Sunday 30 May 2004

Dear Jaspers,

OK, ok, ok, (four votes yes and one no), I have made the decision to move to distribution to the Yahoo Group Distribute_Jasper_Jottings! Everyone will be "invited" during the first week in June. You must accept the invite to continue receiving Jottings by email. The issue will still be on the Jasper Jottings website. We keep distributing the old way and the new way for the month of June. As of July 1st, there will be only two ways to get your Jottings fix, via Yahoo Group Distribute_Jasper_Jottings or on the 


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Sa Jun 12 '04 National Alumni Council meeting
         please contact Peter Sweeney ’64  (973) 353-7610

Fr July 30, '04, 11:30 A.M. Saratoga Race Course
           Paddock Tent, Saratoga Springs, NY
           Chairman:  Bill Chandler ‘70
           Club Leader:  Rev. Erwin Schweigardt ‘61

Mo Aug 2, '04 -- Seventh Annual Jasper Construction Golf Open
                            at Lake Isle Country Club, East Chester, New York.
                            Further details to follow. Joseph E. Van Etten (MC????)

Sa Aug 7, '04 -- Pete Matzke Memorial 5-Kilometer Road Race
                           The 1996 graduate and engineering student at Manhattan College died in
                           an accidental fall on the Cornell University campus in August 1997.
                          The Maine-Endwell Central School District is located
                                four hours northwest of New York City.

Mo Sep 20, '04 -- The 4th Annual James Keating O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic
               Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, Long Island.

               More info on this year's event will be posted online .
               By July online registration will be available as well.


My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:

- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)

- Iraq
- - Esposito, Steven G. (1981)
- - Mortillo, Steven F., son of Mortillo, Steve (1980)

… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.


27 up, and 27 down - at the age of 40, Randy Johnson pitches the best game of his life - and only the 15th perfect game in professional baseball since 1900.

The ESPN Story:

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Randy Johnson had pretty much done it all -- Cy Young Awards, a no-hitter, strikeout records, a World Series championship.

Only one thing was missing in his brilliant career, that rarest of pitching feats.

At the ripe ol' age of 40, the Big Unit took care of that, too.

Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.

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While today in our culture we don't respect age and / or experience, this demonstrates to me that we shouldn't be discounting the contributions the "old people", like myself can make. The TV pop culture values the crass sexploitation of the young. The values that made this a great country are "asleep" in the genes of the youth. Let's wake them up through good example. If we practice self-reliance, self-discipline, and right conduct, then we are living examples of the right path. When we demand proper conduct from others, we will recreate the civil society of our forefathers. 

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

"Collector-in-chief" John





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[Messages from Headquarters
(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]

From: Jasper Recruiting []
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 10:55 AM
Subject: Manhattan Alum

Executive Assistant/College Grad + 3-5 years exp
Global Marketing (BA degree)
50-55K+ Bonus
New York, NY


Established in 1986, we are a small privately held management consulting company that partners with corporate management teams in NYC, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut/Westchester. Particular emphasis is placed on ongoing needs and organizational structure during periods of change.


This position provides administrative support to the Senior Vice President, Director of Global Product Institutional Client. The Global Product Management team is responsible for new product development and product management strategies to continue the growth of US and Non US institutions representing billions in assets under management.

[JR: If interested, drop an email for the entire email. ]




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Pete Squires enters his seventh year as the head coach of Fairleigh Dickinson’s men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs.

A 1974 Manhattan College graduate, Squires’ track and field career spans the globe as an athlete, coach, administrator and entrepreneur. In addition to leading the Knights, he is also the President of the Metropolitan Athletic Association where he is responsible for organizing championships and meetings.

Squires was president of Globemark Sports and Event Marketing in Atlanta, Georgia, for four years prior to coming to FDU. Globemark, a limited liability company, provided sports, travel and hospitality services leading up to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Prior to his venture there, Squires worked at adidas USA in a variety of capacities. From 1988-91, he was the director of International Running, where he oversaw all contracted track and field athletes, both national and international. From 1986-88, Squires was national manager of Running, Track and Field as well as director of sports promotions, where he oversaw all major events at the college and professional levels. He started his association with adidas USA in 1977 as national promotions manager of Running, Track and Field, a position he held for more than eight years.

An entrepreneur who took advantage of the running boom in the 1970s and 1980s, Squires founded three running camps in the Northeast: Green Mountain Running Camp in Lyndonville, Vermont; adidas International Running Camp in New Milford, CT; and Reebok Newport Running Camp in Newport, Rhode Island.

As an athlete, Squires has run all distances from the mile (4:00.0) to the marathon (2:19:00). He was a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the steeplechase (1976) and marathon (1980). A two-time Connecticut Athlete of the Year (1974, 1981), Squires won the first marathon he ever entered (1977 Jersey Shore). A three-time winner of the Yonkers Marathon (1977, 1980, 1981), he was named New York Athlete of the Year in 1979, and was the Empire State Run Up world record holder for nine years (1981-90).

While a student-athlete at Manhattan, Squires earned All-America honors and the IC4A title in 1974 in the steeplechase.  That same year, he won the steeplechase title at the Penn Relay Carnival, breaking the Manhattan College record which still bears his name. Squires prepped at New Milford High School in Connecticut and Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he won a myriad of honors. His efforts as an undergraduate were recognized by his alma mater as Manhattan College made him one of their inductees in the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in December 1998.





Press Release

IT Governance Leaders Join Mercury Interactive

Mercury Interactive Adds Approximately 200 Kintana People – Accelerating BTO Leadership

Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 19, 2003 - Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation, (NASDAQ: MERQ), the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO), announced a number of key appointments in its newly formed IT Governance business unit and at the corporate level. The new leadership additions include Raj Jain as vice president and general manager of IT Governance, Tom Ryan, vice president sales and support of IT Governance, Keith Carlson, vice president of customer value, and Bob Eve, vice president of market development.

Mercury Interactive is also adding other key leaders including Bryan Plug, Ram Duraiswamy, and Nicholas Fergis-along with approximately 200 employees from the Kintana acquisition-in key positions across sales, marketing, engineering, support and professional services.

"The people of Kintana bring rich experience, leadership, talent, and ideas to Mercury Interactive," said Amnon Landan, CEO of Mercury Interactive. "Our new leadership in IT Governance and the 200 Kintana employees accelerate our ability to execute on our BTO strategy."

Reporting to Amnon Landan, industry-veteran, Raj Jain, will take responsibility for the executive management of the newly formed IT Governance business unit at Mercury Interactive. Jain has more than a decade of experience in software engineering, development, implementation, management and consulting, and co-founded Kintana where he served as president and chief technology officer. In 1999, Jain was chosen "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the San Jose Business Journal. He holds two degrees from Stanford University, a BS with Honors in Electrical Engineering and a BA with Honors in Economics.

Kintana's other co-founders Duraiswamy and Fergis will work with Jain on IT Governance strategy and key accounts. Plug, Kintana's former CEO, will serve as an advisor to Landan and his leadership team.

Tom Ryan brings more than 18 years of high technology sales experience to Mercury Interactive. Ryan will lead the company's global IT Governance sales force for Mercury Interactive. Ryan served as senior vice president, global sales, at Kintana, where he led a sales organization that spanned multiple vertical industries. Ryan received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Keith Carlson will be responsible for the combined Mercury Interactive professional services organization in the Americas, including customer education. At Kintana, Carlson was responsible for services, education, customer support, and alliances organizations and transformed the services group into a strategic component of Kintana's value-driven model for IT Governance. Prior to Kintana, Carlson was chief customer officer at DigitalThink, and a partner with Accenture, where he founded the global Siebel alliance, growing that business to more than 1,000 professionals worldwide.

Robert Eve will be responsible for Mercury Interactive market development and IT Governance marketing. Eve served as vice president of marketing and vice president of business development at Kintana. He brings extensive enterprise application experience from Oracle and PeopleSoft. He earned his BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and his MS in Management from MIT.

About Mercury Interactive Corporation Mercury Interactive, the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO), delivers Optane, a family of products for application delivery and management, that enables customers to optimize business processes and maximize business results. Customers worldwide use Mercury Interactive's Optane to improve quality and performance, reduce costs, and align IT with business goals.

Founded in 1989, Mercury Interactive is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices in more than 25 countries. Further information is available at or by phone at U.S. +1.408.822.5200. The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol MERQ.


[Liz Velasquez '98 reports: Thomas C. Ryan '85 (Thanks, Liz) ]




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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]

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The Baltimore Sun
May 23, 2004 Sunday FINAL Edition
HEADLINE: William F. Pelham, 79, professor of physics at Towson University
BYLINE: Jacques Kelly

William F. Pelham, a retired Towson University physics professor who photographed nature and still-life scenes, died of cancer Thursday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 79.

Born in Queens, N.Y., and raised on Long Island, he earned a degree in chemical engineering at Clarkson Institute of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y. During World War II he served in the Navy, where he worked in an experimental gunnery unit based at Norfolk, Va.

After the war, he earned a master's degree and doctorate in science education at Columbia University and simultaneously taught at Manhattan College.

After moving to Baltimore in 1955, he joined the science department of what was then Towson State Teachers College, where he remained for 35 years. He taught many courses but concentrated in physics and was department chairman.

"He was a master teacher and could explain fundamental concepts in physics with extreme clarity, excitement and wit," said a colleague and friend, Henry Chen, who lives in Towson. "It became understood that if Bill Pelham taught a course, it would turn out to be a gem."

Dr. Pelham was elected to the school's faculty senate for many years.

"At times he could be a critical voice, but people respected his intellect," Dr. Chen said. "Bill was a good speaker in the faculty senate. He was bright and was a marvelous conversationalist. He loved to tell stories, and he talked the way he lectured, sometimes with a finger in the air."

More than 60 years ago, Dr. Pelham took up black-and-white photography and later built a darkroom in his residence when he lived in Homeland. He often worked in available light and a Nikon camera. He later worked in color.

He also taught a course in photography at Towson. He made still-life and scenic photographs, which he exhibited at School 33 and other locations.

He was a member of the Maryland Chapter of Artists Equity for many years, and served as its president.

He was also one of the early presidents of Maryland Art Place.

"He had wonderful sense of humor, a dry wit and a twinkle in his eye," said Mary Ann Mears, a sculptor, friend and founder of Maryland Art Place. "He was a meticulous photographer. He had a scientist's love of natural phenomena and an aesthetic appreciation that played out in his photography."

"He was very fond of jazz, and he shared his large collection of CDs," said Terry Dymski, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County physics professor who lives in Towson. "He was a discerning jazz person who admired the work of piano player Bill Evans."

Dr. Pelham retired from Towson University in 1990. He then began to travel the world and every two months began another journey. Friends recalled he enjoyed holding dinner parties and serving martinis.

His wife of 52 years, the former Marilyn Neely, is a retired Florence Crittenton Services and Baltimore County special education teacher.

No funeral is planned.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Christopher Pelham of Warren, Conn., and Anthony Pelham of Port Orange, Fla.; a daughter, Celia Pelham of Maplewood, N.J.; a brother, Thomas Pelham of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

GRAPHIC: Photo(s), William F. Pelham enjoyed still-life and nature photography.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 23, 2004 Sunday Home Edition
SECTION: Business; Pg. 2F

In technology, it doesn't take long to see the world change in front of you.

Take Pat Falotico. In just 18 years with IBM, she's watched everything from the rise of the Internet to the explosion in sales of personal computers.

Consider it a reminder for anyone in the tech field --- you can start in one discipline, but expect to end up in another.

Today, Falotico works for IBM in Atlanta, where she's vice president of sales for small and medium business. Her territory covers the eastern United States.

Worldwide, this niche of IBM is responsible for about 22 percent of the company's revenue, or nearly $20 billion. In 2003, revenue increased 14 percent in the sector.

Falotico leads hundreds of staffers who are trying to make IBM a bigger player in this part of the technology business, which focuses on customers with 1,000 or fewer workers.

Falotico's job is one of the top positions in IBM's Atlanta operations and a far cry from her early days in New York, when she was helping sell the then-new IBM PC.

With 18 years at IBM, Falotico is a veteran. And she's part of an operation that has a long, if quiet, presence in Atlanta.

IBM has been here in one way or another since 1914. While IBM's Atlanta employment has ebbed and flowed over the years --- especially during the companywide cutbacks of the 1990s --- IBM now employs about 8,000 people in five different locations in metro Atlanta.

It's enough to make IBM one of the biggest employers in the city, with more staffers than such high-profile local companies as Coca-Cola and SunTrust Banks.

Falotico talked about her career and how she's moved up at one of the world's most famous companies.

Q: When you were going to college, were there very many women going into math and computer science?

A: It was pretty balanced by then. ... Probably 40 percent were women. When I started in it, there was a shift; you saw more and more women. Computer science was a new major as well.

Q: Why math and science?

A: I loved math. I liked the logic of it, so I wanted to pursue my education in math. Computer science was available as a double major.

Q: Did anything in your family life indicate you'd be interested in this sort of thing?

A: There was nothing. ... My parents both were high school graduates. My dad went into the service. My mom was a working mom. ... My dad was a postman.

Q: Is there anything you --- or IBM --- do to encourage more women to get into technology?

A: There's quite a number of things. ... We want girls to know there are plenty of options for them in the technology field. It's starting very young. ... IBM is a very good place for women to grow their careers, not only because options are open but because of the family/work-life balance programs. ... IBM makes those choices easier for women. When I had my son, I came back to work but only worked 30 hours a week.

Q: How did you come to join IBM in the first place?

A: I was in college. ... It was just as the personal computer was being brought to market. They recruited a big number of college students to come work in the summer. ... Those who could --- and I was one of them --- came on to really help the company to provide support for that product line. With a computer science background, I got the job, in New York City, and I never left.

Q: How did you wind up in Atlanta.?

A: I came to Atlanta 10 years ago. ... We needed to have a services offering for our education customers. I had been in that industry for all of my career up until then. ... The headquarters was based in Atlanta.

Q: Most people probably think of IBM as a company that serves big customers. Is it tough to sell IBM to small and medium-sized companies, as you are charged with doing now?

A: That's a constant drumbeat for us. ... I've got almost 500 people dedicated to the small and medium business across the East region.

Q: With a tech background, how did you make the switch to management?

A: Each door opens as you kind of walk across the room. ... I started with the technology background. What I enjoyed the most was the customer relationships. That gave me the ability to switch from technical to sales. ... I believed I was good at it, and one thing led to another.

Q: Do very many people successfully make the transition?

A: Back then, there were probably more people who did make the shift. ... Our leadership team believed you needed to start with a technical basis. ... Now that we've really focused on client relationships, we recruit people for their customer relationship skills.

Q: You're 41 ...

A: ... thanks for reminding me ...

Q: ... so you have many years ahead of you in your career. What would you like to do?

A: I'm really loving what I do now. I'm really focused on making us successful. If I have the opportunity to do that for a long time, I will. There's an opportunity for IBM to become a leader in this space.

GRAPHIC: Photo: Pat Falotico / W.A. BRIDGES JR. / Staff; Graphic: VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESS FOR IBM   * Age: 41   * Birthplace: Mount Vernon, N.Y.   * Family: Husband, Michael; son Michael, 12; daughter Anna, 4   * Residence: Marietta   * College: Bachelor's in math and computer science from Manhattan College   * Professional background: Currently vice president of sales for small and medium business for IBM; based at a facility in Atlanta; 18 years of work with IBM overall in a number of roles.   * Hobbies: Cooking and baking   * Favorite movie: "The American President." "I have been known to watch it every time it comes on TNT, even though I have the video."   * Favorite books: Anything by James Patterson or Dan Brown   * People she admires most: "My parents, for all they did to give us options we wouldn't have had otherwise."   * What she'd be doing if not in her current profession: Chef

LOAD-DATE: May 23, 2004




Newsday (New York)
May 23, 2004 Sunday

Make your game plan

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MANHATTAN COLLEGE, Draddy Gymnasium, 718-862-7795. Features: Division I men's and women's basketball. Tickets: Call.

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Sunday Mirror
May 23, 2004, Sunday
SECTION: Eire Edition; SPORT; Pg. 76,77
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Our man Keane talks to Kelly; JANUARY 4: First, as ever, with Gaelic news; AMBITIOUS: GAA president Sean Kelly

IN JANUARY we told you how New York had given the GAA a staggering 25 acres of prime Manahattan land to build a e40m super stadium to house the hybrid game. Now - in another Sunday Mirror EXCLUSIVE - GAA president Sean Kelly tells our man PAUL KEANE how he plans to help crack America

GAA President Sean Kelly is spearheading the association's drive to break America.

Kelly is in New York throwing his massive weight behind the ambitious Randall's Island GAA stadium project.

He flew over on Friday afternoon and met with investors after attending the official launch of the project.

The Sunday Mirror revealed exclusively back in January that project co-ordinator Monty Moloney, former chairman of the New York GAA board, has huge ambitions for the EUR40m venture and Kelly is fully behind him.

One of Moloney's primary aims is to lure the International Rules series between Ireland and Australia to the Big Apple.

In an exclusive interview Kelly revealed that he would love to be the first GAA president to bring the hybrid game to New York and America.

There's even a possibility of staging at least one International Rules Test at their new Randall's Island base as early as next year.

Last year's two Tests were held in Australia and the series will revert to Ireland on October 17 and 24 this year.

After that the next venue could be Randall's Island with Galway man Moloney predicting that a 10,000 all seater stadium will be in place to host the 2005 series.

Kelly confirmed: "It's not beyond the bounds of possibility at all.

"There's a possibility it could happen next year and it's something that has been discussed with the AFL.

"It would be a huge thing for the Gaels out there and I think that plan has great ambition.

"This is what you're going to see as evolution of the International Rules concept.

"We must look at ways of making the International Rules concept bigger and better and this is one way.

"New York would be a great place to hold an International Rules series, particularly at Randall's Island if there was a pitch developed there."

The stadium project is massive, though, and Kelly's backing, as the GAA's chief is significant.

His presence on Friday was a necessity to prove that the GAA 'is fully aware of and behind the drive' of their American cousins.

Moloney has promised a playing field to rival Croke Park, but that won't come without huge investment.

Fundraising activities have already been launched.

Kelly also met with high powered members of the New York community this weekend in Manhattan with a view to bankrolling more money for the stadium fund.

He added: "I met some of these people a few weeks ago in Dublin.

"I brought them out to Croke Park one morning and gave them a tour around. It's very important that they see the GAA and myself as president being behind this venture and fully committed to it.

"A lot of these people have serious influence and are very good to have on your side.

"It's a lot like lotto funding over here in that if you've got the right people in the right places then it makes things a whole lot easier.

"If you've got the known leaders behind you then you have a much better chance of succeeding."

The Randall's Island complex is 25 acres of prime land situated between the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.

The GAA acquired the land at no fee from the City and hope to develop and maintain their own section of the complex with on site restaurants, bars and shops.

At present the New York board have no base of their own in the Big Apple and rent Gaelic Park from landlords Manhattan College.

It's a restrictive practice. Moloney, who doubles as New York hurling boss, has bemoaned the difficulty in getting the keys to the venue to practice ahead of today's Ulster championship clash with Down.

Kelly will attend the game at Gaelic Park this afternoon, perhaps his last GAA game there if things go to plan.

He went on: "Randall's Island is a big opportunity and perhaps the last opportunity for the Gaels of New York to have a home of their own.

"For many years Gaelic Park was the mecca for Gaelic Games there, but they never owned it.

"Now they find themselves in a bad position. You have places like Chicago, Boston, London and Birmingham who have their own grounds and here we have New York without it.

"That's what my trip to New York as GAA president is all about, to try and right that wrong."

When up and running it is hoped that the stadium can be further developed to a potential capacity of around 25,000.

Moloney has also looked into and is favourable to the idea of a bubble style roof, easily dismantled, to allow games to be played in all conditions.

It is hoped that the first phase of the complex will be open by late 2005 with the possibility of an International Rules test or even series there to innaugurate it.

Kelly went on: "Whether it happens in 2005, 2006 or further down the line, it's something I can definitely see materialising.

"The International Rules is something that we'll be talking about over the weekend because it's evolution for the series, for the GAA and for Gaelic Games in New York."


"Galway are in great form, but I can't look past my native Kerry for the All-Ireland football title. It's difficult to call. Laois could come out with a good charge as could Tyrone, Armagh or maybe Dublin if they get going. But I'd be shot if I looked past my native county and Kerry have as good a chance as anyone."


"After seeing Waterford pull apart Clare last Sunday a lot of people will be hedging their bets on this year's hurling championship. Nobody could have predicted such a big loss. I always look to the league as a good indicator and while the likes of Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary won't be far away Galway are a very good bet."

LOAD-DATE: May 23, 2004




The New York Times
May 22, 2004 Saturday
Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Column 1; Metropolitan Desk; About New York; Pg. 1
HEADLINE: In the Bronx, A Graduation With Honor

KATHLEEN MERCADANTE took her place in the second pew of the main chapel at Manhattan College, joining the cap-and-gown sea of men and women about to receive a diploma. Cameras whirred and clicked in the back of the room, while outside, rain clouds parted for the sun to bless a graduation day in the Bronx.

On one side of the center aisle sat dozens of young adults waiting to receive master's degrees in education and engineering. And on the other side, people in their 30's, 40's and 50's, a few with gray hair beneath their caps, and old enough to be the parents of those in gowns to their right.

These older graduates had finished Manhattan's Adult Degree Completion Program, which is intended for people who once began but never finished their college careers, because of children or hardship or just life. According to its director, Jeff Katz, the program helps people to ''complete what has been unfinished.''

Ms. Mercadante sat among these older graduates about to receive a bachelor's degree. She did not fidget; she did not share whispers. She sat with back erect and eyes trained on a podium arrayed with academics in gowns. Her mortarboard cap fit snug on her auburn hair.

In a way, she could not believe where she was. She is 37, with a husband and two children, including a daughter just three years from being of college age. Then again, she thought, this is where I belong. This is exactly where I belong.

Less than an hour before, Ms. Mercadante and her two older brothers, Daniel and Thomas -- steamfitters both -- had discussed among themselves who would sit where. Who would wear the cap and gown?

''Honestly, we all wanted to go up there and get it,'' she said later. ''Then my brother Danny, the oldest, turned to me and said, 'I think that you should go up and receive it.' And you know what? I was so hoping that that was the way it was going to happen.''

Then there she was, among the first row of graduates being beckoned to stand to the side of the chapel. Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, the college president, stood ready to present diplomas, shake hands, and wish all the best in the future.

Mr. Katz began to call out the names from the lectern, and one by one, in alphabetical order, working men and women stepped forward to grasp what they had finally earned. And when Ms. Mercadante appeared at the front of the line, Mr. Katz called out the name:

''Colleen Carey.''

Ms. Mercadante remained still, her face set in an expression that said I will not cry, as Mr. Katz explained that Colleen Carey had died -- and that Kathleen Mercadante would be accepting the diploma for her older sister, Colleen, college graduate.

Colleen Carey died last June, suddenly, of diabetes; she was 42. She loved to cycle and to golf and to tell jokes. She loved taking her nieces and nephew to concerts and plays. She loved helping her neighbors, so it was only natural that when one of them became ill, she treated him to takeout and cared for his cats. Oh, and she loved cats.

Colleen especially loved education, no matter how life often sidetracked her pursuit of a college degree. Little by little, though, she collected credits at local colleges, and when she learned that Manhattan's adult program was being made available to employees at the Entergy Corporation, where she worked as a manager, she seized the opportunity.

''She always wanted to better herself,'' her sister said. ''She wanted more. And I guess she knew that without her bachelor's degree, it wasn't going to happen.''

COLLEEN constantly emphasized the importance of an education to her family, and supported her younger sister's decision to pursue an associate's degree. But Ms. Mercadante had to drop out.

''There were just a few too many things going on,'' she said. ''I finally had to say, which ball am I running with today? School will have to wait. But I'll pick it up again when the time is right.''

When finally Ms. Mercadante stepped forward to accept her sister's degree, she felt gratitude to Manhattan College, for making the moment possible. She felt admiration for all the people around her who had worked so hard. She felt pride in her sister's accomplishment, and a little angry. More than anything, she wanted to be in the gallery, snapping photographs of Colleen in cap and gown.

After a moment that seemed like a lifetime, Kathleen Mercadante stepped forward, collected a handshake, good wishes and a diploma, and returned to her seat.

''When I sat back down,'' she said, ''I was trembling.''

LOAD-DATE: May 22, 2004

[JR: A great act of compassion for a grieving family.]




NBC News Transcripts
SHOW: Today (7:00 AM ET) - NBC
May 19, 2004 Wednesday
HEADLINE: NBC's Today show, 8:00 AM
KATIE COURIC, co-host:

We're back at 8:00 on this Wednesday morning, May the 19th. And contrary to that song by Steely Dan, I am going back to my old school. In fact, I did. I returned to my high school in Arlington, Virginia, to see how teens are coping with all the pressure they face to get into top colleges. We'll show you that report in just a moment.

Meanwhile, inside Studio 1A on this Wednesday morning, I'm Katie Couric along with Al Roker. And we want parents and kids everywhere to feel a little bit better this morning, so if your college-bound child set his or her sights on a top Ivy League school, it's worth bearing in mind that some of the most admired Americans did not go to Harvard, Princeton or Yale. In fact, Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Morehouse College. Colin Powell went to the City College of New York. Billionaire Warren Buffet, well, he went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. And Rudy Giuliani, Manhattan College; Bill Cosby, Temple University; and poet Maya Angelou never even went to college. And let's not forget that Stephen Spielberg was rejected, yes, rejected by the famous film schools at UCLA and New York State.

AL ROKER reporting:

So there.

COURIC: Don't you feel better now?

ROKER: That's right. SUNY, Oswego.

COURIC: Anyway, my trip to TODAY'S CLASSROOM begins in just a few minutes. But first, Matt has an important medical story. Matt:

MATT LAUER, co-host:

Katie, that's right.

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USC Receives Athletics Certification Status From NCAA - USA
... week: Belmont University, Coastal Carolina University, Kansas State
University, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Manhattan College,
Mercer University ...
USC Receives Athletics Certification Status From NCAA
Gamecock Program Successfully Completes Second Phase of Certification

May 21, 2004

Columbia, SC -

The NCAA Division 1 Committee on Athletics Certification announced this week that the University of South Carolina has successfully undergone the Association's second cycle of athletics certification and has been officially certified by the NCAA.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993. The certification, which is a self-study led by an institution's chief executive officer, includes a review of several primary components, including governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; equity; welfare; and sportsmanship. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division 1 membership.

The following universities received certification notice this week: Belmont University, Coastal Carolina University, Kansas State University, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Manhattan College, Mercer University, Niagara University, University of Notre Dame, San Jose State University, University of South Carolina.





Fernando Almeida explains sustentabilidade

Day 19 of August, the engineer and executive president of the Brazilian Enterprise Advice for the Sustainable Development - CEBDS, Fernando Almeida, made lecture on the subject the good business of the sustentabilidade, that is also the heading of the book that it launched for the New publishing company Border. According to it, the idea to write the book was not motivated only by the necessity, but yes with the objective to organize its experience as ambient engineer in the public universities, agencies e, more recently, as representative of the enterprise sector. In the book it shows, through research and of experiences, a pragmatic vision on the benefits gotten for the society when he starts to incorporate the sustentabilidade concepts.

One of the described cases of sustentabilidade for the writer, also in its lectures, is the inclusion of the Cemig in the Dow Jones Sustainability, in function of its social programs and its ambient responsibility. The election of the companies is carried through in 26 countries and it classifies them for its corporative sustentabilidade. The Cemig was part of this group for two consecutive times, 2000 and 2001, in a survey made in more than 2,500 companies of 62 industrial branches. Fernando Almeida is formed in civilian-sanitary engineering for the UERJ and has mestrado course of in Engineering of the Environment for Manhattan College, U.S.A..


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Fernando Almeida explica sustentabilidade

Dia 19 de agosto, o engenheiro e presidente executivo do Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável – CEBDS, Fernando Almeida, fez palestra sobre o tema O bom negócio da sustentabilidade, que é também o título do livro que ele lançou pela editora Nova Fronteira. Segundo ele, a idéia de escrever o livro não foi motivada apenas pela necessidade, mas sim com o objetivo de organizar sua experiência como engenheiro ambiental nas universidades, órgãos públicos e, mais recentemente, como representante do setor empresarial. No livro ele mostra, através de pesquisas e de experiências, uma visão pragmática sobre os benefícios obtidos pela sociedade quando passa a incorporar os conceitos de sustentabilidade.

Um dos casos de sustentabilidade descritos pelo escritor, inclusive em suas palestras, é a inclusão da Cemig no Dow Jones Sustainability, em função de seus programas sociais e de sua responsabilidade ambiental. A seleção das empresas é realizada em 26 países e as classifica por sua sustentabilidade corporativa. A Cemig fez parte deste grupo por duas vezes consecutivas, 2000 e 2001, em um levantamento feito em mais de 2.500 empresas de 62 ramos industriais. Fernando Almeida é formado em engenharia civil-sanitária pela UERJ e tem curso de mestrado em Engenharia do Meio Ambiente pelo Manhattan College, EUA.


[Liz Velasquez '98 reports: According to our database he is not a graduate of the College. (Thanks, Liz) ]




CIC'S SUGGESTION: Everyone who works for a major corporation should send resumes placed here into their HR system or department. While you may not see the value, it may be that one thing that delivers an opportunity to a fellow Jasper that changes their life.

FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: Your resume can be sent to employers who contact our office seeking to fill positions. For more information contact the Recruitment Coordinator at (718) 862-7965 or Email to

Actual jobs at MC are at: 

[No Resumes]




The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result
5/30/04 Sunday Baseball   MAAC Championships   Dutchess County Stadium   TBA 
6/3/04 Thursday Baseball   NCAA Regionals   TBA   TBA 
6/4/04 Friday Baseball   NCAA Regionals   TBA   TBA 
6/5/04 Saturday Baseball   NCAA Regionals   TBA   TBA 
6/6/04 Sunday Baseball   NCAA Regionals   TBA   TBA 
6/9/04 Wednesday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Austin, TX   TBA 
6/10/04 Thursday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Austin, TX   TBA 
6/11/04 Friday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Austin, TX   TBA 
6/12/04 Saturday Track & Field   NCAA Championships   Austin, TX   TBA 
6/24/04 Thursday Track & Field   USATF Juniors   Buffalo, NY   TBA 
6/25/04 Friday Track & Field   USATF Juniors   Buffalo, NY   TBA 
6/26/04 Saturday Track & Field   USATF Juniors   Buffalo, NY   TBA 
6/27/04 Sunday Track & Field   USATF Juniors   Buffalo, NY   TBA 


[Sports from College]



[Sports from Web]

Newsday (New York)
May 26, 2004 Wednesday


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Manhattan College second baseman Sam Deluca (Hackley) was named MAAC baseball Rookie of the Week. Deluca helped the Jaspers in their sweep of Fairfield last weekend, batting .412 with 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases.

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Newsday (New York)
May 25, 2004 Tuesday


Manhattan College's women's basketball team has signed four more players, including two junior college transfers.

Guadalupe Godinez, a 5-5 guard from Phoenix College, averaged 11 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals.

Jennifer LePinnet, a 5-11 forward, was MVP of the SUNY-Delhi team, averaging 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals last season.

The Jaspers also signed 5-10 guard Gabrielle Cotrell out of Prospect High School (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and 5-10 guard Lisa Kuchinski, from Red Bank Catholic in New Jersey.

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Daily News (New York)
May 24, 2004 Monday

Manhattan's recruiting class of three players for next season already was considered exceptional, but over the weekend it got exponentially better. The Jaspers have landed C.J. Anderson from Laurinburg Prep (N.C.), the highest-rated recruit Bobby Gonzalez has brought to the Bronx.

Anderson is a 6-6 small forward from Cincinnati who passes and handles the ball well. Manhattan emerged with his commitment after engaging in a recruiting war with Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph's, Mississippi and Georgetown.

Recruiting analysts believe Anderson is the Jaspers' best recruit since Gonzalez took over at Manhattan. Anderson liked the Jaspers because of their winning ways and two straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Manhattan was able to get Anderson in part because he did not complete the NCAA-mandated academic requirements for freshman participation until recently. Interest shown by some elite programs waned when he did not qualify right away.

Anderson, who averaged 20 points at Winton Woods HS two seasons ago, was the seventh-leading scorer at last summer's Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J. He was named to the camp's all-star game. He visited Manhattan's campus two weeks ago and gave Gonzalez a verbal commitment on Saturday.

He joins 6-7 Arturo Dubois from Rice High, 6-1 C.J. Lee from Pittsford-Sutherland in upstate Rochester and 6-3 Jeff Xavier from St. Rafael's of Pawtucket, R.I.

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AREA collegians
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Cleveland,OH,USA
Brett Warmington (Hudson) - The junior defender on the Division I men's
lacrosse team at Manhattan College, NY, was named first team All-Metro
Atlantic ...
Saturday, May 22, 2004

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Brett Warmington (Hudson) - The junior defender on the Division I men's lacrosse team at Manhattan College, N.Y., was named first team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He also was named to the All-MAAC Championship Tournament team after the Jaspers (8-7) upset top-seeded Marist College, N.Y., to advance to the championship game.  

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From: Patrick J. O'Neill [1988]
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 11:11 PM
Subject: Mark Your Calender - Long Island Japer Golf Outing - September 20, 2004

Friends of Manhattan College:

The 4th Annual James Keating O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic/Long Island Jasper Golf Outing will be held on Monday, September 20th benefiting Manhattan College.  This year's event will again be held at the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, Long Island.

Last year's event raised over $25,000 and brought the James K. O'Neill '90 Scholarship Fund to over $100,000 at Manhattan College.  This is due to the generosity of alumni, friends and family of James.

More info on this year's event will be posted online  By July online registration will be available as well.  Photos from last year's event can be found online as well as more info on the Foundation. We hope to see you on September 20th!

JKO Foundation


4th Annual JKO Golf Classic

Monday, September 20th, 2004


James Keating O'Neill

James wrote the following about himself for his applications to NYU and Columbia's MBA programs the spring before he died.  He was accepted at both and was looking forward to attending NYU in the fall of 2000.

By James O'Neill

In this essay, I want to give you a brief snapshot of who I am and what is important to me.

I am newly married to a beautiful woman named Kathleen; I have never been so happy. We live in a nice house I myself built for us in Riverdale.

I grew up in New York City. As an Irish-American Catholic, religion has always been important in my life. I attended Catholic schools and was active in a variety of church-based activities, including our folk music group. I became a member in 1981 and led the group from 1990 through 1995. As leader, I was responsible for recruiting new members, choosing and arranging music, running practices, and leading the music at Mass. Although the group is no longer active, we still play at special events and places, including a group home for those with cerebral palsy. The people who live and work there greatly enjoy our music, singing and dancing while we play. It is a wonderful feeling to bring joy to others.

In addition to church activities, I am also active in sports. I lettered in cross-country, track, and tennis in high school and have continued to be athletic. Beyond the obvious enjoyment of competition, participation in sports has provided me with some of the most important people in my life - my friends. Together, we learn the values of teamwork and loyalty.

I have two additional passions in life: cars and real estate. I built my first car when I was 17; it was a complete restoration of a 1965 Mustang. I have built and owned four Mustangs and a host of other cars since then. I also salvaged my current car, a 1997 Mercedes Benz, from a flood. I enjoy working on cars; it takes in-depth technical knowledge, hands-on ability, patience, and an exacting attention to detail to ensure everything functions when the project is complete. I also have an interest in houses and real estate. I recently completed a gut renovation of my house. Although I contracted out some of the work, I performed most of it myself. I worked under a strict schedule to complete the house before my wife and I were married, and I honed my negotiating skills as my fiancée and I created a house suitable for each of us.

The final thing I would like to tell you will help you better understand who I am. Every year at Christmas, I make my own cards and hand-deliver them on Christmas Eve. Over the years, I have made many cards, some simple, others more ornate. This tradition brings such great joy to my friends, most of who now leave something for me on my travels. It also gives me time to reflect on my past year and all I am thankful to have. During my delivery, I try to identify any major shortcomings and find ways to correct them. I find this a peaceful way to welcome Christmas and make myself a better friend.





[JR: I wrote this to advise a fellow Jasper. I didn't have his ok to id him / her, so I am just passing along my thoughts. ]

From: Reinke, F. John (An IT Guru for hire)
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 1:02 PM
To: a fellow Jasper
Subject: RE: responding back


Have you visited with Ms Apel, the MC Jobs Lady? It would seem to me that she should be your first stop.

More so then when I was starting out, they have a bunch of aptitude and interest test that help steer you to type of job, industry, locale, and "stuff", that can take you a long long time to find out on your own. I happened to be into programming before it was "cool" and before I was in College. I actually took a Fortran course at the College when I was a senior at Manhattan Prep. Before I started classes, I had already been working in the College computer room in the "new" engineering building on a cutting edge cdc 7090 machine for 4 $/hr. As a frosh I was a shift "manager" and in may sophomore year I found out that I could work less hours at AT&T datacenter for about 11 $/hr with "benefits". I tell you this not as a model for how it should be done, but, that you can work your way along without ever taking the time to "decide" what you really want to do.

Once you have your "direction" decided, then you can chase targets. There are several Jaspers who are headhunters and can "steer" you in the right direction. There are many Jaspers who are senior execs and will talk to you if you ask for help. I recommend Lucht for guidance on the networking interview. (Example, don't embarrass a net contact by asking for a job, everyone knows you are looking. If they have one, they'll offer. Remember your objective "information". And a call if they "hear of a opening".).

You can float your targets or resume thru jottings and see who knows what.

Hope this helps,  John

P.s., we should put this in jottings for the benefit of our fellow alums.


Lucht's "Job Changing At $100K+"
Just gives you a ton of great information, especially about the "networking interview".
Lucht's workbook
A useful tool to keep yourself organized. I wish I had followed it tighter and more disciplined.
Cold Calling #1
Getting thru the mechanics of cold calling.
Everyone hates it. But, it's essential.
Cold Calling #2
Great scripts and gets you through the "telemarketing" self-image.
Gives you the idea of how to manage and build a process. (A thousand "no"s gets to one "yes")
Peale's "Power of Positive Thinking"
This would help you adjust your mental viewpoint from being so negative.
Hill's "Think & Grow Rich"
You'll learn that the only thing we really control is our own thinking.




From: Rob Kuhn [1973]
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2004 3:06 PM
Subject: Don't Really Like the View From the Soapbox, But Couldn't Restrain Myself

Dear John:

Thanks, as always, for your hard work in supporting this community.

I'm not sure which is likely to lose you more subscribers, switching to Yahoo for distribution, or publishing any old political propaganda sent to you by an alumnus. If I had to guess I'd say the "Clash of Civilizations" - a sketchy and simplistic overview, with misleading transitions that result in unclear exposition (and for all I know, revisionist backfill) - might rate a C- at best in any history class at Manhattan.

If one hopes to establish a document as valid historical scholarship, introducing it in a partisan political context is not necessarily a smart way to go. It just sends up a big red flag immediately. And, then the ultimately flimsy result, including ad hominem attacks, is not unexpected.

I am not a historian. I am not even an especially well-informed citizen. But I have enough common sense to see when someone has decided to try and sell me a pile of crap.

I will not attempt an end-to-end critique here. I don¹t have the time or the requisite knowledge for that. I just want to suggest that urging one's audience to vote as you do based on an argument that's got more holes in it than a piece of Swiss cheese is unwise in many ways - including possibly insulting those whom you hope to sway.

- National and international anti-American radical leftist groups were behind the Dean phenomenon? Mr. Abraham may want to catch up with a little innovation called the Internet - if he's looking for a prime cause behind the Dean spike. (Of course, he overestimated this local threat when he published his article back in January.)

- If the Bush administration has such a well-organized plan (even presuming it deserves to be considered the execution of a policy), why have they turned desert sand into virtual muck in which neither the occupation forces nor the local leaders are able to move forward effectively towards the objective of a democratic society? The recent revelations about treatment of Iraqi prisoners highlight the floundering lack of focus on the stated objective. (And that is putting it very mildly.)

- "Imagine a world where al Qaeda regimes control 75% of the world's oil." I prefer to imagine a world where fossil fuels that pollute air and water are not the principal source of energy, OK? Where is the strategy of the current administration for moving quickly towards that sort of reality? Where is the discussion of the personal relationships between the Bush and Bin Ladin families? Couldn't the author find a way to integrate that socio-economic microcosm into his religion-based thesis? I guess I should be more sympathetic. It's tough to figure out whether such a discussion would belong before or after the bashing of a true humanitarian, who has made it a personal mission to help people - real people, regardless of their religions and political ideologies - by eradicating diseases that flourish in their third world homelands.

I support the Americans who have been placed in harm's way, who are risking their lives to protect what they believe in - including the right of each one of us to have his or her own opinion about whether this country's leadership acted wisely when it sent them there to begin with. I wish they could all return safely. But Masters of War live in all lands. Somebody please wake me up when we get to the Tenth Great Jihad.

Here's my "final footnote": That this poor excuse for a strategic view of history should be promoted by someone who has apparently been responsible for military intelligence is as sobering news as I have had in quite some time.

Reason help us!

John, if you get your Yahoo setup squared away, perhaps you might want to require or encourage separation of "school and state" - and segregate political correspondence and discussions away from simple current news of the school and alumni. Just a thought.

Final "final footnote": Regarding the "independent agencies," that's just overhead. How fast are we spending $5.9 billion in the Middle East these days? For one thing, I enjoy watching public television. At least "The News Hour" on Channel 13 (NY) did not get bashed (as sponsors did to "Nightline") for regularly saluting every service man and woman who has given his or her life since we attacked Iraq.

Rob Kuhn, '73

"Mr. President, Where's my Job ? !"
-- Firesign Theatre, 1971




[JR: I wrote this to the MC Computer Governance Committee to urge them to plan for more "thin client" exploitation. I copy it here because you all might be interested in alternative to high priced software. No warranties or guarantees. You get what you pay for. Especially true with any free advice. ]

Dear fellow CGC-ers,

In my travels (virtually) around the net, I was thinking about the technology challenges ahead. I have been focusing on Linux / Opera / OpenOffice and what that would do to the tech landscape should they catch fire. WalMart's under 300$ pc and under a 100$ software suite is certainly a dramatic closing of the digital divide that sees to be worrrying everyone.

(Except me. I have always thought that the American poor, as opposed to those living in ABJECT poverty, like you see on TV, could always figure out a way to "get" technology if it was truely important to them. For a while there, before DELL's last price drop to position a reasonable system for 499$, PeoplePC was "leasing" new hardware with an internet account, pay 20 $ per month for four years and keep the hardware at the end. Sort of like a Gillete, buy the blades the razor is free.)

So that's $250 a year for four years. WallMart was ~ $400 in year one and WallMart inet was 11 $ per motnh.

So the divide is pretty narrow, FMPOV!

Here is another "closure". SimDesk is giving "free" software and making it "hostable" or "remotable" or some other way. According to them, and the stories being told about them, it runs on any windows box, runs thin client from the net, and on all sorts of platforms.

As usually, they want the government to provision it in Libraries and use it in Government. The business model is not clear.

But, as a user, it does work. I have not tested it more than make it email, read a word doc, write a wod doc, exchange it with Office XP 2003, and played with the PIM. So it is more than vaporware.

If this is the case, then the digital divide is closed. Use if from your library, Kinko's, or with your own hardware of any vintage. If you need inet, buy it from WalMart.

So if anyone doubts the technology trend is towards a low cost / zero cost model, then let's chat. I would like to understand what you see.

Hope all's well, John


Houston: We have a problem with Office Last modified: January 23, 2003, 3:30 PM PST By David Becker  Staff Writer, CNET

                update Houston has begun to phase out Microsoft Office for its 13,000 city workers in favor of Web-based software from a local start-up.

The Texas city signed a five-year, $9.5 million contract last year with Houston-based SimDesk Technologies to provide city workers and, eventually, up to 3 million city residents with the company's software and services.

SimDesk offers a package of more than two dozen applications covering basic PC tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, calendars and e-mail. The applications include a subscription to SimDesk's Web-based services, which allow customers to store documents, messages and other data on a central server run by SimDesk. This data can be retrieved and manipulated from any device with a Web connection, including cell phones and handheld computers.

Ray Davis, SimDesk's founder and president, said the key to making it work is an extremely efficient protocol for transferring data to and from SimDesk's central server. The company has a single 32-processor Unisys server capable of handling 21 million users.

"It's not the typical client-server relationship," Davis said. "We use a patented, proprietary transfer protocol...that uses a very specific load-balancing technology we developed. Whether you're using a cell phone or the fastest Internet connection at the office, it reacts the same. You don't have to worry about bandwidth."

Such efficiency is the ticket to turning the hype surrounding Web services into reality, Davis said.

"Web services is a great idea; ubiquitous access to your data from any device is a great idea," he said. "But when you go and look at the costs and infrastructure involved--a school system can't afford the servers and software and routers involved in creating that type of environment. We've stripped away all dependencies that normally would be involved in handling Web services. We have no dependencies on Microsoft, Sun (Microsystems), Oracle or Linux."

Houston officials heard about SimDesk two years ago and began testing its software and services on public library PCs last year. Richard Lewis, chief information officer for the city, said response to the library trial was so good that when the city began looking for alternatives to Microsoft Office, SimDesk was a leading contender--in part, because Microsoft enacted last year potentially expensive new licensing plans.

"Microsoft respects the right of any customer to review software alternatives, but the discussion should go beyond price," a Microsoft representative said. "Office has a proven track record."

The resulting contract with the city of Houston calls for the installation of SimDesk on half of the 13,000 PCs used by its workers. Houston's Lewis said city workers have begun phasing in the software in four departments with a total of about 1,000 desktops. Workers switching to SimDesk will also get new hardware--a stripped down "Internet appliance" without PC frills such as local storage.

Lewis said that if the new software and hardware allow city workers to do their jobs without any sacrifice in productivity, the introduction of the project will be accelerated, promising significant savings in hardware, software and administration costs.

"I won't know for months whether this is going to really be a feasible alternative to Microsoft in the enterprise," he said. "If it is successful, we're only going to be buying Internet appliances for the next two years...The notion of trying to reduce your software license costs, you hardware costs, your support costs--those are all good, solid business goals, and we're obligated to pursue those where we can."

The third phase of Houston's SimDesk experiment allows any Houston resident with a library card--up to 3 million users--to install and use the application, all subsidized by the city as part of the contract with SimDesk.

Lewis said the goal is to ensure that every Houston resident has access to basic PC functions, whether they're using a public PC at the library, an old-hand-me-down laptop or a $50 Internet appliance.

"That's really what's driving this--our mayor (Lee P. Brown) is going to be the first mayor on the planet to really bridge the digital divide in a major city," Lewis said. "It just makes sense to make sure all sectors of our community have access to these kind of productivity tools."

The city of Chicago recently agreed to a pilot program using SimDesk, and Davis said the company is negotiating with Los Angeles and the national government of Brazil.

Thick and thin SimDesk applications will open and edit most common data formats, but they don't include all the bells and whistles of Office and other full-fledged applications. Davis said he expects that many clients will continue to provide Office or similar applications for some power users, while using SimDesk for average workers and to provide universal access.

"We are not trying to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft Office," he said. "SimDesk can work alongside Microsoft Office, but it can do a lot more. You can't access an Office document on your cell phone."

Microsoft has endured a number of high-profile defections from its products in recent months. Hewlett-Packard, Sony and other PC makers have ditched Microsoft Works, the lower-priced consumer version of Office, in favor of cheaper software packages from Corel and Sun.

Paul DeGroot, an analyst for research firm Directions on Microsoft, said such high-profile customer losses don't pose an immediate threat to Microsoft, but they signal changing attitudes that could hurt the software giant.

"It's not something Microsoft can be casual about or ignore," DeGroot said. "When a new product like this (SimDesk) gets a large reference account like this, it's very important. Customers need to know there's someone else that looked at the solution, adopted it and found a good basis for making the change."

SimDesk adds an interesting twist, DeGroot continued, by employing a "thin client" approach: Most of the heavy lifting is done by a central server, allowing the client software to run on relatively low-end devices.

"A very important thrust for Microsoft is to make the case for a fat client--for connectivity, for the enormous processing power available on the PC," DeGroot said. "They need to avoid the trend toward companies adopting a very server-centric, thin-client approach."




From: Dennis J. Chin [1973]
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 12:30 PM
Subject: RE: This issue is at: (To those directly addressable) Try#2

Thanks, John.

Dennis Chin


"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" <I>Oscar Wilde<I>


[JR: Your welcome. ]




From: Lou Apoldo [1963]
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 2:14 PM
Subject: Terrorizing the Terrorists

Its about time that we turn the War On Terrorism up a notch, by "terrorizing the terrorists."  I recently saw a news article about how General Blackjack Pershing effectively instituted  an ingenious policy against Muslim extremist terrorists in the Philippines before World War One.  He capitalized on the loathing these Islamic zealots have for pigs and all of their byproducts, in order to end Islamic extremist terrorism not just in the Philippines, but throughout the world, for more than the next forty years.

Pershing captured 50 Islamic terrorists in the Philippines, and tied each of them to posts for execution by firing squad.  However, before executing them, he had two pigs slaughtered in front of them, and had the firing squad wash their bullets in the pig blood.  Then he executed 49 of the 50, put their bodies into a big pit, and covered them with the remaining pig blood, entrails, etc. before burying the entire mess.  Then he set the 50th terrorist free.  When the word got out about the use of "unclean" pig blood, all Islamic terrorism ended.

We should do the same thing in Iraq, which would surely take the wind out of the sails of these Islamic extremists.   They consider the pig an unclean animal, and that if they are contaminated by a pig when they die, they will not go to Paradise, will not pass Go, and will not collect 72 virgins. 

The US Coalition should call a worldwide press conference to announce and demonstrate a new munitions-processing policy for use in the War On Terrorism.  This would show how Coalition forces will process all bullets, grenades, bombs, and missiles by washing them in pig blood, and then wiping them down with bacon fat.  Naturally, the pig blood and bacon fat would be sterilized, so that we couldn't be accused of using biological warfare. 

Any Muslim killed with such "treated" munitions would be defacto denied their trip to Paradise and their 72 virgin reward.  This should make them at least a little skittish about risking a fire-fight with Coalition forces.  Moreover, when the terrorists choose to hide behind Iraqi civilians, this would motivate those civilians to be more inclined to risk being shot by "clean" terrorist bullets than "unclean" Coalition bullets.  I think that letting the entire Muslim world know about how the Coalition will henceforth use only "unclean" munitions in our War On Terror would be one the most effective ways to demoralize our enemies.

Naturally, such a policy will have a predictable reaction by the "progressives", the civil libertarians, the ACLU, and the usual group of anti-American suspects.  Where was their comparable objections to the video-taped terrorist beheading of a non-combatant, or their hanging the charred bodies of four American contractors from a bridge?  These "do-gooders" and America-haters need to understand that this is a war for the survival of the civilized world, and that such measures are clearly warranted if we don't all want to convert to Islam and wrap our wives and daughters in burkahs.  Those who continue to strongly believe that such a munitions treatment process is not politically correct or "fair", are free to protest against such policies with their own lives, by volunteering to serve as human shields for Coalition forces in Iraq.  Perhaps, if they had to personally risk their own lives, these politically-correct critics would develop a more practical perspective on how the War On Terrorism should be fought. 

Some would probably say that such a munitions-processing policy would be simplistic and insensitive.  However, sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective.  We won't know how effective it is, unless we try it.  After all, almost 100 years ago history recorded how this approach worked for Blackjack Pershing, so why wouldn't it work for the good guys again?

Lou Apoldo
BCE '63

[JR: Anything that works. ]




From: Ed Plumeau [1952]
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 6:29 PM
Subject: May 23, '04 edition, e-mail 02

Dear John:  Just read the issue and saw Robert Helms query about Bob Christian.  Bob was in my class ('52A) and in a number of my classes -- got to know him, somewhat.  After graduation I believe he went on the graduate school at the University of Chicago and earned a PhD there.  Sometime later, he taught History at Manhattan.  I think he died many years ago, as a young man.  Ed Plumeau


From: Jasper John '68 @ Jasper
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 11:13 PM
Subject: RE: May 23, '04 edition, e-mail 02

Ed, Thanks. I have passed you email along to Helms by BCC. John'68


From: Robert A Helm [1951]
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 12:28 PM
Subject: RE: May 23, '04 edition, e-mail 02

Good Afternoon, John:

1. A degree from Chicago University explains the tirade of tripe that MC published over his by-line in 1964.

2. The only difference between The University of Chicago and the Poison Ivy League schools is that the U of C admitted their political agenda. One of their faculty once stated that 'they' were a psuedo-liberal, comsimp, quisling, and socialistic entity. I believe that he was only half-kidding when he made that statement.

3. As far as the Poison Ivy League is concerned, check the newspapers for the Columbia riots, the Yale Law School protests (which HRC helped to organize) and their Faculty Lists.

4. Thanks for the message.

5. Do you want more of a rebuttal to the material quoting various sources, which that poor child from the Business school sent you? Such as: which Guardian was quoted by the Toronto paper? The Manchester Guardian? (A notorious left wing near tabloid).

6. Albright and Clinton have both blamed the Crusades for 9/11 et al. But whose fault was the onslaught of Islam from Mohamed's first act - raid - to unite another group of Arabs with his clan to his successors' over-running of Palestine, Syria and Egypt in the early sweep across Africa - killing Christians and Jews alike - to their conquest of Spain by the 8th century and the fortunately unsuccessful siege of Vienna in 1529 by Suleiman the Magnificent?

7. As a Libertarian, you say a plague on both your houses but...if the greater of two evils gets into power, we all lose much more quickly and you and your cohorts will not have the time or the means to convert the rest of the world.  

Please, keep up the good work. FNS sends

[JR: <1> Well I usually refrain from criticizing the deceased too much. <2> All schools seem to be infected with modern day “liberalism”, which is a sorry substitute for the individual liberty of the Classical Liberals. It’s a perversion of the “Liberal” label. <3> We agree that the 60’s spawned a despicable type of politician. WRT to HRC, I find it interesting that she was a Goldwater Girl! And, in Hilary’s Choice, the author really expses her opportunism. <4> Your welcome. <5> Anyone can send in anything, with in limits, mostly space and time. The editorial board hasn’t restricted anything except medical advise that was misleading, investment advice that was probably illegal, and MLMs. <6> Unfortunately us injuneers think the world began with Issac Newton so I’ll defer on the crusades. Although I did like Robin Hood. <7> I see very little difference between the two. With Bush, the R’s have given up the claim of smaller government.]




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"Reinke @ A" wrote:

> Hi Robert25PL,
> My answer to your question is "It depends."
> Really, you have to ask some questions of some different people. For
> example, first and foremost, what do you want to accomplish by
> transferring? Do you want to be an "engineer" or do you have something else
> in mind? So, you have to answer that question out of your own feelings.
> When you know that, then you can start to decide if further education makes
> practical sense. Do I need more education to do what I want to do?
> Then you have to figure out "dollars and sense". Does more education make
> "economic sense" and can I afford to make the required investment? Let's
> say now you can get work and make 30k a year (You can figure out the right
> number!). If you go for more education, then at the end of say 4 years,
> then you can earn 60k a year. (You can figure out the right number!) The
> education will cost say 4 years at 20k per year. (you can figure out the
> right number!) Then, you go to your calculator and figure out the ROI. In
> your investigation, about transferable credits, actual tuition, grants and
> loans, so other ideas may come to mind. (Work days, school nights)
> I am not familiar with "New York City College of Technology", but it
> appears to have some resources you can call upon. I betcha if you asked
> Prof. Goykadosh, he could give you some insights from "on the ground"
> nearby to you.
> If you are considering Manhattan, I am sure that the admissions office
> can help you figure out
> your options. At the very least, I would think that you could chat with the
> Dean of EE&CS
> (You might
> have to do some legwork -- write him a letter and then call to make an
> appointment.) So there's some more information to be gathered.
> I know many great alums from Manhattan. You would emerge from Manhattan
> with a Engineering degree and enough humanities to appreciate what life's
> all about.
> So I can't tell you what to do, I hope that I have helped you formulate a
> plan to develop your own unique answer.
> If there is anything else I can do, feel free to drop me an email.
> John Reinke
> BEEE 1968


From: Marjorie Apel
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: Contact Request

Good advice for Robert25PL.  An As degree can be limiting if you want to move up in the Engineering field, so if that's his career path, he had better talk with people in the field to see exactly what he needs to get ahead.




From: Robert A Helm [1951]
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 11:43 PM
To: John Reinke (1968)
Subject: RE: This issue is at: (To those directly addressable)

Good Evening, John:

1. My first question is merely an aside...What is/was "Plato's Cave"?

2. Mr. Stebbins has a business degree. Hopefully, his company doesn't allow him to make policy decisions, as most of his arguments are composed of bream bait and balderdash. The mechanisms of some of the Crusades were not properly carried out but for any thinking non-muslin to apologize for them is, in my opinion, ridiculous.

3. I will quote an old "saw"...Those who do not profit by the mistakes of History are doomed to repeat them! World conquest is and has always been the aim of the Muslim world. Charles Martel defeated the first invasion at the first battle of Poitier, also called the Battle of Tours. Charlemagne, his grandson, defeated them again and the Chanson du Roland and Roncesvalle became a classic of English Literature. El Cid began the expulsion of them from Spain. "Alphonso the Conqueror" drove them out of Lisbon in the 12th Century. Saint Pius the Fifth - the last Roman Pope to be canonized - gathered a Christian fleet with the aid of Don Juan of Austria and destroyed 2/3s of the Turkish/Muslim fleet at the Battle of LePonto in 1272. (Collateral damage there was the death of about 10,000 Christian slaves who were rowing the Turkish galleys). They sacked Vienna at least once. The great mosque of Santa Sophia in Constantinople was the great Cathedral of Saint Sophie. Once upon a time there were over 700 churches in Constantinople, now there is one! There are/were no massed graves of Muslim Albanians in Kosovo but there are many such graves there now, as the churches and graveyards are destroyed and Orthodox Christians are systematically murdered by "Ethnic Albanians" (And we are helping this massacre)! General Clarke bragged about it when he was running for the Democratic nomination. John, you may crack wise about not having studied History but you could not be a Libertarian without a good knowledge of it. I will close this brief history lesson by referring you to MGEN Philip Sheridan, GAR, and commander of the US Army's Department of the West. When a Washington DC 'talking head' asked him whether or not he had ever seen a good Indian, he replied that he had. When the reporter asked him what they were, Sheridan is alleged to have said: "They were dead"!

4.  Keep up the good work, John, and I will take Jasper Jottings in whatever form you think best.

[JR:  <1> Plato’s Cave was the small cafeteria next to the bookstore where a lot of A’s and E’s hung out between classes. It sold light stuff and was the home of some card games. Famous for it’s Barbara Streisand sessions, it whih anyone could advance any dumb idea and get some gentle feedback on the flaws in their idea. ;-) <2> As I said Engineers don’t go much futhrer abck than Newton although calculus and zero come from the Arabs. <3> We only remember history when we are flat on our back! Like Pearl Harbor. <4> Thanks, I try. ]




From: Joseph Meehan [1951]
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 11:19 AM
Subject: Manhattan newsletter


I have a family web site whose address you may put in the newsletter.

It is....

Joe Meehan '51

[JR: Thanks, I like the following snip, and agree completely. ]


As I am approaching my 75th birthday, I have been thinking of how many gifts that God has given me. The first one was being born here in the United States. The United States is indeed the land of opportunity and of plenty of everything.  There are freedoms that you do not find anywhere else in the world. The opportunities for employment and education are unequalled anywhere else. This is the best place and the best time to live and bring up a family that ever was in this world. I think we often take being a citizen of this country fore granted and don't appreciate what it means.





From: james kelly [1984]
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 2:46 PM


recently i ran into a fellow jasper, (class of 64 I believe). I was telling him about jasperjottings. He expressed an interest in receiving  them.

His name is john O'connor and his email address is <privacy invoked> .

Thanks   Jim Kelly  class 1984




From: Herger, George M. [1972]
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 5:38 PM
Subject: Apologize to Muslims!?!?!

I feel no need to apologize to Muslims for incidents that occurred 950+ years before I was born.  That does not mean we should not love them in Christian charity because as long as they live they may come to a better mind and convert (not likely - they persecute missionaries and non-Muslims).  And, Muslims do not need to apologize for 9/11, the USS Coles, Khobar Barracks, US Embassies, WTC Attack I, etc. because all Muslims are not guilty of those acts of war.  No one should subscribe to a theory of collective guilt. 

One cannot judge 11th century people by 21st century standards (44,000,000 unborn babies destroyed as a constitutional "right").  History lesson: there would have been no massacre at Jerusalem if the rulers had surrendered on terms before thousands of the besiegers were killed attacking the walls.  The Muslims killed many Christians at Hattin, Acre, Constantinople, all cities and castles of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Rhodes, Malta, Vienna, etc.  The Palestinians, native Turks, et al. were Christians until the Arabs invaded, and gave them the choice: die or convert. 

Also, to clear up misunderstandings over bishops' attempts to do the ecclesiastical "right thing" about pro-abortion politicians and Holy Eucharist.  The Church teaches (can send chapter and verse) that abortion is mortal sin and always evil. 

One or two U.S. Bishops are creating a "stir" by trying to enforce Church canon 915:  "Catholic legislators who continue to support procured abortion or euthanasia may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion.  They are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, should they present themselves, until such time as they publicly renounce their support of these most unjust practices."  Why are so few bishops enforcing Church teachings?  Anti-life politicians want to say they are Catholics despite their support of abortion and other actions that are contrary to the moral teachings of the Church.  In honesty, (one "stand up" NJ legislator recently left the Church) such people may convert to some other religion, if they want a church that agrees with their need to get elected.     

The Church also teaches other moral guidelines that allow for prudent judgment, such as capital punishment, just war, the welfare/"Robin Hood" state, etc.  The pope has not taken an absolute position against the death penalty or the Iraq war.  He states that capital punishment is not usually necessary to protect society.  War and capital punishment are never desirable, but may be necessary.  Too many erroneously equate these social justice issues with the horrors of abortion.  

Apparently, some believe that 'incorrect' views on socialist issues constitute mortal sin and are grounds for excommunication the same as abortion.  The corporal works of mercy are personal virtues that, in my opinion, may not to be replaced with coercive tax and spend/Robin Hood welfare programs.  The rich man who ignored Lazarus' starvation while he feasted and his dogs ate may not be in a "state of grace" to receive Communion.  However, that would be a personal/examination of conscience issue.  The human rights issues are open to personal judgment and not classed in the same category as infallible teachings on state sponsored, procured abortion. 

G. Herger, 1972 A

[JR: Well stated. I think we have to hold people accountablem when they claim to be “catholic” yet espouse beliefs that are incompatible with the basic tenets of the faith. Abortion as birth control and as a convenience is inconceivable. ]




From: Liz Velasquez [1998]
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 10:02 AM
Subject: [jasperjottings] Looking for an alum

John, by chance, is there an alum by the name of Michael Capone '88 on the list of those that receive Jottings?

Liz Velasquez '98

[JR: No. I do "remember" there was a Capone, Vincent F.  1987 at BONY, maybe a brother or other relative? Sorry. Let me ask a thousand or so of our closest friends. Anybody? John'68 ]





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The FCC, with the equivalent of its own taxing authority, shakes the public down for $6.95 billion per year, with $6.925 billion going for the subsidy of telecommunications and Internet services for libraries, schools, and health care establishments – all in the name of providing universal service. This big expansion of the FCC’s budget occurred under the Telecommunications act of 1996, which even subsidizes such services in high-cost areas. Originally referred to as the "Gore tax," in honor of Al Gore’s interest in telecommunications, the whole mess has given too much additional clout to an already over-powerful and increasingly useless FCC. The day for ending this monster will come, sooner if not later.


Nuke the FCC and let the consumer benefit. Wartime taxes to keep the lines open for “essential” military communications could be repeals since that particular is over. Inet for schools!?! We don’t need government schools.

And that’s the last word.