The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 01, 1999, Page 3, Image 3

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    Former NU leader dies at 82
VARNER from page 1
with UNL and the medical center,
Griesen said.
“Woody worked very hard to make
sure all of the campuses had equal
standing,” he said. “He made certain
that each campus felt fulfilled with
their role in the state’s higher educa
After serving seven years as the
NU president, Varna- stepped down to
accept the position of chief executive
of the NU Foundation, which concen
trated on raising money for the three
Griesen said Varner changed the
foundation’s mentality to a more
aggressive approach.
“His fund-raising contributions to
the universities are immeasurable,” he
said. “He developed close ties to
donors, and people gave money to him
He made certain that each campus felt
fulfilled with their role in the state s higher
James Griesen
vice chancellor of student affairs
that they wouldn’t give to other peo
Varner was instrumental in getting
the Lied Center for Performing Arts
built at UNL, Griesen said.
“That was totally a Woody Varner
thing,” he said. “He initiated contacts
and came up with the idea. The Lied
Center is a lasting tribute to the state.”
Griesen said Varner had a unique
ability of making friends with every
one he met.
“He was everybody’s friend, and
everyone wanted to be his friend,”
Griesen said. “Everyone he met got a
warm and hospitable greeting. So
many people felt close to him,”
Swanson said it is impossible for
anyone who didn’t know Varner to
fully understand his impact and beauty.
“You really had to experience
Woody to appreciate him,” Swanson
said. “He was a great ambassador. He
just loved the state.”
Court: Former student can sue
COURT from page 1
The court ruled that the university
still had a duty to protect Knoll if the
student’s abduction was “reasonably
foreseeable” by the university, the
opinion said.
The university knew of several haz
ing-related incidents, the court said,
including five at Phi Gamma Delta
Fraternity house. In 1989, a member of
that fraternity was cited for resisting
arrest and another was convicted of
sexually assaulting a female high
school student, the court opinion said.
In 1993, police found a Phi,
Gamma Delta Fraternity member
passed-out drunk in the house’s bath
room; UNL police had to intervene in a
fight between members of the Phi
Gamma Delta Fraternity and the Alpha
Tau Omega Fraternity; and two Phi
Gamma Delta members were caught
trying to break into the Alpha Phi
Sorority house, the opinion said.
“The stipulated facts show that the
university was aware of prior hazing
instances where students had grabbed
and physically removed other students
from buildings, had coerced other stu
dents into drinking alcohol and had
engaged in other harassing activities,”
the opinion said.
The negligence suit will return to
Lancaster County District Court for
trial. In order to prove that NU was neg
ligent, Knoll has to prove that the uni
versity had a duty to protect him and
failed in that duty.
“In order to make a case on negli
gence, you have to show that there is a
duty,” said John Wiltse, a lawyer repre
senting the university in the case.
Knoll also sued the fraternity
house’s national organization. The suit
was settled outside of court.
The university punished the Phi
Gamma Delta house with 15 sanctions,
including not letting the fraternity sign
new members for a year or hold social
events with alcohol for four years.
The Legislature also passed a bill in
1994 making hazing a class II misde
Boys plead innocent at hearing
white ninth-graders accused of mak
ing plans for a racially motivated ram
page at their predominantly black high
school pleaded innocent on Sunday
and were sent back to a juvenile lock
The boys, one 14 and the rest 15,
were accompanied by their parents
and arraigned separately before
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Magistrate Dick Walsh in closed hear
They allegedly planned to set off
bombs and open fire on classmates at
noon last Friday, officials say.
Larry Zukerman, an attorney rep
resenting one boy, emerged from the
arraignments upset that the names and
photos of the boys have appeared in
print and on television. Juvenile court
proceedings, by law, are confidential
in Ohio.
Dan Bailey said after the arraign
ment for his stepson, who was alleged
ly involved, is well-behaved, respectful
and would never get involved in vio
“He’s dealing with it the way any
14-year-old boy would,” he said. “He’s
fairly high-spirited, and his feelings
are hurt not being at home. This is his
family. He’s got a lot of brothers and
sisters that love him.”
Bailey’s stepson was charged
because his name was on a school
map, with shooting locations marked,
that was seized from another suspect,
Bailey said.
Authorities said a school map
marked with shooting locations and
comments reported by classmates
convinced them the threat was real.
Two weapons were found at one boy’s
home during a series of police search
es on Friday.
The plan was never carried out at
South High School, which was closed
Friday as a precaution. Classes will
resume today under tightened security
at the 1,500-pupil school.
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