JASPER JOTTINGS Week 20 – 2008 MAY 18




JObit: Sweeney, Brian Martin (MC1962)

MNEWS: Kimberly Fairchild, an assistant professor of psychology (ours?)

JNEWS: Todd, William G. (MC????) Veteran Patent Litigation Attorney

JOY: Michael Cifu (2005) has recently gotten engaged

JObit: Gaines, Gary (MC1980?) obit heard by Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

JFound: Simonetti, Randal (MC????) hosts “Lawyers Who Needs Them” program

JFound: Downes, Rachel (MC????) joins Caren Johnson Literary Agency

MFound: Where is the school’s response?

JObit: Crawford, William J. (MCatnde)

Comment on JObit: Boccher, Edward A.(MC1959) by reinkefj


JObit: Sweeney, Brian Martin (MC1962)


Brian Martin Sweeney

Brian Martin Sweeney, 67, of New York City and Santa Cruz, Calif., died after a short illness on Monday, May 12, 2008, at his home in Santa Cruz.

Brian was born on February 6, 1941, in New York City, to James Sweeney and Mary Moriarity Sweeney. He graduated from Tolentine Grammar School in 1954, and with honors from Tolentine High School in 1958. He went on to graduate in the top 10% of his class with a BA from Manhattan College in 1962. One year later he earned his MBA from Columbia University in New York City.

After graduating, Brian pursued a career in marketing and finance. In 1975, he launched Sweeney & Company, focused on consulting in business marketing, financial and other development services. He worked with more than 50 clients, about half Fortune 500 and the other half venture and middle-market. Prior to that, he was in general management at Colgate-Palmolive in the U.S. and abroad, and at Citibank and Downe Communications in the U.S. He was also a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey in New York.

Throughout his life, Brian was active in the Catholic Church. He was honored with the Order of St. Louis Medal from the archdiocese of New Orleans for outstanding contributions to the community. He was a parishioner most recently at the Resurrection Catholic Community Church in Aptos, Calif. Previously he was active in the Tulane Catholic Community Church in New Orleans and prior to that at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Westport, Conn.

Brian was a passionate pursuer of social reform. He was recently and energetically focused on reforming public schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods of New Orleans. He worked with All Congregations Together in New Orleans ACTNOLA, an acclaimed, social action group focused on empowering disadvantaged communities to address their own issues. His work with ACT was dedicated to bringing the city’s academically starved students up to grade-level by grade three, and keeping them there.

With ACTNOLA, Brian led the organization and implementation of many public forums, as well as the development of The People’s Platform, a mandate for public school reform. The platform was endorsed by the mayor, city council and school board.

Brian embraced life - with zest and vigor. He was an art-lover, jogger, inquisitive theologian and philosopher, as well as an enthusiastic world-traveler. He loved his wife, children, step-children, extended family and friends passionately.

Brian’s beloved wife of 10 years, Donna Marie Murphy, survives him. His three children from a prior marriage also survive him: Sarah Sweeney Eric Forsthoefel of Haarlem, The Netherlands, Phillip Sweeney Ledice of Stamford, Conn., and Clare Sweeney Andre Robertson of Worthington, Ohio. Brian is also survived by Donna’s children: Patrick Murphy and Michael Murphy Amber. Brian has eight grandchildren: Clio Jane and Maximillian Sweeney Forsthoefel; James and Connor Sweeney; Olivia and Chloe LaGrand, Pascal Robertson; and Abbigail Piper Murphy.

Preceding him in death are: his parents; brother, James Patrick Sweeney; sister, Mary Theresa O’Brien; and brother-in-law, Milton Rabinowitz.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 14 from 3pm to 7 pm at the Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, CA. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Resurrection Catholic Community Church in Aptos, CA. Burial will be in Oklahoma.

The family requests that lieu of flowers, donations be made to any of the following charities: Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York http://www.manhattan.edu/alumni_friends/gifts.php, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif. www.giving.ucsc.edu or Hospice of Santa Cruz www.hospicesantacruz.org. Please specify in the comments section that gifts are in memory of Brian Martin Sweeney.

Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on 5/14/2008.

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MNEWS: Kimberly Fairchild, an assistant professor of psychology (ours?)


May 14, 2008 Wednesday 4:10 PM EST

Catcalling: creepy or a compliment?

BYLINE: By Anna Jane Grossman


When Holly Kearl was researching her master’s thesis on street harassment last winter, she was pleasantly surprised that lewd remarks were few and far between. Then spring rolled around.

“Suddenly, it was April, and I was getting yelled at everywhere by men in cars,” said Kearl, who has since com-pleted a degree in women’s studies and public policy from George Washington University.

As part of her research, Kearl conducted an anonymous, informal e-mail survey of 225 women on the subject. She found that 98 percent of respondents experienced some form of street harassment at least a few times, and about 30 per-cent reported being harassed on a regular basis.

“For me, anyone who interrupts my personal space to objectify me or make me feel uncomfortable or threatened is harassing me,” she says.

Women take both sides

As the weather warms each spring, women — especially in cities with active sidewalk traffic — once again face cat-calls from men. It’s a situation some find unnerving and an invasion of their space, while others ignore it or are even flattered by it.

“I call it street abuse,” said New York filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West, 49. “It’s unwanted attention and invasion of space.”

In her 1998 documentary “War Zone,” Hadleigh-West confronted catcallers and filmed their responses. Many of the men literally ran away to avoid talking to her about why they whistled or made a provocative comment.

The Department of Defense has used the film since 2002 to train branches of the military about issues surrounding sexual harassment and sexism in general, she says.

“Being in a public space with a strange man who is being sexually aggressive is potentially dangerous,” Hadleigh-West added.

On the other hand, some women appreciate the attention in certain cases, like Jessica, a 31-year-old health-care educator in Los Angeles who declined to use her last name to protect her privacy.

“Yeah, it’s objectifying and all, but you know, if I walked down the street and didn’t have men looking me up and down and catcalling, I’d think, ‘Boy, I must really be getting old and dumpy,’ ” she said.

She’s gotten catcalls just walking her parents’ dog in baggy sweats. “I thought it was hysterical, like, ‘Boy, doesn’t take much to impress you, does it?’ “

But Kimberly Fairchild, 29, an assistant professor of psychology at Manhattan College in New York, says catcall-ing can take a larger emotional toll than many women realize.

“There seems to be some evidence that it increases self-objectification,” said Fairchild, who surveyed 550 women both online and at Rutgers University in 2006 and 2007. The women — who ranged in age from 15 to 64 in the interna-tional online component and from 18 to 24 in the Rutgers survey of women from central New Jersey — were asked about their experiences with street harassment.

Catcalling “encourages women to look at themselves as body parts instead of as full, whole, intelligent human be-ings” and can cause women to fear for their safety, Fairchild says.

“When a man catcalls you, you don’t know if it will end at that point or if it could escalate to assault,” she added.

Biting back via blog

Most women tend not to respond to the hoots and hollers, according to Kearl’s research. A vocal minority, however, is fighting back online, especially when name-calling progresses to lewd behavior or even physical contact.

The site HollaBackNYC.blogspot.com encourages New Yorkers to snap pictures of street harassers and then post them.

Emily May, 27, and six of her friends were inspired to create the site in 2005 after a young New York woman used her camera phone to take a photo of a man who was looking at her while touching himself on the subway. The picture led to his arrest. (Such behavior is, according to New York state law, a misdemeanor offense). The blog has spawned similar sites in other major cities such as Chicago and San Francisco.

The site is a way to encourage dialogue, May says. “I think sites like ours can help women see that they’re not alone, that it happens to women in all walks of life by men in all walks of life, and that it’s not okay.”

Some guys just don’t know

According to existing studies and her own findings, Kearl says, some men are simply ignorant about how their be-havior is perceived. Kearl, who completed her thesis, “Direct Action, Education, Consciousness-Raising, Activism and the Internet: Methods for Combating Street Harassment,” last year, thinks posting on Web sites like HollaBackNYC is preferable to resorting to anger and violence.

“A lot of men have no idea that women don’t like being talked to in this way,” she said. “It never crosses their mind, and yelling doesn’t educate them. If you yell, they often don’t understand why you are upset and so they take it person-ally.”

Often, Kearl says, an assertive, clear response can illicit a kinder reaction than one expects.

“A lot of the time, I find guys will just say, ‘Oh, OK, I didn’t realize it made you feel that way. Thanks.’ “

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JNEWS: Todd, William G. (MC????) Veteran Patent Litigation Attorney

PR Newswire

May 14, 2008 Wednesday 3:39 PM GMT

Veteran Patent Litigation Attorney William G. Todd Joins McKool Smith’s Expansion in New York; Accomplished litigator brings more than 30 years of patent law experience


NEW YORK, May 14 /PRNewswire/ — McKool Smith, P.C., is expanding its New York office and the firm’s intel-lectual property practice with the addition of veteran New York patent law attorney William G. Todd.

Mr. Todd, who joins the firm as a principal, brings more than 30 years of experience in ground-breaking intellec-tual property litigation. His arrival at McKool Smith is part of a major expansion of the firm’s New York office, which focuses on intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Todd’s broad experience in patent law includes representing many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and consumer products companies. His extensive track record includes asserting and defending complex patent and intellec-tual property claims for industries including aviation and avionics, biotechnology, consumer products, cosmetics, diag-nostic imaging, food and beverages, medical devices, packaging, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

“Bill is truly a force in the intellectual property world,” says firm co-founder Mike McKool. “Having him join our New York office is a huge step in our plans for expansion. We look forward to working with Bill and everything he brings to this firm.”

Mr. Todd earned his law degree, with honors, from the Albany Law School of Union University after earning a de-gree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of a well-respected intellectual property litigation firm while helping expand a national practice,” says Mr. Todd. “I’m flattered and excited to be part of the team.”

McKool Smith has more than 90 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Inc., and Sony Ericsson.

McKool Smith’s New York office is located at 399 Park Ave., Suite 3200, New York, NY 10022. The office can be reached at 212-402-9400 or toll free at 888-978-0212.

For more information, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com .

CONTACT: Bruce Vincent, 1-800-559-4534, bruce@androvett.com , for McKool Smith, P.C.

SOURCE McKool Smith, P.C. http://www.prnewswire.com

LOAD-DATE: May 14, 2008

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Todd, William G. (MC????) Veteran Patent Litigation Attorney

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 14 2008 9:17 PM


JOY: Michael Cifu (2005) has recently gotten engaged

Hi John,

Happy Jasper news here. My brother, Michael Cifu (2005) has recently gotten engaged to Michelle Gomez. They are planning a June 2009 wedding at the Manhattan College chapel.

Thanks for your Jasper reporting!

Jo Anne Cifu Valentino (1997)

Jim Valentino (1997)

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[JR: Mazel Tov. Absolutely great!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 14 2008 9:36 PM


JObit: Gaines, Gary (MC1980?) obit heard by Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

By Jasper John 68 on JObit

Email from John Peter Rooney to Jasper fjohn68

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16 May 2008

Just received this in my E-mail.

I did not check it out.


John Peter

MC Engineering & Swim Team, 1965

John Peter Rooney

ASQ CRE #242516

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From: tblondet

To: tblondet

Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 15:55:54 -0400

Subject: Obit - Gary Gaines ‘76



Class 1976

JULY 8, 1958 - MAY 5, 2008

On Monday, May 5, 2008, a vibrant and exuberant young man was called home, our Gary!

We are mourning him but realize that he has been freed of his pain caused by a horrific accident.

Gary was a devoted son to his mother and brother to his sisters. Just call him, and he was there for us.

He worked tirelessly in his community, and mentored and taught children and young adults at schools in the South Bronx.

Gary attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Cardinal Hayes High School, received a B.S. Degree from Manhattan College, and a J.D.Law Degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School. He used his education, training, and skills well.

Gary always had a job, starting from age 14. After graduation from Law School, he began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had other jobs in his field, and eventually started up his own company. Presently Gary held the position of Adjunct Professor, teaching on-line courses for the University of Phoenix and Mercy College.

Gary was a man of many faces; he was witty, fun-loving, and quite a “professional.” He was a sports enthusiast from a young age and played on the football team at Cardinal Hayes. Oh, and let’s not forget his Boy Scout days. We will never forget those fun times. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed swimming, hunting, and fishing.

He leaves to mourn him, his mother Lavinia, Sisters Gloria, Leona, and Dianna, Nephew Allen and his wife, Linda, grand niece, Katelyn, and his beloved girlfriend, Sharon Rogers, along with a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Special thanks to all family, friends, and associates for their much needed assistance and support to Gary’s family in their time of need.

Gary, we pray that your transition be an easy one and that the angels welcome you thru the gates of heaven. Gary you will live in our hearts forever. Have fun BAA-BAA!


~Rest In Peace~

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[JR: Thanks, JPR65, that's a unique find. It never showed in any of the automated searches. Sigh. I would estimate him as the Class of 1980. Any help would be appreciated.]

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Gaines, Gary (MC1980?) obit heard by Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 16 2008 9:42 AM


JFound: Simonetti, Randal (MC????) hosts “Lawyers Who Needs Them” program


Camila Ueoka, ‘Lawyers Who Needs Them’ Radio Program Goes Global

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Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) September 12, 2007 — World Talk Radio, the nations’ largest internet radio carrier serving over two million listeners has announced that starting Monday, September 17th at 7:00PM EST they will carry the award winning “Lawyers Who Needs Them” program featuring hosts Randal Simonetti and James Hartman Esq. The program originated on National Public Radio in Rochester in the early 90s and moved to Rochester’s CBS affiliate WHAM. During that period Simonetti and Hartman received the coveted New York State BAR Association Media Award for broadcast excellence.

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Randal Simonetti is the President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for Upstate New York serving over 12,000 clients and their families. He is also the founder and CEO of Ignition Consulting, Ltd., a full service management, marketing and public relations consulting firm. He has held executive management positions at AT&T, Citicorp, Frontier and Global Crossing. He holds a BA Degree in English from Manhattan College, a master’s degree in Communications from Manhattanville College and a second masters in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 16 2008 9:56 AM


JFound: Downes, Rachel (MC????) joins Caren Johnson Literary Agency


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Caren Johnson Literary Agency

Exciting News

We’re expanding here at CJLA. We’re proud to welcome Rachel Downes as the newest member of the agency. She’ll be acting as an assistant to me and as a junior agent. She’ll start signing a few authors to start. Check out her bio below.

Rachel Downes is a junior literary agent at the Caren Johnson Literary Agency. She has a BA from Manhattan College in international studies and minored in economics and philosophy. She graduated as a member of Sigma Iota Rho, the national honor society for international studies students.

Rachel began as an intern for CJLA. She assisted on the following projects: Once Again to Zelda by Marlene Wagman-Geller (Perigee, November 2008), Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman (Wiley, November 200 8) , The Old Fashioned Guide to Modern Girl Life by Jordan Christy (Center Street/Grand Central Publishing, Summer 2009), You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay (Razorbill, Spring 2009), The Ex-Games by Jennifer Echols (Simon Pulse, Fall 2009), Skin Deep by Annaliese Evans/Anna J. Evans (Summer 2009), and The Briar Rose Series by Annaliese Evans/Anna J. Evans (Tor Books, beginning February 2009). She is looking to represent commercial and literary fiction as well as nonfiction in the following subjects: narrative, history, pop culture, humor, science, women’s studies and social science.

Rachel is a voracious reader and writer. She wrote for an independently-run student philosophy journal at her school, Praxis. She works closely with Caren to develop and nurture CJLA authors.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 07:48AM

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 16 2008 10:05 AM


MFound: Where is the school’s response?


Where is the school’s response?

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I would like to call on the Athletic Department and Administration to accept responsibility for this unfortunate circumstance by making a public statement commenting on how disappointing it is to lose a scholarship due to academic follies. This is extremely embarrassing and must not be tolerated. We all must be reminded from time to time that these are STUDENT-athletes who should excel in the classroom before they accomplish anything on a basketball court. Prospective student athlete’s’ character and academic performance must be thoroughly examined, scholarships should no longer be wasted on players who are not serious about their academic futures. Academic casualties happen everywhere, but they should no longer be accepted by our athletic department. Most of the causes for this penalty can be attributed to the past coaching regime, but the current coaching staff must learn from their own past mistakes and do their homework on prospective recruits, because (I think we can all agree on this) the quickest way out of Riverdale is not losing, its NCAA probation.

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[JR: A new source popped up?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, May 16 2008 10:13 AM


JObit: Crawford, William J. (MCatnde)


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William J. Crawford

SPARTANBURG, SC– William Joseph Crawford, 90, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. Born March 18, 1918, in East Providence, RI, he was a son of the late John R. and Gertrude Crosby Crawford.

He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy, attended Manhattan College, and graduated from Providence College. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII, having served in the South Pacific. He was Superintendent of Cranston Print Works in Cranston, RI for twenty years. He joined Milliken Company in 1965 as a Research Chemist and retired in 1984. He was a member of the American Legion and of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, where he served on the PTO Board and School Committees. He was a former member of the American Chemist Society and the American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorist. He was a former Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 350 and a volunteer for Mobile Meals for ten years.

Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Mary L. McAuley Crawford, of the home; six children, Mary L. Fontecchio of North Ridgeville, OH, Kathleen Bartone and her husband John of Carmel, IN, Diane Crawford of Charlotte, NC, Carol M. Morrissey of Summerville, SC, William J. Crawford, Jr. and his wife Cathryn of W. Columbia, SC, Robert J. Crawford and his wife Merry of Greenville, SC; and eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, James, Raymond, and John and a sister Eleanor; and two sons-in-law Jack Fontecchio and Martin Morrissey.

The Rosary Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 PM Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, followed by visitation until 8:30 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 19, 2008, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, conducted by the Rev. Michael McCafferty. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston, RI.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, 161 North Dean Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302; to Mobile Meals Service, PO Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; or to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.

Published in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal from 5/17/2008 - 5/18/2008.

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Crawford, William J. (MCatnde)

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Comment on JObit: Boccher, Edward A.(MC1959) by reinkefj

I received a physical thank you card from one of the children. I’m humbled by the feelings expressed.

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Dear Mr. Reinke -

My family and I were deeply moved by your kind expression of sympathy upon the passing of my Dad, Edward Bocchher (Manhattan 1959). Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.


Geralyn Boccher

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I don’t feel that this was specifically meant for me, but to all for our prayers and good wishes.


    * Posted on: Thu, May 15 2008 9:08 AM



"Bon courage a vous tous"