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Student works the night shift at Wells

A 4 a.m. stint at Herman B Wells Library is a final resort for some students, a last-ditch effort to finish a presentation or complete a term paper. But for sophomore Tyana Hendricks,late nights at Wells is her job.

Hendricks works at the west tower circulation desk four times a week from 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 8 a.m. Wednesdays and 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays.

She clocks nearly 28 hours per week and is taking 18 credit hours.

It s a lot easier than RPS where you re on your feet all day, Hendricks said. It s the best on-campus job.

Hendricks and others who work at the desk are responsible for organizing books for professors and their students, answering questions and managing the lost and found.

Though Hendricks tuition is covered through financial aid and scholarship, she works these hours to pay her rent. She lives at Campus Corner where she pays $629 per month for her share of a two-bedroom apartment she shares with a roommate.

Unlike some students who prioritize when to do their work, Hendricks said she plans when to sleep.

Mondays she does not have classes, so she said she is in bed all day. Her Wells shift lasts from 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m, so after, she heads home, takes a sleeping pill and hopes to get some sleep before her class at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday.

Her Tuesday classes end at 5:15 p.m., and she returns to her apartment and sleeps until 1:30 a.m. She then takes an IU Safety Escort to Wells, arriving at 2 a.m., an hour before her shift, because the ride service ends at 2. She waits, sometimes watching Netflix, then begins work at 3 a.m.

My anxiety has skyrocketed, Hendricks said.

It is hard to juggle work and being away from family in Kansas and her boyfriend, who lives in northern Indiana, Hendricks said.

Hendricks drive to work comes from her family. Her mother and step-father both work two jobs and her 15-year-old sister has a job.

My mom raised us to be hardworking, Hendricks said.

Hendricks said she must be cautious working late at night. She takes a safety escort to work and a taxi back home.

I need to have some sort of protection, Hendricks said. No one sane is up at 5 a.m., but it s better safe than sorry.

Hendricks is responsible for safety procedures in the west tower within Wells.

The doors to the west tower lock at 12 a.m. and only people with a university ID can open them. She said there is usually no trouble, but sometimes they do get drunk people wandering around.

Last semester, she said a drunk man came in looking for a pen and paper so he could write a letter to his girlfriend. He approached Hendricks and asked her about her love life.

A night security guard helped her deal with the man and soon after he was put on a library trespassing list preventing him from entering the library again, Hendricks said.

What s most usual is frat guys coming in drunk, Hendricks said. They re just working on K201 and Kelley stuff. They re harmless.

Hendricks also manages a lost and found at her desk. They usually collect IDs, laptop chargers and other assorted supplies but once received an olive green bralette.

Paige Burns, who works at the west circulation desk with Hendricks, said the oddest thing she has seen while working is a girl who walked in wearing a red and black plaid onesie.

Burns is a library science graduate student who is working at Wells while she looks for a full-time job.

It s awesome to be able to do work and get paid, Burns said.

Hendricks said that even with the long nights, some very long, she doesn t consider quitting. The money and her coworkers are too important to her.

Hendricks takes a 15-minute break each shift. To recharge and get some caffeine, she sips on sodas, sometimes Tahitian Treat, a fruit punch soda that she used to drink back home in Kansas.

For those brief moments, Hendricks is reminded of her home, able to relax and continue through her five-hour shift in the middle of the night.

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You might want to turn around before telling someone you’re searching for a stolen gun

A Columbia man with a criminal history involving violent crimes was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing a stolen pistol.

Anthony Leroy Doctor, 26, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of possessing a stolen firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney s Office District of South Carolina. He ll also face three years of supervised released after he s done serving his sentence. Doctor was involved in a disturbance at a nightclub at a strip mall on Broad River and Rushmore roads in June 2015, shortly before he was arrested. When confronted by club security, Doctor dropped a Taurus 9mm in some bushes along a parking lot behind a restaurant across from the club, the news release said. He later returned in search of the gun, but restaurant security called the Richland County Sheriff s Department after Doctor declined to leave. The responding deputy asked Doctor who was drunk what he was doing when he was looking in the bushes, according to the release.

Doctor, without turning around, replied that he was looking for his gun, the release said. Doctor then turned around and noticed that the security guard had been joined by the Richland County deputy.

A K-9 found the pistol in the bushes Doctor had been looking in, according to the release. Doctor, who was on probation at the time, was barred from possessing a firearm because of his prior convictions, which included carjacking, assault and battery with intent to kill, strong arm robbery and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime.

Phone scam dialing into area

WAHOO A new phone scam recently crept into the area, only needing the word yes from victims.

If you get a call from a stranger asking, Can you hear me? hang up the phone.

That s what the Better Business Bureau is advising consumers who might become victims of the latest scam it says is circulating the country.

As a general rule, you re going to answer that question. But don t volunteer anything, said Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz. Jim Hegarty, president of the BBB serving Nebraska, South Dakota, the Kansas Plains and southwest Iowa, said the region has already received hundreds of reports about the scam. Stukenholtz said he s received reports of the scam in Saunders County as well.

The con aims to get victims to say the word yes so scammers can record it. The affirmative response is then used to authorize unwanted charges whether it s to a credit card, a cable or phone account or subscriptions. Many times, as with other phone scams, the perpetrators try and get local phone numbers to increase the likelihood of someone answering, Stukenholtz said.

They re coming up with something all the time, he said. Stukenholtz said he would advise people not to answer the phone at all if the number calling is not recognized.

But it s difficult to avoid. Here s how it works: You might receive a call from someone recent reports say the scammers are claiming they re from a home security agency, a cruise line or associated with Social Security. After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If you answer yes, there s a possibility the scam artist has recorded you and will use the response to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse to pay, the caller may use your recorded yes to confirm your purchase agreement. In many cases, the scammers already have the person s phone number, which can be used to authorize third-party charges; or they may have a victim s credit card number or cable bill as the result of a data breach. When the victim disputes any charges to an account, the scammer can counter that they have your consent on a recorded line.

Stukenholtz said the scam can be avoided if one s guard is up. He said he recently received a call with a Denver, Co. area code that asked if he was Kevin Stukenholtz. He said he responded with who is this?

The innocuous conversation started off on the wrong foot, but Stukenholtz said a good strategy is to make the people on the other end of the phone commit to something. Other tips:

If you receive a call that sounds similar or asks questions seeking affirmation, avoid responding with yes, sure or OK. If you are asked a similar question on the phone or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call registry, just hang up. Saying anything may help the scam artist identify that you have an active phone number. No government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call registry.

Write down the phone number of callers with this behavior and file a scam report with the BBB Scam Tracker at[1] or by calling 800-649-6814. Check your credit card, phone and cable statements carefully for any unfamiliar charges. If you suspect you have been victimized, call the billing company and dispute anything you did not authorize. The earlier you identify the unauthorized charges on your account, the easier it will be to recover any lost money. Stukenholtz said the scammers can come across as nice people, but they re not stupid and will work to manipulate the conversation.

Law enforcement efforts can be difficult, but if caught, they turn them into the attorney general s office, Stukenholtz said.

They ve made some arrests, but many times the calls originate from out of the country. It takes quite a bit to make that happen, Stukenholtz said.

(Paige Yowell with the BH News Service contributed to this article.)


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