Sunday, October 14, 2007


Luv and Rockets

My favorite news graf of the week, hidden yesterday within a perennial Times story about city employees getting nailed for fake college degrees:
An investigator went to the Web site of Belford University and obtained a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in aerospace engineering for $509.15, the department said. After failing an “entry exam,” the investigator was urged by the Web site to take it again, and was sent the answers. The investigator had entered his age as 12 and had written, “I luv planes and rockets,” the authorities said.

Sadly, the Times doesn't bother to link to the Belford University website, whose pitch surely must be seen to be appreciated: "No Experience? No Problem!
Pass our simple online equivalency test and get an accredited online degree within 7 days.... No Admissions. No Attendance. No Hassle."
They also have advisors available "24 hours a day, 7 days a week," which is presumably an advantage when you get that sudden 4 am craving for an M.S. in Microbiology.

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