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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 13, 1997)
By Sarah Baker
On your marks, get set, go!
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Homecoming Week kicked off its
contests and events Sunday with the
5K Fun Run and Walk on East
Alii Walters, homecoming chair
woman for the Student Alumni
Association, said the turnout was
high despite the rainy weather.
“We expect about 200 to 300 par
ticipants, mostly students,” Walters
said. “I am really happy about the
mentality of the runners. They seem
to be in a great mood, and it should be
a fun day.”
Junior elementary education
major Jill Taylor, who was participat
ing in the fun run, said she was excit
ed to be there.
“I love to run, and running with
friends and in the rain is even better,”
Jane Scarrow, homecoming coor
dinator, said this year’s homecoming
festivities offer some new and differ
ent activities for students.
“We have added some new
events, like the diversity speaker, the
fun run and the fireworks,” Scarrow
said. “We have also tried to include
East Campus in more activities to try
and hit all of die student communities
who want to participate in the activi
ties.” , H
The diversity speaker, Marlon
Christophs Smith, will be at the Lied
Cents for Performing Arts tonight at 8.
Scarrow encouraged students to
come to the pep rally and the carnival.
The pep rally will be on the East
Campus basketball courts at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Scarrow said. The
event will feature free ice cream from
the University Dairy Store, as well as
live music and fireworks.
The carnival, which will begin
Friday at 5:30 p.m. on R Street, also
feature live music.
“The carnival will feature carni
val booths, food and a lot of other fun
stuff” Scarrow said.
Scarrow said she hopes the week
is a success.
“I am expecting an excellent
turnout for all the events,” she said. “I
hope students take the opportunity to
partake in the events.”
Other homecoming events
■ Visits from Herbie Husker and
LiF Red at 1 p.m. today in Memorial
■ Banners will be displayed all
day Tuesday in the Nebraska Union.
Also, the Collegiate Health and
Fitness Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at the 14th and Vine streets loop.
■ On Wednesday, homecoming
royalty elections will be from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m.; the fitness tour resumes
from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.; and the Wacky
Olympics get crazy from 11:45 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at 14th and Vine streets.
■ Along with Thursday’s pep
rally is day three of the fitness tour.
■ Friday is Go Big Red Day, mid
everyone is encouraged to wear red to
show Husker spirit. The climbing
wall grand opening is at 3:30 p.m. at
the Campus Recreation Center. The
Come On Home reception comes to
the Wick Alumni Center from 4:30 to
6:30 p.m. The homecoming dance at
State Fair Park is from 10 p.m. to 1
■ The festivities end Saturday
with the NU football game against
Texas Tech. Coronation of the king
and queen will be at halftime.
Mother defended Dunagan in 911 call
By Matthew Waite
Matthew Dunagan’s first
defense did not come from a lawyer,
but from his mother just moments
after he allegedly shot his father.
Dunagan’s mother, Kathryn,
told a 911 opera
tor at 12:40 a.m.
Sept. 30 that her
son had defend
ed her against
who was threat
ening to kill her,
according to an
n affidavit filed
Dunagan Wednesday in
Lancaster County Court.
Police found John Dunagan
dead on the living room couch from
12-gauge shotgun wounds to the
chest. A shotgun was on the floor
nearby and by 6 a.m., Matthew
Dunagan, 17, was under arrest.
Dunagan was charged with first
degree murder and use of a weapon
to commit a felony Oct. 1. He was
released on bond Oct. 3, and will be
in court Oct. 20.
From transcripts of Kathryn
Dunagan’s 911 call included in the
affidavit, she told operators that
Matthew had shot her husband.
“My husband is an alcoholic, he
was drunk, he was going to kill me,
and my son defended me,” Kathryn
Dunagan told Operators." ... He’s
been threatening to kill me for a
According to another affidavit
filed at the time of Matthew
Dunagan’s arrest, John and Kathryn
had been fighting earlier that night
at their home at 4425 Browning
When the fight started, Matthew
Dunagan went to his room and
loaded the Winchester pump'shot
After the fight ended, Dunagan
told police that he overheard his
father say he “ought to blow the
bitch’s head off.”
Matthew Dunagan told police he
went to his room, got the loaded
shotgun and shot at his father three
times while he was lying on the
Officers found John Dunagan
on his knees, slumped over and face
down on the living room couch. The
shotgun lay near his body.
An autopsy found two fatal
chest wounds. It was unclear if the
third shot hit John Dunagan.
In the search, police took a 9
mm semi-automatic handgun from
Kathryn Dunagan told police
that her husband kept the weapon
on his side of the closet.
Police also took a Winchester
12rjgauge shotgun, cases for the two
weapons and ammunition.
THE MOOSE’S TOOTH
1 Bring 1 can of food for entry.
SLIDE SHOWS & EVENTS 1
Oct 2 Thursday
North Face sponsored slide show V
7:30 pm Lincoln store I
Oct 3 Friday
North Face sponsored slide show
7:00 pm Omaha store
Oct 4 Saturday
Grand Opening of New Location
10:00 am Omaha store
Oct 13 Monday
50 Classic ORmbs slide-show >
7:30 pm Omaha store ,
Oct 14 Tuesday
50 Classic Climb slide shok i vi 1
, 7:30 pm Lincoln store I
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dates and gets involved in people’s
lives quickly, they said.
And then the game starts.
First he asks to borrow money.
Then, it’s their car. Then more
money. Then he borrows items -
jewelry, football tickets, etc.- and
He keeps borrowing, and he
never pays a cent back.
“He’s taking them for all he can
get,” Cauble said. “When they want
to end it, that’s when it gets abusive
He memorizes numbers easily -
he has used ment|orized student ID
numbers to eat at residence halls, lift
weights in the Campus Recreation
Center and to get into residence halls
But when hi^ newfound friend
starts to say no, Bushing said, things
turn sour. He doesn’t like people ask
ing questions, and because he has no
job, his income is what he takes from
He has harassed people. He has
caused disturbances. He has even
He’s worked his con more than
half a dozen times in Lincoln.
Cauble and Bushing said they are
trying to stop him, but his actions are
not criminal, just close to it.
Not paying back money that has
been loaned by a friend Is not a
crime, Bushing said. But the man has
taken credit cards, checks and other
items - which is a crime - and his
victims did not report these incidents
until months after they occurred.
He always has a reason for his
need for money, Cauble said; and
people want to help him, especially
students who are away from home
for the first time and willing to help
“That’s jusf the way they were
brought up,” Cauble said.
Bushing and Cauble said people
should be skeptical of newfound
friends in a new city. If a student
doubts what the new friend is claim
ing, many things are easy to check
out, they said.
Those who feel as though they „
may be in a relationship in which
they are being conned should call the
university police or victim services
for help. ' 4
Bushing and Cauble also warned
people to be wary when loaning keys *
and cars. Keys can be duplicated, and
then used to take more items. Cars, if
they are used in a crime, can make an
unsuspecting student trying to help a
friend a suspect in that crime.
Both said that people who think
they have been conned should report
the incident to the police. *
And, they said, get help in trying
to get out of the relationship.
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When I hear the music, it reminds
me of my grandmother.
She told me about U.S. Savings Bonds. They’re
backed by the full faith and credit of the United
States. They gave her peace of mind.
Ask your employer or banker about saving with
U.S. Savings Bonds. For all the right reasons.
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