The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 02, 1999, Image 1

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Back to Basics
Nebraska senior forward Lindsay Eddleman
reverts to the same strategy she used her fresh
man year. “I just want to play.” BACK PAGE
Forgotten Child
The multitalented Weldon Kees lived his life on
the edge: the edge of art, the edge of the United
States and the edge of recognition. PAGE 17
September 2, 1999
It’s Too Dami Hit
Mostly sunny, high 90. Mostly clear tonight, low 65.
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Police say man lost thousands in scam
By Jake Bleed
Senior staff writer
An elderly Lincoln man lost $8,400 in cash, a
Rolex wristwatch and his wedding ring Tuesday,
police said.
Another elderly Lincoln man suffered from a
similar scam in June, losing $9,000 and a Seiko
Police said a man approached a 71-year-old
man at about 10 a.m. Tuesday indie parking lot of
the Super C convenience store at 10th and High
streets and asked for a ride to the downtown
Holiday Inn.
Once in the victim’s car, the man said he was
from Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Lincoln
because a relative had been killed while working
for “an electric company.” Police said he spoke
with a heavy accent and told the victim he was here
to pick up the settlement from his relative’s death.
Once downtown, die South African man spot
ted another man at the comer of Ninth and O
streets and asked him for directions to die Holiday
Police said the second man joined the two
inside the black pickup truck after saying he did not
know the location of Holiday Inn but knew of a
good hotel elsewhere.
The South African man then took a large wad
of money from his pocket and, police said, told the
others it totaled $40,000 and that the South African
government would take it from him when he
He said he had to return because his family was
in jail in South Africa, and because he could not
keep the money, he was looking for two good
“Christian” men who would donate h to charity.
The second man, apparently an accomplice in
the case, then volunteered to prove his own worthi
ness to receive the money, police said, by with
drawing money from his bank and leaving it with
the others momentarily.
Police said the three then drove to the Norwest
Bank at 4200 S. 27th St. where the second man
entered the bank and returned with what he said
was a large amount of money.
To prove his trust and good faith, he then left
the money with his watch and a ring in the truck
and, police said, allowed the others to leave the
area, drive around and return a short time later.
After regaining his money and valuables, the
second man entered the bank, apparently to rede
posit the money, then returned to the truck.
The elderly man was then asked to'do the
same, which he did, police said, by withdrawing
$5,000 from the Union Bank at 47th and Calvert
Apparently not satisfied, the men asked the
elderly man to prove his trustworthiness by with
drawing more cash. Police said the trio then drove
to the Offiitt Branch of the SAC Credit Union in
Bellevue at Highway 370 and 26th St
Police said the three then returned to Lincoln.
As they arrived, the victim told die other men he
planned on donating the money he expected to
receive to charity under an anonymous name.
Police said the man who claimed to be South
African did not understand the word anonymous.
The three then pulled over into the parking lot
Please see SCAM on 6
Nate vtagner/DN
TOP: BRAD VACIR, a UNL sophomore, negotiates with an officer
from the office of Parking Services as a tow truck prepares to
impound his car. After Vacin talked with the officer, his car was
not tewed.
Stacy Thomlison/DN
ABOVE: A QUARTET of tickets awaits one unfortunate student. The
citations in the familiar pink envelopes are becoming more com
mon with recent parking problems at URL.
Percentage shows
UNL outdoes city
in citing vehicles
ing area Tuesday afternoon.
By JAKE Bleed Faustman said the area was not
Senior staff writer marked as a no-parking zone.
-- “If it’s a no-parking area and
Students looking for their place there’s no sign that says it is not a
in life face unknown threats. parking area, I think I should be able
Students looking for a place to to park there,” she said,
park, however, can expect more def- Faustman said she would con
inite dangers. test the ticket.
On and off campus, people “I got a ticket from the city two
looking to park - illegally or other- years ago, and I haven’t paid it,” she
wise-face tickets and towing. said.
After parking in the same spot The only time she usually parks
three days in a row, UNL junior in city lots, Faustman said, is at
Andi Faustman said she received a --
$25 ticket for parting in a no-paik- Please see PARKING on 6
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covers costs
By Dane Stickney
Staff writer
Because of recent budget allocations, more pieces
of the UNL Diversity Plan will go into effect this year.
The University of Nebraska-Lineoln has designat
ed $150,000 from die recent budget reallocation to
cover costs associated with increasing diversity on
Linda Crump, assistant to the chancellor for equity,
access and diversity programs, said the money will be
used in three ways:
■ to provide education for discrimination and
harassment-related issues;
■ to institute and develop student ideas regarding
diversity; and
■ to provide funds to a committee on diversity to
disperse as needed throughout the year.
Chancellor James Moeser assembled a
Diversity/Gender Equity Group to develop a compre
hensive plan that would help the university retain and
recruit people of diverse backgrounds.
The group did research on and off campus, which
helped them produce and release UNLs working diver
sity plan.
The plan was then posted on the university’s Web
site, and forums were held to gather input from faculty,
staff and students.
Currently, the university is weighing which aspects
of the plan to implement based on campus needs,
Crump said.
“The plan can never realty be finished,” she said.
“It’s a dynamic plan because we can’t keep doing the
same things. As the impact and actions change, then we
evaluate where we need to go next”
Crump said a diversity plan was sought because of
problems at UNL and a desire by the university to
become a healthy environment for diversity.
Events that have sparked controversy in the past
have included a Sigma Chi cross-burning during a fra
ternity ritual in 1997 and former English professor
David Hiblert e-mail that included the word “nigga” in
Please see DIVERSITY on 6