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College Graduate Leaves Impression Again and Again

May 15, 1990

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Carol Jong put her best face forward in her college yearbook - again and again and again.

She managed to get herself shown as a graduate seven times in the 1990 yearbook at the University of Kansas, using different names and looks.

There’s Buffi J. Baker in Business. Or Bertha Heffer in Engineering, wearing studious spectacles. Even Violet Couleur in Fine Arts.

And how about Anne (U.) Rissom in Allied Health and Dorrie N. Collum in Architecture. Or Kacey Starr in journalism, an apparent play on the name of The Kansas City Star newspaper.

Some of the aliases were tailor-made for particular schools while others ″just fit the stereotypes,″ Ms. Jong said.

Ms. Jong’s roommate joined in the prank, but all of her fakes were caught. The roommates are part of the 1990 graduating class of 5,200.

″We wanted to leave our mark at KU,″ said Ms. Jong, a senior graduating Sunday from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ″Since we’re not athletes or student presidents or anything, we wanted to be remembered for something special.″

She spent $27 last fall over five weeks to get nine different pictures taken for the yearbook. She changed her hair and clothes each time and sometimes spoke with foreign accents.

The yearbook’s editors weren’t amused.

″I mean, it’s a great joke as far as she’s concerned,″ said Jeannine Kreker, assistant editor of the Jayhawker. ″But as far as Kansas alumni and everybody who’s going to look at this book years from now is concerned, it makes us and the university look pretty silly.″

Not all of Ms. Jong’s fakes slipped through. There’s no Penny Sylan in Pharmacy. Or, for that matter, no Anna L. Gesik, one of her roommate’s names.

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