Tuesday, May 18, 2010

 

Del. man charged with faking his way into Harvard

(Admit it - you see that headline, you think "Joe Biden")

I've been in a kind of piling-on-Harvard mood lately so this feeds the feelings perfectly. Think how you'd feel if you had been rejectd by Harvard, only to then read that this, shall we say, non-diverse individual makes up a few crdentials and voila , he's a bona fide Johnny.

What They Say I:
"There is no formula for gaining admission to Harvard. Academic accomplishment in high school is important, but the Admissions Committee also considers many other criteria, such as community involvement, leadership and distinction in extracurricular activities, and work experience. The Admissions Committee does not use quotas of any kind. We rely on teachers, counselors, headmasters, and alumni/ae to share information with us about applicants' strength of character, their ability to overcome adversity, and other personal qualities--all of which play a part in the Admissions Committee's decisions."

What They Say II:
"This year the Committee will admit a small number of transfer students who present a clearly defined academic need for transfer, supported by both a proven record of achievement at the college level and strong faculty recommendations."

Reality:
"Adam Wheeler, 23, of Milton, Del., was admitted to Harvard and became a student in 2007 after he falsely claimed he had earned a perfect academic record at Phillips Academy in Andover and had studied for a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, prosecutors said Monday."

Speaking of prosecutors, it seems Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's Attorney General and a Democrat seeking to replace the (finally) retiring Chris Dodd in the US Senate, has kind of stepped in it:

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History (NY Times - May 17)

If you’re unfamiliar with the Conn. AG, here’s a short blurb to help you out:

"Blumenthal -- the highest Democratic vote getter in the state -- graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal.

...or so he says.

Comments:
Actually I was thinking Al Gore for some reason.

Yes I know he's not from Delaware.

I guess I'm geographically challenged.
 
well one resason might be that Al went to Harvard (big surprise), I just remembered Biden's first failed presidential campaign and the whole Neil Kinnock stuff...good times.
 
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