The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 18, 1992, Image 1

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Hot wheels
UNL student Eric Kingery battles Lydell “Oats” Otly of Waverly for the ball during the Lincoln Star City Wheelers game
at Lefler Junior High School Monday night. Two UNL students are recruiting members for a college wheelchair bas
ketball team. See sports, page 7.
UNL student charged with fraud
Suspect used aliases
to get loans, credit
By Ronda Vlasin
Staff Reporter
ficr almost two weeks of investigation,
a UNL student was arrested March 11
by both the UNL Police Department
and the Lincoln Police Department for ille
gally obtaining two student loans totalling S500,
among other offenses.
Ron Lundy, an investigator for the Univer
sity of Ncbraska-Lincoln Police Department,
said the student applied for loans using false in
formation and an alias.
“She was dishonest about employers; she
gave the name of a company she devised her
self,” Lundy said. “She listed her parents as
deceased when they were very much alive. She
falsified her name, date of birth and social
security number.”
On the loan application, Lundy said, the
student claimed to be a graduate student when
she only had attended a junior college and had
no degrees. One of the references she listed was
a doctor, but she listed her own address and
phone number so she would be giving her own
reference.
The student has used seven different aliases,
“more if you count different middle names and
hyphenating the last name,” Lundy said.
The names she used were those of people
she probably knew, Lundy said.
The student, who is a Nebraska native, lived
in California for a period of time. In 1991, she
moved to Oklahoma, where she first became
involved with fraud, he said. A woman by the
same name registered at UNL in August 1989,
according to UNL’s Office of Registration and
Records.
In Oklahoma, the 36-year-old woman looked
up the names of people from various communi
ties she lived in, Lundy said. She researched
their backgrounds, such as where they went to
school. She then would contact the schixil
posing as the person and request transcripts she
said she had lost, he said.
Once the transcripts were sent to her ad-I
dress, he said, she had all the information she
needed for identification purposes.
On an unknown date, Lundy said, the woman
moved to Lincoln, then to Omaha and back to
Lincoln. She registered as a student at UNL and
used her false names to apply for loans, credit
cards and various bank accounts, he said.
“She had two different UNL student ID
cards—one with her real name and one with an
alias,” Lundy said.
Between Jan. 2 and Jan. 5 of this year, the
woman stole license plates from a vehicle at
Epplcy Airfield in Omaha, said Dennis Duck
worth, an investigator with the Lincoln Police
Department.
“She did this because she had citations re
corded on her last license that she paid for with
bad checks under false names,” Lundy said.
“When her license plates expired, she couldn’t
afford to purchase new ones and resorted to
stealing.”
When the student registered her car with the
UNL Parking Office, Lundy said, she used the
stolen license plates but told parking officials
they were Lancaster County plates.
- The Lincoln Police Department began work
ing on the case Feb. 24 after a Trans World
Airline fraud investigator contacted Lincoln
See FRAUD on 6
Budget-cutting
process to be
subject of study
By Jeremy Fitzpatrick
Senior Reporter
A committee has been formed to study
UNL’s budget-reduction processand to
recommend changes, an official said.
Herb Howe, associate to the chancel lor, said
the Committee on Budget Reallocation and
Reduction had been formed by George Tuck,
president of the Academic Senate, and UNL
Chancellor Graham Spanicr.
The committee, formed in late February, is
made up of three faculty members and three
administrators. Spanicr and Tuck charged the
committee with studying last fall’s budget
reduction process at the University of Nc
braska-Lincoln and suggesting a new one.
Howe said Spanicr was looking for a budget
process that “wasn’t so long and so painful” as
the one UNL endured last fall.
“What he is not looking for is locking some
people in a smoky room and coming out with
budgctcuts, but the way it worked last lime was
not particularly good,” Howe said.
Lloyd Ambrosius, a professor of history;
Rita Kean, chairwoman of the textiles, cloth
ing and design department; Kent Hendrickson,
dean of libraries; John Peters, dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences; Steve Waller, a
professor of agronomy; and Tom Zorn, an
associate professor of finance, will serveon the
committee.
John Benson, director of Institutional Re
search and Planning, will provide support serv
ices, or technical expertise, on budget reduc
tion.
Hendrickson, cnairman 01 me committee,
said it had not yet decided what procedures it
would use in developing a new budget-reduc
tion process.
“We probably won’t have open hearings,”
he said. “It hasn’t all been decided, but w e w ill
probably be soliciting information by letter and
memo.”
Hendrickson said the committee would
examine budget reduction, as well as how
current funds could be reallocated to better
serve UNL.
“We’re not just talking reduction, we’re
talking reallocation as well,” he said.
The committee has a May 1 deadline to
forward its recommendations to Spanicr and
Tuck.
NU Foundation
funds increase
By Jennifer McClure
Staff Reporter
Despite lough economic times, increases
in contributions to the NU Foundation
have made UNL No. 2 in endowments in
the Big Eight, an official said.
Theresa Klein, director of public relations
and publications for the foundation, said the
University of Ncbraska-Lineoln had shown
consistent growth in endowments in the past
few years.
By June 30, 1991 — the end of the fiscal
See ENDOWMENT on 6
Union asbestos to be removed
By Susie Arth
Staff Reporter
An asbestos ceiling will be re
moved from the serving-line area of
the Fast Break cafeteria, the director
of the Nebraska Union said.
Daryl Swanson said about S9,0(X)
would be spent to remove a ceiling
that contained asbestos.
‘‘We could have worked around it,
but we decided it was worth the $9,000
to get the asbestos out of there now,”
he said.
The NU Board of Regents approved
a resolution Friday allowing up to
S97.000 to be spent on renovating the
Nebraska Union cafeteria.
Little King will remain, but the Fast
Break cafeteria will be replaced with
two new food-court outlets, Swanson
said. The renovation should be com
plete by August.
The S9.000 will be paid to an as
bestos abatement constructor who is
responsible for the public’s safely in
asbestos removal matters, Swanson
said.
Swanson said the decision was made
to remove the asbestos during the
renovation to save construction costs
later. Removing the asbestos ceiling
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now also will make it easier and quicker
for the construction workers to do
their jobs, he said.
“We decided it w ould be best to let
them do their work w ithout asbestos
hanging over their heads,” he said.
Removal of the ceiling will begin
over Spring Break, Sw anson said, and
probably still will be in progress after
students come back.
By the lime students return, he
said, the area around the asbestos
ceiling would be partitioned off so no
one would be in danger. The area will
not be closed to diners or students
studying.
Correction: Because of inaccurate mfor
mation supplied to the Daily Nebraskan,
an article Friday incorrectly reported Thao
Standley as a December graduate in art
history standley is a senior management
ma|or. The Daily Nebraskan regrets the
error
Democratic presidential can
didate Bill Clinton sweeps prima
ries in Michigan and Illinois Page
2
Husker Coach Danny Nee says
his team’s second straight NCAA
bid helps build tradition Page 7
Tonight’s Mr. Big concert a
thank-vou to Lincoln DJ, fans.
Paged
Lincoln native Matthew Sweet
returns tonight with concert. Page
9
3 index
Wire 2
Opinion 4
Sports 7
A & E 9
Classifieds 11
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