Category Archives: MNews

MNEWS: Alma Mater hosts an award to an impressive couple


A decade of charity earns Teaneck couple highest Christian Brothers honor
Megan Burrow , Staff Writer, @MegBurrow 10:32 a.m. ET April 8, 2017

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Computer and science labs, dormitories, a library and a 500-foot well have all been built with the money Rich and Judy McKay have raised for the poor and working class students at St. Mary’s Child Rescue Center & Secondary School in Central Kenya.

The Teaneck couple is being honored Saturday for their work, which raised more than $2 million throughout the past decade for a school in Nyeri, Kenya, which is about a 2½-hour drive north from Nairobi and a more than six-hour drive west to Lake Victoria, where educators aim to break the cycle of poverty through education.

“They came at a time when we didn’t have the financial resources to sustain our programs,” said Brother Peter Kombe, the principal of the school, which is run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. “Their generosity and hard work has helped us ensure we continue to give opportunities to so many young men who would otherwise not have a chance in life.”

In recognition of their work in support of the school, the couple is receiving affiliation from the Brothers of the Christian Schools — the highest honor the Roman Catholic order bestows — at a ceremony at Manhattan College in the Bronx.

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MNEWS: Alma Mater joins Coalition to Improve College Access


Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Spring Newsletter
March 31, 2017
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities News

ACCU recently released the spring edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

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Catholic Institutions Join Coalition to Improve College Access: Manhattan College, College of the Holy Cross, and St. Michael’s College have joined the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a group of more than 90 public and private colleges and universities formed to improve the college application process for all students, provide substantial support to lower-resourced and underrepresented students, offer responsible financial aid support, and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.

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[JR: Alma Mater continues a proud tradition of its mission.]  

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MNEWS: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) find old MSG history in news


Dear John,

             The Sunday, March 26th NY Daily News, at page 86
has an article END ZONE -When the Garden Cheered Again.

        It is about 1958 when Manhattan beat Jerry West & # 1
West Virginia, under Captain Jack Powers at the ‘old’ Garden.

         A great piece. I have it if you need it.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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[JR: NYDN is behind some kind of wall.]  

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MNEWS: Matt Centrowitz connection to Alma Mater


Matt Centrowitz’s Memoir Gets Behind The Scenes With Olympics, Oregon, Pre
Mar 24, 2017
Johanna Gretschel

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The Matthew Centrowitz of popular imagination is not only the first U.S. man to win the 1500m Olympic gold since 1908 but also a super-human badass who gives us the theatrics we want from a great American sports hero. He won an NCAA title while making a throat-slit gesture at the camera. He’s probably flirted with your girlfriend on Twitter. He even got a fan to tattoo a likeness of his face on the fan’s shoulder. (It was actually the fan’s idea, and Centro told him he didn’t have to do it. But he did anyway. Still.)

To understand the story of the man, we have to take a step back and examine the story of his father, who was the first Matt Centrowitz to earn All-American honors at the University of Oregon, make two Olympic teams, and set the American record for 5K (OK, he’s still the only Centrowitz to do that). The elder Centrowitz–who says that at home, he’s “Matt” and his son is “Matthew”–recently published a book that every self-respecting track fan should read called “Like Father, Like Son: My Story on Running, Coaching and Parenting.” (It’s worth noting that the younger Centrowitz has the quote “Like father like son” tattooed across his chest.)

The memoir, co-written by Nathan Williams and Chris Kwiatkowski, who is Centro Jr.’s former teammate at Oregon and Centro Sr.’s assistant coach at American University, begins and ends with a personal account of watching Matthew race the Rio Olympic Games 1500m final. In between, it details his own atypical journey through life and running. And it was always meant to be that way; he says in an interview that you can watch below that this book is three years in the making and has been an idea in his head for the past 10 years. He just lucked out that his son’s Olympic final gave him a nice conclusion.

So, who is the man that produced America’s top middle distance talent?

Centrowitz was born and raised in the Bronx to an Irish mother and Jewish father in the tumultuous 1960s. His dad gambled. His parents split up, and a junior high-aged Centrowitz turned to the streets, where he spent his days drinking and smoking instead of sitting behind a desk in school. Eventually, his mother moved her kids out to Queens, where Centrowitz discovered the sport that would change his life.

He attended two different high schools, Andrew Jackson High and Power Memorial High, and gained two different mentors, coach Milt Blatt and Brother John Beilen. They helped Centrowitz not only find his gift but also tap into his desire to compete. He would set the still-standing New York state high school mile record of 4:02.7, matriculate at Manhattan College under the tutelage of Frank Gagliano and Fred Dwyer, and transfer to the University of Oregon, where he gained a lifelong friend and mentor in Bill Dellinger and encountered Steve Prefontaine, who had by then graduated from college but was still a rock star-like presence in Tracktown, USA.

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 Donald Costello commented on MNEWS: Matt Centrowitz connection to Alma Mater


Have no idea what this has to do with Jasper Jottings!

“He would set the still-standing New York state high school mile record of 4:02.7, matriculate at Manhattan College under the tutelage of Frank Gagliano and Fred Dwyer, and transfer to the University of Oregon …”

[JR: I thought this was an interesting connection.]  

Costello, Donald (MC1954)

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Have no idea what this has to do with Jasper Jottings! 


MNEWS: Pipes & Drums on NBC at 8-830 on 3/17




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Jaspers: Tune in to NBC tomorrow for a very special St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Our very own Manhattan College Pipes & Drums band will be performing on The Today Show tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. — with Michael Patrick.

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MNEWS: Alma Mater stood firm in 1946


Indiana basketball player broke racial barrier, changed game forever
Zak Keefer, Published 12:58 p.m. ET March 15, 2017 

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Then, suddenly, the ban was lifted. Since the NAIB champion was, at the time, one of eight teams invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials, pressure mounted from East Coast schools to allow black players to participate. The firmest stances came from schools such as Manhattan College, Siena, Albany – not, it’s worth noting, from Wooden and Indiana State.

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[JR: Alma Mater stood firm, but ti’s not clear about what?]  

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MNEWS: Reporting live from TU gym on the MBB game; we wuz robbed!


Here’s what I posted to Facebook.

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Argh. What a comeback.

FJohn Reinke feeling pissed off.

Ryder 69 Jasper’s 68

Confusion reigns. Close play at the end! 

Only down 5 at the half. Not bad considering the size difference.

The Jasper game is going to start more than an hour late due to the prior games.

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[JR: Here’s the official story!]

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[JR: Here is what is left out. The scoreboard was wrong after the last Ryder three it had Jaspers 71-Ryder 68. So naturally, it was chaos. After time expired and the scoreboard was changed several times. The Jasper bench thought the had it it even without the last lay up. Some one on the bench should have know the score. I thought the wrong score swung the game — why take a meaningless layup when it could have been an easy three point attempt. The clock would not have been a factor. Argh! Fog of war. But I hated to see a great comeback effort by the entire team, taken away from them by inept scoreboard operator. The refs weren’t that great either. There was a tremendous disparity in number of fouls called and travels ignored. They say it all evens out and I thought Ryder had the bigger team, but it was within reach. Argh!]  

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