JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 - 2012 July 08    

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



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POSITRACTION: Unique Fetal Surgery Saves Unborn Baby


Fetal Surgery Saves Unborn Baby From Tennis Ball-Sized Tumor Growing on Her Mouth
Posted on June 23, 2012 at 7:56pm by Liz Klimas

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Tammy Gonzalez described the news doctors delivered to her after an ultrasound as “the most horrible feeling you could ever imagine.“ Her unborn baby girl had a tumor ”the size of a tennis ball” growing on her mouth.

According to Miami CBS Local, Gonzalez was told her baby had little chance of survival, given the number of surgeries she would need to receive after birth.

In May 2010, Gonzalez turned to University of Miami/Jackson Memorial fetal surgeon Ruben Quintero. Today, according to CBS, Gonzalez has a normal 20-month-old thanks to a surgery that went through her own stomach and operated on baby Lyna while still in utero.

“This was an opportunity to expand the field we have developed, to treat birth defects in utero,” Quinero said to CBS.

Although fetal surgeries in general are not entirely new, they are rare and this surgery tackling the tumor was the first of its kind.

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[JR: You have to marvel at what human beings are capable of to preserve life. So why do we turn around and kill healthy human beings for inconvenience? Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) spots Pucci, Rev. Alfred J. [MC1948 RIP]

Dear John,

                  The June 28, 2012 Edition of Catholic New York at page 28 has an obituary for Father Pucci,'48 who passed away on June 12th at Staten Island University Hospital. He was 86. Father served as Pastor of St. Roch's Parrish from 1983 until his retirement in 2001.

                  I have a copy of the full obituary if you need it.

                      May He Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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PUCCI Rev. Alfred J. Pucci of Holy Family Church formerly of St. Rita's Church and Pastor Emeritus of St. Roch's Church. Dear brother of Rae Nitti and the late Robert Pucci, Rose Guerriero and Julia Carluccio. Also survived by four nieces and six nephews and seventeen grand nieces and nephews. Father will lie in state at MATTHEW FUNERAL HOME INC., 2508 VICTORY BLVD. AT WILLOWBROOK RD. on Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial St. Rita's Church Saturday at 12:00 Noon. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. WWW.MATTHEWFUNERALHOME.COM www.SILive.com/obits

Published in Staten Island Advance from June 13 to June 15, 2012


Pucci, Rev. Alfred J. [MC1948 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/siadvance/guestbook.aspx?n=rev-pucci&pid=158019559&cid=full

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JNEWS:  Swenson, John [MC????] book "New Atlantis"


Journalist knows bliss and blight
By Hector Saldaña
Updated 11:46 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2012
Music writer John Swenson discusses his book "New Atlantis."

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Gemini Ink calls its summer literary festival “Courting Bliss.”

That's something award-winning music journalist John Swenson has done in his long career.

Swenson, a member of the summer faculty at Gemini Ink, documented the birth of the legendary Fillmore East, CBGB's “freak folk” scene (before it was a punk hangout), Bruce Springsteen's and Patti Smith's fabled stands at Max's Kansas City, the Fania All-Stars at Madison Square Garden and many rock and jazz touchstones of the late '60s, '70s and beyond.

He's written biographies of the Who, Stevie Wonder and Bill Haley. His work with legendary rock critic Dave Marsh editing the original Rolling Stone Record Guide is revered by vinyl lovers.

“I just always liked words,” said Swenson, who began writing record reviews while a student at Manhattan College in 1968. “I never considered music journalism a potential career.”

Swenson, 62, has also witnessed blight and tragedy first-hand. It's informed his best work and given him a higher purpose deep in his career, he says.

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Swenson, John [MC????]

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Comment: “JEMAIL: Gearity, John E. (MC1961) ids” by Macfarland, Joseph A. "Jay" (MC1961)

Submitted on 2012/07/02 at 11:00 am
Joseph A. (Jay) Macfarland, B.S. '61

Comment     Wearing a required freshman beanie, forced by upperclassmen to learn & sing "Manhattan Men" (1957) - yes, I still remember the words, even though I tend to forget a lot of other stuff.

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[JR: I remember the beanie. But not getting "forced". Guess I was clueless even then. Maybe it was an "up on the hill" thing?]

Macfarland, Joseph A. "Jay" (MC1961)

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) asserts it was required at every party

RE: MVIDEO: Manhattan College fight song


Dear John,

This performance is a rendition of the last part of the song which starts: "Manhattan Men see your Alma Mater beckoning . . . . " In our day, no party with two or more Jaspers present was complete with a loud rendition of Manhattan Men!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I remember hearing it at the Prep. Not so much after that. Guess it fell by the wayside. Perhaps a casualty of the antiwar spirit. I remember a lot of that up the hill. Not so much down at Fannie Farmer. Another big divide between the schools. I guess we were ALL really "We, The Sheeple" in those days. The antiwar zealots were deceived into thinking it was about opposing war when it was about getting the "right team" in power; the "pro-war" zealots, like me, were deceived into thinking that the Government and its leadership were telling the truth. What fools we ALL were. Argh! If I knew then what I know now … sigh. Too late, we become wise?]

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JEMAIL: Sgroi, Vincent (MC1967) a great article about Ferrucci, David [MC1983]

Sgroi, Vincent (MC1967)


See http://www.singularityweblog.com/david-ferrucci-on-singularity-1-on-1-pursue-the-big-challenges/
for an article about David Ferrucci, another Manhattan graduate."

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Ferrucci, David [MC1983]

[JR: Congrats on a great "finding". With video and a podcast. Can't wait until the 4th so I can listen to it at my leisure.]

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Comment: "ENDNOTE: Heroic defense" by Brian Kelly

Submitted on 2012/07/03 at 2:10 pm

"Good Grief! I hope Manhattan didn’t graduate you."

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[JR: Yup, sure did. Have the 2.010803 index to show for it. (Or, was it 2 POINT 01 03 08? That eight as the first number sounds to high and I might have lost the anchor pool with an 8.) AND, I think that Alma Mater taught me to think for myself -- logically, and see trends. The Nation's trek back to socialism, slavery, poverty, stupidity, and political correctness is OBVIOUS!]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) doesn't like Heinlein quote

Dear Jasper John,

You wrote:

Also we ignore Heinlein's dictum: "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." --- Robert A. Heinlein

I guess Heinlein did not listen to "Gunsmoke" with William Conrad during the 1950's or watch the television version with James Arness from 1955-1975. I was a big fan of the radio program and almost wrote a letter to CBS advising them to develop a TV show - I missed my calling, but any idea that the old West was a polite society does not seem to fit the version of reality portrayed in either program.

Libertarians probably said that "Gunsmoke" was part of an anti-gun conspiracy led by dangerous liberals just as today they say "Fast and Furious " was part of President Obama's plan to make guns look bad ( even though Bush Jr started the effort)

I'm afraid that Heinlein's "dictum" was highly doubtful yesterday and remains so today. You can find your libertarian paradise in many places including Somalia- so why try to build one here. You might be able to arrange a duel over there in case you feel "gelded" by anyone.

Speaking of Heinlein: do you know that he was a strong advocate off eugenics as well as "free love"

The following quotes are offered as samples showing these attributes:



"Heinleins’ future society is also represented as being genetically engineered and founded on the widespread practice of eugenics. Most of the time he puts forward a reasonably convincing and surprisingly liberal case for it, but occasionally the dark side of this idea shows through; an underclass of diseased and shunned ‘control naturals’ are alluded to, as well as the fact that these unfortunate human basics are also tattoo’d to show their position. For a writer who allowed nazi’s to be cold-bloodedly slaughtered in his previous novel presumably because of their adherence to a repugnant philosophy, Heinlein’s treatment of eugenics is surprisingly cold and historically blinkered."

from http://www.nndb.com/people/710/000023641/

"But Heinlein's influence was hardly limited to the genre of science fiction, or to his fellow writers. He also managed to insert himself into mainstream popular culture -- influencing language ("waldo" and "grok"), politics, sexuality, and even spirituality. His 1962 Hugo-winning Stranger in a Strange Land was not only a kind of guidance manual for the 1960s free love counterculture but it actually spawned a number of imitative churches. To a lesser but no less noteworthy extent his 1966 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is credited with drawing many young people to Libertarianism and to the Libertarian party itself."

Such a man is offered as having a "dictum" for us to follow?

Sincerely yours,

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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JR responds:

(1) There are many peer-reviewed journals that take Hollywood to task for its portrayal of the Old West as historically inaccurate. Wyatt Earp wasn't a nice guy, Gunsmoke wasn't accurate, and on and on. There probably was no Lone Ranger either. Heinlein's quote about an armed society is very accurate. Armed sovereigns respect agreements. Especially ones where they are willing die for.

(2) Hollywood, and the leftist liberal media, are always seeking to portray guns in a bad light. See if people have the means to resist government diktats, how are they going to create the perfect world by telling us what to do. The first thing that tyrants do is disarm the people.

(3) "Fast 'n' Furious" was a restart of Bush's "Gunwalker" that had been stopped for TWO YEARS when the drug cartels figured out the guns were bugged. "Gunwalker" was a joint op of the Mexican and US Gooferments that led to a lot of convictions. I don't understand yet what the purpose of "F&F" was, but it certainly seems it was to "set up" the Gun Dealers and stampede "We, The Sheeple". Luckily, those Texas and AZ gun dealers trust the BATF as much as they do any Gooferment agent who enlists your help. If those gun dealers hadn't videoed the agent and supervisors making the pitch, we would have had a whole different spin coming out of the District of Corruption.

(4) Yes, I know Heinlein, like most little L libertarians, is a bundle of contradictions. I was attracted to "libertarianism" because of "Starship Troopers". IT helped me understand many things about the Gooferment, the military, conscription, volunteering, self-defense, and most of all "to think for myself". "Rico what's the difference between a citizen and a soldier?" That put the waste of Vietnam, Republic Of in stark contrast for me.

(5) Eugenics, free love, and even liberty at all costs -- great topics for discussion. Are you saying that our culture of abortion on demand isn't "eugenics" being applied to the middle and lower classes on masse? From where I sit, Margaret Sanger, FDR, and Josef Mengele would all see the similarity.

(6) Why do I have to leave for far away places? I'm just trying to have what the Founders and their documents promised. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Seem like we should admit those no longer apply, put a giant garbage bag over the Statue of Liberty, admit we have the "theocracy of Social Progressivism", and stop pretending. And, all you Catholics can get ready for further persecutions. Your children are already in reeducation camps and you don't even realize.

My favorite Heinlein quote is:

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." --- Robert A. Heinlein

That's my Fourth of July declaration.

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JHQ: Caraccio, Annie [MC2009] "lands" at NASA


Chemical Engineering Alumna Shoots for the Stars

Annie Caraccio ’09 (B.S.) ’10 (M.S.) is working as a chemical engineer at NASA and has helped to established a research collaboration between NASA and Manhattan College. She hopes to go into space one day as an astronaut.

Three years ago, Annie Caraccio ’09 (B.S.) ’10 (M.S.) packed up and drove her beat-up 1995 Mercury Cougar 1,000 miles from New York to Florida with her sights set on the skies.

As her fellow graduates celebrated the arrival of summer, Caraccio put her chemical engineering degree into immediate action at NASA’s highly competitive co-op program based at Kennedy Space Center.

“To me, the NASA sign, the NASA logo was untouchable, and something that always had me in awe,” she remembers from her first trip to the Space Center at age 5.

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“Every morning I wake up and think, I get to go to work today, and I get to do this,” she says. “It is such an opportunity for me.”

Posted on June 27, 2012

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[JR: if that "tease" (that's what us professional reporters call inducing you to go read the whole article) doesn't make you click on the link to read a great story, then put some dirt on yourself. You're dead and you just don't know it. LOL! Great story. Loved every word of it. Except the Gooferment's role. But, you can't have everything.]

Caraccio, Annie [MC2009]

[JR: I take editorial note of a common theme between our fellow Jasper and Taylor Swift. Childhood focus on a goal. I'm going to try and share that with a young grandniece-in-law. Wonder if she'll listen to a smelly old man with weird ideas?]

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JUPDATE: McGann, Kevin X. [MC1989] is on Google+


McGann, Kevin X. [MC1989]

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JNEWS: Webb, Anne [MC1979] will fix anyone's writing


Millennials Can Text but Are All Thumbs When It Comes to Formal Writing
Published July 1, 2012
Harrisville, RI (PRWEB) September 23, 2008

“E-mail and text messaging are great in terms of speed and convenience, but they’ve made a mess of written English. In an effort to save keystrokes, the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are often ignored,” commented Anne Webb, founder of TighterWriter.com, a new proofreading, editing, and writing service created to help the grammatically challenged of all ages. “These texting habits can all too easily creep into academic assignments and professional work, detracting from the message of the written piece and portraying the writer as inattentive to detail.” Earning a lower grade, losing a client, or being passed over for a promotion or opportunity might be the unfortunate result. The TighterWriter service makes professional editing available to academics and business professionals who understand the importance of writing that effectively communicates their ideas.

Over the past year, Webb had the opportunity to review college essays written by high school seniors. “These students are bright and have so much to say about themselves and their future plans,” she said. “But their use of acronyms and emoticons in a formal essay is inappropriate and will not score points with an admissions counselor. If I were reviewing the application, I might be tempted to write, ‘IMHO, not a GR8 candidate’ across the top.” For those of us who thought getting an electric typewriter was a big deal, this shorthand translates, “In my humble opinion, not a great candidate.”

Webb is quick to add that writing challenges are not limited to the millennial generation. “I recently attended a seminar sponsored by a major financial services company,” she recalled. “A well-established attorney delivered a PowerPoint presentation promoting the benefits of a particular investment instrument. The slides were packed with information but riddled with spelling errors and unintelligible sentence fragments. His inaccuracies cost him a client that night. I felt that if he could not take the time or trouble to perfect his presentation, then he probably would not handle my money very carefully either.”

With the launch of TighterWriter.com, Webb will partner her language skills with the writer’s ideas and creativity to craft a document or presentation that stands out. She objectively examines each written piece with fresh eyes to spare clients the embarrassment or missed opportunities caused by inadvertent errors or lack of review time. “I’m not a ghost writer,” she stresses. “I will not write your son’s college essay for him, but I will make certain that it reads well and is error free before it is submitted.” She wants clients to concentrate on what they do best and to let her worry about the rules of good writing. “Independent professionals, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives can all benefit from improved written communications, whether they appear in print or are sent electronically. Ideas still have to be communicated effectively, no matter what format is used.”

Webb credits the nuns at her parish elementary school for providing a solid foundation in English grammar and composition that has benefited her for a lifetime. Their constant drilling, combined with her own admitted genetic tendency to check and re-check, resulted in her ability to spot and correct errors before the damage is done. “A little obsession can be a good thing,” she admits.

About Anne Webb

Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of Manhattan College. She held “real” jobs in the New York metro area before trading her corporate cubicle for a home office. In both workplace scenarios, she has worked with executives who delegate editing tasks to others, suffer from dyslexia, speak English as a second language, or simply lack the time or inclination to worry about the finer points of writing. Since 1987, she has been a partner in a successful consulting practice that specializes in the needs of the publishing, graphic arts, and media industries. Satisfied clients have included Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, 3M, and Xerox, among many others. Anne is highly skilled at making the written word clear, concise, and readable for a wide variety of audiences. She has helped her associates look better in print for years. She can do the same for you.

For more information on how this service works and how Anne can help you look better in print, visit http://www.TighterWriter.com.

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Webb, Anne [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Anne is a member of the Class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Webb, Anne [MC1979]

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JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984) posts about his reunion


Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Seventeen Again

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I have been posting photos to this blog for a few years now and very rarely do I ever write text and I am never really part of the story other than being “the photographer.” However, on June 30, 2012, Lincoln High School of Yonkers had an informal reunion for what I think was for the years 1976-82 (I graduated in 1980), but all were invited to the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, NY.

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[JR: Well written! ]

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JHQ: July 2012 Alumni Connection


Take Advantage of New York Sports Club Corporate Discount

The Alumni Relations office is happy to announce a partnership with Town Sports International (parent company of New York Sports Club) to offer Manhattan College alumni a corporate membership discount of $74 a month for a one-year passport membership at any club, any time.

Jersey Shore Luncheon

Alumni and friends living in or visiting the Jersey Shore are invited to attend the annual Jersey Shore Luncheon at Spring Lake Manor (415 Route 71, Spring Lake, N.J., 07762) on Friday, July 20. The luncheon, hosted by Bill Harkins ’67, will begin at 12 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and includes one complimentary cocktail and a sit-down luncheon with salad, a choice of four entrees and dessert.

Construction Industry Golf Outing

The 15th annual Construction Industry Golf Outing will be held at Leewood Golf Club (1 Leewood Dr., Eastchester, N.Y., 10709) on Monday, July 23. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with brunch at 10:30 a.m. and shotgun tee-off at 12 p.m. Click here for the event brochure.

Saratoga Day at the Races

The Manhattan College Alumni Society and Capital District Alumni Club invite alumni and guests to a day at the races and a dinner reception on Friday, July 27. The day will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Race Track (267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866) with cocktails and a luncheon followed by races at 2:30 p.m. Later in the evening, alumni and guests are invited to cocktails and a dinner reception at The Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866).

Summer Baseball Outings

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the seventh-inning stretch, join the College for America's favorite pastime.

Staten Island Yankees

The Staten Island Alumni Club invites alumni to watch the Staten Island Yankees on Saturday, Aug 4 to take on the Lowell Spinners at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark (75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, N.Y., 10301) at 7 p.m. Enjoy the game from a luxury suite with outdoor seating and receive a free limited edition SI Yankees cap. Manhattan College alumni will be welcomed on the center field video replay board. For more information and to reserve your tickets, click here for the registration form.

New York Mets

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, come to Citi Field as the Mets face the Florida Marlins at 7:10 p.m. The cost of the loaded ticket is $75, which includes admission to the park and seating in the Shea Bridge Terrace (exclusively for Manhattan College alumni and guests), as well as $30 to use anywhere in the stadium (food, beverages, merchandise, etc.). Tickets are limited and advance registration is required.

New York Yankees

Later in the season, enjoy a private pregame reception with fellow Jaspers as the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The cost of the event is $50 per person and includes admission to the park and access to the Malibu Rooftop Deck (exclusively for Manhattan College alumni and guests), all food and non-alcoholic beverages. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and game time is 7:05 p.m. REGISTER»

Long Island Alumni Reception

Alumni, friends and family living on or visiting Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 11 are invited to join the College for an afternoon cocktail reception at 3 p.m. on the East End at the Southampton Publick House (40 Bowden Square, Southampton, N.Y., 11968). The event, hosted by John Nason '52 and John Kirrane '78, will also include new chairman of the board of trustees, Ken Rathgeber '70. The cost per person is $45, and includes an open bar and a selection of hors d'oeuvres.

A Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack

The Jersey Shore Alumni Club invites you to join the College for a day at the races at the Monmouth Park Racetrack (175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, N.J., 07757) on Saturday, Aug. 18. The cost of the event is $35 per person and includes admission to the clubhouse, official track program, private trackside seating in the Turf Club (air-conditioned) and a buffet luncheon.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Presents Romeo & Juliet

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, alumni and guests are welcome to join the College at the breathtaking Boscobel grounds (1601 Route 9D, Garrison, N.Y., 10524) to experience Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in a production of Romeo & Juliet. Enjoy a late summer evening and dine alfresco while overlooking the Hudson River and West Point. The play begins at 7 p.m., and the grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show.

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JHQ: Leibovic, Simon [MC2012] & Swartz, Rachel [MC2012] are in the LV (Lasallian Volunteers)


Two Manhattan College Graduates Accepted Into the Lasallian Volunteers Program

Recent graduates Simon Leibovic and Rachel Swartz will begin a year of service with the Lasallian Volunteers later this summer.

Simon Leibovic and Rachel Swartz, two recent graduates of Manhattan College, are preparing to begin a year of service in the Lasallian Volunteers (LV) program. The program is committed to providing dedicated and trained volunteers to underprivileged schools and agencies of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Leibovic will be heading to Tulsa, Okla., in August to teach middle school science at San Miguel School, and will share his knowledge of science with his students. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in May and was also active on the College’s campus working as a technician for the Jasper Education Technology department.

“The Lasallian Volunteer program is important and meaningful to me because I feel that education is the cornerstone of any high-level society,” Leibovic said. “The fact that poor children are robbed of a high-quality education in this country is problematic and offensive to me, so any help I can offer to these children will gladly be given.”

“Simon is a very modest, gentle person, who is very considerate of others,” said Jianwei Fan, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Manhattan College.

Swartz will travel to the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, Minn., later this summer to teach Principles of Language, a freshman English class.

“I will get the joy of teaching what I love, English, to a group of freshmen in a school that seems to really take an interest in each individual student,” said Swartz, who graduated with a B.A. in English.

While at Manhattan College, Swartz was an active participant in the College’s Campus Ministry and Social Action’s service program L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience), and traveled to the Dominican Republic, New Mexico and Camp Reynal in Texas with the program. She also was a student teacher in the Bronx and Eastchester, N.Y., last year, a peer tutor for the College’s Writing Center, and a research assistant for an English professor during her time at Manhattan.

“In everything she does, Rachel adds the extra to the word ordinary and is an extraordinary teacher and person,” said Br. Raymond Meagher, FSC, assistant professor of education. “She is highly motivated and concerned about her own personal growth because she has a burning desire to make a difference in the lives of her students.”

For more information on the LV program, visit http://www.lasallianvolunteers.org.

Posted on July 03, 2012

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Leibovic, Simon [MC2012]

Swartz, Rachel [MC2012]

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JNEWS: Jensen, Paula [MC????] Oxford CT tax collector


Oxford selectmen name Paula Jensen to tax collector's position
Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:40 AM EDT

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OXFORD -- The Board of Selectmen has approved Paula Jensen as the new tax collector.

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Jensen earned a bachelor's degree in accounting, with a minor in computer information systems from Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y. According to her resume, she most recently worked for Cooper Surgical, Trumbull, providing financial presentations, ongoing sales administration and analytical support for senior management.

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Jensen, Paula [MC????]
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JBLOGGER: Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986) holds MoMMA's feet to the fire about Nazi Art


Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Artworks Stolen From Alfred Flechtheim at the MOMA

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For those who care about artworks stolen from Alfred Flechtheim, the Weimar Republic's greatest artdealer, there is a new Wikipedia page on Flechtheim in English here. A recent article in Speigel magazine discussed Flechtheim, unfortunately the article is not in English. Flechtheim was a Jew and the greatest dealer of contemporary art in Berlin in 1933. He has been written out of history by those persons and institutions, particularly the MoMA, who profited from his demise. The greatest forgery ring in German history recently ripped off the art collecting world, including comedian/art collector Steve Martin, by faking works from Flechtheim's stolen collection. Flechtheim was selected as Jewry's poster boy by the Nazis for his receding hairline and particularly prominent nose. Harvard's Busch-Reisinger museum's modern German sculpture collection was founded in the early 1930's with a Rudolph Belling sculpture of Flechtheim's nose.

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MoMA's trafficking in artworks looted by the Nazis was the subject of William Cohan's excellent article MoMA's Problematic Provenances.

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Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986)

[JR: Everyone should be concerned that a "charity" (I'm sure MoMA is 501c3.) is being immoral. Taking what's not theirs and lying about it.]

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JHQ: MC moves to Moodle from Blackboard


Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Blackboard End-of-Life June 30, 2012; Moodle Servers

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Manhattan College is in its final stages of migrating from Blackboard to Moodle. Please complete the download of all materials that you wish to save and/or transfer to Moodle by June 30, 2012 when Manhattan College's Blackboard Server is turned off. After June 30, you will no longer be able to access any materials on the Blackboard Server ( ecourses.manhattan.edu ), including anything stored in the Blackboard Content Collection (e.g., file storage, portfolios and artifacts, etc.)

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Alternative to Moodle Community Server (non-course sites):

Many groups at Manhattan College have been using Blackboard primarily to send emails to the site membership, and/or to restrict files/materials to the site membership. Most site memberships were managed by ITS via an enrollment process similar to what is used to manage course enrollments. If this is primarily how you would like to use a non-course site, you may want to consider using Google Groups and the new Google Drive (formerly called Docs) instead of or in addition to a Moodle site. You can share with a group - as well as restrict access to - "folders/collections" of files/documents. A Google Group can also serve as a mailing list. And files/documents can now be saved to one's Google Drive in their native format. More to follow on this feature ...

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[JR: Moodle is a free open source; Blackboard is a proprietary expensive solution.  Good to see the money being saved. Maybe alums can create our own course, and get access to other such "non-course sites"?]

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JOBIT: Byrnes, Edward J. [MC1950 RIP]


Edward J. Byrnes

Byrnes, Edward J.

Binghamton: Edward J. (Tony) Byrnes, 86, of Binghamton, died Friday December 9, 2011.

He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn Corkery Byrnes, and by his brother, Rev. Thomas M. Byrnes, C.M. He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Martina), Patrick (Soria), Shawn (Rose), Brendan, and Edmund. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as his brother William J. (Pete) Byrnes, and by his nieces, Ellen and Mary Clare and his nephews, Michael and Joseph and their families.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns in World War II. He attended Manhattan College, and was a longtime employee of the Planning Department of the New York State Dep't of Transportation.

He was a daily communicant at St. Paul's Church, and belonged to its choir and Holy Name Society. He was also a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; his wholehearted embrace of his Irish heritage was always on display. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, was an enthusiastic tennis player and an avid birder; wherever he was, his dogs were close by. He enjoyed his many friends, who will remember his smile, his laugh, and his fun-loving nature.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Paul's Church on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 1p.m. Arrangements handled by the THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME, INC.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 6 to July 7, 2012


Byrnes, Edward J. [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Edward is a member of the Class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Byrnes, Edward J. [MC1950 RIP]

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ENDNOTE: Fay, John [MC1986] privatize garbage


Friday, June 29, 2012
Landfill overflowing? Charge by volume, not weight

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The Irish EPA is wrong to recommend that customers be charged by weight for trash collection if they are genuinely concerned about landfills filling up.

The Environmental Protection Agency says landfill space is running out and that more than half of the 28 landfills will be full in 3 years. The problem, according to the EPA is that too many homeowners are paying a flat annual fee. They don't say it outright (or at least it's not mentioned here) , but the implication is that those who pay a flat annual fee make little effort at recycling.

So, scrap those annual fees and charge people by the weight of the garbage they produce.

Yet the issue is that the landfills are filling up, not that they weigh too much. So why charge by weight? It makes much more sense to charge by volume.

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Now that sounds like uncommon common sense.

That's the difference between a Gooferment solution and a free market one.

The Gooferment doesn't want to upset "We, The Sheeple". That's why a flat fee. And, it transfers the "costs" from the problem creator to the Commonweal.

The solution: the separation of Gooferment and garbage!

As you can tell, imho, the Gooferment can't do ANYTHING right.

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