Sunday 12 March 2006

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737 (gained one!)  are active on the Distribute site. The site had 393 unique visits last week. (Strange?)

Computer problems have limited my capabilities this week. Sorry but there's no index and there are several other problems.

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Reinkefj at the College’s email forwarding service alum dot manhattan dot edu!
Use email-sending webform  anytime.

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Last week, either Yahoo or I had either a total or partial or combo brain freeze. Please ignore the extra message if you received one.

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Any alumni can have their own by signing up on the Alumni site. It allows you to establish a profile and then you can receive email from other Jasper via the site. Your email is never divulged for spamming. And, you don’t get fund raising or stuff from the MC staff either. (Or, at least I don’t) It’s free and you might find it useful to find old “characters” from your ill-spent youth.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

11:30am 3440 Lakemont Dr, Bonita Springs. Buffet Luncheon
1 pm Pelican Landing Golf Club Joe Dillon, Alumni Director Primary Speaker
$25.per person. All alumni, family, and friends invited      

Wednesday March 15, 2006

Treasure Coast Club Luncheon

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Long Island Alumni Club St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
New Hyde Park Inn 214 Jerico Turnpike  New Hyde Park, NY
Co-Chairmen: Tom Connolly '58 and Pat Creegan '67

Friday, March 17th, 2006
New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade  
March with Manhattan College on St. Patrick's Day 

Gulf Coast Club Sarasota, Florida
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon  
For more information contact Neil O'Leary '60

St Patrick's Day Mass
St John The Evangelist Church, North Naples
Celebrant And Pastor Thomas Glackin Manhattan Prep56
Reception Follows In Social Hall

Saturday, March 18th, 2006
South West Florida Club Naples, Florida St. Patrick's Day Parade  
Meet at 10:45 AM St. Ann's Church 5th Avenue (note: time correction! mckit wrong.)
For more information contact Jim Connors '57

Thursday, May 12th

Spring Social
Manhattan College Latino Alumni Club
Ibiza Lounge

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My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:

- Afghanistan

- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)

- Iraq

- - Lara, Angel (2002)
- - 1st Recon BN, H&S Co, S-6
- - Unit 40535
- - FPO, AP 96426-0535

- 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.

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Are there not... Two points in the adventure of the diver: One -- when a beggar, he prepares to plunge? Two -- when a prince, he rises with his pearl? I plunge!

- Robert Browning


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I’m in the process of recovering from a computer problem. It really has made me challenge some of my reliance on fragile technology. It makes me frustrated with myself, my “stuff”, my thinking, my whole enchilada. Maybe challenges are given to us so we can grow. Sigh. I’d prefer a few less challenges and a few more successes. I’m sure my fellow alums are much better at staying on an even keel. But, I’m weak that’s hy I want all my challenges and tests to be little ones.

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 reinke--AT—

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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.


Newsday (New York)
March 6, 2006 Monday

Death Notices and In Memoriams for 03/06/2006

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FITZGIBBONS-George P., on March 5, 2006, of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Beloved husband of the late Agnes. Retired Commander U.S. Navy, Manhattan College graduate. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Reposing at Macken Mortuary, Rockville Centre Chapel, 52 Clinton Avenue, Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass, St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, Wednesday, 11 AM. Interment, Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing, N.Y.

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LOAD-DATE: March 8, 2006

[Mike McEneney says:  1935 (Good enough for me!) Thanks, Mike. ]

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Newsday (New York)
March 4, 2006 Saturday

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LAMOUR-Roger W. of Westbury and Southold on February 3, 2006. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Dear father of Linda Klaus (Peter), Deborah Byrne (Michael), Virginia Nason (Peter), and Christine Lanza (Carl). Cherished Grandfather of Thomas, Amanda, Michael, Jr., Kristen, Peter, Bryan, Kaitlyn, Julia and Carl, Jr. Devoted brother of Henry Lamour of NYC. Proud veteran of WWII and Korea, 47 Year Employee of AT&T, NY Tel and Nynex. Graduate of Manhattan College and received his Masters Degree from NYU. Long time member and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award of the Rotary Club of Westbury/Carle Place. The family will receive friends Monday 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Donohue Cecere Funeral Home 290 Post Avenue, Westbury. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 11AM at St. Brigid's RC Church, Westbury. Interment following at Holy Rood Cemetery.

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LOAD-DATE: March 5, 2006

[Mike McEneney says:  1949 (Good enough for me!) Thanks, Mike. ]

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The Times Union (Albany, New York)
March 4, 2006 Saturday

DELMAR -- George E. Decker Sr., Lt. Col. AUS. Ret., on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 surrounded by his loving family at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center.

George was born in Albany on July 1, 1913, son of the late Harry and Eva-Werner Decker. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and he attended Manhattan College in N.Y.C. George spent a lifetime career in the United Postal Service, retiring in 1974 as a regional hearing officer. George was a proud Army veteran of World War II. He served with distinction during the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star in addition to several campaign and service medals. George retired after a 40-year military career, serving in the New York National Guard.

He was a member of the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard #1040 American Legion Post in Delmar, the Bethlehem Memorial Post 3185 VFW and the Retired U.S. Postal Workers Association. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed swimming. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Peggy.

He is survived by his children, Maria Sequeira (Denny) of Bonita Springs, Fla., John W. Decker (Francesca) of Lexington, Ky., George E. Gerry Decker Jr. (Kathy) of Delmar, Margaret Ann and Bernard Decker, both of Denver, Colo., Mary Jo Decker of Stewart, Fla. and Annie Reagan Haker (Jon Haker) of Feura Bush; beloved grandfather of Amy Fossett (Marty) of Bloomfield, N.J., John Sequeira (Emily) of Boston, Mass., David Sequeira of Charlottesville, Va., Karly Decker of N.Y.C., William Reagan (Jaclyn) of Delmar, Ryan Decker of Zurich, Switzerland, Christopher (Kit) Decker of Lexington, Geoffrey Decker of N.Y.C., Padraic Reagan of Burlington, Vt., George and Claire Decker of Denver, Colo. and Isabella Decker of Stewart, Fla. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Caleb Fossett, Paloma and Coco Sequeira and Lily Ann Marie Reagan; and several nieces and nephews. He is the brother of Veronica Decker of Albany. He was predeceased by his siblings, Henry and Marion Decker. Also survived by close friends, Paul Buehler and Bill Bannon.

George's family would like to thank the entire staff at Good Samaritan Health Care facility for their kindness and support while in residence. George's family would like to ask all who remember him to pray for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their services both at home and deployed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, March 6, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Delmar. Friends may call Sunday 4-8 p.m. at the Durant Funeral Home, 17 Languish Pl., Glenmont. Interment in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Contributions in George's memory may be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

LOAD-DATE: March 6, 2006

[Mike McEneney says: 1936 (Good enough for me!) Thanks, Mike. ]

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[JR: Alerting old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in.]


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Business Wire
March 3, 2006 Friday 2:00 PM GMT
DISTRIBUTION: Business Editors; Technology Editors
HEADLINE: ReQuest Announces New VP of Sales & Marketing

ReQuest Inc., the global leader in digital audio and video management systems designed for high-end home audio installations, has announced the appointment of Bill McKiegan to the post of Vice President of Sales & Marketing, effective immediately.

McKiegan brings to ReQuest more than 15 years of management experience in the consumer-electronics industry. For the last 12 years McKiegan was with Krell Industries, where he drove sales and marketing programs that significantly grew the company's business on a global scale. His most recent position was as Krell's VP of Sales and Marketing.

At ReQuest, McKiegan will be responsible for strengthening business relationships with consumer-electronics retailers and custom installers in North America, as well as expanding the company's presence in international markets. In addition, he will develop and manage programs to drive sales, customer satisfaction, and brand awareness. McKiegan will be responsible for managing independent rep firms, dealers, distributors, and international resellers.

"Joining the entrepreneurial team at ReQuest is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to being instrumental in directing the future growth of the company and taking it to the next level," said McKiegan.

Peter Cholnoky, CEO of ReQuest, said, "We are thrilled to have Bill onboard at this time of ReQuest's evolution. His proven sales and marketing skills, combined with his excellent reputation for building a brand and launching new products successfully, will be invaluable to our future growth and expansion."

Bill McKiegan is a graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He plans to relocate to the Saratoga, New York area.

About ReQuest

ReQuest Inc.'s manufacturing, engineering, testing, and office facilities are located in Ballston Spa, New York. The company's home-entertainment systems have set the standard for high-end digital media storage, management, playback, and system integration since 1998. ReQuest's award-winning music servers and video-management systems are the accepted leaders in cutting-edge technology. The company enjoys being regarded as having the best service in the industry, with an installed base of more than 15,000 units. Recently, ReQuest was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the top 500 fastest-growing private businesses in America for the second year in a row. For more information about ReQuest, visit

CONTACT: Nicoll Public Relations, Inc. Lucette Nicoll / Sue Toscano 781-762-9300 /


LOAD-DATE: March 4, 2006

[Mike McEneney says:  1990 (Good enough for me!) Thanks, Mike. ]

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Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
March 3, 2006 Friday
Boynton Beach Edition

   Candidate and Background   As Wellington faces build-out, village officials project tax increases in coming years. Would you vote to increase taxes and/or cut services?   What do you think about code enforcement in the village and would you change the current system?   Candidate's top issues

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   Julio Galvez: 60, married; computer systems consultant; bachelor's degree, Manhattan College; master's degree in engineering New York University; president, Greenview Cove Homeowners Association; member, St. Therese de Lisieux Church; precinct volunteer, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office   They haven't been fiscally responsible in the past. There's always fat in the budget and you have to go looking for that. The services – people have come to expect them. We may face a tax increase because of what has happened in the past. If we have to, I will vote for tax increases and explain to residents. That would be the last resort. I think we can reduce the spending we're doing now.   The council really sets policy. That policy is the responsibility of the village manager and staff to implement. I'm not going to tell Village Manager Charlie Lynn how to do his job. But I will tell him the job that needs to be done is to enforce code fairly for all citizens of the village. It's perceived by most residents that things aren't being done right. I would reinstate the code enforcement board and get rid of the special master.    There have been various disputes over water, annexation, etc., between Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach County with the village of Wellington. The press has referred to Wellington as a "bad neighbor." These disputes have arisen because of multiple reasons and it is now not the time to assess culpability but to try to resolve the problems. I would propose a Cities-County Council Committee of representatives from Palm Beach County, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington government. This committee would address problems that are of mutual interest and would be a forum to resolve disputes before they get out of hand. Once started, this committee would be open to all other surrounding communities.

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Lizbeth Benacquisto Julio Galvez Jean Lexima Robert Margolis Dr. Peter LoFaso Lorrie Miller Peter Wein

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March 1, 2006 Wednesday
HEADLINE: A softer pitch Hershiser's successor uses fewer words, but the Rangers seem eager to listen

SURPRISE, Ariz. - To the uninitiated, Mark Connor is a man of mystery.

The Rangers' new pitching coach can be seen almost trying not to be seen, patrolling the various pitching mounds with wraparound sunglasses and his hands tucked tightly into jacket pockets.

He shares an observation or suggestion with his new pitchers now and then. But he usually prefers to watch and take mental notes, choosing the proper time to reveal what he's thinking.

"Sometimes he'll watch and then walk away and not say anything until later," pitcher Kameron Loe said. "He wants to get you to think. He wants you to answer your own questions and figure it out for yourself. That way when he's not there, you can fix any problems. But if he sees you need help, he's there with good advice."

Connor's easygoing personality, less-is-more approach and extensive experience are a dramatic change from his predecessor.

Orel Hershiser, an ESPN analyst now, was outgoing, hands-on and new to coaching when he joined the Rangers.

Several Rangers describe Hershiser as detail-oriented. He would walk up and move someone's leg or arm if he felt the mechanics weren't correct. And he usually gave pitchers several specifics to work on.

Connor, 56, keeps things simple. He prefers to share a thought or two and see what the player does with it. He's more liable to whisper something in a pitcher's ear than say it for others to hear.

"What I appreciated most is that he watched me throw a few times before telling me what he thought," Kevin Millwood said. "He's got a lot of experience, and he has good ideas. But he lets his pitchers pitch."

Beyond their coaching styles, Hershiser and Connor have different strategies for getting hitters out, too. Hershiser wanted pitchers to out-think hitters and make the batter guess wrong. Connor wants his pitchers to concentrate on executing their best pitches, creating favorable counts and controlling the at-bat. He wants them to throw their top pitch in tough situations.

Speaking of tough situations, Connor dismisses the fact he's the Rangers' sixth pitching coach since 2000. In fact, he chose this opportunity over the chance to replace Leo Mazzone as the Atlanta Braves' pitching coach. After three seasons as the Rangers' bullpen coach, he said his confidence in the organization and his history with manager Buck Showalter convinced him he should stay.

"He's worked with me so long that he can give me a glance and I know what he's saying," said Showalter, who also worked with Connor in New York and Arizona. "He has a great relationship with these pitchers, and they trust him. They know Goose has experience and knowledge and they listen to him."

Goose is what nearly everyone calls Connor, a nickname he got while throwing batting practice in Greensboro, N.C., in the Yankees' minor league system.

"When I pitched, the left-handed hitters would blast balls into Goose Creek, a stream near the fence," Connor said. "So someone, I think it was Don Mattingly, started calling me Goose and it stuck. One of my daughters even calls me that."

Connor says he's learned as much from pitchers as he's taught them. He can rattle off some impressive names of former students: Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Roy Halladay, Ron Guidry.

"He's like the grandfather who everyone in the village goes to when they have a question and need some advice," said R.A. Dickey, who jokingly wondered aloud if he might get into trouble for implying that Connor is old. "If he doesn't have an answer, it sounds like he does. He's very approachable and knows what he's doing."

Buck Martinez, who hired Connor as his pitching coach for a season and a half in Toronto, gives Connor a lot of the credit for making Halladay a top-flight pitcher. Connor recognized that Halladay had immense talent but needed to drop his arm angle, get rid of his knuckle-curve and add a "cutter." The pitcher dropped to Class A in 2001 to learn the new delivery and pitches and returned to the majors more confident three months later. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003.

"For a manager, he makes your job easier," said Martinez, Team USA manager for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. "I always had a card waiting on my desk to remind me of which pitchers needed rest and which could go. He always knows how his pitchers are feeling and what they are thinking."

And he's loyal. When Martinez was fired, Connor quit rather than work with another manager.

Connor has spent much of this spring training learning the personalities of his pupils.

"I wouldn't talk to C.J. Wilson the same way I might talk to Brian Anderson," Connor said. "Each guy is different and you treat him differently."

Most days after workouts, Connor moves through the clubhouse with a Diet Coke and a slight smile. While his approach is laid-back, his message is unmistakable.

"I told them this isn't about development now," Connor said. "For a lot of our guys, that's already happened. It's about winning."



Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.

Rangers history: Starting fourth season with Texas; was bullpen coach for three seasons while Orel Hershiser was pitching coach.

Other coaching stops: Yankees pitching coach for parts of the 1984 and 1985 seasons and 1991-92. Also spent two seasons as bullpen coach in New York. ... Head coach at University of Tennessee in 1988-89. ... Pitching coach in Arizona in 1998-2000 and Toronto in 2001 and part of 2002.

Personal: Graduated from Manhattan College in 1972. Got a master's degree from Tennessee while the school's pitching coach from 1974 to '78. ...He and his wife, Katie, have three children.


Mark Connor has worked with a bunch of great pitchers. Here are eight of the best and a comment about them.

Pitcher Team

Randy Johnson Arizona "Everything about him on and off the field said winner."
Curt Schilling Arizona "Wanted to be the best at everything, even running bases."
Roy Halladay Toronto "It took time, but he learned how to win with his great stuff."
Ron Guidry NY Yankees "The most efficient delivery I've ever seen."
Phil Niekro NY Yankees "Fun to watch. I never told him how to do anything."
Todd Stottlemyre Arizona "We'd yell at each other when I went to the mound."
Tommy John NY Yankees "He should be in the Hall of Fame."
Dave Righetti NY Yankees "The best closer I've ever seen. Coco has a chance to be like him."


GRAPHIC: PHOTO(S): 1. (MICHAEL MULVEY/Staff Photographer) Mark Connor, the Rangers' bullpen coach the previous three seasons, keeps a low profile but draws from a deep reservoir of experience. 2. (MICHAEL MULVEY/Staff Photographer) Mark Connor said his confidence in the Rangers organization led him to pass on the chance to become Atlanta's pitching coach.

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The New York Sun
March 7, 2006 Tuesday
BYLINE: By ALEC MAGNET, Staff Reporter of the Sun

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps and other military bodies expelled from university grounds during the Vietnam War may make their return to campuses following a Supreme Court decision yesterday to uphold a law requiring higher education bodies receiving federal funding to allow military recruiters on

school premises.

In an 8-0 decision yesterday in the case of Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, the Supreme Court declared constitutional a law known as the Solomon Amendment. The court rejected arguments that the law violated schools' First Amendment rights by requiring them to assist military recruiters. The military's "don't ask, don't tell policy" for gay soldiers violates most law schools' non-discrimination regulations.

The ruling has disappointed members of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, referred to as FAIR, which consists of 36 law schools and faculties, as well as a number of individual law professors who oppose the Solomon Amendment. Law schools are in the vanguard of purging campuses of military recruiters as the Association of American Law Schools, of which 165 of America's 190-odd law schools are members, requires its members to adopt strict nondiscrimination policies.

The Solomon Amendment, an addendum to the National Defense Authorization Act passed in 1995, also denies most federal funding to schools that prohibit the military from operating ROTC programs on campuses or prevent students from enrolling in military programs at other universities. A senior at Columbia University and chairman of the Advocates for Columbia ROTC, Sean Wilkes, told The New York Sun yesterday that the ruling "adds weight to our campaign."

Columbia dissolved its ROTC program in 1969 amid pacifist protests over the Vietnam War. In May 2005, the university's senate voted 51-11 not to allow the program to return, despite the 65% of students in favor of returning the ROTC to the campus, according to a poll conducted at the time. Columbia students have turned to military programs at Fordham University and Manhattan College.

Mr. Wilkes said the current arrangement was flawed because students "have to travel to another school, and Columbia does not accept any credits for the ROTC program - does not recognize it in any way, shape, or form." He said the court's ruling yesterday "opens an avenue" that his organization would pursue, though he added that the Department of Defense would have to demand that Columbia establish an ROTC program for the ruling to have any effect.

Another Columbia senior, Mark Xiu, president of the Columbia Military Society, said in an e-mail, "I certainly intend to press the matter in my capacity as a student, now that the momentum has shifted, but ultimately it's up to the DoD to decide whether or not to invoke" the Solomon Amendment.

He added: "The decision does not directly apply to ROTC programs, since it has not yet been established if the argument that 'recruiters are not a part of the law school' applies to either a full or satellite ROTC office."

In the court's decision issued yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the law did not violate schools' right to free association because "Law schools 'associate' with military recruiters in the sense that they interact with them, but recruiters are not part of the school." They come to campus to recruit students, "not to become members of the school's expressive association."

A spokeswoman for Columbia, Susan Brown, said, "It's premature to speculate on the ramifications of this ruling."

The president of FAIR, Kent Greenfield, told the Sun yesterday that he would not be surprised if ROTC advocates used yesterday's ruling as "the next stage in the battle."

Spokesmen for the Defense Department did not return messages yesterday evening.

Several schools yesterday issued statements expressing their disappointment with the ruling, though they said they were already in compliance with the law after the Defense Department last year threatened to withdraw their funding.

"The Solomon Amendment creates a conflict between two of higher education's fundamental values - our commitment to non-discrimination for all, and our commitment to ensuring the resources for our scholars and students to pursue their work," a spokesman for New York University, John Beckman, said in a statement. "Our nation's universities are not antimilitary, they are anti-discrimination. Regrettably, today's Supreme Court decision will ensure that this important distinction is lost."

Columbia issued a statement yesterday saying: "We are disappointed in today's Supreme Court ruling, but will of course continue to abide by the law. Our disagreement with the military on this issue does not diminish in any way our respect for the military, or for the men and women serving in it."

Mr. Greenfield said the fight over the militaries policy toward gay soldiers would continue, and that popular opinion was against such discrimination.

In the decision, Chief Justice Roberts affirmed schools' rights to protest against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The president of the Association of American Law Schools, Carl Monk, told the Sun yesterday that the organization would require its members to make clear that they do not support the presence of military recruiters on their campuses.

Justice Samuel Alito took no part in yesterday's decision because he was not a member of the court when it heard arguments on the case.

Rep. Gerald Solomon, a Republican who represented New York in the House for 20 years, died in 2001 at the age of 71.

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Daily Mail (London)
March 4, 2006 Saturday
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HEADLINE: GAA chiefs to meet in a bid to revive Island plans

NEW YORK Board Chairman Seamus Dooley will make contact with GAA President Sean Kelly this weekend regarding the future of the controversial Randall's Island stadium project.

A summit meeting between the New York board and the Randall's Island Gaelic Sport group (RIGS) scheduled for Thursday night had to be postponed.

However, it's widely anticipated that RIGS will pull out of the project allowing the New York board in conjunction with Croke Park to revive the project.

As things stand the leasing arrangements agreed by RIGS with the City of New York for facilities at the Randall's Island complex are deemed unnacceptable to the GAA.

RIGS had been expected to formally pull out on Thursday night but a snow storm forced the cancellation of the meeting.

The four members of RIGS along with three New York board members will hold talks with GAA chiefs on March 18 following the All-Ireland club finals.

Dooley said he hopes by then that RIGS will have confirmed their withdrawal and that the New York board can present a new set of more favourable terms and conditions to the GAA for backing.

'It's a pity we had to cancel the meeting with RIGS because we want to have all this sorted before we come over for that meeting on March 18 with the GAA,' said Dooley.

'Presuming RIGS do pull out then we can revive the project under new arrangements. I'll be phoning Sean Kelly this weekend to discuss the matter with him.' At present the New York GAA board rent Gaelic Park from Manhattan College but hope to make the Randall's Island complex their new home in the Big Apple.

A state of the art home for Gaelic games in New York would provide an immeasurable boost to hurling and football in the city. The inclusion of New York in the Connacht championship in recent years has resulted in visits to the US by high-profile teams like Galway and Mayo, but falling numbers of irish emigrating to the country has had an impact.

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Reported from The Quadrangle (

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Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: I see you left Jottings. May I inquire why? Thanks. {No Message Text}

Found I was reading it less and less. Lately it would sit in my mailbox until it was automatically swept out. In order to keep the number of e-mails received to a reasonable number, I unsubscribed to it and several others that I was regularly receiving.

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Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 10:31 PM
To: reinkefj
Subject: [=reinkefj Contact Request] from Eugene Gervino

> Name: Eugene Gervino
> Graduated the Prep in '58 and the college in '62.
> Was basketball manager all 8 years. Dearie and Slattery were
> seniors when I was a senior and Slattery was in my class.
> My son is a Sports Director and anchor at an NBC affiliate (KOMU)
> here in Columbia, MO and covers the University of Missouri in
> addition to the pro teams from St. Louis and Kansas City.
> He also does the radio play by play for the Kansas City Brigade, the
> KC pro Arena football team.
> Listen to all the basketball games over the internet.
> Having some trouble joining the group; I am over 65 and don't
> understand these new fangled machines!!


Subject: [=reinkefj Contact Request] from Eugene Gervino
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 09:23:17 -0500
From: Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings)
To: Eugene Gervino


Well sometimes the whole thing can be intimidating. But, let’s see if I can help ease you into it. Since you were able to contact me, I know you can use the web. If you reply to this, then I’ll know you can use email. If I don’t get a reply by tomorrow, then I’ll give you a call.

You can easily receive my Jasper Jottings ezine each week by email by sending an email to (all you have to do is click that link and it will open your email program with the address all filled in).

You can easily join the Manhattan Prep Yahoo group by sending an email to (Same thing just click the link).

I’ll watch for your entry into the groups and confirm to you that you’re OK.

Maybe you won’t have any further difficulty, but don’t worry we’ll make the darn stuff work.

John mp64mc68

[JR: Despite all the claims of age and lack of skill, he was in and on by the time I checked. Hmmm, watch him if you play poker. ]

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From: John Reinke
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:47 PM
To: Staab, Christine R.
Subject: Found you here on LinkedIn

Hi. I noticed that you are also using LinkedIn. I don't remember how we know each other, but, see if this makes any sense! Plaxo -- an email address book sync tool I use -- collected all the emails of anyone I ever corresponded with over the past eons in a "collected contacts" file in Outlook. Outlook purges my emails after a sort while to keep the size down. LinkedIn's new Outlook tool sucked all those into my "other contacts". And now, LinkedIn alerts me that you're here. Hence this message. Perhaps, I made more of an impression on you, and maybe if you remind me of something, my brain will unfreeze. In the event, that neither of us remembers anything, then perhaps we can start off on a new equal footing. If you'd care to do the LinkedIn equivalent of the proverbial Star Trek Vulcan mind meld, I be pleased to link up with you. If not, I understand. It was just nice to have an excuse to say "hi". Even if I am in the rubber loony room. I'd just hate to miss any opportunity. FJohnR


From: Staab, Christine R.
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 9:01 AM
To: 'John Reinke'
Subject: RE: Found you here on LinkedIn


I knew I knew your name, but couldn't place from where. When I looked you up, you work for Comcast, I work for Goldman Sachs. I am presuming, our paths crossed during our build of the new building at 30 Hudson St, Jersey City. However it could also be our mutual alma mater, Manhattan College, so don't feel bad that I can't remember either. Ether way, I will accept your invite.



From: Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings)
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 12:35 PM
To: Staab, Christine R.
Subject: RE: Found you here on LinkedIn

Thanks. I have an excuse I'm old. You can look at my collected lack of wisdom at as well as I publish a weekly ezine for Jaspers at as well as I have a Yahoo group to distribute that weekly email and a Yahoo group for MC alums. I can send you invites if interested. Best wishes, John mc68 Reinke


From: Staab, Christine R.
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 12:37 PM
To: 'Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings)'
Subject: RE: Found you here on LinkedIn

Sounds interesting, send away.. thx


From: Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings)
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 1:52 PM
To: Staab, Christine R.
Subject: FW: Found you here on LinkedIn

CK: Sent an invite to each one. BTW I notice that you haven't registered on the Manhattan College alumni site. It can be useful to keep in touch with old friends. So for example, other registered alums can send you email. You get your own email forwarding "id". Mine is reinkefj -at- and it forwards into my jasper jottings email JXYMXU7SN5HO9D. It useful and they do fund raise with it. You can get to it by and you're on your way. It allows you to share as much or as little as you want. You might actually, when you get decrepit like me, wish that you had kept in touch with all the characters of your "yuth". Unfortunately life has no rewind as the dumb antidrug commercial asserts. And, those shoulda, couldas, and wouldas will kill you. The alum site doesn't commit you to anything. Just makes you more reachable by your fellow alums. Regards, JR


Subject: RE: Found you here on LinkedIn
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 15:00:26 -0500
From: Staab, Christine R.
To: 'Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings)'

Thank you, I just registered... I have lost touch with most of my classmates, would be fin to get back in touch..

Thank you again. The other email you sent me was filtered by my work email, so I sent it home.. I'll update the contact info when I log in.


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Lampe, Blaire (2005)  

[JR:  It’s not an email to us. But it is public. So maybe, I have hit upon another niche for JJs. Rather than everyone having to check, here it is. I’ll catch any Jasper’s blog if I knew where they were hiding. Care to rat out your fellow alums?]

Taking the Scenic Route

“…to emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line.” Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Well, hello there. Regrettably, I had to leave Indonesia (NO, I was not deported), but happily, I am now in Thailand once again, land of smiles and cheap beach side bungalows. Lake Toba was a pretty spectacular place, though at some times it felt a bit deserted. Not that I mind having the thing to myself, but it’s really sad to see such a beautiful place with what was formerly a thriving tourist industry now just very quiet. I actually felt a pang of guilt when I was leaving, like my patronage was vital to the local economy. While this is not exactly the case, it is nonetheless not a feeling I’ve had before.

From Indonesia, I took a string of long bus and boat rides back up to Thailand, stopping in Malaysia for only a day to catch my breath. On one of the bus rides, I meet a woman who recommended a place to me called Railay Beach. While I’ve never heard of it, I don’t really have any other plans, so I head there. Once off the boat, I spend considerable time and effort lugging my pack around, searching for a reasonably priced place to stay. Eventually I meet Erich, a backpacker from Berlin, equally dismayed by accommodation, and we end up splitting a bungalow.

Railay is a pretty nice place, even if one of the beaches turns to a landfill at low tide. The rest of the beaches are clean and the water inviting. Also, it’s a sort of mecca for rock climbers, with cliffs and jungle-like hiking everywhere, so there’s plenty to do. If you climb up the side of one cliff via frayed and questionable rope, supposedly, you then may descend into a hidden lagoon. So Erich and I attempt to find this place, but there are too many paths and not enough maps. So who needs paths, right? To my mind, if the lagoon is in the middle of the mountain, then one should be able to scale the thing-path or no path-and thereby reach said lagoon. So we go off road. It was no small feat, but we did make it to the top…only to find no lagoon in sight. Oh well, at least we can brag about climbing the thing in unsuitable shoes and without ropes or hooks like those pansy professional climbers. So then we go back down, get lunch, and climb the mountain again, vowing to find the lagoon or die trying.

This time we have a better idea of where we’re going, and do eventually find the lagoon. It was…lagoonish. Quiet and peaceful enough, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something lurking beneath me when I went out into the water.

The next day, I booked a one-day snorkeling tour on a speed boat around the islands of Phi-Phi (I still giggle every time I say it). It was good snorkeling, but I did get a little sea sick, so I was lucky that there was a girl on my boat who had pills to fight it. The tour took us, among other places, to the beach where “The Beach” was filmed. I never actually saw the movie, but for anyone who did…yeah.

That evening marked my first and hopefully last experience with taking a “shortcut” through the jungle in the darkness with naught but my puny Swiss army knife flashlight to guide me.

At this point, Erich and I part ways, but I haven’t gotten quite enough sun (or so I thought) so I head to yet another beach, Ko Lanta. Here, for reasons I cannot guess, I am stricken with a bout of nausea and exhaustion so strong that I spend 72 hours virtually unable to move from my bed. When I do attempt to go out for water, I am unable to take more than just a few steps without puking. Attractive. Yesterday, I felt better and finally saw something resembling an appetite, which is good because a lot of today will be spent traveling back towards Bangkok. I’ve already spent about 2 hours on the minibus from hell. I’m not kidding. This driver was so terrible, you’d have thought he came from Cairo. But that is behind me now, and I have 4 hours to kill in Krabi, where I will probably rent a motorbike once again and go checkout a place called Tiger Temple. Grr.

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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
3/12/06 Sunday Baseball   UMBC (DH)   Baltimore, Md.   12:00 PM
3/12/06 Sunday Softball   vs. TBA $   Miami, Fla.   TBA 
3/13/06 Monday Golf   Fairfield Spring Break Invitational   Myrtle Beach, S.C.   12:00 PM
3/14/06 Tuesday Golf   Fairfield Spring Break Invitational   Myrtle Beach, S.C.   12:00 PM
3/14/06 Tuesday M. Lacrosse   Rutgers University   Piscataway, N.J.   3:00 PM
3/14/06 Tuesday Baseball   Long Island#   Palm Beach, Fla.   7:00 PM
3/15/06 Wednesday W. Tennis   University at Buffalo   Orlando, Fla.   9:00 AM
3/15/06 Wednesday Softball   at Drexel   Philadelphia, Pa.   3:00 PM
3/15/06 Wednesday Baseball   Miami   Miami, Fla.   7:00 PM
3/15/06 Wednesday W. Lacrosse   at Rutgers   Piscataway, N.J.   7:00 PM
3/16/06 Thursday W. Tennis   Long Island University   Orlando, Fla.   9:00 AM
3/16/06 Thursday Golf   MAAC/Iona Invitational   Whispering Pines, N.C.   9:00 AM
3/16/06 Thursday Baseball   vs. Rhode Island#   Palm Beach, Fla.   7:00 PM
3/16/06 Thursday W. Tennis   Cleveland State University   Orlando, Fla.   8:00 PM
3/17/06 Friday M. Tennis   Florida Atlantic University   Boca Raton, Fla.   TBA 
3/17/06 Friday Golf   MAAC/Iona Invitational   Whispering Pines, N.C.   9:00 AM
3/17/06 Friday Track & Field   Baldy Castillo Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/17/06 Friday Track & Field   Baldy Castillo Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/17/06 Friday Baseball   Florida International   Miami, Fla.   7:00 PM
3/18/06 Saturday Golf   MAAC/Iona Invitational   Whispering Pines, N.C.   9:00 AM
3/18/06 Saturday Track & Field   Baldy Castillo Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/18/06 Saturday Track & Field   Baldy Castillo Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/18/06 Saturday Softball   at Yale   New Haven, Conn.   TBA 
3/18/06 Saturday Baseball   Florida International   Miami, Fla.   1:00 PM
3/18/06 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Marist College$   Sebastian, Fla. (Sebastian High School Field)   7:30 PM
3/19/06 Sunday M. Tennis   University of Denver   Denver, Colo.   TBA 
3/19/06 Sunday Golf   MAAC/Iona Invitational   Whispering Pines, N.C.   9:00 AM
3/19/06 Sunday Softball   Seton Hall &   Hempstead, N.Y.   10:00 AM
3/19/06 Sunday Softball   Hofstra &   Hempstead, N.Y.   12:00 PM
3/19/06 Sunday W. Lacrosse   at Sacred Heart   Fairfield, Conn.   1:00 PM
3/21/06 Tuesday Softball   Stony Brook   HOME   2:00 PM
3/21/06 Tuesday Baseball   New York Tech   HOME   3:00 PM
3/23/06 Thursday Softball   at Saint Joseph's   Philadelphia, Pa.   2:30 PM
3/23/06 Thursday Baseball   New York Tech   Old Westbury, N.Y.   3:00 PM
3/24/06 Friday M. Tennis   St. Bonaventure University   Olean, N.Y.   TBA 
3/24/06 Friday Track & Field   Arizona State Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/24/06 Friday Track & Field   Arizona State Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/24/06 Friday W. Tennis   Lafayette College   Easton, Pa.   1:00 PM
3/25/06 Saturday M. Tennis   University at Buffalo   Buffalo, N.Y.   TBA 
3/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   West Point Invitational   West Point, N.Y.   10:00 AM
3/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   West Point Invitational   West Point, N.Y.   10:00 AM
3/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   West Point Invitational   West Point, N.Y.   10:00 AM
3/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   Arizona State Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   Arizona State Invitational   Tempe, Ariz.   12:00 PM
3/25/06 Saturday Baseball   Siena* (DH)   HOME   12:00 PM
3/25/06 Saturday W. Tennis   LaSalle University   Philadelphia, Pa.   1:00 PM
3/25/06 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Mount St. Mary's College$   Emmitsburg, Md.   1:00 PM
3/26/06 Sunday M. Tennis   Niagara University^   Niagara University, N.Y.   TBA 
3/26/06 Sunday Softball   Binghamton   HOME   12:00 AM
3/26/06 Sunday Baseball   Siena*   HOME   1:00 PM
3/26/06 Sunday W. Tennis   Niagara University&   Niagara Univ., N.Y.   4:00 PM
3/28/06 Tuesday Softball   at Quinnipiac   Hamden, Conn.   TBA 
3/28/06 Tuesday Golf   Saint Peter's   West Orange, N.J.   2:00 PM
3/29/06 Wednesday Baseball   St. Francis-N.Y.$   Brooklyn, N.Y.   3:00 PM
3/29/06 Wednesday W. Lacrosse   at Wagner   Staten Island, N.Y.   3:30 PM
3/30/06 Thursday Softball   at Wagner   Staten Island, N.Y.   2:30 PM

Go support "our" teams. I'd appreciate any reports or photos.

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Sports from College (


Miami, Fla. (March 10, 2006)- The Manhattan bats came alive early, and the Lady Jaspers held off a late Rhode Island rally to post an 8-6 win in the opening game of the Florida International Tournament. The win, the Lady Jaspers' first over the Rams since the 1995 season, also snapped a four game losing streak to URI, the last three coming via shutout. Kiera Fox delivered the big blow with a two-run homer in the first.


Riverdale, N.Y. (March 10, 2006)- Fresh off their championship at the George Washington Colonial Challenge, the Lady Jasper softball team will participate in the Blue & Gold Felsberg Memorial Tournament, hosted by Florida International, this weekend. Manhattan, which kicks off the four-team tournament at 11:00 a.m. today vs. Rhode Island, also features Harvard and the host school.


Bronx, N.Y. (March 8, 2006)- In the first meeting of the year between the two Bronx rivals, Manhattan built a 10-1 lead before holding on to defeat Fordham, 10-7, at Houlihan Park on the Fordham campus.


Hamden, Conn. (March 8, 2006)--With Manhattan Men's Lacrosse holding a 7-3 lead over Quinnipiac in the second half, the trailing Bobcats stole one out of the Jaspers' early season playbook. After Manhattan had pieced together fourth quarter rallies to win their last two contests, the Jaspers fell victim to a second-half comeback this afternoon. Quinnipiac scored seven times in the final 24 minutes of play to win 10-8 in Hamden, Conn.


Riverdale, N.Y. (March 7, 2006)- Manhattan College sophomore CJ Lee has been named to the 2005-06 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team, it was announced today by the MAAC office.


Riverdale, N.Y.(March 7, 2006)- Manhattan junior pitcher Chris Cody has been named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll, it was announced today by the CBF. Cody adds this recognition to the MAAC Pitcher of the Week award he received yesterday from the MAAC Office.


Riverdale, N.Y. (March 6, 2006)—For the second consecutive week the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has recognized a Manhattan Men's Lacrosse player with a weekly award. For his efforts in helping to preserve the Jaspers' 6-5 win over Sacred Heart this past Saturday, junior goal keeper Justin Henry earned the title of MAAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Monday.


Riverdale, N.Y. (March 6, 2006)- Manhattan College junior pitcher Chris Cody was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 5, it was announced today by the conference office.


Albany, N.Y. (March 5, 2005)—Saint Peter's shot over 50 percent from the field, including an 11-21 clip from beyond the arc, to spoil Manhattan's bid to capture both the 2006 MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. One of the hot hands for the Peacocks was MAAC Player of the Year Keydren Clark who led five Saint Peter's players in double figures with a game-high 29 points. Three Jaspers countered by scoring in double figures including sophomore center and Second Team All-MAAC selection. Dubois finished 10-15 from the field for 24 points and snatched a game-high nine boards, while sophomore Jeff Xavier added 14 points and freshman Devon Austin tallied 12.


Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2006)- Sophomore Alicia Psillos had four goals and two assists on Sunday to take the 18-11 win over Howard University. Junior Lauren Civardi added 4 more goals, one assist and four groundballs to the victory. Junior Jenny Carmen had three goals, three assists and 3 groundballs. The Lady Jaspers took 37 shots, 34 shots on goal and had 22 total groundballs. Junior Goalkeeper Ashley Devins played all sixty minutes and had 14 saves for the Lady Jaspers.


Metaire, La. (March 5, 2006)–Cat Everett and Mark Hamilton combined for seven hits and sophomore reliever Trey Martin threw 4.0 scoreless innings as the Tulane University baseball team clinched a series victory over Manhattan College with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.


Boston, Mass. (March 5, 2005)--Penn State scored 66 points on Sunday to come from behind and deny Manhattan its ninth IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championship. With 53 total points, the Jaspers wound up finishing fourth, bunched up with Cornell (55) and Rutgers (54). In the final team standings, two points separated Manhattan from the runner-up spot, but it was actually only a single centimeter that kept the Jaspers out of the second place. Sophomore Dexter Jules and Cornell's Muhammed Halim both recorded marks of 15.72m in the triple jump, but due to his second-best jump being better, Halim captured the individual championship and the 10 team points. Both athletes actually reached the 15.72m on their final leap.


Boston, Mass. (March 4, 2006)--After day one of the IC4A Indoor Championships in Boston, the Manhattan Men are in perfect position to make a final push toward capturing the school's ninth indoor team championship when the meet concludes on Sunday. After accumulating 28.5 points on the opening day of the competition, the Jaspers sit atop the leaderboard with perennial northeast powerhouse Rutgers University nipping at their heels. The Scarlet Knights sit in second place with 18 points followed by the U.S. Military Academy's 12 team points. In all, 21 schools scored on the first day, with Manhattan doing the most damage in the long jump and weight throw events.


Baltimore, Md. (March 4, 2006)- Despite two more goals from Brenna Tinari and 16 saves from Ashley Devins, Manhattan could not stop a potent UMBC offense, dropping a 15-4 decision to the Retrievers tonight at UMBC Stadium.


Metairie, La. (March 4, 2006)–Junior reliever Daniel Latham tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and the Green Wave plated four runs over its final three innings as the Tulane University baseball team rallied to defeat Manhattan College, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Zephyr Field.


Fairfield, Conn. (March 4, 2006)—The men's lacrosse season is only three games old and the Jaspers have already done enough to earn the moniker of “cardiac kids.” For the second consecutive game, Manhattan erased a three-goal second-half deficit to notch a win, as the Jaspers worked overtime in defeating Sacred Heart, 6-5. With 1:21 remaining in the extra session, senior Greg Lewis put junior Brian Murray's pass into the back of the net to improve the Jaspers to 2-1 on the young season.


Metairie, La.(March 3, 2006)–Manhattan southpaw Chris Cody scattered 10 hits and did his best Houdini impression to escape a few jams as Manhattan upset #15 Tulane, 1-0, in game one of a three-game series Friday evening at Zephyr Field. The win is the first for the Jaspers over a ranked opponent in over 20 years.


Riverdale, N.Y. (March 3,2006)- Manhattan College head coach Bobby Gonzalez has been named “The Rock” 2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, its was announced today by MAAC Awards Ceremony at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y.


Albany, N.Y. (March 3, 2006)—A lot can change in a day's time as was the case with the shooting difficulties experienced by Manhattan Women's Basketball in its MAAC Tournament quarterfinal game against third-seeded Loyola. After turning in their best shooting performance of the season at 62 percent yesterday en route to a 37-point first round victory over Rider, the Lady Jaspers managed to shoot only 30 percent from the field, falling to Loyola 66-57 on Friday afternoon at the Pepsi Arena.

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Sports from Other Sources


Daily News (New York)
March 6, 2006 Monday
LENGTH: 334 words

ALBANY - St. Peter's coach Bob Leckie was asked if he was surprised by his Peacocks' magical run to the MAAC championship game.

"Well, you all are," Leckie said. "We're the fifth seed and we had to play Manhattan, who kicked our butts twice during the season."

Last night, though, it was easy to wonder if this St. Peter's team, just four years removed from back-to-back 4-24 seasons, isn't a team of destiny.

"Oh definitely," Keydren Clark said. "We've been through some tough times. . . . But right now we're playing our best as a team. We've been underdogs all year. But America loves an underdog."

The Peacocks scored 17 of the first 21 points in the second half to grab an 11-point lead and Clark and company made sure the top-seeded Jaspers didn't spoil their improbable ride, ousting Manhattan, 84-74, at the Pepsi Center.

St. Peter's faces Iona in tonight's championship with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line. Iona beat Marist, 100-84, in last night's other semi.

"It means the world to me," said Clark, who scored a game-high 29 points. "It's something I wanted to do since I stepped on St. Peter's campus."

The Peacocks (17-14) were in control throughout the second half, one that opened with a four-point play from freshman guard Kevin Spann.

"A killer play," said Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez, whose team was denied a third trip to the MAAC title game in four years. "That gave them huge momentum."

That play keyed the decisive spurt that helped the Peacocks build a 56-45 lead midway through the second half. It was shortly after that things went further south for the Jaspers (18-10) when Jeff Xavier collided with Clark in a scrum for a loose ball and wound up missing the next several minutes after suffering a gash on his chin and losing parts of two teeth.

Maybe that much-coveted double bye given to the MAAC regular season champion was actually a double-edged sword for Manhattan.

"It's an advantage/disadvantage," Gonzalez said. "We didn't seem as sharp. I don't know if the week off hurt us."

LOAD-DATE: March 6, 2006

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Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
March 6, 2006 Monday
LENGTH: 429 words
HEADLINE: Tulane rallies past Jaspers; Everett goes 4-for-4 to help Green Wave clinch series victory
BYLINE: From staff, wire reports

Cat Everett and Mark Hamilton combined for seven hits and sophomore reliever Trey Martin threw four scoreless innings as Tulane defeated Manhattan College 5-3 on Sunday at Zephyr Field.

For the second consecutive day, Tulane trailed 3-1 after 5 ½ innings, but the Green Wave scored four runs over the final three innings, including two in the eighth.

"Runs have been tough for us to come by lately," Tulane coach Rick Jones said. "The good news is that for three straight games we pitched very well and played good defense. We won a pair of close games this weekend and lost a close one on Friday. I'm confident we will come around offensively, but right now, it's been a little bit of a struggle."

Everett was 4-for-4 with a walk, and Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

The game, however, belonged to Martin, who gave up two singles, walking two and striking out three to pick up his second win of the season. Junior reliever Daniel Latham came on in the ninth and earned his third save of the season.

Tulane limited the Jaspers to two hits, but Manhattan was able to take advantage of four walks, two hit batsmen and a balk by starter Stephen Porlier to take a 3-1 lead.

Porlier had a no-hitter through four innings, but in the top of the fourth, Manhattan loaded the bases on two hit batsmen and a walk before catcher Nick Derba hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the Jaspers a 1-0 lead.

Tulane answered in the bottom of the inning on Hamilton's first RBI-double of the game to score junior third baseman Tim Guidry from first and tie the score.

Manhattan third baseman Ryan Martin reached on an error to start the fifth, and second baseman Matt Nevins followed with a walk, sendin Porlier to the dugout. Following a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Eric Nieto, Masters scored on a passed ball and left fielder Mike Garcia hit an RBI-single to left center to give Manhattan a two-run advantage.

Tulane made it a one-run game in the sixth on Hamilton's second RBI-double down the right-field line, and the Green Wave tied the score in the seventh on an infield single by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden, which drove home Everett from third.

Martin retired the side in order in the top of the eighth, and with runners at first and second in the bottom of the inning, senior center fielder Nathan Southard hit an RBI-double to the wall in left as Tulane took the lead.

Manhattan starter Jesse Darcy pitched seven innings, but Josh Santerre (0-1), who started the eighth, got the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in his lone inning.

LOAD-DATE: March 6, 2006

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Daily News (New York)
March 3, 2006 Friday
LENGTH: 424 words

AT THE END OF JANUARY, when Manhattan lost leading scorer C.J. Anderson for the remainder of the season for academic reasons, the prevailing feeling around the MAAC was that the Jaspers were through.

"When we first lost C.J. we were pretty much like a deer in the headlights," Manhattan's Jason Wingate said. "We were wondering how we were going to make up for his points and rebounding. But we just said we were going to have to suck it up. You know, we got players on this team."

Players such as Wingate, Jeff Xavier and Arturo Dubois each played key roles in Manhattan's win over Iona last Sunday. It was a victory that helped the Jaspers capture their third MAAC title in four seasons.

Now, a little more than a month after it all looked so bleak for Manhattan, the Jaspers are just two MAAC tournament wins away from another NCAA appearance.

"This team has been unbelievably resilient all year," Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "They deserve to be champions."

By virtue of their double bye for winning the MAAC regular-season title, the Jaspers won't play until Sunday night's semifinals, when they will face St. Peter's, Rider or Siena. Manhattan swept the season series from both St. Peter's and Siena and split with Rider, but that loss came the day Manhattan learned it had lost Anderson.

Iona, which finished second, will take the court in Saturday night's quarterfinals, in which it will face the winner of the Fairfield-Niagara first-round game. Iona swept its series against both teams this season.

Iona will be looking for its first MAAC title since 2001, but it will have to do it the hard way after losing the regular-season crown to Manhattan.

"Now we have to win three games," Iona coach Jeff Ruland said. "Are we capable of doing that? Yes."

Manhattan and Iona could face each other one more time this season, in Monday night's championship game with an NCAA invitation on the line.

"I wouldn't mind it," Wingate said. "If we see them again it would be tough because it's hard to beat a team three times in a row. But if that's how it ends up, so be it.".


LOAD-DATE: March 3, 2006

[JR: We fooled him! ]



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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

I have no idea if this is true or not. But I liked it, so I decided to share it.

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From: "Arthur R. Porash"
To: "Lawrence C. Farrell, Jr."
Subject: The Visit

My dad, Angelo, was in the hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A former Marine and veteran of the Korean War, he was having his third knee replacement surgery.

A long and very painful operation was going to be made even worse because dad was going through it alone. There was no one to hold his hand, no familiar soft voices to reassure him. His wife was ill and unable to accompany him or even visit during his week long stay. My sisters and brother lived in California, and I lived even farther away, in Indiana.

There wasn't even anyone to drive him to the hospital, so he had arrived that morning by cab.

The thought of my dad lying there alone was more than I could stand. But what could I do from here?

I picked up the phone and called information for the Puyallup, Washington Marine Corps recruiting station, where I joined the Marines ten years before. I thought that if I could talk to a Marine and explain the situation, maybe one of them would visit my dad.

I called the number. A man answered the phone and in a very confident voice said, "United States Marines, Sergeant Vanes. May I help you"?

Feeling just as certain, I replied, "Sergeant Vanes, you may find this request a little strange, but this is why I am calling." I proceeded to tell him who I was and that my father was also a former Marine and 100 percent disabled from the Korean War. I explained that he was in the hospital, alone, without anyone to visit and asked if Sergeant Vanes would please go and see him.

Without hesitation, he answered, "Absolutely."

Then I asked, "If I send flowers to the recruiting station, would you deliver them to my dad when you go to the hospital?"

"Ma'am, I will be happy to take the flowers to your dad. I'll give you my address. You send them, and I will make sure that he receives them," he replied.

The next morning, I sent the flowers to Sergeant Vane's office just as we had planned. I went to work, and that evening, I returned home and phoned my dad to inquire about his surprise visitor.

If you have ever talked with a small child after that child has just seen Santa Claus, you will understand the glee I heard in my dad's voice. "I was just waking up when I thought I saw two Marines in their dress blue uniforms standing at the foot of my bed," he told me excitedly. "I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. But they were really there!"

I began to laugh, partly at his excitement, but also because he didn't even mention his operation. He felt so honored: Two Marines he had never met took time out to visit an old Marine like him. He told me again and again how sharp they looked and how all the nurses thought he was so important. "But how did you ever get them to do that"? he asked me.

"It was easy. We are all Marines, Dad, past and present; it's the bond."

After hanging up with my dad, I called Sergeant Vanes to thank him for visiting my dad. And to thank him for the extra things he did to make it special: wearing his dress blue uniform, bringing another Marine along. He even took a digital camera with him. He had pictures taken of the two Marines with my dad right beside his bed. That evening, he e-mailed them to me so I could see for myself that my dad was not alone and that he was going to be okay.

As for the flowers, they hardly mattered, but I was glad for the opportunity to express my feelings. The card read: "Daddy, I didn't want just anyone bringing you I sent the World's Finest. Semper Fi."

Once a MARINE always a MARINE, Nothing, I say NOTHING can compare with MARINE CAMARADERIE We have and will, because we can, do it all.

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The receiver is a fellow gun nut. So, he has some credibility with me.

And that’s the last word.

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GBu. GBA. Reinke sends.