NEW ROCHELLE, NY (November 5, 2010) Iona College today dedicated the Romita Auditorium and Castle Café at the college’s new Ryan Library in honor of Mauro (“Chris”) Romita, Esq. and the Romita family. Mr. Romita is an Iona alum (class of ’61), business leader and benefactor. The Romita family contributed $100,000 to the new facilities.
At the dedication ceremony attended by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and other invited guests, Iona College President James A. Liguori, CFC, said: “On behalf of the entire Iona College community who will use these wonderful spaces in the Ryan Library—students, faculty, administrators and guests from our neighboring communities—we extend heartfelt thanks to Chris, his wife, Camille, and other members of the Romita family for their generous gift.”Read more
Last Thursday between 1 pm and 2 pm an unidentified man entered the Barnard Elementary School during school hours where he was observed wandering through the building, sources tell Talk of the Sound. The man was later discovered hiding in a closet inside an empty classroom by a Barnard staffer returning to the classroom after lunch. The staffer fled the room and reported the encounter to the main office. A subsequent search failed to turn up the intruder who was later presumed to have left the building on his own.
Multiple sources have independently contacted Talk of the Sound to say that police were not notified for several hours after the incident. This was the second incident of an intruder at Barnard School over the past year.
UPDATE: Police Report indicates that a "male/black grey top possible grey bottom observed in the bldg by a few people for the last hr and last seen about 15 mins ago in the bathroom".Read more
Iona College President Brother James Liguori has sent a thinly-veiled threat letter to City Council District 3 candidate Peter Parente promising to use "use all means at our disposal" to "make our case" (i.e., defeat Parente if he opposes a proposed dormitory) before the "next general election in 2011". Liguori described Iona students as "a force to be reckoned with", a force whose voices "deserves to be heard".
If elected tomorrow, Parente will fill the unexpired one-year remaining on Jim Stowe's term. Stowe died unexpectedly in August setting up a special election.
The nakedly partisan political letter sent to a Republican candidate for City Council and cc'd to Noam Bramson, the de facto leader of the Democratic party, shows a picture of Liguori at odds with his public image. He comes off as a bullying cleric engaged in hardball politics more concerned with the bottom line at the college than the quality of life for residents who have endured loud parties, drunken students, open drug use and vomit-stained sidewalks for years courtesy of the Catholic college.
Liguori took issue with a quote attributed to Parente in the The New Rochelle Sound Report:Read more
Last weekend, the New Rochelle Fire Department evacuated over 600 patrons of Spectators in downtown New Rochelle on Saturday after a mob of people from the Iona College homecoming events further down the road descended upon the popular bar and grill. The capacity is listed as 150. The crowd grew past midnight into Sunday morning and by 1 am the revelers were packed like sardines. Between 1 am and 3 am, the NRFD and NRPD worked to remove everyone from the building -- the count was reported 665 people -- and then let back in 150 leaving hundreds more roaming the streets and sidewalks outside the bar.
Maybe the limit doesn't count if the NRFD occupancy certificate is blank (photo above)
Spectators Sports Bar was ranked one of the top places to go in Westchester, selected in the Nightlife category as "Best Out-of-Frat-House Experience" where "the co-eds are just as cute and the beer just as cheap" as you remember from your college days. Gary Torigian is quoted saying “It’s like Happy Hour twenty-four/seven".Read more
The recent suicides of gay college students and incidents of bullying and harassment and the need for creating safe environments on college campuses will be the focus of the “Westchester Colleges LGBTQ Summit,” hosted by Iona. Representatives from several areas colleges will discuss common concerns, share resources and explore how they can work together to provide safe and hospitable environments for the LGBTQ community. Hosted by Iona College, Several Area Colleges to Explore Working Together for Safe Environments.
Conveners are Dr. Ingrid Grieger, Director of Iona College’s Counseling Center; Aaron Megibow, President of Iona’s Gay/Straight Alliance and Dr.Read more
The Journal News has significantly advanced the "Sister Susie" story and even credited Talk of the Sound and the Chronicle of Higher Education for first reporting the story.
Having been critical of the Journal News last week -- online and over the WVOX airwaves -- Talk of the Sound wants to credit the Journal News and their reporters -- Jonathon Bandler, Aman Ali and Noreen O'Donnell -- for what has become a full court press. The story now has the makings of becoming a national news story. The off-handed comment by former Iona College Coach Jeff Ruland that "Sister Susie" had "absconded with some funds or something down to Atlantic City" may prove irresistible to the national media. A question that may be asked was whether Sister Susie was betting on sports and in particular Iona College men's basketball.
Here are some of they key points developed by the Journal News over the past week:Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY (October 27, 2010) On May 26, 2009, it had been brought to my attention that a senior school official was involved in misappropriation of funds. That senior official was immediately terminated. The College continued to act swiftly. On June 5th, forensic accountants were brought in to investigate allegations of waste, fraud and abuse.
An exhaustive investigation was conducted over 6 months by experts in criminal investigations, forensic accounting and computer forensics. The investigation included interviews of Iona personnel and outside vendors. In addition, forensic analysis was conducted in a manner that identified the theft, how it occurred and whether other individuals were involved. Based on the firm’s findings, the College implemented additional procedures in order to safeguard against another situation. The College complied with regulatory reporting requirements.
Please rest assured that the College recovered a major amount of its loss.
Appropriate personnel actions were taken in accordance with our human resources practices. As per college policy, we do not discuss specific details of personnel matters.
Talk of the Sound has confirmed from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter that Sister Marie Thornton is the person fired by the college of using a college credit card to make personal purchases and writing college checks for her own benefit. A subordinate was also fired when college officials learned that the subordinate had approved purchases and checks at the direction of "Sister Susie" as Sister Marie Thornton was known, sources tell Talk of the Sound. An initial report by the Chronicle for Higher Education indicated that amount the college claimed stolen was about $80,000 over 10 years or about $800,000 but sources tell Talk of the Sound the figure is likely far higher.Read more