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Big 12 baseball coaches discuss new facilites
around the conference and the possibility of a
later season start. PAGE 6
Light my fire
The rising popularity of cigar smoking, heightened
by celebrity endorsements, has led to increased
business at Lincoln cigar stores. PAGE 8
January 30, 1998
Mostly sunny, high 50. Partly ctjfudy tonight, low 30.
VOL. 97 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 91
to halt fraud
By Brad Davis
After watching $120,000 slip
through the cracks, university officials
are looking for a sealant.
Two university employees have
been accused of misusing funds in less
than a year and Melvin Jones, vice
chancellor for business and finance,
said University of Nebraska Lincoln
officials were examining auditing poli
cies and procedures to ensure security
in the university’s finances.
Diane Stevens, a chemistry admin
istrative assistant, was arrested Jan. 20
for allegedly misusing more than
$60,000 to create a false employee to
whom she diverted funds.
In November, Sandra Thompson,
an employee in the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln West Central
Extension Center in North Platte, also
embezzled $60,000, mostly in private
funds intended to support research.
Education will play a key role in
lessening the financial risk with people
in Stevens’ position, Jones said.
Administrative assistants, such as
Stevens, are in charge of completing
personnel action forms, which are
required to create new positions and pay
employees, Jones said.
“The person who fills out that form
is responsible for the completion of the
form in a correct way,” Jones said.
“When we hire people, we make sure
that they’re trustworthy and honest
(through reference checks)... and that
they’re completing the personnel action
form so that it’s accurate and reflects
what the supervisor wants.”
When forms are complete, Jones
said, supervisors then examine them for
Because supervisors may not know
all their employees, or all of the depart
ment codes, Jones said, an improper use
of money could slip past them.
To solve the possible problem,
Jones said, supervisors would be
required to double check the forms to
make sure the department codes match
and the employee being paid exists.
Another guard against embezzle
ment is an internal auditing process,
which will be re-examined, Jones said.
Director of Operations, Analysis
Linda Enck, who oversees UNLs inter
nal audits, said departments were audit
ed based on their risk factor - the more
money a department handles, the more
risk it poses.
Enck said most academic depart
ments, including chemistry, are not
audited often because they do not han
dle much cash.
“The chemistry department had
never been audited before,” Enck said,
“except for maybe some spot-check
She said the internal auditing may
be expanded, which would not only
check for embezzlements, but also pro
vide departments with an analysis of its
But Jones cautioned against view
ing audits as a cure-all.
“When an employee or an individ
ual decides that they want to deceive or
steal,” Jones said, “some of the best
plans and best procedures out there have
never been able to (stop diem).”
OMAHA (AP) - Retiring
Nebraska Football Coach Tom
Osborne can add the U.S. Senate
floor to forums where he has been
honored for his 25-year career and
three national titles in the last four
U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R
Neb., credited Osborne on
Thursday with great accomplish
ments on the field and dedication
to his players.
“Tom Osborne loved coach
ing,” Hagel said in the U.S. Senate.
“It was his life, but he was more
than a coach. If you would ask any
of his players, they would tell you
that he was a father figure and a
U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb.,
entered praises of Osborne into the
“Through his dedication to die
university, his staff and his players,
Coach Osborne has brought pride
and joy to our state, our university
and to all Nebraskans,” Kerrey
said. “His unique qualities as a
coach and person are his unwaver
ing faith and his dedication to the
young men who play for him.”
Osborne announced his plans
to retire three weeks before the
Orange Bowl, where Nebraska
defeated Tennessee to claim a
share of the national title with
Hagel said Osborne had defi
nitely left his mark in Nebraska.
‘Tom Osborne will be remem
bered as one of the greatest college
football coaches ever to stroll up
and down the sidelines. His contri
butions to the University of
Nebraska and college football will
never be forgotten.”
ROB EDGINGTONG, a Junior art major, takes full advantage of the unseasonably mild weather Thursday near
the Nebraska Union by playing hacky sack in shorts. Temperatures this weekend are expected to reach the
high 40s with a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday.
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Phi Psi asks 16 to leave
By Jessica Fargen
Last Saturday night 16 members
of UNL’s Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
learned they had just become alumni.
In a combined reorganization
effort by the National Phi Kappa Psi
and the local alumni, the fraternity
asked 16 members to leave in order
for the greek house to keep living up
to the principles it was founded on.
Terry Harper, national executive
director of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity,
said the University of Nebraska
Lincoln chapter underwent a “mem
bership review” at the request of
The alumni told Phi Kappa Psi’s
national headquarters they thought
the chapter had been in a “general
state of decline,” and needed to be
UNL Phi Kappa Psi President,
Chris Sundquist, said alumni wanted
the chapter to be more involved in the
university and community projects.
“Our national headquarters want
ed us to be the strongest we could be,
and there were things in the way of
that,” Sundquist said.
Before Thanksgiving break last
year, Phi Kappa Psi members were
told of the membership review,
Then, just before Christmas
break last semester, Harper said, all
the undergraduate members of the
fraternity were placed on alumni sta
Last weekend in Lincoln, Harper
and three national staff members
joined around 12 local alumni to con
duct interviews with each UNL Phi
Kappa Psi member.
Reorganizing was better than letting it go
on and closing it down in the future.”
national executive director of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
The interviews were designed to
determine who would or would not
be asked back into the fraternity as
active members, Harper said.
After the interviews on Saturday
night, Harper said, 13 members were
not asked to come back, one was
requested to remain an alumnus and
two did not interview.
Kirk Hovendick, president of Phi
Kappa Psi Alumni Association, said
the interviews were “subjective.”
Several factors such as bad grades,
failure to pay bills, social behavior
and general attitude determined the
members’ futures with the fraternity.
“None of those things by them
selves determined a decision,”
Concerned Phi Kappa Psi alumni
from all over Nebraska came back to
help with the interviews, Hovendick
Around Dec. 15, Hovendick said,
all members and their parents
received letters at their permanent
and college addresses, outlining
specifically what would happen
when they arrived at UNL this
Members were given advanced
warning, unlike Kappa Sigma
Fraternity members, who were noti
fied two days before Christmas break
last semester that their house was
Phi Kappa Psi’s membership
reduction is the third in a string of
problems facing UNL fraternities.
Within the past month, one greek
house at UNL, Kappa Sigma, has
closed; another, Theta Chi, has been
scheduled to close on Jan. 31; and
Phi Kappa Psi will lose 16 members.
But Phi Kappa Psi is not planning
on closing anytime soon, Harper
The reorganization was neces
sary to ensure Phi Kappa Psi’s
longevity, he added.
“It was an pre-emptive strike,”
Harper said. “Reorganizing was bet
ter than letting it go on and closing it
down in the future.”
And UNL members and alumni
will be concentrating on their frater
nity’s future at UNL this weekend,
The national director of chapter
services will be coming this weekend
to work with chapter members on
goal setting, Harper said.
Sundquist said even though some
members were no longer active, they
were still brothers.
“They are all still Phi Psi’s,”
Sundquist said. “We are all still
working toward a common goal.”
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