The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 19, 1991, Image 1

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Mike Veak, the Voice of the Cornhusker Marching Band, announces during halftime of the Nebraska-Colorado
State gamejSaturday. Veak has announced for the band for 20 years.
‘Now is the time .. 7
Voice of the band blends with harmonious sounds
By Taryn Gilster
Staff Reporter
£ t’s showtime! And the NU drum
I line takes the field to begin another
pregame spectacular by the Com
husker Marching Band.”
This familiar refrain
booms throughout
Memorial Stadium at
every Nebraska football
game in which the band
performs. The owner of
that stirring voice, Mike
Vcak, has become synonymous with the
Comhusker Marching Band.
> After 20 years of announcing at football
games, Veak is still in step with the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln and blends vo
cally with the harmonious sounds of the
Marching Red.
Veak, a music teacher in the Lincoln
Public Schools, played baritone in the Com
husker Band from 1961 to 1965 while at
tending UNL.
In the early 1970s, Veak was asked by the
music director, Jack Snicdcr, to be the “voice”
of the Comhusker Marching Band.
Veak said the man who was the voice
before him improvised too much during the
performances, confusing the drum majors.
“I was surprised when I was first asked to
fill this position,” Veak said. “I’m glad that
I accepted, though.
“Now I’m glad that I can serve the band
in another way.”
Veak holds both a bachelor’s and mas
ter’s degree in music and said his knowl
edge of music helps him with his position.
“There arc certain counts that I must
make during percussion interludes and dur
ing the pregame performance,” Veak said.
“I think it would be hard for someone who
didn’t know how to count or to tell when
musical phrases ended.”
Because of his position, Veak said, people
refer to him in an unusual way.
“If anybody introduces me to somebody
else, they don’t say that I’m a teacher in the
Lincoln Public Schools or I’m the organist
at St. Matthew’s church. Instead they say,
‘He’s the Voice of the Comhusker March
See VEAK on 3
Students unwary victims
of financial aid schemes
promising scholarships
By Wendy Navratil
Senior Reporter
Financial aid scams are sweeping college
campuses across the nation, and some
fear students in Nebraska may be the
next victims.
The scams vary in structure, but they all are
designed to do the same thing: rip off students.
Monica Krupski, a corporate communica
tions specialist at the lending institution NSLP
Nebhelp of Lincoln, said she has been warned
about one group that calls itself College U.S.A.
The group reportedly originated in Texas and
has moved through other states, including Okla
homa and Arkansas.
“If it’s in Arkansas and Oklahoma, it’s get
ting up here,” Krupski said. “We want people
to know about it.”
She said the group allegedly calls students
or advertises in the student newspaper that it
has access to “hundreds of thousands of un
claimed scholarship dollars.”
Representatives, of the group, which may
consiCof only a few people, tell students that
if th<fy apply, they will be guaranteed some
kind of loan or scholarship.
The representatives eventually ask students
for their checking account numbers, perhaps
claiming the numbers are for reference or iden
tification purposes.
Students unwarily give their account num
bers to the representatives, who then withdraw
unauthorized sums from the students’ accounts.
The group disappears before cither the students
or their financial institution realizes what has
An assistant vice president in the checking
department of a financial institution in Win
field, Kan., said she has been warned of stu
dents being defrauded in this manner.
“A fellow financial institution that we are
networked with in Fort Smith, Ark., had this
problem with five customers,” she said. She
did not want herself or her financial institution
to be named.
The official said the schemers create a fraudu
lent draft, usually made out for an amount
between $80 and SI00.
“All they have to do is go out and buy a copy
machine, at Scars or anywhere. It (the fraudu
lent draft) looks very real until you really look
at it,” she said.
The student rarely notices the discrepancy
in his or her account balance information in
time to cancel the transaction.
While the financial institution usually takes
the loss, students suffer because the checks
they have written may bounce after the
See SCAM on 3
Sports Center
roof repair hurt
by budget cuts
By Wendy Navratil
Senior Reporter
Tight budgetary times have
strained efforts to fix the dete
riorating roof of the Bob
Devaney Sports Center.
The UNL budget-cutting process
has had a bearing on finding money to
replace the roof, said Richard McDer
mott, UNL director of facilities man
“But there are certain maintenance
items that can’t be deferred,’’ he said.
Problems with leaking and dete
rioration were first noticed about two
years ago after a harsh winter, said
Gerald Lott, the sports center super
Since then, a contracting company
See ROOF on 3
Bush declares he will send
war planes to Iraq. Page 2.
Proposed ergonomics cen
ter at UNL could reduce on-the
job accidents. Page 3.
It’s off to work we go. Page 5.
NU split end ready toplay for
mer home-state team. Page 13.
Wire INDEX 2
Opinion 4
Diversions 5
Sports 13
Classifieds 14
Official: Cuts process needs time
By Adeana Leftin
Senior Reporter
A process to evaluate budget cuts
just needs time to work, UNL’s
interim chancellor said
Proposed cuts, BUDGET
made last week to
the Budget Reduc
tion Review Com
mittee, have re
ceived hostile re
actions from some
faculty who say that they weren’t
consulted about recommendations. But
Jack Goebel said the time for that
input is now.
The open meetings scheduled to
begin in October will “provide an
excellent forum for that (input),”
Goebel said.
Goebel defended the development
of the budget-cutting process, saying
it was a joint effort between the
administration and the Academic
Both organizations, as well as
the Academic FYograms Council and
the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, had to ap
prove the structure of the BRRC.
The BRRC was formed in response
to last spring’s Nebraska Legislature
mandate that the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln cut its budget 2 per
cent this year and 1 percent next year.
The committee was designed to
study cuts recommended by vice
chancellors and to hear public testi
mony in support or disagreement of
the proposals. The BRRC will then
make recommendations to the chan
Because structuring the commit
tee was a cooperative effort, Goebel
said it was important that the process
be followed.
“Those who worked hard to estab
lish the process are anxious to see the
process used,” he said.
After hearing public responses, the
BRRC will decide which of the pro
posals, if any, it wishes to forward to
the chancellor.
“I’m in the role of interim chancel
lor,” Goebel said. “I have to behave
consistent with the process.” .
The process says the chancellor
does not get involved until the BRRC .
forwards its recommendations to him,
he said.
However, it will be UNL’s new
chancellor, Graham Spanier, not
Goebel, who will review the commit
tee’s recommendations.
Despite some public outrage,
Goebel said he thought the BRRC
was working well.
“We have a process in place that
was agreed to by the parties ... and
it’s working just as we anticipated,”
he said.
That process has only begun, Goebel