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When it comes to alumni dona-
tions, sometimes the U. of
Pennsylvania has to look a gift horse
in the mouth. ~
Over the years, the university has
received its share of unusual gifts: a T
Buick dealership in New Jersey, a
chalet in the south of France, a bed-
and-breakfast in Louisiana and 25 free
nights in a Washington, D.C., hotel.
And although the school did keep one
real gift horse - the breeding rights
to 1987 Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice - university
officials now avoid accepting what Associate Treasurer
Chris Mason terms "crazy gifts."
"We tend to discourage crazy gifts that don't look like
KKK tattoos spark debate
For 18 years, Jackson Warren has worked in Iowa State
U.'s Linden Hall with a swastika and the initials "KKK"
tattooed on his arm. But recent opposition to the symbols
has sparked a free speech controversy on campus.
During the fall, someone stenciled "If you eat at Linden,
you support the Ku Klux Klan" on campus sidewalks. After
campus officials received complaints about the tattoos, the
university moved Warren from his job as dishwasher and
reassigned him to less visible duties at a university food
storage facility.
But in November the Iowa attorney general gave the
opinion that Warren should not be fired for his tattoos or
forced to remove them, and the school reinstated Warren
to his original position. At the same time, ISU revised its
employee dress code to force food service employees to
cover all tattoos, regardless of content.
Last fall, Warren told the Iowa State Daily that he has
always tried to conceal his tattoos because has no wish to
offend anyone. (According to the attorney general, stu-
dents first noticed his tattoos while he was in the dining
Test center caught cheating
Forty grand will buy a lot of No. 2 pencils, or in the case
of these two alleged criminals, one great score on a stan-
dardized test.
Jim Hyeng Park and Wan Gi Jang, who ran a coaching
center for standardized test-takers, were arrested in
November for supplying impostor test-takers to more than
50 Asian immigrant customers. They made $250,000 by
providing this "service" in the last year, according to U.S.
Postal Service Inspector Joseph Marino, who headed the
investigation.
The two men, who ran 'Total Test Center in New York,
were caught in a sting operation administered by
Educational Testing Service. ETS administers such tests as
the SAT, ACT and the CPA exam.
Although some examinations require a photo I.D. from
test-takers, ETS spokesman Ray Nicosia says the impostors
entered the exams using phony passports.
Nicosia says the company receives information on such
scams in a number of ways, including score differentials,
handwriting analysis and phoned-in leads. He declined to
comment on what tipped off ETS in this case. But, he says,
"We had a good idea they were running something."
So last February ETS sent an investigator to Total Test
Center as a client. "He was offered to have impostors take
the SAT and the Test of English as a Foreign Language for
$17,000," Nicosia says.

they're going to have a positive
cash flow for the university, if
si iand when we dispose of them,"
pos.drto p ON he says.
t 41 pt For example, they don't want
any more gas stations. After
receiving one in upstate New
York as part of an estate, uni-
d'versity officials realized a bat-
tery of environmental prob-
lems came with it. They
e ditched it without ever using it.
'n"We weren't out there
pumping gas," Mason says.
And there was the time the
university was offered a row
house in Philadelphia, valued
at about $500,000. It sounded great at first, but Mason says,
"[It] was a gift that wasn't really a gift." It turned out the
mortgage on the house was $400,000. uJoshua Goldwert,
The Daily Pennsylvanian, U. of Pennsylvania
area during his break.) Warren also said he has not been
affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan in many years. Since last'
fall he has refused comment.
ISU President Martin Jischke says although he opposes
the message of Warren's tattoos, he supports free speech.
"I find the symbols on Mr. Warren's arms and what they
represent to be absolutely repugnant," he says. "Neither I
nor Iowa State University condones the actions or teach-
ings of the Nazi party or the Ku Klux Klan."
But, he added, "If we do not protect the expression of
ideas we find most repugnant, then we cannot protect the
speech of those who disagree with these ideas."
Graduate student Micheal Boulden doesn't agree. He
says it's more than a free speech issue. "I'm for free
speech," he says. "But we need to get to the larger issue
because we all recognize that there are limitations to free
speech. If society says, 'We believe the KKK is wrong and
has no place in a university environment,' then why can't
we say that the symbols are also wrong?"
In response to the situation, ISU sponsored a free speech
forum and Jischke offered students the chance to move out
of Linden Hall. As of December, no one had moved.
Mike McNarney, Iowa State Daily, Iowa State U.

Short Takes
& Updates

PUM RUM DMS
NEWARK, DEL: Looking for something a lit-
tle more risque than your standard year-
book portrait? Boudoir photographer Peggy
Montgomery, of Montgomery/Ford
Photography near the U. of Delaware, has
expanded her variety of "fantasy sets" to
include a dorm room setting, complete with
pennants, posters, teddy bears, wine glass-
es and lingerie. "We are hoping to spark
the interest of college students," she says;
however, "many of the personnel have
been calling. Not so much for the dorm set,
but our other fantasies."
DO4MOURSELU THERAPY
ARCATA, CALIF.: Budget cuts mean no thrifty
idea is too crazy at Humboldt State U.'s
Counseling and Psychological Services.
Facing a shrinking staff, they have offered
students an alternative to one-on-one ther-
apy - a vacant office. They call it a relax-
ation room, and although you won't find
any professional help there, it does include
audio tapes, books, pamphlets, a bed and a
recliner. Few students have visited the
room, but: "We're working on expanding
the tape selection," says Wellness Center
Coordinator Helene Barney.
SPACED OUT
FORT COLLINS, COLO.: A Colorado State U.
professor was honored to be the first vet-
erinarian to decapitate rats in space. NASA
selected Martin Fettman, a pathology pro-
fessor, to take 48 rats on a 14-day space
voyage with seven astronauts in order to
study the effects of weightlessness. As part
of his research, Fettman decapitated six of
the rodents, saving most of their organs,
including the testes, for post-flight dissec-
tion. "It's all for a good cause," he says.
shorter takes and updates
WON: A Chinese multimillionaire who acci-
dentally backed a long shot at the races. He
won $4.74 million on the bet and used the
money to set up a scholarship for mainland
Chinese students to study at Stanford U.
REINSTATED: Giego, the Ottawa U. mascot
ousted in 1971. Chief Charles E. Dawes, a
university trustee and leader of the Ottawa
tribe, says he is proud to have Giego back.
His tribe plans to provide a buckskin to be
worn at football games.
MOVED: The National Service Office. The
new address is: 1100 Vermont Ave. NW,
'Washington, D.C. 20525.
Briefs are compiled from the U. Network

Nicosia says prices for the tests ranged from $4,000 for
the TOEFL to $40,000 for the CPA exam.
Five other test-taking impostors were taken into custody
after the sting, which took place at four high schools and
the Total Test Center office.
Park and Jang were charged with conspiracy to commit
mail fraud. No court date has been set, but they face up to
five years in jail and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
Nicosia says those who have used the service may also
face charges.
"ETS will receive all the records from Total Testing and
eventually we will take some action," he says. Lesley
Kennedy, The Daily Iowan, U. of Iowa

Fred Flintstone is but one
of many TV stars to et
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recycling, Hollywoods

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