Tag Archives: MC1972

JNEWS: Verlezza, Vincent J. [MC1972] ordained as a deacon


Dear John,

The June 11th Edition of Catholic New York reports at page 10, that today Ten Deacons will

be Ordained for the Archdiocese. Two of them have a Manhattan Connection:

Deacon Vincent J. Verlezza, is a member of the Class of 1972 and received his Masters in 1988.

Deacon Anthony Cirone is a graduate of Mt. St. Michael and attended Manhattan.

See Attached


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Verlezza, Vincent J. [MC1972]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) thinks Stanford story isn’t true; probably isn’t but who cares


According to both Stanford University and the investigatory web site, Snopes, the story of Stanford’s founding after Leland Stanford and his wife were rebuffed by Harvard is not true. Stanford, a prominent railroad industrialist – think one of the drivers of the ‘golden spike’ completing the transcontinental railroad – would have been way too well known and his only son died at 15, before he would have attended Harvard. So a nice parable – but not a true story.

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

PS – Today (6/16/18) attended the wedding of soon to be (Dec 2018) Jasper graduate, Michael Giraldo and his beautiful bride, Gretchen Bauer – an RIT engineer. An amazing wedding – with best wishes to all. BTW, Michael also holds a leadership position with alma mater’s student veterans organization.

[JR: Well, I’d NEVER credit Snopes as “an investigatory web site” under any circumstances.  Too much bias.  But it IS a nice “parable”; like loves and fishes.  Or an “honest politician” or “jumbo shrimp.”]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) thinks that the anti-war movement was more authentic


I would disagree that the anti-war movement was always about Nixon. I remember it starting even when Johnson was still prez – “hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today…” It continued as Nixon continued the war – then maybe took on an anti-Nixon element as the evils of his administration began to become more clear….A time of great ferment – do you remember “Jasper Liberation City” on the Quad and the chants of “no say, no pay…?”

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) responds about the Pope


Dear f. John,

I don’t agree that criticism of Papa Francis should be suppressed, but I am also happy that our pope is no longer the equivalent of sovereigns – don’t think that what the carpenter’s son had in mind..

Also – – RE: Obit notice here for Bruce P. Muller (’57 S)

I had the good fortune to be an undergraduate student under Bruce’s tutelage at Manhattan College from 1960 to 1963. I took most of my major coursework in his classes, worked for him in various academic undertakings (Testing Center Aide, Teaching Assistant, Research projects, etc.) and became a friend of his entire and extended family (including – together with my then yet-to-be wife – babysitting his children!). After graduation and further training in psychology, I worked for and with Bruce in several clinical and academic settings while becoming his neighbor in Bethel, CT where we would have Sunday-morning coffee just about every week for 16 years.

Other than my wife, no single individual has had as much influence on the person I see myself today – a successful psychologist (now retired), a person with an inquiring mind, cosmopolitan tastes and one with a solid sense of humor and a healthy disrespect for convention and authority. A piece of my bedrock has passed. RIP good friend 
Insull, Bob (MC1963)

Could a teacher ask for more?? Congrats to Prof. Muller!! And how lucky was Jasper Insull to have this relationship!! And congrats, as always, to Alma Mater for bringing the right people together!! And, thank you, f. John for keeping us informed of all of these great things!!

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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JFOUND: Matystik, Walter (MC1972) on an amicus brief



Law Professors Urge CAFC to Uphold Cleveland Clinic Diagnostic Method Patents
By Steve Brachmann March 15, 2018

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On February 28th, a group of six patent law professors filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Cleveland Clinic v. True Health Diagnostics. The professors’ brief urges the Federal Circuit to reverse a finding by the lower court invalidating patents asserted by Cleveland Clinic covering diagnostic methods for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. According to the brief, the district court’s invalidation of Cleveland Clinic’s patents represents an improper application of 35 U.S.C. § 101, the basic threshold statute governing the patentability of inventions.

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The six law professors included as amici in this brief are Walter Matystik, associate provost and adjunct professor at Manhattan College; … … …

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Matystik, Walter (MC1972 MCstaff)

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MNEWS: Toner, Mike (MC1972) cites Ahern, Kevin [MCfaculty] quote in a book


Toner, Mike (MC1972) reported:

MC Prof quoted in article concerning Fr. James Martin’s (SJ) book “Buiding a Bridge”

https://www.newwaysministry. org/2018/03/05/catholic- theologians-quiet-fr-james- martins-building-bridge/

MC Prof, Kevin Ahern, is quoted in a New Way’s Ministry article concerning a lack of engagement among Catholic theologians with Fr. James Martin’s (SJ) book, “Building a Bridge”. The book, concerning the Church’s relationship with the LGBTQ community, has been the subject of some controversy – even though Fr. Martin does not break with traditional church teachings.

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Ahern, Kevin [MCfaculty]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about Presidential parallels


Dear F. John,

I read your recent endnote about the Weimar Republic and gun control almost immediately after seeing the movie, The Post, about the publication of the Pentagon Papers. First, the reminder of the lies and obfuscation – from Truman through Nixon – that led to the full blown war that so seared our generation and killed so many of our contemporaries was very anger and sadness provoking. Perhaps even more frightening were the eerie parallels between Nixon and Trump about demonizing the free press and thinking that the best course was to attempt to suppress the press.

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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[JR: Well, I view the “Presidents” as threat to freedom in the USA. And, like the ersatz anti-war movement, the “press” is not free but a captive of the ultra-left wing of the “democratic” party with the exception of Fox News. Fox News is an anomaly, but is an organ of “big Gooferment” too. Hollywood is an extension of the same ultra-left group think imho. Thankfully, the inet allows bypassing the “echo chambers”.  Nixon and Trump are not the worst; as bad as they might be. It takes real “work” to break into my personal “worst” list. I think DJT45 is exposing the “Deep State”, the corrupt media, and Democan/Republicrat politicians for what they really are — wanna be tyrants who are parasites on the hard working “We, The Sheeple”. Sadly, I don’t think “We, The Sheeple” are smart enough to escape the chains that politicians and bureaucrats have forged on them by decades of “free stuff”. It would seem that hard times are inevitable for the “American Experiment”. Thanks for the response; it gets lonely in my “ivory tower”.]

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