I was completely taken aback today when the following University of Alabama thesis, written by Jacksonville State University president, William Meehan, was brought to my attention. (as seen on Orange Crate Art). What the fucking fuck people?
Apparently, this recent finding stems from a civil law suit filed in 2003 by Jacksonville State professor R. David Whetstone, who claims Meehan took about 55,000 plant samples. The dissertation is supposed to serve as an example of how Meehan had stolen other's work in the past.
But that's not all,
In 2007, Meehan was busted using copy from the internet in his "Town and Gown" newspaper column. At that point, Meehen claimed that the articles were ghost written by a former university publicist even though the articles clearly contained his name in the by line.
And this is what really fucking pisses me off:
The University of Alabama reviewed the matter and was "not inclined to go behind the decision the dissertation committee made 10 years ago in granting Meehan a doctorate in education, said spokeswoman Cathy Andreen in a statement Tuesday. She would not elaborate.Alabama's position closes the matter for Jacksonville State, said JSU board chairman Jim Bennett. "We're satisfied that President Meehan has a legitimate degree," said Bennett, who also is Alabama's labor commissioner.
Excuse me Jim Bennet, but a legitimate doctorate requires a legitimate dissertation, and a legitimate dissertation cannot be plagiarized. In case your wondering, a document that is not plagiarized does not contain sections that are word-for-word identical to a previously published document.