Sunday 15 May 2005

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Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11, 2005 


If your graduating year ends in a 5 or a 0, you are celebrating an anniversary.  Reunion is a time when the anniversary classes get together to make a gift to the College.  This year’s classes are ’35, ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00.  If you are interested in your anniversary class gift, anniversary programs, call: (718) 862-7838 or E-mail: annualgiving --- at 

Questions concerning events and accommodations should be directed to:
Grace Feeney, alumni relations officer,
(718) 862-7432 or fax: (718) 862-8013.  E-mail: grace DOT feeney AT 

Friday, June 17, 2005

Environmental Engineering Plumbers Club

Friday, June 17, 2005, Cocktails 5:30pm

Location: Smith Auditorium, Campus

For more information or reservations,
call Club President Steve Fangman '74 at (516) 364-9890

Saturday, June 18, 2005 @ 8:30am 

George Sheehan Five Mile Run and Runners' Expo Redbank, NJ 
In Honor of George Sheehan -Manhattan College class of 1940 
Meet at Brannigan's Pub in Red Bank, NJ after the race. 
Info: Jim Malone Class of 1983, (201) 722-9009


18 Jasper Cup - Yale, New Haven, Conn.

29 Capital District - Day at the Races


July 30-31 The Manahttan College Jasper Dancers will be performing as part of the NBA's Rhythm N' Rims Tour on in New York City at the South Street Seaport. There will be live bands as well as performances from the Knicks City Dancers and other area college dance teams and pep bands.



1 Construction Industry Golf Open

18 Jersey Shore Club Day at the Races





My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
- Unknown location
- -  Lynch, Chris (1991)
- Uzbekistan
- Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)

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


The quote as a literary form?

``Legislators do not merely mix metaphors: they are the Waring blenders of metaphors, the Cuisinarts of the field. By the time you let the head of the camel into the tent, opening a loophole big enough to drive a truck through, you may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater by putting a Band-Aid on an open wound, and then you have to turn over the first rock in order to find a sacred cow.''

Molly Ivins, *The New York Times Magazine*




The vanishing flowers of Britain: one in five species faces extinction

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

09 May 2005

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One in five of Britain's wild flower species is threatened with extinction, according to the most detailed analysis to date of the British flora.

The total is far higher than previously thought and has shocked the team of senior botanists who discovered it through a two-year intensive survey of all of Britain's 1,756 native plant species.

The survey, published today, paints a completely new picture of the conservation status of Britain's wild flowers, listing no fewer than 345 of them - or 19.6 per cent - as "critically endangered", "endangered" or "vulnerable to extinction", according to internationally recognised criteria.

Britain has always had great rarities in its flora, such as the lady's slipper orchid. But the survey's most startling finding is that our threatened species now include nearly 80 that are familiar and widespread and have never been listed as being at risk, such as the corn buttercup, field gromwell, yellow bird's nest and English eyebright, pictured.

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Now I’m not an environmentalist whacko, nor to do I subscribe to the school of thought that says pave over everything for strip malls, but I am mildly piqued.

Now my particular “enlightenment” comes from the dumb old “Adventure” game played on the night shift at AT&T many many moons ago. I know I have mentioned it here. Around move ~7, you find a bird. You can kill it, cook it, and eat it. But, unless you find the cage around move ~11, go back to ~7, catch the bird, and carry it to move ~15, you’ll never get past the snake at move ~15.

From whence, I became an “ecologist”. It is possible that the consequences of our choices make further progress later on impossible.

So what if the English yellow bird’s nest flower cures cancer? Or worse yet, what if the dodo bird and the passenger pigeon each had a part of the solution to Alzhiemer’s? We know that that there are some many things that we don’t fully understand and so few that we think we do. I was always intrigued at that George Washington Carver legend about how many things he got out of a peanut. And, Edison with 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. Or the aborted child who was to cure blindness, discover a new way to make clean water available to the world, make peace in our time, or the girl in China or India who could have grown up to lead the country in peaceful ways. (They practice sex selection there.)

In short, when I walk down my life’s road, I will try to take extra care not to step on that earthworm. It might be the one we need. I hope all my fellow alums – as in the alleged Indiant proverb -- “walk gently on the Earth”. It might be important to get by any “big snakes” in our future paths.

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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Stearns, John



Corio, Anthony J.



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Gleeson, Michael



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Principe, Joseph



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[Messages from Headquarters

(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]



RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Brother Peter W. Drake, F.S.C., former assistant dean of the school of engineering at Manhattan College, died on May 4, 2005. He was 65.

Br. Peter, who most recently served as adjunct assistant professor of math and computer science, joined the College in 1976 as the director of campus ministry, and served in this role until 1980. During this time, he also was coordinator of minority programs in engineering. Since his arrival, Br. Peter, who earned his doctorate and master’s degree in electrical engineering from The Catholic University of America, has held several positions at the College as a faculty member and administrator.

In the fall of 1982, Br. Peter, at the time, the assistant dean of engineering and assistant professor of electrical engineering, was appointed acting dean of the College’s school of engineering until the position was permanently filled. As assistant dean of engineering, Br. Peter was closely involved in the administration and development of the College’s programs in civil, chemical, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering. His leadership helped make it possible to bring upper-level engineering courses to residents of Westchester County and the mid-Hudson region. (The College at the time offered two courses at Westchester Community College.)

Prior to Manhattan College, Br. Peter taught at the University of Detroit, the College of New Rochelle, and De La Salle College in Washington, D.C. In addition to his advanced degrees, Br. Peter, who was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan in 1962. He was invested with the religious habit of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1968.

A published author, Br. Peter’s articles have appeared in numerous professional journals. He held memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society of electrical engineers. He was a past recipient of the New York Archdiocesan Graduate Fellowship and the Board of Trustees’ Scholarship of The Catholic University.

The wake and funeral for Br. Peter were held at the Christian Brothers Center in Riverdale, N.Y., where he resided.

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Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and  Biophysics and interim head of the department, professor of internal  medicine and neurology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)  Investigator, is the recipient of the Carver College's fourth annual  Award for Distinguished Mentoring. 

i-Newswire, 2005-05-05 - The Distinguished Mentoring Award honors a  UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member who has demonstrated an  outstanding commitment to research mentoring and whose trainees have  gone on to have notable careers of their own.

Campbell will receive his award at an event hosted by the Carver  College of Medicine in the fall. A highlight of the event is the  Distinguished Mentor's Lecture, which is given annually by an eminent  scientist and mentor whose research and training embodies the ideals  of the Award for Distinguished Mentoring and its recipient. This  year's Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer is Eric Kandel, M.D.,  professor of physiology and cell biophysics, biochemistry and  molecular biophysics at Columbia University in New York, and an HHMI  investigator. Kandel shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or  Medicine for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the  nervous system.

Both the Distinguished Mentoring award and the lecture were initially  established and are supported by a gift to the UI Foundation from UI  graduates Nancy and Daryl Granner, M.D., of North Liberty, Iowa.

Campbell is internationally recognized for his research on genetic  and molecular causes of muscular dystrophy. By identifying the  molecular pathogenesis of various forms of muscular dystrophy,  Campbell's discoveries point the way to developing new therapeutic  strategies to treat muscle disease.

Campbell earned a bachelor-of-science degree in physics in 1973 at  Manhattan College and received a doctoral degree in biophysics from  the University of Rochester in 1979. Subsequently, he spent two years  as a postdoctoral fellow in the Banting and Best Department of  Medical Research at the University of Toronto before joining the UI  in 1981.

In 1989, Campbell was appointed an HHMI investigator, and in 2004 he  received his fourth five-year renewal with HHMI. Campbell also is the  UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics,  and he has served as interim head of physiology and biophysics since  2002. Campbell has received numerous awards for his research and is  an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National  Academy of Sciences.

In the course of his wide-ranging and productive research career,  Campbell has provided outstanding research training and mentorship  for many undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral and  clinical fellows. Many of his former trainees are now leaders in the  fields of physiology, neurology, molecular genetics and cellular  biology. Currently, Campbell's laboratory includes 10 postdoctoral  fellows, one graduate student, nine research assistants and seven  undergraduates.

Nancy and Daryl Granner received their bachelor's degrees at the UI  in 1958, and Daryl also received a master's and medical degrees from  the UI in 1962.

Granner served as the head of the endocrinology division at the UI  from 1975 to 1984. Today he is professor and head of the Vanderbilt  University Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tenn.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the  UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals  and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research  programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135  Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, ( 319 ) 335-9917 jennifer-l-brown-- at

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: A photo of Dr. Campbell is available from Jennifer  Brown, jennifer-l-brown-- at


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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.


The New York Times
May 6, 2005 Friday
Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Column 1; Classified; Pg. 9


DRAKE--Bro. Peter, F.S.C. Retired Professor of Engineering at Manhattan College, died suddenly on May 4, 2005.

Wake at Christian Brothers Center, 4415 Post Road, Bronx NY 10471 on Friday, 2-5 and 7-9PM. Funeral Mass at the Center, Saturday, 10 AM. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

LOAD-DATE: May 6, 2005



The New York Times
May 10, 2005 Tuesday
Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section A; Column 3; Classified; Pg. 15


DWYER--Cornelius J., Jr. Age 61. Died suddenly of a heart attack at his weekend home in Germantown, N.Y. on May 7, 2005.

Casey, as he was known, graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School, and practice law for 35 years at Shearman & Sterling in New York City, where he was a partner. Upon his retirement, he became a four-day-a-week school volunteer at P.S. 36 in Harlem. He also took up the study of the Irish language. He is survived by his wife June, a professor at Manhattan College, and his two sons, Quetzal, who built and runs Parque Reptilandia, a reptile zoo in Domenical, Costa Rica and Colin, a veterinarian with The Humane Society of New York. He also leaves a brother Michael, who lives with his wife and two daughters in Le Mans, France, and a sister, Rosemary, who lives in Monson, MA. with her husband, two sons and a daughter. A mid-summer memorial is planned.

LOAD-DATE: May 10, 2005

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St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
May 8, 2005 Sunday

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MULIGANO, GEORGE A., 80, of Homosassa, died Wednesday (May 4, 2005) at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he came here 11 years ago from Willbrook, Ill. He was a graduate of Manhattan College and was an electrical engineer. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served aboard submarines. He was an avid sportsman, enjoyed tennis and bocce ball. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 6954 and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Clorinda; three daughters, Clorinda Noyes, Maine, Margaret Ann Erber, Illinois, and Emily Sommermann, California; two sons, George T., Illinois, and William J., Key Training Center; a brother, William, New York; a sister, Grace Hagerty, Washington; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.

LOAD-DATE: May 8, 2005

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The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL)

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Dr. Richard Cerchiara,


Dr. Richard Cerchiara, 80, of Stuart, died May 6, 2005, at the Parkway Health & Rehab in Stuart.

He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He lived in Stuart for 10 years, coming from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Cerchiara was a graduate of Manhattan College in 1950 and graduated from New York College of Podiatry in 1956.

During World War II, he served in the Army in France in the medical corps.

Prior to retirement, he was a podiatrist in Mount Vernon for 30 years.

He was a Catholic.

He was an avid tennis player, winning city and college championships. He also was certified to teach by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and taught children in Mount Vernon and Mahopac, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Cerchiara of Stuart; sons, Richard H. Cerchiara of Endwell, N.Y., and Thomas E. Cerchiara of Stormville, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Martin & St. Lucie Inc., 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. May 9 at the Stuart Congregational Church. Arrangements are by Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart.

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LOAD-DATE: May 11, 2005

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[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in. This is a benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]

Avais, Fariha (20??)
MC Student

Coppola, Deborah (1999)
Associate, Human Resources
JPMorgan Chase

Corio, Anthony J. (1959)
Montgomery Village, MD 

Goll, Michael D. (20??)

Krewell, Kevin (1977)
Analyst - Chips CPUs Processors; EIC MPR
San Jose, CA 95128




[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "negative updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends or "youngsters" that someone they maybe interested in has “drifted off”. Yet another benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]






Associated Press
May 10, 2005, Tuesday, BC cycle
SECTION: International News
HEADLINE: Ukraine's U.S.-born justice minister admits he has no master's degree
BYLINE: By NATASHA LYSOVA, Associated Press Writer

Ukraine's U.S.-born justice minister acknowledged Tuesday that he never earned a master's degree from Columbia University despite listing the achievement on his government-sponsored Web site.

The disclosure by Roman Zvarych, 51, follows weeks of controversy over his educational background. The staunch ally of President Viktor Yushchenko has faced increasing pressure to produce his diplomas after news reports suggested he had studied at the school but had not completed the degree.

"From 1976 until 1978, I studied at the School of International Affairs at the Columbia University and I don't have a master's degree," Zvarych told reporters.

Last month, Columbia officials told The Associated Press that Zvarych, whose name in the records was spelled in the way his family in America has spelled it - Zwarycz - never received a degree and that he only attended lectures from fall 1976 to spring 1978.

Zvarych's resume also said he was a professor at New York University from 1983 to 1991. The university told the AP that Zvarych was only a part-time adjunct lecturer at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies from September 1989 through May 31, 1992.

"I never said that I had the rank ... when I was teaching, students called me 'professor' " he said.

Yushchenko's office and government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Zvarych said he earned a bachelor's degree at Manhattan College, a small liberal arts school, and promised to "hand over all the appropriate certificates" to the government.

Zvarych has bounced from one controversy to another since being tapped to head the Justice Ministry. Opponents have also alleged he was a CIA agent and that he improperly lobbied on behalf of his wife's oil business.

As justice minister, he had pledged to promote the rule of law and to fight corruption - two of the top priorities of Yushchenko, a Western-oriented reformer who came to power after the massive protests last year known as the Orange Revolution.

After the diploma scandal emerged, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said "everyone should hang his or her credentials in the government building in the full view of public."

Earlier, Zvarych claimed he lost his Columbia diploma.

The minister also said he was unaware about what he described as erroneous information about his education on the government's Web site - even after reporters questioned its accuracy.

"I never read information about myself and it was my mistake," he said.


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Business Wire
May 5, 2005 Thursday 12:00 PM GMT
DISTRIBUTION: Business Editors
HEADLINE: Integrium Appoints Michael Gleeson as Chief Executive Officer
DATELINE: TUSTIN, Calif. May 5, 2005

Integrium, a contract research organization (CRO), announced the appointment of Michael Gleeson to the position of chief executive officer, formerly held by Dr. David Smith - one of Integrium's founding partners. Smith will continue in a key role at Integrium by focusing on the company's medical affairs and pharmacovigilance services.

Gleeson is responsible for further establishing Integrium as a premier CRO for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. He will ensure the continued growth and expansion of Integrium, and will strategically position the company's operations and service offerings to meet continually changing industry needs. Gleeson brings extensive leadership, operations, and business development experience to Integrium from his 35+ years in the healthcare industry.

"We are delighted to welcome Michael as Integrium's new CEO," said Smith. "His experience, vision, and industry knowledge are the ideal combination to lead Integrium into the next phase of its growth. I look forward to working closely with Michael as Integrium continues its proud tradition of serving its clients with operational excellence and clinical expertise."

"The response Integrium has received from its clients during the past 7 years more than validates the unique service offering that we provide to the industry," noted Gleeson. "The task of further expanding Integrium's capabilities, global reach and operational capacities will be challenging and exciting for all of us here at Integrium and will signal our continued commitment to our sponsors to satisfy their clinical outsourcing needs."

Gleeson has a well-established track record in leading service providers to meet the needs of the industry. He was a founding partner and president of The Phoenix, a CRO based in California, and a founder of DataLabs Inc., a clinical software development and support provider for biopharmaceutical companies and CROs. Gleeson has a wealth of experience in establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with biopharmaceutical companies.

Gleeson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Manhattan College and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Texas in Houston.

About Integrium

Integrium is an established contract research organization providing a comprehensive range of product research, development, and communication services to clients in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. Integrium is focused on designing and managing clinical trials for its clients for the purposes of product registration and product positioning and specializes in integrating the scientific and marketing goals of its clients into successful projects. Integrium has headquarters in Tustin, with regional offices in Bedminster, New Jersey, New York City, and South Africa.

CONTACT: Integrium Richard Caroddo, 212-584-9190, ext. 222 rcaroddo-- at


LOAD-DATE: May 6, 2005

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Denver Westword (Colorado)
May 5, 2005 Thursday
SECTION: News/Featured Stories
HEADLINE: Bringing Down the Brotherhood

Inside the feds' war on the country's deadliest prison gang: 16 murders, 21 death-penalty cases, and snitches galore.

BYLINE: By Alan Prendergast

A wide red line runs across the floor of the visiting room like a clown's grin, separating the guard post and the civilian exit from the rest of the place. Prisoners are forbidden to cross that line.

Joseph Principe stays way, way clear of the line. The last thing he needs, today or any of the other days he has to spend behind bars, is trouble.

Maybe it's the olive-green uniform, maybe it's the way he stands for a frisk, but there is little to distinguish Principe from the other convicts in this medium-security lockup on Colorado's high plains. Only this: When the female guard who pats him down tells him to tuck in his shirt, he doesn't give her attitude -- just a slight smile.

"Is this new?" he asks.

She shakes her head slowly. He turns away from her, for modesty's sake, and tucks. The whole exchange takes only a few seconds, but it's rich in ritual. Here are the rules, ancient and implacable, thus it has always been and always shall be... and over here is Joe Principe, a man in a unique position to understand both the absurdity and the necessity of what is being asked of him.

Until a few years ago, Principe was the one doing the frisking and making inmates toe the line. He was a correctional officer at the highest-security prison in the country, the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum. Better known as ADX, the federal pen outside of Florence is home to many of the nation's most dangerous terrorists, gang leaders and murderers, and Principe was their keeper. But then the world turned upside down, and he found himself on the wrong side of the bars.

Disgraced cops who go to prison usually end up in some form of protective custody -- "checking in," convicts call it. But that's not Principe's way. He walks the yard with the rest of the cons, takes his meals with them. Checking in is for rats, and Principe is no rat. His refusal to snitch is a point of pride with him. Depending on how you look at it, it's the one thing that has kept him alive -- or the thing that got him in trouble in the first place.

News travels fast in prison, rumors even faster. Everybody knows a little bit about who Principe is and what he once did. "Usually all they hear is that this guy used to be a fed," he says. "It gets passed around. So I put it out there: 'You got any questions? Bring them to me. I'll tell you what's up.' But I don't feel comfortable telling them the whole story."

The whole story, as Principe tells it, is about snitches and the games they play. One day you're a trusted employee of the United States Bureau of Prisons. Then the snitches go to work, and you're a pariah. Before you know it, you're a named defendant in the biggest, hairiest high-stakes racketeering case the federal government has ever prosecuted. That's your name on the 110-page indictment, linked to a bunch of hard-core killers, dope dealers and degenerates -- lifers and career criminals with nicknames such as The Baron, The Hulk, Blinky, McKool, Tank, Turtle, Youngster and Lucifer.

Unveiled in 2002 by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, the sprawling indictment is the culmination of years of effort by federal and state agencies to smash the Aryan Brotherhood, the most notorious of all prison gangs. The case is stunning in scope, targeting forty defendants -- virtually the entire upper management of the AB, as well as various "associates," wannabes and stooges -- for their alleged roles in a criminal enterprise stretching over decades. It encompasses sixteen murders, dating back to the 1979 near-beheading of an inmate by AB leader Barry "The Baron" Mills, and sixteen other plotted or attempted murders; numerous heroin deals, in and outside of prison; and other acts of mayhem intended to enforce the gang's will on the toughest prisons in the California and federal systems.

The case has been long in coming -- in part, prison officials say, because the fear created by the AB is so pervasive. Although bona fide members make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the federal prison population, the AB has been blamed for up to 25 percent of the killings in federal pens. It's also said to be responsible for at least six inmate murders at California's Pelican Bay State Prison. Allied with the Mexican Mafia and no longer a white-supremacist organization, the group has zero tolerance for informants, rival drug, gambling or pimping operations, or pain-in-the-ass innocent bystanders. AB loyalists have executed their own brethren for homosexual indiscretions. Outsiders desperate to impress the gang have been known to slaughter suspected snitches in hopes of an invitation to join.

In one infamous 24-hour period in 1983, two AB lifers escaped their handcuffs and killed two guards in the most secure unit of the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. They did it, most chroniclers of the event agree, for sport as much as spite, simply because they could -- spurring the outcry for a federal supermax that eventually led to the construction of ADX, the "Alcatraz of the Rockies." Yet despite being housed in the bowels of ADX, Mills and Tyler Davis "The Hulk" Bingham have allegedly continued to direct AB activities in other prisons, including the killing of black inmates in Illinois and Pennsylvania during a racially charged turf war in the late 1990s.

In recent months, nearly half the defendants in the racketeering case, many of whom are already serving long sentences for other crimes, have accepted plea deals --including Principe. All of the 21 who remain are eligible for the death penalty. Although the government has not yet declared in which instances it will seek death, the group is likely to include Mills and Bingham, who are expected to go to trial next year. The only way to deal with the AB, the feds have decided, is to do what Mills tried to do to an inmate named John Marzloff back in '79: cut off its head.

But prison gangs are multi-headed beasts, and the feds have made some questionable deals in their effort to crush the AB. Much of the information and several key witnesses behind the racketeering case can be traced to a single cellblock at ADX known as H Unit, a secret intelligence unit where six top defectors from the gang were assembled and debriefed. The existence of the operation was first disclosed in Westword five years ago, when a former resident of H Unit charged that the group's members conned their handlers, smuggled out sensitive documents and embellished their stories in order to obtain special privileges and transfers to less austere prisons ("A Broken Code," July 27, 2000).

Other informants have since come forward with their own tales about H Unit, and attorneys for the death-eligible defendants are challenging the credibility of the state's top snitches. They contend that the defectors tailored their testimony to suit the government and that the whole debriefing process was fatally flawed.

"I think this case started with H Unit," says Dean Steward, Mills's attorney. "All of these guys were looking to find a way out of ADX. They had other agendas, but that was their top priority -- getting out of there."

The murky case against Principe relied almost entirely on the snitches in H Unit. And if that case is any indication of the type of evidence the government hopes to present against Mills and the other AB leaders, putting them on death row may be harder than it sounds.

"There was no honor in my case, just a lot of lying and exaggerating," Principe says. "Add to that the dirty tricks they used on me -- the dungeon housing, the delays, the manipulation of discovery. The court process has become a playground for egocentricity and snitch sniping. It's a disgrace to justice."

Nobody sets out in life with a gnawing ambition to spend time in prison. Inmates don't plan on ending up there, and neither do staff. Correctional officers often come to their profession down a winding path that starts out with a hankering for the military or law enforcement, or possibly just for a uniform and the authority that goes with it.

For Joe Principe, the calling had nothing to do with uniforms or the scent of danger; it was all about a regular paycheck and good benefits and a pension. After trying on all sorts of jobs and lives, he found himself turning thirty, ready to settle down and raise a family. Corrections looked like his ticket to suburbia, a way of repudiating what had gone before.

"I've mellowed out quite a bit," he says, "but I used to have quite an itch to scratch."

Born and raised in the Bronx, Principe reinvented himself throughout his youth. He joined the Army right out of high school, went airborne with the First Ranger Battalion, jumped out of airplanes. Then he decided to chuck the Army and major in philosophy at Manhattan College. Then there was the whole '80s greed-is-good thing; he was the guy up in the booth at the American Stock Exchange, frantically flashing hand signals to the options traders on the floor. The crash of '87 put an end to that one.

After that, there was a stream of other jobs, including a stint as a private investigator, working insurance and marital surveillance cases all over New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Fun -- hell, yes, but his fiancee wanted him to find something more stable, and the Bureau of Prisons was hiring. "I never thought of it as a fighting-crime thing," he says. "It was a job I could handle, I guess, that I didn't think would bother me too much."

Principe started at USP Lewisburg in central Pennsylvania in 1991. The hours were regular, the camaraderie among staff strong. Three years later, the bureau opened its new supermax in Florence. Rated highly in his work at Lewisburg, Principe decided to put in for a transfer.

ADX was a new kind of prison, designed to house the system's high-risk inmates in isolation 22 hours a day. The place was a maze of control rooms, double doors and cameras. When prisoners were taken out of their cells -- to the recreation cages in the yard, for example, or to phone their lawyers -- they were heavily shackled and escorted by three guards. For Principe, accustomed to the noise and action of Lewisburg, working inside ADX was like taking a moonwalk.

"It was kind of scary quiet," he says. "All the doors and grills, and it takes you forever to walk from one side to the other. It was supposed to be safer, but things can always happen. Those bars, they're an illusion. I used to tell the young officers, ŒMake believe they're not there. Because when you start depending on them, you're going to start screwing up.'"

Crazies who'd assaulted staff at other prisons often wound up at ADX. Sure, they were behind double doors, but that didn't make them any less crazy -- quite the opposite. Now they had all day to try to figure out how they were going to nail you with one of their shit-piss cocktails. One inmate was known for stripping and oiling his body for the anticipated tussles with the extraction team; you could put him in a four-point restraint on his bed, and he'd still bite off a chunk of his shoulder and spit it at you. Just how were you supposed to "manage" wack jobs like that?

The place was different, all right. With all the cameras and rules, Principe couldn't shake the feeling that the staff was under the microscope just as much as the cons were. Lewisburg had been "old-school"; guards had a fair amount of discretion about how they dealt with inmates in certain situations, as long as they didn't violate security or common sense. But ADX was a high-tech, button-down, by-the-book tomb, and its atmosphere became even more stifling to Principe after the arrival of Michael Pugh, its fourth warden in five years of operation.

Pugh was a veteran administrator who made no secret of his belief that he had some "dirty" staffers at ADX, people who were being co-opted, blackmailed or paid by prison-gang leaders to look the other way. Principe was a union steward who saw merit in reaching an accommodation with inmates to make life easier all around.

"I did little things," Principe says. "If a guy needs some soap or toothpaste, I never had a problem helping him out with that. There are officers who do it, and there are officers who don't. But I guess that made me appear vulnerable or something.

"The way I look at it, they're already locked up. What are you going to do? If you make them miserable, they make you miserable. So there were little things, minor rules -- like this issue of passing, okay? Bureau policy says you don't pass anything from one inmate to the next. At Lewisburg, they didn't trip on little things like that. They're just happy if nobody dies on shift."

Principe knew who Mills and Bingham were. There was a notebook full of inmates' pictures that guards were supposed to inspect on a regular basis, listing gang affiliations, escape attempts, history of violence -- the problem prisoners' whole claim to fame. But he says he didn't extend any special courtesies to Aryan Brotherhood inmates, and he scarcely paid any attention to the notebook.

"A lot of guys sign it without really looking at it," he says. "After a while, you don't care. You do your eight, you hit the gate. It's a job. They want you to get more involved, but the job is miserable enough without poking around and peeking at everybody's deepest, darkest secrets."

As Pugh pursued his search for dirty staff, the relationship between the administration and the union quickly deteriorated. Principe posted an off-color limerick on the union website mocking the new warden. He and several other outspoken critics of the new regime soon found their loyalty under attack. "Federal agencies have no patience with First Amendment enthusiasts," he notes.

On August 16, 1999, Principe was getting ready to leave on vacation when a lieutenant summoned him to his office. "He handed me this paperwork saying I was assigned to home duty," he recalls. "No reason. To this day, I've never gotten a reason."

There were no particular duties associated with his new assignment. He merely had to stay at his house, a living, breathing testament to others on the folly of being a renegade. For the next seven months, he sat tight, drawing his pay and wearing the stigma of being "under investigation" like a badge.

Even after he was arrested and thrown in the county jail, the checks kept coming.

The Aryan Brotherhood started out in the early 1960s in the California prison system as a prison gang obsessed with race. It was perhaps a predictable response to the increasing presence of black gangs in Folsom, San Quentin and other state abattoirs. Supposedly, in the early days, you had to be part Irish to join; members sported shamrock tattoos as a sign of undying loyalty to their brothers.

But in time, prosecutors say, the organization's leadership became much more interested in power than race. They developed sophisticated gambling, extortion and dope operations; pimped out male inmates of all persuasions (despite their loud contempt for homosexuality); ordered hits on their own weak links; and forged uneasy truces with black and Hispanic factions. By the late '70s, several veterans of the California group, including Mills, had hit the streets and then moved into the federal prison system on new charges. Although never vast in numbers, the AB was now so far-flung, with hundreds of "associates" eager to align themselves with the group in exchange for protection and status, that it developed two "commissions," consisting of three members each -- one to oversee the California prisons, the other to run business in the federal pens.

For years, few law-enforcement officials paid attention to the AB; as long as their principal victims were other inmates, there was little public outrage over their activities. But the 1983 killing of the two Marion guards, as well as incidents of street violence from paroled members who were dealing drugs and expected to pay "taxes" to the gang, drew increasing scrutiny. In the mid-'80s, the FBI tried to build a racketeering case against the AB, citing the extensive narcotics network in California prisons and the group's apparent efforts to extort Mafia elements inside the walls. "Source information indicates that the AB has a stranglehold on some of the top LCN [La Cosa Nostra] members who are inside the prison system," one report stated, "so now it allows the AB access to the funding of organized crime."

But in 1989, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles declined to prosecute the case, reportedly because of credibility problems with the snitches that the FBI had developed. A scandal had just erupted at the Los Angeles county jail over a "snitch tank" full of informants who'd fabricated testimony in homicide cases in order to get their sentences reduced, and the FBI fretted that some so-called AB defectors might actually be double agents seeking to infiltrate the witness-protection program. "There are many witnesses in the WITSEC program who have testified against members of the AB and now have contracts on their lives," one memo advised.

Over the next decade, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) became the lead agency investigating the AB. A new crop of informants emerged, especially after a war erupted in federal pens between the gang and the DC Blacks in the late 1990s ("Marked for Death," May 25, 2000). In 1998 the probe landed what may have been its biggest fish. An ADX inmate named Kevin Roach, who claimed to be a high-ranking AB "councilman" who'd served directly under federal commissioners Mills and Bingham, expressed an interest in cooperating with authorities.

Roach was placed in H Unit, an isolated area tucked near ADX's central control room. For several months, he was the only occupant of the unit; guards took to calling it the Roach Motel. In 1999 he was joined by five other defectors, including a California state prisoner, Brian Healy, who'd come from Pelican Bay and had been talking to federal authorities for the past two years.

Only a few top administrators and staffers were allowed access to H Unit. Still, it didn't take long for other guards to notice the bags of food from the outside world -- ribs, pizza, burgers from Carl's Jr. -- vanishing into the Roach Motel. Rumors spread that Warden Pugh had assembled a bunch of lowlifes to look at pictures of officers and tell tales about the "dirty" ones.

But investigating staff was only a small part of H Unit's mission. The group was given other inmates' mail and asked to decode the secret messages that AB members were known to conceal in what seemed like innocuous small talk. (One method of sending orders involved a disappearing "ink" made of urine that reappeared when heated.) They made training videos that purported to show how gang members passed notes and drugs, compromised staff and made weapons out of ordinary commissary items. They were debriefed at length on their knowledge of various AB murder plots, even if much of what they knew was hand-me-down prison lore. And they were handed hush-hush files on everything from other AB rollovers to Latin American drug cartels, in the hopes that they could fill in some gaps in pending investigations.

In return for their help, they got perks no ADX inmate could have dreamed possible. Carl's Jr. A television and VCR. A laptop computer -- and occasional, supervised access to the Internet. The ability to move freely throughout the unit. At least one soft-core porn video, smuggled in by one of their chummier handlers. What would ultimately amount to thousands of dollars in cash payments, placed in their commissary accounts. And promises of transfers to less secure prisons or spots in the witness-protection program.

A few months into the operation, a former AB shot-caller named Danny Weeks had a falling-out with Roach and was moved out of H Unit. Weeks began snitching on the snitches. He contacted Westword and declared that the debriefing was a fraud. Roach and another top informant, Eugene Bentley, had exaggerated their role in the AB, he wrote, and the group had compared stories and coached each other on what to tell the grand jury preparing the racketeering indictment. They had made up stories, taking their cues from the files provided to them.

"We would theorize what certain things meant and always embellish everything to make us look good," Weeks wrote. "Kevin would later confide in me that he was playing the biggest game he had ever played, and if he made a wrong move he was through. He told me that he had [a BOP intelligence officer] by the nuts and had told him so."

The game may have included passing on to others the top-secret information that their handlers gave them. Weeks smuggled sensitive data on a DEA investigation out of ADX and into a public court file to show how easily it could be done.

After Weeks went public, Warden Pugh moved quickly to discredit him. He sent out a memo to staff declaring that Weeks had failed a polygraph test. But another H Unit graduate, Brian Healy, would later tell a very similar story to defense investigators about what went on in the unit. "After they've been fed the information," he said, "the informants know what to say."

According to Healy, Pugh had personally brought staff files to H Unit and shown the inmates photos that included the officers' addresses and phone numbers. He would then ask, "Which of these guys are dirty?"

One of the photos was of Joe Principe. Healy had spent months at ADX before moving to H Unit, but Principe had done nothing wrong, as far as he knew. The guard was "certainly no worse" than the chummy intelligence officer whose gonads Roach claimed to have in hand, he added.

Weeks had made accusations about Principe when he first arrived in H Unit, accusations that may have prompted Principe's assignment to home duty. But Weeks would later claim that his fellow defectors had labeled several guards they didn't like as "AB facilitators" in hopes of getting them jammed up.

"I knew that Officer Principe had been placed on home leave, and I asked Kevin the details on that," Weeks wrote. "He told me Principe had been down here working the bubble when he first rolled over and had treated him so bad that he had told [investigators] the guy was hooked up with us. He was going to get indicted with all the AB as a co-conspirator for helping us conduct our business here at ADX.

"I told Kevin that's kinda hard on the guy. He replied, 'Fuck the puke. He's lucky I can't kill him.'"

Home duty was a bit like being locked up, Principe soon realized. Nothing to do, weird thoughts, a deepening estrangement from what passes as normal society. A hint, maybe, of things to come.

His buddies from the union called with messages of solidarity. Hang in there, Joe. They can't get away with this. But as the months dragged on, the calls dried up. So much for the brotherhood of the badge.

His father had just passed away. He was going through a messy divorce and a custody battle over his kids, sitting on a mortgage and wondering how much longer he could keep his non-job. If he was going to be branded an outlaw, he might as well live like one. He wrote poems, hung out in a tattoo shop, rode his Harley.

People who used to work with him thought he was losing it. He carried guns and acted paranoid. According to one source, at a union meeting he put another officer in a headlock -- which might explain why his union pals stopped calling.

His new friends were other people living on the margins. One of them was a bartender named Gino. In March 2000, Gino came to him with a story about being in debt to "dangerous people." Principe loaned him $1,500 and let him borrow his car for a few minutes to go make the payoff. Hours later, no Gino. No car.

"I probably should've let the police handle it, but I thought I was too street-suave for that," Principe would later write to a friend. "I still had my bike and truck to get around, and I wanted to handle it like a stand-up guy should."

Five days later, Gino showed up at Principe's house. He had the car but no cash, just a peace offering: a T-shirt from a Las Vegas casino. Principe blew up. "I slapped him around," he says. Then he told Gino to go get the money he owed him.

Gino told a different story to the police. It was a lurid account of handcuffs, a beating, a haircut lopping off his long hair. An ex-girlfriend came forward with accusations of her own. Suddenly, Principe was facing a barrage of charges: kidnapping, sexual assault, menacing, stalking. Bail was set at a million bucks. The Canon City paper had him down as some kind of alleged maniac rapist prison guard, with rumored ties to white-supremacy prison gangs -- all of which made him a very popular guy in the county jail.

Principe says the ex-girlfriend ultimately recanted her story. Gino did not.

Principe took the case to trial. He thought he could beat the rap, right up until the time another ADX employee, a martial-arts workout buddy, took the stand and claimed that Principe had bragged of doing exactly what the prosecution said he'd done. Principe insists his friend perjured himself. "I don't know why he did it," he says. "I assume he was in trouble, too. He got a promotion and a transfer shortly after that."

Somebody, Principe figured, wanted him in prison. How did a guy like Joe Principe suddenly get so important?

His lawyers told him that the friend's testimony was damning: He was looking at 32 years. So they cut a deal with the prosecution before the case could be handed to a jury. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and two counts of menacing. Sentence: eight years.

Officer Principe was no more. Felon Principe was shipped off to the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. He worked the weight pile, did his own time. In some ways, he made a better convict than a hack. But he was under no illusion about where he was.

"I've seen people in prison look out for each other," he says. "But that falls apart, too. All it takes is one rumor, and a guy can go from being on top of the pile to checking in."

He didn't check in -- not even when he got an engraved invitation. A year into his sentence, he had a visit from Les Smith, an ADX intelligence officer, and Michael Halualani, the ATF agent heading the Aryan Brotherhood investigation. They handed him a copy of the racketeering indictment.

In the dozens of criminal acts described in the document, Principe's name came up in connection with only three obscure incidents. He was charged with having arranged to put Barry Mills and Kevin Roach next to each other during recreation so that they could discuss AB business; on another occasion, he was supposed to have placed Mills next to Eugene Bentley, another H Unit snitch. He was also accused of falsifying a report of a 1998 fight between T.D. Bingham and a black inmate, Leroy Elmore, claiming that Elmore had a weapon and had started the fight.

Principe was stunned. Anybody who knew ADX knew that one guard couldn't move inmates around; it took at least three. Even if Mills ended up on the yard next to Roach or Bentley, it could have been happenstance or because of a request to be put next to a workout partner, one of the small "accommodations" that were sometimes granted at the supermax. It didn't mean Principe knew anything about their conversations -- which, the indictment implied, had something to do with the war against the DC Blacks and a supposed $500,000 contract that mobster John Gotti wanted the AB to carry out against a black inmate who'd beaten him up at Marion. (The contract, if it ever existed, was never carried out -- but that didn't stop the New York newspapers from going wild with the story of Gotti, the AB and Joe Principe, an Italian kid from the Bronx turned "rogue guard.")

The third charge was even more laughable. Principe insists that he filed a righteous report, stating that combatants Bingham and Elmore appeared to go at each other simultaneously. Defense investigators who've seen a videotape of the fight say that it backs up Principe's version and that Elmore had a pair of gloves in his hand that could have been mistaken for a weapon. There's also a strong suggestion in accounts of the incident that administrators arranged for the fight to occur, since only a glaring lapse in security could have placed the pair in a sally port together, along with a member of the Mexican Mafia -- and a SWAT team was standing by, apparently at the ready to break it up.

Yet the government was saying that these incidents made Principe part of the whole racketeering conspiracy; if convicted, he was looking at twenty years to life in prison. "Even if I was truly guilty of putting these guys next to each other intentionally, how could that be a life sentence?" Principe asks. "I don't get it."

After Principe had inspected the indictment, his visitors wasted no time explaining why they'd come to see him. "This is easy," Halualani said. "You're either with the government, or you're with the Aryan Brotherhood. What's it going to be?"

Principe stared at him. "Say that again," he said.

The agent repeated himself.

"You're out of your mind," Principe said. "I got nothing to say to you."

"This is a life sentence, Joe," Smith added. "The AB or the Dirty White Boys are going to get you. We're trying to help you."

Help him? They were trying to flip him. Like they'd flipped Roach and Bentley, the fine pair who'd hung these charges on him.

"I already tried the government," he said. "You let me drown. I'm a convict now."

He declined their offer. Then he headed for the weight pile and had his best workout in a long time.

A month later, the feds took him out of Arkansas Valley and flew him to California. They put him in the special housing unit at Terminal Island. He'd spend most of the next two years in the hole awaiting trial, a life of isolation that would make home duty look like an endless party.

Shortly after he arrived in California, a corrections officer cuffed him and took him to recreation. Principe recognized his escort. He was someone Principe had trained years ago, one of the rookies he'd told not to rely too much on the bars to protect him.

Using the racketeering laws, the government has scored several victories in its war against the Aryan Brotherhood. Numerous AB soldiers have been flipped or convicted on conspiracy charges, and two years ago, Paul "Cornfed" Schneider, a prominent AB leader at Pelican Bay, got a life sentence for conspiracy in the 1995 murder of a sheriff's deputy.

But the cases against upper-level AB have tended to be marathon prosecutions, often yielding meager results. Tracing the carnage behind prison walls to its source can be a daunting task, especially when your chief witnesses are convicts with long histories of violence themselves -- and you're asking a jury to believe that they took their orders from someone else who belongs on death row.

"If you take the informants in our case and do a body count, then compare it to the defendants, their body count is way higher," says Dean Steward, Mills's attorney. "One of their witnesses has supposedly killed seven or eight guys."

It took three trials in Kansas to convict AB stalwart Michael "Big Mac" McElhiney of running a heroin ring in the Leavenworth federal pen. In the first trial, a female juror fell in love with the defendant. A guilty verdict in a second trial was reversed on appeal. The third time around, McElhiney caught thirty years on top of the 21-year sentence he was already serving.

Last year's prosecution in Illinois of David Sahakian, alleged to be one of the AB's federal commissioners, was an even greater debacle. Sahakian and two other Marion inmates were charged with murder and conspiracy in the stabbing death of a black inmate, Terry Walker. The trial lasted seven months, cost more than $3 million just for the defense mounted by court-appointed lawyers, and resulted in a hung jury on most of the charges. Sahakian was convicted on a single charge of possession of a homemade knife -- a tough charge to beat, since the shank was found concealed in his rectum.

Interviews by defense attorneys with jurors after the trial indicated they were hung 7-5 in favor of acquittal on the homicide charges, says Steward. "The jurors found the informants -- Kevin Roach and a bunch of others -- to be lying weasels," he says. "They found the Bureau of Prisons personnel who testified to be incompetent and hiding things. They found the prisoner witnesses called by the defense to be charming and truthful. 'Charming and truthful' -- those are their words."

The Los Angeles racketeering case gives the feds another shot at McElhiney, Sahakian and other top AB members. But first they'll have to overcome defense efforts to suppress the snitch testimony arising out of H Unit, which Steward calls "hopelessly tainted." A hearing on the matter is scheduled in June.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Jessner, who's been pursuing the case since the late '90s, declines to comment on the H Unit operation. "That's something that's going to be decided at the hearing," he says. "It's not appropriate for me to say what happened before the witnesses testify. The proof will be in the pudding."

Since Weeks first blew the lid off H Unit five years ago, several other disgruntled informants have told their stories to the defense, accusing the government of reneging on its promises to them. Some claim to have been fed information or offered incentives to lie; others say they've been threatened with being put in general population and labeled a rat if they don't play ball. Some appear to be playing both sides. One told defense investigators he should be considered "a double-edged sword that cuts both ways."

Yet the snitch testimony is essential if Jessner is going to convince a jury that Mills and Bingham, despite being locked down under the tightest conditions the Bureau of Prisons has ever devised, continued to send and receive messages, order murders and settle disputes across the federal prison system. Defense-team veterans such as Terry Rearick, an investigator who's known Mills and Bingham for decades, says the premise has problems.

"You got a bunch of dysfunctional dope fiends, and the government's theory is that they became this well-oiled killing machine," Rearick points outs. "These guys are a bunch of broke-dick convicts. Mills can't tell them what to do. I mean, they get two fifteen-minute phone calls a month at best, all their mail gets copied and read -- and they're running the prison system? Come on."

But if Mills and Bingham are as powerful as the indictment claims, then what does that say about the effectiveness of supermax prisons such as ADX?

"In order for the government to prevail at trial, the Bureau of Prisons is going to have to concede that they were incompetent and screwed up," Steward says. "That's an enormous problem in the prosecution's camp right now. They don't want to admit that they couldn't control the people they were supposed to be controlling."

Among staff at ADX, the case presents other worries. The federal system reinstated the death penalty in 1988, after a 25-year moratorium, but it's never been used as widely as it could be in the AB case. News of the indictment was met with trash talk from some AB loyalists. In many cases, the defendants were already serving time for some of the same crimes for which they were now facing conspiracy charges; Mills, for example, is already doing life for the 1979 murder of inmate Mazloff. Others, like Bingham, are up for parole in a few years. Now the government was making noises about killing them.

The rumor mill went crazy. For every one of ours they execute, the AB types were reportedly saying, we're going to take out two guards.

Principe scarcely slept during his first eight days in the hole. He'd seen hardened cons crack up in places like this. He was a rookie and knew it. How was he going to endure it?

He got busy. He grabbed stacks of paperbacks off the book cart. He read Melville, Tolstoy, Hesse, Emerson, Dumas, Voltaire, Dostoyevsky, Hemingway. He read Don Quixote, then tackled it again, this time in Spanish.

He studied books on writing and labored over his own letters. "These concrete cages can birth geniuses and madmen, monks and monsters, if strong wills prevail," he wrote.

For exercise, there was just room enough in his cell to do burpees -- a hybrid of jumping jack and push-up, popular among the military and convicts. When he started, he could barely do fifty of them at a time. Before long, he could do 500. When he was taken out to the yard, he was often allowed a recreation cage next to another AB defendant who became his workout partner. The guards who escorted him were basically doing the same thing he was accused of doing at ADX, but no one nailed them with conspiracy charges.

He read through piles of reports, the discovery in his case. There was nothing anywhere to establish that he'd ever been paid to help the AB, that he had benefited in any way from this vast conspiracy.

He meditated. He prayed.

The feds came back to see him every few months. Was he ready to cooperate? Did he want to strike a deal in exchange for a nicer cell? The case kept getting continued, delayed, dragged out.

"For the first year, I was focused," Principe says. "I was intact. Then it started to change."

There are stages a person goes through when suffering sensory deprivation -- "SHU syndrome," as it's known in special housing units. At one point, everything the staff did seemed to annoy Principe. He began to believe they were going out of their way to mess with him. He became angry at the slightest provocation. The walls closed in.

The extraction teams were called. Principe took the pepper spray and shouted defiance. He did his best to wear them out. He was turning into one of the crazies he used to dread dealing with.

It is not a time he wants to talk about now. "You have no idea what it was like," he says. "They break you down to the point where you're ready to make a deal."

He would not become a snitch. He was adamant about that; besides, what did he really know that could interest them? But the prosecutors were eager to deal anyway. They wanted to plead out the lesser charges without exposing too much of their hand in the death-penalty cases. After two years in the hole, Principe was presented with a "global plea agreement," designed to settle the charges against multiple defendants. The catch was they'd all have to sign off on it, or no deal -- a neat way of getting the defendants to pressure each other to get on board.

Assistant U.S Attorney Jessner was handing out good deals, Principe says. He was a regular Monty Hall. "I wanted to go to trial," Principe insists, "but my attorney explained to me that the jury would be listening to Bentley and Roach, and if the jury believed them, I'd be looking at a lot more time. I didn't know what I should do. It was one of the most grueling decisions of my life. I wanted to clear my name, but maybe the wise thing to do was to let it go."

In February he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He got fifteen months, to be served concurrent with the state time he was already doing for the assault on Gino. The prosecution wanted to close the hearing to reporters, but Principe insisted on it's being open. He wanted everybody to know that his deal included no pledge of cooperation in other cases. He wasn't a witness for the prosecution or the defense. He was done.

He returned to Colorado to serve his time. The biggest capital case in the nation's history lurched on without him. He concentrated on learning to walk in regular strides again. All that time in the hole and in leg irons had left his calf muscles atrophied, best suited for shuffling half-steps.

He was going to fix that. He was going to do his time standing up, walking the yard like a regular convict.

"The only thing I got going for me is I held my mud through this," he says. "This has been a humongous humble pie -- a whole pie, being force-fed to me from day one -- to go from that side to this side. Humility is, I guess, a good thing."

He looks around him, at the guards, the prisoners, the red line, as if seeing it all for the first time.

"I'm ready for a break," he says.

LOAD-DATE: May 5, 2005

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Educator Bernadette Dunne, a former parochial school principal who now teaches at Manhattan College, last night was elected Yonkers school board president. ...
(Original Publication: May 11, 2005)

Who she is

Bernadette Dunne, in her fifth year at Manhattan College in the Bronx, is a graduate professor in the Department of Education at Manhattan College, according to interviews and her biography on the district's Web site.

She was formerly the principal of Sacred Heart High School and Christ the King School, both in Yonkers, and was an educator and teacher trainer for the New York City Board of Education for 18 years.

She serves on the advisory board of the Yonkers Community Planning Council and the policy board for the Teachers Resource Center in Yonkers. She has served as chairwoman and school evaluator for the Middle States Association in Maryland, on Long Island and in New Jersey, and served on the Middle States Association task force for development of school goals for the 21st century.

Educator Bernadette Dunne, a former parochial school principal who now teaches at Manhattan College, last night was elected Yonkers school board president. Dunne, who was appointed to her third term, takes over from Trustee Robert Ferrito, top education aide to Mayor Phil Amicone, who has served as board president for four of the past five years.

"Together, we've got a great team that will work together for the positive benefit of parents, teachers, students and administrators," Dunne said.

Elected vice president was Debra Martinez, interim director of the state Department of Health's Family Health Plan.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge," Martinez said. "We'll be working for the best interests of the parents, children and all the district's employees."

Dunne and Martinez take on leadership of the nine-member board as it awaits Schools Superintendent Angelo Petrone's 2005-06 budget for the school year that begins in seven weeks. Last month, Petrone gave the panel a one-page overview that called for $406.5 million in school spending.

But Amicone has proposed providing $400 million for the city schools. The City Council will review Amicone's school proposal at 4 p.m. today at City Hall.

The election of Dunne marks the loosening of the ties between the school board and City Hall. For the past two years, the school board was headed by trustees who also worked in appointed positions in the city administration.

Amicone also appointed the Rev. Gerald Sudick, pastor of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, to the school board. Sudick, a member of the board of trustees of SUNY Binghamton, served as that institution's president from 1980 to 1994.

Sudick's appointment reduced the number of city employees to four on the school board. The state Legislature is now considering a bill that would bar city employees from the school board.

Dunne, who celebrated her 70th birthday last week, said that the state's fourth-largest school district was moving in the right direction.

"I really believe we are on the verge of becoming very good," she said in an interview. "Staff development for our teachers is excellent, and they'll bring that learning into the classrooms."

A graduate education professor at Manhattan College's Department of Education, she said she wants school principals in Yonkers to be given more autonomy. At Manhattan College, she said, she instructs teachers who want to become principals.

"We need to give them more leeway," she said. "They are professional people, and can use their judgment. I don't really fully believe that it should always come from the top down."

With the appointment to her third term, Dunne has now been appointed to five-year terms by three mayors: Amicone, and former Mayors John Spencer and Terry Zaleski.





Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
May 4, 2005 Wednesday
BYLINE: GRACE E. MERRITT; Courant Staff Writer

The University of Connecticut has disciplined 26 students who were arrested during Spring Weekend April 21 to 23 and banned from campus 41 non-UConn students who were arrested.

The office of the dean of students is handling 18 of those cases and so far has expelled one student, suspended another, put a student on suspension held in abeyance and put four others on probation, said Karen Grava, a UConn spokeswoman.

Eleven other cases are pending.

Meanwhile, the university's department of residential life is dealing with cases that occurred in UConn residence halls. Of those, two students were put on probation and one was given a warning, Grava said. Five other students have hearings scheduled in the next few days.

The dean's office has banned from campus 41 non-UConn students who were arrested and sent letters to officials of the schools they attend asking the schools to impose their own punishments.

``We want their schools to discipline them,'' Grava said.

Persons in that category attended Eastern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Western Connecticut State University, Nichols College, Bryant College, Brown University, Southern Connecticut State University, Mitchell College, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Albany and Manhattan College.

The dean's office also sent letters to RHAM regional high school, East Hartford High School and a high school in Cumberland, R.I., about three high school students who were arrested.

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The Journal News (Westerchester County, New York)
May 4, 2005 Wednesday
BYLINE: Franziska Castillo
Education 'godsend' is lauded

10 years of helping minorities become teachers celebrated

 By the time she was 9, Mount Vernon native Julie Chambers already knew she wanted to be a teacher. What she hadn't figured out was how her family would pay for her training.

"I'm from a single-parent household, one of three children, and my mom was already working two jobs to make it all happen," said Chambers, now 23.

Teaching seemed out of reach, she remembered, until she found Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers, an Elmsford nonprofit program dedicated to tackling the regionwide teacher shortage and increasing the number of minority teachers in local schools.

Through mentoring, internships and the half-price tuition the group secured for her at Mercy College, Chambers is now a fourth-grade teacher in the Bronx - one of 29 teachers the organization has successfully shepherded into jobs in the past decade.

"This program was really a godsend," said Chambers, celebrating Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers' 10th anniversary last night at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. "Without it, I don't think I'd even be finished with college yet."

There to agree with her yesterday were dozens of high school students currently enrolled in the program, along with some of the region's top educators and famed New Rochelle actress and civil-rights activist Ruby Dee, who announced the group's designation as an Ossie Davis Memorial Charity, in memory of her renowned actor-activist husband, who died this past winter.

At a panel discussion and gala to mark the organization's 10-year birthday, one educator after another praised the group's success, while also discussing some of the local school systems' biggest challenges - including closing the achievement gap between white and minority students, teaching in an era of standardized tests, and attracting qualified minority teachers.

Currently, just 13 percent of Westchester teachers are nonwhite, compared with 44.1 percent of students, according to 2002-2003 state Education Department data. In Rockland, 40.5 percent of students are nonwhite, compared with 9 percent of teachers. To recruit and retain more minority teachers, said Sheila Evans-Tranumn, associate commissioner of the state Education Department, programs including Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers are crucial.

"You've made a conscious decision you are going to come back and work in your community and I applaud you," she said to the assembled students.

Larry Leverett, superintendent of Greenwich, Conn., public schools, said schools needed teachers from all walks of life.

"We need you desperately, we need you men, women, African-American, Latino, straight, gay ... we need you all to push and demand that we provide education to all our families," he said.

Program founder Bettye Perkins grew teary as she spotted some of the group's first graduates in the panel audience. "Today really is a family reunion," she said.

Founded in Ossining as a simple Future Teachers Club, Perkins said, the organization now provides mentors, student teaching opportunities, SAT prep courses, and college scholarships to about 400 mostly low-income, minority high school and college students in Westchester, Rockland and Ulster counties, and in the Rochester area, who then agree to teach for at least one year in local schools.

"The beauty of the program is that now we've been able to place these students back in their own communities as teachers and role models," Perkins said.

By now, the program includes students from schools in Yonkers, Bedford, Nyack, Ramapo, Spring Valley, Ossining, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Mount Vernon, Greenburgh and White Plains, among others. Local colleges that have signed on to offer half-price tuition include the College of New Rochelle, Iona College, Fordham University, Marymount College, Mercy College, Manhattan College, Manhattanville College and Pace University.

Besides garnering corporate support from J.P. Morgan Chase and PepsiCo, the group also recently caught the eye of Ruby Dee, whose youngest daughter, Hasna Muhammad, is a principal at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Brewster, and a board member of Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers.

Last night, Dee awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Joanna Willis, 18, a Peekskill High School student who will enter Iona College in the fall.

"A teacher is a bringer into the light," Dee said. "The best teachers recognize the astonishing light in each student and help them to affirm it."

For her part, Willis' mother, Alberta Willis, said she always saw that special light in her daughter, who she says has an exceptional gift with children, but without money, she worried she would never be able to attend college.

"This program just opened the door for her to fulfill her dreams," she said.

Learn more

For more information about Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers, or to apply to the program, visit

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MNEWSxx: Arzu Karagulle, a 21-year-old Manhattan College student (us?)
Festival is chance for Turks to educate about their culture
Monday, May 9, 2005

TEANECK - A new cultural association wants to educate North Jerseyans  about Turkish culture and history and correct those who mistake  Turkey for a fundamentalist nation.

Turkey is, in fact, a secular Muslim country that, for more than 80  years, has been a democracy based on the principle of separation of  church and state.

On Sunday, the year-old Hudson Turkish American Cultural Association  put on its second annual festival at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  |The 400-member organization will soon open a 4,000-square-foot  cultural center in Ridgefield, where it |will offer Turkish cooking  classes |and English and Turkish language lessons.

"Our goal is to represent the whole Turkish community in New Jersey  and form a bridge with other organizations," said Guvene Kulen of  Palisades Park, the group's president. "We believe enemies in the  world become enemies because they don't know each other. We believe  there's a lot of misunderstanding about Turks and Islam, our  religion."

The group is organizing a trip to Turkey this month for 25 non- Turkish Americans. The idea is to give the travelers a taste of  Turkey's diversity and tolerance, Kulen said. The itinerary includes  visits with Jewish and Christian leaders, he said.

The trip was organized, in part, in response to the recent portrayal  of Turks as fundamentalists and terrorists in two American television  programs, NBC's "The West Wing" and Fox's "24."

An episode of the "West Wing," for instance, depicted Turkey as a  country that beheaded women who commit adultery.

Elshan Gasimov, 20, a Turk from Azerbaijan who moved to the United  States last year, said Americans know very little about his culture.

"When I came here, I got |a lot of strange questions," Gasimov  said. "Someone asked me, 'Do you guys have cars?'Ÿ"

But Arzu Karagulle, a 21-year-old Manhattan College student who moved  to West New York from Turkey 2½ years ago, says she got a much  different reaction.

"They say they want to come to Turkey and they'd love to learn about  our culture," Karagulle said.

Sunday's festival featured a large spread of Turkish dishes, carpets,  books and crafts.

Lucia and Kevin Brown of Maplewood brought along their 2-year-old  son, Andrew. The Browns aren't Turkish, but Lucia Brown lived in  Turkey for a few years as a child.

"It's part of me," Lucia Brown said, looking down at her son. "I want  it to be part of him as well."





ZJASPERSPORTS: MC mentoring impacts other coaches
Mulqueen: Rutgers' title truly a team effort
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
For the Star-Ledger

Mike Mulqueen remembers the day he became the head coach of the Rutgers track team in 1982.

"I was 29 years old and I had just told Fred Gruninger that I would accept the job," Mulqueen said. "I went back to the athletic center and sat there by myself and thought, 'What do I do now?' There were some great athletes, like Elliott Quow, who had finished second at  the world championships in the 200 the year before and Eugene Norman,  ranked sixth in the world in the 60-yard hurdles. I didn't want to mess it up."

Mulqueen did just fine by following what he had learned from Al  McCafferty, his coach at St. Joseph's of Metuchen, Fred Dwyer and  Frank Gagliano, his mentors at Manhattan College, and Les Wallack,  for whom Mulqueen served as an assistant at Rutgers.

"They always stressed the importance of the team concept," Mulqueen  said. "Track is an individual sport, but the best runner in the world  is not going to win a track meet by himself."

That's why it got a bit emotional for Mulqueen on Sunday when he  addressed his team after Rutgers won its first-ever Big East Track  and Field Championship, scoring a record-tying 192 points. The  Rutgers coaching staff, which includes assistants Kevin Kelly, Tony  Naclerio and Lou Tomlinson, was named the Big East Coaching Staff of  the Year following the meet.

"The point total showed that it was truly a team effort," Mulqueen  said. "We scored points in 18 of the 22 events."

The first person Mulqueen called from the track to give the news was  his longtime confidant "Gags" Gagliano, who now lives in California.

"They're a great program and they're not even fully funded," Gagliano  said. "A lot of the teams he's competing against have 12.6  scholarships and he's not even close to that. They've won the IC4As  (2005 indoor) and the Big East. Those kids are learning how to win.  Mike has been very loyal to Rutgers and he's surrounded himself with  good people."

Gagliano saw something in Mulqueen when he was a freshman hurdler at  Manhattan College, which won the 1973 NCAA national championship that  year.

"He was a plugger," Gagliano said. "He didn't have great talent or  speed, but he wanted to succeed and be the best that he could be.  That's what he's doing with his team now."

A testament to Mulqueen's effort is the fact that Rutgers is in  enjoying its best track year, having won the indoor IC4As in March  and the Big East title without a single full-scholarship track  performer on hits roster. In fact, some of the top athletes on the  team came to Rutgers as invited walk-ons. Those include decathletes  Trevor O'Grady, Greg Ostrowicki and Adam Golembeski, triple jumper  Rowan Clarke, 400-meter runner Ryan Westman and sprinter Rob Waters.

"We sell a lot of them on the academics," Mulqueen said. "Balazs  Koranyi was a semifinalist in the 800 in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics  and he came here because he liked our political science and history  departments. At the time, we were training at Highland Park High  School because the stadium was being renovated. He didn't mind."

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[JR: The impact of MC goes far beyond the alumni produced.]




ZJASPERSPORTS: MC to host NCAA regional championships at Manhattan College May 2
Darden, Miami hitting stride in ACC events
Monday, May 09, 2005

As Dominique Darden intently watched the success and accolades  bestowed upon former teammate and Olympian Lauryn Williams last  season, she realized that her opportunity to excel would arrive.

The time is now.

The former Harrisburg High standout is having a breakout junior  season for the sixth-ranked University of Miami women's track and  field team. The five-time All-American helped the 'Canes capture the  indoor and outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference championship this year  by excelling in her main event, the 400-meter hurdles.

At the ACC Championships in Gainesville, Fla., Darden ran away from  the field to win the hurdles in an ACC- and school-record time of  56.02 seconds. She also finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 13.47.

The Canes went on to win the ACC title with 142 points, 20 more than  second-place North Carolina. Not bad for a team in its first year in  the conference after moving from the Big East.

At the Penn Relays last month, Darden was a member of the Miami 4x400  relay team that set a conference and school record with a time of  3:29.27.

But it all started for Darden last summer during the United States  Olympic trials in Sacramento, Calif. That is when she realized what  she needed to do to reach the next plateau.

"The magnitude was huge at the trials but I didn't take it too  seriously," Darden said. "I was running crappy in my races; my mind- set was I was just there and I wasn't competitive at all.

"Lauryn was a year ahead of me, and after watching her do well and go  to the Olympics I felt that I could also go out and compete at a high  level."

She realized her potential.

With her renewed confidence Darden has shot out of the blocks,  setting records and helping the 'Canes become one of the most well- rounded track and field programs in the nation.

Next up for Darden and the 'Canes is the Reebok Invitational in  Atlanta next weekend and the NCAA regional championships at Manhattan  College May 27-28. Those meets will serve as tune-ups for the NCAA  Outdoor Championships, set for June 8-11 in Sacramento.

"Moving to the ACC from the Big East was really a step up in  competition," said Darden, a marketing major. "It's been a great  experience as I progressed and adapted from my freshman season  competing on the collegiate level."

The Miami women's team is led by 14-year coach Amy Deem, who has  guided 23 student-athletes to a combined 63 All-America honors and  six individual national titles. In 2003, Deem help lead the 'Canes to  their best season in school history with 17 All-America honors (seven  indoor, 10 outdoor). Before moving to the ACC, Miami won five Big  East outdoor titles and one indoor championship under Deem.

Before winning ACC indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year awards this  season, Deem earned Big East Outdoor Coach of the Year honors four  times.

"This has been a good year for me," Darden said. "I'm definitely  putting my name out there. I love competing in the 400 hurdles, and  when the USA championships roll around I will be ready to compete."

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[JR: MC hosting NCAAs. I’m impressed. ]



Reported from The Quadrangle (

Nothing new.




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
5/15/05 Sunday Track & Field   IC4A/ECAC Championships   Princeton, NJ   10:00 AM
5/15/05 Sunday Baseball   Le Moyne*   HOME   12:00 PM
5/17/05 Tuesday Baseball   St. John's   Jamaica, NY   7:00 PM
5/19/05 Thursday Baseball   Fairfield* (DH)   Fairfield, CT   12:00 PM
5/20/05 Friday Baseball   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   12:00 PM
5/26/05 Thursday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/27/05 Friday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/27/05 Friday Track & Field   NCAA Regionals %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
5/28/05 Saturday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/28/05 Saturday Track & Field   NCAA Regionals %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
5/29/05 Sunday Baseball   MAAC
Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 

6/3/05 Friday Baseball   NCAA Regional   TBA   TBA 
6/4/05 Saturday Baseball   NCAA Regional   TBA   TBA 
6/5/05 Sunday Baseball   NCAA Regional   TBA   TBA 
6/6/05 Monday Baseball   NCAA Regional   TBA   TBA 
6/7/05 Tuesday Baseball   NCAA Regional   TBA   TBA 
6/8/05 Wednesday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Sacramento, CA   11:00 AM
6/9/05 Thursday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Sacramento, CA   11:00 AM
6/10/05 Friday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Sacramento, CA   11:00 AM
6/11/05 Saturday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Sacramento, CA   11:00 AM
6/23/05 Thursday Track & Field   USATF Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/23/05 Thursday Track & Field   USATF Junior Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/24/05 Friday Track & Field   USATF Junior Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/24/05 Friday Track & Field   USATF Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/25/05 Saturday Track & Field   USATF Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/25/05 Saturday Track & Field   USATF Junior Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/26/05 Sunday Track & Field   USATF Junior Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM
6/26/05 Sunday Track & Field   USATF Championships $   Carson City, CA   10:00 AM

If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do?



Sports from College (


Stratford, CT (May 13, 2005)- Top-seeded Iona defeated softball, 9-3, this afternoon in the first game of the double-elimination MAAC Championships. Kiera Fox hit her 17th home run of the season for Manhattan, which will play third-seeded Canisius at 5:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.




Stratford, CT (May 12, 2005)- Manhattan senior Jennifer McCracken was named to the All-MAAC First Team, and sophomore Liz Strein was named the New York Lottery MAAC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced tonight at the Softball Awards Banquet in Stratford, CT. In addition, 11 Lady Jaspers were MAAC All-Academic selections, a number that paced the MAAC.




Riverdale, NY (May 12, 2005)- Manhattan senior outfielder Jennifer McCracken (Wappingers Falls, NY/John Jay) has been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I Second Team, it was announced today.




Riverdale, NY (May 11, 2005)– The Manhattan College Athletic Department held its Annual Block M Athletic Awards Banquet to honor the school's 303 student-athletes tonight in Smith Auditorium. Tonight marked the 65th consecutive year the College has held this awards banquet.




Riverdale, NY (May 11, 2005)- Manhattan send 11 batters to the plate in the first inning before an out was recorded, scoring 10 runs en route to an 17-7 win over Sacred Heart at Van Cortlandt Park in the final regular season non-conference game for the Jaspers. Manhattan improves to 23-16 in winning its sixth straight game, while the Pioneers fall to 18-28.




Sports from Other Sources

[JR: At the risk of losing some of my aura of omnipotence or at least omni-pia-presence, you can see Jasper Sports stories at: so for brevity’s sake I will not repeat them here. I will just report the ones that come to my attention and NOT widely reported. No sense wasting electrons!]

Newsday (New York)
May 9, 2005 Monday
CSI rallies in 9th for title

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Jaspers win MAAC Championships. Jasmine Rogers took first in the 100 meters and 100 hurdles with times of 12.20 and 14.54 seconds for Manhattan College at the MAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Rider University. Also placing first for the Manhattan women were Caitlyn Kjolhede in the high jump with a height of 1.63 meters, Jenna Daly in the pole vault with leap of 3.20 meters, Tiina Magi in the triple jump at 11.98 meters and Marina Liander in the hammer throw with a toss of 52.22 meters as the Jaspers took first overall with 257 points.

For the Manhattan men's team, Joseph Cruz placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.93. Also placing first were Christano Johnson in the high jump with a height of 1.99 meters, Nils Pettersson in the pole vault with a mark of 4.40 meters, Dexter Jules in the triple jump (14.52 meters), Milan Jotanovich in the shot put with a toss of 18.84 meters and Zoran Loncar in the hammer throw (63.38 meters) as the Jaspers won the two-day event with 221 points.

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The Times Union (Albany, New York)
May 8, 2005 Sunday
HEADLINE: Gregory steals the show at Colonie

COLONIE - After anchoring the winning Colonie 400-meter relay team, Stacy Gregory walked off the track, took off her orange shoes and smiled, having just wowed the crowd for the third time Saturday at the Colonie Carnival Relays.

"Maybe they need to rename it `The Gregory Relays,"' Gregory joked.

Gregory started the day with a record-setting 12-second performance in the 100 meters, helping the Garnet Raiders win the girls' team title.

The meet record also was a Colonie school record.

"This is my last year. I wanted to go out with a bang," said Gregory, who was racing on Colonie's track for the last time as a high school athlete. "I wanted to do good today." The Colonie girls upset Shaker 89-86 to win the team championship. Shenendehowa was third with 63 points. Shaker won the boys' championship with 86 points. Colonie was second (71), followed by Lansingburgh with 54.

Colonie hadn't won the meet in Gregory's varsity career.

"It's nice to get a win before I get out of here," Gregory said.

The Colonie senior, who has accepted a scholarship to Manhattan College, owns 14 school records.

She anchored both the 400-meter relay and Colonie's winning 800-meter relay. She also ran the second leg of the Garnet Raiders' second-place 1,600-meter relay.

"She does an incredible job," Colonie co-head coach Jen Petersen said. "She's been a powerhouse for all four years I've been with the team."

While Gregory led the Garnet Raiders, it was an all-around effort that allowed the Colonie girls to win the team title and hand Shaker its first loss of the season. Colonie had a top-six finisher in 12 of meet's 17 events.

Shaker coach Marbry Gansle said the Garnet Raiders' 1-2-3 finish in the 100 meters sealed the victory for Colonie.

"They had 24 points in that race, we had four," Gansle said. "That's 20 points. It's too hard to make that up. You have to win two events and hope they don't place in either."

The Blue Bison suffered their first loss, but the team also showcased their talent by setting a meet record in the 1,600-meter relay (4:01.3). Shaker also set a school record in the 800-meter relay.

"We never go in thinking we'll win," Shaker senior Ashlee Smith said. "We go out to do our best."

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WILL WALDRON/TIMES UNION RUNNERS in the boys' 3,000-meter steeplechase sail over the water jump during the Colonie Carnival Relays. Stacy Gregory was the star of the event, winning three times, including a record-setting performance in the 100 meters.

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The Capital (Annapolis, MD)
May 7, 2005 Saturday
HEADLINE: College Roundup

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MOUNT WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Casey Paris scored three goals in Mount St. Mary's 6-0 run to start the game en route to an 18-2 victory again Manhattan in the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse play-in game yesterday.

With the win, the Mount (14-5) advances to the NCAA Division I tournament for the second straight season. The announcement of the field of 16 will be Sunday at 9 p.m.

Junior Ellie Keener tied a career high with four goals. Kirby Day posted a hat trick and an assist while Nicole Di'Angelo (St. Mary's), Erin LaMotte and Jenna Duffy contributed two goals and two assists apiece.

Katie Falatach (St. Mary's) had a goal and an assist, while Jen Davison (South River) paced the Mount defense with six draw controls, five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida)
May 5, 2005 Thursday
SECTION: H-T ENGLEWOOD; Playing the Field; Pg. G6
HEADLINE: Tilly making a run at Div. I regional meet
BYLINE: Alan Dell

Former Lemon Bay High School track standout Sam Tilly qualified for the NCAA Div. I Region Meet with his Campbell University 4 x 400-meter relay team and is inches short of qualifying in the long jump.

A freshman at the North Carolina school, Tilly ran the third leg of the 1,600-meter relay team recently when it won the Atlantic Sun Conference title and qualified for regions. Manhattan College of New York is the host for the NCAA Division I East Region, which will be held May 27 and 28 at Randall's Island in New York.

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GoogleAlert for: "manhattan college" Tennis fired up for NCAA tourney
TheUCLA Daily Bruin - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... There is littledoubt that UCLA should breeze by Manhattan College (16-4) in the first round of the tournament, but after that, anything could happen....


M. tennis: Tennis fired up for NCAA tourney
No. 7 men’s team hungry for revenge against previous losses
Sophomore Benjamin Kohlloeffel and the UCLA men’s tennis team are looking to exact revenge in the NCAA Tournament. They face Manhattan at home Saturday on their way to the NCAA Championship.

When it comes to the NCAA Tournament, no extra motivation is usually necessary.

But it certainly couldn't hurt.

When play begins Saturday for the UCLA men's tennis team (21-3) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, the team will stare down a bracket that could present as many as three unique opportunities for revenge and vindication. It's a mental advantage that UCLA coach Billy Martin can't help but be excited about.

"From a psychological standpoint, I think it's tougher to beat a team you've beaten two or three times in a row when you know your opponent is going to come back a little hungrier," Martin said.

Martin undoubtedly hopes that his players will be the hungry ones. And based on results earlier in the season, that will likely be the case.

There is little doubt that UCLA should breeze by Manhattan College (16-4) in the first round of the tournament, but after that, anything could happen. The seventh-seeded Bruins would face the winner of the California v. San Diego State match in the second round.

Cal beat UCLA 4-3 in the last meeting between the schools at Berkeley and the Bruins are looking to avoid a repeat performance. That's where the extra motivation part comes in.

"That was annoying because we're a lot better team than them," senior Alberto Francis said. "I just felt that it was disappointing.

"There's plenty of excuses, but we lost. The bottom line is that we lost, and now we can get our revenge."

UCLA beat Cal 7-0 in the teams' first meeting this season at LATC, but Cal (11-9) closed the season with a four-match winning streak, registering victories over UCLA, USC and Stanford in the process.

"I'm sure Cal, after we beat them here, was pretty hungry to beat us, and they did that," Martin said. "I hope we can reciprocate. We'll be pretty fired up to avenge our loss and make a statement to them about who we think is the better team."

In the minds of the Bruins, there is no doubt about the answer to that question. But if the team wants to advance deep into the tournament, they will likely have to answer it again.

If UCLA finds a way to advance to the Elite Eight, the Bruins could get another crack at second-seeded Virginia, the team that sent them to their first loss of the season at the National Team Indoors.

"For me, I would like to get a chance to play Virginia," Martin said.

"I've said that since the beginning of the year. I thought we did pretty good against them in the Indoors, but with Luben (Pampoulov) in the singles lineup, I think we have a good chance to get a victory there."

Pampoulov, ranked No. 7 in the country, has recovered from a neck injury, and there can be no more excuses for the Bruins. The next excuse means that the season is over.

"I always think that (losing) stimulates a competitor," Martin said. "If my guys are competitors and they want to stand up to that test, I think we should be ready."

The ultimate test could come in the form of defending national champion Baylor, the team that beat UCLA 4-0 in last season's championship match.

The Bears haven't lost in 52 matches. But that potential opportunity for revenge is still five victories down the road.

Right now, the Bruins are focused on Manhattan, Cal, San Diego State and, ultimately, themselves.

"We should not be concerned about our opponent," senior Kris Kwinta said. "We should be concerned about our game and our preparation."

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Stags Hosts 2005 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Four-Team, Double-Elimination Tournament Takes Place At DeLuca Field In Stratford 

May 9, 2005

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- For the ninth consecutive season, the Fairfield  University softball team (30-25 overall) earned a berth to the Metro  Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament, entering double- elimination event as the number two seed. Top-seeded Iona College (30- 12), third-seeded Canisius College (18-16), and fourth-seeded  Manhattan College (22-23) round out the four-team field.

The Stags finished second in the regular-season standings with a  conference mark of 10-6, the seventh straight season that the team  has reached double-digits for MAAC victories. Freshman Erin Frank has  already set the school record for home runs (nine) and RBI (41) in a  season, and also leads the team with 24 extra base hits (14 doubles).  Sophomore Cagney Ringnalda (.309) and junior Natalie Visone (.308)  own the top batting averages, with Tara Hansen just missing the .300  mark with a .296 hitting percentage. Pitchers Tracy Sylvestre and  Hansen have both reach double digits in the win column, registering  13 and 11, respectively.

Iona brings a 10-game win streak into the tournament, with all of  those victories coming against MAAC opponents. The Gaels secured the  top seed with a 15-1 record, losing only to only to Rider in  conference competition. Senior Liz Hammel comprises a good portion of  the team's offense, posting team-high numbers in runs scored (31),  hits (48), doubles (10), home runs (12), and RBI (35). Sophomore  Alyson Funn (.288) and senior Alison Higgs (.285) are next in line  for the Gaels, with Higgs adding seven homers to the cause. Higgs and  freshman Becky Riccitelli have each recorded more than 100 innings in  the pitching circle, with Higgs posted a 12-1 record and a 1.16 ERA  while Higgs stands at 17-6 and a 1.24 ERA.

Canisius boasts four batters over the .300 mark this season, which  helped the Golden Griffs finish with a 10-6 MAAC record and grab the  three seed in the tournament. Seniors Becky Owen (.345) and Beth Enk  (.344) completed the regular-season as close two players can get to  each other. Enk smacked eight home runs during the year, second only  to sophomore Jessica Martin's 10 homers. Martin (.340) and freshman  Katie Miranto (.327) round out top four hitters. Senior Andrea Bunten  brings a 10-9 record and a 1.70 ERA into this week's action, while  freshman Jess Stackhouse takes a 5-1 mark with a 1.34 ERA into  Friday's games.

Manhattan used a 9-7 MAAC record to finish out the tournament field  as the number four seed. The Lady Jaspers have depended upon the  strong play of junior Kiera Fox and senior Jennifer McCracken. Fox's  16 home runs represent more than half of the team's 32 homers,  allowing her to pace her teammates with 37 RBI. McCracken has a .319  batting average with six home runs and 22 RBI, both second on the  team. Junior Jill Medea pitched 188 innings during the regular  season, which gave her the opportunity to post a 16-12 record with  eight shutouts and a 2.05 ERA. Sophomores Kris Gelsleichter (3-7,  3.69 ERA) and Liz Pennino (3-4, 5.62) have also seen time on the  pitching rubber.

The tournament will take place at Deluca Field in Stratford, Conn.,  home of the Brakettes softball team. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3  for senior citizens, students, and children. For tournament  information, please check or

2005 MAAC Softball Tournament Schedule - Deluca Field, Stratford, Conn.
Friday, May 13
Game 1 - #2 Fairfield vs. #3 Canisius - 10 am
Game 2 - #1 Iona vs. #4 Manhattan - 12:30 pm
Game 3 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 3 pm
Game 4 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 - 5:30 pm
Saturday, May 14
Game 5 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, Noon
Game 6 - Championship Game (Winner of Games 3 & 5)
Game 7 - If necessary (Winner of Game 3 & 5)

Directions To DeLuca Field - Stratford, Conn.

From New York & Points South: I-95 to exit 30 (Lordship Blvd.); at  bottom of exit continue straight through traffic light and continue  straight until you can't go any further (approx. one mile). Take a  left at the light onto Main Street and follow to DeLuca Field on  right.

From New Haven & Points North: I 95 to exit 31 (South Avenue), at  bottom of exit take a left and continue straight to traffic light. At  light take right onto Main Street and continue striahgt through two  traffic lights. DeLuca Field will be just past the lights on the  left.  





From: John Stearns [1957]
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2005 5:42 PM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner-- at
Subject: Re: jasperjottings20050508.htm

Greetings from John Stearns '57

Your work will be a more valuable if you can keep people like Thomas Hickey a part of your involved audience. Critical thinking is essential in a democracy.

Perhaps using "I" 44 times in a single pargraph indicates that you MAY be thinking more of the importance of your opinion than of the search for truth. That's for Brother Leo!

Best regards from a Minnesota Jasper,
John Stearns

[JR: Touche. Point well taken. Kick when down. Beating will continue until the morale improves. I agree that we need diversity of thought. But, we also need that “diverse thought” to speak up and show us the error of our ways. For example, I championed that moving form the gold standard by FDR was a defrauding of the dollar and permission for the Federal Government to go on a spending spree that we’ll never recover form. Likening it to the debasement of the gold franc from Louis 1 to 17. If am wrong, I welcome some one to educate me. Lift me out of my stupidity. To leave without comment, condemns me to a life of ignorance. Or, is that today’s lefty liberal, as opposed to the Classical Liberal from who Libertarianism flows, or righty fascist can’t defend why the currency should not be tied to an external standard of value. But, I’ll try to be easier to talk to. When we are all eating dog food ‘cause Social Security bankrupts us, we’ll have pleanty of time to chat on the soup line.]




From: Donald McLeod, BEE `74
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2005 8:43 PM
Subject: A Thought on Feeling Blue


I just finished reading the Jottings and again I say thanks.  I appreciate the news.  I am sorry you are feeling down but we all get like that.  Cheer up; life is wonderful no matter what.  I always read the obits and feel bad not when someone who has had a full life dies but when someone who has not really lived dies.  I remember hearing that when we die we will be asked what have we done with our gift, life?  I hope we can all answer a lot of wonderful thing.

I have been quiet for a while as we have been busy with work, church, family and life in general.  My wife, Paula, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, lumpectomy in February, then recover and seven weeks of radiation.  She will finish radiation next Wednesday.  Then a month off and 4 chemo treatments to reduce the chances for a second attack. 

Are we feeling down? Is she depressed? No; we now celebrate every small thing.  I go with her on my days off, not that she needs me but to be together and we make the treatment a thing to celebrate.

The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center was having am exhibit on the building of St Peter's in Rome and we planned to go in January.  The cancer put a hold on that.  We decided to go near the halfway point in the radiation treatment.  What that day turned out to be was the burial day of Pope John Paul II.  What better day to go.  We had a great day and celebrated the Pope's life and not mourn his death.

Yes there are days I feel down and wish it had never happened but then I think of all the good things we have done in the last 4 months and I remember to rejoice in life.  Paula has been an inspiration in her strength and determination. 

We attended a Eucharistic Congress in DC a couple of years ago and there was a story of an expectant woman who found out her child would not survive long after birth due to a genetic defect.  Her doctor wanted to abort the pregnancy and she refused to kill her unborn child.  The doctor refused to continue treating her if she was going to waste his time, so much for the medical profession.  She and her husband found a new doctor and had the girl.  As predicted, the baby was born with no lungs.  There was a priest and their entire family present for the birth.  The baby was passed to everyone present and she then quietly died and returned to the Lord.  Everyone was moved by the girl especially how she had a happy expression the entire time.  The mother said don't weep for she lived the life God gave her to the fullest.  What more can any of us hope to achieve with our life? 

The Romans said it best Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.   This is even more important when things are not going so smoothly.  Then remember the moral – When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

Just think, John that one day when God asks what did you do with your life, one thing you will able to say is that you published the Jotting and kept us together as a group.  WE do appreciate that you do publish each week.

Donald McLeod, BEE `74

[JR: Well, that puts things in perspective. My day / week wasn't that bad. ]



From: Reinke(nsteinian monster)
 [From a dedicated email address used for all Jasper activities]  
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 9:02 AM
To: Curatolo, William J
Subject: RE: jasperjottings20050508.htm

Hi Bill, Gald to see that your mail is getting thru. Re the new address, we have two choices:

(1) YOU can go to, register the "new id", verify it, and then replace it for Distribute_Jasper_Jottings.

(2) You can accept the new invite I will send you in a few minutes, and then let me know to nuke the old one.

Either way is fine. Method One fixes all Yahoo Groups you belong to. Method Two just fixes one group.

Makes no diff to me. Although one is "better" since it keeps your original stats intact.



How do I change the email address I use for subscriptions?
Yahoo! Groups makes it easy to change the email addresses you use for subscriptions. Before you make any changes to your address, however, it's important to understand how your account works.
Your account is identified by the Yahoo! ID you use to sign in. Your preferences, profile, and email addresses are all part of your account.
Your account can have up to 5 email addresses that can be used for group subscriptions. To view the addresses linked to your account, go to My Preferences.
To change your email address, you will first need to add your new email address to your account. Skip to the next set of instructions if the address is already linked to your Yahoo! ID.
Adding an email address to your account:
Sign in using your Yahoo! ID and click on Account Info.
Click on the Edit button to the right of Member Information.
Add your new email address as an Alternate Email Address and click Finished.
Click on the Edit button to the right of Member Information again.
Click on the Non-verified link and follow the steps to verify the address.
Go to and click on My Preferences.
The new address should be listed as "Not currently available for subscription." Click on the Edit button to the right of Email Addresses.
Click on the Convert link to the right of the new email address.
An email with an authorization code will be sent to the address. (It should arrive within minutes, but may take longer. Please allow up to 12 hours to receive the email.) Follow the instructions contained in the email to complete the process.
Changing your subscription addresses:
Go to My Groups
Click on Edit My Groups
Use the drop-down menus to select the appropriate email address for each group, and click on Save Changes.
Removing your old email address:
Go to My Preferences and click on the Edit button to the right of Email Addresses.
Click on the Remove link to the right of the email address you no longer want to use.

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> My new email address is <privacy invoked>  
>  Bill Curatolo

[JR: fixed. ]

[MCAlumDB: 1970 ]



From: Reinke via Yahoo from Anywhere
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 2:04 PM
To: Keith Dowd
Subject: Re: Please update F. John's address book

Hi Keith,

You may remember me in conjunction with my newsletter, Jasper Jottings. It tracks weekly Manhattan College alumni news. I invited you to read it at the web site ( or receive an email distribution through the Yahoo Group "Distribute_Jasper_Jottings".

I also have a bunch of resources that our fellow alums have used. One of them is Corex Cardscan.

Any way for some reason, perhaps you expressed and interest, asked a question, or in someway responded, so I put your entry in my Corex Cardscan database. (It periodically asks for updates.) I try to make myself, and my "stuff", available to my fellow and future alums, as a way of paying back the Jasper who helped me.

Any way that is who I am and why you got an update request from me.

If you're interesting in Jottings or networking, then by all means keep me, and thru me, our fellow alums updated about yourself. I take the updates I receive thru Corex, strip of the usmail address, email, and phone stuff, and publish the rest in Jottings under the heading "update".

So for exmaple I am going to report this week that [Coppola, Deborah (1999), Associate, Human Resources, JPMorgan Chase]. It looks like a new assignment for her. Now that might be of interest to you if you wanted to work at JPMC, learn about HR, or know Deb from some way. So you send in an email, that I would forward to Deb. If she's willing, then she'd contact you.

So I'm like a trusted busybody. A yenta. matchmaker. Buttinski. Who nags you to network. A connector. I make connections for you, and any of our fellow alums.

If the update request, is annoying or you're not interested, I can certainly nuke it.

Hope this helps,
Your fellow alum,

--- Keith Dowd <<privacy invoked> > wrote:

> I have gotten e-mails from you before, but I have
> absolutely no idea who you
> are. Please refresh my memory or take my name and
> address off whatever list
> this keeps coming from.

> > Quoting "F. John Reinke's AccuCard Service"
> > Dear Keith,
> > I'm updating my address book. Would you, please, take a moment to
> > review your contact information?
> > To update your contact information, please visit the following link:
> > I keep my address book up to date using the AccuCard Service.
> > (Please visit the following link to learn about AccuCard Service)
> >
> > Your updates help not only me, but also other service subscribers who
> > already have your contact information.
> > (Please visit the following link to learn about other service
> > subscribers who already have your contact information)

<extraneous deleted>

> > Best Regards,
> > F. John Reinke
> > Yet Another Guru Inc.
> >
> > To opt out of this service, visit the link below:
> >
> >




From: Bob Insull [1963]
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 11:43 AM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner-- at
Subject: Getting the Catholic out of Catholic College

John: About your comments in this week's Jasper Jottings (05/08) regarding Marymount College losing its status as a Catholic institution of higher learning for having the audacity to invite as its commencement speaker someone of a different viewpoint, I believe you are correct in noting the sadness involved but I think you've missed the real sadness.

When unquestioning orthodoxy replaces the informed investigation of alternatives as the basis for the formation of conscience then the word 'morality' loses any meaning. Morality has to do not so much with conforming as with making choices to conform. To argue that these choices should not be examined from all sides is patently absurd. This is the more so in the context of an institution that has the education of adults as its mission. (To say nothing of being contrary to the supremacy of informed individual conscience as the arbiter of moral decisions recognized even by the Catholic Church.)

If our Catholic moral teachings cannot withstand such examination by people we have educated for four (or more) years at commencement, the culmination of their educational efforts, than what flimsy things we must think they are (or perhaps how lazy we've become in our defending them).

The real sadness is that the adoption of orthodoxy as the sole standard for whether something is or is not Catholic' would make the phrase 'Catholic University' an oxymoron. For, so used, one or the other of the terms would then have to be a lie and would lead us to a situation where the phrase would be meaningless and we would be better off without it.

If we were to lose the moral battle to the 'Church of the Secular Humanists' (most of whom, by the way, seem to have little use for church in any form) that would be sad; what is truly sad would be to see us Catholics surrender our institutions of higher learning to the 'Church of Craven Conformity' a consummation that all too often these days seems devoutly to be desired among people who should know better.

Bob Insull '63S

[JR: I believe some of the gripe is about the granting of honors to people who's beliefs are at odds with the Church's teachings. I'm not in the business of running the Church. I don't remember objections to inquiry or dialogue. It's the featured and honored speaker that brings down the wrath. ]



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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Government Can’t Run Schools Like Businesses

by Thomas L. Johnson

Thomas L. Johnson is professor emeritus of biological sciences at University of Mary Washington. This article originally appeared in the September 26, 2004, issue of The Free Lance-Star. Reprinted with permission.

===<begin quote>===

What this all boils down to is, are we trying to raise sheep – timid, docile, easily driven or led – or free men? If what we want is sheep, our schools are perfect as they are. If what we want is free men, we’d better start making some big changes.

~ John Holt, The Underachieving School

Just after the Civil War ended in 1865, the public-school system, and governments at all levels, began to rapidly expand in America. And during the 139-year period leading up to today, there have been innumerable reforms attempted to try to correct the never-ending failures of this academic system.

But the public schools, along with big government, tragically continue to thrive and expand. This synchronous growth is not accidental, but inevitable.

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When commenting about the public-school system, Marshall said, “The product is education and the customers are students.”

But she has it all wrong.

Education is not a product; it’s supposed to be a learning experience. A properly educated student might be considered a good “product” of the system, but since that has seldom happened in the past, it became necessary to establish the Standards of Learning reform program in the futile attempt to end this acute public-education problem and embarrassment.

Also, students are definitely not customers, because customers are not forced by law to patronize businesses, but students are forced to attend school. Customers choose when, where, and how they will, or will not, deal with businesses. Public-school students rarely have these choices, unless politicians or school authorities grant them.

So it is useless to attempt to try to apply techniques that are used in the business world, where customers are free to come and go as they please; where customers are not required to obey a vast number of rules and regulations; where customers are not subjected to fear and force by authority figures; where customers do not have to deal with bullying, hazing, violence, mind-numbing boredom, and censorship.

Also, in the business world: customers do not have to please businesses, and are not tested and graded, and thus do not pass or fail; customers fearlessly judge businesses and their products or services; customers do not have official detailed records (except credit records) that are kept for many years and that might negatively impact them for the rest of their lives.

Yet Marshall, a “turnaround specialist” who absurdly calls students customers, has already separated Perrymont students by gender (sexism), and required them to wear uniforms (regimentation).

She has simply adopted ancient academic practices that have been tried innumerable times and failed, but which clearly reveal the authoritarian nature of the academic system. (Have you ever heard of customers being separated by gender, or having to wear uniforms?)

So if public schools are obviously not like free-market businesses, precisely what are they?

Public schools are government-established, politician- and bureaucrat-controlled, fully politicized, taxpayer-supported, authoritarian socialist institutions.

In fact, the public-school system is one of the purest examples of socialism existing in America.

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If freedom is to survive in America, it will be necessary to eliminate the psychologically crippling and mentally debilitating authoritarian socialist public-school system that inevitably inflicts upon all of its students a long and thorough indoctrination in authoritarianism and convinces them that government force is a valid and necessary means to achieve virtually any desired ends.

This must be replaced with a system involving freedom and democracy; that is, a system of individual choice known as free enterprise in which students would actually be genuine customers, patronizing genuine education businesses.

===<end quote>===

Yup, the government skools are the problem. They teach the wrong stuff from a very early age. While one might disagree in one aspect or another, one would have to recognize that Walter was right. Remember his quote, …

"If one didn't know better, one would think that Washington's predominantly black public school system was being run by the grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, hell-bent on a mission to sabotage black academic excellence. Instead, it's a system being run by blacks for blacks. As such, it means generation after generation of blacks will not be able to academically measure up. Calls for racial quotas and preferences will exist in perpetuity. And, in a world of increasing technology, many blacks are condemned to near uselessness in the job market." -- Walter Williams

So, I’d say if I didn’t know better, I’d wonder what the government skools were trying to produce. In engineering, I learned that one designs to produce a result. If you are unhappy with the result, then create a new design. Iterate until you find the design that works. So, I’d assume that the design operates as intended. These skools produce, just like the Prussian aristocracy wanted, cannon fodder. Stupid people who vote the way they are “supposed” to, conform to the group think, and never question why. They are working EXACTLY as designed.

If I had kids, I darn sure would not send them to a government skool!

And that’s the last word.