CHAMPAIGN, ILL., JAN. 10 -- A former university secretary who earned extra money by typing students' composition papers says Jesse L. Jackson once had her type a slightly doctored magazine article and put his name on it, a newspaper reported.
The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette reported in yesterday's editions that Glenna Cilento of Urbana said she was a part-time University of Illinois student and a secretary in the physical education department when the alleged incident occurred in 1960.
She said Jackson, then a freshman, gave her the magazine article with only minor changes in the wording, and two football coaches later questioned her about it, the newspaper said.
"It had been torn out of a magazine -- Time magazine -- and he asked me to type it and put his name on it," Cilento was quoted as saying in the News-Gazette.
Jackson aide Frank Watkins said the woman's name, as it appeared in a Chicago newspaper's gossip column, doesn't mean anything to Jackson.
"He doesn't know her," Watkins said after telephoning Jackson in Florida, where he was campaigning. "He's not going to dignify the story" by commenting further, Watkins said.
He said a letter from University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry stating that Jackson's academic record was clean "answers all the pertinent questions. He was a student in good standing."
Ikenberry wrote the letter to the Democratic presidential candidate last month after the newspaper first reported the story.
"When I saw the newspaper story about Jackson plagiarizing, I realized I was the person who typed the paper," Cilento said last week. "It was my first year at the university, and I have a clear memory of Jesse Jackson.
"I remember the incident because, when two of the football coaches came back to talk to me about it, I was scared that it was my fault."