JASPER JOTTINGS Week 23  - 2016 Jun 05   

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



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POSITRACTION: Glioblastoma defeated by polio



Bold Trials to Kill Vicious Cancer Type is So Successful, FDA Will Fast Track to Patients
by Terry Turner - May 18, 2016

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A bold cancer therapy that uses the polio virus to attack a form of brain cancer has been so successful, it’s been given “breakthrough status” from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The status means hundreds of patients can receive the treatment, before testing is even completed, or the FDA has finally given its approval— a process that can normally take years.

Glioblastoma is usually fatal within just months of diagnosis, but Duke University researchers developed the treatment that has resulted in quick and complete recoveries among patients in clinical trials.

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Wow, it has to be pretty overwhelming if the FDA actually “moves”.

Imagine if we applied more of our “human resources” to real problems and less to trivial ones?

NJ politicians this week debated making “Taylor Ham / Pork Roll” the “official” state sandwich of the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee.

Can you imaging a bigger waste of time and energy?

Sorry, but how many more of God’s miracles are hidden from us because of our own stupidity?

Well, Lord, thanks for this one. I’m sure that many patients will be saved “just in the nick of time.”

Dona Nobis Pacem

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) gives a "better than average"


Author Donald Costello

In Response To ENDNOTE: Chick-fil-A is an example of anti-Christian behavior

Submitted on 2016/05/28 at 10:00 pm


A better than average post.

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Costello, Donald (MC1954)

[JR: Thanks, nice to have your approval. Wait till next week. Laugh! ] 

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JLINKEDIN: Papandrea, Megan [MC2012] GWIM Senior Operations Analyst at BoA/ML



2016 05May 29 Papandrea

Papandrea, Megan [MC2012]
GWIM Senior Operations Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Union City, New Jersey
Financial Services

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JOBIT: McCormack, Arthur K. [MC1945 RIP] on 2016-May-26



Arthur McCormack
1924 - 2016
AGE: 92 • Pocantico Hills

Arthur K. McCormack, 92, of Pocantico Hills, passed away peacefully at his home on May 26, 2016.

Art was born to Alfred and Gertrude McCormack on Friday, February 29th, in the leap year of 1924. Raised in Yonkers, New York, he attended St. Denis Elementary School before enrolling in a preparatory program at Cathedral College. After high school, he spent two years at Dunwoodie Seminary and then completed his undergraduate work at Manhattan College, obtaining a degree in political science.

Art worked at Eastern Airlines, where he quickly rose through the ranks of ticket agent, supervisor and trainer to the position of manager at the East Side Terminal. After completing a masters program at Fordham University in 1966, Art became a member of the Social Studies Department at Fordham Preparatory School. In addition to his teaching duties, Art was the Director of Admissions, Financial Aid coordinator, and performed various other roles throughout his tenure. He was the first faculty representative elected to the Board of Trustees, on which he served from 1970 to 1996 including 20 years as the Board secretary. Art's career at the Prep spanned 44 years, and he was inducted into the school's Hall of Honor in 2009.

In addition to impacting the lives of those he taught, he served his community as an active parishioner of The Church of the Magdalene, as a member of the Rescue Hose Fire Department where he was a chief, at the Pocantico Hills Fire Department where he served as president, and as a long time member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick's.

Art is predeceased by his wife Regina (2013), and is survived by his five children: Sean (Marina), Kevin (Mary Anne), Kerry (Paul), Maureen, and Artie (Gina) as well as seven grandchildren: Colleen, Kevin Barry, Emily, Matthew, Madeline, Thomas, and William. His family is grateful for the wonderful care and friendship provided to him by Emmanuel Gariba.

Visiting hours will be at the Dwyer and Vanderbilt Memorial Home in Tarrytown on Monday, May 30th from 4:00-8:00. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 31st at 11:00 at the Church of the Magdalene, Pocantico Hills, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fordham Preparatory School at 441 East Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458 to establish a scholarship fund in the memory of Arthur K. McCormack.

Dwyer & Vanderbilt
90 North Broadway
Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591
914 631 0621

Published in the The Journal News on May 28, 2016


McCormack, Arthur K. [MC???? RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

              I believe that Arthur is a member of the Class of 1945.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McCormack, Arthur K. [MC1945 RIP]

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JOY: Horgan, Megan [MC2012] wed



2016 05May 29 Horgan


Horgan, Megan [MC2012] wed

Studied at Manhattan College

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JNEWS: McCourt, Joe [MC1967] Fanwood Memorial Day parade grand marshal



Memorial Day Ceremonies at 9 and 10, Parade to Begin at 10:45 Today
May 30, 2016 at 8:18 AM

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Parade on! Despite predictions of heavy downpours for Union County, the Memorial Day ceremonies will take place in Fanwood at 9:00 a.m. at the Fanwood Memorial Library and 10:00 a.m. at the Scotch Plains gazebo. The parade will kick-off as scheduled at 10:45 a.m., led by 2016 grand marshal, Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt.

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McCourt, Joe [MC1967]

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JLINKEDIN: Vitale, Vincent [MC1988] Principal Mechanical Engineer at Arcadis



Vitale, Vincent [MC1988]
Principal Mechanical Engineer at Arcadis
White Plains, New York

SummaryProfessional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, specializing in the design and engineering of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems for commercial and industrial applications including but not limited to:

• Systems using steam, hot water, chilled water, refrigerant, electricity, gas, and fuel oil.

• Mechanical design for boiler and chiller systems, built-up and packaged central station air handling systems including constant and variable volume, heat recovery systems, industrial ventilation, exhaust and dust collection systems, HEPA filtration systems, laboratory HVAC systems, computer room AC systems, and associated control systems.

• Mechanical of odor control systems including carbon adsorbers, wet scrubbers, fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) fans and duct systems, FRP covers, associated chemical systems, and controls.

• Mechanical system designs on sustainable projects registered with the US Green Building Council LEED program.

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JEMAIL: McNally, Cathy (MC1979) remembers Prans, George Paul [MCfaculty RIP]


Don't know if you have already reported this, but Dr. Prans, from the EE Dept, recently passed away. He taught at Manhattan for 41 years. He was an excellent professor.
Cathy McNally
McNally, Cathy (MC1979)
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Yes, thanks I caught it. But never hurts to confirm.
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JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1966) remembers a summer section with Dr. Hashimoto


Rentario Hashimoto, Ph.D. It was Summer Session, 1963, and I was taking a make-up course in calculus.  As did so many others, I also signed up for the basic philosophy course.  I had to be on campus and I wanted to lighten the load in the Autumn of my Junior Year. The first class was packed with 60-70 students.  There were so many people that I had to work my way to be the back wall to get a standing place.  It was hot and sticky.

We waited.  No teacher. About 10 minutes after the scheduled starting time, a Christian Brother walked into the room.  He yelled, “Quite, quiet!”   Then he asked, “How many of you are engineering students”.  About 30-35 students raised their hands.  Then, in a witchy voice (replace the “w” with a “b”), he shouted, “Get out”.  We left.

It seemed that the Arts Department had not considered engineering students wishing to complete their philosophy requirements in the Summer.  Of course, this upset the Christian Brother who responded in so humble a fashion.  I went over to the cafeteria (Plato’s Cave) for coffee, since I had picked up that habit in four years in the U.S. Navy.  Before I had finished my coffee, an engineering student ran in and said, “Come on, we’ve got a teacher.”  Hashimoto.

Robert T. Weil, Dean of Engineering, had negotiated a teacher for his engineers.  We filled up a classroom; it was hot and sticky. Dr. Rentario Hashimoto introduced himself, told us to quiet down and that we had a lot of work to cover.   He announced the required text as “Nature, Knowledge And God”, by Brother Benignus, Manhattan College Press, 1947, and then Dr. Hashimoto said, “We will refer to it from time to time”.  I do not recall reading much out of that book.  Dr. Hashimoto covered so, so much in that short Summer Session and I recall that I really liked the course. It was one of the most memorable courses I took at Manhattan. I really liked Rentario Hashimoto.

Later, in the Fall of my Junior Year, my girlfriend and I were in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  (Eileen C. Kennedy, BA Hunter College, 1963. She was my wife of 36 years: RIP 2001).  Dr. Hashimoto spotted us, and walked over to say hello.  He was very gracious, as I introduced Eileen to him.  He said, “Wait a minute.  Aren’t you an engineer? What are you doing here?” I looked over at Eileen, Dr. Hashimoto looked at me and then at her, and he smiled. I swear I saw a twinkle in his eye. 

John Peter Rooney BEE Manhattan 1965
(MSEE NJIT 1969)(MA History, Bridgewater State University 2000)

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[JR: Nothing like beautiful women to civilize injineers! Thanks for sharing. Sorry for your loss. I know the feeling. Dona Nobis Pacem. Did you have Doctor Zia for calc, hence the summer calc course? The gift that kept on giving D’s and F’s. "You injineer: Wrong sign, bridge fall down. Nooooo partial credit." with a big toothy grin. — Doctor Zia Spring 1967]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) disagrees about about Chick-Fil-A


I am writing regarding your end note about Chick-Fil-A. No one is suggesting that the owners of CFA can't hold their religious beliefs. What is being said is that when they bring their beliefs into the public square and associate them with their business - then those who disagree can feel free to not patronize this business which has been self-identified with less than tolerant beliefs. And there is nothing un-Christain about other people to take the same action regarding this business. This is not about their private beliefs - they are bridging sectarian views into the marketplace. This whole idea that there is some "war" on Christianity, because people are trying to get businesses not to discriminate against LGBTQ brothers and sisters, is just absurd.

Thanks, as always, for your efforts as CIC.
mike toner
BEE '72
Buffalo, NY

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[JR: Well, they aren’t free when the Mayor of New York declares, as Mayor, a boycott of them because of their quiet demonstration of faith (i.e., closed on Sundays). And threatens them. Public Officials have to hold their tongues because of their public office. Part of the First Amendment is the right of association imho. That’s OK for everyone but Christians. The Christian bakers are punished. Would you make a Jewish baker make a Nazi cake. Or a devout Muslim to make BLTs. There are no “groups”; just individuals. If they chose to bring their ideas to the marketplace, then leave them to the marketplace. Everyone discriminates at their own peril. Sometimes “discrimination” is good and proper. When the Gooferment gets involved, it makes everything worse with its “one size fits all solutions”. But thanks for the good words.] 

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JLINKEDIN: Sousa, Marcia Agostinho [MC1984] Residential Realtor at Weichert



Sousa, Marcia Agostinho [MC1984]
Residential Realtor at Weichert, Realtors
Roxbury, Connecticut
Real Estate

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JNEWS: Brancale, Lorraine [MC2016] looking forward to longer races now



Lifestyle change helps DeVito capture Memorial Day Run; Kosichenko is female winner
By George Kochman | kochman@siadvance.comon
May 30, 2016 at 1:50 PM, updated May 30, 2016 at 2:02 PM

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Kosichenko did not break, and the race came down to the last 600 yards, and it was no contest. Lorraine Brancale, finishing a fine career at Manhattan College, took a two week break after a long track season, but is looking forward to longer races now.

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Brancale, Lorraine [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Lorraine but Ibelieve that she MAY be a member of that Class of 2016.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brancale, Lorraine [MC2016]

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JFACEBOOK: Frawley, Liam [MC1990] fundraiser on 6/2


HELP for Liam Frawley Class of 1990:Fundraiser set for AD who has mountains to climb. A fundraiser is set for Tappan Zee AD Liam Frawley, a national education leader who is recovering from a brain aneurysm. Check out this story on lohud.com:http://lohud.us/26QOglN

This past January, Liam suffered an aneurysm and is on the road to recovery, but it will be a long and hard road. A Blood Drive in his name is being held on June 2 at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, New York from 8:30am to 8:30pm and a fundraiser has been planned for June 12, to help raise money for his continued care and recovery.A web site (frawleystrong.org) has been set up to help him and his family and to accept donations.

If there are any other questions or to donate anything you can, please visit the website or contact BJ Greco at bgreco@socsd.org Please spread the word!

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Frawley, Liam [MC1990]

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JOY: Horgan, Megan [MC2012] weds




2016 05May 29 Horgan

Megan Horgan with Jon Pierroz.
May 29
Married Jon Pierroz

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Dear John,

            I believe that Megan is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Horgan, Megan [MC2012]

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[JR: Duplicate is my fault. I like "JOY"!] 

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JLINKEDIN: Channell, John [MC2015] Recruiting Assistant at SearchPointNY



Channell, John [MC2015]
Recruiting Assistant at SearchPointNY
New York, New York
Staffing and Recruiting

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JNEWS: Seon, Jean Pierre [MC2004] ordained



Immaculate Conception To Celebrate Two Ordinations

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Born in Elmhurst, New York Deacon “JP” Seon attended Immaculate Conception School, Holy Cross High School and Manhattan College. After his college graduation, Deacon JP Seon was hired to become the Director of Campus Ministry for Holy Cross High School in July 2005. While working at Holy Cross High School he was still very involved at Immaculate Conception Parish taking up various positions within the Columbian Squires Program and eventually the Knights of Columbus. Deacon JP was a lector, a Eucharistic minister, a CCD teacher, and was also the head MC for all services at the parish.

Speaking of his call to the priesthood, Deacon JP shares “I was sitting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral awaiting the beginning of the Good Friday Service in 2010, and suddenly the urge to move forward and make the next step (to the priesthood) overwhelmed me. To this day I cannot describe what that particular feeling was, but I know that it was strong enough for me to make a phone call to Fr. Luke Sweeney that Monday afternoon. The call to the priesthood was no longer in the back of my mind; it was consuming me like the waves of the ocean in a storm. I had no choice but to answer the call, I didn’t see it as a duty; I saw it as a necessity.”

Deacon JP served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 2005-2006.

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Seon, Jean Pierre [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Jean Pierre is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Seon, Jean Pierre [MC2004]

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MNEWS: Rosario, Juan [MCstudent] enters Alma Mater on the GI Bill



Veteran journeys back to civilian life
Posted June 1, 2016
By Anthony Capote

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Juan Rosario has only been out of the military for three months, but he can already feel the stress of adjusting to everyday life.

While he was never deployed in active combat, Mr. Rosario spent five and a half years in the Air Force, at bases in Ohio and Texas. He said that during his service, he had to develop a whole new sense of himself.

“The military takes your identity — and I’m not saying that in a bad way — they just teach you to be a whole new person,” he said. “There are rules for everything, from how to properly send an email to how to do your actual job.”

Mr. Rosario is now a student at Manhattan College, receiving funding from the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program, which allows him to attend college nearly for free. He is majoring in philosophy, with minors in religious studies and chemistry.

“I didn’t realize how hard it would be to come back to school,” said Mr. Rosario, who is still on inactive duty.

“The military is very structured and out here, everything is chaos and you have to learn to do everything on your own.”

Mr. Rosario said he joined the military to follow in the footsteps of his brother, a Marine, but that he also did it to help support his family in New York City.

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Rosario, Juan [MC????]

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JNEWS: Darcy, Julia [MC????] 2017 Bristol’s ToY



South Side teacher named Teacher of the Year

Submitted by the Bristol Public School District

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:01 pm Susan

by Susan Corica

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BRISTOL — Bristol’s Teacher of the Year for 2017 is Julia Darcy, who teaches fifth grade at South Side Elementary School.

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She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in special education, both from Manhattan College. She earned additional credits in a reading specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Darcy, Julia [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Julia.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Mackey, Paul [MC1985] Real Estate Attorney at Schiff Hardin



Mackey, Paul [MC1985]
Real Estate Attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice

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MFACEBOOK: 15th annual Jimmy Quinn Met game


Christy Corcoran-Goldsmith

Calling all Jaspers!! We lost our fellow Jasper, Jimmy Quinn on 9/11. This year will be the 15th annual Jimmy Quinn Met game. What better way to honor him then have a great Jasper showing!

2016 06Jun 02 quinn


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JLINKEDIN: Pezzino, Meg [MC2006] Physical Therapist



Pezzino, Meg [MC2006]
Physical Therapist at fast track sports medicine and performance
Arlington, Virginia
Health, Wellness and Fitness

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JOBIT: Hoeffner, Clarence 'Larry’ [MC1948 RIP] on 2016-May-31



May 23, 1924 - May 31, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY Clarence (Larry) Hoeffner passed away peacefully at home on May 31, 2016 at 3:30 PM at the age of 92.

Larry is survived by the love of his life for 68 years, Virginia. They met as teenagers and married shortly after his return from World War II. They were married in Floral Park, New York on May 29, 1948.

Larry was born in Elmont, New York, May 23, 1924. As a youngster he enjoyed a number of sports and activities and even sang in the Paulist Choir for the Queen of England and FDR at the opening of the 1939 World's Fair. He helped his family run the Hoeffner Hotel in Elmont, New York and he spent time at Belmont Race Track, as it was less than a mile from his home. He was a gifted middle distance runner and hurdler at Bishop Laughlin High School in Brooklyn, New York. Upon graduation in 1942 he earned a track and field scholarship to Manhattan College.

World War II interrupted his college career but upon his return he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1948. He went on to earn his Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1951.

He was a Sergeant in the 112th AAF Base Unit during World War II, working as a firefighter on landing strips outside London, prior to D Day and outside Paris, after the successful invasion. Following the war he became a teacher at Power Memorial High School in New York and Physical Education Teacher, Health Teacher, Athletic Director, Track and Field Coach, Cross Country Coach and Bowling Coach for more than 35 years in Copaigue. During most summers in the 50s, 60s and 70s he supervised either the operations or restaurants at Captree and Robert Moses State Parks.

He was instrumental in founding the New York State Track and Cross Country Coaches' Association and the Long Island Track and Cross Country Officials' Association.

He and Virginia retired to Florida in 1988, living in Edgewater, Florida. They lived there until they moved to Oklahoma City in 2011. Larry enjoyed fishing, golf, basketball, gardening and bowling. He loved to share childhood stories of the New York Yankees; those stories included Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle. He also spoke often to his grandchildren and great grand children of what it was like to grow up in The Great Depression and what it was like to serve during the war in England and France. His stories always included the great acquaintances and friends he met during those years.

Larry is lovingly remembered by his sons: Donald Hoeffner and his wife Anna in California, Robert Hoeffner and his wife Marilyn in Oklahoma; his daughter: Christine Rottmund and her husband William in New York; his grandsons: Matthew and Jonathan Hoeffner in California, Craig Hoeffner in Washington, Danielle Hoeffner and Lori Spiegel in Florida, Courtney and Heather Rottmund in New York; his great grandchildren: Austin Hoeffner in Washington, Ella and Benjamin Spiegel in Florida; and his brother Robert Hoeffner in New York.A memorial service will be held later this summer on Long Island. Condolences for the family may be offered at: vrhoeffner@gmail.com

Published in The Oklahoman on June 3, 2016


Hoeffner, Clarence 'Larry’ [MC1948 RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for three causes


Joe Quinn asks for your prayers for:

  • A Jesuit named John, recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Annette who has dementia, please pray for her family as well.
  • Please pray for Karen who is struggling with her faith.

Please keep them and their Families in your prayers. We pray that God's love and Mercy are felt by them in their time of need. Thank you. God Bless.

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Alumni Connection June 2016



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ENDNOTE: "Free speech" on campuses


From Tom Woods email:

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Well, it happened again. Except this time, it was even worse.

Last night our old friend Milo Yiannopoulos had his speech at DePaul University disrupted by a couple delicate flowers.

I myself spoke at DePaul back around 2007, and even then there was a threat of protest, after a leftist professor (who had zero publications of significance, you'll be astonished to learn) wrote a column in the student newspaper accusing me of being a "white supremacist" -- which in non-hysterical language simply meant I was to the right of Bob Dole.

I was ready for them, believe me, but none showed up.

Milo wasn't so lucky.

In his case, student and "church minister" Edward Ward and a female accomplice jumped onto the stage and began chanting Bernie Sanders slogans. (I'm sure Bernie will issue a statement opposing the students and supporting free speech any minute now.) Milo was also threatened with a punch in the face.

Meanwhile, university security did nothing.

I'm sure if white students had disrupted a lecture by a black speaker, university security would likewise have stood by and done nothing.

Oh, wait.

Although, since such a thing never happens, ever, that theory can't be tested.

Ward later said, “This is not a point of shutting down free speech, it’s the point of shutting down hate speech.” And guess who gets to decide what constitutes "hate speech"?

Why, church minister Edward Ward, of course. And here's something else we could never have predicted: "hate speech" turns out to be speech Edward Ward disagrees with.

I've head a couple people on Twitter say Milo should have stood up and defended himself physically.


He did exactly the right thing. Let these savages prance around uttering their inanities for the world to see.

Don't let there be any ambiguity about what's happening. He's giving a speech, and they're disrupting it and threatening him with violence.

Oh, don't share the video and give the protesters more attention, some people say.

Wrong again. We want people to see the video. These people exist to shut others down. That is their goal. The sooner people realize this, and the sooner they understand we aren't dealing with two sides who shouldjust try to settle their differences rationally, the better.

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Never would have happened when I was at Alma Mater or the Prep or GSS. Some of the good Brothers outright challenges our thinking.

To the point of heresy, goring sacred cows, or forcing us to defend our thinking.

Now I realize they really didn’t care what particular crazy idea we were expounding — even if it was the “correct” idea — we had to stand up for ourselves and the idea itself.

I think graduates from these “safe space” Gooferment Skrules will be worthless as leaders, scientists, or just regular people.


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