Sunday 02 October 2005

Dear Jaspers,

704  are active on the Distribute site.

This month, we had 94 views on 9/27and 4,842 over the last month.


This issue is at:



(1)   Anything sent to me that is NOT for publication must be marked “NOT FOR PUBLICATION” in the subject line and the first line of the message. Yes, both places are REQUIRED! For our mutual benefit.

(2)   Anything sent to “jasper jottings” is ASSUMED to be for distribution.

If anything makes me quit this hobby, it’s this type of reaction.



October 10th - Columbus Day Golf Classic *New Venue*

October 12th - Career Fair October 13th & Philadelphia Club Networking Reception


October 12, 2005, 6:30 pm Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, NC alumni reception Stephen Laruccia '67, 718 862-7582 or email him at  stephen DOT laruccia AT manhattan DOT edu

October 21st - Manhattan Madness

October 26th - Westchester/Putnam 2005-06 Men's & Womans's Basketball Preview
Guest Speakers: Bobby Gonzalez & Myndi Hill    6:30pm
Location: Westchester Hills  Country Club  White Plains, NY

October 27th - SW Florida Club Golf Outing

October 30th - Alumni Brunch at Open House


November 2nd - New York City Club Fall Networking Reception

November 5th - Broderick Scholarship Dinner

November 16th - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon

November 18th - Miami Club Luncheon


December 3rd - Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

December 10th - Gulf Coast Club Christmas Dinner




My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Lara, Angel (2002)
- - 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.


I haven’t heard about an Jaspers in NOLA, or any of the impacted areas? Have you?



wouldn’t it be nice to go to confession then to Mass,    receive Holy Communion,    and
 … ….  then die on the way back down the aisle.”

John M. Hickey ’53
Died 28 September 2005
(three days after attending the Alumni retreat)




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Americans guzzle 65 billion gallons of fuel a year and lately we have been paying a pretty penny at the pump. NewsChannel 4 has done reports in the past on how to get the most out of your gas. Now we introduce you to a new way to save on those gasoline dollars.

There is a man who fills up his tank once every two months. One tank of gas, literally, lasts him two months. He is freezing the price of gas by freezing something else.

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David Hutchison is a Cryogenics expert. He built this Cryo-Process himself. He runs a business out of his garage where he cryogenically tempers all kinds of metals. He submerges them in a frozen tank of nitrogen vapor that is 300 degrees below zero.

David says, “During that time, at minus 300 degrees, the molecules slow down. Then they reorganize themselves. That's when the actual chemical change happens.”

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A few years ago he began an experiment on his hybrid Honda, freezing the engine components. The results were a fuel-efficiency dream.

David Hutchison says, “You should expect a “Cryo'd” engine to last anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million miles without wearing out.”

A hybrid Honda typically gets really great gas mileage anyway, around 50 miles to the gallon, but David Hutchison's cryogenically tempered engine has been known to get close to 120 miles a gallon.

“It's just a very efficient vehicle.” Hutchison says,

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Hutchison tells us cryogenically tempering car parts has more benefits than just fuel efficiency. He freezes all of the brake rotors at a car dealership near his home in Missouri. It makes them last three to five times longer.

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I am always amazed when I find knowledge being applied to our benefit even without us knowing about it. I wonder when the first “Cryo-Donalds” will open up. Anytime you think there are no options, no alternatives, or no hope, just remember that the Intelligent Designer still has a few trick up that sleeves for you.  Hmm, now what happen is cryogenically temper Jasper Jottings, will I get double or quadruple the readership before the electrons wear out.

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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Capozzi, Dan

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Hickey, John M.



McEneney, Mike

Obit5 (reported)


Haughney, George A.



Laruccia, Stephen



Tucci, Joe



Beleto, Br. Bernard F.



Mazzocchi, Giovanni E.



Ripp, Joseph A.



Spence, Karl D.



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Beleto, Br. Bernard F.



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Hickey, John M.



Kirk, Walter C.



Laruccia, Stephen



Mazzocchi, Giovanni E.



McEneney, Mike

Obit5 (reported)


Plumeau, Ed



Plumeau, Ed

Obit2 (reporter)


Ripp, Joseph A.



Rohan, Thomas P. Jr.



Spence, Karl D.



Tucci, Joe



Vazquez, Alberto



Weber, Harry




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The State (Columbia, SC)
September 27, 2005 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Lt. Col. Walter Charles Kirk

COLUMBIA-- Lt. Col. Walter Charles Kirk, USMC (Ret.), 84, died Friday, September 23, 2005, in Providence Hospital. He was born May 14, 1921, in New York City, New York. He attended Manhattan College and Dartmouth College, receiving a degree in business administration.

Col. Kirk enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was commissioned as an officer in 1944, serving with the 1st Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan during World War II and in postwar China. He retired from the Corps in 1967 after 25 years of command duties in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; Panama City, Panama; Washington, DC; Japan; Albany, Georgia; and Columbia, South Carolina. At Fort Jackson, he was the commanding officer of the southeastern regional headquarters for food supply. Upon military retirement, he worked for 22 years as a financial advisor with E.F. Hutton and subsequently, Salomon Smith Barney in Columbia.

Col. Kirk attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of Fort Jackson Officers' Club and Wildewood Country Club, being an avid golfer.

Besides his parents, Col. Kirk was preceded in death by two brothers and son-in-law. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Grace Sheppard Kirk of Columbia; a daughter, Pamela Kirk Mellin of Pembroke Pines, Florida; a son, Walter Charles Kirk, Jr. and his wife, Claudia, of Goldsboro, North Carolina; and two granddaughters, Kelly Kirk McCrossin and Courtney Kirk.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3512 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.

"Obituary posted: September 27, 2005"

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From: Ed Plumeau '52 A
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:52 AM
To: Jasper Jottings
Subject: Death Notice

Dear John:  The 9/26/05 edition of the Florida "Sun-Sentinel" carried the death notice of George A. Haughney, Manhattan College, 1962, BCE.  He died 9/24/05 in Ormond Beach, Florida.  He is survived by his wife Gloria and four children -- Maureen, Patricia, Joseph and Daniel.  He had an engineering practice in Putnam County, N. Y., for several years, then re-located to Florida where he became City Engineer and Director of Utilities in Cooper City, Florida.  He recently retired.  His speciality was environmental engineering, in which he held a Masters degree.  He was also a licensed PE in New York and Florida.  Sorry to send you the bad news -- Ed Plumeau '52 A

[JR:  I appreciate the news. Bad or good. “Bad” news never gets to be “good” news by ignoring it.  Learned that at work many times. We will just be ignorant. So I appreciate your report. One can’t depend on the automatic filters to find all the news. And even when these searches do find stuff, they don’t give the color that a personal report does. Although I would leave to the Arts guys to debate if returning to the Maker is “bad” as well as if it is “bad” when one completes the design cycle. From an “injineer’spov, it’s bad when good people go out of production. And, where is the replacement? Some process flow course once told me that you have to have a replacement flow. Like said in the movie “Glory”, “… … and if this man falls, who will pick up the flag?” When I get to many obits, or I focus on them too much, I always feel that we need more good Jaspers to enter the fray of daily life.]


Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
September 26, 2005 Monday Broward Metro Edition

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Haughney, George A., September 4, 1940 - September 24, 2005. Funeral Mass for George Haughney will be held Wednesday September 28, 2005 at 1:00PM in Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church, 915 N. Central Ave., Flagler Beach, FL. Family will receive friends Tuesday 6:00-8:00PM and Wednesday 10:00AM-12:00PM in the chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Rd. South, Flagler Beach, FL. George Haughney of Ormond Beach died on September 24th at Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial. George was born and raised in Manhattan, NY. A graduate of Manhattan College (B.S.) and New York University (M.S.) he spent many years working as a Professional Civil Engineer in Carmel, NY before moving to Florida in 1982. George recently retired from 20 dedicated years of service to Cooper City as Director of Utilities and City Engineer. George was involved in numerous professional organizations focused on proper management of water resources including the Broward County Water Advisory Board, Southeast Florida Utility Council, South Florida Water Management District, and the Broward County Area-wide Clean Water Advisory Committee. He is survived by his loving wife Gloria; daughters Maureen (James) Diem of Rochester, NY and Trisha Zigrosser of Albany, NY; sons Joe Haughney of Hong Kong and Dan (Cherie) Haughney of Alplaus, NY; stepson Jerry (Sarah) Biuso, and he is loved by eight grandchildren: Megan, Connor and Kaitlyn Diem; Ryan and Nicholas Zigrosser; Spencer Haughney; and Julia and Samantha Biuso. Also survived by sisters Catherine (Lou) Berger of Queens, NY, and Sister Marie Gertrude of the Carmelite Monastery in Beacon, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 146 Orange Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Arrangements in the care of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.

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The Boston Globe
September 22, 2005, Thursday THIRD EDITION

BEDFORD, N.H. In the span of six years, Thomas P. Rohan Jr., received his bachelor's degree in business from Manhattan College, entered the Army, served 21 months in Korea and then received his law degree from St. John's University. He died at his home Sept. 13 at the age of 77.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Rohan was educated in New York City and lived in Bedford since 1978. At St. John's, he was president of the Student Bar Association. He worked for many years for Allied Stores in New York, later transferring to Bedford to become the general manager of Jordan Marsh until his retirement in 1991.

Remembered for his dry sense of humor and kindness, Mr. Rohan loved spending time with his extended family.

He leaves his wife of 49 years, Luz (Barrios); two daughters, Barbara Turmelle of Bedford and Patricia of Goffstown; two sons, Thomas P. III of Mt. Lakes, N.J., and Steven of Brookeville, Md.; a sister, Mary McCartney, of Brooklyn ; three brothers, Patrick of New Fairfield, Conn., Timothy of Greensboro, N.C., and John Rohan of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.


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Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana)
September 22, 2005 Thursday

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Brother Bernard Francis Beleto FSC

LAFAYETTE -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Brother Bernard Beleto, FSC, at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at De La Salle Christian Brothers in Lafayette, La. Brother Bernard passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center following a long illness. He was 66 years of age and was a De La Salle Christian Brother for 48 years.

Brother Bernard was born in New Orleans, La. Jan. 31, 1939, the son of John Joseph Beleto and the former Ruth Labit, both deceased. He received the religious habit of the Brothers Sept. 7, 1957. He made final profession of Vows June 14, 1964. Throughout his teaching career, Brother Bernard ministered in eight schools in the New Orleans-Santa Fe Province and was also a missionary Brother having served in the Philippines from 1964 to 1969. Brother Bernard held the position of Vocation Director for the Province from 1970 until 1973 and served as principal of Catholic High School in New Iberia, La. from 1979 until 1984. Brother taught at Christian Brothers High School as an exchange Brother in Memphis, Tenn. from 1995 to 1998. After suffering a series of small strokes he was assigned to De La Salle Christian Brothers community in Lafayette, La. He had a great affection for animals and his favorite pastime was taking care of his dog, "Sissy", two parakeets, "Iddy" and "Biddy", and watching Animal Planet. He held a master's degree in Theology from Manhattan College in New York.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Beleto, and is survived by his sister-in-law, two nieces and a number of relatives.

The Brothers of his religious family will sadly miss him.

Another Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in St. Paul's Chapel in Covington, La.

Interment will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in the De La Salle Cemetery in Lafayette, La.

View the obituary and guestbook online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin & Castille Funeral Home Inc. of Lafayette, (337) 234-2311.

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From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 12:19 AM
To: John Reinke
Subject: John Hickey

Dear John,

            The Manhattan Businessmen’s Retreat was held last weekend at the Passionist Retreat House in Riverdale. Over 60 men attended. It was a great weekend with provocative and inspiring speakers. Beside the speakers there was ample time for prayer and reflection at this beautiful setting.

            Many of those attending had been faithful attendees over the years that this Retreat has been held, but there were some who joined the group for the first time. Among the newcomers was one of my classmates, John M. Hickey ’53. Another classmate, Dan Capozzi ’53 was the one who urged John to attend. In fact Dan drove John to the Retreat as John was walking with a cane and had some trouble getting around.

            The highlight of Saturday Afternoon was the opportunity for Confession and at the 5 PM Mass, Father Paul, the Retreat Director, offered those in attendance the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of The Sick – the laying on of the Hands and the anointing with Oil. Most of us took advantage of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament, including John.

            This evening I received a call from Dan to tell me that John had passed away on Wednesday evening. Dan told me that during the Retreat John had said to him “wouldn’t it be nice to go to confession then to Mass, receive Holy Communion and then die on the way back down the aisle.” He nearly made it. We did not know how sick John was as he never let on.

            John and Dan had been friends since the Third Grade. Both graduated from the Arts School and were both very talented individuals. John never married and is survived by his brother.

            John will be Waked at The Riverdale on Hudson Funeral Home Friday, 2 – 4, and 7 – 9. The Mass will be Saturday at Saint Margaret’s at 9:45 AM.

               May He Rest In Peace.
                        Mike McEneney

[JR:  There are so many lessons in this one. It is frightening, but comforting to know that he was with his friends and was given a tremendous blessing. It reminds me of the thief who stole heaven. Or the centurion, “just say the word”. Thanks of the report. BTW I pushed it out on the Yahoo MC Alumni group to ensure that anyone who wanted the info in real time would have it.   May we all be so blessed and get the chance “to steal home”. ]





[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.]

Mazzocchi, Giovanni E. (1973)
GMI Services Corporate Action Department
Merrill Lynch
Jacksonville, Florida 32246


Spence, Karl D. (1978)
Naval Surface Warfare Center


Weber, Harry (1982)
Director, Trading Floor Services
New York Stock Exchange


Vazquez, Alberto (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.]




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September 26, 2005, Monday, FINAL EDITION
HEADLINE: EMC chief Tucci has twice led turnarounds
BYLINE: Kevin Maney

HOPKINTON, Mass. -- In late 2003, Diane Greene, CEO of Silicon Valley start-up VMware, heard the phone ring at her office desk and noticed the Massachusetts area code. She picked up the receiver.

"Hi, this is Joe Tucci," the caller said.

Tucci is CEO of EMC, the data storage giant. CEOs of multibillion-dollar global companies don't just call rookie CEOs of little software outfits. But VMware was starting to hear from companies that wanted to acquire it.

"I'm going to buy you right now," Tucci said. Greene didn't know Tucci, but she says she could hear his mischievous grin coming through the line, so she played along.

"What makes you think you can do that?" she good-naturedly fired back.

Tucci and Greene laughed, then Tucci laid out his intentions. "There were no bankers, no lawyers," Greene says. "We just talked. I had a great gut-level feeling."

A few months later, EMC owned VMware -- and as part of EMC, VMware has become one of the hottest software makers in the industry. Meanwhile, EMC has been one of the most dramatic turnaround stories of the past few years.

That's how Tucci works. He's a Brooklyn-born, low-key regular guy who talks straight, acts quickly, never seems to get ruffled and will stop at a deli so he can bring armloads of pastrami sandwiches on the corporate jet. Those attributes seem to get people to believe in him, whether in a deal discussion or while digging out of hard times.

EMC has had to dig out of truly awful times. When Tucci was recruited to run the company in early 2000, it looked like an unstoppable gravy train. EMC was the king of data storage -- and the single best-performing stock of the 1990s. Tucci was coming off an extreme turnaround of Wang Global, the one-time pioneer of word processing that all but disintegrated in the 1990s.

Tucci joined EMC because he never again wanted to face a wrenching turnaround. Yet, by the time Tucci figured out where the nearest deli was, the dot-com crash of 2000 slammed into EMC. The company lost $508 million in 2001 and basically fell into despair. No one there knew how to handle disaster. It wasn't part of the company's DNA.

To EMC's good fortune, it was part of Tucci's.

Finding his playing field

In high school, Tucci thought he'd become a professional baseball player or a pilot. He never got past playing semi-pro ball and failed the Air Force physical.

He went to Manhattan College and graduated knowing almost nothing about technology, except that it seemed to be up-and-coming. He interviewed at RCA, and got the job, he believes, because he was good at baseball, and RCA had a team in a local league.

"The district manager wanted to win the league," Tucci says, wearing a dark jacket over a peach shirt, no tie, in a conference room at EMC headquarters. "That's why I got into IT (information technology)."

For the record, RCA won the league the year Tucci joined.

In RCA's training program, Tucci learned computer programming. He moved on to computer maker Sperry, which financed his MBA at Columbia University.

By 1986, after Sperry and Burroughs merged to become Unisys, Tucci was a top Unisys executive.

In 1991, Wang hired Tucci as CEO and gave him the task of pulling the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Tucci made 10 acquisitions, redefined Wang's business, nursed it to profitability and sold it to Dutch company Getronics in 1999.

Then Tucci needed a job. Perhaps an easier one.

"One of the reasons I chose EMC was that I didn't want to go through that (Wang experience) again," Tucci says. "I wanted to see if I could take something great and make it greater."

EMC seemed like the place. Founded in 1979 by Richard Egan and Roger Marino as a furniture supply company, EMC started making memory boards for computers in 1981.

In the 1990s, as corporations found themselves buried in data, EMC came out with a line of high-end storage products and became the industry leader. Bank transactions, websites, media libraries, insurance databases -- everything and anything was stored on racks of EMC disks.

From 1990 to 2000, EMC's stock increased 119,000%, making it the New York Stock Exchange's best-performing stock of the decade. By 2000, EMC was worth $225 billion on $1.8 billion in net income.

In his first months at EMC, Tucci marveled at how the money rolled in and the stock price defied gravity. Tucci got worried that something was amiss, but wasn't sure if his concerns were misplaced.

"Coming off Wang, I'm saying, 'Maybe it's me,'" he says. "Maybe there are some things that go this good."

At that, Tucci lets out a hearty Brooklyn laugh.

Not a rah-rah guy

Tucci is "not a rah-rah guy at all," says Tom Heiser, a senior vice president. Tucci will get on stage and conversationally tell analysts or employees what's going on. But he's best one-on-one.

At an all-hands employee gathering in April, Tucci made his biggest impression by chatting with every employee who was waiting for autographs from Boston Red Sox baseball players. Tucci had invited the players to the event.

Tucci is described as even-keel, direct, easy to talk to and fun to work with. "We take everything seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously," CFO Bill Teuber says. "He is not the imperial CEO."

Tucci shies from flash. He loves fast cars and owns a Ferrari 360 Modena Spider, but drives a 2003 Saab or 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe to the office from his home in New Hampshire. He saves the Ferrari for weekends, when "I'll find a (deserted) road, and kind of go scare myself a little," he says.

Which is Tucci's daredevil side. He likes to go fast -- in cars, on boats, on ski runs and in business. He doesn't waffle, colleagues say. He makes a decision and just goes.

"He doesn't get lost in theory," says Anne Mulcahy, CEO of Xerox, who says she bonded with Tucci over their shared turnaround stories. "He's action oriented. He pulls a problem apart piece by piece and is bold with his decisions. And when you're in trouble, the worst path is indecision."

In 2001, as EMC flew off the tracks, Tucci had to take some harsh action. "He was Cool Hand Luke," Heiser says. "I asked him, 'Are you nervous about this?' He said, 'No, I'm not nervous. Concerned, maybe.'"

Coping with a downturn

From mid-2000 through 2001, EMC went into a nose dive. Sales dried up. Dead dot-coms put EMC equipment back on the market cheap.

"Everything that went right for us kind of went wrong," Tucci says.

Once Tucci got past his here-we-go-again feelings, he drew on his Wang experience. By early 2002, Tucci, Teuber and a handful of other EMC officers had a plan. In mid-2002, EMC cut 7,000 of its 24,000 employees to stop the red ink and stabilize the company. He seems proud that he didn't cut research and development and continued to invest in products.

He also pushed to diversify. In 2000, EMC got 74% of its revenue from storage hardware, 16% from software that managed stored data and 10% from consulting services that helped companies figure out how to deal with their data.

Tucci wanted 50% of revenue from hardware, 30% from software and 20% from services. (Today, it's 46%, 37% and 17%.)

"They've become quite diversified with a good mix," says J.P. Auffret, tech business professor at George Mason University. "They are well positioned for future technology changes."

For the most part, it worked. The company made $500 million in 2003. That's when Tucci plunged into acquisitions -- a skill he learned at Wang. In 2003, Tucci bought data management software companies Legato Systems and Documentum. Then came VMware, which sells software that makes computer servers far more efficient.

This year, Wall Street predicts that EMC will have its highest revenue, $9.6 billion, and earn $1.2 billion -- still short of the $1.8 billion it earned in 2000.

But while Tucci consistently gets raves from analysts for the turnaround, he still has to prove that EMC is really on track.

For instance, the good news about VMware is that its fantastic growth accounts for about 13% of all of EMC's growth. But that's also the bad news. Analysts such as Shebly Seyrafi of Merrill Lynch say they're concerned that VMware can't stay that hot for long -- and if its growth slows, so will EMC's.

EMC's stock has stalled. Two years ago, it was about $12 a share. It went up, then down, then climbed back to where it is now -- about $13.

Tucci, though, says he's not done revamping EMC. The company keeps rolling out products and plans more acquisitions. Before the year's done, the phones of a handful of other tech CEOs are going to ring with Joe Tucci on the line, grinning and ready to buy the company.


About Joe Tucci

*Age: 58.
*Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. Moved to Albany at 10.
*Education: Bachelor's degree, Manhattan College, 1969; MBA, Columbia University, 1984.
*Family: Married, two grown children.
*Home: In New Hampshire on a golf course that he doesn't belong to. "I golf 12 times a year," he says. "I want to golf enough so I can break 100."
*Passions: Watersports and downhill skiing. Owns a Hobie Cat sailboat and motorboat. Skis with his son, and both like to go fast. Says Tucci: "I ski as fast as he does, but he goes on the bumps all the time and my knees can't take that."
*Career: 1969, joined RCA as a management trainee. 1972, hired by Sperry, rose to president of U.S. Information Systems at Unisys (the merged Sperry and Burroughs). 1991, CEO of Wang Global. 2000, president of EMC. 2001, CEO of EMC.
*On the CEO job: "You've got to gauge the company and find a way to get it to optimally perform. A healthy tension. Give it an edge. Don't let it get comfortable."
*On setting corporate goals: Does he put a flag on a hill to set a goal? "Well, you've got to aim the company at something, but before you get there, you've got to move the flag. ... You could say I'm a flag mover."


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*** JNews2 ***

Joseph A. Ripp Elected to the Board of Directors

    WILTON, Conn., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Greenfield Online, Inc (Nasdaq: SRVY), a leading provider of Internet survey solutions to marketing research and consulting companies, today announced preliminary revenue results for its fiscal third quarter ending September 30, 2005.

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     Changes to the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors

    The Company today announced changes to its senior management team and Board of Directors.

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    The Company is also pleased to announce that effective September 28, 2005, Joseph A. Ripp joined the Board of Directors.  Mr. Ripp, an independent director, has also joined the Audit, Compensation, Governance and Nominating, and Special Operations Committees of the Board.

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    Commenting on Mr. Ripp's election to the board, Mr. Sobiloff said, "It has been our goal to add further complementary industry and operating expertise to the Board.  Joseph Ripp's background at AOL and Time brings valuable senior operating, financial and technology experience in the Internet and publishing industries to the table.  We look forward to leveraging his capabilities as we move forward."

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    About Greenfield Online

    Greenfield Online, headquartered in Wilton, CT, is a leading independent provider of Internet survey solutions to the global marketing research industry.  The company operates in Europe through its Ciao subsidiary.  The company has built and actively manages one of the world's largest communities of online panels, communities and affiliates.  This global community allows Greenfield Online to supply its clients with diverse, demographically representative survey research data.  For more information visit or


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... Treasurer. Mr. Ripp is on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College and on the Finance Committee of A Better Chance, Inc. He serves ...

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Daily News (New York)
September 27, 2005 Tuesday
HEADLINE: BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!. Part Three of an exclusive DAILY NEWS probe explores how the mob endangers workers and the general public by engaging in unsafe construction-site practices.

While gangsters are busy extracting their 2% "mob tax" on public projects, they make it clear they don't want to hear any complaints.

And they could care less if workers get hurt due to dangerous conditions or the use of substandard construction materials, a Daily News investigation shows.

Just ask the workers who were seriously injured at a job site on W. 96th St., where floors collapsed after a gangster threatened those who'd complained earlier about dangerous conditions.

By late 2001, the city had already received numerous complaints about unsafe conditions from both workers and neighbors at a job site at the Parkwest Apartments at 323 W. 96th St.

One worker told investigators he'd left after a week because he felt "that the safety issues on the job exposed him to injury," court records state.

At 7:30 a.m. the Tuesday after Thanksgiving 2001, a 7,000-pound slab of precast concrete collapsed on top of 60-year-old carpenter Selma Erey as she prepared plywood safety covers at her workbench.

"She has a permanently disabling, very serious fracture to her foot, a compression fracture to her spine, and traumatic brain injury," said her attorney, Paul Hofmann. "She could have been killed."

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration shut down the job, and the city slapped the job's general contractor with proposed fines of $4,150.

A union shop steward found pervasive safety issues, including uncovered holes and the absence of safety cables, and registered his complaints. An OSHA inspector found bricks being hoisted over the heads of workers and the absence of safety netting, records show.

That's when the mob stepped in, investigators say.

Richard Gotti - a brother of the late mob boss John Gotti - was a no-show worker for Silo Construction, a subcontractor at the site, according to a report by Walter Mack, an investigator appointed by a judge to monitor the carpenter's union.

In sworn testimony, District Council Carpenters shop steward Peter O'Keefe told Mack that Gotti approached him at the site in early 2002 and warned him to stop reporting safety problems to the union.

Raising his voice and jabbing a finger into O'Keefe's chest, according to O'Keefe, Gotti told him that if he made any more reports, it would be O'Keefe who'd be having safety problems.

Records show that O'Keefe, who told investigators he "did not sleep well for a few nights," stopped complaining.

On June 26, 2002, at the same site, Scott Simpson was working as part of a grouting crew when a concrete floor he was standing on collapsed. Simpson and another worker fell a full story. Now suing for millions, Simpson fractured his wrist and was out of work for months.

That same month, Richard Gotti was arrested and charged as a captain in the Gambino family in a sweeping racketeering indictment. He eventually served one year and was released in August.

Another method the mob employs to inflate profits while exposing workers - and the general public - to unsafe conditions involves the use of substandard materials.

Investigators say the contractors bill the government for top-quality concrete and Sheetrock, but use cheaper materials that can later fall apart or cause hazards.

On an FBI tape, Gambino capo Greg DePalma discussed ways to line his pockets by cutting corners on a big job installing windows at Manhattan College, according to FBI documents obtained by the Daily News.

DePalma was heard discussing how he could win the job, "then perform the job in a shoddy and incomplete manner so that he could make a windfall," the documents allege.

DePalma made his feelings about union workers brutally clear in a July 2004 chat. "F---- the unions," he said. "It's all over."

A News review of records indicates that in many cases the existence of injury-causing work conditions have few ramifications with governmental agencies.

Consider the case of Yonkers Contracting.

The firm has not been charged with a crime, but prosecutors say that for years Yonkers paid off mob-infiltrated Local 15 of the Operating Engineers for "union favors" - code for using nonunion labor on a union job.

On a windy May morning in 2000, Antonio Pedro, 41, a nonunion Yonkers employee, was blown off a catwalk on the Manhattan Bridge and plunged to his death in the East River.

Yonkers Contracting was cited for allowing Pedro to work without a harness and for not training him properly.

OSHA inspectors proposed fines totalling $12,500 for three serious violations, but settled for only $1,500.

From 2001 through 2003, OSHA hit Yonkers Contracting with $17,825 in penalties for serious violations at six other job sites for the same issues, including a lack of protection against falls.

Still, the State of New York hired Yonkers to rebuild the Van Wyck Expressway, the Bruckner and, most recently, the Staten Island Expressway - $584 million worth of government contracts since Pedro was blown to his death off the bridge.

Company Executive VP John Kolaya said, "Yonkers unequivocally and categorically denies that we have been involved in any payoffs to union officials. That's just not the way we do business."

Yonkers Contracting has won $584 million in government contracts despite safety violations and allegations of payoffs to mob-linked union local.

Cops search for Antonio Pedro after his plunge from the Manhattan Bridge.

GRAPHIC: Yonkers Contracting has won $584 million in government contracts despite safety violations and allegations of payoffs to mob-linked union local. Cops search for Antonio Pedro after his plunge from the Manhattan Bridge. Antonio Pedro was not wearing a harness as he worked on the Manhattan Bridge in May 2000, and he fell to his death in the East River.

LOAD-DATE: September 27, 2005


*** MNews2 ***

New Straits Times (Malaysia)
September 25, 2005, Sunday
HEADLINE: Salting the earth too liberally..ZO: B -All Region
BYLINE: Randolph E. Schmid

THE amount of salt dissolved in streams in the northeastern United States is rising and chemicals used to clear snow and ice from the roads are being blamed.

"We're basically hardening the watersheds and feeding them a high-salt diet. There is a direct connection between the number of driveways and parking lots we have and the quality of our water," said Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Science in Frostburg, Maryland. 

Kaushal and colleagues tested water in streams in rural areas of New Hampshire, upstate New York and Maryland, comparing the amount of dissolved salt over several decades. "We think that the salt has built up in the ground water, so even if we quit applying it, it would still be slightly salty for decades," Kaushal said.

There are alternatives methods of de-icing, he added, but they have side-effects too. "The problem is the number of roadways," he said, saying the number being built should be limited. In New Hampshire's White Mountains, some streams exceeded 100 milligrammes per liter of chloride on a seasonal basis, similar to the salt level in the mixing region where the Hudson River meets the ocean. Salt concentrations measured in the same streams in the 1970s were around 10mg per litre.

In streams feeding into Baltimore's reservoirs, salinity increased from about 10mg per litre to about 50mg per litre in the since the 1970s, while in Dutchess County, New York, the increase was from 30 mg per liter to 60 mg per liter since the 1980s, the researchers said. The safe drinking water limit for salinity is 500mg per litre

The study focused on Little Mogan Run, Middle Run and Beaver Run feeding into Baltimore's Liberty Reservoir; Wappinger Creek and the Mohawk River in New York State and streams in the Hubbard Brook Valley of New Hampshire's White Mountains.

The researchers noted that this problem is also occurring in other parts of the country, with rising salinity reported in some Midwestern lakes.

Overall there are 2.6 million miles of paved roads in the United States, with new roads being constructed daily, and that figure doesn't include car parks or driveways.

Kevin Farley, a professor of ecology at Manhattan College, said he was not surprised by the findings as there has been concern about salt runoff for years. Farley was not part of Kaushal's research team.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the A. W. Mellon Foundation.

 LOAD-DATE: September 26, 2005


*** MNews3 ***

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York)
September 22, 2005 Thursday

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Dean's list

The following area residents have been named to the dean's list for the spring 2005 semester at their respective colleges and universities:

Manhattan College: David Ebner, of Syracuse.

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LOAD-DATE: September 23, 2005


*** MNews4 ***

Vol. 18, No. 18 Sept. 22 - Oct. 5,  2005

A Look at What’s New at Local Public and Parochial Schools

Students went back to school on Sept. 8 in what many officials and parents have said was a particularly easy first day. “It was probably one of the smoothest school openings in anyone’s recollection,” said Joel DiBartolomeo, a local instructional superintendent for the area, last week.

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PS 8

PS 8 is home to a fleet of fledgling administrators and teachers this year. The Briggs Avenue school is hosting two principals in training and 12 student teachers from Fordham University, Manhattan College and St. John’s University.

“I’m thrilled that those colleges have sought us out,” said Maria Quail, the school’s principal.

PS 8 will continue to assign students to small groups for specific skills work, creating smaller learning environments within the school’s full classrooms. Around 1,200 students are registered this year, a similar number to last year.

Quail is excited that after-school programming, provided by the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, will be free this year. The school will again host a choir and a year-end play.

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*** MNews5 ***

Nyack walk to raise money to fight blood cancer
(Original Publication: September 30, 2005)

Laura Murray remembers sitting hunched over a pillow as a 4-year-old, watching her mother feverishly reading book after book to distract her from the doctor inserting a needle into her small spine to draw blood.

That was 17 years ago, after Murray had been diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer.

The Airmont girl had been told she needed a bone marrow transplant, but, thanks to early diagnosis, chemotherapy and what Murray considers a miracle, her cancer soon went into remission.

"People think you're 4 years old so you don't remember, but you do remember," said Murray, a senior majoring in communications at Manhattan College. "And it affects the rest of your life."

Tonight, Murray will be the "honored patient" at the annual "Light the Night" walk in Nyack.

"I've always wanted to give back," said Murray, who still lives in Airmont. "To cure something like this would be wonderful."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds the nationwide two-mile walk to build awareness of blood cancers and raise funds for cures. Walkers carry illuminated balloons —white for survivors and red for supporters — to honor lives touched by cancer.

Although the cure rates for blood cancers have increased, leukemia remains the No. 1 killer of children under 15.

New City resident Gwen Numeroff plans to take part in the walk for the second consecutive year. Her brother died of leukemia as a child and one of her good friends has been battling multiple myeloma for six years.

"It's a beautiful night," Numeroff said. "To me it honors the memory of my brother and honors the survival of my friend."

Another walk will be held tomorrow night at Bear Mountain State Park for Orange County residents. A third walk will be held in White Plains on Oct. 14.


If you go
Who: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
What: "Light The Night" walk
Where: Memorial Park, Nyack
When: Check-in begins at 5 p.m. today with music, food and activities for children. The two-mile walk begins at 7 p.m., follows North Broadway to Upper Nyack, then back to the park. Fireworks will go off about 9 p.m. A walk at Bear Mountain State Park is scheduled for tomorrow. Registration and walk times are the same; a laser-light show follows.
Cost: Donations will be accepted.
Web site:


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Nyack walk to raise money to fight blood cancer

The Journal - Westchester,NY,USA

... "People think you're 4 years old so you don't remember, but you do remember," said Murray, a senior majoring in communications at Manhattan College. ...



*** MNews6 ***

College bound athletes peer through window of future
By Sarah Sprangers
posted 7:03:54 AM CST, Sep 30, 2005

Expert recruiter Jack Renkens dispelled common myths about the college recruiting process in his presentation, “The Realities of College Recruiting.” His presentation, which took place at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium on September 19, emphasized how time-consuming and competitive obtaining a scholarship can be.

“Only 0.8% of high school athletes will get a fully funded Division I scholarship,” said Renkens.

Athletic directors Brad Jodarski and Craig Lieder invited Renkens to Oshkosh to educate athletes and their parents about the recruiting process. Jodarski believes that the presentation will prove beneficial to any attendants and thinks that Renkens relayed the information in an interesting fashion for the group.

“I think the message will help student-athletes and their parents at school to understand the recruiting process,” said Jodarski. “Renkens got his point across in a very fun and entertaining way.”

Renkens gleaned firsthand knowledge of the recruiting process as a basketball player at UW-River Falls. He eventually became a successful college coach at Division II schools in Kansas and Massachusetts. As a parent, he helped his daughter obtain a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College, even though he claimed that, “she couldn’t guard a chair.” Based on his experience as a parent and coach, he founded “Recruiting Realities,” an organization to assist athletes and students in the college recruiting process.

Renkens said that the first question every student-athlete should ask is, “How important is playing college sports to me?” According to Renkens, “83% of all collegiate opportunities are not at the Division I level” and “97% of the opportunity is out of state.”

Jodarski also believes that the athlete must question whether or not playing college sports is really that significant to them.

“They need to ask themselves some hard questions,” said Jodarski. “Can they handle it, and how important is it to them?”

Renkens suggests that the student-athlete draw a circle with a radius of two or three hours’ distance around his/her hometown. If the athlete is not willing to consider a school outside of that circle, he/she is not really committed to playing college athletics. Renkens says that colleges are looking to recruit students outside of their home state, but the student has to be willing to leave his/her comfort zone and relocate in order to have the best opportunity.

“If you really want to play, it’s available to you,” said Renkens. “The greater the distance, the greater the opportunity.”

According to Renkens, the athlete must realize that he/she will probably not be able to select the school of his/her dreams, but there is an opportunity that is the right match for the athlete. What the athlete must do is make these smaller colleges aware that he/she is out there. The big question is: how does the athlete do it?

“Get your name in front of hundreds of college coaches,” said Renkens. “You can’t pick the schools. Avoid recruiting services; they are rip-offs!”

Renkens strongly advises that athletes need to market themselves, but discourages athletes from making lengthy tapes or sending news clippings.

“What college wants an MTV tape of your kid?” Renkens asks.

Renkens advocates that talent is not the end all and be all in acquiring a scholarship. In order to be looked at by college coaches, one must take the initiative to self-market.

“It’s not that you’re not good enough,” said Renkens, “it’s that no one knows who you are.”

He recommends that the athlete prepare a one page profile with a short letter and send it to as many schools, “as is humanly possible.” He suggests that at least 200-300 schools be contacted. He also recommends that athletes obtain the NCAA Guide of the College-Bound Student Athlete. This book contains all the pertinent information an athlete needs to play the recruiting game.

The bottom line according to Renkens is, “you have to understand what this is all about. First, this is about getting your education. Second, it’s about getting an opportunity to play. And third, you have to get it all paid for.” He says “parents and student-athletes need to realize that Division II and III schools do not have massive recruiting budgets, but those schools are where most of the opportunities exist.”


College bound athletes peer through window of future

The Oshkosh West Index - Oshkosh,WI,USA

... As a parent, he helped his daughter obtain a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College, even though he claimed that, "she couldn't guard a chair ...

[JR:  Hmm, maybe getting basketball players who “can’t guard a chair” is the reason for some losses. The really really important question is after they graduate will they make financial contributions to the “drain the alumni for all they can cough up” fund raising.]




Reported from The Quadrangle (

Wed, September 28, 2005

Top Story 
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 Program Spotlight: Career Services 
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 National League Wildcard Preview 
 Lady Jaspers Volleyball Team Struggles for a Win 





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
10/2/05 Sunday Softball   TBA$   Bronx, N.Y.   12:00 AM
10/2/05 Sunday W. Soccer   Fairfield*   HOME   10:00 AM
10/2/05 Sunday Baseball   Pace   Pleasantville, N.Y.   12:00 PM

10/5/05 Wednesday Volleyball   St. Francis (NY)   HOME   7:00 PM
10/6/05 Thursday W. Soccer   Saint Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   3:00 PM
10/7/05 Friday Cross Country   Metropolitan Championships   HOME   1:00 PM
10/7/05 Friday M. Soccer   Marist*   HOME   3:00 PM
10/7/05 Friday Volleyball   Fairleigh Dickinson!   Teaneck, NJ   6:00 PM
10/7/05 Friday Baseball   Long Island%   Brooklyn, N.Y.   7:00 PM
10/8/05 Saturday Baseball   TBD%   Brooklyn, N.Y.   TBD 
10/8/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Robert Morris$   Baltimore, Md.   11:00 AM
10/8/05 Saturday Volleyball   Rider!
   Teaneck, NJ   12:00 PM
10/8/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   University of Maryland-Baltimore County$   Baltimore, Md.   1:00 PM
10/8/05 Saturday Volleyball   Wagner!
   Teaneck, NJ   2:00 PM
10/8/05 Saturday W. Soccer   Delaware State   Dover, DE   2:00 PM
10/8/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Bucknell$   Baltimore, Md.   3:00 PM
10/9/05 Sunday Baseball   TBD%   Brooklyn, N.Y.   TBD 
10/9/05 Sunday M. Soccer   Siena*   HOME   10:00 AM
10/10/05 Monday W. Soccer   Virginia Military Institute   Lexington, VA   2:00 PM
10/11/05 Tuesday Volleyball   Fordham   Bronx, NY   7:00 PM
10/14/05 Friday M. Soccer   Iona*   New Rochelle, N.Y.   3:00 PM
10/14/05 Friday W. Soccer   Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   3:00 PM
10/15/05 Saturday W Crew   Navy Day Regatta   Philadelphia, Pa.   12:00 AM
10/15/05 Saturday Crew   Navy Day Regatta   Philadelphia, Pa.   12:00 AM

10/15/05 Saturday Golf   Violet Classic   Suffern, NY   10:00 AM
10/15/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Dowling (Alumni Day)   Gaelic Park   11:00 AM
10/15/05 Saturday Baseball   Globe Tech   Staten Island, N.Y.   1:00 PM
10/15/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Alumni Game   Gaelic Park   2:00 PM
10/15/05 Saturday Volleyball   Canisius*   HOME   2:00 PM
10/16/05 Sunday Golf   Violet Classic   Suffern, NY   10:00 AM
10/16/05 Sunday W. Soccer   Loyola (MD)*   Baltimore, MD   1:00 PM
10/16/05 Sunday M. Soccer   Fairfield*   Fairfield, Conn.   1:00 PM
10/16/05 Sunday Volleyball   Niagara*   HOME   2:00 PM
10/18/05 Tuesday Golf   Saint Peter's   West Orange, NJ   2:00 PM
10/18/05 Tuesday Cross Country   Manhattan/Iona Invitational   HOME   3:00 PM
10/21/05 Friday W. Soccer   Niagara*   HOME   3:00 PM
10/21/05 Friday Volleyball   Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:00 PM
10/22/05 Saturday Golf   St. Mary's Fall Classic   Finksburg, MD   9:00 AM
10/22/05 Saturday M. Soccer   St. Peter's*   HOME   1:00 PM
10/22/05 Saturday Volleyball   Loyola (MD)*   Baltimore, MD   7:00 PM
10/23/05 Sunday Golf   St. Mary's Fall Classic   Finksburg, MD   9:00 AM
10/23/05 Sunday W. Soccer   Canisius*   HOME   10:00 AM
10/26/05 Wednesday Volleyball   Fairleigh Dickinson   HOME   7:00 PM
10/27/05 Thursday W. Swimming   Suffolk West (Scrimmage)   Brentwood, NY   6:00 PM
10/28/05 Friday W. Soccer   MAAC Championships%   Lake Buena Vista, FL   TBA 
10/28/05 Friday Cross Country   MAAC Championships   HOME   2:30 PM
10/28/05 Friday M. Soccer   Rider*   HOME   3:00 PM
10/28/05 Friday W. Swimming   Stevens Tech   Hoboken, NJ   7:00 PM
10/29/05 Saturday Crew   Head of the Fish Regatta   Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
   12:00 AM
10/29/05 Saturday W Crew   Head of the Fish Regatta   Saratoga Springs, N.Y.   12:00 AM
10/29/05 Saturday W. Soccer   MAAC Championships%   Lake Buena Vista, FL   TBA 
10/29/05 Saturday Volleyball   Sacred Heart   HOME   2:00 PM
10/30/05 Sunday W. Soccer   MAAC Championships%   Lake Buena Vista, FL   TBA 
10/30/05 Sunday M. Soccer   Loyola (MD)*   HOME   10:00 AM
10/30/05 Sunday Volleyball   Saint Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   2:00 PM
10/31/05 Monday W. Soccer   MAAC Championships&   Lake Buena Vista, FL   TBA 


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 (

*** MCSports Summary ***


Riverdale, NY (September 30, 2005)-- The 2006 Manhattan Men's Lacrosse schedule, which was announced by head coach Tim McIntee on Thursday, features eight MAAC conference games, as well as opponents from the Great Western Lacrosse League, ECAC Lacrosse League, and Colonial Athletic Association.



Riverdale, N.Y. (September 29, 2005)- The Manhattan College 2005-06 women's basketball schedule has been finalized and will consist of nine non-conference games along with the traditional 18 game MAAC schedule, with 13 games to be played at Draddy Gym. Included in the non-conference slate is a Thanksgiving Tournament at Northern Arizona, as well as games against nationally renowned programs Villanova University and University of Maryland.



Riverdale, N.Y. (September 29, 2005- The Manhattan College 2005-06 men's basketball schedule has been finalized and will consist of nine non-conference games along with the traditional 18 game MAAC schedule, with 13 games to be played at Draddy Gym. Included in the non-conference slate is a Preseason NIT appearance, as well as a third straight appearance in the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday event, against an opponent to be determined. The Jaspers will also appear on television at least three times, with the potential for a fourth televised game coming from the Bracket Buster Event.



The Men's Lacrosse team will open its fall season next Saturday, October 8, when the Jaspers participate in the Genesee Valley Fall Tournament. Manhattan will take on Robert Morris, Maryland-Baltimore County, and Georgetown.



In response to the record-setting performance by a quartet of Manhattan hammer throwers this past spring at the IC4A Championships, the ECAC has featured Jaspers Zoran Loncar, Anders Constantin, Paul Peulich, and Michael Freeman on the IC4A webpage. Loncar, Constantin, Peulich, and Freeman made IC4A and NCAA history when they finished first, second, third, and fourth respectively in the hammer throw at the 2005 Spring IC4A Championships. All four of the athletes recorded throws of 200-plus feet.




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!]


*** OtherSports1 ***

Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 27, 2005 Tuesday
All Editions
HEADLINE: Bears' Trimper likes what he's seen thus far

Steve Trimper has only been working with the University of Maine baseball team on the field for about three weeks, but the Black Bears' first-year coach is excited about the veteran group.

Trimper, who was hired Aug. 18 to replace Paul Kostacopoulos, who took the job at the U.S. Naval Academy, has been putting the team through its paces.

"I couldn't have asked for a more smooth transition," said Trimper, who came to UMaine from Manhattan College.

"The kids are extremely hardworking and motivated and we have tremendous senior leadership," he said. "They, like myself, have one common goal: To win as many games as we can, win a conference championship and get to the NCAA Regionals."

Trimper, who has been preaching hard work as the key to UMaine's success, wants his team to stay motivated as it defends its America East title.

As part of the evaluation process during the fall season, Trimper has scheduled two games. UMaine is slated to face Husson College of Bangor for a noon doubleheader on Oct. 8.

"I think fall ball is extremely important," Trimper said. "Against outside competition, you really get a true test of your kids."

Trimper thanked Husson coach John Winkin for agreeing to play the fall games. The two are acquainted through Trimper's four-year stint as an assistant at Vermont while Winkin coached at UMaine and through their work with the American Baseball Coaches Association.

While Division I teams are allowed 56 games, Trimper opted to use a couple of those contests this fall, citing the likelihood of losing games in the spring to inclement weather anyway.

Trimper hopes the exhibition twinbill will give UMaine fans and boosters a chance to get together one final time this season while gearing up for the major league postseason chase that hopefully will include a Red Sox victory over the Yankees.

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UMaine to open at Ole Miss

The UMaine baseball team will begin its 2006 season at the same venue it ended the 2005 campaign.

While the Black Bears' full schedule has not been announced, they will open next season with a three-game series at the University of Mississippi.

"Obviously, they're an SEC [Southeastern Conference] team, had a great team last year and are potentially a Top-10 team in the country," Trimper said. "We'll go down, evaluate ourselves and play some great competition."

UMaine travels to Oxford, Miss., for single games Feb. 24, 25 and 26 at Oxford-University Stadium. The Bears went 1-2 there in Regional play last June, beating Southern Mississippi for UMaine's first NCAA Tournament victory in 14 years.

The series at Ole Miss comes a week earlier than UMaine's usual start. After a week back at classes, the Bears depart for Florida and a two-week spring break swing.

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LOAD-DATE: September 27, 2005


*** OtherSports2 ***

Brown Daily Herald via U-Wire
University Wire
September 26, 2005 Monday
HEADLINE: Brown volleyball pulls out gusty 5-game win, goes 2-1 on weekend
BYLINE: By Ben Miller, Brown Daily Herald; SOURCE: Brown U.

After struggling early in the season, the volleyball team came into its own over the weekend, winning its last two matches at home in the Brown Invitational, including a five-game victory over Stony Brook University. Tri-captains Leigh Martin '06 and Lauren Gibbs '06 were both named to the All-Tournament Team in recognition of their contributions to Brown's performance.

"We played well, we're really starting to come together," said Head Coach Diane Short. "We definitely have improved."

The Bears' final match of the weekend against Stony Brook proved to be the most thrilling. Playing for the third time in two days, Brown took the first two games by scores of 30-27 and 30-22. Needing just one more game to end the match, the Bears' exhaustion became a factor, as Stony Brook refused to go away. The Seawolves broke a 16-16 tie in Game 3 with a 7-1 run. Then, after the Bears cut the lead to 24-21, Stony Brook rattled off six straight points to clinch the 30-21 victory.

The margin may have been shorter in the fourth game, but the score was not indicative of the action -- the Bears quickly fell into a 10-3 hole and were never able to get closer than four, falling 30-22 and sending the match to a decisive fifth game.

"We got tentative and let up a bit, and then we got frustrated," said tri-captain Shawn Tulac '07.

Going the distance for the first time this season, all the momentum seemed to be against Brown at the start of the fifth game. However, the Bears dug down, trading points with Stony Brook until they reached an 11-11 stalemate. Brown then scored three straight points off two kills by Julie Mandolini-Trummel '08 and one by Gibbs, putting the Bears at match point.

Again, the Seawolves would not go away. Stony Brook scored two more points to make the score 14-13. With the tension in the gym rising by the second, the Bears finally put the match away after Martin set up Gibbs for a thunderous kill and the 15-13 victory.

"It really seemed like they had a lot more fighting spirit in that match," Short said. "They could easily have given up in that match. For them to push through their exhaustion is a great sign."

The Bears had four players post double-digit kills, including Tulac, who had a double-double with 22 kills and 16 digs. Mandolini-Trummel also play-ed well, recording 21 kills. Martin, meanwhile, set a career milestone, moving into fourth place in school history with 83 career aces. She also posted 73 assists in the match, breaking the season-high of 61 that she set earlier in the day against Manhattan College.

The 3-2 victory is a promising sign for the Bears, who last season dropped three Ivy League contests in the fifth game.

"I think it's important that we won that game," Tulac said. "Last year we went to five in a lot of games and lost."

In addition to showing improvement from last year, the Bears also showed that they have grown in this short season when they defeated Manhattan 3-1 earlier on Saturday. Two weeks ago, Brown lost to the Jaspers 3-1.

"We played this team two weeks ago and lost, so we came out wanting to take the win," Tulac said. "It was almost like batting practice, we went up and swung away."

After the first game of Saturday's match, the Jaspers probably should have gone to the bullpen. The Bears absolutely dominated, taking a 12-1 lead, and eventually leading by as many as 15. Looking timid and uncomfortable, the Jaspers mounted little defense as Brown rolled over them with a 30-9 shellacking.

"They couldn't stop our hitters," Martin said. "We were getting one-on-one blocks, which you don't see much."

The Jaspers responded from the beating by coming out much sharper in the second game, playing Brown to a 24-24 tie. The Bears did themselves no favors in letting the game slip away, making errors on five straight points to give Manhattan a 29-24 lead, essentially sealing the 30-25 loss.

"Our coach said that when you embarrass a team by that score they are like a wounded animal that will come back stronger," Martin said. "We may have taken them a little too lightly."

The Bears did not make the same mistake again, taking game three by a score of 30-26. The clinching contest was much tenser, as there were 11 ties. Brown came dangerously close to losing the match, trailing 28-26 before notching four straight points to claim the win.

Offensively and defensively, the Bears were led by Gibbs, who recorded 22 kills and a .474 hitting percentage. She also had a match-high four blocks. Katie Lapinski '08 also played well, notching 26 digs.

The lone disappointment for Bruno came on Friday night, when the Bears were swept 3-0 by No. 18 Santa Clara University. The highlight of that match for the Bears was the third game, in which Bruno fell in an 11-5 hole, cut the lead to 17-16 and held the lead as late as 28-27. Unfortunately, the Broncos, led by Tournament MVP Anna Cmaylo, were too much for Brown, stealing the 30-28 victory and recording the sweep.

With the non-conference part of its schedule now complete, the team will begin Ivy play on Friday, traveling to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale, who shared the league title with Cornell, Harvard and Princeton in 2004.

"I really feel that we can win the league," Short said. "We have gained a lot more confidence in the last week."

LOAD-DATE: September 26, 2005



*** Email01 ***

From: Stephen Laruccia '67
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:09 PM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] This issue is at:

Hi John,

Would you kindly publicize in the next Jasper Jottings the following alumni event

North Carolina alumni reception, Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 6:30 pm at the Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, North Carolina.  For more information, please contact me.


[JR:  Done. That’s what we’re here for. ]


*** Email02 ***

From: Ed Plumeau '52 A
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:16 AM
To: Jassper Jottings
Subject: Father Bruce Ritter

Dear John:  This weeks JJ had a question about Fr. Ritter, once a Chaplain/Teacher at Manhattan College.  The story goes that he was discussing Charity one day and was challenged by his students to show what he, personally had done.  It is said that he couldn't think of a single tangible thing and decided to do something positive.  He wound up founding Covenant House.  Unfortunately, he was, perhaps, too fond of his work.  It is said he had a friend with a country house in the Hudson Valley, possibly near Barrytown, and he would take young men from the home up there on weekends. This became known and he was pressured by the Archdiocese to move on.  He left the diocese and was accepted by a Bishop in India into his diocese and then retired from public life to a home in the Finger Lakes region of N.Y.S. where he maintained a non-public profile.  He died there some years later. Also unfortunately, he was not a businessman and his Board of Directors (mostly prominent Catholic laymen) helped themselves to the treasury by means of large interest-free loans.  It was at this time that a sweeping management change took place and Covenant House is now respected both for charity and business acumen.  Ed Plumeau '52 A

[JR:  Ed, I knew two Father Ritter’s. One prissy PIA who gave every Engineer a D!  Not that I didn’t, or may not have deserved it, but there were some “barbarians from the engineering building” (as he called us) in the class who really tried. I still remember Danny Lou and “god and the ways to know him”. Maybe some day I’ll finally get around to that reading assignment. Ritter wasn’t impressed that I thought Victor Frankel’s book “Man's Search for Meaning”, was a better theology text. Then, later in life, when walking up Eighth Avenue to work one morning from the Port, I ran into a hard-ass guy outside Covenant House, who, when I saw him, was chasing the pimps camped outside his door to “recover their property”. Both boys and girls, I came to understand! (I, a few other businessmen, and some delivery guys may have lent him an enthusiastic hand, but I’ll never confirm that. Statute of limitations. Anyway, just few suits and some big soda delivery guys with him, was enough to move things along. He and the “clean up crew” chatted. He didn’t know I was a contributor. He had sent out a mailing to Jaspers whose addresses he had for funds. Wish I had saved that letter. It must have been good to get money out of me on an idea. Maybe he threated to go back and change my D’s to F’s. I don’t remember. Now that I think about it, I don’t know how he got my address? Anyway, he had lots of great things to say about our fellow Jaspers. Later I read about a third Father Ritter akin to what you reported. Maybe a little worse with speculation, innuendo, and tittering. I’d prefer to remember the second one. That one taught me more than the first one ever did. I hope he rests in peace.]


Jaspers found web-wise

*** JFound1 ***

The Big Day

So today's the day, officially. At 2am, I am still haunting Manhattan College, working away furiously into the Student Government office, just like the not-so-old days. In approximately 14 hours, I'll leave here to go to JKF to board my one way flight to London, and then on to Scotland. I'll be flying in and seeing Scotland with my friend Nicole, who's going to teach English in Italy for 6 months. On the 8th, we go our separate ways, she to Italy, I to Oslo. The big question of the day has been, "How do you feel?", "Are you excited/nervous/scared/crazy?" Yes and no to all of the above. It's not necessarily something I pride myself on, but nonetheless, I'm exceedingly adaptable; I roll with the punches at an alarming rate. I have many of the same feelings now from when I moved to college and was being asked the same questions. I would say my lack of nervousness is just because it hasn't sunk in yet, but if my last experience with college is any indication, it never will. I am happy to be going, of course. I don't mean to say that I find this in any way to be lack-luster or that I am in a tranquil state, my feelings just do not match what others' expectations of what my feelings should be are. Today, I attempted to shake myself up a bit by getting a haircut. I went to this one place and told the woman I would like to donate my hair, but all I got was a blank stare, she didn't understand. "You know, donate. Give it away". I make chopping and giving motions with my hands. "You want to cut it all off? Sorry, no comprende `you want to donate'…What language do you speak? " Have you ever had that game played on you–you walk into a room and (unbeknownst to you) everyone has made a pact that no matter what you say, everyone acts as though they don't understand? Very frustrating. Also, I'm not too keen on trusting someone to do what I ask with my hair when they don't understand what I'm asking. So, I leave. Then I wander the Village for some time, searching for a reputable-looking establishment. It's not happening, so I decide instead to find a store whose character matches the `mood' of the haircut I'm looking for. I settle on a nifty little place called the "Mod Shop", which sells cool do-dads and t-shirts with prints like "Tom Cruiazy" on them. There's only one person working there…and he's completely bald…but I ask him anyway if he would mind recommending me a good place nearby. He does, and now, voila, some lucky child is going to have a good 10 inches of my hair. It's pretty short, so I'm still getting used to it. Some of the time I like it, some times I'm not sure. It's like one of those scraggly, ugly little dogs that's so hopeless it's actually very cute. Only I don't really think it's ugly or hopeless. It's different. It's me. I love it even when I hate myself for taking a bald man's advice on hair. So that's really it. I'm going to attempt at least a few hours of sleep–jet lag will be bad enough on it's own. A big thanks to all the folks who've leant me their houses, beds, futons, and couches over the last week. Sorry if I've been a pain….i.e. Clare, who, as it is now 2:30am is probably sleeping soundly until I barge in and start rummaging through my gear for pjs. You guys are the best.

Sleep tight,

[JR:  Her pic is at: and can anyone id her?  ;-) It would be nice to have a name and a Class Year. I don’t even think Mike can supply it without a name. Hmmm, maybe the man’s mortal after all? Now watch, he’ll look at the pic and tell us that its soo and soo’s daughter, born on such and such a date, currently working in XYZ, and wears size 5 shoes. The fellow is amazing. Let’s see what he can do with this one. Start the clock … now!]



MC mentioned web-wise


1. Manhattan College link send redefine   

A private catholic college located in the northwest part of the Bronx known as Riverdale, which is mainly compromised of Jews. Students are predominantly white, except for the basketball players and are famous for their drunkenness and female drama queens. Mainly know for it's engineering school, there is often competition between the engineers and the other majors because the engineers are jealous they can't have any fun. Food is terrible and most of the cafeteria workers are ex-convicts hired so the school can get a tax break. Where the school lacks in minorities the teaching staff makes up for it (good luck finding a professor that speaks English). Security is sadly retarded and as in the case of the cafe workers, are also ex-cons. Don’t expect a good job once you’re out but weird faces when you answer the question “where’d you go to school?” from potential employers. The average John D. wears a popped collar and acts like a metrosexual. Overall it’s a good place if you can drink massive amounts of natural light.

Look another drunk Irish getting off at 242nd street, must be going to Manhattan College.

Source: Tron Stevens, Riverdale, Sep 13, 2005

[JR:  At the risk of perpetuating a stereotype, this is an obvious exaggeration. A calumny on the good name of Jaspers everywhere.  I would point out when I was a student there, everyone knew that drunken students didn’t use the subways. We all drove! Hopefully, students these days are smarter than we were and DO take the subway. And, it obvious the writer didn’t go to Manhattan cause he doesn’t know the difference between it’s and its.  One things for sure.  Jaspers know  its!  ;-)   Sorry couldn’t resist. Wonder how many spam filters will reject this now? Platos Cave was always filled with puns, bad jokes, and a lot of innuendo. I miss those times. And, besides we never drank any kind of “light” or other near beers. ]




Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Posted on Wed, Sep. 21, 2005  
Let Wal-Mart take over emergency management
By John Tierney NEW YORK TIMES

SLIDELL, La. - I don't think Washington needs any more czars. But if President Bush feels compelled to put someone in charge of rebuilding the Gulf Coast, let me suggest a name: Lee Scott.

Scott is the chief executive of Wal-Mart, one of the few institutions to improve its image here after Katrina sent a 15-foot wave across the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. If you mention the Red Cross or FEMA to people in Slidell, you hear rants about help that didn't arrive and phone lines that are always busy. If you mention state or national politicians, you hear obscenities.

[Curmudgeon interjection:  Did we mention that the Red Cross CEO is paid 450k/ year. And, after 9/11, there was the controversy about collecting more than was planned to be spent on that disaster and “saving it for future disasters”. And, now it comes out that the Red Cross is a FEMA subcontractor.]

But if you visit the Wal-Mart and the Sam's Club stores here, you hear shoppers who have been without power for weeks marveling that there are still generators in stock (and priced at $304.04). You hear about the trucks that rolled in right after the hurricane and the stuff the stores gave away: chain saws and boots for rescue workers, sheets and clothes for shelters, water and ice for the public.

"This was the only place we could find water those first days," said Rashan Smith, who was shopping with her three children at Wal-Mart on Saturday. "I still haven't managed to get through to FEMA. It's hard to say, but you get more justice at Wal-Mart."

[Curmudgeon interjection:  Don’t forget about the WalMart trucks with free essential things like water, diapers, and food being turned back by FEMA]

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But it was too busy dealing with the record number of other "disasters" that Clinton declared - an average of one a week, which meant FEMA was mailing out checks for every flash flood within range of a major media market. Upstate New Yorkers suddenly became incapable of coping with the cost of snow removal.

In 1997, Congress gave FEMA $500,000 and ordered it to develop a comprehensive plan to evacuate New Orleans. The agency passed on the money to Louisiana, which used it instead to study building a new bridge. As Rita Beamish of The Associated Press reported on Sunday, FEMA didn't bother making sure a plan was drawn up - an aide to Witt said its job had just been to pass on the money.

How often do you suppose someone at Wal-Mart headquarters dispenses $500,000 and doesn't bother keeping track of it? It's legendary for tracking every transaction and pinching every penny.

When Scott, the chief executive officer, travels with the chief financial officer, they cut costs by sharing a hotel room.

That's the kind of leader we need to oversee the tens of billions that Washington will be spending on the Gulf Coast. Scott could cut costs while still leaving the area as well prepared for the next disaster as Wal-Mart was for Katrina.

[Curmudgeon interjection:  WalMart raised money for the Salvation Army’s flood relief effort, not the Red Crass (sic). Think they know something?]

David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, was so impressed with the rapid response of Wal-Mart and other companies that he promised to introduce a bill to abolish FEMA and contract its job out to the private sector. I'm afraid the Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency will be a tough sell on Capitol Hill. But I'd vote for WEMA.


AH, but you statist keep believing that the Gummamint will protect you. If only they had more time. If only they had more money. If only the “right” people were in charge. You all are sheeple (sheep people) who allow themselves to be herded and clipped.

For compassion, let the people do it. Read Walter Williams about what the governement should be allowed to do chartity-wise. Nothing! Quoting from Williams, James Madison, the father of our constitution, irate over a $15,000 congressional appropriation to assist some French refugees, said, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

Now I am not hard hearted. But I do call your attention to Marvin Olasky’s Seven Principles of Effective Compassion. Beyond the immediate alleviation of suffering, relief efforts should be aimed at long-term self-sufficiency of local populations.

So let’s nuke FEMA. Let’s send the money back to the citizens and let them help their fellow citizens. I have never seen the logic of sending a dollar to Washington and wind up with pennies slipping thru almost by accident to where it’s needed.

NOLA produces a textbook case for why Big Gummamint didn’t work. Every level failed. But, the big disaster was the Government dikes that everyone knew were inadequate. Those dikes allowed people to build in unsafe areas under the illusion that it was OK. Federal flood insurance encourages stupidity that every taxpayer subsidizes. Flood insurance is more welfare for rich people. And it goes on and on.

And anyone who thinks that it would have been different if the D’s were in the White House has forgotten the Chicago heat wave.

And, And, anyone who thinks that there is any difference between the R’s and the D’s or the D’s and the R’s is just kidding themselves.

And that’s the last word.