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(Hartford Courant)   Don't want mom and dad to know that you've dropped out of school and are not graduating even though they sent you thousands in tuition money? Calling in a bomb threat at graduation might not be the best way to hide it   (courant.com) divider line 48
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2014-05-19 12:00:41 PM  
On the upside - it'll certainly take their focus off your failure to graduate.
 
2014-05-19 12:00:47 PM  
That is some weapons-grade crazy right there
 
2014-05-19 12:02:52 PM  
She called in the threats from her OWN phone?

Methinks a full college education wouldn't do her any good.
 
2014-05-19 12:06:40 PM  
"Then mother didn't see her name on the graduation roster and she panicked and called in a couple of bomb threats," Smith said.

Who panicked and called in some phony bomb threats? Did mom do it? Now, we'll never know.

/ yes, I know that they made it pretty clear other places; just, not right there
 
2014-05-19 12:11:51 PM  
So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something
 
2014-05-19 12:12:08 PM  
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2014-05-19 12:16:40 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


Clearly you don't have children in the 16-25 age range.
 
2014-05-19 12:18:53 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


Obviously not hair stylist, decent clothes, a disposable cell phone, or a makeover

Sad non-graduate crazy lady is sad

www.trbimg.com
 
2014-05-19 12:19:24 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


Strippers and booze aren't an option?

/ my brother once spent over $1,000 in one night while he was in college. He was at a normal bar. He says that he got drunk and he started buying rounds for everybody in the place.
 
2014-05-19 12:20:49 PM  
What's her fark handle?
 
2014-05-19 12:21:01 PM  
Well, shows lackings that lead to her not graduating.

Should've used those funds to be someplace cheap right now, like northern Thailand.
 
2014-05-19 12:22:44 PM  

JohnCarter: Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something

Obviously not hair stylist, decent clothes, a disposable cell phone, or a makeover

Sad non-graduate crazy lady is sad

[www.trbimg.com image 420x525]


She didn't tell them she's a lesbian either.
 
2014-05-19 12:23:52 PM  

Target Builder: On the upside - it'll certainly take their focus off your failure to graduate.


Are you kidding? If my kid pulled this same thing, I'll be pressing my own fraud charges. I might be the first parent to do it, but maybe precidence needs to be set.
 
2014-05-19 12:25:37 PM  
A cousin of mine actually did something like that. She was kicked out of college after failing 1st year a few times. Told her parents she was still in college, and they funded the whole thing. Graduation time came around, she got handy on Adobe Illustrator, made invites. On the morning of her graduation her parents were getting ready. The mother went off to have her hair done and when she came back there was a note beside the telephone explaining the whole charade.

We loll'd. We still do.
 
2014-05-19 12:26:22 PM  
Hopefully, this will never turn into the default sitcom-style escape for uncomfortable situations. Running late to grandma's funeral? Blind date turns out to have Ebola? Just don't feel like working today? Call in a bomb threat or two!
 
2014-05-19 12:27:38 PM  
Graduating with a B.A. in psychopathy...
 
2014-05-19 12:33:06 PM  
My dad was absolutely convinced that I was doing this... it ended up with him calling the dean of engineering at my uni to confirm that I was still enrolled and taking classes. He sounded very altered (I'm Italian, and we can sound very excited to Amercians!)  about it, so they thought that it was some sort of threat.

Cue me being called into the dean's office, asked what the heck is going on, then the phone in his office rings, he tells me to pick it up, and it's my dad!

I kinda wanted to sink into the floor.
 
2014-05-19 12:40:26 PM  
Parents, the simplest prophylactic against this kind of stuff  is to simply have your kids pay for a chunk of their college themselves.

That education becomes a whole lot more important when it is their money being spent on it.
 
2014-05-19 12:41:08 PM  
A friend of mine didn't graduate when he expected to, thanks to flunking a class - but his parents had already paid for the cross country trip to watch him walk.

He lucked out that his prof hadn't posted the grades, and wouldn't be able to until after the graduation ceremony.  So, for all the school knew, he ~was~ supposed to graduate.


So he walked, and then, on his own dime, took the one class again the following semester, and this time got the C he needed to pass and actually graduate.


To this day, I don't think his parents know otherwise.
 
2014-05-19 12:44:40 PM  
I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.
 
2014-05-19 12:50:38 PM  
Was the article written by a third grader?
 
2014-05-19 01:02:02 PM  
Let me guess, her mother bailed her out.
 
2014-05-19 01:02:26 PM  

El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.


I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.
 
2014-05-19 01:08:51 PM  

tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.


They handed you a pretty watercolor print of the library at mine. You had to visit the bursar's office later to get the real one.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how many random people walked across the stage at my graduation...
 
2014-05-19 01:10:49 PM  
So the parents sent the money to their kid, not directly to the college? Huh.
 
2014-05-19 01:15:06 PM  
I bet she shags like a minx.
 
2014-05-19 01:16:06 PM  

tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.


Depends on the size of the school, but, due to the growing number of college students and therefore graduates, the amount of commencements, number of students to coordinate with diplomas, and audits of records completed in a short turn around after exams tend not to make this feasible.
 
2014-05-19 01:18:23 PM  
The mom paid the daughter's tuition directly to the daughter? Sounds like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. There aren't a lot of brain in this family.
 
2014-05-19 01:19:20 PM  
I didn't get my actual diploma because I owed something to the tune of $3 to the bursar's office, so inside the thing was a blank piece of cardboard with a bill on it. For $3. Took them three days to mail me the damn thing after I paid up.

On the plus side, I got to flip off one particularly obnoxious campus cop while walking on stage. What was he going to do, tackle me?
 
2014-05-19 01:21:12 PM  
Law enforcement have had the ability to track down bomb threats for a long time. Yet the perps continue to use regular phone lines and get nabbed.

Why don't they ever just tap into some random active phone line and use one of these?

Bonus - the subscriber of the random phone line gets to be the "person of interest"
 
2014-05-19 01:23:56 PM  
Vangor:

Depends on the size of the school, but, due to the growing number of college students and therefore graduates, the amount of commencements, number of students to coordinate with diplomas, and audits of records completed in a short turn around after exams tend not to make this feasible.

This. Even at my mid-sized state university, there are upwards of 3000 graduates in the spring, enough that they split graduation into two ceremonies (one for the Ag & Environmental Science, Business, and Engineering colleges, the other for Arts & Sciences and Education). Graduation is the Saturday after final exams, final grades aren't even posted until Thursday after finals.

I don't know that you could just get a cap and gown and walk though, I imagine they have a list of everyone that applied to graduate and was approved (a process that happens in January/February for the spring semester) that they check names against. I have no idea if they go that far or not.
 
2014-05-19 01:31:11 PM  
FTFA: Police were able to trace the two threatening calls to Shea's cellphone.

Far, far too stupid for post-secondary education.
 
2014-05-19 01:41:39 PM  
Ummm... isn't it relatively easy to build up over months the impression you're burning the midnight oil, say you failed your finals, be in hysterics that "I worked so hard.... but I'm just not good enough" and turn this situation around so that your parents are on your side, and heartbroken for you, and throw their full support behind "let's try X lesser course at X lesser college" instead?

THEN YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN FOR 3 YEARS!
 
2014-05-19 01:45:39 PM  

buzzcut73: This. Even at my mid-sized state university, there are upwards of 3000 graduates in the spring, enough that they split graduation into two ceremonies (one for the Ag & Environmental Science, Business, and Engineering colleges, the other for Arts & Sciences and Education). Graduation is the Saturday after final exams, final grades aren't even posted until Thursday after finals.

I don't know that you could just get a cap and gown and walk though, I imagine they have a list of everyone that applied to graduate and was approved (a process that happens in January/February for the spring semester) that they check names against. I have no idea if they go that far or not.


In checking out the Quinnipiac commencement website, it appears that each of the graduates are given a card with their printed on it to hand to the dean of their college.  This dope wasn't on the graduation roster for her college of 388 students, so she decided to double down on stupid by adding a criminal charge to the mix.
 
2014-05-19 01:56:33 PM  
Now here is a woman with a bright future working the pole.
 
2014-05-19 02:09:25 PM  

ChipNASA: JohnCarter: Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something

Obviously not hair stylist, decent clothes, a disposable cell phone, or a makeover

Sad non-graduate crazy lady is sad

[www.trbimg.com image 420x525]

She didn't tell them she's a lesbian either.


Yeah, that's what I thinking, too.  She's still a little fem, but, I bet she'll soon be boarding the Butchtown express.
 
2014-05-19 02:15:02 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


Probably living expenses and going out a lot.

I actually had a friend who did this.  When graduation time came around she told her family she didn't want to participate in the ceremony and then they gave her $20,000 for graduating (a gift they gave to all their kids upon graduation from college).  She blew through it within 2-3 months by going out drinking every single night, paying for other people's drinks, and who knows what else.

After she blew through the money, her parents started to slowly cut her off, and she didn't have a job she started constantly mooching off other people all the time repeatedly running to mommy and daddy with her money woes to at least make rent.  But her nightly bar hopping was funded by every and anyone else.  She even got people to pay for her gas by offering people rides everywhere (then suckering them into paying for her drinks while out because hey she drove them).  /Yes I know that makes no sense.  Or she would just get guys to pay for things under the false promise that she would sleep with them at some point.

She's a gross person who I am glad is no longer in my life.
 
2014-05-19 02:20:26 PM  

btfoom: I bet she shags like a minx.


Looking at her, I bet she has shag like a mink.
 
2014-05-19 02:23:52 PM  

Dragonflew: btfoom: I bet she shags like a minx.

Looking at her, I bet she has shag like a mink.


Venus in Furs?
 
2014-05-19 02:49:07 PM  

spiritplumber: My dad was absolutely convinced that I was doing this... it ended up with him calling the dean of engineering at my uni to confirm that I was still enrolled and taking classes.


I'm trying to come up with some joke about your first job out of college involving engineering a better helicopter for your dad ... anyone? I'm dying here.
 
2014-05-19 02:49:17 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


The cost of living in your area must be dirt cheap.
 
2014-05-19 03:58:05 PM  
So, she'll be getting her MRS degree pretty soon instead, huh?
 
2014-05-19 04:34:40 PM  

btfoom: I bet she shags like a minx.


As long as it's not with a man, I'll bet you're right.
 
2014-05-19 04:36:53 PM  

billygeek: Now here is a woman with a bright future working the pole.


Eeeew, gross, even Tuesday morning-shift strippers have standards.
 
2014-05-19 06:44:24 PM  

Magorn: So she spent the money on...?

cause its hard to spend 50-60K grand without having a few pretty obvious assets at the end unless it was all going straight up her nose or something


Quinnipiac is less than 2 hours from New York by train, bus or car.  I'd imagine quite a few bouncers in the city recognize her mug shot.

El Dudereno: tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.

They handed you a pretty watercolor print of the library at mine. You had to visit the bursar's office later to get the real one.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how many random people walked across the stage at my graduation...


At ours we got the folder onstage and the paper in the backstage area at the arena it was held in after you turned in your gown or something like that (can't remember exact details, it was 16 years ago now).  Best part was, they had to mail everyone a replacement because they put the wrong date on it (graduated on the 17th, diplomas said the 18th because they had never changed that from the 1997 forms).
 
2014-05-19 07:19:36 PM  

El Dudereno: tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.

They handed you a pretty watercolor print of the library at mine. You had to visit the bursar's office later to get the real one.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how many random people walked across the stage at my graduation...


So if i showed up at Duke University, wearing the cap and gown of someone getting their masters, got in line in a random spot and just handed the person at the podium a piece of paper with my name on it, they'd call my name and hand me a fake diploma?
 
2014-05-19 07:36:15 PM  

Cheater71: El Dudereno: tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.

They handed you a pretty watercolor print of the library at mine. You had to visit the bursar's office later to get the real one.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how many random people walked across the stage at my graduation...

So if i showed up at Duke University, wearing the cap and gown of someone getting their masters, got in line in a random spot and just handed the person at the podium a piece of paper with my name on it, they'd call my name and hand me a fake diploma?


Worth a try, I guess.

Worst case scenario, we make fun of you on fark when the article about you is greened.
 
2014-05-19 07:55:29 PM  

El Dudereno: Cheater71: El Dudereno: tea_and_cake: El Dudereno: I'm pretty sure at most large state universities, you can walk as long as you're wearing a cap and gown that matches everyone else's. They give you a piece of paper to write your name on, you hand it to the prof standing by whoever is reading the names, they read it off, you accept your stunt diploma and hearty handshake, and it's all over.
Then you just have to explain why there's no record of you graduating to future employers.

I got my real diploma at my graduation ceremony. They would have been short one and everyone would have had to swap if someone tried to pull this at my college.

They handed you a pretty watercolor print of the library at mine. You had to visit the bursar's office later to get the real one.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how many random people walked across the stage at my graduation...

So if i showed up at Duke University, wearing the cap and gown of someone getting their masters, got in line in a random spot and just handed the person at the podium a piece of paper with my name on it, they'd call my name and hand me a fake diploma?

Worth a try, I guess.

Worst case scenario, we make fun of you on fark when the article about you is greened.


Ha, i might try this. If my brother recorded it, i could post the video to facebook and show to the people i went to highschool with. Masters degree in engineering, that'll show em.
 
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