The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 26, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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    Cancer claims ex-UNL professor
From Staff Reports
James “Jim” Leitzel, the hus
band of former UNL Senior Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Joan Leitzel, died of cancer
Wednesday in Durham, N.H.
He was 61.
From 1993 to 1996 he was a
mathematics professor at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He taught mathematics at the
University of New Hampshire since
1996, the year Joan Leitzel became
president of the school.
In a statement, UNL Chancellor
James Moeser said, “Jim was one of
the most respected members of the
faculty who helped make our pro
grams in math education nationally
recognized. ... Our hearts are with
Joan and their two sons in their per
sonal loss.”
Leitzel was associated with
committees of the National
Research Council, the National
Council of Teachers of
Mathematics and the American
Association for the Advancement of
“He was so well-connected
nationally,” said Mel Thornton, pro
fessor of mathematics and statistics
at UNL. “It really gave our depart
ment a close tie to the national
movement in mathematics reform.
“His leaving left a big hole in
our department because nobody
else knew what he knew and had
those connections or the kind of
vision he had.”
Hibler stopped outside class
From Staff Reports
David Hibler, the recently sus
pended English assistant profes
sor, was stopped by university
police when he tried to return to
his class Wednesday morning.
The situation, which could
have ended in a police arrest, fiz
zled out with a handshake.
Hibler said he had planned to
“observe” his 9:30 a.m. literature
class in Andrews Hall Wednesday.
But University of Nebraska
Lincoln Chancellor James
Moeser’s office, Hibler said,
warned of a possible arrest if
Hibler tried to enter his class
Hibler said through e-mail that
he felt it was his “moral right”
and “legal responsibility” to
ensure students’ successful com
pletion of the semester.
UNL Police Chief Ken Cauble
met Hibler outside 33 Andrews
Hall, and reminded him that his
suspension letter stated he was
not allowed to enter the classroom
or have contact with his students.
Hibler shook Cauble’s hand,
telling the chief that he wasn’t
ready to be arrested, but that he
may return next week.
Hibler later sent e-mail to his
students warning them to beware
of the “imposters” who would
teach the class in his place.
Juveniles arrested
Police arrested two juveniles
Tuesday for a robbery that morning at
a Gas ‘N Shop, 1140 N. 48th Street,
and other crimes in the area.
Police received a tip from a neigh
bor who saw the boys with some of
the stolen property, Lincoln Police
Capt. Doug Srb said.
Police followed up on the tip at
the boys’ houses where they found
cellular phones and other miscella
neous items believed to be taken in a
number of auto larcenies in the area.
The boys, 15 and 16, also were
arrested for a construction site theft
and breaking into a car. More charges
may follow after police sort out the
stolen property.
These two juveniles were also
involved in the theft of Husker mem
orabilia, including Orange Bowl
rings, from a former Husker who
lives in the area. This theft occurred
little more than a month ago.
Shots fired into car
An unknown person fired nine
shots into a car and apartment in the
1100 block of North 21st Street
Tuesday night.
The four people inside the apart
ment heard a popping sound from the
alley outside, Lincoln Police Sgt.
Ann Heermann said.
Someone fired seven shots into
the victim’s car, a 1978 Ford
Fairmont, and two into the apartment.
No one was injured, and police
have no suspects.
Owner of lost $2,000 found
Police have found the rightful
owner of $2,000 cash found in the
street near 61st Street and Platte
Joe Hernandez apparently
dropped the cash out of a coat pocket,
Srb said.
Police confirmed his story with
neighbors who had helped
Hernandez look for the cash before it
was turned in to the police station.
Compiled by Senior Reporter
Josh Funk
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