ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL OLD BOYS' ASSOCIATION, 1515 BATHURST STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5P 3H4
OLD BOYS EXECUTIVE 1983-1984
— Father Brian Higgins
— Rob Grossi
— Graham King
— Daniel Brennan
Bob Dubniak, Michael Duffy, Michael
Gariepy, Frank Kielty, George Laceby,
William Metzler, Gene Natale, James
Pantaleo, William Rosenitsch, Bernard
Smith, Paul Thomson, Joseph Trubic,
John McCusker, William Metzler,
Michael Duffy, Ross Robertson,
William Rosenitsch, Paul Thomson,
John G. Walsh, Frank Thickett, W.
Frank Morneau, Frank Glionna, George
Cormack, Richard Wakely (deceased),
Gordan Ashworth, Peter D'Agostino
(deceased), G.J. McGoey, Paul
McNamara, Joseph Primeau, Dick
BLUE BANNER EDITOR
Exective meetings— 2nd Tuesday
of every month
6:30 p.m.— Old Boys' Room
Wednesday, June 13th, 1984
Family skating— every Sunday
12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Your continued support through
membership fees is greatly ap-
preciated. It plays a very important part
in our efforts to keep the Old Boys'
Association operating. The present
level of the Scholarship Funds which
we have been donating to the School is
also a reflection of your support.
'Never has so much been owed to so few!'
The alumni of St. Mike's owes so much to those few who continue to carry on the ac-
tivities of the association. Without the outstanding efforts of 'old' alumni like J. Younder,
J. McCusker, P. Thomson or newcomers such as D. Brennan, R. Grossi, or J. Pantaleo, the
annual activities could not have been carried out. However, the times are changing! The
alumni has been asked to assist the school in planning and supporting me academic and
financial changes occurring in today's school system. This request can only be met with
a carefully drawn game plan and the capable alumni to execute that plan. The present
size of the active alumni limits the activities of the association. In order to continue with
the present events such as the Turkey Roll and the Scholarship Draw, it is imperative that
the active alumni members must increase. With the hustle and bustle of today's society,
everyone seems to have a problem finding spare time. However, if you could help the ex-
ecutive with one of the events or as an active monthly member it would be greatly ap-
preciated. The direction of the association depends on its' members, your thoughts and
suggestions are always welcomed.
As your new President, I would like to introduce to you your new executive commit-
tee— R. Grossi, G. King and J. Younder, as well as our new moderator Rev. Brian Higgins.
As the executive committee, we plan to implement changes within the existing alunmi ac-
tivities in co-ordination with our new challenge of working with the school. In this depart-
ment we will be looking for the support and guidance of Rev. Norman Fitzpatrick and his
staff. Areas of our review will be the cost and frequency of the Blue Banner publication,
the purpose of family skating, the Scholarship Draw and the Golf Tournament.
On behalf of all the alumni members, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our
past President, Dan Brennan and his executive of H. Flood and D. Farrell for their outstan-
ding efforts over the past two years.
I look forward to the next two years as your president!
Paul G. Grossi, C.A.
HAVE YOU SENT IN YOUR $15.00
Off To A Flying Start
Preparations are now being made for what is hoped will be a NEW AND BETTER
TURKEY ROLL(83). The date, as always is the FIRST FRIDAY IN DECEMBER, Dec. 2, 1983.
Your Committee Chairman is ROB GROSSI. Here's what we have in store for you:
Free admission to all
GAMES OF CHANCE to be RUN BY GRADS. We have set up a BUZZER TABLE, A
KERRY BLUE TABLE, A CROSS COUNTRY TABLE and a BLUE RAIDER TABLE.
For a long time now, the teachers have manned the tables. This year they will be out
mingling with the grads. We feel they, and you, would appreciate the change. Of course,
what would the TURKEY ROLL be without turkeys? We have plenty of them, birds that is.
Take a chance and bring one home.
Turkey Roll — continued from page 1
SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR. We have added a lounge area
upstairs in the cafeteria for those who want to talk over old times in a
quiet atmosphere. Coffee will also be served in the cafeteria. Here is
something we hope you will all like. Many times, grads have phoned
the school to inquire about purchasing a sweater, or a T-shirt,
anything to remind them of their days at St. Mike's. Well, we have
answered your needs. This year, the BOOK STORE will have on display
many "double blue" articles of clothing and memorabilia— all for
sale. The booth will be set up in the cafeteria.
Again, we will have a bulletin board for all those who wish to tack up
their BUSINESS CARDS. Eventually, we would like to publish an OLD
Finally, we would especially like to welcome back our recent
graduates from the classes of 1980-83. Remember, you can be an "old
boy" without grey hair and a paunch.
These are but a few of the changes. We hope you will like them. ONE
FINAL NOTE: THE OLD BOYS' ASSOCIATION is made up of grads,
some old, some young. We can always use "new blood", with new
ideas. If your are interested in getting involved, talk to an Executive or
a Councillor. Their names are in the front of the Banner. Of course,
you are always welcome to attend our Executive meeting held the SE-
COND TUESDAY of each month in the Old Boys' Room aboove the
arena. Time — 6:30 p.m. Come on out and support your Association;
meet your friends, or bring one, and tell tall tales. MAKE THIS THE
BEST TURKEY ROLL YET.
Joe Younder— Old Boy Of The Year 1983
(At the Annual Scholarship Draw in May, Joe Younder was named "Old
Boy of the Year." Joe graduated from St. Michael's in 1956 and return-
ed to teach there in 1961. At present, he is Chairman of the English
Department. He also serves as Secretary and House Chairman for the
Alumni Association. The following is a commentary made by Harry
Flood, Joe's classmate, who nominated him for the Award.)
The St. Michael's Old Boy Award is not awarded every year, in fact,
it has only been awarded twelve times since its inception in 1959.
Because it is not an annual award, the decision to initiate a presen-
tation is a most serious one, and the subject of considerable delibera-
It is not easy to define criteria for receiving the Old Boy Award but
generally the recipient should be someone who has demonstrated
continuous and consistant efforts on behalf of, and in support of St.
Michael's College School and the Alumni Association. In short, he is a
person who reflects the image of the school and who personifies the
school moto of goodness, discipline and knowledge.
As I had the honour of nominating the person who is to receive the
award tonight, I would like to say a few words about him.
I have been acquainted with this person for many years and have
always found him to be a gentleman in every sense of the word.
Courteous, optimistic, honourable, loyal, Christian and most of all
very cooperative and most willing to volunteer for the many tasks that
are necessary for the success of the various functions that are held
each year. Always in the forefront of activity, he is the first to arrive
and get things organized, and usually the last to leave after all the
clean up has been done, and even back the next day to make certain
everything is back in place as it should be.
His energy seems to be boundless; his involvement and commit-
ment to St. Michael's is beyond question.
He is truly someone who can be called: a "St Michael's Man".
It gives me great honour to present to you, the recipient of the St.
Michael's Old Boy Award for 1983— Joe Younder.
What's in a Name
St. Mike's, St. Michael's, St. Michael's College School,
S.M.C.S.— these all mean something to each and everyone of us. It
could be reminders of the times we spent at the school, the friends we
met during our high school years, a building on Bat hurst, perhaps one
on Bay, or a multitude of other things. What happens when you add
the words 'Alumni Association' to any of the above? To many of us, it
conjures up more reminders of our days at St. Mike's, what the school
stood for and how it helped form us into the men we are today. Plus, it
twigs our memory to the various activities that the Association stages
All of the above are notions indicating what the Association stands
for and what your executive attempts to transmit through various
means to the individuals who attended the school.
You have had the opportunity to read Father Fitzpartick's article on
Operation Lost Sheep, which described how a group of guys from the
Class of '62 went about to contact all of their classmates. It was
tremendous to hear about their success in reaching so many. This
same exercise will be extended to other years in an effort to formulate,
as closely as possible, a complete listing of everyone who went to the
One may ask what Operation Lost Sheep has to do with the words,
Alumni Association. During the exercise to reach all the graduates of
1962 and the subsequent discussions that took place, we realized that
there were individuals who attended the school but for various
reasons, never had the opportunity of graduating from St. Mike's.
These were individuals who were part of our years at the school and
form part of the reason for our continued affiliation to the school.
Therefore, we'd also like to have them on our Members List, keep them
abreast of what's going on and make them feel welcome and part of
the Association. They, if they haven't already, may want to increase
their participation. The word 'Alumni' however, may deter this from
happening due to the inference to graduates. Therefore, we have
changed our name to ST. MICHAEL'S OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION. All
who went to the school are thus members, and we, by being so named,
follow the tradition of other high school associations, two of which
are Upper Canada College and St. Andrew's.
It may not appear to be a big thing, changing a name. One could just
get new stationery and that's that. But that is not the approach we
wish to take. Your executive's efforts have always been to work for the
school and all those who attended it. We're happy to have as Members
all those who went to St. Michael's and want everyone to feel part of
the Association. Perhaps by reading the words 'Old Boys' in contrast
to the word 'Alumni', more will get this feeling. That will make our work
even more worthwhile!
From The Principal's Desk
SMCS . 132 Years Young
The 132nd academic year of St. Michael's College School began on
September 6, 1983. Though 132 years suggest great age, at least by
North American standards, a school never really grows old. Come
September each year the weight of the years disipates as the cor-
ridors resound once again with the life and laughter of youth. Even a
maturing staff seems momentarily transformed on opening day, as
though youthened by the young.
The new year sees enrollment topping off at 1012 with grade popula-
tions coming in at: 220 in grade 9, 247 in grade 10, 193 in grade 1 1, 213
in grade 12 and 139 in grade 13. Fees, now $975, teeter on the brink of
four figures .... a sign of the times!
Ave Atque Vale
Some rather extensive staff changes have taken place. Fr. Albert
Butler ('40), for so many years a teacher of chemistry, director of
studies and guidance counsellor, has left to take up new work at the
Basilian parish in Angleton, Texas. Father Butler will be missed. He it
was who pioneered data processing in our administrative procedures
during the 60's and 70's. His dedicated work in chemistry and
guidance will be remembered by staff and students alike, as will his
contribution to the alumni as their moderator for so many years.
And Fr. Rocco Volpe ('48), on staff at SMCS since 1957, has
generously responded to a need at a higher level. He has accepted the
position of consultant for Religious Studies at the Metropolitan
Separate School Board for the Catholic secondary schools of Toron-
to, a post that concerns itself with the very purpose of Catholic educa-
tion, namely, the instruction of the young in the mind and heart of
Christ. We will miss Fr. Volpe— the warmth of his presence among us,
his work in the Italian Club, his coaching over the years in football and
Mr. John Mackle (70), after 10 years of dedication to so many
aspects of St. Michael's life— Geography, football, the bookstore, to
name only a few— has gone to Henry Carr Secondary School. We are
so generous with Henry Carr. We give them our best: John, who goes
to that esteemed institution as geography head and, along with John,
our cherished Jr. 'B' trophy— all in one year.
And Rick Cornacchia, Mr. Jr. 'B' at St. Michael's has gone to be Mr.
Jr. 'A' in Kingston. Rick taught mathematics and physical health and
education for the past four years as well as being head coach of the
Buzzers. What with marriage in July, a move to a new city and a new
level of hockey, Rick has struck out boldly in new directions. We wish
And we welcome to the staff Fr. Brian Higgins ('45) who comes back
to his alma mater from principalships in Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie
to teach mathematics, direct the athletic program and act as
moderator of the Old Boys' Association. Mr. Anthony DeCiantis
comes to take up Fr. Volpe's work in Italian. Geidre Cepaitis and
Rainer Wenzl will be teaching in the art department for Fr. Robert
McKinnon, who is away on leave of absence. Fr. John Murphy returns
to St. Michael's to teach English and Religious Studies. Joseph King
will replace Fr. Butler in guidance and John Tierney comes to us from
Michael Power to teach in the geography department.
A Rose Is A Rose Is A R.O.S.E. . . . Changes Coming!
This excellent staff, 46 strong, begins a year that is unique in On-
tario's education history, for this is the year of the R.O.S.E. (Renewal
of Secondary Education), the Minister of Education's response to
S.E.R.P. (Secondary Education Report Project), the report of the pro-
vincially appointed body to study Ontario high school education.
What is unique is the radical nature of the new program for high
schools, the swiftness with which it must be implemented (Sept. 1984
in grade 9), the lateness of its official announcement (Oct. 1983) and
the lack of clarity in its prescriptions and implications.
While the minister avoids declaring that grade 13 has been
eliminated, it really has. 30 credits rather than 33 are now required for
an honour graduation diploma, and it will not be difficult to earn these
credits in four years. This acceleration will not be without its pro-
blems, however. It would appear that religious studies, the humanities
and foreign languages will suffer under the new system and it would
seem, as well, that semestering is being given the nod by the ministry,
for it facilitates acceleration more readily than the traditional 40
minute period. Doing five years in four sounds good— it will, if fact,
save a student one year of private school fees, and this is good, but
more pressure will be on the student. Course content that was
covered in 5 years will not have to be mastered in 4. This may not be a
problem for the more gifted students, but it will for those who have to
struggle for the results they get. The inevitable result will be an even
more competitive atmosphere surrounding university acceptance, a
process that is already anxiety ridden. What is most disappointing
about the new educational format is that it bows to the
science— mathematics— technology fascination that preoccupies
to-day's society. The rush to telescope curriculum and reduce the
number of credits will make it very difficult to get a broad liberal
education. You can see, then, that the administration and staff of your
alma mater have some soul-searching questions to answer over the
next months and years. The challenge will be to ensure that a young
man will be able to get a truly Catholic education in the humanities,
sciences, mathematics and technologies at St. Michael's in spite of
the restrictions and biases of the new secondary school program.
Renovations Transform The Arena
This past summer saw a major overhaul to the refrigeration system
and interior of the arena. The floor supporting the ice surface had
been settling for the past 20 years and was at a stage where the am-
monia piping system was being strained to the breaking point. A new
floor and piping were installed and the change from an ammonia to a
brine system was made. The north and south walls were insulated and
faced with plywood upon which striking graphic designs have been
painted. Come back some Sunday evening to a Buzzer game (7:30
p.m.). I think you will like both the hockey and the renovations.
Michael, A Champion's Champion. . . The New School Letter
An imposing rendition of the new St. Michael's 'M' has been applied
to the south wall of the arena. It is the traditional 'M' with a pair of
wings added. Both elements, the wings and the 'M' speak of Michael,
Prince of all the Angels, valiant champion of the rights of God. In the
great battle of heaven, it was he who led the angelic hosts against
Lucifer and his defecting angels. Good and evil met in heavenly com-
bat and the legions of good triumphed. So Michael and his cohorts are
not bad models for hero-hungry youth to emulate. Armed with the im-
age of these angelic contenders in the spiritual combat, the wearers
of the 'M' go forth with a broader perspective on winning. Somehow,
the rights of God come into every human endeavour, and their defence
is the stuff of which real champions are made. Michael's courage and
fidelity, the truth of his course, the justice of his gameplan . . . these
are the ideals, indeed the responsibilities, of those who would coach
and play under the winged 'M'.
On another level the 'M's' sturdy symmetry suggests discipline and
strength, confidence and purpose, while the wings speak of speed
and agility, of aspiration and transcendence. . . of the freedom of
flight. Earthen vessels we are; earthbound we need not be. Wings sug-
gest inner, superhuman powers of spirit, mind and body that can be
ours, powers that will lift our burden of clay to the heights. What
coach would not take pride in this symbol and point to it in hope when
the going gets tough and young men must raise themselves from the
The Annual Commencement Exercises were held on Friday, June
10, for the 165 members of the 1983 graduation class. Fr. Ulysse Par6,
C.S.B., Superior General of the Basilian fathers, was the principal
celebrant and homilist at the Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Graduates
were presented with the Ontario Secondary School Honour Gradua-
tion Diploma by Fr. Pare and with the St. Michael's Diploma by Prin-
cipal, Fr. Norman Fitzpatrick, C.S.B.
Thirty-one members of the 1983 class gained the Ontario Scholar
Award for achieving an average of 80% or more in six grade 13 sub-
jects. Ten of these students were enrolled in the St. Thomas More
Society for having maintained this 80% average throughout all of their
years at St. Michael's. They were: Antonio Barozzino, Paul Beaton,
Noel Beaulieu, Stephen Ciz, Vito Culmone, David Glionna, John Heng,
Gregory Lopinski, Leonardo Sdao and David Wilson.
The St. Michael's Medal, awarded to the outstanding graduate in
the various disciplines, was presented to the following students.
Mario De Facendis
Mario De Facendis
Physical and Health Education
The Brian Dunn Award for General Proficiency, a St. Michael's
Medal and a $100.00 bursary established by the Dunn family in
memory of their son, was won by Gregory Lopinski. Greg presented 8
grade 13 credits for his diploma and had a percentage of 93.5 on his
best six credits.
Odette and Old Boy Bursaries of $100.00 were awarded to ten
members of the graduating class who were judged by the staff to have
made outstanding contributions to St. Michael's during their high
school years. They were: Pasquale DICosmo, Daniel Fava, Joseph
Gisini, Vincenzo lozzo, Luigi LaRocca, Conrad Mandala, Barry
Naipaul, Daniel Paluzzi, James Purvis, Alvydas Saplys.
A new award this year, the Robert J. Buckley Memorial scholarship
of $100.00, awarded to the graduate who has made an outstanding
contribution to the arts, was won by Paolo Naccarato.
The Spititus Trophy, awarded to the graduate who best embodies
the spitit of St. Michael's, was won by Conrad Mandala.
John Heng, the winner of the Norman Dilella Trophy for his outstan-
ding performances in debate and oratory, was the class valedictorian.
For the past ten to fifteen years, a membership card has always
been mailed out in the fall of each year to all Alumnus on our mailing
list. During these years, we have only received payment of member-
ship fees from between five to six hundred of our Alumnus on our
membership lists. With rising printing costs and less than one-sixth of
our Alumnus paying their annual dues, which are relatively low com-
pared to other Alumni Associations, we have decided to discontinue
this practice this year. If enough of those who send in their dues in the
enclosed return envelope request a membership card be sent to them,
then we will have some printed up and distributed later in the year. It is
surprising that from the mailing list of 3,500 names of ex-St. Michael's
students, we only receive payment from five to six hundred of them an-
nually. If your Alumni Association is to continue to survive and expand
its scope in the years to come, then we need more financial support
from those 3.000 Alumni who don't regularly send in their dues. Are
you one of the five to six hundred who contribute, or one of the group
of 3,000 who leave it up to others to keep the Alumni Association go-
ing. Only you can answer.
Wednesday, June 25th, 1983, the sun once again shone on the
Alumnus of St. Michael's and their friends as ninety-three (93) golfers
teed off at Carrying Place Country Club for our Annual Golf Tourna-
ment. The Low Gross was won by SEAN McDONOUGH with a 72,
while IVAN WISMAYER with a score of 65 won the Low Net. There
were ninety golfers and guests in attendance at the superb steak din-
ner, at which time FATHER MAURICE WHELAN presented the
trophies to the winners. We extend our thanks and appreciation for all
those who took part In once again making this a successful Alumni
event. We aspecially wish to thank all those participants who donated
prizes so that we could ensure that everyone could win something.
Next year's tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 13th, 1984
and at the suggestion of several of past participants, we will begin to
tee off at 10:30 a.m. instead of 12:00 noon, with the dinner to be
scheduled for 5:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. as in past
years. Most of the players who participate year after year usually take
the day off work anyways ( I hope none of their supervisors see this! !),
so we do not feel this change will affect too many of our participants.
Be sure to mark WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1984, on your calendar of
Alumni Events for 1984, so you won't miss this popular Golf Tourna-
Coach of the Year
Award Presented to Jack Fenn bv Hugh McDougall
At the Annual Athletic Award's Banquet held in May, JACK FENN
(54) was named COACH OF THE YEAR for his 25 years as football
coach. Jack first came to St. Mike's in 1949 and attended the old Bay
Street school. While at St. Mike's (Bathurst Street), he played on the
Bantam, Junior and Senior football teams. After graduation from the
U. of T., Jack returned to St. Mike's and began his teaching career in
Geography, the department of which he is now Chairman.
Of the many tributes expressed during the evening, one stands out.
This was from Mike Lavelle, a fellow classmate, player and coach of
Jack's: "Most coaches talk about discipline, commitment, sacrifice,
holding your head up when you face defeat — but you are one of the
few who really teach by our own personal example. I can't think of
anyone who would be a better example to young people than yourself.
Your strength, manifested in your humility and courage, I'm sure has
affected both the staff and students over the past 25 years." These
very thoughts were to become the inscription on the plaque presented
to Jack by his life-long friend, Hugh McDougall. The inscription read:
JACK FENN WHOSE 25 YEARS OF DEDICATED TEACHING AND
COACHING HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO HIS COLLEAGUES AND
TO THE STUDENTS OF ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SHCOOL.
Thanks Jack. St. Mike's is proud of you. Through your example you
have contributed to its development by making It a better place to
work and grow.
Athletic Awards Dinner 1983
On the evening of Thursday, May 19, 1983, the Athletic Department
hosted the annual parent and son Athletic Awards Dinner in the
school gymnasium. For the first time mothers were invited to join their
sons at this event. Among the head table guests were former Buzzers,
Phil Branston ('69), Paul Gillis ('80), Pat Graham ('79), Murray McGee
('59), Rob Ricci ('81) and former Majors, Dave Chambers ('60), Brian
Walsh ('61), Fausto DiMarco of the Toronto Blizzards, Gordon Elserof
the Argonauts and Zoltan Tanke, coach of Canada's national track
and field team. A most popular guest speaker for the evening was
Gerry Cheevers, a former Buzzer and Major and presently coach of the
St Michael's teams again enjoyed most successful
seasons— 1982-83. The Senior Kerry Blues under coaches Colle,
Forbes, Fenn and Knap, not only won the T.D.C.A.A. football cham-
pionship but also won the first ever Metro Toronto championship by
defeating Woburn Collegiate of Scarborough. The Blue Harriers,
coached by Paul Barry and Pat Monahan, continued to dominate the
T.D.C.A.A. cross country competition, easily retaining the overall
championship. In basketball, both the Senior Blue Raiders of coach
Dan Prendergast and Paul Dignan's Bantam Blue Raiders retained
T.D.C.A.A. titles. The Seniors finished second in the city and made the
provincial final four. The Bantam volleyball team of Mr. Pagano were
also league champions. Perhaps the most outstanding accomplish-
ment of the sports year was the victory of the St. Michael's track and
field team. For the first time ever, they dethroned Michael Power as
overall T.D.C.A.A. track and field champions.
On this evening, championship trophies were presented to all
members of these teams. The M.V.P.s of each varsity team were also
given individual awards and athletes were awarded their school let-
ters. The M.V.P.s of the senior varsity teams were:
Soccer Conrad Mandala
Volleyball Steve Ciz
Cross Country Thady Blundell
Football Tony Barrozino
Basketball George Papadakos
Hockey Jamie Purvis
Track and Field Noel Beaulieu
and Rob Hislop
Buzzers Rick Mulligan
The 1983 graduating class contained a number of quite exceptional
athletes and eleven were presented with the Outstanding Graduating
Athlete Award. Those so honoured were Chris Callaghan (Hockey)
John Frezell (Football, Hockey, Track), Noel Beaulieu (Football
Track), Pat DiCosmo (Football, Basketball), Sean Prendergast (Foot
ball, Soccer), Sean Dodds (Basketball, Volleyball), Chris Rick (Foot
ball, Track), Doug Clarke (Hockey), Al Saplys (Basketball, Volleyball)
Paul Zemba (Track and Field, Skiing) and George Papadakos (Basket
Thady Blundell, who is now at Princeton continuing his academic
and running interests, was awarded the Fr. Mallon Trophy for having
combined his athletic accomplishments with academic work.
The Enzo Montemurro Trophy, awarded to the graduating athlete
who plays a number of sports and brings to those sports the same
qualities that Enzo brought— skill, enthusiasm and good sportsmen-
ship— was won by Conrad Mandala.
The 1983 St. Michael's College School athlete of the year and win-
ner of the John Drohan Trophy was Tony Barrozino. A 90% senior
throughout his years at St. Michael's, Tony played senior hockey,
senior soccor and was the M.V.P. of the championship senior Kerry
St. Michael's Buzzers 1983-84
St. Michael's Buzzers 1983-84
This is a rebuilding year for the Buzzers. Their new coach, Mr. Ray
Payne, has had the difficult task of choosing candidates from a large
number of young men who attended two try-out camps, one in May
and another in August. Ray's work was made more difficult by the fact
that these camps were held away from St. Michael's College School
Arena which was undergoing renovation work. However, the pre-
season games are just about over and the team's first test will be last
year's O.H.A. Champions, the Henry Carr Crusaders. It should be a
very interesting season and we invite you one and all to become
Where Did They Go?
St. Michael's will be well represented in many areas this year by the
young men who wore the double blue in 1982-83. To the University of
Toronto, went Chris Callaghan and Joe Pellino. York University will
have Kerr Kingston while Stuart Catterall will attend McMaster Univer-
sity. Rick Mulligan, the captain of last year's team, is at St. Lawrence
University. David Marotta is at Princeton, Doug Clarke at Colorado,
Drake Turcotte at U.S. International University in San Diego, Mike
Snell at Oswego University, Ken Vopni at Colby and Peter Margie at
Brown. The Major Junior League got John English and Craig Duncan-
son. Craig is with the Sudbury Wolves and John is with Sault Ste.
Marie. All these young men carry with them the best wishes of St.
Michael's. We are grateful for the time they spent with us.
Our New Coach
Rick Cornacchia has moved on to the Kingston Canadians. Rick's
hard work and dedication while coaching the Buzzers brought ex-
cellent results. In 1981-82, the Buzzers earned the O.H.A. Jr. "B"
championship and last year went to the divisional finals. Coaching the
Buzzers this year is Mr. Ray Payne. Ray holds a B.Sc. degree from
Boston University and an M.A. (Ed.) from the U.S. International Univer-
sity in San Diego. Presently, he is on the teaching staff at Sir Robert L.
Borden Secondary School where he teaches Mathematics and
Physical Education. His coaching career extends back to 1968-69 as
Head Coach with East End Secondary School. From 1970-72, he
coached at Victoria College and from 1974-76, at Seneca College. Ray
was Head Coach at Centennial College from 1977-79 and was named
Assistant Coach at U.S. International University in San Diego in
1979-80. He came back to coach at Ryerson in 1981-82 and was ap-
pointed as Head Coach for the North York Rangers in the same
season. Ray's coaching experience in academic institutions makes
him particularly well qualified to deal with young student athletes. He
has impressed everyone around him during the trying days of the
We all wish him well in his first season with the Buzzers.
Fr. Matt Mulchay Gets His Library
Well, it finally happened. On Monday, Sept. 2nd, Father Matt take exception to the word, "Memorial" which was inserted in the in-
Mulcahy C.S.B., was invited to visit St. Mary's College in Sault Ste
Marie, the school he started (with Fr. Pat Lalonde) back in 1956. The
occasion was the opening and blessing of the newly expanded and re-
furbished library which had been named The Mulcahy Library.
Naturally, Father was honoured, flattered and even thrilled, but he did
scription. Father re-assured the officials that he was still quite alive
and still teaching. As Mark Twain once said, "the rumours of my death
are greatly exaggerated." On leaving, Fr. was assured that the "offen-
sive" word would be obliterated until a much later time. Congratula-
tions Fr. Matt.
Skating At S.M.C.
The following dates have been set aside for you, your families and
your friends to make use of FAMILY SKATING at St. Mike's: Nov. 27,
Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb. 5, 12, 19,26, Mar. 4. Come out each
Sunday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and enjoy an hour of pleasure skating.
Adults: $1.00; Children: 75c; Senior Citizens: FREE.
The Thing . .
Yes, another year of drama has been provided for students and
grads. Inherit the Wind will be staged on Nov. 25, 26, and 27. On March
29, 30, 31 and April 1, the musical, The Happy Time will be performed.
Plan to attend with your families and enjoy some very fine entertain-
ment. For more information, contact the school (653-3180).
St. Michael's Science Student Does It Again
It was reported to you in the May, Blue Bannerthat Raymond Shu, a
grade 12 student was chosen to represent Toronto at the Canada
Wide Science Fair in Saskatoon. Ray attended that conference and,
while there was selected to compete in the 25th London International
Youth Science Fortnight. The following article is written by Mr. Ken
Dudzinski (Science Department).
For the second year in a row now, a St. Mike's student has been
selected to represent Canada at the International Youth Science Fort-
night, in London, England. The latest personal achievement is by Ray-
mond Shu, presently in grade 13. After being selected as a top prize
winner at the Metro Toronto Science Fair and the Canada Wide
Science Fair, Ray was given the unique opportunity to present his
work to the 300 students from 25 countries who met for the two week
conference. Much interest was shown in his work dealing with cellular
reproduction in a low electrical current environment.
Through Ray's accomplishment and those of many like him in the
past six years, St. Michael's College School has been recognized both
nationally and internationally in the field of science. Our students
have been selected to represent Toronto at the Canada Wide Science
Fair each year since 1978 and to represent Canada at the Fornight
both in 1982 and 1983.
Over 100 youngsters attended St. Michael's fifth annual summer
basketball camp. The camp is under the direction of Dan Prendergast,
the Senior Blue Raider Coach. The assistant directors are the Junior
Blue Raider Coaches, Dave Smyth and Dave Tessaro. The highlight of
the camp this year was the presence of Raider alumnus and now with
Philadelphia 76'ers, Leo Rautins. Leo was at the camp during the week
of Aug. 8-12 and did a fantastic job of instructing. Other coaches at
the camp included John Karpis of Syracuse University, former
Raiders, Ron Kaknevicius, Greg Hook and Pat Davis.
About 80 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16 attended the day
sessions and some 30 players attended the evening camp which was
designed for starting high school Seniors.
If you have a budding basketball player in your family, plan on send-
ing him to St. Michael's Camp with Leo Rautins next Aug. 13, 1984.
St Michael's College School Student Council elections were held in
May of 1983. The new slate of officers includes: John Paterson, Presi-
dent; Michael Ortelli and John Coffey, Vice Presidents; Frank
Crispino, Treasurer; Pat Churchill, Secretary; James Coffey, Grad
Rep.; Terry Brooks, Sports Rep.; and Michael Paterna, Junior School
A special note of thanks is extended to the members of last year's
Council for a job well done. They include: Robert Davis, John Duras,
Chris Bingham, Michael Allen, David Buchanan, John Frezell, Dan
Battista and special assistant, Steve Bulger.
The Moderator for the 1983-84 Student Council is Fr. Robert Kasun,
BENEFIT HOCKEY NIGHT
FOR JOCELYN LOVELL
St. Michael's Arena
Wed. Dec. 14,7:30 p.m.
KEN DRYDEN — OLD TIMERS
Joe Younder is planning the FIRST
DEBATING REUNION on Thurs. June 14,
1984. More details will be given in the next
Banner. Talk it up.
The school community was saddened to have learned of the tragic
death of Patrick O'Driscoll on June 29, 1983. Patrick, a recent
graduate, was riding his bike to the University of Toronto's St.
Michael's College to hand in his admission papers, when he was
struck down by a truck. It is difficult for one to imagine and to express
the grief felt by Patrick's family and friends.
by Leo Rautins
(This is the first GRAD PROFILE of what we hope will be a regular
column in the Blue Banner.)
I think the first thing a St. Mike's alumnus realizes when he's in col-
lege or out in the real world, is just how special St. Michael's really
was. It wasn't just a school with teachers and classrooms. It was a
tradition and I felt proud to be a part of it. It was made up of sincere
people who seemed to have an insight into my life, of people who
cared and guided me with their own spiritual befiefs and most impor-
tant, their beliefs in me as a person. No doubt, there are some grads
who don't feel this way. I can't apologize for them. This is how I feel I
To this day, in spite of all the distractions and illusions of being in
the public eye for so long, my faith in God and my values formed at St.
Mike's have kept me on the track and in touch with who I am. Anytime I
feel a swell in my head from newspaper and fan letters, I remember the
words of Hugh McDougall: "Don't let the ball bounce you, Leo!" I think
he whould fall over if he ever realized those words actually sunk in.
Yet, at St. Mike's a lot sinks in and stays with you forever.
I ended up at St. Mike's because of basketball. My brother played
there and we knew Mr. Prendergast was the best coach in the city and
still is. Mr. P. was more than a coach; he was a friend and gave his all to
the team and the individual player. You really wanted to play for him. I
know this still holds for the players to-day. I think one of Mr. P's
greatest joys was to smoke his victory cigar in the hot stuffy van with
the windows closed because it was either too cold outside or the win-
dows were stuck.
I remember especially when I was being recruited by college
coaches from across the U.S. They called me as well as Coach
Prendergast at all hours. By the end of the year we were both tired and
happy that I signed with the University of Minnesota. So, that was it.
No more worrying about coming in late and having Fr. Mulcahy catch
me opening my locker during morning prayer. He even made me pay
$5.00 once because I bounced my ball in the hall. He said I would get it
back if I wouldn't do it again. I got it back at the end of the year.
Academically, St. Mike's prepared me well for college. Barry McDer-
mott separated athletic and academics for me one day in geography
class. I didn't do too well on a test and he said, "30% may be good on
the court, but it's no good in here." That's another thing I'll never
forget. Fr. Hibberd taught me Latin and when I was playing for Canada
in Italy, I thought Latin wascloseto Italian (sounded the same) but the
Italians thought I was crazy. I guess I should have taken Italian, but
who would have thought at the time, that one day I would need it.
Perhaps, on a more humourous note, I should report that every lime
I'm in New York and pick up the Daily News, I see ZINGO ads. Fr.
Zinger can't have that much pull can he! A pleasant reminder of St.
Mike's is always welcomed.
College and college ball wasn't all it was cracked up to be at Min-
nesota. So, to make a long story short, I ended up at Syracuse. It had
one of the top 20 teams in the country and a great Journalism School.
It also had a fast-paced life style. Things really changed for me there.
We had solid teams and with the Big East Conference, great exposure.
We were on National T.V. so often, it was ridiculous. We drew record
crowds of 30,000. At St. Mike's, on a good day, it was around 50. They
were all in the arena. But, every so often I would sit in the dressing
room after a game talking to reporters (they didn't let you change or
shower) when I'd look up and see a bunch of guys from St. Mike's.
What a feeling. And that feeling can be felt around the world. Back in
1978, 1 played in the World Championships in Manila. In the middle of a
game against Brazil, I looked up and this guy was waving a Canadian
flag and yelling. "St. Mike's, St. Mike's". I couldn't believe it. He even
bought the team beer after the game. It's that St. Mike's tradition— it
stays with you.
There's a lot of pressure too. Anytime you get 30,000 people at a
game, national coverage and play in a top Conference, you have
pressure. College coaches have to win or they get fired; players get
booed and written up if they play badly. I had to be strong and know
what I wanted. I learned through experience, if you fall, get up and try
again. At this level, you really have to want to succeed or you won't.
But I really think my love for the game, and my belief in God got me
through everything and brought me to where I am today. Sometimes,
when the pressure is on, I wish I were back at St. Mike's on one of
those days of Recollection. We weren't allowed to talk and we had
speakers come in to talk to us. I cherish those quiet days. They were a
break and gave me a chance to think. I don't have that break now. I
must make it. Mike's taught me how.
I'm with the Philadelphia 76ers. I feel likje a niner all over again. The
difference is that I'm doing what I always wanted to do. I has set my
goals at an early age to make the Olympic team, pick my school in col-
lege, and make the NBA. In the process, I have seen the world, receiv-
ed a degree, made many friends, got married— kept my friends. One of
the biggest compliments I ever received was from Fr. Brian Sweeney
at the Annual Sports' Banquet my first year out. He said that I was the
same Leo that came to St. Mike's four years ago. To me, to know who
you are, where you are coming from and where you are going, are the
most important things in life. God, St. Mike's and many people along
the way, have helped me learn how "to bounce the ball."
On The International Scene
S.M.C. Grads Perform Well
STAN OZIEWICZ has just informed the Banner that he will be return-
ing to Toronto after serving a two year term in Peking, People's
Republic of China. He has been on assignment for The Globe and Mail.
Stan's correspondence has been reported in the Saturday edition of
the Globe. On his return, he has agreed to do an article for The Blue
As the Banner goes to print LEO RAUTINS will have signed with the
Philadelphia 76ers. Leo tells his story in the Blue Banner's new sec-
tion, GRAD PROFILE.
And just in from Newport, Rhode Island, is an article from old boy
GORD SMEATON on yet another old boy, TERRY MCLAUGHLIN, and
his account of Canada 1. (Next addition).
PAUL ZEMLA (83), after three weeks of intensive training in Oregon,
is off to Austria and France for six weeks of training with the Ontario
Alpine Ski Club.
Finally Father Mulcahy is loosening his clutch on the senior football
sweaters of the seventies. Team members can purchase their old
numbers. Just call Father.
Any that are not reserved will be raffled at the Turkey Roll.
Once again the Parents' Guild of St. Michael's has a very active year
ahead of them. On October 4th they were hosts to a very successful
grade nine orientation night.
OTHER GUILD EVENTS:
Annual Parents' Guild Ball— Sat. Feb. 4th.
Mixed Card Party— Easter Week— Wed. April 25th.
Fall Fashion Show— SMCS cafeteria— 8:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 19th.
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