Call the laywers. They’ll make it all better.


Wait … isn’t a lawyer what got us INTO this situation in the first place?

I won’t re-hash all of the WVU-Heather Bresch-we’re-handing-out-fake-degrees-to-our-connected-friends and we’re-arrogant-enough-to-not-care-what-you-think scandal. Everything you’d ever want to know about that scandal can be found here — Fifth Column. That guy, who by the way is pretty much my hero, says it better than I ever could.

However, I digress. Let me phrase it like a commercial.

Do you have a degree from West Virginia University? Do you feel like the value of your degree is diminished because you actually earned it rather than had it handed to you with a wink and a nudge? Is the only remedy you can think of suing the bastards with a big check at the end? Call us.

A law firm in Charleston is running ads kind of like that … maybe not as crudely worded, but the theme is the same.

Class action suit possible over value of WVU degrees

OK, I’ll admit — the thought of a West Virginia payday is tempting. Hell, half of this state is waiting around to sue someone for some jackpot justice. Maybe it’s my turn!

But you know … it won’t matter. I got a great job that starts in 10 days in Washington, D.C. — a job I got with a West Virginia University degree. Sure, the degree is on the resume, but at this point, I think my skills probably got me where I’m going. I could be wrong. It’s just a thought.

But that’s not to say I haven’t gotten my share of the comments — “Oh, your Dad get you your degree too?” or “Boy, they just hand ’em out there, don’t they.”

And to be fair, if I was a recent graduate, I’d be freaking out a little, I think. Of course, it’s in my nature to freak out anyway, but still …

Am I wrong? I’m not sure a lawsuit’s going to help, and really, if you’re suing the university, aren’t you just suing taxpayers — i.e., yourself? Suppose this case wins and the university has to pay out a crapload of cash. Didn’t we pay for that? What could you really gain by hurting a college that’s already really hurting?


4 Responses to “Call the laywers. They’ll make it all better.”

  1. 1 Joe
    May 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Nothing. Absolutlely nothing.

  2. May 20, 2008 at 9:58 am

    You’re right.

    I don’t hate lawyers. They’re OK people in my book.

    But really? Come on. Like this will change anything?

  3. 3 Momma K
    May 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Let’s see, I have two degrees from WVU – do I get to sue twice, or am I twice as depressed over all this mess? Oh hell, I know that I commuted about 400 miles a week back in 1993 & 94 to earn my masters. I did not miss a class session ever in those 18 months, and I am still in debt to pay it all off. If I had known that my dad could get mine for me, I would have had him run for Governor. No, wait, couldn’t do that, Dad lives in Ohio!

  4. May 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    At least you didn’t end up at Ohio State, Momma K 🙂

    University of Michigan
    Class of ’89

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