JASPER JOTTINGS Week 04 - 2011 JAN 23 

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College




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Jan 16, 2011 

POSITRACTION: Giving Away $10 a Day to Strangers; E and or E?


December 18th, 2010 at 8:34 am
Man Spends Year of Unemployment Giving Away $10 a Day to Strangers

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On Dec. 15, 2009, the anniversary of his mother’s passing, Sandridge began his $10-a-day giveaway project. The recipients could be anyone from a homeless person to a bus driver to a businessman in a suit, and Sandridge says he promised them all that he would not judge the way they spent the money as long as they were completely honest with him about where it was going. He looked at it as a kind of social experiment.

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[JR: Just found this and put it on the queue. Interesting idea? Or foolish whim? Instead of wasting a year and 4k$, why not find that homeless guy and really help him? Why not dig in an do the 'heavy lifting' of helping someone out of "poverty"? It's the mindset and poor choices that trap us. It's hard to do that. Handing out money, much easier, but not effective and | or efficient charity.]

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Jan 16, 2011 

JEMAIL: Adams, Jamil A. [MC1988] ided by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Re: JFOUND: Adams, Jamil A. [MC????]

Dear John,

   I believe that Jamil is a member of the Class of 1988.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Adams, Jamil A. [MC1988]

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Jan 16, 2011

JEMAIL: Roche, John (MC1964) NLRB outcome not unexpected

John -

What other outcome could be expected? On this issue the NLRB is correct; Manhattan College is not Catholic. ( And yes, I understand that the NLRB is institutionalized government thuggery.) Look at Manhattan’s “Mission Statement.”

Like Harvard and many other universities and colleges Manhattan is a secular institution with religious roots.

The administration and faculty have long been vocal in support of all sorts of left wing government programs and sold out for government money. This NLRB decision is the payoff. One might call it “social justice,” the catchall term for a lot of nonsense.

The Church – and the West – seem intent on committing suicide.

Please note highlighted sections of following report:

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Organizing Adjuncts at a Catholic College
January 11, 2011

   A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board on Monday released a decision backing a union election for adjunct instructors at Manhattan College, most likely setting the stage for an intense legal battle over religious freedom and workers’ rights.

   The decision largely states that Manhattan isn’t religious enough to be exempt from the NLRB’s jurisdiction, and that its employment relationship with its adjuncts is essentially a secular one. “While the college may well be affiliated with the [Roman Catholic] Church and take pride in its historical relationship with the church, the college’s public representations clearly demonstrate that it is not providing a ‘religious educational environment,’ “ the decision says.

   The case — already contentious before the decision — is likely to be closely watched by both organized labor and religious organizations. Manhattan College is like many other Catholic institutions (and some colleges affiliated with other religious groups) in that it admits many non-Catholic students, employs many non-Catholic professors and boasts of its independence, academic freedom, and diversity. The kinds of arguments made by the union (and now embraced in an NLRB ruling) could probably be made about many other institutions — many of which may be fertile ground for adjunct union organizing.

   Manhattan officials have said that the case turns the NLRB into some sort of judge of its religious fealty — and would violate a Supreme Court decision protecting religious institutions from union drives. But union leaders have said that Manhattan is unfairly making a religious issue out of what is really a bread-and-butter union campaign to win better wages and benefits for adjuncts who teach secular subjects in the same way they do at unionized campuses.

   In an e-mail sent Monday night to Manhattan adjuncts, union organizers said: “The college has now spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on legal fees delaying an election for adjunct faculty. We call upon President [Brennan] O’Donnell and the Manhattan College administration to refrain from spending more money (and risking further embarrassment to the College in the greater academic and faith community) by appealing the Labor Board’s decision. It is time for adjunct faculty to decide the question of unionization for themselves.” The drive is being led by New York State United Teachers, an affiliate of both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

   Despite that plea, it is quite likely that Manhattan officials (who could not be reached last night) will appeal to the full NLRB and/or to federal courts. This webpage maintained by the college contains a series of letters outlining its views on the union drive. One letter from O’Donnell, during NLRB hearings that led to Monday’s decision, said that “the line of questioning being pursued by the NLRB and the union unfortunately betrays a serious lack of understanding of the Catholic nature of the college.” That letter added: “Our identity is not a set of easy labels or sound bites, nor a rigid set of facts, figures, and practices to be quantified and judged by the government acting as some sort of religious licensing board.”

   The NLRB decision, by Elbert F. Tellem, acting regional director for the area including New York State, reviews a series of pieces of evidence about the college. Manhattan officials emphasized the various ways the college stresses its ties to Roman Catholic thought and to the Lasallian order. The union submitted evidence from many documents suggesting that Manhattan was in fact a secular institution with religious roots.

   Both sides were trying to show why the case’s result should or should not be similar to the 1979 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago that the NLRB could not authorize union elections for lay teachers at Catholic schools because doing so would create “a significant risk of infringement of the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment if the act conferred jurisdiction over church-operated schools.” The concern was that NLRB officials would become involved in disputes over policies at the schools.

   Monday’s decision, while noting the Catholic Bishop case, also noted federal appeals court rulings saying that “market checks” are needed of institutions that claim their religious affiliations exempt them from collective bargaining. Such analysis, the NLRB ruling said, has been urged by the courts to “act as a check on institutions that falsely identify themselves as religious merely to obtain exemption” from labor relations laws.

   The decision noted many documents and places where Manhattan refers to its religious ties and mission. But the ruling also noted repeated references in Manhattan documents to its independence, citing as one example a booklet given to new hires that states that the college is “neither controlled by the state or the church,” and other statements that — to qualify for various government programs — the college has supported the “severing of its religious ties.”

   Further, the decision says that some college documents that purport to be about religious heritage are so vague that they apply to secular missions as well. For instance, the decision says that Manhattan has described its Lasallian philosophy as a belief in “excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice.”

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Keep up the good work.

   – John Roche ’64A

[JR: I would not have expected justice before a Gooferment bureaucrat. Nor do I expect it in a Gooferment "court". To compete with "free" Gooferment owned and operated schools like SUNY -- long recognized as a direct competitor in the pool of possible students MC sought as their "marketplace", religious institutions had to transform themselves into acceptable secular institutions. Then, the trap is sprung with "you're not religious enough". Catch 22! You can't "win". As I've mused before you'd think some one in the leadership of whatever you want to call "Catholic" would have played chess at some time in their life. So what does MC do? Shut down! Sue in Federal Court challenging the Gooferment's ability to distinguish any institution on First Amendment grounds. (I think you know how I think that will come out.) Or do "We, The Alumni" get organized and grab every politician and bureaucrat by the tie and make our points. Or, do we just take the "We, The Sheeple" meme and say "Oh, too bad!". Remember Frankl http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl? Father Ritter's third most quoted person. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." So here's the stimulus, what's our response?]

Roche, John (MC1964)

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Jan 16, 2011

JOBIT: Adamec, Susan Vizcarra [MC???? RIP]


Adamec, Susan Vizcarra
Nov. 17, 1955 – Dec. 16, 2010

M. Susan Vizcarra Adamec 55, of Sarasota, Fla. passed away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at Haven Hospice Gainesville, Fla. Susan was born in Manila, Philippines on Nov. 17, 1955 to Bernard and Anita (DePerio) Vizcarra.

Susan had a degree in Associate Science in Medical Technology at The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, a Business Administration degree at Pace University, a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City. She became a United States Citizen in 1983. Susan had a long career in banking, Head Teller at Bowery Savings Bank in N.Y., a Personal Banker at Sun Trust in Sarasota for 14 years, and recently with Fifth Third Bank.

She loved to shop, cook, and dance, go to the theater, sing, play tennis, ski, and travel abroad. Her favorite love was watching her daughter Ashleigh dance ballet.

Survivors include her husband, Don and daughter, Ashleigh; her cat, Miko and poodle, Ritz; Her father, Bernard Vizcarra; sister, Ching Sarmiento; brothers, Rod and JoJo Vizcarra; In-laws, Brian Clancy, Tina Vizcarra & Marge Vizcarra; nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and other relatives from San Francisco; brother and sister in-law, Teri and Bob Adamec and Barbara and Pete Gorga.

There will be a Funeral Mass 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Church of the Incarnation, 2901 Bee Ridge Rd. a “Celebration of Susan’s Life” will follow in the Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ashleigh Adamec Scholarship Fund @ M&I Bank, 240 S. Pineapple Ave. # 101 Sarasota, Fl 34236


Adamec, Susan Vizcarra [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/heraldtribune/guestbook.aspx?n=susan-adamec&pid=147880492&cid=full


Jan 16, 2011 

JOBIT: Travers, John Francis Xavier [MC1951 RIP]


(Daily Record)

John Francis Xavier Travers passed away at Van Dyk Manor, his residence, in Montclair, NJ on January 14, 2011. He was 83 years old. He formerly lived in Hawthorne, Wayne and Park Ridge, NJ. John was born in New York City in 1927. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, John worked in the communications industry. He was employed for many years at the ITT subsidiary Federal Electric Corporation, in Paramus, NJ, until his retirement in 1989. His jobs afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout the world. John loved to share with his family all the different cultures and customs he experienced during his travels abroad. He also had a deep appreciation for the outdoors and nature.

John was predeceased by his beloved wife, Leila of 61 years. He is survived by his loving daughters, Elise Baranowski and her husband John; Emily Buhler and her husband Gary; Karen Travers and her husband Christopher Healy. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicholas, Charles, and Matthew Baranowski as well as Kelley and David Buhler. He was also the adored brother to his sister Marilyn Morrison.

A Memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s RC Church in Denville on Tuesday January 18 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment services will follow at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in East Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of New Jersey, 400 Broadacres Drive, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Arrangements are under the direction of Norman Dean Home for Services in Denville. Please light a candle in his memory at www.normandean.com.

Published in Daily Record on January 16, 2011


Travers, John Francis Xavier [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dailyrecord/guestbook.aspx?n=john-travers&pid=147821783&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1951.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Travers, John Francis Xavier [MC1951 RIP]

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Jan 16, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Pradlik, Kristin [MC1995] Admin Asst at The Dannon Company


Pradlik, Kristin [MC1995]
Administrative Assistant at The Dannon Company
Greater New York City Area
Consumer Goods

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Jan 16, 2011

JOY: Marmbrandt, Malin [MC2011] may be engaged


[JR: Apparently got engaged? Culturally, I'm not sure if this translates. My Swedish is Google. We'll have to see.]

Marmbrandt, Malin [MC2011]

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Jan 17, 2011 

JFACEBOOK: Kilkenny, James (MP1962MC1970)


Kilkenny, James (MP1962MC1970)

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Jan 17, 2011 

JNEWS: Meehan, Msgr. John [MC1959] in NY Daily News story; off-line

Dear John,

   Sunday’s NY Daily News has a piece, “Faith In The City”, at page 37 on Msgr. John Meehan,’59 as Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Mount Vernon. It reports that he plans on retiring in July. I have a copy if you need it.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Probably will need a copy. It's not yet online at the NYDN site. Nor does Google have it.]

Meehan, Msgr. John [MC1959]

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Jan 17, 2011

JHQ: President O’Donnell’s 1/13/11 letter on the faculty unionization issue


President O’Donnell’s 1/13/11 letter on the faculty unionization issue.

[JR: It's very well written and worth reading. Personally, I'd like my info "straight from the bottle"; not regurgitated or excerpted. Because of the size and format, it's on the "Back Lot". Not because it isn't important; just that it's big.]

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Jan 17, 2011 

JFOUND: Ross, Rachel [MC????] personal trainer and an athlete

Exuberant Uprising
Monticello’s Inaugural Cheerleading Competition Evinces An Unbelievable Exertion Of Body, Mind and Spirit As Nine Teams Perform With Athleticism, Grace, Style and Verve In A Sport That Still Awaits Its Long Overdue Respect And Acceptance

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From her pre-teen days, my eldest daughter Rachel showed a strong interest in dance and gymnastics. Tumbling and jumping with uncanny deftness led to her participation in cheerleading in high school and with extra coaching from Pedro Tweed, the amazing mentor and coach of Monticello Gymnastics, to her being chosen as a freshman walk on for Manhattan College’s Division I cheerleading squad. She won a spot over girls with far more experience and cheered at the NCAA tournament in Memphis as the Jaspers defeated Oklahoma in an opening round upset.

I’ve always had respect and admiration for the athleticism, flexibility and sheer nerve involved in some of the lifts and stunts I’ve seen performed by young men and women, particularly at the college level.

That said, it’s been many years since Rachel decided that cheerleading was no longer something she wished to pursue. Nowadays, she is a personal trainer at Sports Club LA and an athlete beyond the pale with unbelievable endurance and flexibility. Cheerleading was a step along the continuum of a life predicated on fitness.

After Rachel decided not to continue with Manhattan’s squad, my attention to cheerleading waned.

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Ross, Rachel [MC????]

[JR: Not a lot of detail.]

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Jan 17, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Lancia, Ben [MC1992] Vice President at JPMorgan


Lancia, Ben [MC1992]
Vice President at JPMorgan
Greater New York City Area

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Jan 18, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Conley, Christopher [MC1990] NA Dev at The Torgan Group


Conley, Christopher [MC1990]
North American Development at The Torgan Group
Experienced Executive with Deep Financial and Operational Experience
Greater New York City Area
Commercial Real Estate

Summary: A Proven Executive in Strategy, M&A Integration & Operational Effectiveness & Efficiency in Dynamic, Diverse & Distressed environments. Incredible multi-level leadership & teaming ability combined with deep financial, strategic and operational understanding.

Specialties: Operational & Financial turn-around efforts, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Financial Planning & Management (budgetary and product-line P&L), Organizational Transformation, Process Re-Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Regional Operations, Restructuring, Cost Reductions, Corporate/Competitive/Operational Strategy

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Jan 18, 2011

JEMAIL: Roche, John (MC1964) cites Msgr. Pope on MC and the NLRB


Renewing Catholic Higher Education
January 18, 2011

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“It shouldn’t take pagan sailors to rouse Jonah to obey God. And it shouldn’t take the Federal Government to tell Catholic Colleges to actually be Catholic. But if that’s what it takes, if God has to shame them into it, so be it.”

That’s the reaction of Msgr. Charles Pope on the Archdiocese of Washington blog http://goo.gl/7qPzC, after reading our press release “Feds Tell College: You’re Not Catholic.”

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Jan 19, 2011 

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) publishes; Now Kindle; April 1 hardcover


I just wanted to let you know that although the hardcover version of my book will be available on April 1, 2011; the Kindle version is available now. Both will feature cover art by Jasper Jerry Breen. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JHYSPI


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In a country of over 300 million people, how can you make your voice heard? Most US citizens consider themselves powerless when it comes to making a difference in political issues, but in this book, Bill O’Connell describes how you can stop sitting on the sidelines and step into the arena.

From the housing crisis to health care, from taxes to terrorism, O’Connell offers his plan for restoring America back to the country our founding fathers fought so hard to create. O’Connell challenges readers with tough questions, building his case with facts and escaping the trap of name-calling. He also offers concrete steps that you can take to effect real change in Washington. Now is the time for Americans to work together to take back a government that is quickly becoming ‘of, by, and for the bureaucrats.’

Bill O’Connell received a Bachelor of Engineering from Manhattan College, an MBA in finance from Fordham University, and an MS in computer science from Pace University. A lifelong resident of a blue state, he is the creator of the popular political blog, Liberty’s Lifeline, which spawned the idea for this book. O’Connell resides in Head of the Harbor, New York, with his wife, Julie. They have four children.”

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[JR: The Kindle version is $10. To support two Jaspers. DNF that you can read “Kindle format” on most devices as well as Windoze or Macs with Amazon’s free downloadable client. Getting Started I’ll have to start a new blog page for Kindle content. I know my tome is there. Exciting to see more Jasper producing content. Wonder if I can find my old term papers? The high points of my literary buffoonery!]

Liberty’s Lifeline: Engaging the Grassroots Movement to Stop the Erosion of American Freedoms

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Jan 19, 2011

JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) hopes the wake up call does

Hi John:

I read with interest the two emails about Manhattan College and Catholic identity. I suggest that your readers take the time to read Monsignor Pope’s excellent analysis of the state of Catholic education [JR: Link], in general and not Manhattan specifically, by clicking on his blog in the forwarded email. I will follow up with my concerns about the changes in Manhattan College, which I continue to hold dear and support financially especially with the scholarship in my wife’s name, and how it got to this pass. Like the Jesuit institutions which downplayed their Catholicity in favor of being “in the Jesuit tradition”, Manhattan and other Brothers schools followed the same playbook by professing to be in the “La Sallian” tradition. Both St. Ignatius and St. Jean Baptiste De La Salle must turn over in their graves every time those phrases are used .

I hope, as Monsignor Pope does, that this is seen as a wake-up call for Manhattan and other once forthrightly Catholic institutions. The Cardinal Newman Society, which I support and which once rightly criticized Manhattan College for hosting “The Vagina Monologues”, has laid out a path for Manhattan to re-take the high ground by affirming its allegiance to the Magisterium and its agreement with ex Corde Ecclesiae like the 21 “authentically Catholic” Colleges the Society lists in its guide. Thanks for airing this issue which is one of the most pressing the Catholic Church faces, namely how to cut through the confusion and dissent post-Vatican II and teach students the rich tradition about what it means to be a Catholic, albeit a difficult thing in our increasingly militant secular society.

Peter E. Dans, M.D. ’57

[JR: Leave it to a fat old white guy injineer to blunder into a firestorm. Not that I'm the exemplar of sainthood, nor, I hope, a complete sinner. Just call 'em as I see 'em. Trying to eliminate my own "blind spots" and just fix the beam in my eye first. Then, I can work on the motes out of others. I vaguely remember that when the Gooferment turned the screws on "financing education", MC was hard pressed to get butts in the seats. Then, the SUNY direct competition for the available pool, tightened the noose further. Like Omar the Tentmaker's suit, sometimes you just "have to walk this way to make everything right". Under the policy of "“never blame on malice what can be blamed on stupidity”, I'd offer a mild defense of the Schools that appear to have drifted off course. Maybe it was "drift" or die? Lately, I've been coming to meme that "maybe it's better to die on the FIRST hill than withdraw to the SECOND one." Eventually you retreat into the sea and die anyway. Like the fellow says about the Jews and the Camps, when do you fight? Now, what's worth fighting over? Isn't the war lost when you surrender the first hill?]

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Jan 19, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Wilkens, Peter H. [MC1985] Lead AppDev at Forsyth Cnty BoE


Wilkens, Peter H. [MC1985]
Professional Software Programmer
Lead Application Software Developer
at Forsyth County Board of Education
Greater Atlanta Area
Education Management

Summary: I am a strong believer in the principals of goal-setting, power performance and financial independence as described by Zig Ziglar, Roger Dawson and Brian Tracy (respectively). In 1989, I bought a self-help tape by Zig Ziglar (“See You At The Top”), and it literally changed my life. Today I continue to live by Ziglar’s advice, but also by the life principles described by Roger Dawson in his “Secrets to Power Performance”, which include successful life strategies in addition to business success.

Specialties: SQL 2008, .NET Visual Studio, Crystal Reports, VB6, ASP 2.0, Xcelsius, Adobe Creative Suite, Windows 7

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Jan 19, 2011 

ADMINISTRIVIA: Opened up “Jaspers who Kindle”

Opened up “Jaspers who Kindle” over in the “backlot”.


Of course, if anyone has updates, I’m glad to update the list.

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I created the “backlot” to collect pages on free Google site.


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I put my things on “Jaspers who Kindle” … …

… … including the Jasper Jottings Daily and Weekly blogs for 99¢/month.

(Wow, I’m gonna be rich!)

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Jan 20, 2011 

JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) remembers “Jesus Walk for Social Justice”

Dear CIC,

I have thinking quite a bit about the federal government’s denial of Manhattan College’s status as a Catholic school. Although I quite agree with you that the government has no business telling religious instituions that they are not what they claim to be, I must say that Manhattan since I went there is what I like to refer to as Catholic with a small c college. Although Mass was offered on the weekends for those who chose to go, and some religious events were held ( I particularly remember the Stations of the Cross turned into “Jesus Walk for Social Justice” one Lent) the emphasis on campus was overwhelmingly secular. I understand that with fewer Brothers would lead to less emphasis on the faith, I feel that the administrations of that time and later purposely chose to deemphsise religion. There was still a religion requirement in my time (I have no idea if there still is), but one could avoid studying the Catholic faith if one so chose. In the later years the invitation to speakers such as Dr. Peter Singer, a noted proponent of infanticide, in direct oppostion to the United States Bishops norms only increased my suspicions. I am only surprised that they have not given Obama an honorary degree. Except for the Brother’s Chapel and a few statues of religious, what is the difference between MC and say, Pace?

Kevin Moore

[JR: Well, us fat old white guy injineers ain't much into this thinking stuff. Nor are we much into being "Holy"; it's hard enough being always "Right". (In the sense of "correct"; as opposed to "political". But many of us are that too.) I remember the Angelus Bell turned off, or was it down, to avoid noise complaints. Can't see a Muslim doing that! I know that the "barbarians from down the hill" were all over the spectrum from big to little "C". I remember getting forced into all sorts of Theology that stretched my thinking. (That hurt. And interfered with "other activities". DIdn't know it was "avoidable". I was good at "avoiding". Must have missed that.) BHO44 gets his honors from other CINO schools; not MC. What's the diff? From my personal experience, the technology committee prays for guidance to make good technology decisions for the school and students. Bet that doesn't happen at Pace. And however "Catholic" the students and the parents are, they've invested their time, money, and Faith in MC . That MC will "grow" the child. In DIKW (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom), and "Faith"? However one defines that. Maybe it's "faithfulness". I dunno. But, MC is a "dream catcher"? And, the Gooferment is infringing on a lot of hopes and dreams; not just MC. That's the diff. If we don't "die" on this hill, then which one do we fight on? Or do we just go quietly to the "trains" and the "camps". Remember those don't have to be physical places. The Gooferment has changed American into one big camp in my lifetime alone. Doesn't "Abortion" qualify as mass murder? Same as a gas chamber, except the meme is concealed and the paradigm hidden! But I'm not much into this thinking stuff.]

Moore, Kevin (MC1980)

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Jan 20, 2011 

JOBIT: Tucker, Joseph “Joe” [MC???? RIP]


Joseph Joe Tucker

Joseph “Joe” Tucker, 79, of Bluffton, SC, beloved husband of the late Maureen Delea Tucker, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL.

A Korean War Veteran, Joe served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines and was educated at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

Joe was the loving father of two sons, Gregory (Susan) Tucker of Las Vegas, NV, and Wayne (Sharon) Tucker of Sparkhill, NY, and three daughters, Sharon (Hank) Miller of New Rochelle, NY, Keryn Tucker (Keith Borgeson) of Chicago, IL and Megan (Sebastian) Hauer of Chicago, IL; cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren, Lauren, Eileen, Brett, Matthew, Alex, Sophie, and Lucie; proud great-grandfather of Addison; devoted brother of Harriet (Walter) Johnsen and dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Memorial masses will be celebrated in Highland Park, IL and Bluffton, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Evanston Hospital, Northshore University Health System Foundation, 1033 University Place, Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201.

Published in The Island Packet from January 20 to February 20, 2011


Tucker, Joseph “Joe” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/islandpacket/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-tucker&pid=147937818&cid=full


Jan 20, 2011 

JNEWS: Barlos, Athanasios [MC1982] opens Miami downtown restaurant


Posted on Thu, Jan. 20, 2011
A chic, Greek downtown addition
Linda Bladholm / For The Miami Herald

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Athanasios Barlos left one sun-kissed land for another when he came to South Florida from Greece. He recently opened Pega Modern Greek Grill in downtown, where customers can sit under an umbrella on Flagler Street and enjoy a Greek burger or authentic Greek salad (no lettuce).

Greek cuisine is an amalgam of influences including Byzantine, Balkan, Turkish and Venetian. To say it’s ancient is an understatement; the first known Greek cookbook was written in 320 B.C.

Barlos grew up helping his mother cook. He studied international trade in France and earned a degree in business administration at Manhattan College in New York, returning to Greece to open an Italian restaurant in the heart of Athens. After visiting a friend in Miami, he relocated here in 1992 and went on to run Elia and Ariston restaurants.

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Barlos, Athanasios [MC????]

[JR: It is the moral duty of all Florida Jaspers to trek to the restaurant and have a meal.]


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Dear John,

   I have Mr. Barlos listed in both 1982 and 1983 Classes.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I'd call it 1982½, but then I'm a clown. We'll call it "82?" until we hear differently.]

Barlos, Athanasios [MC1982]

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Jan 20, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Senor, Eliot [MC1984] President at Hometec Inspections Inc.


Senor, Eliot [MC1984]
President at Hometec Inspections Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

Company Website http://www.gabrielesenorpc.com/

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Jan 20, 2011

JFOUND: Bracken, Don [MC1958] publisher of History Publishing Company


How to Hold on to Your Job and Even Move Upward
Thursday January 20, 2011 | Author: Brian Summers | Posted in Jobs

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If you are interested in learning more about How to Hold on to Your Job and Even Move Upward. Then check our complete Careers Employment section.

Is your company cutting back? Are lay-offs the current topic making the rounds in the office? Do you feel uncertain about things because you are not part of the “in” group? Would you feel better moving up a rung on the ladder and getting out of the danger zone?

There is a way to move into the comfort zone in your organization and avoid those lay-offs. You can move into the “unofficial” power group that the real power group in your organization relies on to get things done. And it is not that hard. Here are three simple tips recommended by organization expert James J. Heaphey.

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Don Bracken is the publisher of History Publishing Company http://www.historypublishingco.com and under its imprint Today’s Books, published “How to Survive in an Organization” by James Heaphey.

He is author of numerous articles for newspapers and magazines on such diverse subjects as special education, economics, marketing, stress control and ancient Euriopean history. He also has written two books “Career of Gold: Defeat Age Bias By Re-Careering For The Second Half of Your Life,” for Today’s Books and The Words of War, The Birth of modern American journalism in the Civil War for History Publishing Company. He is a graduate of Manhattan College and resides in Palsades, NY.

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Bracken, Don [MC????]

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I believe that Donagh J. Bracken is a member of the class of 1958.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Bracken, Don [MC1958]

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Jan 20, 2011 

JHQ: Orce, Kenneth W. [MC1965] MC’s BoT


January 13, 2011


RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College is pleased to announce that Kenneth W. Orce ’65, senior counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP, and an Edgemont, N.Y., resident, has recently been elected to Manhattan College’s board of trustees. Orce, a successful and experienced corporate and securities partner for more than 35 years at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, represents a wide range of leading domestic and foreign entities including insurance, financial service and investment companies.

Graduating cum laude from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s in political science in 1965, Orce went on to graduate from Harvard Law School as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He soon joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel and became partner in 1976. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee from 1991 until his retirement as partner at the end of 2010.

During Orce’s career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, he has led several internal corporate investigations in a range of industries, frequently involving complex regulatory, enforcement and disclosure issues. He also often advises boards of directors, as well as audit, governance, compensation and special committees and corporate managements on governance, corporate and securities matters. He has been a member of the board of directors of two Fortune 500 companies and has served at various times as a member and chairman of the audit committees and governance and nominating committees of those companies.

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Orce, Kenneth W. [MC1965]

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Jan 20, 2011 

JHQ: New Irish Exhibition in O’Malley Library


New Irish Exhibition in O’Malley Library

Manhattan College is now featuring a new exhibition in the lobby of O’Malley Library entitled “Selected Images of Ireland by Alen MacWeeney.”

MacWeeney is especially known for his ability to artistically photograph interiors, countrysides, portraits and even people’s inner lives. His work has appeared in LIFE, The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, GEO, Fortune, Harper’s Bazaar, Smithsonian, Esquire, American Photographer and G.Q. In addition, his photos are in many private collections and in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.  

The collection was donated to the College in 2008 and remains part of the permanent collection of the Manhattan College archives.

January 18, 2011 Featured News Item

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Jan 20, 2011 

JHQ: MC Teacher Recruitment Event 02 March @ 1430

Teacher Recruitment Event
Wed, March 2, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Manhattan College Public Events Calendar
Created by cindy.duggan

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Jan 20, 2011 

JVIDEO: NCAA 800m Champion ’95 MC — Williams, Mike [MC1996]


TheMaster1480 | January 20, 2011 | 0 likes, 0 dislikes

Manhattan College 800m NCAA Indoor champion ’95

[JR: Might be heresy, but I know nothing about running. Other than you get sweaty and I am always looking at people's butts. Of course, any time a Jasper comes out on top, that's news worthy to me. Strange though. Why upload it now? Can anyone amplify? I just find "stuff"!]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Mike may be a member of the Class of 1996.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Williams, Mike [MC1996]

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Jan 21, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: O’Sullivan, Mike Roger [MC1994] C++ Engineer at FEXCO


O’Sullivan, Mike Roger [MC1994]
C++ Engineer at FEXCO
Financial Services

Summary: Roles including Designer, Inspector, Engineer, Mentor, Team Leader, Manager. Special Interests including Performance Management, Team Building and Team Dynamics.


* Embedded SW, C/C++, Payment Card Industry, EMV.

* Linux, Oracle, SQL, Python, Clearcase, Multisite, DDTS, SDH, Solaris, Perl, Myers-Briggs,Fortran, C, Equities, High-Availability Distributed Databases.

* CIBSE, ASHRAE, Simultaneous Heat Gain Demand, Psychrometrics and Specialist Building Fabrics. Bulk Food Chemicals Food Processing.Mike Roger O Sullivan

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Jan 21, 2011 

JHQ: Manhattan Monthly


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Jan 21, 2011 

JUPDATE: Boyle, Patrick G. (MC1975)

Boyle, Patrick G. (MC1975)

[JR: Signed up for the Distribute Jasper Jottings yahoo group. Always room for more readers and contributors.]

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Jan 21, 2011 

MFOUND: MC goes to the “Ethics Bowl”


January 20, 2011: Volume 78, Number 13
The Chronicle
Ethics Bowl team gives strong showing

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Once again Union’s Ethics Bowl team competed in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl at the end of fall team. This year’s tournament was hosted by Dartmouth and featured 20 teams from 17 colleges.

Union, the defending champion, advanced to the tournament portion of the competition, but was eliminated by Colgate in the quarterfinals on a split decision. Stevens Institute of Technology won, beating Dartmouth in the final round.

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In addition to Union, Colgate, Dartmouth and Stevens Institute of Technology, teams competed from: Bard College, Buffalo State College, Concordia University, Elmira College, Franklin Pierce University, SUNY Fredonia, Manhattan College, Marist College, Merrimack College, Moravian College, College of Notre Dame, St. John’s University, Saint Joseph College and Simon’s Rock.

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[JR: Always have to find out "good stuff" from others. Won't see it on ESPN, but it might be more important that what they show.]

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Jan 21, 2011 

MFOUND: MC; secularization may now cost it dearly


Just Deserts

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Manhattan College, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, like so many Catholic colleges and universities these days, is embarrassed by its Catholic past and does its best to eschew it. Employees are not required to be remotely religious or even believe in God. Little instruction in Catholicism is required of students, who may spend their entire tenure at the college without ever setting foot into the chapel. The faculty, formerly staffed by the Christian Brothers, was long ago laicized and the college website makes only slight and passing reference to the institution’s Catholic heritage (an on-campus shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes is quaintly referred to as a “religious symbol”) and stresses the college’s “independence.” To put it pithily, Manhattan College “used to be Catholic” (to quote the Preppy Handbook on Georgetown University).

Unfortunately for Manhattan College, however, its proud secularization may now cost it dearly. Adjunct professors, the navvies of academe, have waged a long and bitter campaign to be permitted union elections, an effort strongly resisted by the college administration, which insists the college is a religious institution within the Holy Catholic Church and is thus exempt, unlike its non-religious counterparts, from allowing union elections; indeed, the administration has used a slew of legal tactics to forestall them. Last week the National Labor Relations Board ruled against the college administration and ordered the elections to take place, virtually guaranteeing in the future the administration will have to engage in collective bargaining with the odious American Federation of Teachers, which represents the adjuncts.

I should state I have little sympathy for adjunct professors.

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That said, however, I have even less sympathy for Catholic college administrators who, while loudly proclaiming their institutions’ autonomy from Holy Church, her teachings and influence (in order to establish bona-fides with left-wing faculties, including the adjuncts), scurry behind the First Amendment for protection when their immensely profitable workhorses demand a greater piece of the action. The NLRB saw right through this ruse and in its decision states so clearly.

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[JR: MC's getting a good roasting in the blogosphere. Guess there is only one question. The following entry can be found in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Elizabeth Knowles, Ed. 5th Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 224: "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right." Attributed to a newspaperman who wanted some information about Broadway Jones in 1912. Might as well get into people's minds; even if it's not for what we'd like to be remembered as. Have to salvage something.]

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Jan 22, 2011

JOBIT: Burnham, William Joseph III [MC1962 RIP]



William Joseph Burnham III, 71, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on January 20, 2011.

Bill was born February 6, 1939 in New York City, son of the late William Joseph Burnham II and Katherine Manion Burnham. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and earned a B.A. at Manhattan College. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he led an EOD team at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, WA. Upon returning East, Bill and Pat settled in Ballston Spa, the town in which his father was born and grew up, and raised seven children. He had a fulfilling career of almost three decades at General Electric in Schenectady, NY.

In retirement, he devoted himself to his family and his grandchildren, and enjoyed extensive traveling with Pat. For the past ten years he volunteered with Caritas, a respite program, both as an in-home volunteer and board member. In 2010 the organization named him Director Emeritus, honoring his dedication and contributions to the organization. Bill was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish in Ballston Spa, serving as a lector for many years. Bill was an avid gardener, gentleman farmer, a die-hard Mets fan, and he loved nothing better than a good party with family and friends. His life embodied the qualities of a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and faithful friend. A man of generosity and good will, his life will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his brother, Clement P. Burnham, and his brother-in-law, Dr. John Lloyd. Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia Coen Burnham; his children, Jennifer Nardacci (Michael) of Arlington, VA, Rebecca Burnham of Saratoga Springs, Julianne Gaynor of Albany, Mary Rose Burnham (Steven) of Saratoga Springs, William Joseph Burnham IV (Mary) of Onancock, VA, Emily Burnham (Fred) of Brooklyn, and Benjamin Burnham (Kristin) of Fairfield, CT; his sisters, Suzanne Gallagher (John) of Ossining, NY, and Kathleen Lloyd (John) of Clinton, NY; nine grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Burnham home, 28 Columbia Avenue, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. The family requests donations to St. Mary’s Parish and School, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, or Caritas Services, 142 Bay Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. To light a candle, visit us at www.mevecfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on January 22, 2011


Burnham, William Joseph III [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dailygazette/guestbook.aspx?n=william-burnham&pid=147966919&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1962.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Burnham, William Joseph III [MC1962 RIP]

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10:12 AM (10 hours ago)

JOBIT: Witkowski, Richard S. “Dick” [MC1964 RIP]


Richard S. “Dick” Witkowski  

January 20, 2011. Survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sheila; he was a devoted father to his children, Catherine (Victor) Changanaqui and Michael (Shanna) Witkowski; grandson, Matthew; brother, Gregory (Beverly) Witkowski; niece and nephews. Dick received his Bachelor’s Degree at Manhattan College in 1964, his M.S. at the New School for Social Research and his MPH at the University of Michigan.

Calling hours, Sunday 1-4 at the RICHARD H. KEENAN FUNERAL HOME, (EGYPT LOCATION) 7501 PITTSFORD-PALMYRA RD., Fairport. Funeral Mass, Monday 10 AM at St. John of Rochester Church, Fairport. Interment, White Haven. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Allegany ARC, 240 O’Connor St. Wellsville, NY 14895, where he served as the CEO for 22 years.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from January 22 to January 23, 2011


Witkowski, Richard S. “Dick” [MC1964 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/democratandchronicle/guestbook.aspx?n=richard-witkowski&pid=147965124&cid=full



John: MC grad (’64) http://t.co/3W1xYd7 Regards. Insull, Bob (MC1963)

[JR: Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated.]

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Jan 22, 2011

ADMINISTRIVIA: “Win Free Textbooks”?


Pack Draddy Gymnasium Sunday to Win Free Textbooks Release: 01/21/2011

One Lucky Student Will Win Textbooks For The Semester! Could It Be You?

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College students are encouraged to help pack the Jasper Jungle on Sunday for the Jaspers’ televised men’s basketball contest with Saint Peter’s.

[JR: Have to "bribe" the students to come to a game' what does that say about the the of the union?]

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Jan 22, 2011

JNEWS: Calogero, Catherine [MC????] a Lasallian Vounteer


Beyond school: John XXIII Educational Center helps students with more than academics
LEE B. ROBERTS | Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:15 am

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(image credit Scott Anderson @ Journal Times)

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The center also gets help from Lasallian Volunteers, such as Catherine Calogero, who has developed various incentive programs for the students and created a library as part of her work at the center this year. A graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in chemistry, Calogero’s science background has also been beneficial to students who often struggle with homework in that area, Heck said.

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Calogero, Catherine [MC????]

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Jan 22, 2011

JVIDEO: Cetinski, Andreas [MC1992]


“I Can Feel You, Baby” original song by Andreas Cetinski

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Cetinski, Andreas [MC1992]

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Jan 22, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Bornkamp, Donald Jr. [MC1985] Proj Mgr at The Liro Group


Bornkamp, Donald Jr. [MC1985]
Associate and Project Manager at The Liro Group
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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Jan 21, 2011

Comment on JVIDEO: NCAA 800m Champ Williams, Mike[MC1996] 

by Carolyn Predmore

While it has been a while since the meet, I liked watching it and am glad it was shared.

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Jan 21, 2011 

Comment on JOY: Kurtoglu, Muriel Aylin [MC????] weds 

by Konstantine Rountos [MC2005]

Fellow Jaspers,

Muriel is class of 2007.


[JR: Congrats, Konstantine. Always glad to report great news.]

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Jan 22, 2011

ENDNOTE: Marquette University “cino”?


Catholic Marquette University Hires Pro-Abortion Russ Feingold
by Steven Ertelt | Milwaukee, WI | LifeNews.com | 1/6/11 7:01 PM

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Marquette University is finding itself on the wrong side of the pro-life debate as it has chosen to hire pro-abortion former Senator Russ Feingold.

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That’s not good enough for Joshua Mercer of Catholic Vote.

“Wisconsin voters kicked Sen. Russ Feingold out of office, so what happens at Marquette University, a Catholic school in Milwaukee? They just gave him a job,” he said. “Catholic voters in Wisconsin are all too familiar with Feingold’s pro-abortion and anti-family agenda. He had a 100% pro-abortion rating from NARAL and he also favored eliminating marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman.”

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[JR: Anyone protecting the "Catholic" brand? If this is the hill that The Church says is worth dying on, (And I think "they" are right!), then it should strip it's brand from any of it's components that goes rogue. Immediately! Argh.]

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