Sunday 12 June 2005 (Corrected at 1500 GMT)

Dear Jaspers,

702 are active on the Distribute site.

This month, we had 89 views on 6/9 and 8965 over the last month. Pretty consistent numbers.


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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 - - - AT - - - 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.


"If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut." --Albert Einstein



On Faith


Religion and Politics Worldwide.

By Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. Cambridge Univ. Press. 329 pp. $24.99

Reviewed by Os Guinness

Religion is the key to history, Lord Acton wrote. In today’s intellectual circles, however, it’s more like the skunk at the garden party. To many intellectuals, religion is a private matter at best, and most appropriately considered in terms of its functions rather than the significance of its beliefs, let alone its truth claims. At worst, it’s the main source of the world’s conflicts and violence—what Gore Vidal, in his Lowell Lecture at Harvard University in 1992, called “the great unmentionable evil” at the heart of our culture.

Such grim assessments are certainly debatable. It’s a simple fact, for example, that, contrary to the current scapegoating of religion, more people were slaughtered during the 20th century under secularist regimes, led by secularist intellectuals, and in the name of secularist ideologies, than in all the religious persecutions in Western history. But there is little point in bandying about charges and countercharges. If we hope to transcend the seemingly endless culture-warring over religion, we need detailed, objective data about the state of religion in today’s world, and wise, dispassionate discussion of what this evidence means for our common life.

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If religion exemplifies our best intentions, then why are we in such a shambles? Is it that we are reluctant to do the “heavy lifting” that is required?

My grandparents to a person were not “smart” people. They were uneducated, unsophisticated, and at times undisputedly dumb. At the same time, their lives were examples of what I call the “ram at the dam” paradigm.

(A pair of dimes is consultant speak for how we look at problems and think about stuff. Sometimes just by changing our thinking, our vocabulary, or our attitudes we can make problems literally disappear before our eyes. A Eureka moment!)

You know the “bang your head against the dam until the hole appears”.

Their quiet faith in the eventual goodness of humanity was a testament to their beliefs. They didn’t talk about it much; they just did it. Day after day. Trudgery (Putting one foot in front of the other when you are really tired.) and Drudgery (Doing the mundane and routine mind-numbing stuff.) Day after day. Living the good life. Honor your promises. Forgive and forget. Enjoying the small things. Enduring the bad things.

On days, when I’m down or confused, I ask myself, “What would each of my grandparents do?”. Or when faced with ethical questions, my particular question is “What would I like to tell my Mom?”. Or, on my last day, “What should I have focused more on?”.

Always questions. Few answers. I guess I just have to do more, be more charitable, and be more honest about my own short comings.

For all of my fellow Jaspers, I hope you’re further along the curve than I am. They say we stand upon the shoulders of great men. I am always impressed by what others have accomplished. Especially when measured against my meager stack of good works. Like a runner at the back of the pack who loses the rest while doing their best, I feel the race is not about the winning, but the journey.

I hope all our journeys end at the same place.

I’ll try and do better along the way.

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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Email From Jaspers


Jaspers found web-wise


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Puckett, John



Enright, Martin J.



McEneney, Mike



Binsack, Joseph H.



Giuliani, Rudy



Rispoli, James A.



Gleeson, Michael



Matystik, Walter



Campbell, Kevin



Trizzino, June L.



Zambito, Christine



Velasquez, Liz



DeSalvo, Stephen



Sangar, Serra







Binsack, Joseph H.



Campbell, Kevin



DeSalvo, Stephen



Enright, Martin J.



Giuliani, Rudy



Gleeson, Michael



Matystik, Walter



McEneney, Mike



Puckett, John



Rispoli, James A.



Sangar, Serra



Trizzino, June L.



Velasquez, Liz



Zambito, Christine


[Messages from Headquarters

(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]



Dr. Richard Heist, dean of the school of engineering, is key facilitator at conference and Dr. Stephen Kaplan, chair of the College’s religious studies department, is a presenter.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College faculty will provide their insight and perspectives on the engineering and technology industries and education at the first plenary session that kicks off the 2005 Ethics and Social Responsibility Conference from June 9 to June 10, 2005. Co-hosted by Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University, the conference will be held at the Marina del Rey Marriott in California.

During the first session, Peter Sweeney, vice president of Parsons Brinckeroff Inc., and William Wright, software manager for national security at BAE Systems, will challenge conference participants with the question, “What Does Industry Need from Education?” Dr. Stephen Kaplan, chair of Manhattan College’s religious studies department, and Dr. John Stupor, professor of engineering at the University of California at Irvine, will share their thoughts on the topic. Dr. Richard Heist, dean of the school of engineering at Manhattan, will facilitate this plenary session and the open discussion to follow.

The conference, whose theme this year is “Linking Workplace Ethics and Education,” aims to provide an opportunity for professionals and academics to work together toward two main goals: to ensure students are prepared for the ethical dilemmas they might face upon joining the workforce by helping academics share best practices and obtain guidance from the industry; and to help professionals create and maintain an ethical culture.

The conference features a keynote address to be delivered by David P. Billington, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University, will deliver a lecture titled, “Six Steps for Building a Culture of Ethics: A New Vision for Engineering and Business.”

Also during the conference, some 25 faculty members from across the nation will present best practices and new models for engineering ethics education. Exemplary papers will be published in The Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics in April of 2007.

Coffman Engineers has donated $10,000 to support the conference. Along with Manhattan College, additional conference sponsors include Arizona State University, University of Detroit Mercy and University of St. Thomas.

For more information about the event, please call Angela Ruff at (509) 323-3572 or e-mail ruff~- A T More information about the conference is available online at For more information about Manhattan College, please call Melanie Farmer at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail melanie.farmer~- A T












From: Liz Velasquez <1998>

To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner~- A T

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] Digest Number 63 Engagement Announcement

Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 22:59:55 +0000


This is Liz Velasquez '98 and '04. I just wanted to share with the MC community that I got engaged to Joseph Giampapa on May 13, 2005. Joe and I have been together since 2003 and he proposed while we were on a weekend trip to Memphis so that I could see Graceland (I am a huge Elvis Presley fan). As a matter of fact he coordinated with Graceland and actually proposed inside of Graceland. With the help of the Guest relations personnel, they set it up for a moment I will never forget.

We have set the date for October 21, 2006.

I just had to share the news with all.

Love Liz Velasquez '98 & '04

-Make sure you Live well, Laugh often, Love much!

[JR: That's great news. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. And, you know I always like happy news. I'm sure when I speak for all our fellow Jaspers when I say “congrats” or “mozel tov” or “oppa” or “<insert favorite ethnic exclamation>” or “bottoms up” (Hmm, not sure if the last one is in the right spirit. I know I heard it a lot when I was in school. Everybody seemed happy. So I guess it applies.) But, I wish you and the lucky guy all the best. Having 34 and 7 / 12ths into a similar process, I can assure you it'll be an interesting ride. I think it's a little tougher on women than men. We don't age as well as you gals. And, we certainly don't housebreak easily. But, I am sure with “LOVE”, and swift kick, all things are possible. Best wishes. John'68]




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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 Boston Globe
June 4, 2005, Saturday THIRD EDITION
BYLINE: By Tom Long, Globe Staff

Dr. Joseph H. Binsack, 68, a rocket scientist who enjoyed exploring the outdoors as much as outer space, died Monday at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, N.H., apparently after suffering a heart attack while hiking on 3,475-foot Mount Chocorua, one of his favorite spots.

   "He was a scientist-philosopher who was always in a learning pattern. 'Live life, love life' was his mantra," said his daughter, Theresa Bradford of Bedford.

        Dr. Binsack did research at MIT for 38 years and was associate director of the school's Center for Space Research for 12 years. Bradford said he worked with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on experiments sent up in satellites.

   After retiring in 1996, Dr. Binsack moved to an A-frame house he built himself in Tamworth, N.H., and began exploring the woods in hiking boots or on a mountain bike.

   "He was the kind of guy who would come marching out of the woods, covered with mud, with a stick in one hand carrying a moth larva he wanted you to see," Bradford said.

   He enjoyed catching crickets with his grandchildren and feeding them to the spiders that lived in his garage.

During retirement, Dr. Binsack took three solo trips to Alaska and drove back and forth himself with his mountain bike on the roof of his Isuzu Trooper. His vanity plate read "Lvlife."

   "He had a lot of spunk he was always on the go," his daughter said.

   During the three three-month trips, he stayed at youth hostels, where he enjoyed bantering with younger adventurers.

   Dr. Binsack grew up on Staten Island, N.Y. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1958. After serving in the Air Force for several years, he attended MIT, where he earned a master's degree in 1960 and a doctorate in 1966.

   A cheerful man with a ready smile, skinny legs, and a bit of a beer belly, Dr. Binsack had a penchant for T-shirts adorned with deer, moose, or other nature motifs. He was going bald, a condition that he blamed on having three daughters.

   "You could always tell where he went," said Bradford. "He left a muddy trail."

   "He was optimistic, cheerful, and outgoing a man who made an impression," said another daughter, Lauren Connors of Washington, N.J.

   He enjoyed mountain biking with those less than half his age.

"People his age couldn't keep up," said another daughter, Lisa Remick of Tamworth.

   When a developer proposed building a private automobile club and race track in Tamworth, Dr. Binsack put his scientific training to use and conducted a sound study of the track about 3 miles away from Tamworth Village. From that distance, he concluded that 30 cars racing on the course would be as loud as a dishwasher at close range, according to a story published in the Christian Science Monitor in 2003. The proposal is pending.

Dr. Binsack was a volunteer science teacher at the elementary school in Tamworth, where the children all called him "Grandpa Joe."

"He had a thirst for knowledge and loved kids who did, too," Bradford said. "He was a kid himself in a lot of ways."

In addition to his daughters, he leaves a sister, Margo Dioguardi of North Carolina; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be said today at 9 a.m. in St. Michael's Church in Bedford. Burial will be in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.


LOAD-DATE: June 6, 2005

[MCdb: 1958 ]


Daily Record (Morristown, New Jersey)
June 4, 2005 Saturday
HEADLINE: Martin J. Enright

Martin J. Enright

76, avid boater, father

STANHOPE -- Martin J. Enright died Friday, June 3, 2005, at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He was 76.

Born and raised in New York City, he lived in Wanaque, before moving to Stanhope one and a half years ago.

Mr. Enright worked with his two sons, Greg and Mike, at G.M.S. Litho Corp. in Clifton, for the past nine years.

Previously he was the senior vice president of Case Hoyt Packaging in Rochester, N.Y.

He was a 1951 graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned his degree in business.

He was an avid boater on the Hudson, where he kept his boat, the "Gypsy Rose III".

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Walker); and seven children, Gregory and Linda Enright of Monroe, N.Y., Marianne and Gary Severson of Franklin Lakes, Nancy Harris of Little Falls, Martin and Susan Enright of Ridgewood, John and Sue Tornillo of the Succasunna section of Roxbury, Suzanne and Christopher Nappi of Glen Rock, and Michael Enright of Rutherford; and his 14 grandchildren.

Friends may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main St., Succasunna on Monday, June 6, from 3-5 and 7- 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Flanders.

Interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester.

LOAD-DATE: June 5, 2005 The Ithaca Journal (New York)

[MCdb: 1951 ]


[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.]

Rispoli, James A. (1968)
Office of Engineering and Construction Management
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585

Trizzino, June L. (1975)
Adelphi University - Manhattan Center
New York, New York 10013

Sangar, Serra (2005)


[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.]




Health Insurance Week via via and
Health Insurance Week

June 12, 2005


Michael Gleeson named chief executive officer by contract research company

Integrium, a contract research organization (CRO), announced the appointment of Michael Gleeson to the position of chief executive officer, formerly held by 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 establishing Integrium as a CRO for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Gleeson has leadership, operations, and business development experience from more than 35 years in the healthcare industry.

Gleeson 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 earned a BS in biology from Manhattan College and a post-graduate certificate in clinical nutrition from the University of Texas in Houston.

Integrium provides a 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.

This article was prepared by Health Insurance Week editors from staff and other reports.

LOAD-DATE: June 3, 2005

[MCdb: 1969 ]


[JR: I'm not sure this is a Jasper; in fact I'm pretty sure not. But, it was an interesting read, and a sad ending but inspiring that volunteers are doing "our" eavy lifting. Hence, just in case, I'll pass it along. Even if he isn't, for prayer purposes, I'm calling him one of "ours". RIP "Jasper" Puckett.],1413,207~12026~2906239,00.html

Whittier Daily News
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Missing WWII soldier finally to be buried
By Ruby Gonzales Staff Writer

Sunday, June 05, 2005 - PASADENA -- Sgt. John Puckett thanked his mother for the homemade cookies and other goodies she sent for Christmas.

"Remember that I will always love you and the girls and that I will come home again after this is all over,' the 21-year-old wrote in his letter. But the Kansas native would never return home.

On Jan. 15, 1945, Puckett was part of a patrol searching the wooded area east of Elsenborn in Belgium for German soldiers when they came under intense enemy fire.

Sixty years later, Joann Bowman of Pasadena knows her brother, who family and friends call Jack, was killed during the Battle of the Bulge. His remains were discovered with the help of a group of American and Belgian historians. DNA testing by the military helped with the identification.

Bowman flies to Belgium next week to bury Jack on June 18 in the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial. She thinks that now she will have closure.

"It's a word I sort of have to feel my way into. I'm not quite close yet. It's been 60 years. I have to work my way there. I guess when you put the person down, it's real,' Bowman said. The 99th MIA Project The 99th MIA Project, a volunteer group made up of four Belgians and three Americans, searches for soldiers missing from the 99th Infantry Division. The group found Puckett's remains, along with two other soldiers', in 1992.

Recent DNA testing identified some of the remains as those of Puckett, Pvt. Earnest Brown and a third, yet-unnamed person.

"It's been completed. Someone through all these years was able to find him and it's Jack,' Bowman said.

The military officially made the identification in March. But Bowman received a call from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command four years earlier telling her they found somebody who might be her brother.

"You cry. Can you imagine someone telling you about your brother you haven't seen or heard of all these years? I was overwhelmed. I couldn't talk,' she said.

The blood sample she gave yielded the mitochondrial DNA that would match some of the bones and teeth discovered July 20, 1992, by Jean-Louis Seel and Jean-Philippe Speder in a wooded area near Elsenborn.

The men, members of the 99th MIA Project, also found buttons, a pillbox lid, an ointment container, wire, cloth fragments of a rank insignia patch and hardware from load-bearing equipment.

The bones and other items were found in an excavation they've been calling a foxhole, said Vernon Swanson of Illinois, a WWII veteran who served in the 99th and also belongs to the group.

"We think it's the remains of a German aid station. We think probably Puckett and Brown were wounded or dead and taken there,' he said.

The bones and other evidence were sent to the Central Identification Lab in Hawaii on Sept. 25, 1992. Writer Bill Warnock, who also is a member of the group, did a historical analysis of the infantry material, interviewed veterans and gave the military a report in 1992. But the report didn't reach the lab until later.

Swanson's group has the names of the missing soldiers, and does genealogy and geology searches. They then send the information to the four Belgian members who they call the diggers. They've found 12 of 33 missing soldiers, Swanson said. The military has identified 11 of the remains. A great brother Puckett was the second of three children born to Marie and Ray Puckett. He was in his teens when his father died.

He belonged to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, attended what was then called Wichita University (now Wichita State University) and Kansas University, and liked football and baseball. He completed basic engineering in the Army Specialized Training Program at Manhattan College in March 1944.

Bowman, the youngest child, described him as a good person and sweet.

"He was a great guy. He helped me a lot. I would think about what would he do. I admired him so much. He was much smarter than I,' she said.

Her brother was shipped overseas in the winter of 1944. The family received letters from London and Belgium.

Puckett and Brown were assigned to Company B, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, which was operating south of Aachen near Elsenborn in Belgium.

Puckett was last seen pinned down by enemy fire.

Enemy activity in the area prevented any rescue or recovery attempts, according to military records. After the war, the military couldn't find their remains. They were listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

A then- 18-year-old Bowman hoped her brother would return.

"I expected it wasn't true, naturally,' she said. "A lot had been taken (prisoner) by the Germans so to me it was obvious he'd be back. You do keep having hope.'

Puckett's mother asked the military where the members of the 1st Army, particularly the casualties of the Battle of the Bulge, were buried.

In 1952, the military told her the casualties were initially buried in the American Military Cemetery of Henri Chapelle in Belgium but during their return program operations, the remains of each person were buried according to the wishes of the family.

But she was told a list of these locations wasn't available since the records aren't maintained by an organization.

She later went to Belgium. Among the letters from her son is a picture of her kneeling and laying a bouquet in front of a grave marked "unknown.'

"She wanted to go see him, at least feel she was there,' Bowman said. "She felt at least she got to go back to where he was last.'

This month, Bowman will be accompanied by her son and her niece to Belgium, where she decided her brother should remain. He's been there with the other soldiers for 60 years, she said.

"I wouldn't take him away from there,' she said . " After 60 years, to take him away would be wrong. '

Ruby Gonzales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718, or by e-mail at ruby.gonzales~- A T .


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Tuesday, June 7, 2005
UI names physiology head
By the Press-Citizen

From UI Health Science Relations:

Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., has been named head of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The appointment is effective July 1.

Campbell, who is the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, has served as interim head of the department since 2002. He also holds joint appointments in the UI Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine.

Campbell is internationally recognized for his fundamental contributions to muscular dystrophy research. His work has led to the identification of the molecular and genetic basis of several forms of muscular dystrophy and has provided a clearer understanding of muscle-disease processes. In addition to improving diagnoses of muscular dystrophies, Campbell's discoveries may provide the basis for new therapies to treat these devastating neuromuscular disorders.

Campbell, who joined the UI in 1981, has been an HHMI Investigator since 1989 and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He also is a UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics. Campbell has received numerous awards for his research, including a Scientific Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ASBMB-Amgen Award, the Duchenne-Erb-Preis Award and an American Academy of Neurology Lecturer Award. He also has published over 300 scientific articles.

Campbell received a doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College. He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research at the University of Toronto.


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UI names physiology head

Iowa City Press Citizen - Iowa City,IA,USA

... Campbell received a doctoral degree in biophysics from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in physics from Manhattan College. ...

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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
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

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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 (


Sacramento, CA (June 9, 2005)- Freshman Milan Jotanovic competed in his first NCAA Championships yesterday at Sacramento State in Sacramento, CA. Jotanovic went into the Shot Put competition ranked 13th in the NCAA. After his throw of 18.30m he qualified for the final round placing seventh overall. Auburn's Edis Elkasevic is ranked first going into the finals after his toss of 19.71m. more...


Tucson, AZ (June 9, 2005)- Manhattan freshman first baseman Matt Rizzotti added another honor from Collegiate Baseball this week, as he was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team. more...


Riverdale, NY (June 7, 2005)- The Manhattan women's swimming team earned Academic All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), it was announced recently. more...


Riverdale, NY (June 2, 2005)- Manhattan freshman first baseman Matt Rizzotti has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Division I All-American Third Team, it was announced today by Collegiate Baseball. He adds this honor to the MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Rookie of the Year awards he has already received. more...


Randall's Island, NY (June 1, 2005)- The men's track & field team had three of their throwers advance to the NCAA Championships. Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission will be hosting the competition in Sacramento, CA from June 8-11. more...

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!]

Article published Jun 7, 2005

After busting records, Rizzotti ready for sumer

Matt Rizzotti is ready to rip it up for the Vermont Mountaineers.

Rizzotti, who just completed a record-breaking freshman campaign with the Manhattan College Jaspers, has joined the Mountaineers for the summer season and doesn't have any intentions of slowing down, according to coach John Russo.

"It was just outstanding to put up the numbers he did (for the Jaspers)," said the second-year Mountaineer coach. "There will be an adjustment for him going to a wooden bat, but we hope he can keep swinging the way he has been."

Rizzotti, the Jaspers' first baseman, led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in several offensive categories this past season. Rizzotti topped the league in batting average (.416), RBIs, (57), on-base percentage (.530), slugging percentage (.694), runs scored (53), total bases (120) and tied for first in home runs (nine). And late last month, Rizzotti was the obvious choice for the league's player of the year and rookie of the year awards as the Jaspers finished the season with a 27-21 record after falling late in the playoffs to Siena. Rizzotti's RBI total for the season was also a school record.

"He is the real deal … one of the top 10 players in the country," Mountaineer General Manager Brian Gallagher said . "He's going to be a first-rounder. We are very happy he is here with us."

Rizzotti hails from Floral Park, N.Y., where the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder was an All-American for Molloy High School. After graduation, he was taken in the 46th round by the Minnesota Twins in last year's draft. Rizzotti elected to keep his scholarship and go to Manhattan College and then play summer ball for the Mountaineers. Russo mentioned that several teams in their league were very interested in Rizzotti, but the Mountaineers got him for mainly two reasons.

For one, Manhattan head coach Steve Trimper came up last summer to watch Vermont native and Jasper pitcher Josh Santerre. Trimper liked the atmosphere at the Montpelier Rec Field, plus Santerre encouraged Rizzotti to join the three-year club.

"A ton of teams wanted Rizzotti," Russo said. "The word is being spread that Vermont has a good summer league."

The Mountaineers also grabbed Rizzotti's classmate Eric Nieto. The freshman outfielder was named to the all-conference first team after finishing second on the team in batting average (.343) while driving in 25 runs in 43 games played.

Rizzotti and Mountaineer veterans like Vermonters Jason Carey and Kyle Brault should put on quite a show this summer for central Vermont baseball fans.

"We have a very talented team with a lot of playing experience coming back," Russo said. "It's by far the most talented group."

The Mountaineers kick off their 2005 season tomorrow at home against Sanford at 6:30 p.m.



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HEADLINE: May named ECAC Softball Player of the Year

BYLINE: LaMond Pope

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ITHACA - Cornell senior track and field NCAA qualifier Shonda Brown has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Women's Track and Field/Cross Country team.

Brown posted a time of 58.18 in the 400 hurdles to take fifth in the NCAA East Regional at Manhattan College and earn the final automatic bid to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are June 8-11 in Sacramento. She is also part of the 1,600 relay team that received an at large bid to the national meet.

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From: "Mike McEneney" <1953>

Subject: Rudy

Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 04:22:23 +0000

Dear John,

I do not know if you caught the OP-ED piece in today's (June 1) NY Times. Olle Wastberg writes that as a former member of the Swedish Parliament he has the right to submit nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize and that he has nominated Rudy Giuliani '65 for that honor.



[JR:Mike, No. I do my news pulls on Wednesday and it probably woudln't hit until today. Thanks, John]

[JR: And, wasn't caught at all because it probably didn't mention MC.]


From: (Reinke(nsteinian monster) [From a dedicated email address used for all Jasper activities])

To: Walter Matystik)

Cc: Stephen DeSalvo


Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 12:11:03 +0000

Walter, Here's one that looks very authentic. I had to look twice. Note the interesting "Received: from ( [])". Clearly this is a ne'er-do-well's attempt at forgery. It would seem appropriate that the College and Alumni take some action to alert our fellow alums that trouble comes wrapped as an apparent message from the College. I'd also suggest, Stephen, that you have something placed on the alumni website to alert for this scam. I know the alums who read Jottings will be alerted this week. My concern is for them that don't. What makes it MOST interesting to me is that it comes in on the id that I have dedicated to Jasper stuff. Strange email about various accounts rarely arrive at the "correct" email. So I am relatively immune to that ploy (e.g., Warnings about Merrill Lynch accounts coming in on JXYMXU7SN5HO9D; Warnings about Fidelity accounts coming in on V2Y2R0N27RHJ6Y; Any warning coming in on any @att or any @gmail account). I have some "special" secret never-used 16 random character email accounts for "live" financial information. Anything not on those, or like the warnings about non-existant accounts, I can freely just chuckle and discard. Every once and a while, some idiot gets lucky and hits a combo that hits a mark. Hey, even the proverbial stopped clock is right twice a day. So, I think yet another warning that "the <insert favorite institution> doesn't send emails like this!" is warranted. On the theory, that if it tickles my radar, then it might actually burn someone else.




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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 19:36:29 +0900

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Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 10:36:51 +0000

We attached some important information regarding your account.

[JR: Warning to all! Don't assume that email is from whom it purports to be. Any questions? This email pentrated my automatic defenses because it looked legit and game in on the email account associated with the topic. However since there was no eamil account for the college to suspend, I became suspicious. I though maybe it was refering to the email forwarding service that all alums can use. But, inspection of the message payload showed something purporting to be a zip file. Now we all know that the gang at the College thinks the cell phone is a modern invention. Them sending a zip file would be so out of character that in and of itself raises suspicion. It'd be like getting something from the College that wasn't asking for a donation. Impossible! It'd be like Jottings without Curmudgeon ranting abot gold being the only tru money. (Which it really is!) Upon further review, uless the College relocated its mail server to Japan, this is bogus. I urge you all to take care with your email. ]


[JR: Cut from an email response to a fellow Jasper, who was seeking job hunting help for his brother. He didn't want this identified. But, I thought others mght find it useful.]

Dear XYZ,

Now that you have that for your brother, on to other topics.

You did get the link my article that was recently published? You can certainly share that with him. I have some other modest resources that I can offer. If you give me his "networking profile" I'll certainly keep my eye pealed. I currently have seven turkeys in active search mode. (I have a one page chart on my wall at work and at home office summarizing each one with some bullets: what they want, $, geography, special needs. So I look at it often, listen for what they need, and pray for them at odd times. I really wish that there was nobody on that sheet. It rarely happens.)

I've been in that boat.

You brother never joined me on LinkedIn. He may find that useful.

You have my reading list and "gold" hunters?

I doubt I'll ever be a star anywhere. I don't have the drive. I just want to do my job, make a contribution, get paid, and get along. I figure this MAY be my last real executive job. Then, I'll retire and go back to being a programmer.

I found this real "neat" hack for the Linksys NSLU2 that lets you turn this $75 piece of gold into a bunch of stuff (web server, tunes saver, and a bunch of other things). After I come back from vacation, I'm buying one and doing some development with it. Getting back to my engineering roots. Which I'm sorry I ever got away from.

No, I'm just a semi-sucess. Or semi-failure. I just trudge along responding to the Universe as best I can. Star, nah. Just a foot soldier in the dialy struggle.

Any way, back to work,


From: Christine Zambito [1994]

Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2005 10:04 AM

To: John Reinke

Subject: Christine M. Zambito/NewYork/AUDIT/EYLLP/US is out of the office.

I will be out of the office starting 05/23/2005 and will not return until 11/15/2005.

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I will be on maternity leave during this time.



[JR: I get my best information from OOO responses. I hope it's a boy. Maybe a pair of boys. We have to rebalance the College's boy / girl mix. But, as my wise grandmother would say “as long as every one comes out OK”. After all there are no ugly babies, women, or cards that run; no ugly politicians. ]

Jaspers found web-wise



MC mentioned web-wise


Google Alert for: "manhattan college" -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college"

State championships: Westchester/Putnam, Rockland highlights

The Journal - Westchester,NY,USA

... "I'm not even mad," said the Manhattan College-bound Cumberbatch. "Of course, I wanted to win and I thought I had him. I'm satisfied with a personal best. ...


State championships: Westchester/Putnam, Rockland highlights



(Original Publication: June 5, 2005)

Westchester/Putnam highlights

CICERO — Sean Cuevo has a flare for the dramatic.

The Yorktown senior has a feel for making spectators feel what he feels — excitement, frustration, pain, relief. Like a roller coaster he can spiral uncontrollably but can just as quickly climb back to his peak. And so went the game he played with onlookers yesterday at the New York State Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

First , Cuevo won the Division I 100 meters in 10.81 seconds. His start was there. He didn't suffer from the ailing hip flexor injury that forced him out of sectionals.

But the 200 was different.

Cuevo never looked comfortable on the turn. He was off-balance and working way too hard. It got worse on the straightaway. As the race went on he broke down further and sunk lower while he tried desperately just to reach the finish line. His eyes glazed over.

He said he didn't even remember the last 40 meters.

And when he hit the line, he hit the floor. His face bounced off the track and he laid still for a few seconds before he turned over and flailed his legs. His head pounded from dehydration. He finished fifth in 22.44.

"I was feeling woozy even before the race," he said. "The sun was beating on me. I don't like to scratch (pull out of the race) even if I'm hurting."

But there he stood where no one expected him to be shortly later — on the starting line for the Federation 100 championship. And after he nipped Durrell Cull of Rome Free to win in 10.94, he found the energy to jump up and pump his fist.

"I was just thinking, 'One more 100,' " said Cuevo who will run at Georgia next year. "I couldn't go out like that, not with it being my last race in my senior year."

Cuevo qualified for the 200 final but decided to end his high school athlete career after the 100. So he will be remembered the way he should. He'll be remembered for the questions that he asked himself all season but answered yesterday.

"How do you get up once you've fallen?" he said. "You just have to do it."

Kelton Cumberbatch of Saunders didn't need to pick himself up after the 400 hurdles. He finished second in 54.07, his best time in his last race in high school. Cumberbatch was third coming into the last 100 meters and closed quickly on Alex Reid of Middletown. He pulled even but smashed the last hurdle and fought to recover in the closest race of the meet yesterday.

"I'm not even mad," said the Manhattan College-bound Cumberbatch. "Of course, I wanted to win and I thought I had him. I'm satisfied with a personal best. If you don't win you at least want to run a personal best. I told myself before the race that it was my last race, don't leave anything out on the track and I didn't."

Cumberbatch's teammate Rashad Johnson finished third in the Division I 200 in 22.41. He was fifth in the Federation final in 22.35. Rainer Fiala of Rye finished second in the Division II 100 in 11.08 and sixth in the Federation race in 11.25. Fiala also placed second in the Division II 200 in 22.08 and sixth in the Federation in 22.40.

New Rochelle senior Rahim Bradshaw finished sixth in the Federation 400 in 49.76. He also anchored his sixth-place 1,600 relay team that finished in 3:23.96. White Plains junior Donovan Haigler struggled yesterday after taking his four-hour SAT exam before he rushed to the track for the final two events of the pentathlon. He finished ninth with 3,056 points.

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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Grizzly attack kills Canmore woman

Last Updated: Jun 6 2005 03:03 PM MDT

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CANMORE - A grizzly bear attacked and killed competitive mountain biker Isabelle Dube Sunday afternoon, when she and two friends ran across the animal while out for a training run along a popular hiking trail.

The male bear, which weighed 198 pounds and was between three and four years of age, had been removed from the same area a week earlier, when it followed a woman out taking wildflower photos.

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Dube climbed a tree, while the other two women slowly backed away, then ran for help. But the bear pulled Dube down, and by the time wildlife officials arrived, it was too late.

Officers shot and killed the bear, which was sent to the lab in Edmonton where they will try to determine whether it had health issues that would have contributed to the attack.

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Dave Ealey, a spokesman for Fish and Wildlife, said the bear had been removed from the area May 27, after it continually wandered onto the golf course and, at one point, followed a woman who was taking photos in the area.

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Niki Davison said she was photographing orchids along the same trail when she heard a crashing that she at first attributed to bikers.

"When I realized it was a grizzly, I stood up and tried to back away slowly," she said.

Davison said she would retreat when the bear looked away, then stop again. Eventually, after about 10 minutes, it wandered off. Her report led the wildlife officers to trap the bear and move it to nearby Banff National Park.

Ealey said they put a radio collar on the bear, and had taken notice when it came back into the Canmore area early Saturday morning. But they didn't feel it posed a danger.

"The bear was not aggressive, it behaved as a bear its typical age and sex would," Ealey said when asked why the bear hadn't been moved farther away. The grizzly was kept within its home range, Ealey added.

Grizzly expert Brian Horesji says it's unusual for a grizzly to attack a group of people. But he added that Canmore is becoming a classic case of man and nature battling for space.

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How stupid are we?

This is what happens when you depend upon your government to protect you.

Imagine that. Wild animals are dangerous to even strong women. What a surprise!

Now imagine the difference in the outcome if she’d had a small hand gun. Nothing huge like my classic 45. Just a small 32. A woman’s gun. Light, less than a pound. Compact, less than 5 inches. Like a Beretta Tomcat. 7 shots. Hammerless, nothing to snag. Rugged and reliable. Hold it in your hand; point in the general direction of the bear; squeeze. One surprised bear. Bet that would have changed that bear’s opinion about his lunch options rather quickly. I would assume that this would have discouraged him very quickly. If he was close enough, one dead bear. You want to be lunch, or have lunch? I think animals are very very smart. I’m sure that bear “knew” the rules. Prey runs; predators attack; all dangerous things stand and fight.

However, if it still was aggressive, then you take further action. Climbing that a tree with a gun makes more sense than without one. Makes it even easier to target since the bear has to come up the tree to get you. Bear’s head is close when it comes up to get you.

As a general rule, I’d suggest staying on the ground to keep your options open. With a handgun versus a bear, and a “hold your fire till you see the whites of their eyes” mentality, I’d bet on the handgun. I like those odds.

The Second Amendment, not applicable to Canadians, would also have prevented that California biker from being killed by a cougar. Hell, appropriately armed citizens can withstand all sorts of four and two legged wild life.

The dead old white guys, while they were mostly afraid of government, they recognized that the world is an inherently dangerous place. Streets of New York, Canadian woods, California foot hills, your home. All dangerous to different degrees.

They recognized the essential right, and duty, to defend yourself and your family. I repeated many times the quote “God made man and woman. Sam Colt made them equal.”

Given that Vermont has basically no rules and Florida has very relaxed rules, we can demonstrate that concealed carry is only dangerous to criminals and other predators. Remember when Florida changed the law and it was predicted that the streets would run red. Every traffic dispute or accident would look like Jesse James at the bank. Interesting that the only place we hear of gun violence is on the California highways or the DC streets. See criminals, like the dangerous animals in the forest, are very very smart.

You don’t pick on people that can shoot back.

An interesting concept. Give everyone a gun. Require all citizens to be armed. How polite would everybody be then? Heinlein said it best “an armed society is a polite society”.

I fear the government and wild animals much more than armed female or armed fellow citizens. I trust them to know the difference between me and a criminal. When they pull their weapon, I’ll be the one backing away very respectfully. They have my permission, as if they needed it, to blow the attackers away.

You see, in my mind, to really oppress people it takes government. Even the worst serial killer, or the biggest badest animal, can only kill a few of us. Governments on the other had, if not properly constrained, can and have killed millions.

See the difference?

Take a look at that Beretta Tomcat. It could save your life.

And that’s the last word.