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Marilee Jones resigned today, announcing that she had misrepresented her academic credentials. As she has been the public face of MIT admissions for many years, this could turn into a PR nightmare. There is already quite a stir about this on CollegeConfidential.


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Apr. 27th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can't believe she could live with that lie for almost 30 years. Also, I read the first few pages of that thread and it made me feel weird. I've often thought that maybe I didn't deserve to be accepted here after all.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
I guess it just goes to show...
... that people whom we might credit by default as being "above the influence" aren't necessarily so. It's quite surprising, and as you said, it has potentially great repercussions for a prestigious university.

I feel sad, perhaps for a different reason (or not): when a university has the stature of your alma mater, people are always gunning for it. Whether it's jealousy or just a sentiment of "the bigger they are, the harder they fall", it can put people on the defensive. The same is certainly true of "bigshots" in science, technology, engineering, and math. Perhaps that comes with the territory, but it's still a study in the worst of human nature.

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