RA Tufts Rescinds Armstrong's Hon. Doctorate
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It took Tufts six years to figure out that Armstrong was lousy with PEDs when he won all those titles? Who besides these Gold Standard geniuses didn't at least suspect?

Or was the "powerful message" Armstrong was bringing to the grads really just that drug detection technology lags well behind drug development technology, so exploit your edge for maximum personal gain?

By showing what happens to cheaters when they get caught, isn't Armstrong still "setting an extraordinary example"? So by revoking the honorary degree it seems that "setting an extraordinary example" is somewhat less important to the higher ed cartel than the "free publicity" and "piggy-backing on the fame of a celebrity" that accompanied its award.

Quote:University Rescinds Honorary Degree Awarded to Lance Armstrong
10:49 AM, Nov 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER

[Regionally accredited] Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, has voted to rescind the honorary degree it conferred on embattled bicyclist Lance Armstrong, a university spokesman confirms.

"The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind the honorary degree awarded to Lance Armstrong at Commencement in 2006," Kimberly M. Thurler, director of public relations at Tufts, writes in a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "While continuing to respect the significant work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the board concluded that, in the wake of the recent report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its acceptance by the International Cycling Union, Mr. Armstrong’s actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of Tufts University."

Armstrong was recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after refusing to continue to cooperate with the investigation into allegations of doping.

Additionally, he "has resigned from the board of the Livestrong Foundation, the charity he began 15 years ago after testicular cancer nearly ended his career," according to Bloomberg. "The move, coming 18 days after he stepped down as the group’s chairman, is designed to further distance him from the Austin, Texas-based foundation as a way to help it survive the fall from grace of one of the world’s best-known athletes, officials said yesterday in announcing the move."

The famed bicyclist was light-hearted in his commencement address to Tufts in 2006. "You know, for a guy who barely made it out of high school, I find it incredibly ironic that I am standing up here as a doctor," said Armstrong. "I would just ask that somebody send the photos to the principal at Plano East Senior High and let him know that I, in fact, graduated from Tufts and that he has to call me Dr. Armstrong now."

But with the university's decision, he can longer claim that title.

“Lance Armstrong brings a powerful message to our graduates and commencement guests: Never give up," then Tufts president Larry Bacow said when Armstrong was announced as an honorary degree recipient in 2006. "His perseverance on the bike and in life sets an extraordinary example for all who seek to overcome obstacles and achieve their highest goals. We are honored to host him at Tufts.”

That statement, too, no longer seems to have stood the test of time.
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Klempner has been on about these honorary degrees for years. Since they are frequently (if not always) awarded in conjunction with some direct donation or less direct fund-raising effort, there is a definite "pay to play" quality about them. If an unaccredited school did it the klones would be kvetching and grepsing all over themselves. But is it any surprise that the vaunted Gold Standard operates like a two dolla ho? And it's a safe bet that when Tufts took back their fake degree they didn't send back any of the money that bought it.
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(11-23-2012, 02:18 PM)Albert Hidel Wrote: Klempner has been on about these honorary degrees for years. Since they are frequently (if not always) awarded in conjunction with some direct donation or less direct fund-raising effort, there is a definite "pay to play" quality about them. If an unaccredited school did it the klones would be kvetching and grepsing all over themselves. But is it any surprise that the vaunted Gold Standard operates like a two dolla ho? And it's a safe bet that when Tufts took back their fake degree they didn't send back any of the money that bought it.

Come on...drugs in competitive sports? How could they have even suspected such a thing? RolleyesRolleyesRolleyes
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