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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) comment on a Quad story


Hi John!  Happy “Winter’s ‘Roun’ Th’ Corner!”

Ahh wellll…  I had a comment on one of the stories in the Quadrangle, but evidently the comment period had closed in the five hours since the previous comment had been published and emailed.  ::sigh::  Ever since Trump got elected my timing’s been off (Heh, my nieces are blaming everything from the national debt to the milk going bad in the fridge on Trump so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon.  LOL!)

In any event, I figured I’d at least share it here, re the story at: https://mcquad.org/2017/09/07/mischief-marks-return-to-mc/ about the police having been called to deal with the crowd of students hanging around outside MC’s bars…


Strange.  There was never a problem with students hanging around outside the local bars when I was a student at Manhattan in the 1970s although they were usually packed to the walls inside (The Pinewood and Greenleaf at that point in history.)  

I wonder what on earth could have possibly changed?

Michael J. McFadden, Peace Studies, 1973

Meanwhile, as I look forward to winter, I’m trying to remember: Just HOW did we ever walk down the steps from Overlook to the Engineering Building the morning after a snowstorm?

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: As an injineer, I just never left the building. At least that is what I told everyone. Some would say I never left the bar to go INTO the building.]  

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JLINKEDIN: Landy, Craig A. [MC1973] Partner Peckar & Abramson



Craig A. Landy
Partner New York
Peckar & Abramson
41 Madison Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10010

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Craig Landy is a partner with extensive experience in contract risk assessment and risk management for major construction projects, including preparing, reviewing and negotiating contracts and proposing creative solutions to limit exposure to potential risks. Mr. Landy also works closely with contractors and other construction industry members to provide counsel regarding successful resolution or avoidance of potential disputes in ongoing construction projects.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Landy was a partner at Landy & Seymour in New York City, where he was involved in a full range of contract counseling activities, including the drafting of agreements, providing advice and counseling to business professionals, negotiation of contracts and the formation and operation of partnerships and the supervision of major impact litigation, especially in the healthcare field.

Mr. Landy’s public service includes law secretary to New York State Supreme Court Justice Harold Baer, Jr. and deputy chief of the Commercial Litigation Division of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office. In addition, for 21 years, he was an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. Mr. Landy is also a past president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (2000 — 2002). He served that Association in a number of capacities, including Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee. He is currently a member of NYCLA’s Board of Directors, Past Presidents Committee and Task Force on Meeting the Challenge of New York’s new pro bono rules.

Mr. Landy served for many years in the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and as a member of that Association’s Nominating Committee. He has also served as a Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and he is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

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Landy, Craig A. [MC????]


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Dear John,

                I believe that Craig is a member of the Class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Landy, Craig A. [MC1973]

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) finds a flaw in new “gojaspers”


JHQ: New “gojaspers” website2017-Aug-01

Manhattan Unveils New SIDEARM Sports Website

Riverdale, NY – The Manhattan College Athletic Department has joined forces with industry leader SIDEARM Sports to launch a redesigned GoJaspers.com. The new site is a responsive model that converts content to the screen size of the specific computer …

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[JR: Not my cup of tea, but then they aren’t trying to appeal to me. Seems “busy” and hodge dodge. But someone liked it. I didn’t spend a lot of time to see what has been “lost” or “changed detrimentally”]  

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John … They did away with the first link I always click — er, clicked — on: “ARCHIVES”; I click that because I am usually interested in all sports stories, not ones from a particular sport … and I don’t have time to hunt around for those. One way to reduce readership — er, clickership. Rob

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Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) 

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JNEWS: Porricelli, Vinny [MC1973] retires after 35 years as Fordham Head Athletic Trainer



General | 7/19/2017 4:50:00 PM | Fordham Head Athletic Trainer Vinny Porricelli Announces Retirement
Served with the Rams for 35 years

Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham University head athletic trainer Vinny Porricelli, ATC, CSCS, who has worked with Fordham student-athletes for the past 35 years, announced his retirement effective August 25, 2017, it was announced today. 

“We are immensely grateful to Vinny for his outstanding dedication and devotion to Fordham athletics and the student-athletes,” said Director of Athletic Dave Roach. “He worked tirelessly to provide the student-athletes the best of care with their well-being always a priority. Vinny will be missed.” 

Porricelli, who joined the Fordham training staff in a part-time capacity in 1982 before becoming full-time three years later, took over as head athletic trainer after longtime head trainer Jim Wilson retired in 1999. He is just one of four people to hold the position of head athletic trainer in Fordham history. 

A 1973 Manhattan College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Porricelli received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1975, and three years later a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the New York City-based school. 

Porricelli became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2003. And in January of 2008 he received his certification from the Titleist Performance Institute as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. 

In 2008, Porricelli was rewarded for his 20+ years of service to Fordham, as he was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Porricelli, Vinny [MC1973]

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JLINKEDIN: Duffy, Dennis [MC1973] Director at BDO Consulting



Duffy, Dennis [MC????]
Director at BDO Consulting’s Valuation Services
BDO Consulting’s Valuation Services 
Washington, District Of Columbia 

Dennis Duffy is a Director at BDO in the Valuation & Business Analytics Division. Mr. Duffy has over 30 years of commercial real estate consulting and underwriting experience, primarily throughout the Northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States, along with many national projects. From 1990 2013, he was a founding Principal of RCDH &Co, a regional consulting and advisory company. Previously, he was employed as a principal and regional manager (Northeast and then created Wash., DC office) for Joseph J Blake & Assoc., a national real estate consulting firm. 

Responsibilities in all cases included financial underwriting and valuations on complicated situations, and/or on all property types. Mr. Duffy has performed consulting and underwriting assignments on a wide variety of commercial real estate product types, including office buildings; shopping centers and malls; industrial buildings; apartment buildings, both conventional and subsidized; special use properties such as datacenters, water parks, universities, marinas, prison sites, power stations, and various types of treatment facilities. Mr. Duffy has extensive experience in highest and best use studies; court testimony; as well as vacant land valuation in all zoning categories. He has worked with a variety of clients including pension funds, REITs, insurance companies, attorneys, owners, developers, domestic and foreign investors, governmental agencies, banks and other prominent institutions. 

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Dear John,

             I believe that Dennis is a member of the Class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duffy, Dennis [MC1973] 

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) advances “veganism” like “smoking”



[JR: Pretty funny. Click on over if you want a laugh. If you’re on the liberal left, you may want to avoid the sarcasm.]  

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) takes issue with my “c of a” stuff


[JR: A response from Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)]

Hi John …

My replies interspersed with yours:

JR: In a truly free market, cooperation yields “certificates of appreciation”.
RK: I don’t understand that. Frankly, it sounds like obfuscation.

[JR: No most people don’t see that the ONLY way to get money in truly free market is to serve the needs of our fellow human. Greed forces us to cooperate. Only the Crony Capitalists use Gooferment to get rich without serving anyone but themselves.]  

JR: If all those “certificates” end up in a few hands, then won’t it induce more cooperation? For example, Bill Gates doesn’t sit on a pile of “certificates” but uses them as he sees fit to express his appreciation to others. Laugh!
RK: Gates, together with his wife, is very magnanimous with his wealth. Still, because you’re right that he distributes it as he sees fit, not a lot “trickles down” to folks in the American middle class who could benefit.

[JR: Eventually, Gates “rewards” people who he appreciates with “his” certificates. Eventually “certificates” make the world go round.]  

JR: I believe it’s only when the Gooferment get involved does the “wealth distribution” suddenly become a big issue. That and many of “We, The Sheeple” are induced to be jealous and envious of those “lucky few”.
RK: I think a lot of Trump supporters would dispute that with you. They were out of work, out of money and felt “forgotten,” not unlucky. Government just tends to focus people’s views – not create them.

[JR: I don’t care WHAT the Trump supporters think. Looking to the President — any President — to solve YOUR problems merely perpetuates the myth that folks can only get ahead if the Gooferment helps. Gooferment does more than “focus”; it causes the problem and them “solves” them and creates more problems. That people look to the Gooferment to “fix”. Argh! It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a perpetual motion machine. And, politicians and bureaucrats get rich off this illusion.]  

<<< interrupting for a quote >>>

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. — Morpheus in the Matrix (1999)

<<< now back to the dialogue >>>

JR: We have “raised” generations of “welfare farmers” and “Crony Capitalists” who live off the Gooferment dole. That’s our current problem, imho.
RK: Are you counting the corporations that receive enormous subsidies, tax breaks, and other benefits they often get to write into legislation themselves through the auspices of lobbyists?

[JR: Of course, they are a big part of our current problem.]  

JR: The Pope’s message is socialism which emasculates the human desire to improve.
RK: Because if you count the corporations, this charge against the Pope must be softened. And the “emasculation” (maybe “diminishment” would have been a better gender-neutral word) of desire to improve can just as easily be reached simply by being deprived of the opportunity to work (or to earn a living income). In fact, more than a diminished desire to improve might result — the complete loss of will to live can take hold.

[JR: Us fat old white guy injineers don’t parse words. NO, no, no. By saying “deprived of the opportunity to work” you’re letting the victims off the hook of their own making. The “opportunity to work” is always all around them. They just don’t see it or let the Gooferment seduce them into thinking it’s not there. Look at the immigrants, who come here dirt poor and not knowing the language, and the next thing you know they are doing well. If not wealthy! Argh!]  

JR: Like “don’t feed the bears” in the national parks, “don’t feed the hungry”. Not to starve them, but to incentivize them. Give them opportunity. Don’t kill them with the “kindness” of the Gooferment dole. IMHO!
RK: I agree people need opportunity, as I just said. It seems to me, though, that concentration of wealth acts to remove opportunity. The free market does as well — for instance taking advantage of every available opportunity to increase bottom-line profit for investors, even at the expense of the workforce. Before long, automation will increasingly deny people who are perfectly willing to work the opportunity to do so. But, I don’t think the Pope has approached that topic, specifically, yet.

[JR: I misspoke. Don’t “give” them opportunity. Show them where it is and let them “take” it. Argh! (I’m frustrated.) The free market LETS every worker earn as much wealth as the value he provides to the marketplace. I’ve yet to see an employer cut at the expense of the workforce where that workforce was earning that employer more than it cost. It’d be stupid. And, the free market, allows workers to take their labor elsewhere if they feel abused. I’ve seen Burger King and McD’s “bid” for workers against each other. But the soiled rotten kids in my neighborhood don’t have to to work because Mommy and Daddy paradigms and memesper them. Yet I see minorities walking a mile from the bus stop to get to those jobs in all sorts of weather. I often give them a lift. And, they can’t speak English. The opportunities are there if people want them.]  

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[JR: Hope this was entertaining. I’m just a fat old white guy injineer who sees the world differently. Argh! You should really listen to Tom Woods or Jason Stapleton or read Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell who are more skillful at explaining it.]  

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