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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Well that's one smart....oh never mind its too easy.....

From our friends over at cnn.com:

University that awarded MBA to cat sued
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 Posted: 2:10 PM EST (1910 GMT)

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees -- including an MBA awarded to a cat.

Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan -- a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat -- claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management.

The school, which offers no classes, allegedly determined Colby Nolan's resume entitled him to a master of business administration degree; a transcript listed the cat's course work and 3.5 grade-point average.

The state is seeking a permanent injunction, civil penalties, costs and restitution for violating consumer law and restrictions on unsolicited e-mail ads.

Prosecutors said more than 18,000 illegal e-mails were sent out this year with links to Trinity Southern's Web address, including 300 that appeared to originate from the Internet servers of Pennsylvania companies and institutions.

Among the alleged victims are Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous Internet service providers, businesses and technology companies.

The defendants are the school; Innovative Cellular and Wireless Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas; Alton Scott Poe of St. Cloud, Florida, vice chancellor and dean of admission for Trinity; and Craig Barton Poe of Frisco, Texas, president of Innovative Cellular.

A phone message left at Trinity Southern was not returned Monday. None of the other three defendants appears to have a listed or published phone number.

Kev’s take: An MBA to a cat I have no problem with that as long as its Morris from the 9 Lives commercials. That cat was so advanced he could form thoughts that we could hear him having, that’s advanced enough for an MBA in my book.


  • The cat should deserve the MBA that is if he can fill out the application for the degree, otherwise isn't that fraud on the part of the AG in Pennsylvania?

    I should go apply for a jog online at Pennsylania State Gov as a cat but not tell them it is a cat, then get hired and send my cat......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

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