JASPER JOTTINGS Week 45 - 2012 November 04    

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



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An abbreviated effort due to the effects of Sandy.


POSITRACTION: Marines gathered around and sang a cadence


Triathlon triumph
Ben Baltz has gotten a lot of attention since he hitched a ride on a marine's back
Marine Pfc. Matthew Morgan carries Ben Baltz across the finish line.

Marine Pfc. Matthew Morgan carries Ben Baltz across the finish line at the Sea Turtle Tri on Pensacola Beach on Sunday after Ben’s prosthetic leg fell off during the run portion of the race.
KIM BALTZ | Special to the Daily News
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 22:12 PM.

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VALPARAISO — Ben Baltz wasn’t excited about competing in yet another triathlon last weekend.

It was his third in the last few months. While he likes bicycling, running isn’t his favorite activity, especially if he can’t win doing it.

The 11-year-old had completed the 150-yard swim and three-mile bike ride in Sunday’s Sea Turtle Tri on Pensacola Beach, but about a half-mile into the run, he knew something was wrong.

“It (the leg) wobbles,” Ben said Wednesday at his home in Valparaiso.

Moments later, the screws on his prosthetic leg came loose and he went down.

What happened next, though, has captured the attention of the nation.

In the moments Ben was debating whether he could hop or maybe crawl the rest of the mile, a man named Matthew Morgan, a Marine who had volunteered to help at the youth event, stepped in.

“(Morgan said) ‘You need help?’ and I said, ‘Sure,’ and he picked me up and carried me,” Ben said.

For the next half mile, Ben held onto Pfc. Morgan with one arm and his prosthetic leg with the other.

Ben said he and Morgan didn’t really speak after their first exchange, but more Marines gathered around and sang a cadence.

As they reached the end and the crowd started roaring, Ben said he felt grateful for the help, but a little frustrated and embarrassed that he couldn’t complete the course on his own.

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However you feel about the various "wars" and the military in general, this is a feel good story.

When I was in the USAF I was stationed at a Tri Service installation, and, while I thought the Marines were just slightly less nuts than the Navy guys. (Less because the Navy guys usually were nasty when they drunk. And, thought they were better than the Air Force when they weren't.) The Marines KNEW that they were better than everyone else and felt no need to rub your nose in it. And, drunk or sober, they were always "nice guys". IN a bar fight, (NOT that I would ever get in one. But unless it was an intra-service fight, you could count on the Marines jumping in to help. And MAN for man, they were worth ten of any bar goons. Remember in the Viet Nam War era, being in the service, which was obvious from the haircut, was not conducive to peaceful drinking. Having been called some bad names never bothered me (early training from childhood) but mess with me or my mates physically and then I have and had a problem. It was always nice to the Marines wade in on our side. It was once explained to me by one of the Marine non-coms who guarded our section: "If we're in a fight, we get in trouble. Doesn't matter if we start it or get goaded into it, article 13. But, if we are "rescuing" our fellow Marines, servicemen, or innocent civilians, it's NO PROBLEM. If fact, if we don't get involved, we get in trouble. So we LIKE to go drinking with you boys, you look weak and people pick on you then we get to help." Not a very flattering description but all too true. So this story reminds me that "the Marines are a few good men". Badly used by the political class! Which "We, The Sheeple" bear the responsibility for. Argh! 

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JLINKEDIN: DeLorenzo, Michael [MC1970] Bureau Chief, Response, Florida Division of Emergency Management


DeLorenzo, Michael [MC1970]
Bureau Chief, Response, Florida Division of Emergency Management
Tallahassee, Florida Area
Public Safety

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JHQ: Étienne Lalonde on 11/7


Award-Winning Poet to Visit Manhattan College

Modern Languages and Literatures department to sponsor two writing workshops with Étienne Lalonde.

In conjunction with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Québec Government office in New York City, Manhattan College will host two writing workshops with celebrated poet Étienne Lalonde. Sponsored by the Modern Languages and Literatures department, the two workshops will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Miguel 202, and both are open to the public.

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JHQ: MC's library on Facebook; why?

O'Malley Library, Manhattan College | Facebook
O'Malley Library, Manhattan College. 17 likes · 16 talking about this.

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[JR: For some reason, the Library is on Facebook?]

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JHQ: Athletics Launches iPad App


Manhattan Athletics Launches iPad App

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan Jaspers iPad application recently hit the Apple iTunes Store, bringing numerous features to the most popular tablet device for the athletic department's 19 NCAA Division I sports teams. Manhattan's iPad application offers the latest news on Jaspers Athletics, live and on-demand video content, live stats and much more.

Fans can purchase the application for a one-time cost of $6.99 by searching "Manhattan Jaspers" in the iTunes Store. All Manhattan men's and women's basketball home contests that air on JasperVisionHD will be available live through the new iPad app. To access these live events, fans must also purchase a JasperVision subscription at GoJaspers.com. There are several subscription options on JasperVision, which include a 12-month, four-month or one-month package. Single game packages are also available.

Follow Manhattan Jaspers Athletics on Twitter, go to twitter.com/GoJaspers or visit the Facebook fan page.

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MFOUND: MC with no girls; no life



Friday, October 26, 2012

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While I was in high school, I decided maybe I would like to be an electrical engineer. My guidance counselor told me to take German because all the best books for that were written in German – so I took a class in German – big mistake. The teacher had such a strong German accent, I didn’t know if he was speaking English or German. I dropped out after only 2 months.

I then thought maybe Civil Engineering would be it. I knew 2 guys who had graduated a year before me who were going to Manhattan College for Civil Engineering. They said to go out of state for college. They had to wear a jacket and tie to class and, since there were no girls attending Manhattan College, there was no social life. Plus, since they lived at home, their parents expected them to get a night job to help pay for the school.

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[JR: That's what the "Mounties" were for!!!]

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MTWITTER: An observation about Jaspers


"Sam Adam" tweeting as ‏@sammmadam:

"I kind of just want to go to manhattan college because every boy I've seen here has been ridiculously h o t"

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[JR: Yes, girl, us Jaspers are!]

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JNEWS: Loehr, Gerald E. [MC????] State Supreme Court Candidate


Meet State Supreme Court Candidate Gerald Loehr
by Matt Bultman Politics 10/27/12 Comment
Gerald Loehr is seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District.

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Gerald Loehr is seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court in the 9th Judicial District.

Loehr is currently an elected Westchester County Court judge and acting state Supreme Court justice. He is one of seven candidates vying for three open seats in the 9th Judicial District, which consists of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.

The Daily Voice asked Loehr to fill out a questionnaire with some basic information. Answers were limited to 150 words. Below are his answers.

Name: Gerald E. Loehr

Age: 69

Family: Wife, Susan; children, Peter, Janine, Melissa, Jonathan, Cariana and Gerald; nine grandchildren.

Occupation: 1969 - 2004 practicing attorney, trials and appeals; elected Westchester County Court judge in 2004; appointed acting justice of the Supreme Court 2006 to present.

What town do you live in: Ardsley.

How long have you lived there: 28 years.

Party affiliation and ballot lines held: Democratic Party; endorsed by Democratic, Independence and Working Families parties.

Are you an incumbent?: Acting justice of the Supreme Court running for justice of the Supreme Court.

If so, years in office: Eight years as full-time judge in County and Supreme courts.

Other elected positions held or sought: Council member (two terms) and mayor of the City of Yonkers.

Civic organizations you belong to: Past chairman, Westchester County Solid Waste Commission; commissioner, Yonkers Civil Service Commission. Member: Justice Brandeis Law Society, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, various legal and judicial organizations.

Educational background: Manhattan College - B.B.A. in economics and industrial relations; Fordham University School of Law - Doctor of Law.

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Loehr, Gerald E. [MC????]

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JHQ: New York City Alumni Club Wednesday 11/28

"Why Thrillers Appeal to Us"
featuring author Michael Ledwidge '92

Join the College for a special networking reception of the New York City Alumni Club. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission is $40 per person ($25 for graduates of the last ten years, 2002-12).

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Mutual of America
320 Park Ave., New York, N.Y.

Michael Ledwidge, '92, is the author of three crime fiction novels and the co-author of eight worldwide bestselling thrillers written with James Patterson, '69. His critically acclaimed debut novel, The Narrowback, was nominated in the New York Times as one of the best novels about New York City written in the last quarter of the 20th Century. His second novel, Bad Connection, was optioned by George Clooney's production company. Since partnering with fellow Jasper and world's bestselling writer, James Patterson, in 2003, he is the co-author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers and is the co-creator of the Michael Bennett series, the top-selling New York detective series of all time.

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JHQ: Alma Mater takes the week off

Manhattan College
Manhattan College will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Safety and weather permitting, we encourage students to be with their immediate families.

For those who must stay, Residence Life staff will remain in place to assure normal operations of facilities. Gourmet Dining will continue to provide meals for students staying on campus in Locke’s Loft for the duration of the weekend.
See More
Hurricane Sandy Update
Message from President O'Donnell regarding Hurricane Sandy Recovery   Dear Members of the Manhattan College Community, These have been a trying few days for our city and our region, and

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MNEWS: Four MC preseason honors

Four Manhattan players named preseason all-conference


Posted: 12:38 AM, November 2, 2012


JOBIT: Rocks, Thomas M. [MC1955 RIP]

Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the class of 1955.

May He Rest In Peace.


2-Oct-25 @ 07:24


JOBIT: Rocks, Thomas M. [MC???? RIP]


JNEWS: Rubino, Richard J. [MC1979] CFO Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Dear John,

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



JNEWS: Rubino, Richard J. [MC????] CFO Aerie Pharmaceuticals


JNEWS: Loehr, Gerald E. [MC1965] State Supreme Court Candidate

Dear John,

I believe Gerald is a member of the Class of 1965.


On 10/28/2012 6:11 PM, Jasper Fjohn68 wrote:

JNEWS: Loehr, Gerald E. [MC????] State Supreme Court Candidate



28 October 2012

Dear John,

as we prepare for the hurricane called "Sandy", I took time out to look in my 1965 yearbook.

Gerald E. Loehr earned a B.B.A. from Manhattan College in 1965 See page 121 of the yearbook.


John Peter Rooney, B.E.E. , MC 1965

"The Navy Guy".


JBLOGGER: "artisticmotivation" [MC????] has stress

Stress 29 Monday Oct 2012

Posted by artisticmotivation in Uncategorized

As most other college students the most important stressor  that i have now  is just trying to succeed in getting good grades and finish out strong here at Manhattan College. To me there is a need to finish proving myself and showing Manhattan College that i was a good choice for their school. I have always stressed since young about  grades although i know that it is not worth everything. It is still one of my biggest stressor.


ENDNOTE: Not so free speech in "The Pepuls Republic of Wiskonsin"


H.S. Yearbook Won’t Include Student’s Baby, Suicide Victim

October 12, 2012 6:11 PM

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MENAHGA, Minn. (WCCO) – High school yearbooks are lined with memories both good and bad, but in Northern Minnesota, one high school wants to keep a few things from its pages.

A controversy is brewing at Menahga High School over the issues of teen pregnancy and suicide.

Kyle Kenyon would have been a senior this year, but committed suicide last January.

“The only way I can hold it together is with all the support we have,” said Peggy Havnes, Kenyon’s mother.

Around 100 classmates have signed a petition to get a memorial page in their yearbook, something Havnes would also like to see.

“I do think we need to use it as a teaching tool, because if we can prevent any other family from going through this, then we’ve accomplished something,” she said.

Trying to accomplish school can also be tough if you’re a new mother, but Stephanie Myers says her daughter is helping her reach her graduation goals.

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One thing you after admire about the liberal elite is their unique ability to rewrite history.

Not that parochial school was much different, but at least parents volunteered their children into these reeducaton camps. The Government Skrules, aka prison preparation 101, are forced on most.

I would think both of these events are both teaching moments and events worthy of memorialization.

FIrst Amendment issues aside. Yes, those pesky rules that say Gooferment can NOT regulate speech. Currently interpreted as "no no, if more speech is possible and it ain't fire in a crowded theater".  This seems to be a BIG first amendment issue. Given that all schools with the exception of Liberty University are nothing but glorified arms of the Gooferment.

IT would seem that these are fact. Sad facts of "prison" life in these youngsters' lives and should be captured.


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