Category Archives: JEmail

JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares Khury, Maria [MC1977]


Good Afternoon All,

Maria Khury has shared an Easter Blessing that I felt resonated and wanted to share with each of you. Thank you Maria. As we give thanks for the Blessings bestowed upon us each day of our lives and thank our Lord for His Unconditional Love, Happy Easter. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Hi Phil,

I’m wishing that the blessings of the universe embrace
you, and the rest of your family with health, joy, peace of mind,
body and soul, and dreams come true!
Praying that God guides us to find the way in which we can
best fulfill our place on earth as he commands in his name!

Happy Blessed Easter!

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

Khury, Maria [MC1977]

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JEMAIL: Abeltin, William J. [MC1976 RIP] reported by anonymous


Reporter : anonymous

Website or source of news?:
What did you find?: Obituary for William Abeltin, class of 1978.

Good guy. Loyal Jasper.RIP

Time: April 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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Abeltin, William J. [MC1976 RIP]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] “salami tactics” and liberty


John, given some of your past postings on politics I thought you might be interested in this:

I was looking up the origin of the concept of “slicing the salami” as a method of bringing about drastic and fundamental changes one little step at a time and I ran across this note in Wikipedia about a television satire that was aired LONG before the current Ukraine situation:

“The term “salami tactics” was used in the British political satire, Yes Prime Minister in Series 1, Episode 1, “The Grand Design”. In this episode, the prime minister’s chief scientific advisor opines that the Soviets won’t suddenly invade western Europe, but will annex areas slice by slice and thus Prime Minister Jim Hacker realizes he will never get to push the nuclear button to stop the Soviets.”

It was also popularized by Hitler and possibly Mussolini in terms of annexing territories and removing political freedoms.

The popular “story” used to illustrate the concept concerns a worker at a butcher’s shop who would get fired if he threw an entire salami over his shoulder and walked out with it at the end of a workday. However, if during the course of his workdays he just popped an extra slice in his mouth each time he was cutting a salami for a customer he’d get the whole thing scot-free!

And finally, it’s used by today’s antismoking movement, as stated in’s 2009 guidebook for activists, “Fundamentals of SmokeFree Workplace Laws” ( ) in which activists are told that to reach the final goal of a total societal ban,

“you might need to take incremental steps (starting with smokefree non-hospitality workplaces and restaurants, then bars and gaming facilities). But along the way, never accept a compromise that will prevent you from reaching that ultimate goal. Preemption, ventilation, smoking areas and accommodation compromises, for example, create roadblocks to achieving 100% smokefree laws in the future.”

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

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[JR: This was also an old mainframe legend that was called “salami slicing” where financial systems programmers would “save” the fractions of cents from rounding errors into “special accounts” that paid off to them. I remember being on teams in the 60’s and 70’s reviewing code for such exploits. Laff. Thanks for the laugh! Sadly, all to true.]

McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) commends Kitson, Kevin [MC1970]


Good Evening All,
I share with you the following email Ellie Calabro received from Fellow Jasper, Kevin Kitson, Esq, ‘ 70 BA. Kevin has been in our prayers and we need to keep the volume up for him and his Family.

From KJK:

This email will serve as an update to you my dear friends,

My treatment has been overseen by an excellent physician and very good man named Joseph Ruggiero. Joe is an Italian American from Brooklyn who no doubt spent a great deal of his time in the library at Harvard while I was during my college days pursuing other activities.

It was touch and go with Dr. Joe for a while since he didn’t easily adapt to my Irish sense of humor. However, we’ve gotten past that now and have become friendly to the point where recently he engaged me in a discussion the day after St. Patrick’s Day wherein he was trying to convince me that that St. Joseph’s day had comparable festive traditions to those engaged in by my fellow Celts.

It was rather hard to keep a straight face because other than the special pastries made for St. Joseph’s day there wasn’t much else happening. I thought back to the years of marching up Fifth Avenue behind a bagpipe band with family and friends and then post parade dinners and drinks. So after we discussed where you can get the best pastries for St. Joseph’s day I thought better of trying to win any argument with my oncologist so as far as I’m concerned St. Joseph’s day is more important than Christmas.

I have finished my fifth round of chemotherapy and am scheduled to undergo CAT scan studies March 31 to see what effect they have had on the cancer and then regardless they have scheduled a sixth round of for April 1st

The good thing about cancer is that it gives you time for focused thought and prayer. The bad thing about cancer is that it gives you time that you have to deal with it. Prior to be diagnosed New Year’s eve I had had great plans. I was in Florida at our home on the ocean with my wife and children for a family vacation. I was going to slow it down and spend more of my time enjoying what I considered to be the fruits of my labors.

Evidently God had other plans for me and he called me to go on this journey. When you are healthy and things are going your way its easy to lose sight of the fact that there is so much that is outside of our control.

So at this point you know everything I do and I ask that you continue to remember me in your prayers.
Please keep Kevin and his Family in your prayers as we continue to pray that Kevin’s treatment’s have the desired effect and that he will be on the road to recovery. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

Kitson, Kevin [MC1970]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) wishes Melkam Fassika


Dear John,

I hope this finds you doing well.

For most of our children Addis Hope is more than a school. It is a sanctuary from the dangerous streets that surround them and the hovels in which they are forced to live.

From its beginning, all of us in Addis Hope subscribe to the vision of defending the right to life of the weakest among us and the quality of life of the powerless among us, namely the children entrusted to our care. The program has made a covenant with them that their rights will be respected, their welfare protected and as much as possible they will grow up free from fear and in peace.

Thank you for supporting this vision through your continuing partnership with us. We recognize that you are frequently called upon to support many worthy causes and are grateful that you have chosen to assist Addis Hope whether by financial assistance or your prayers. Both are more than welcome and very much needed.

It only happens every four years that Easter is celebrated together in the East and West. Since the Resurrection is the fulfillment of hope and since hope is basically what Addis Hope is all about, I want to be among the first to wish you Melkam Fassika (Happy Easter).

God bless,
Br. Gregory/Jack

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cite Sheehan, Bill [MC1951] Electrical Power Systems Course

Dear John,

I received this announcement from Bill Sheehan who received his Masters in 1981 from Manhattan.

I thought some of our readers might be interested in this course.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Subject: Fw: IEEE PES Electrical Power Systems Course


Please: Forward on to your brother.

Bill Sheehan
Security & Privacy Consultant
IBM Global Business Services – US Federal

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The IEEE NY PES-IAS Joint Chapter is pleased to announce an Electrical Power Systems course to be held May 15th through June 26th at Parsons Brinkerhoff offices at 1 Penn Plaza. 1.4 CEU’s will be awarded.

The course is intended for engineers new to the field or with limited experience. Registration is limited.


Transmission Feeders Engineering

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[JR: To minimize space in the email distribution, I parked it on the “Back Lot”.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) critiques my “job”


Dar Jasper John

It took me a “job” of five minutes to find that your quote from the “21 year old Waco girl” was a hoax.
Alfred W Evans a girl’s name??

I suggest that you do your “job” of checking the accuracy of your writings

The unchristian spirit of the quote speaks for itself

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961


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[JR: So what if the quote is a “hoax”? The “unchristian spirit” of the quote is expressing a frustration with a system that doesn’t help poor people. I’ve ranted before that “Gooferment charity” aka “welfare” is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. The Grace Commission study cited that more than half of Gooferment spending is wasted. Frustration builds with the liberal socialism. Note that both the D’s and the R’s are responsible for this mess. And the deficit. LBJ’s War on Poverty has failed. And we have the “wealthiest” “poor” people in the world. I’ll do my own “charity” work. Humbly, privately, and silently. If the Gooferment would steal less from me, I could do more. And, I’m confident my fellow taxpayers would too. As far as “my job” here at Jasper Jottings. Well I think I’m doing it. This “hoax” is not the point.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) sends in a snopes link


[JR: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) send in a snopes link to my rant “put me in charge” without comment.]

[JR: It has many pages of comments. I read a few. Don’t understand his point. I feel frustration with Gooferment “charity”. I’m sure, or I hope, others do as well. Dona Nobis Pacem  ]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) locates Draddy on a list


Dear John,

Here is the link to the rating site:

I have copied the entry for Draddy below. It is a great positive description of the JASPERS home!



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Draddy Gymnasium

Bronx, NY

Home of the Manhattan Jaspers

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Draddy Gymnasium (map it)
4513 Manhattan College Pkwy
Bronx, NY 10471

Manhattan Jaspers website

Draddy Gymnasium website

Year Opened: 1979

Capacity: 2,345


Local Information



Who’s Your Draddy?

Official Review by Josh Adams, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent

There are several questions that you’ll ask yourself when attending a Manhattan Jaspers basketball game. The first question everyone asks is “What’s a Jasper?”. Well, the team nickname is derived from Brother Jasper, who was credited with bringing baseball to Manhattan College’s campus in the late 19th century. He served as the first baseball coach of the university, and according to campus lore, was the creator of the seventh inning stretch. The story goes something like this; Brother Jasper also served as the head of discipline for the University and would police the student fans in the stands at home games. He noticed during one game that the students were getting restless during the seventh inning of a close game . He called timeout and ordered the students to stand up and stretch in order to alleviate the tension. Since Manhattan played the New York Giants regularly at the Polo Grounds in New York City, the tradition stuck in the major leagues and continues to this day.

The second question you might ask is “Why is Manhattan College located in the Bronx?”. The answer is the school started up in Manhattan in 1853, but outgrew its facilities there, and moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx in 1922. The campus area feels more like a suburb instead of being in New York City.

The Jaspers have a history of good basketball teams. Manhattan has made the NCAA Tournament six times, advancing to the second round twice; once in 1995 after beating Oklahoma and again in 2004 after beating Florida. The team currently plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and has local rivalries with Iona and Marist. Becoming the Jaspers head coach has been a good springboard to bigger jobs for several coaches. The school can count Bobby Gonzalez, Fran Fraschilla and Steve Lappas as coaches who advanced to a Big East head coaching position straight from Manhattan. The Jaspers are currently coached by Steve Masiello, who was Rick Pitino’s head assistant coach at Louisville.

Draddy Gymnasium, the Jaspers home court, is named after Vincent dePaul Draddy, a college football hall of famer. He was a Manhattan graduate, and a trophy is given out yearly by the National Football Foundation in his honor to the college football player who has the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance.

Let’s stretch out here, and take a closer look at Draddy Gymnasium, the home of the Jaspers.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the “FANFARE Score”.

Food & Beverage    3

None of the concession offerings jump off the page, but the fare has some variety and the prices are low (you can get a bottle of Coke and a soft pretzel for $5, for example). In an effort to offer more healthy selections at a sporting event, you can buy an apple or a banana at the snack bar for $1. They’re labeled as “hand fruits”. If you feel like a sandwich, the school offers a variety of “grab and go” sandwiches for $5.

Atmosphere    4

Draddy Gymnasium has a very intimate atmosphere, but is in a very large building. The gym seats 2,345 for basketball, but Draddy Gym itself has a full track, batting cages and a basketball arena all under the same roof. One of the coolest things about seeing a game there is when you’re walking in, the Jaspers cheerleaders are lined up behind the ticket-taker, and actually cheer you like a player when you’re walking in. The gym has bleacher seating behind both baskets, with the students and the pep band taking up one of those sections. Between the hoops, you have chair-backed seating on one side, with bleacher seating on the other. There is a center-hung scoreboard, and a crystal-clear replay screen on each side of the gym. When the Jaspers are playing in a rivalry game against a local opponent, the students come out in force and make it an exciting atmosphere. The Jaspers have a dance team that performs during timeouts and halftime.

Neighborhood    4

The campus of Manhattan College is very colonial-looking and quite handsome. The neighborhood surrounding the campus has nice apartment buildings and single-family homes. The area around the subway station that services the campus does not share these same characteristics, however. There are a few fast food places around campus (Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King) and a good diner on Riverdale Avenue (The Riverdale Diner) that is open 24 hours. If you’re looking for a drink after the game, check out The Punch Bowl on 238th Street, a good Irish pub that won’t kill your wallet if you’re having more than one. If you like the microbrews, check out The Bronx Ale House, also on 238th Street. They have hundreds of beers and really good wings.

Fans    4

The fans that come to Jaspers games are passionate about the home team. The crowd is a diverse mix of students, alumni, college basketball fans and, since most of the players are local, a good representation of family and friends. A Jaspers game is very much a PG atmosphere, and I wouldn’t hesitate to take a kid to a game. In fact, with all the area to run around inside of the gym, most kids are racing each other on the track or diving into the foam pit that the gymnastics team uses behind the bleachers. The students did storm the court after their win against local rival Iona, but it was a double-overtime game and it was nationally televised, so it wasn’t beyond reason for them to do so.

Access    3

If you’re walking to Draddy Gymnasium from the subway stop on 242nd Street, bring an oxygen tank or a sherpa. You will have a long climb up several sets of stairs just to get to the front door of the gym. Even if you are in really good shape, you will likely be winded from that walk. The school could do a better job of marking where the gym is located when you enter campus. You sort of have to follow the crowd to know where you’re going. There is on-site parking, and I didn’t see them charging for it, but the lot is small and there did not appear to be a lot of nearby off-street parking.

Return on Investment    5

It is typical to overpay for everything in New York City, but Jaspers tickets are quite a deal. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. There is usually a giveaway of some sort, so you might end up with a frisbee or a free t-shirt included. The Jaspers offer good Division 1 basketball, and a family of four gets in for $30. That’s cheaper than the movies, and a great way to spend a Friday night in New York City. The concessions won’t break the bank, either. $50 gets everyone a ticket, a soft pretzel and soda each.

Extras    4

Four stars are given for the unique setup of the arena, the cheerleaders cheering you when you walk in, the very fair prices and the friendliness of everyone who works at Draddy Gym.

Final Thoughts

New York City may have better-known venues to watch basketball games, but a trip to Riverdale to watch the Jaspers is worth your time. It may be out of the way of the bright lights and big city, but it’s a beautiful campus and a special place to see really good basketball. 

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) forwards “refutation” story


Prominent Jesuit: Pope Francis’s first major issuance ‘almost a direct refutation’ of the GOP
By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:20 EDT

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Pope Francis’s first major publication can be read as an attack on the Republican philosophy of low taxes for the wealthy and reduced support of welfare programs, according to a prominent Jesuit professor.

During a panel discussion at Georgetown University last month, American Jesuit and Boston College professor David Hollenbach was asked how the faithful should engage with the poor in light of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

“I think there are multiple dimensions,” Hollenbach replied. “One of course is to find ways to help people who are members of the Church find a way to be in contact, become friends with those who are poor — an experiential dimension. That’s very important. But I don’t myself think that is going to solve the whole problem, because I don’t think it is going to be — as much as the document says it is the responsibility of every Christian to become friends with the poor, I don’t think it is actually likely to happen very much, or at least to happen as much as it’s needed.”

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Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) 

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[JR: Well, when I was in Catholic school, we were taught that the Pope’s infallibility was limited to faith and morals. In the realm of economics, he’s just another “sinner”. Unfortunately, I don’t like the R’s any more than the D’s. It’s been demonstrated that “private charity” is more moral, effective, and efficient than any Gooferment program. The best example is LBJ’s famous “war” on “poverty” which has ruined the Black community and created generations of (white and black) poverty “farmers”. I’m writing my check to the Federal and State thieves this week. If my taxes were lower, I could and would donate more. Not to mention that I donate to charities that don’t “qualify” for tax breaks. I’d assert that the Gooferment is like a junkie and more money just makes bigger problems. For example, Obamacare spending hundreds of millions to enroll arguably a few million. We’d have been better off to send each uninsured a check to buy insurance. But that wouldn’t have enriched the politicians, bureaucrats, and crony capitalists. Sorry but that Papal “refutation” makes me crazy.]

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