Friday, October 20, 2006
In an article in the Houston Press, David Vanegas attended Rice Univeristy for a year. He was a transfer student from the Univerist of Texas. However, last month, Rice police arrested Vanegas for criminal trespass. Turns out he wasn't an actual Rice student but a 20-year-old impersonator. Starting last September, Vanegas began eating in Rice's dining halls, hanging out with students and attending classes. He even slept in the dorms of some of his " fellow freshman". Campus administrators alleged that Vanegas had taken close to $3,700 worth of food from Rice cafeterias. The district attorney's office filed felony charges for aggregate theft. Bail was set at $2,000.
One quote from the story:
Sophomore Chuck Swanson says he recognizes the genius in Vanegas's plan: "Let's say, for whatever reason, you can't get into Rice. Do you a) go into the workforce, or do you b) decide to crash a college for a year? You get to go to parties, you get free food, you get to hang out with people that are your age and have fun. Pretty much, he did nothing. He's being a bum -- but in an awesome way at a great university."
Now I just wonder how that "degree" looks on his resume.
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