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Short Takes: Student Who Falsified Yale Application Faces Court Case

By Dan McGuire
Associate News Editor

Lon "L.T." Grammer, the former Yale University senior charged with allegedly falsifying his Yale transfer application and fraudulently obtaining $61,475 worth of scholarship money, is bracing for a court case whose loss could land him in jail.

After police arrested Grammer last April, they charged him with larceny in the first degree, the technical term for the wrongful taking of someone else's property. Yale officials make the case that Grammer defrauded the University and the Federal government of the financial aid. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.

According to police reports, the college transcript he sent to Yale in 1994 listed a 3.91 grade point average, while the one Cuesta Community College sent last April showed his true 2.077 GPA.

Grammer also sent several forged letters of recommendation signed by fictitious Cuesta Community College instructors, the report stated.

"It is my opinion that the state thinks Yale was injured somehow in this case, and they're looking for financial compensation. But Yale's not been victimized here," Grammer's lawyer said. He called it "objectionable" for prosecutors in this case to see the university as a victim.

But officials in Yale's Office of the General Counsel claim Grammer is guilty of using false pretenses to deprive the university of money.

"It was a real wake-up call - not that anyone was asleep - to people just doing business as usual that it's really easy to manipulate the system," said Yale's Assistant Chief James Perrotti. "There are not enough watchdogs around to make sure everything goes as planned."

[The Yale Daily News, commencement issue]

Harvard frosh seconds Dole vote

Curtis "C.J." Mahoney, a member of Harvard University's Class of 2000 and his co-valedictorian from Russell High School seconded Republican Presidential hopeful Bob Dole's nomination from the courthouse steps in the small midwestern town. The event marked the first time the gesture has been made from outside the convention center, according to C.J.'s mother, Joyce A. Mahoney.

Mahoney, who plans to concentrate in government at Harvard, said he has a strong background in politics. "It's just sort of my calling, I guess," he said. "It's what I want to do." Mahoney was Dole's choice for the Senate Youth Program, which allows each senator to bring one youngster from his or her state to Washington D.C. for a week.

Mahoney has participated in some of Dole's Senate campaigns as well as his presidential campaign, including a time as liaison to the press during Dole's announcement tour. While it is unusual to have someone so young second a presidential nomination, Mahoney said he thought it was part of the message of the campaign.

"It's done to sort of broaden the appeal," he said. "I think certainly they want to extend the appeal of their party to younger voters."

Mark E. Angotti, the producer of the event, said he interviewed a number of Russell teenagers to find the right person for the occasion. "We were looking for somebody who embodies the spirit of Russell and the values instilled in the people of this town," said Angotti.

"C.J.'s an eloquent speaker, an outstanding writer, and a thoughtful young man," he said. "In addition he's very active in politics and has a passion for law and politics."

[The Harvard Crimson, August 12]

NH Attorney stole Dartmouth art

New Hampshire's former Assistant Attorney General William McCallum was arrested Friday August 9 for possession of three works of art stolen from Dartmouth College collections in March 1995.

McCallum was in possession of three copies of an etching by Piernase, an 18th century Italian artist. Police said that the prints are worth more than $1,000. Hanover Police seized many works of art other than the Piernase prints from McCallum's home.

Prosecuting Attorney William Hart was quoted in August 10 Manchester Union Leader as saying more than 100 works of art filled McCallum's two-story house.

McCallum may face additional charges when the other works are identified, Ramsdell said.

In the interim, McCallum has been charged with possession of stolen property, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

"We recognize there is a greater risk involved in presenting these works on campus," said Timothy Rub, director of Dartmouth's Hood Museum. "But that has to be balanced with the goal of having works from the College's collection visible to students, faculty, and staff."

[The Dartmouth, August 12]