyone thought I ran the ball hard and well,'' Bickerstaff said, unable to stop smiling. ``Hopefully I can get more opportunities and I can take advantage of it.''

Bickerstaff was expected to play again Sunday against Washington.

``He's shown he's a tough football player and he wants it real bad,'' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

So far, Bickerstaff is no Kurt Warner, who gave every NFL reject hope by going from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP.

Yet just by breaking into the league, this hard-luck janitor already has a tale that serves as a lesson in perseverance.

And it's only just begun.

``I'm trying to make the most of these last three games,'' Bickerstaff said. ``Hopefully I can stick with the Dallas Cowboys. That would be great.

``I definitely don't want to go back to cleaning floors.''

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Not many of us do!But, how many will push ourselves to "invest" in ourselves, without a "guaranteed" reward? In counseling FOWM, like myself, I constantly hear the refrain "they didn't provide enough training". What a joke. Let me understand this, you think that training is only available if the employer pays for it? Early in my career, I knew I wanted "education" since what was in my head, I could walk away with. They may take back their stapler, but what I had in my head they couldn't repossess. So, I had a budget every year of 1% after taxes for "toys" and "learning". "Toys" was PCs, PDAs, books, tapes that would improve my marketability. "Learning" was for stuff like visual basic boot camp. I hope that as we enter the new year, we all invest in our dreams like this fellow did.

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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Skelly, Catherine M.



Stevens, James F.






December 29, 2003, Monday
HEADLINE: Gabelli Asset Management Names Salerno to Board
DATELINE: RYE, N.Y., Dec. 29

Gabelli Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: GBL) today announced the addition of Frederic V. Salerno, former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Communications, to its Board of Directors.

    Mr. Salerno, 60, is a native New Yorker who began his career with New York Telephone in 1965 and rose to Vice President in 1983, where he directed the company's mandated divestiture from the Bell System.  In 1985 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New England Telephone and in 1987 to President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Telephone, which later merged into Bell Atlantic.

    Mario J. Gabelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gabelli Asset Management, said: "We are delighted to have attracted Fred Salerno to serve our shareholders on the Board of Directors.  His perspective built through a long and brilliant senior management career further strengthens and deepens the Board."

    Mr. Salerno is a member of the boards of Bear Stearns Company, Inc. Consolidated Edison, Inc., Heidrick & Struggles, Viacom, Inc. and other companies.

    Mr. Salerno earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Adelphia University.

    Gabelli Asset Management Inc., through its subsidiaries, manages approximately $26 billion in assets of mutual funds and closed-end funds (Gabelli Funds LLC), partnerships (Alternative Investment Group) and private advisory accounts (GAMCO).

SOURCE Gabelli Asset Management Inc.

CONTACT: Mario J. Gabelli of Gabelli Asset Management Inc., +1-914-921-5040

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Joe Geigel

B.S. in Mathematics, May 1983
Minor in Computer Science.
Member Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society for the Arts and Sciences





GENE SHARP - A Biographical Profile


Gene Sharp
Albert Einstein Institution
Boston, MA 02115-1801.

Gene Sharp is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1965 he held research appointments in Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs for nearly thirty years. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dr. Sharp, who has been called "the Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare," founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to promote research, policy studies, and education on the strategic uses of nonviolent struggle in face of dictatorship, war, genocide, and oppression.

He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in political theory from Oxford University (1968), a Master of Arts in Sociology (1951), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (1949) from Ohio State University. Manhattan College awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (1983). Rivier College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service (1996).

He lived for ten years in England and Norway. He did advanced studies at Oxford University, and in Norway he held positions at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research

Dr. Sharp is the author of various books on nonviolent struggle, power, political problems, dictatorships, and defense policy. His writings have been published in English in several countries and in twenty-seven other languages. These include Norwegian, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Tamil, Burmese, Karen, Thai, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

His The Politics of Nonviolent Action (1973) (Introduction by Thomas C. Schelling) was immediately hailed as a classic and the definitive study of nonviolent struggle.

His Making Europe Unconquerable (1985) focused on the relevance of civilian-based defense for Western Europe. It carried a Foreword by George F. Kennan.

His Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System (1990) examined how organized nonviolent noncooperation and defiance can potentially deter and defeat internal takeovers and invasions. This book was used in 1991 and 1992 by the new independent governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in planning their defense against Soviet efforts to regain control.

A collection of political analyses, Social Power and Political Freedom (1980), included an Introduction by Senator Mark O. Hatfield.

Gandhi as a Political Strategist, with Essays on Ethics and Politics (1979) carried an Introduction by Coretta Scott King, and the Indian edition (1999) contained additionally a Foreword by Frederico Mayor, then Director-General of UNESCO.

His first book, Gandhi Wields the Weapon of Moral Power (1960) included a Foreword by Albert Einstein.

Additionally, he is co-editor of Resistance, Politics, and the American Struggle for Independence, 1765-1775 (1986) and of Nonviolent Action: A Research Guide (1997), as well as a contributor to several encyclopedias.

A new book, The Power and Practice of Nonviolent Struggle, is in preparation in English. The earlier edition in Tibetan is being published with a Foreword by the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Sharp’s recent shorter writings include From Dictatorship to Democracy (English, Burmese, Spanish, Karen, and Indonesian). The Burmese editions were repeatedly denounced by the Burmese military dictators, and the Indonesian edition carried a Foreword by Abdurrahman Wahid, now President of Indonesia. The Spanish translation circulates in Cuba.

Dr. Sharp has in recent years made major efforts to prepare simplified presentations on the nature of nonviolent struggle and its applications against dictatorships. He has conducted workshops and consulted on strategic nonviolent struggle in several crisis situations.

He maintains that the major unsolved political problems of our time — dictatorship, genocide, war, social oppression, and popular powerlessness — require us to rethink politics in order to develop fresh strategies and programs for their resolution. He is convinced that pragmatic, strategically planned, nonviolent struggle can be made highly effective for application in conflicts to lift oppression and as a substitute for violence.




Catherine M. Skelly (1993)

Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, Bachelor of Science, Finance and Economics, May 1993
         ·  Graduated Magna Cum Laude
         ·  Semester abroad, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K., Fall 1992




Charles H Lochmüller, Ph.D.
Office: 326

Research Interests

Professor Lochmüller is an analytical chemist whose research emphasis of three decades has been in the area of chemical separations. The search for fundamental understanding of separation mechanisms in his group has included studies of the organization and dynamics of chemically bound molecules at silica surfaces by photophysical methods, spectroscopy in supercritical fluids and applications of chemometric modeling. New technologies that have spring from his research include magnetically stabilized, fluidized-bed enzyme reactor and new forms of iso-electric focusing electrophoresis patents. Most recent work has been in a new approach to efficient ion-exchange separation and purification of oligonucleitides.

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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
December 27, 2003 Saturday All Editions
SOURCE: North Jersey Media Group

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GEORGE R. COBERG, 66, of Dumont died Wednesday. Before retiring, he worked for Ingersoll-Rand Corp., Woodcliff Lake. He was a graduate of Manhattan College in the Bronx. He was a parishioner of St. Mary R.C. Church, Dumont. Arrangements: Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly.

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Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
December 28, 2003, Sunday
SECTION: News; Pg. P4C
HEADLINE: Jewish human-rights group takes on anti-Semitic book
BYLINE: Jim Remsen

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 it does 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 "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.

"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 bookstand 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."

The center plans to translate the rebuttal 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 emergence of "The Protocols."

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."

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Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2003 Sunday, CHICAGO FINAL EDITION
SECTION: Editorial; Pg. 10; ZONE: C
HEADLINE: Meet the Tribune editorial board

Each day the Tribune's Editorial and Commentary pages present range of opinions, observations and prisms through which readers can shape how they choose to think about their world. These are the 11 Tribune journalists who write and edit these pages, plus a user's guide to the breadth of expressions that appear here.


Each day's Chicago Tribune gives readers an abundance of news reports and objective analysis about their communities, their nation, their world. Here on the Editorial space intentionally set apart, the Tribune speaks its own mind about the many issues explored in other sections of the newspaper.

Tribune editorials project the opinions of this institution--to provoke debate, to pointed perspectives on the news, to set agendas in the greater Chicago community, crusade for change, to persuade readers and, often, to encourage them to react.

How do these Tribune opinions come to be? Three times each week, the editors writers whose photos appear today on these pages meet to determine what topics to be addressed in editorials and what the Tribune ought to say about each. Because members of the editorial board come from a wide range of backgrounds and political persuasions, disagreements among board members are frequent (and sufficiently civil to keep everyone coming back for more). That is the nature of the work.

Five core principles guide many of the board's debates. These principles-- equality, freedom of expression, individual liberty and individual responsibility, free markets and a limited role for government in the lives of citizens--have evolved over the Tribune's 156-year history.

These principles are guides, not reflexive dogmas. The specifics of each topic, and not a forged set of ideological templates, dictate where the discussion leads and what the resulting editorial will say. The board does not operate as a democracy: Decisions rest with the editor of the Editorial and Commentary pages. After these meetings, he assigns individual writers to craft the editorials that will reflect the Tribune's opinions.

Those opinions can change as new developments occur. Earlier this year, for example, the Tribune gave a limited endorsement to Israel's construction of a tall fence as a last-ditch effort to keep Palestinian suicide bombers from attacking Israeli civilians. More recently the Tribune has grown skeptical as the fence has extended farther and farther into West Bank lands where Palestinians live. One question has driven the board's discussion on this issue, which, like other disputes in the Middle East, is of great interest to many Tribune readers: What is the best path to a peaceful settlement of this chronic conflict?

Editorial writers spend more time reporting on and researching such topics than writing about them. At their best, the resulting editorials offer new facts, new insights, new interpretations of supposedly known commodities. Attempting to give readers rich contexts with which to interpret news events is the coin of the realm; conventional wisdom, the natural foe.

This is, in short, the place where the Tribune as an institution bares its soul. It may appear that, unlike most articles in the newspaper, editorials don't have bylines to identify whose voice is speaking to readers. Not so. Each day one byline appears in big, Gothic type on the top left corner of this page. Just as it has for 156 years.

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Alfredo Lanier

Editorial writer

At its most basic, the editorial board is a debating club of sorts. We meet three times a week to talk about world events, large and small. War in Iraq and the shooting of a wolf at the Brookfield Zoo. Argentina's wobbly economy and the latest sprinkling of city taxes. Huge public projects like the new Soldier Field and the preservation of the tiny but immensely important Farnsworth House in suburban Plano.

Each editorial board member is assigned to cover a portion of reality but, happily, we often stray from the cubbyholes. Latin America is normally my bailiwick, but last year I spent 10 days in Israel and the West Bank. I've covered energy and environmental policy but in the past few months have written about gay marriage, architectural preservation and municipal budgets. If pressed I'll tell you that foreign affairs is my favorite area. I try to go at it not as an ideologue but as an observer--of how people sustain daily survival. In a small place such as Israel, you can hear vastly different stories of survival, depending which side of the Green Line you are on. Sometimes making sense of it--are these people talking about the same reality?--can be exhausting.

It also can be a richly rewarding, as you share other people's wisdom and selflessness. For me these include a French-Canadian woman who runs a shelter for children with AIDS in Haiti, and human rights activists who spend their days campaigning against stubborn governments and long odds.

Part of my interest in things foreign comes from having been born in Cuba and coming to the U.S. at age 14. The rest is related to studying political science and international affairs at Manhattan College in New York and then at Indiana University in Bloomington. My training in journalism came later, at Northwestern University.

Chicago has been home for me and my partner for more than 31 years. Our mixed-breed dog and three cats are locals too.

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Daily News (New York)
December 28, 2003, Sunday SPORTS FINAL EDITION

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5 p.m., FSNY,

Hofstra at Manhattan

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Daily News (New York)
December 27, 2003, Saturday SPORTS FINAL EDITION

A 23-year-old man who was beaten, run over by a car and left to die on a Brooklyn street Christmas morning was identified yesterday as a shy college student who loved his family, basketball and New York.

"Here I can make something of myself," Dimitry Goldfeld often told friends and family, his grieving father, Alexander, 52, a cab driver, said in Russian yesterday.

Goldfeld was found dying on 18th Ave. and 70th St. in Brooklyn about 4:30 a.m. Christmas morning after he was beaten by a pair of teenagers and then hit by the car.

Charges against the teens were still pending last night, and police have not found the black Honda that ran over Goldfeld.

The father said his son was attending Manhattan College part time with an eye toward a job on Wall Street while working at an electronics warehouse in Brooklyn.

"He was big and strong, 6-foot-3, a strong guy, but he was a great guy. He would never harm anyone. I don't know how this happened," the father said.

Dimitry lived with his parents in a high-rise building in Coney Island. Mirrors in the W. Eighth St. apartment were covered yesterday as a sign of mourning.

"He worked. He studied. But he also liked to go to clubs and lead the normal American way of life," his father said. "He loved New York and always said he wouldn't want to live anywhere else."

Dimitry's grandmother, Zina Gomilyova, 72, who was visiting from Russia for the holidays, said her grandson "was a kind man who never said a rude word to anyone. That's why we can't understand why anyone would want to hurt him."

The grandmother said Dimitry doted on his 15-month-old niece, Lizzie.

Goldfeld's sister Tanya, 25, said her brother had many friends, some of whom he met playing basketball at a gym in Sheepshead Bay.

"He was a real friend to them, too," she said, dabbing at her eyes. "One of them joined the Army and was having trouble in boot camp in Georgia recently. My brother took a week off and went down there to give him support. That's the kind of man he was," she said.

and Alice McQuillan

GRAPHIC: Dimitry Goldfeld

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[JR: Again, I don't think this is "our" college, but what do I know, besides we have enough "pray-er-s" to share. ]




TELEGRAM & GAZETTE (Massachusetts)
December 22, 2003 Monday, ALL EDITIONS
HEADLINE: Education Notes

The following people have recently received academic appointments, awards or honors.

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Jillian Guglielmo, of Uxbridge, has been inducted into the Epsilon Sigma Pi Honor Society at Manhattan College.

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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:  

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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
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
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[Sports from College]


Riverdale, NY (December 31, 2003)- Senior forward Dave Holmes recorded his first double-double of the season, tallying game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds as Manhattan College overcame a seven point second half deficit to defeat the Hofstra University Pride, 65-58, tonight at Draddy Gym. The Jaspers improve to 6-3 with their third straight win over Hofstra.

Trailing by seven, 53-46, with 7:06 left in the game, Manhattan outscored Hofstra 19-5 the rest of the way. Holmes started the comeback with four straight free throws to cut the deficit to four, 53-49, with 5:46 remaining. After a Loren Stokes layup pushed the lead back to six, two more Holmes free throws, followed by back-to-back three pointers by Luis Flores and Kenny Minor gave the Jaspers the lead, 55-54, with 4:22 left on the clock. Another Flores three pushed the lead to four before two Kenny Adeleke free throws brought the Pride back to within two, 60-58, with 1:57 left in the game. The Jaspers would keep Hofstra off the scoreboard the rest of the way, as a tough, leaning jumper by Jason Wingate, and three free throws, two more Holmes and one from Minor, provided the final margin.

For the second straight game, Manhattan came out of the gate strong in the first half, scoring 18 of the game’s first 24 points to take an 18-6 lead 9:27 into the game. But like the Jaspers’ last game, the opposition answered Manhattan’s opening salvo with a run of its own, as the Pride went on a 11-1 run over the next 3:44 to pull with two, 19-17. The Jaspers would push the lead back to as many as seven, but Hofstra scored the last three points of the half, and the teams went into the break with Manhattan leading, 34-31.

Flores joined Holmes, who was 12-12 from the line, in double figures with 19 points on 8-14 shooting. Senior Jason Benton chipped in with five points, three rebounds, and a career-high six blocks. Wingate added seven points and four assists.

Hofstra was led by Adeleke’s 19 points and 13 boards, while Stokes added 14 and Carlos Rivera added 11.

The Jaspers get back in action on Saturday, January 3, when the begin a three game MAAC road trip at Siena. Manhattan follows that game with its Western New York swing, battling Canisius on Wednesday, January 7, and Niagara on Friday, January 9. All three games are slated to tipoff at 7:00 p.m.



New York, NY (December 29, 2003)- Manhattan was able to come back from a 17 point second half deficit to tie the game twice in the final minutes, but was unable to complete the comeback in falling to Penn in the championship game of the Dreyfus Holiday Festival, 49-47. Senior co-captains Luis Flores and Dave Holmes were named to the All-Tournament team.

Trailing by 17, 38-21, with 13:51 left in the second half, the Jaspers (5-3) mounted a furious comeback, going on a 13-0 run, capped by three consecutive Flores three-pointers to pull with four, 38-34, with 9:42 to play. Penn pushed the lead back to eight, 44-36, with 7:45 to play before Manhattan used a 9-1 run to tie the game at 45-45 on a Flores layup with 3:47 to play, the first tie since the score was 13-13 with 10:41 left in the first half. After two Tim Begley free throws, two of the 27 Penn was awarded in comparison to Manhattan's six, gave the Quakers back the lead, Holmes knotted the score at 47-47 with a layup with 1:19 to play. On the ensuing possession, the Jaspers stifled the Penn offense until Begley was able to hit a shot clock beating jumper in the lane with 42.7 seconds remaining. Manhattan had several chances to tie or win the game, but were unable to convert.

Manhattan came storming out of the gate to open the game, racing out to a 13-3 lead over the first 6:01 of the game, before the Jaspers shooting went ice cold. Manhattan was able to score only two more points the rest of the half, as the Quakers outscored the Jaspers 25-2 over the last 13:59 of the first half to take a 28-15 lead into the break.

For the game, Manhattan shot 29.9% (20-67) and went 3-6 from the line. Penn shot 35.7% (15-42) but made 16 of their 27 foul shots, by virtue of holding a 24-15 edge in fouls called.

Flores led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, while Holmes added eight points and eight rebounds. Begley led Penn with 13 points, while Mark Zoller chipped in with 12 points.

The Jaspers get back in action on Wednesday, December 31, when the host the Hofstra Pride at 5:00 p.m. at Draddy Gym in a game to be televised by Fox Sports-NY.



Riverdale, NY (December 28, 2003) – The Lady Jaspers despite the late run fell to Wagner at the Draddy Gym with the score of 67-58. Manhattan drops its fifth straight game of the season and falls to 3-5 overall. Junior Serra Sangar led the way for the Lady Jaspers with 15 points, and 3 rebounds.

In the first half the score went back and forth until the Wagner Seahawks took the lead at the 9:40 mark, 17-15, then surged onto a 10-5 run, making the score 27-20 with 6:08 left to go in the half. Wagner managed to hold onto the lead at the half, despite a 6-2 run by the Lady Jaspers, pulling within four at the break, 28-32.

Wagner jumped out to a 10-2 run adding onto their lead making it 44-30, four minutes into the second half. The Lady Jaspers would spring a run of their own, holding the Seahawks scoreless for over five minutes of play, capitalizing with eight points during the string closing within one at 50-51 at the 4:08 mark. Wagner held off the late charge and went on a 9-0 run, eventually capturing the 58-67 victory.

Leading the way for the Seahawks was Carrie Walker who posted a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, along with Ashley Linscott who tallied 23 points.

The Lady Jaspers will be back in action when they head to Lewisberg, Pennsylvania to face Bucknell on Friday, January 2 at 7 pm.



Riverdale, NY (December 28, 2003)- Sophomore Jenna Daly (Massapequa, NY) broke the school record today at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress Open after her vault of 3.35m. She broke her own record of 3.15m set at the Princeton New Year's Invitational.

Daly and the rest of the Jaspers compete again on Friday, January 9th at the Fordham/St. John's Invitational at 12pm.




[Sports from News & Web]

Daily News (New York)
December 30, 2003, Tuesday SPORTS FINAL EDITION

Heading into the final minute of last night's Holiday Festival championship game, things couldn't have looked worse for Penn. The 17-point lead it held over Manhattan had been erased. And as it worked the ball around for what figured to be its final possession, there wasn't an open shot to be found.

Tim Begley made things look a whole lot better.

He was the one holding the ball when the Quaker bench started screaming about the shot clock. So Begley made a dribble move and lofted a fadeaway eight-footer over Luis Flores that landed in the net, lifting Penn to a 49-47 win before 9,089 at the Garden.

"As we drew the play up, that shot would have been the last option," Begley said. "Me going one-on-one against someone? That just doesn't happen."

Begley's bucket held up only after two Manhattan possessions produced five missed shots and it gave the Quakers (6-4) their second Holiday Festival crown. They won it in 1994 with future NBA players Jerome Allen and Matt Maloney on the roster.

"I thought the defense we played on that possession was as good as it possibly could have been," said Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez, whose team was trying to win the tournament a third straight year. "I couldn't have asked for more, but Begley made the shot. Luis played great defense on him, but he made the shot."

Begley finished with 13 points and Mark Zoller added 12 for Penn. Flores scored 20 for Manhattan (5-3), which rallied from  its worst half of the season.

Penn fell behind 13-3, but held Manhattan to two points over the final 13:43 of the first half for a 28-15 halftime lead.

"We got frustrated and lost our confidence . . . a snowball turned into a boulder," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez also took issue with officiating that put the Quakers on the line 27 times compared to six for his club.

In the second half, after Penn's edge ballooned to 38-21, Flores led the Jaspers back. He made three three-pointers in a 1:16 span that got the deficit down to 38-34 and cut it to 44-41 on a fast break with 5:18 to play. After Jason Benton made a putback to make it a two-point game, Flores tied the game 45-45 on a layup off an inbounds pass.

After Begley's basket, Flores missed on a drive and then stole the ball back to set up the game's last possession. He, Kenny Minor and Holmes all missed shots before the buzzer.

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Daily News (New York)
December 30, 2003, Tuesday RACING FINAL EDITION

The last time Penn had won the Holiday Festival was in 1994, when the Quakers boasted a pair of future NBA players, Jerome Allen and Matt Maloney, and made it to the NCAA Tournament. This year's team is supposed to be one that's rebuilding. Maybe it's time to set the sights a little higher.

Penn gave its followers a scare by blowing a 17-point second-half lead to Manhattan, but Tim Begley quelled their fears. In the final minute of last night's championship game, he got off an eight-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to lift the Quakers to a 49-47 win before 9,089 at the Garden.

The Quakers (6-4) survived two subsequent possessions by the Jaspers, who missed a total of five shots. Manhattan (5-3) had won this title the last two seasons.

Begley scored 13 and Mark Zoller 12 for Penn. Luis Flores had 20 points for Manhattan.

The Manhattan comeback started when things looked bleakest. Jeff Schiffner banked in a jump shot with 13:53 to play and Penn had a 38-21 lead, its biggest of the game. The Jaspers reeled off 13 unanswered points to get back into it, the last nine coming on three straight Flores three-pointers on three consecutive Manhattan possessions.

Penn might have been able to hold the lead longer if it had shot better at the free throw line. But the Quakers missed six of 10 over the the next six minutes and Manhattan continued its climb back.

Flores scored on a fast break to cut the lead to three. Jason Benton scored on a putback to make it a two-point game. And Flores scored on a layup off an inbounds play with 3:48 to tie the score 45-45.

Penn got the edge back with a pair of free throws by Adam Chubb, but Dave Holmes tied it back up for Manhattan on a layup with 1:16 to play off a nice pass by Kenny Minor.

After Begley sank his jumper to put Penn ahead for good, Manhattan put the ball in Flores' hands. He drove the left side of the lane, but his jumper hit the front and back of the rim before coming out and Zoller collected the rebound.

Manhattan got the ball back when a scramble resulted in a held ball with :13.2 to play and had three shots to tie the game. Flores' driving layup missed, Minor's 10-foot jumper came off and Holmes' last-ditch fallaway putback didn't reach the basket.


The New York Post
December 30, 2003, Tuesday
SECTION: Metro; Pg. 063

It was 9:30 Sunday night, and Manhattan College basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez was in his office, where he expected to stay until midnight, breaking down video of Penn, the JaspersAE opponent in last nightAEs Holiday Festival championship game.

Then Gonzalez headed home, where he figured to put in another two hours breaking down tape of his teamAEs 56-54, come-from-behind win over Holy Cross in SundayAEs semifinal.

Six hours later, Gonzalez was back in the office yesterday morning, hoping to avoid a breakdown, period.

"IAEve always said that during the season, sleeping and eating are overrated,"said Gonzalez.

Winning can never be overrated for Gonzalez, who had Manhattan poised to take a prestigious place in the history of Garden college basketball. With a win over Penn, Manhattan would join St. JohnAEs as the only programs to have won three straight tournament championships. St. JohnAEs won four straight from 1984-87.

St. JohnAEs, a 63-61 double-overtime loser to Penn, met Holy Cross in the consolation game. The Red Storm (2-6) were looking for their first win under interim head coach Kevin Clark.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, had Manhattan in the title game again because heAEs a master preparer, believing no detail is too small. He is not an easy man to work for. HeAEs in his fifth season in Riverdale, and two-thirds of GonzalezAE staff is new.

Last year the Jaspers won the MAAC regular season and conference championships, as well as the Holiday Festival. The Jaspers hung tough with Syracuse in last seasonAEs NCAA Tournament first-round game before losing 76-65 to the eventual national champions.

Manhattan (5-2 before last night) was 10-1 in the Garden under Gonzalez, the only loss coming to another Ivy League team, Yale, 70-69, in overtime last year.

"When I first got hired at Manhattan I spoke to [athletic director] Bob Byrnes about the importance of playing in the Garden,"said Gonzalez. "I remember when we had a chance to come to the Garden for the MAAC challenge [in 2000-2001] but it meant giving up a home game. We said, aeWe have to do it. And we gotta be big when we go down there.' "

No one has been bigger than Luis Flores of The Bronx. The two-time Holiday Festival MVP was held to nine points by the Crusaders, but if he went off against the Quakers, Flores could become the first player to win three straight tournament MVP trophies.

GRAPHIC: MILESTONE MAN:Manhattan College hoop coach Bobby Gonzalez had Jaspers in Holiday Festival title game last night, going after teamAEs third straight tourney title. AP

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Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)
December 29, 2003 Monday
NYC power scores 95 points vs. Binghamton

BINGHAMTON -- The most heralded of the 2003 crop of STOP-DWI Holiday Classic squads heads to the championship game on the heels of a record-setting performance.

Rice High, a New York City team ranked 16th nationally, established a single-game tournament scoring record Sunday night in a 95-41 blowout of overwhelmed host Binghamton High before 2,593 spectators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Raiders will oppose Simon Gratz of Philadelphia for the title in a game scheduled for 9:15 tonight.

Arturo Dubois, a 6-foot-8 Manhattan College-bound center, had his way on the interior -- and his ample supporting cast had theirs most everywhere else -- in a ballgame that got away from the Patriots in the latter stages of the opening quarter.

It was 24-12 to start the second period, and Rice proceeded to blitz Binghamton with an 11-point spree to open the second. Included in the Raiders' surge were three field goals from tight range by Dubois to go with two more from Taskico Brown, the latter a three-pointer with 5:37 to play in the quarter that made it 35-12.

It only grew uglier for the Patriots.

Rice would drop two more three-pointers, both from deep on the perimeter by University of Kansas-bound Russell Robinson and Edgar Sosa. Binghamton went the last 3 1/2 minutes of the first half without a field goal, and the Raiders took to halftime intermission with a 51-19 advantage.

To make matters more one-sided, it was a 67-21 spread before the Patriots converted their second field goal of the second half.

For the game, Rice converted 38 of 68 field goal attempts, made 16 steals and was the root of 23 Binghamton turnovers.

Dubois' 27-point outing featured 11-for-15 shooting from the field. Robinson added 15 points, nine assists and four steals, and Brown 15 points and four steals.

Sly Williams' 11 points topped Binghamton scorers.

Rice coach Maurice Hicks said of the title-game matchup with Simon Gratz, a rematch of a Dec. 23 contest in Philadelphia which the Raiders won by six: "They're a very good team, they're big and they're quick. They have the ability to put pressure on the basketball-- they're kind of a mirror-image type of team. It should make for a very good championship game.

"Like I told our guys, things might work in their favor a little because of the revenge factor. We have to match their intensity. I think we have to rebound and take away their second-chance points, play our style of basketball."

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The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT)
December 26, 2003 Friday
HEADLINE: Mountaineers plan banquet; add Vermonters to'04 roster
BYLINE: Free Press Staff Report, Staff

The Vermont Mountaineers baseball team, after completing a successful inaugural season, will host its first Hot Stove Banquet at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on Jan. 10.

The event will feature a raffle with more than $11,000 in donated prizes. Proceeds will go to the restoration of the Montpelier Recreation Field, general manager Brian Gallagher said.

The Mountaineers averaged almost 1,700 fans, the largest regular season attendance in the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League. Vermont (15-26) missed the playoffs.

Featured speakers will be Buzz Bowers, who scouts for the Boston Red Sox and played for the Twin City Trojans in the old Northern League, and Lenny Murello, a scout with the Chicago Cubs and the Major League Combine.

Tickets cost $45 for adults and $25 for children under age 14. For reservations call 229-9500.

Mountaineers sign Vermonters: Former Vermont high school all-stars Josh Santerre of Essex and Kyle Brault of Milton will be among the new Mountaineer faces next summer.

Santerre is a pitcher at Manhattan College and Brault is a starting outfielder for the University of Vermont. Santerre pitched for the Manchester (Conn.) Silkworms in the NECBL last summer. Brault played briefly with Middletown (Conn.) Giants.

Outfielder Jason Carey of Colchester and the University of Vermont will return.

Two dozen spots have been filled and the last spot should be finalized shortly.

The fourth player with local connections is UVM pitcher Chris Blazek. The left-hander pitched for the Middletown Giants last summer.

Manager Chris Jones, the pitching coach at St. John's University, will not return. Assistant John Russo will assume his duties. Russo has been an assistant coach and recruiting director at St. Joseph College in Indiana.

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Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)
December 26, 2003 Friday
HEADLINE: STOP-DWI HOLIDAY CLASSIC; NYC schools seem to hold key to success at Classic;
Rice, Christ the King look to continue city dominance

Six of the first 11 STOP-DWI Holiday Classic championships have been claimed by teams hailing from the bottom-free well of high school basketball talent that is New York City.

It'd be wise not to rule out a seventh upon conclusion of Monday night's tournament finale.

Two of the eight programs competing for National Division honors beginning Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena are from the city -- first-time participant Rice, and two-time champion Christ The King.

Of the two, Rice would not only appear the strongest, but has proven as much on the court.

The two met a week ago, with the Raiders claiming a 64-49 victory despite their two top players at less than peak form. Following that contest, Christ The King coach Bob Oliva told a reporter from Newsday, "At points in this game, we were overwhelmed. Our inexperience showed."

Rice's opening-day assignment comes at 2:45 Saturday afternoon against Washington, D.C., power Gonzaga College High. Christ The King drew Simon Gratz, a traditionally strong program from Philadelphia, for its first assignment at 5:45 Saturday evening.

Rice, a school located in Harlem, brings a squad that features Russell Robinson, a 6-foot-2 senior who accepted the University of Kansas' scholarship offer after also giving consideration to the University of Connecticut. Not only is Robinson an established scorer, but he has built a reputation as one of the top backcourt defenders in the East.

Too, the Raiders have 6-foot-7 Arturo Dubois, a dominant interior presence who has orally committed to Manhattan College.

Accompanying that pair is Weyinmi Efejuku, a 6-4 point guard. Assistant coach Lamont Hill said of Efejuku, "He's kind of our secret weapon. He's a very good ball handler and a very good rebounder.

"We have so many of those 'hidden secrets.' People will say, 'We heard about those two guys, but what about ... ' "

Too, the Raiders have shooters in abundance, among them 6-0 Jerrell Mills, 5-10 Taskico Brown and 5-11 Edgar Sosa. It was Brown contributing a team-high 18 points in the game against Christ The King, a contest Rice led by 17 at halftime.

"We like to get after it, play a lot of intense defense, get up and down and make it a frenetic pace," Hill said.

Christ The King, a Queens squad that fell to a 1-3 record with the loss to Rice, claimed the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic's championship in 1995 and '99. The present Royals cast is headed by 6-7 Brian Beckford and 6-2 Chris Martin.

Rice will look to join Christ The King, as well as fellow city programs Bishop Ford ('92), St. Francis Prep ('94), Bishop Loughlin ('96) and St. Raymond's ('98) in the tourney winner's circle.

"We've heard it's a great tournament from our friends in the Catholic High School league," said Maurice Hicks, Rice's head coach. "We'd been invited on several occasions, and this was the year we were actually able to come."

Hicks added, speaking of his team's mission in Binghamton that begins with a stern test against Gonzaga:"We're looking to win it (the tournament championship). While we're trying to achieve that, we'll be preparing for league play. But our ultimate goal is to win the tournament.

"I think it (the Gonzaga game) will be a great matchup for us. That's one of the reasons we play in tournaments of this caliber."


* When: Saturday-Monday
* Where: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
* Admission: $7 per session (day or night); $30 for a 20-game pass.
* Today: Slam dunk and three-point shooting competitions, 4 p.m. at Binghamton High School. $2 admission.

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Wagner women end Jaspers' jinx
Monday, December 29, 2003

Carrie Walker scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds while Ashley Linscott threw in 23 points, including seven with the game on the line, as Wagner came away with a 67-58 non-league win over host Manhattan College yesterday at Draddy Gym in the Bronx.

A strong defensive and rebounding effort was instrumental as the Seahawks won for first time in eight road tries against the Lady Jaspers. Wagner (4-5) also stopped a two-game slide.


"It was a good win; we did a good job at both ends," said Wagner coach Tara Gallagher.

"Ashley played great -- she can take over games. And Carrie did a tremendous job and shot well. On defense, we played zone to make them beat us with outside shots."

Linscott's shooting helped Wagner to a 32-28 halftime lead. The 5-foot-9 senior guard went 5-for-5 in the first half, with three of the field goals coming from beyond the arc.

Walker took over early in the second half, dominating the boards while igniting a 13-4 run with six points as the Seahawks moved out to a 45-32 advantage. Meanwhile, Manhattan managed only four points in the first eight minutes of the half thanks to a combination of suffocating 1-3-1 and 2-3 defenses employed by the Seahawks.

"We need to focus on talking to each other on defense, and we did that today," said Linscott. "We have a good defense as it is, but the communication helps."

But the Seahawks began to turn the ball over and the Jaspers took advantage by going on an 18-6 run culminated by Serra Sanger's basket that pulled Manhattan within 51-50 with four minutes left.

Linscott then came up big, hitting a free throw before canning a baseline jumper off a turnover. After a Manhattan miss, Joy Gallagher took Linscott's pass and connected on a trey.

Linscott then knocked a ball away that resulted in a tie-up and a Wagner possession, and Walker followed with a field goal for a nine-point Seahawks' lead.

The Seahawks then went 8 for 10 from the charity stripe, with Linscott going 4 for 4, to prevent another Manhattan rally.

"The team and I needed to get back on track after two not-so-great games," said Linscott, who also had a team-high six assists. "We worked hard and worked as a team."

NOTES: The game against Manhattan was Wagner's second of three straight against a 2003 NCAA Tournament team. The Seahawks lost at Virginia Dec. 20 and will host Boston University Dec. 30...The loss was the fifth straight for the Lady Jaspers, who opened with three wins ...Wagner outrebounded Manhattan 33-25. WAGNER (67)

Wyffels 2-3 0-0 4, Walker 10-15 4-6 26, Collins 1-1 0-0 3, Linscott 7-12 6-9 23, Gallagher 3-9 3-4 11, Robinson 0-2 0-1 0, Joo 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals: 23-44 13-20 67. MANHATTAN (58)

Bernal-Silva 3-3 0-0 6, Mason 5-17 2-3 14, Sangar 7-17 0-0 15, Reed 6-9 0-0 12, Cooper 3-7 0-0 6, Tracey 1-2 0-0 3, Deutsch 0-4 2-2 2.

Totals: 25-59 4-5 58.

Three-point goals: Wagner 8-17 (Walker 2-5, Collins 1-1, Linscott 3-4, Gallagher 2-5, Robinson 0-2); Manhattan 4-10 (Mason 2-3, Sangar 1-2, Reed 0-1, Tracey 1-2, Deutsch 0-2) Rebounds: Wagner 33 (Walker 11); Manhattan 25 (Mason 8). Assists: Wagner 18 (Linscott 6); Manhattan 13 (Reed 7). Fouled Out: None. Total fouls: Wagner 7, Manhattan 19. Turnovers: Wagner 20, Manhattan 14.

Bill Spurge is a sports reporter for the Staten Island Advance. He may be reached at



By Paul deCastro - The Sun Staff

WESTERLY - St. Raphael Academy started shooting from just outside the 3-point arch and just kept moving further and further back.

The Saints used the deadly 3-point shooting of seniors Jeff Xavier and James Sorrentine to hand the Bulldogs their first defeat of the season, 101-72, on Tuesday night at Federico Gymnasium.

It was the first time the Bulldogs have given up 100 points since losing to Toll Gate 102-100 in double overtime on Feb. 2, 1999.

Xavier and Sorrentine combined to drill nine 3-pointers in the first half. Xavier finished with 31 points, while Sorrentine had 18.

"We try to push the ball up the floor. We have one guy designated to take the ball inbounds. We want to shoot 3s or penetrate," said St. Raphael coach Tom Sorrentine.

After Chris Gigliotti gave Westerly its only lead at 2-0, Sorrentine hit 3s on consecutive possessions to give the Saints a 6-2 advantage.

Xavier then hit two of his five 3s less than five minutes into the game.

Xavier, who will be playing at Manhattan College next year, showed no end to his range in the first half.

"They were like 30 footers. They were way out there. One time I thought he was going to sit on me," Westerly coach Dan Sylvester said.

Westerly's Jordan Husereau got into the act in the first half as he fired down two 3s to tie the score at 14-14.

After the Husereau 3-pointers, the Saints outscored the Bulldogs 27- 11 to take a 41-25 halftime lead.

The Saints caused several turnovers using pressure defense in the run to end the half.

In the second half, both teams were able to score at will against each other.

The teams combined to hit the first nine shots in a little less than two minutes of play. For the Saints, Seth Desantal started to fire away from behind the 3-point line. Desantal hit three 3-pointers early on and also connected on a three-point play.

Westerly had four scorers in double figures.

David Whelan had a career high with 17 points. Whelan also added five rebounds.

Bruce Celico scored 12 points for the Bulldogs. Celico hit on three 3-pointers and added three foul shots.

Gigliotti and Husereau, who leads the team in scoring, chipped in with 11 points each.

Colby Castagna scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers for Westerly.

Ryan Kuhn led the Bulldogs on the boards with seven.

The Saints were able to hit the century mark as Jean Raton threw up a wild shot in the lane that rolled in with less than 15 seconds left in the game.

The teams combined to hit 23 3-pointers in the game with the Saints firing in 15.

"I don't think there was much we could do about those 3s they were throwing in. We tried to get into their faces. They just kept going further and further out" said Sylvester.

It was the most 3-pointers allowed by the Bulldogs since Feb. 2, 2001, when West Warwick nailed 16 on the way to a 98-73 victory. Westerly's Brian Ravenelle hit eight of his own for the school record in the same game.

Westerly (3-1) will next host Stonington in the first round of the Westerly Community Credit Union Holiday Basketball Tournament on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

Contact Paul deCastro at







From: Robert A Helm [1951]
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 5:30 PM
Subject: RE:

Good Afternoon, John:

1. Merry Christmas - 2 days late - but heartfelt all the same.  I hope you have a healthy New Year.

2. Now what is all this engineering nonsense about French McDonalds? Do you own stock or are you trying to peddle mad cow burgers to the French?

3. Truly, Public Education has really gone down hill. Partly, it is our fault for allowing the "Educators" to usurp out rights as parents. Now, before the war starts, I am a retired NYC Teacher with more than 20 years experience, much of it in 'Fort Apache'. I can remember when developmental Math was introduced. I asked the "Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator" if he used Developmental Math to do his income tax and he forgot what he was selling and said:" Of course not". I told him that I would teach his "new math" when he used it on his tax return and walked out of his lecture. No one ever bothered me about 'new math' again.

4. As far as parents giving up their rights, I was around when my sons were in the Greenwich, CT., school system. I was available from the time they were in the First Grade until they were graduated from Greenwich High School. I flatly refused to allow pedagogical balderdash to be used to obfuscate me and the entire school system was aware of this fact. (I lived 2 doors away from the Superintendent's home - his daughter and my older son were in the same class - and I rang his doorbell the instant any bream bait was presented). If all parents acted in this manner, much of our problems would not exist for very long. If the local school board meetings were attended faithfully and the decisions made by bureaucrats at any level were immediately challenged publicly, much of their power would disappear.

5. By the way, if that fellow alumnus is allowed to challenge Scalia et al, then I want to challenge the limpwrists from the left.

6. I will add some more fuel to your fire...GHW spoke of a "Crusade" several days after 9/11. Then the word disappeared from his vocabulary. I would add it to ours. St. Pius V - the last canonized Roman Pontiff - wrote a prayer before the battle of La Ponto that he organized with the help of Don Juan of Austria. It should be said every day. I quote: "Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us" . Being a former target of those people in Port Said, I personally would add the words: "And all other non-Moslems" to his prayer.

7. Keep up the good work, John. I enjoy reading everything.


[JR: In the interests of fair disclosure, even though I am not required to do so by the SEC, I have a small holding in McD's.  ]

From: Robert A Helm [1951]
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 7:44 PM
Subject: RE:

Good Evening, John:

1. This is the second e-mail for this week

2. I am amused by the side notes over that devastating "quake" in Iran.

3. The "Government" doesn't want any Israelis to come and help.

4. The local doctors in the area say that they used 6 months worth of supplies in 24 hours.

5. The area, as far as I know, is not located on a major fault.

6. Being a retired "spook" doesn't mean that my brain is dead. So...the "government" doesn't want its people to see just how much better trained the Israeli medical personnel are because the Imams would not be able to explain why Allah allows the infidels to be better trained than the faithful.

7. If the local MDs used up 6 months worth of supplies in 24 hours, their supply network must be vastly inferior to those of the infidels, which, again, cannot be explained by the maunderings of an illiterate camel jockey.

8. If this area is not - as I believe - located on a major fault, what caused the earthquake? Someone monkeying around with an underground nuclear test, perchance?

9. Furthermore, if Israeli medical personnel are not wanted, how come they will allow Ameri-care and others to bring in their staff volunteers, several of whom I know were trained in Israel? The Imams must be strangling on their beards over this situation.

10. 3 further notations: A. When the Shah was deposed, the Iranian Air Force pilots defected in droves because maintenance was superficial, if any was done at all, and the pilots would not fly 'Inshalla' maintained aircraft. God wills it doesn't cut it in any airplane. B. When Salmon Rushdi, the heretical author, published the work for which the "Asshola Komaniac" excommunicated him - and threatened any one who bought the English version with immediate death, I was on a business trip. I stopped in a Mall, bought the book in a Barnes and Noble, and announced in a load voice in the center of the Mall that I had just bought the book and dared the Imam or one of his "idiot" followers to do something about it. I am still here (and I do not know what happened to the book). And finally, C. In 1947, in Port Said, these crazies tried to kill me and any other sailor they could catch, because they were high on Hash and believed some other idiot Imam who told them that we were 'bad guys' because we were allied with the British. (They missed).

11.  That is all for now. I hope you get some feedback on this one as well as on the Supreme Court notations. FNS sends  .

[JR: You have to laugh at any "government's attempt to control the news". At least Bagdad Bob was amusing. Interesting that a small earthquake there results in 20-40k deaths. A larger earthquake here results in one or two. Wealth does have it's privileges. When will people learn that the marketplace is their friend and government is their enemy. Building codes, according to a wise boss I once had, represent minimum standards. He wanted to meet a "sensible standard". I betcha his building stands for a hundred years. If he had built the WTC it'd still be there. And, he wasn't even a Jasper. Oh well, back to finding work.]




From: LaBlanc, Robert E.  (1956)
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 5:59 PM
Subject: Say Hello


Another good issue.

Please send my regards to Peter Dans.  I too am a LSMA grad ('52) and MC('56) and remember Peter as a super guy.

Glad to see he is still going strong! And writing a book!



From: john.reinke
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:13 PM
To: LaBlanc, Robert E.  (1956)
Subject: FW: Say Hello

Bob: Thanks. You've told him yourself. Yup, he's the resident movie guru, who helped me out with "you, mine, and somebody's". Does hollywood ever come up with an original idea? Everything is a remake of some old chestnut. Thanks for the kind words. John'68




From: Robert L. Hodge, Jr., Esq. [1978]
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:53 AM
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 26 December 2003

Dear John,

Please keep me on your list.

Thank you.

Prof. Robert L. Hodge, Jr., J.D.
Class of  '78

[JR: Be glad to. ]




From: Dans, Peter E. (1957)
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 6:14 PM
Subject: Re:

Dear John:

Thank you for forwarding Bob LaBlanc's kind comments and adding your own, as well as for putting us in touch after almost 50 years.  A while back, Jasper Jottings carried news of one of Bob's many awards.  It contained an encomium citing some of his professional, civic, and personal accomplishments.  What struck me though were the comments on his humble and giving nature.  So back at you, Bob.

On a sadder note, thanks for alerting me to the death of a classmate, Dr. Frank Carson who practiced Obstetrics at a time when it was a happy specialty and people didn't blame doctors for every imperfection.  He was responsible for bringing many children into the world and was a good citizen to boot.

Finally, thanks again for including Major Esposito's email.  I agree with your "Speechless!" comment.  He writes well and from the heart.  I hope when he returns, he is able to find a position where that talent will blossom.

Happy New Year to you and all your readers.

Peter E. Dans '57

[JR: And, don't forget "Peace on earth to men of good will!" and nuke everyone else?]




From: Anthony J. (1967) D'Angelo
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 1:56 PM
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 26 December 2003


  Thanks for your note. I did indeed ask to be removed from the "jottings" list. The material was just too voluminous for the limited amount of time I get to spend on e-mail (no personal computer).  However, I think you do a great job.

  I now live in a suburb of Charlotte, NC, and therefore don't get to spend any time back on campus. But, I do get bits and pieces from fellow '67 Alumni from time to time.

  Ironically, the last place I lived in NJ was in North Brunswick off Rt 27, probably just a stone's throw from where you are now. And, good friends of mine are moving into Franklin Park as soon as their townhouse gets completed (in Feb??). So, it is a small world indeed.

  I got to go now and nurse myself through this flu?/plague?

  Be well.

                    TONY D.

[JR: This is a response to my annual "We're still here; how are you doing?" email to those who have signed off Jottings. ]




From: DiGilio, Alan (1988)
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 5:13 PM
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 26 December 2003


I don't know anything about the "<privacy invoked> " email address, but I have been regularly receiving Jottings at "<privacy invoked> ". 

In fact, please replace and update the address and use this for me: <privacy invoked> .

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you,
Alan DiGilio
Nextel Communications Inc.
Sr. Government Account Executive

Please click here to view a demonstration of the Nextel BlackBerry 6510 <  >

[JR: You originally signed up with the redirector address. It's still listed in your record on MCOLDB. You might want to go fix it, since old fellow alums may be trying to get to you using it. ]





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Tall Tales

The World Trade Center's replacement may be impressive, but it isn't the world's tallest building--despite what you may have heard


By Gersh Kuntzman


=== <begin quote> ===

NewsweekDec. 22 - How come everyone is calling a 60-story building the tallest building in the world? Probably because "World's Tallest Windmill to be Built at Ground Zero" doesn't sound like anyone's idea of a good story.

But that proposed headline is accurate, which left the developers of the so-called "Freedom Tower"--the building that is supposed to fix the hole in New York City's grid plan while it also heals an entire nation's psyche--in need of the Big Lie.


You know the Big Lie. That's the lie that gets repeated so often that everyone will someday look up at this mid-sized New York skyscraper and see the second coming of The World Trade Center.

"The world's tallest building," said Freedom Tower architect, David Childs. "The world's tallest building," repeated the New York Times. "Building at twin towers site to be world's tallest," repeated the Boston Globe.

But in fact, the building itself would rise just 60 stories, from street level to a new observation deck and a reborn Windows on the World restaurant (although the restaurant should really be named "Windows on the Roof of That Lame 55-Story Building Next Door"). Those 60 stories would rise just 1,150 feet, meaning that the Freedom Tower wouldn't even crack the top 10. The structure would then be topped out with a cage-like girder-and-cable contraption containing windmills and a TV antenna whose pinnacle would be 1,776 feet above the street.

=== <end quote> ===

Yup, we can kid ourselves, but the terrorists will know that they won. We are afraid. If they built it, I'd work in it. So would others. It might take some time, but we are good at kidding ourselves. After all the government is our friend and wouldn't do anything to endanger us. Right!!

And that’s the last word.