Category Archives: MNews

MNEWS: Ann Marie Flynn wants her original teaching job


Former prof sues college claiming she was pushed out
Ann Marie Flynn wants her original teaching job back at Manhattan College
Posted May 19, 2019 — By HEATHER J. SMITH

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A former tenured professor says Manhattan College was wrong to allegedly push her out of her job after more than 20 years at the school, claiming in a human rights commission complaint and a lawsuit filed in Bronx County Supreme Court that administrators discriminated against her over gender and perceived disability.

Up until a few years ago, Ann Marie Flynn was chair of Manhattan College’s chemical engineering department — a program she says was once listed with the likes of Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as among the top chemical engineering programs in the nation.

She took family medical leave in January 2014 to care for her cancer-stricken husband and to deal with her own depression over his illness, according to complaints filed with the Bronx Supreme Court and the city’s human rights commission. When Flynn tried to return, she claims provost William Clyde and engineering school dean Tim Ward demoted her, prevented her from returning to work, solicited student complaints against her, and ultimately called a termination hearing she says violated the college’s employee policy, according to the human rights complaint.

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Wade, Fabe and Clyde did not respond to requests on Monday to comment.

The lawsuit comes nearly a year after some students picketed outside Flynn’s disciplinary hearing, claiming the school was giving her an unfair shake.

“How can you pick at someone for being loud in a classroom?” asked Nicole May at the time, a Manhattan College alum who once had Flynn has a professor. “It was nitpicking. All she did was push her kids, and you’re going to try to terminate her for that?”

Flynn also seeks attorney’s fees and unspecified monetary damages.

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MNEWS: Manhattan College radio station back on air


Manhattan College radio station back on air five years after shuttering
Posted: May 08, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
Updated: May 08, 2019 10:49 PM EDT


Five years after being shuttered due to lack of personnel, Manhattan College’s student-run radio station WRCM is back on the air thanks to the determination of a team of students.

Sophomore Samantha Walla, leader of the WRCM team, says, “When I went to college, a lot of my friends were doing radio shows and I wanted that sense of community. Radio on a college campus is such an integral part of the student community and to not have that – we felt like there was something missing.”

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MNEWS: Alma Mater gets a nod for coaching T&F


Welsh, Tobin to be honored at The Run For Your Coach 5K on May 4 at Clove Lakes
Updated Apr 19, 7:11 PM; Posted Apr 19, 9:32 AM

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Tobin, who coached legends Artie Evans, Pete Whitehouse and Joe Ferrante, credits Brother John Siegler and Brother Clementian Francis for his success. “Brother John was a nationally-ranked steeplechaser who was very well respected for his knowledge of track and field,” said Tobin. “Brother Clementian was the founder of cross-country at St Peter’s and was also very influential at Manhattan College.”

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MNEWS: Alma Mater students and faculty join community to mourn


Gathering at Riverdale Monument honors lives lost in New Zealand mosque massacre
Posted: Mar 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

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Community members from the Hudson Valley gathered in the Bronx Sunday to honor the lives lost in the New Zealand mosque massacre.

The terror attack on two mosques killed 50 people and injured 50 more in the city of Christchurch.

Students and faculty from Manhattan College were joined by community members at the Riverdale Monument in the Bronx to show support for the lives lost to the attacks.

Mehnaz Afridi, a Bronxville native and director of the HGI Center at Manhattan College, says that type of intolerance crosses borders and affects everyone. She says the group wants to show that no matter where you are in the world, hate is never the answer.

Afridi says the community also gathered at the memorial a few months ago after a synagogue was attacked in Pittsburgh.

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[JR:  Probably more important than the parade, is a statement that such intolerance is unacceptable.  As a little L libertarian, to me, it’s important to extend to others the rights I want for myself.  Religious, ethnic, racial, or other forms of “hate” must be rebuked in the strongest terms possible.  “Christians” were murdered by “Muslims” shortly after Christchurch. “eye for an eye”. “First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.…  Lest we forget.  Today, we are all minorities.]

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MNEWS: Three Jaspers open Golf on 6 Indoor Golf Center


Golf on 6, Mahopac
March 13, 2019 By David Propper

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Everyone is welcomed at Golf on 6 Indoor Golf Center.

There are people that come in just to have some fun with friends and more serious players that want to sharpen their techniques. With three golf stimulators and a friendly atmosphere, the Route 6 location has quickly made a name for itself among golfing circles.

“You see all different types of players,” co-owner Dino Odoardi said.

The store opened Feb. 1, though for the first ten days people from the community were welcomed to come in and try the virtual courses free of charge. On Feb. 11, the first official day for business, customers kept flocking in to get some swings in while the weather is still too frigid and snowy to play outside. Odoardi, Jerry Delbene and Joe Vittoria, three buddies that play golf together, own the business.

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The three men, all graduates of Manhattan College, have known each other for decades, with Vittoria and Delbene first cousins and Odoardi and Vittoria brother-in-laws. The three have bonded over golf, playing on local courses for 20 years.

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Golf on 6 is located at 250 Route 6 in Mahopac and its phone number is 845-533-5335.

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Delbene, Jerry [MC????]

Odoardi, Dino [MC????]

Vittoria, Joe [MC????]

[JR: Fascinating.  I’m going to stop by if I’m ever up that way.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dino is a member of the Class of 1980, and Joe is a member of the Class of 1984. I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Jerry.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Delbene, Jerry [MC????]

Odoardi, Dino [MC1980]


Vittoria, Joe [MC1984]

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MNEWS: Alma Mater responded to an attack on The Riverdale Press in 1980


Thirty years after bombing: Intimidated? No. Thankful? Yes
Posted February 28, 2019

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It’s funny how emotions overtake you when you least expect it.

It’s been a long while — 30 years — since terrorists firebombed the little building on Broadway that housed The Riverdale Press. But from time to time, sometimes out of the blue, I’ll have a flashback to that night and get a lump in my throat, or a knot in my chest.

A report of some new atrocity at a school in Florida or a synagogue in Pittsburgh will bring me back to that night with a shudder.

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Most touching were the hundreds of readers who just showed up at the scene, not to gawk, but to give us hugs and mugs of hot coffee, hot cocoa, sandwiches, doughnuts and cookies. Brother Thomas
Scanlan — president of Manhattan College — and Sister Doris Smith — president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent — were among the first to arrive.

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[JR: Hmmm, 1980.  I don’t think I heard about it?  No good deed is ever forgotten.]

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MNEWS: Alma Mater gets a nod


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Schillivia Baptiste, who owns the construction firm Laland Baptiste, says that as a kid who loved STEM classes, she had no idea that she could find a career in construction as an engineer. Her introduction to the industry came in high school when she attended a summer program at Manhattan College and learned about the different type of jobs you could get with an engineering degree.

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[JR: Alma Mater gets a nod for steering her in the right direction.]

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