JASPER JOTTINGS Week 18 - 2012 April 29     

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




POSITRACTION: The sad history of the decline of the family and the manly man


A History of the American Bachelor: Part III — The 20th and 21st Century
by Brett & Kate McKay on April 18, 2012

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During both World Wars, the United States used conscription and relied primarily on bachelors to quickly raise their troop levels. While both single and married men were required to register for the draft, married men with dependents were sometimes given deferments, while single men shipped out.

Before heading off to war, young GIs often decided to tie the knot with their girlfriends, ensuring they’d have love and support from the home front and someone to look forward to coming back to. Once the war was over, the men who returned still single had had their fill of violence, deprivation, and living in an all-male environment, and were more than ready to trade their ditches and cots for the tranquility and domestic comforts of hearth and home, along with the touch (and delicious meatloaf) of a woman.

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Today’s young bachelor often doesn’t have that same understanding nor the societal expectations of his predecessors. He also rarely has a group of positive, older male mentors to help balance his masculine desires to act out with some wisdom on how to segue into approaching life more maturely. Diminished expectations towards young, single men, coupled with a more crude, and in many ways less mature notion of masculinity, has resulted in a new, lowest common denominator idea of the bachelor: The Bro.

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Trends indicate that both men and women are marrying less. Only 51% of the adult population today is married. Most experts expect single folks to outnumber marrieds in the next few years–the first time that has happened in America’s history. While co-habitation without marriage has increased over 1500% since the 1960s, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of people choosing the single life (people not forming long-term relationships) has been increasing in the past 10 years as well.

There’s also an interesting trend taking place once you parse the general numbers further. While the percentage of people marrying has fallen for all socioeconomic groups, the decline has been much steeper for the poor and working classes. For college-educated, white collar people, the marriage rate has only declined 11% since 1960; in that same period, the marriage rate for blue collar workers without a college education declined 36%. The divorce rate among the college-educated is much less than the general population as well–just 11%. Thus it is possible that marriage will come to be seen as sort of a privilege and status symbol for the upper classes, which might make endless bachelorhood less sexy–something associated with being lower class.

At any rate, with America’s shifting attitudes towards marriage and the sub-optimal economic conditions in the United States right now,  bachelorhood will probably extend further into a man’s adult life for the foreseeable future.

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Very interesting.

Culturally, the Wars (continual) are a contra-survival for the species as the "strongest" males (i.e., "warriors") are taken out for the gene pool and the "defectives" (i.e., non-warior losers like criminals, welfare recipients, and drug addicts) are encouraged to breed. Add to that the "sexual revolution" that deceives men, as well as women, into random casual sex as opposed to creating families, which are essential to the survival of the species. And, you have a formula for the death of the human race.

Maybe the fellow in the funny white hat calling this a "culture of death" isn't such a wack a do?

Throw in the insane "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs" and homosexuality! You've got a mix for the decline of the species.

Finally put everyone on the dole to get "free lunch" with train out any natural ability to survive. (Example, Katrina floods and people died waiting for rescue when their forefathers would have just made their own way. Example, decades after the flood, people are still living in temporary, substandard, or even destroyed housing, waiting for outside "help".)

It's insane and reflected in the birth rate falling below the replacement rate in most "First World" countries.

I'm sure my fellow alums can see the way out of this. A return to morality and ethics. Reward achievement and eliminate the dole for the able bodied. But, I can't see how it happens. Hope I'm wrong. I'm sure I'm wrong. Usually, humans ALWAYS find away. That's why dictators fail and there are drugs in prisons.

Dona Nobis Pacem.

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JNEWS: Steuer, Joseph T. [MC1972] Peirce College BoT


Friday, April 6, 2012
Peirce welcomes new members to board of trustees
Posted by Editor on Friday, April 06, 2012

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Welcome to the newest additions to the Peirce College Board of Trustees, Mark Edwards and Joseph T. Steuer.

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Steuer is a senior financial executive with a diverse business background and an outstanding record of achievement with both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Manhattan College and a Masters in finance from New York University.

A Certified Public Accountant of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, Steuer is active in a number of organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania State Society of CPAs, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Greater Philadelphia chapter, the Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, and the Barnes Arboretum Advisory Council. He lives in Blue Bell, Pa.

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Steuer, Joseph T. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1972.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Steuer, Joseph T. [MC1972]

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JOBIT: Flynn, James K. (Jim) [MC1973 RIP]



FLYNN--James K. (Jim), passed away of cardiac arrest, at home at the age of 63.

Jim was born on September 16, 1948 and was welcomed into heaven by his parents, Daniel and Catherine Flynn on April 20, 2012. Jim supported and was an active alumni of Manhattan College.

His service with the U.S. army was shortened as a result of injuries. As a disabled Veteran, Jim was co-owner of the popular Pinewood Bar and took over the family business, The FergusII Catering after the death of his father, both long standing establishments in Riverdale.

After a long career in the Financial community which included positions with Bankers Trust, O'Neill & Feldman, LFRothschild & Company and finally Ameriprise. Jim then retired to his beach home at the Jersey Shore which was a "home away from home" for many of his friends and family.

He will be deeply missed by his loving siblings Maureen Harrington, Donald Flynn (Alanna) Joan Nevin (Thomas), Kathleen Kelleher-Sheridan (Paul), and his Twin brother John (Christine). He will also be greatly missed by his 13 nieces, nephews and their families.

Jim was a great history buff, loved the beauty of the New Jersey Shore, helping others and most of all his friends and family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York on Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 to 9:00pm; Wednesday, April 25, 2:00-5:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 9:45am at Saint Margaret of Cortona in Bronx, NY followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of floral remembrances, donations can be made to the KIND Foundation, 4880 Donald Ross Road, Suite 110, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418. This charity assists children with learning disabilities and is already being supported by our families.

Published in The New York Times on April 22, 2012


Flynn, James K. (Jim) [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nytimes/guestbook.aspx?n=james-flynn&pid=157183109&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1973.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Flynn, James K. (Jim) [MC1973 RIP]

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JOBIT: Mercurio, Sister Thomas Angela [MC???? RIP]


Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports:

Sister Thomas Angela Mercurio, CSJ is a Manhattan College graduate.

From "The Long Island Catholic" edition of Wednesday April 18, 2012.

Sister Thomas Angela Mercurio, CSJ | The Long Island Catholic    www.licatholic.org

BRENTWOOD —  Sister Thomas Angela Mercurio, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died in Maria Regina Residence here April 7 in the 72nd year of her religious life.

She entered the congregation in 1940. She earned her B.A. from Manhattan College and her M.A. in English from St. John’s University. Her certification in administration followed in 1968 from St. Joseph’s College.

Prior to teaching English in high school, she ministered in Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park (1942-44); St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor (1944-45); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Long Island City (1945-49); St. Matthew’s, (1949-51); St. Michael’s, (1951-54); and St. Mary Mother of Jesus, all of Brooklyn (1954-56).

She taught at St. Pascal Baylon High School, St. Albans (1956-59, 1966-68, 1970-74); St. Brendan’s Diocesan High School, Brooklyn (1959-66); St. Teresa of Avila as Superior/Principal (1968-70); St. Mel’s, Flushing (1974-76); Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead (1974-78); and St. Agnes High School, College Point (1978-82). She also served at The Ferrini Welfare League in Ozone Park as immigrant counselor-director (1982-93).

Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Resurrection-Ascension Church on April 10, burial in Calvary Cemetery here.

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Mercurio, Sister Thomas Angela [MC???? RIP]

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JFOUND: Lou’s (Saulino, Lou [MC1970]) good friend, Carriero, Joe [MC1970]


Lou’s good friend from Manhattan College, Joe Carriero
April 20, 2012
By LouCreative

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Mickey, Duke, or Willie?

New York baby boomers bled for the centerfielder trio.Mickey, Duke, and Willie played the game with zesty baseball brio.

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To sum things up, it would have been an error, very silly. To choose a baseball hero not named Mickey, Duke, or Willie.

- Joe Carriero

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[JR: No idea if it's our MC? It's a hard short read.]

Carriero, Joe [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Joe Carriero is a member of the Class of 1970 and blogger Lou Saulino is also a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Changing my personal scoreboard to a double JFOUND. Good for me! Yes, the CIC tries to measure everything. That's why he's such a bad clerk.]

Carriero, Joe [MC1970]

Saulino, Lou [MC1970]

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JLINKEDIN: Trentacosta, John [MC1974] CEO at Newtown Savings Bank

[JR: LINKEDIN, trying to force folks to subscribe, sends "teasers". So my weekly query for new Jaspers on LINKEDIN sometimes gives enough to find folks.]

John T.  (3rd degree connection)
President and CEO Bringing 40 Years of Strategic Financial Expertise and Community Involvement to Newtown Savings Bank    Greater New York City Area Banking

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[JR: I hit Google with "Newtown Savings Bank" which yielded their domain name: "nsbonline.com".]

[JR: Then, I searched Google with "CEO site:nsbonline.com" which gave me a link to a PDF story.]


Newtown Savings Bank President Named to Federal Reserve Bank ...

www.nsbonline.com/.../...File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View

Mar 1, 2011 – The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently announced that John Trentacosta, President & CEO of. Newtown Savings Bank, was named to ...

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[JR: That expanded to this story.]

March, 2011
Newtown Savings Bank President Named to Federal Reserve Bank of NY CDIA Council

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently announced that John Trentacosta, President & CEO of Newtown Savings Bank, was named to the newly created Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). Mr. Trentacosta is the sole representative from a Connecticut Bank. The other ten advisors are from New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.

The purpose of CDIAC is to provide information and insight to the New York Fed from the perspective of community depository institutions, and will replace the New York Fed’s Thrift Institutions Advisory Panel. The council will meet twice a year to discuss regional economic and financial conditions, and other issues affecting community depository institutions. The full announcement can be found at http://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/news/aboutthefed/2011/an110304.html.

Newtown Savings Bank is a mutual community bank headquartered in Newtown, CT with over $900 million in assets. The Bank has 14 branches in Newtown, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Monroe, Shelton, Southbury, Trumbull and Woodbury. For more information and location details visit www.nsbonline.com or call 800.461.0672.

Submitted by: Tanya Wulff Truax, VP/Marketing & Public Relations Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470 Tel: 203.426.4440 ext 3079 TTruax@nsbonline.com

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[JR: Then, back to Google with <John Trentacosta" site:linkedin.com> which links to the following]

John Trentacosta
President and CEO
Bringing 40 Years of Strategic Financial Expertise and Community Involvement to Newtown Savings Bank
Newtown, Connecticut    

President & CEO at Newtown Savings Bank

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Bank of New Haven

Iona College       
Manhattan College

Public Profile

As the President/CEO of Newtown Savings Bank, I’m a seasoned financial executive with nearly 40 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. My direct experience includes roles as Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CEO.

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Trentacosta, John [MC1974]

[JR: And that, my fellow Jaspers, is the fine art of finding our fellow alums. AKA what happens when the CIC has insomnia.]

[JR: By the way, I've shown a success. You don't want to know how many don't pan out.]

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MVIDEO: First test ride MC HPVC


TROGDOR THE BURNINATOR (first test ride Manhattan College HPVC)

Published on Apr 20, 2012 by dpoulos1231

This is the first test ride for the Manhattan College Human Powered Vehicle Team on the newly built Trogdor the Burninator trike. HAHAHA TORGDOR STRIKES AGAIN!!!

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[JR: The Jasper version of the Wright Brothers? Should had it front of the sign. Security probably would have ticketed them for something.]

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JOY: Davis, Kyle [MC2009] engaged


Engagements: Tiffany O'Leary & Kyle Davis
Apr. 22, 2012

O'Leary ~ Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Bob O'Leary of Red Hook, NY are thrilled to announce the engagement of their wonderful and amazing daughter, Tiffany Lynn, of Marlboro, NY to Kyle Davis of Marlboro, NY. Kyle is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Davis of Wallkill NY.

Tiffany is a 2005 graduate of Red Hook High School and a 2009 graduate of Siena College. She recently earned her Master of Science in Information Science from Albany State University. She is currently employed as Curriculum Librarian at Mount Saint Mary College.

Kyle is a 2004 Graduate of Valley Central High School and a 2009 Graduate of Manhattan College. He recently earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He is currently employed as Project Engineer by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

A May 11, 2013 wedding is planned at St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, with a reception following at Christos in Poughkeepsie.

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Davis, Kyle [MC2009]

[JR: Mozel Tov. The third best kind of "joy" is engagements. But I'll take any "joy", I can get. Congrats to the groom for the sales job.]

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JNEWS: Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] golf benefit 5/1 Newton Country Club


Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] golf benefit 5/1 Newton Country Club

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[JR: Even if you don't play golf, you can send a check for our fellow alum. Amazing how generous people can be. Jude seems to think that they are going to have a great result. Let's knock his socks off. If you've forgotten what this is all about, then you can pull all the stories about it using this link: http://jasperjottings-daily.com/tag/veliz/]

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JLINKEDIN: Bostelman, Rob [MC????] Managing Partner at Gerritsen Capital


Bostelman, Rob [MC????]
Managing Partner at Gerritsen Capital
Maywood, New Jersey    
Investment Management

Manhattan College

Manhattan College
Bachelor's degree, Finance/Computer Information Systems
Activities and Societies: Baseball Team

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[JR: GOJASPERS produced no results. Turned over to McEneney, Mike (MC1953) for a Class Year.]

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JHQ: Philosophy Rentaro Hashimoto does 5 decades at MC

Tweet by "MCNewsRoom" as "@MCNewsRoom":

Professor of philosophy Rentaro Hashimoto makes lasting impression at MC with nearly 50 years of service. http://bit.ly/J58Fds

[JR: This tweet pointed at an MC presser that CHANGEDETECT missed? Argh!]

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Ageless Wisdom, Youthful Heart
Posted on April 17, 2012
Long-Serving Philosophy Professor Makes Lasting Impression

From humming Don Giovanni arias in the halls, to the unique way he conducts a class, associate professor of philosophy Rentaro Hashimoto, Ph.D. is one of the most memorable and beloved professors at Manhattan College.

Hashimoto started at Manhattan College nearly 50 years ago, in the fall of 1962. During his long tenure at the College, he has served as department chair and has taught a wide range of philosophy courses. His inspirational energy and ability to engage his students have made Hashimoto one of the most well-known and beloved professors on campus.

“He’s very young at heart,” says David Bollert, Ph.D., a fellow faculty member in the philosophy department. “He’s in his early 80s, and he has the wisdom of someone who’s in his early 80s, but he genuinely has the heart of someone many decades younger. And that type of energy, that type of bearing, is very healthy for the department.”

“I think he is so well-received because he removes the wall between human being and professional,” says Piara Ciccone ’10, a sociology major. “He’s not afraid to be warm, to say what’s on his heart, be affectionate, or even just be silly. In that way, I think he is able to make an impression on people on a deeper level.”

Before becoming a professor, Hashimoto had not stopped to look to the future.

“I didn’t plan to do anything,” Hashimoto says. “I was a professional student.”

Hashimoto received his B.A. from City College of New York, his M.A. from the University of Mexico, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University. Having always had a love for languages, Hashimoto did not foresee himself teaching, but he “kind of wandered into philosophy.” His experiences in Mexico taught him more than just what he learned in the classroom.

“It’s not so much what I learned in school, but being exposed to the culture was more educational,” Hashimoto says. “What amused me was how relaxed Mexicans were about education. What I learned from that was education should be fun. It shouldn’t be a grim progress as it is for so many teachers and students. So I incorporated that element in my teaching.”
In the classroom, Hashimoto looks to engage as many students in the class discussion as possible. He looks at his engagement with his students using a metaphor.

“I use kind of a baseball image,” Hashimoto says. “The teacher, as the pitcher, has to have many pitches in his repertoire — highball, low balls, curve balls. But if you pitch too low, then the brighter students get bored, so you have to surprise them.”
“He’s been here since 1962, and if I had my way, he’d be here for another 50 years.”

Hashimoto often teaches the PHIL 150 Roots: Philosophy course, which many students take as part of their core curriculum requirements. While many of Hashimoto’s students are not philosophy majors, he hopes that teaching them about philosophy can inform their lives well beyond graduation.

“I don’t expect [all of my students] to become philosophers or philosophy majors,” Hashimoto says. “But regardless of what they major in, I like to think that philosophy, even though they don’t expect it, will be in some way useful in their lives.”

“Even if philosophy isn't necessarily your thing, when taught by Hashimoto, it translates well to other disciplines,” says Stephanie Brooks ’13, a communication major.

With his many years dedicated to the institution, Hashimoto has seen the College adapt and face challenges that only a professor having taught that long could fully understand. With this knowledge, he provides a valuable viewpoint on the school.

“He has seen Manhattan College go through a number of significant changes, as we’ve seen significant cultural changes in the United States over the last 50 years,” says Bollert. “He’s been here since 1962, and if I had my way, he’d be here for another 50 years.”
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[JR: A real Jasper maker!]

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JNEWS: Veliz, Tierney [MC2011] benefit update

Jude DiGidio, CFP emailed:

A quick update with 8 days to go, a friend of the Hampton Rotary Club has donated a week at the Orlando Marriot grand Vista for a week for the Veliz family last Thursday night, we are  at the moment closing in on 90 golfers, 3 weeks ago 24. Many more tee signs have been sold and many more ads as well. We have picked up a dinner and a cocktail hour sponsorships, with a few more in the works.

I had the pleasure of seeing Tierney and Rose and the youngest daughter Marina for a few hours on Friday night, even though Tierney is battling an infection, she is sharp as I ever seen her, and very excited about coming to the golf outing. Last summer she was still at Kessler rehabbing and she could not attend the event at her home town of Fredon.

Her lawyer, Kevin Kutyla has suggested to Tierney that she should become a spokesperson for patients rights, I could not think of anyone better myself. My suggestion going forward would be this, this is a special event. If you know of a person or company that would want to participate in the highlight of our club's career, and possibly the event of the year in Sussex county, please don’t be shy. Ask them to join in with us. Our club has done many a fundraiser in our 30 yerrs but we have never had this kind of response for an event.

We have been successful so far, no doubt, but way more to accomplish yet. The dreams of helping people never ends; the cause in making our club a beacon of hope for good causes continues to grow. People are still hungry, kids are cold in winter, seniors are left alone, women are battered, the war still rages but the we fight on. With all the help from Manhattan College alumni, to the anonymous donors, become an army that is strong, but we can never be strong enough for total victory. That is left for someone way stronger than us. Keep up the good work, guys. I never dreamed of having so much fun, getting this lucky, and feeling this good, Jude

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[JR: Seems like the event is doing well. But, there's never enough to do EVERYTHING. That service dog may need some dog food. Chip in?]

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JHQ: MC Financial Services Advisory Council Th 03 May @ 1800

The Manhattan College Financial Services Advisory Council
cordially invite (sic) you to attend the 10th annual spring reception featuring

* Robert J. Chersi Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer | Fidelity Investments

* Charles Geisst, Ph.D.

* Amb. Charles A. Gargano Professor of Global Economics & Finance | Manhattan College

* Peter M. Musumeci Jr. '72 Consultant | Metro Bank, Harrisburg, Penn. & Metro Bank PLC, London, England


* Kenneth A. Rathgeber '70, Moderator Retired Executive Vice President & CCO | Fidelity Investments 

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Harvard Club of New York
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

6:00 p.m. Refreshments | 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion | 8:00-9:00 p.m. Reception
$40 per person ($25 for graduates of 2002 - 2011)
Reservations are limited and advance registration is required.
R.S.V.P. by April 27
Register Now
For more information about this event, please contact the alumni office at (718) 862.7432 or at alumni@manhattan.edu

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JHQ: Manhattan College Monthly - April 2012


2012 Rankings Demonstrate the Value of a Manhattan Education

Presidential Reception Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients 
Manhattan Honored for Community Service

Engineering Students Visit MTA's East Side Access Project

On Campus Faculty Convocation 

College Launches New Lecture Series on Women and Religion

Students Walk to Beat Cancer

Maggie Blair Named to Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team

Bob Byrnes to Receive MBWA Distinguished Service Award

Jaspers Volunteer at Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Manhattan's Presence on Social Media is Spreading

Join The Funds Batted In Challenge

College Celebrates Alumni in June

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JNEWS: Palmieri, Daryl [MC2001] runs bball camp in May / June

Dear John,

I believe that Daryl is a member of the Class of 2001.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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On 4/24/2012 7:46 PM, Jasper Fjohn68 wrote:> 

>> Jasper?


Register for basketball shooting camp in Westfield

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:47 AM

By Suburban News

The first annual Daryl Palmieri Shooting Camp will take place this May and June. The camp will be held on May 5 and May 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, for fifth through eighth grade boys and girls. On June 2 and June 9, it will be held for second through fourth grade boys and girls, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Palmieri is the head boys’ basketball coach at Westfield High School and former player at Manhattan College. The goal of the camp is to provide players with many different skills and drills to help shooting ability.

Registration for one week is $60. If registering for both weeks, the cost is $100.

Camp on each day will start promptly at 9 a.m. Limited spots are available, please sign up early.

Checks should be made out to Westfield Blue Devils Basketball Camps and sent to: 369 Union Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

For details or questions please e-mail westfieldbasketball@verizon.net or call 908-220-3801.

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Palmieri, Daryl [MC2001]

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MNEWS: Revisiting Deadly DeKalb Fire


Breaking Bronx
Journalists Revisit Deadly DeKalb Fire, Reignite Housing Discussion
April 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM
By Jeanmarie Evelly

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A decade after an electrical fire at 3569 DeKalb Ave. claimed the life of an 8-year-old Bronx boy, journalists and housing activists are still trying to find answers to the questions posed in the wake of his death–namely, how the city should enforce housing code violations and hold landlords accountable for conditions that put tenants at risk.

That was the topic of a panel discussion held at Manhattan College last night, organized by the school’s Urban Affairs department, City Limits magazine and Jordan Moss, a former Norwood News editor. The event arose from an investigation into landlord practices and regulations that was published in City Limits last month, a series of stories written by Moss, journalist Tom Robbins and a team of students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism which focused on wealthy real estate operative Frank Palazzolo, who has been tied to dozens of dilapidated Bronx buildings over the years–including 3569 DeKalb Ave., where young Jashawn Parker was killed in 2002.

Moss covered the fire for the Norwood News at the time (to read some of that original coverage, see here and here) and was shocked that no one was ever held accountable for the blaze, despite the fact that the building had hundreds of housing code violations. When the Norwood News began looking at other buildings linked to Palazzolo at the time, it found about a hundred Bronx properties with some 19,000 violations among them. In another of his buildings, a 7-year-old boy suffered brain damage from lead paint.

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[JR: MC acting as the "lens" for improvement.]

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MNEWS: Interview with Thom Gencarelli [MCfaculty]


Interview with Thom Gencarelli
Posted by Laureano Ralon
April 12, 2012
Thom Gencarelli and Figure/Ground Communication

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Dr. Gencarelli was interviewed by Laureano Ralon on April 12th, 2012

Dr. Thom Gencarelli is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at Manhattan College. He has taught for most of his career in the broadcasting/telecommunications area, but also taught mass communication/mass media and media theory, with specialization in children and media, popular culture (especially popular music), media education/media literacy, and media ecology. Dr. Gencarelli is presently the Vice President of the Media Ecology Association, and will serve as Coordinator of their 13th annual convention at Manhattan College, June 7-10, 2012. He is also a Past President of both the New York State Communication Association and the New Jersey Communication Association, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of General Semantics. In addition, he is a member of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Eastern Communication Association.

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[JR: Met him a few time. Sharp fellow imho. A great "jasper maker"!  ]

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JOBIT: Colston, Donald H. [MC1959 RIP]


Donald Colston

Colston, Donald H.

Donald H. Colston of Frisco, Texas passed away on April 25, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Helen (Rechtin) Colston and devoted father of Daniel Vincent Colston and the late William Thomas Colston. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Julie Colston and grandchildren, Caitlin, Delaney and Brennan Colston of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and Noah and Ethan Colston of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas James Colston of Connecticut.

An engineer by training, Mr. Colston retired as Director of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bronx, New York after having served with the VA in multiple facilities across the US for 26 years.

Mr. Colston was born on October 2, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to Thomas Francis and Josephine (Hannigan) Colston.

He graduated from St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn and from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. He did graduate work in public administration at the University of Minnesota, the University of Colorado and George Washington University.

He joined the Veterans Administration in the spring of 1968.

A wake will be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6-8 PM with a recitation of the rosary at 6:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 8000 Eldorado Parkway at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 27, 2012 with Father Vincent Anyama presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church Building Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice . Mr. Colston will be inurned in The Chapel of the Risen Christ Columbarium at Mother of God Cemetery in Ft. Wright, KY.

To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com

Published in Dallas Morning News on April 26, 2012


Colston, Donald H. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dallasmorningnews/guestbook.aspx?n=donald-colston&pid=157251151&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Donald is a member of the Class of 1959.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Colston, Donald H. [MC1959 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) pokes stick in the little L libertarian's cage

Hello John,

Comparing a movie theater to a library is not reasonable. There are people who would pay for the library, but cannot afford it. The library improves the entire community. Wages and salaries of the entire community are improved by the library. You benefit even if you never go to the library. Do you estimate how much you benefitted by the library and give that money back? I would expect the return on investment for a library to be good. How does one estimate these kind of benefits.

Did you organize citizens against the library and go to your legislative officials? Only if you fought against the library and failed, do you have any justified complaint. But what about when you are on the winning side on a legislative issue, does that mean that the citizens that opposed your position and lost in the public arena were cheated?


Mark A. Mangone

P.S. I do enjoy these discussions with you. So your arguments are themselves a benefit to the readers.

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Dear fellow Jasper Mangone,

I'm sorry what can one then compare the library too? If not a movie theater, surely you're not sayig that a "library" is unique in our society. There are pay for ones like IEEE. There are commercial ones like McGraw Hill. There are non-profits like that "free" one in Boston that charges a dollar a year to avoid goofermet control — who's name I forget? (Maybe it's Babson)

There are people who pay for food and can't afford it. Am I obligated to pay for that too? How did all these obligations inure to be my responsibility to pay for stuff to be given free to other people? I donate to my Church, but I'm not forced at gunpoint by the priest to give him my money. And I know he just doesn't hand out free stuff.

Of course, you have studies backing up this claim that "wages and salaries of the entire community are improved by the library". I'd call that "barbara streisand" liberal baloney. That can be said of a nuclear reactor, an amusement park, and a cemetery. It's often said to justify casinos. The truth is it's all "barbara streisand". How exactly do I benefit if I never go to the library? I know the negative benefit as a part of the money stolen from me by that gang masquerading as the "Township of South Brunswick" goes to pay for drones "working" in the library.

Let me understand this. I wuz robbed and you think I should give more money to the thieves because I benefitted from a small fraction of what they stole. That's funny! Does a rape victim have to pay the rapist for the value of the "entertainment" received?

Suddenly you shift to "expectations", asking me to "estimate", and to come up with a methodology that proves your case. Guess I have to pay some liberal leftist college professor to do that for you too?

"Did you organize citizens against the library and go to your legislative officials?"

Why bother? The deck is stack against anyone opposing the status quo. I was very active in Hands Across New Jersey tax revolt in the 80's. Over of the voters were in the streets. What happened? The D's and the R's worked together to subvert all the proposals, legislations, and laws. One year later, all the petition requirements for ballot initiatives and filing for candidacy were upped form 1% to 20% EXCEPT for the D's and the R's. And that was upheld in all the courts with the response voting them out of office. It's a rigged game of three card monte and we're therubes being conned.

I've never been on the winning side. Cause there's always loopholes and appeals. For example, the school budget process in NJ, the school board composed of hacks, teacher's spouses, and teachers in other districts, proposed a whopper one year. The vote 2/3 against. It was defeated. It then goes to the Township Council who agreed; they were too sacred not to. It then goes to the county ed guy. There was demonstration outside their building that shut them down. He approved the defeat. Then it goes to the Guv; he approved the cut. Then it went to the NJ Sec of Ed appointed by the NJ Guv, he nuked it and let the tax go thru. He then went on an extended foreign fact finding mission, resigned when he came back, and was given a lifetime appointment to the bench!

And you wonder why people don't care. It's like complaining about the weather. There's nothing you can do.

This is not fun for me. Poking sticks in my cage is cruel. We're getting robbed blind by the drones of the hive. And, then expected to "thank them for their public service". It's like being expected to thank the robber who didn't take all your stuff.

Now that the pendulum has swung to more "takers" than "makers", you're seeing the "boat" stopping in the water because the "rowers" dwn in the galley are say "Nah, I don't think so." When there are no workers, how will the takers eat?

The French Revolution is a classic example of a "let them eat cake" society break down. It's bloody. And it's coming to the USA soon.

Woe is us. Us old guys won't be around when the children have to pay for you "libraries". Librarues are the tip of the iceberg and we're the Titanic.

13T$ by the thieves' own figures; I've seen guesstimates as high as 225T$ in total liabilities including the unfunded and underfunded ones. That's a lot of libraries.

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JHQ: Annual Fall Career Fair

Dear Recruiter:

The Manhattan College Center for Career Development and the Alumni Office are again sponsoring the Annual Fall Career Fair.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to share career, company, job, and internship information in an informal setting.  This year we have scheduled the Manhattan College Fall Career Fair for Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm in Draddy Gymnasium.


*The registration fee includes one display table, lunch, and refreshments for up to two representatives.  Each additional person over two people will cost $20.00 per person.

Due to space limitations and high demand, please return the enclosed registration form and payment ASAP so we could reserve a table for you OR register on-line at: https://jasperlink-csm.symplicity.com/employers.

*Registration must be received no later than September 30th, 2012.

If your duties no longer include career fair travel, please forward this invitation to the appropriate individual(s).  Confirmation, directions, and additional information for parking will be sent to all those who register.  Please call our office at (718) 862-7399 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this event.

We hope to see you at the Manhattan College 2012 Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 17th!

Sincerely, Center for Career Development

Attachments: 2012 Registration Form.doc: http://jasperlink-csm.symplicity.com/u/OetlrMew


press release

April 27, 2012, 11:20 a.m. EDT

JNEWS: Ripp, Joseph [MC1973] Lighthouse International CoBoD


press release

April 27, 2012, 11:20 a.m. EDT
Lighthouse International Announces Board Transitions

NEW YORK, Apr 27, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Lighthouse International, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who are blind and visually impaired overcome the challenges of vision loss, announced that Roger Goldman has retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been succeeded by Joseph A. Ripp. Sarah Smith was also appointed as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board. Smith will serve as Vice Chair along with Jonathan M. Wainwright. These transitions officially became effective March 15, 2012.

"We welcome Joe Ripp's dynamic leadership, future vision and experience and are equally pleased to have a person of Sarah Smith's caliber serve as Board Vice Chair and Treasurer," said Mark Ackermann, CEO and President of Lighthouse International. "Through the years, Joe and Sarah have demonstrated exemplary leadership in both the non-profit and business worlds, and their stewardship, along with Jon Wainwright, will help Lighthouse continue to maintain its status as a leading organization fighting vision loss. Sarah brings a strong complement to the business and legal expertise provided by her co-Vice Chair, Mr. Wainwright, who also serves as Vice Chair & Senior Counsel, Financial Services, at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP."

Mr. Ackermann added, "The Board and staff of Lighthouse also offer profuse thanks to outgoing Chairman Roger Goldman for his tireless commitment to our organization and our causes, and for his steadfast commitment to helping Lighthouse prosper and grow during his tenure."

Mr. Ripp, of Wilton, Connecticut, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Cannondale Investments Inc., a private equity backed investment firm. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Dendrite International, Inc., a supplier of sales, marketing, clinical and compliance solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman at AOL and Chief Financial officer at Time Warner, Inc. Ripp also serves on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College and on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation; in addition, Ripp formerly served on executive committee of the Advertising Council, Inc. and A Better Chance, Inc. He is also a founding member of the Wilton Educational Foundation.

Ms. Smith, of Manhattan, serves as controller and chief accounting officer of Goldman Sachs, overseeing the global controllers department. She is also a member of Goldman's Firmwide Risk and Commitments Committees and served as a member of the Business Standards Committee. She started at Goldman Sachs in 1996 as a vice president in Finance, rising to Managing Director in 1998 and controller and partner in 2002.

During his time as Chairman, Mr. Goldman oversaw many of Lighthouse's programs and initiatives. One highlight is the Double Up 4 Vision Tandem Bike Ride/Walk, launched in 2010 to raise awareness of the low vision epidemic. A unique feature of the event was the participation of teams of blind or visually-impaired stokers with sighted pilots. The successful and continuing program helped inform the public that 80% of vision loss is preventable.

Lighthouse International

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit www.lighthouse.org .

The Lighthouse International logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12624

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

SOURCE: Lighthouse International

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JNEWS: John Dandola (MC1970), father of the bride today

Amy Jane, daughter of my "older" friend, John Dandola (MC1970), will marry Mike Lapunzina today.

Mozel Tov!

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The CIC is honored to attend and has been asked to do one of the readings.

(Yes, I too am concerned that the roof will fall inand I be taken to that Great Blog somewhere. "Right this way, the down chute is right here." My biggest concern is that I have to pay that 22% NJ Death Tax.)

Even better than reporting "good news" is covering it first hand.

Jasper Jottings may be little late this week.

How kool is it that reception is NEXT to the hotel.

And, Amy was kind enough to provide entertainment -- WalMart, Best Buy, and STAPLES are right across the street. At 7AM, I can report WalMart is empty. A joy! Guess that's what it will be like in TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).

Join the CIC in a small prayer not to screw up the reading! I don't want to be AFV idiot of the week.

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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) wants FACEBOOK likes

Hi John,

Something Red's pub date is September 18, 2012. Since it was picked up by Simon and Schuster early in 2011, Theresa says it's like elephant gestation: close to two years. Or like Zeno's arrow....

Anyway, I'd like to ask any of the Manhattan family who are on Facebook--which among those graduating this millennium is probably everybody--to motivate over to my author page and hit the "Like" button. It'll make my publishers very happy, and myself as well. Here's the link:



Best to all,

Arts '64

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[JR: Happy to do it. And, spread the word. Having done an ego project and self-pub-ed it, I know a little but of the torture you're going through. You've got one sale here. Send JJ's the link when it goes live. Good luck!]

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MVIDEO: Highlights from De La Salle Week 2012


Published on Apr 25, 2012 by manhattancollege

Highlights from De La Salle Week 2012 at Manhattan College, April 15-21.

[JR: 01:18 With girls on the Quad. I'm shocked! "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" Captain Renault in Casablanca. Good thing such wasn't allowed when I was there. I'd never have graduated for sure. Real live girls. At MC. That'd I'da had to see. Would have NEVER gone to class. Sigh. My lost yute!]

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JHQ: Students Consider Organic Hair Dye


Grad Business and Engineering Students Consider Organic Hair Dye
Posted on April 26, 2012

Men and women who frequently dye or highlight their hair or are considering a hair color change might have concerns or reservations about the chemical products being used. But thanks to some recent research by Manhattan College graduate students, more people may have the chance to receive a hair dye treatment with all-natural products.

By using henna leaves, two chemical engineering and three M.B.A. students have combined their expertise and concocted a way to create a purely all-natural hair dye and market it around the world. In fact, the project is currently being reviewed by the committee for the 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference, which publishes papers on innovations in engineering education. If accepted for publication, the paper will be featured in the IEEE Xplore digital library as an academic resource paper.

“The joint project on henna has been a great experience for the school of business and the school of engineering students who are offered a glimpse of the real world,” says Gennaro J. Maffia, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering.

Vrej Pilavdjian and Katherine Rodriguez, both graduate students pursuing an M.S. in chemical engineering, and Brian Korney, Caitlin Frazer and Joseph Fernandes, all M.B.A. students, started collaborating last fall and conducting research for the henna project. The engineering team did an independent study with Maffia on growing henna, drying the leaves with a freeze dryer and developing the processing protocols. Meanwhile, the M.B.A. students prepared an analysis of the hair dye industry and a marketing plan under the guidance of Carolyn Predmore, Ph.D., professor of management and marketing, and presented a feasibility study in December to the chemical engineering team.

“Working with my fellow M.B.A. candidates, as well as the engineering students, was a great opportunity,” Fernandes says. “The interdisciplinary collaboration gave the project a level of thoroughness and completion that would not otherwise have been possible, and provided us with valuable experience in working with professionals outside our own area of expertise.”

“This type of project allowed me to see the dedication and commitment new ventures need but also the payoff that can happen,” Frazer adds.

During the spring semester, the M.B.A. students used the marketing plan and new research from the chemical engineering students to prepare a business plan. In fact, the team of five recently came together to present their findings and business plan to the entire school of business faculty.

The presentation started with a discussion on how henna hair dye works and the findings on what natural ingredients will work best to create a marketable organic product. Afterward, the chemical engineering team explained the process of freeze-drying the henna leaves and how they grow best in warm climates.

The team also identified three primary target markets within the U.S. and reported that the country’s use of natural products has increased 20 percent since 2010. In addition, Japan was described as a secondary market because of its vibrant youth and their constant interest in changing their personal style, sometimes modeled on anime characters. Brazil was also cited as a secondary market due to its beauty-conscious population and government subsidies for plastic surgery.

“The most rewarding aspect of this project to me was to incorporate the market analysis, provided by the business students, with my chemical engineering skills to design a process to create a product that will actually sell in the real world,” Pilavdjian says. “It was true symbiosis at its best.”

The business plan presentation concluded with an explanation of how a potential survey will be sent to prospective customers to find out more information on personal hair care, sustainability and other related topics. In addition, the team highlighted strengthens and weaknesses of the project and future plans.

“Working with the business students for the henna project better prepared me for what I will experience in my career when working on a cross-functional team,” says Rodriquez, a soon-to-be engineer at S.C. Johnson. “Learning about business needs and how to incorporate them while developing a production process is essential to a successful product.”

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ENDNOTE: "Oh, mighty men of valor, WHERE ARE YOU?" by Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013)


Thursday, April 12, 2012
That Rare Breed of Guys

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Last week, I was going to my journalism class and I showed up about an hour early. I decided to leave my stuff in the classroom anyway so I wouldn't be walking around with all my baggage (those who have seen me on campus know I carry a lot of baggage, haha). When I walked into the classroom, I saw a guy standing on the platform cleaning the whiteboard. He had shoulder length hair, and a newsboy cap, and I couldn't tell if he was a professor or a student. So I asked. To my surprise, he was a student.

He was cleaning the whiteboard with that chemical spray, and he was diligently trying to clean the marker streaks from the board. He made it clear that this was something he was not told to do, so I asked him why he chose to do it.

He told me that his professor wasn't going to clean it, and he didn't want the board to be dirty for the next class. He also picked up one of the whiteboard erasers and showed that the erasers do more harm than good.

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They don't really make them like that anymore. A lot of guys my age are not like this, Christian or not. I thought my single problems were exclusive to me because of my faith, but later on as I was telling my friends this story, they said they have the same problem too.

All the good guys are taken! The rest of them tend to be immature, self-centered, not willing to commit to anything, slackers, or too shy/weak to "man up and take initiative"...I mean, not *all* single guys from ages 18-22 are like this, but you get the point.

Oh, mighty men of valor, WHERE ARE YOU?

Posted by Nicole Marie at 4/12/2012 08:29:00 AM

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Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013) blogging in Musings of a Female College Student

Sparks this week's rant. Having spoken recently to Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1967), I'm humbled by his greatness. So to echo the supplication: "Oh, mighty men of valor, WHERE ARE YOU?".

Based on what Brother Gregory told me at least two of them are reading Jasper Jottings.

Today's "culture of crudeness", where TV shows glorify casual sex, demean both women (mostly) and men (as objects of derision). Where, in fact, is the glorification of men, in the image of Saint Joseph the Worker, who make a vow, pick up their cross, and carry it to the finish line, humbly and patiently and uncomplainingly? You surely won't see them on TV. But they are out there.


Unfortunately they don't make the news.

As a sign of the time, Heraldo Rivera wants every birth certificate to have a father's name. Wouldn't it be better to have a real father?

Double Argh!

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