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Martha Coakley

The Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has sent a letter to the university urging it to cut ties with Bill Cosby.

Coakley says that while Cosby had not been criminally charged, his association with the university sends the wrong message when the state is focused on the prevention of campus sexual assault.

In May of 1977, comedian Bill Cosby basically ‘engineered’ his acceptance of a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was also the star of the commencement ceremony.

Like any academic business reliant on donations, the University of Massachusetts had learned that to bring in big celebrities was not only prestigious for the 6 o’clock news but that celebrities brought very major funding.

TSuperStarTicketshe day Cosby was given his PhD, there were plenty of media photographers there to photograph him wearing his academic robes then again smoking his congratulatory cigar. The diploma was given to him by the chancellor of the university.

The document is titled “An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.” It’s 142 pages long, with another 100 pages of bibliography and appendices (and even blank pages are numbered which makes the document appear longer than it actually is).

Bill Cosby’s PhD is truly a creative work of art and huge embarrassment to the school. When given an opportunity to defend the document – representatives of the University of Massachusetts have always declined.

One former professor at the university had long called for a second ceremony to have Cosby give the degree back to the school. That professor, was on Cosby’s thesis committee so he spoke with authority on the subject.

Reginald G. Damerell, now 94 was a member of the committee and for years wanted the public to know that Cosby’s degree was bogus.

And he didn’t jump on the “let’s kick Cosby while he’s down” bandwagon of today either – he had been saying that Cosby’s work for which the school gave him a PhD was academically inferior and lacked value. He had been saying it for decades.

In his own book, Education’s Smoking Gun (Freundlich Books, $17.95), Damerell, claimed that Cosby’s Ed.D.—like many advanced education doctorates out of that program — were absolute shams and ridiculous.”

Damerell reported that Cosby, who had repeated the 10th grade three times, dropped out of High School, got his GED in the service, then dropped out of Temple University’s Physical Education program as well, was recruited personally by an assistant dean of the U. Mass. education school.

Cosby took advantage of the program he was invited to join. It had been designed to award advanced education degrees to “mature students,” some of whom had never even attended or completed college if they’d enrolled at all. According to Damerell, Cosby did not even take one (1) full semester-length course – ever.

jello3Instead, Cosby attended “one” (1) weekend-long seminar and for that, was given fake credits for having appeared in his own TV shows and his appearances on ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Electric Company.’

There is no doubt, once you read this PhD, that it is an absolute embarrassment to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and why the school has never wanted to defend it or even talk about it. School staff identify the document as one might identify a distant relative in a morgue.

As a member of Cosby’s doctoral committee for five months, Damerell claimed that in that entire five monthsjello2, the only actual board meeting on Cosby’s dissertation wherein all three members were present, took place in an unorthodox and unacceptable location.

Cosby took the reigns of ‘his’ own committee by moving the only actual meeting that had been scheduled to discuss Cosby’s presentation – completely out the hands of the Department of Education. He literally moved the meeting off the school grounds insisting that the meeting be held in his own private home in Massachusetts.

Sports, Concerts, Theater Tickets - TicketMonster.comTaking the meeting out of the hands of the Department of Education was already inappropriate but in doing so and intimidating his committee into doing what he wanted and basically taking charge of events, Cosby likely violated the standard protocol and expectation for a PhD candidate when meeting with his or her committee.  The move off the grounds in itself was not illegal but was highly inappropriate, since Cosby not only took over the meeting’s leadership but moved the meeting to his private home where “he” and not the committee was in charge.

University committees set the standard for where and how committee meetings are held, who attends them and their location.

A PhD candidate presenting work is not supposed to use his or her celebrity to lead the committee. The PhD candidate must submit to the committee, be counseled by same, and that student must submit to its findings – not the other way around. Cosby was clearly controlling his committee and considering that he signed very large checks, it is likely that everyone just ‘went along’ to ‘get along.’

Consider this occurred during the seventies, and you had three academics dealing with an extremely well known international TV star and comedian with a very large wallet.

Which of the three committee members could possibly take him on? None of them. They were just educators worshiping the possibility of tenure and not legally or financially prepared to take on a celebrity icon who by then was suing people left and right whenever they dared defy anything he said or did.

By then, Cosby was already a movie star and a force to contend with. He was not about to let a bunch jelloof ‘fuddy duddy’ professors manage what he has always referred to (even back then), as “my committee”. As is his habit, instead of submitting to the committee, the academic body reviewing his work, he boldly took ‘possession’ of them.

Instead of a proper academic discussion and review of Cosby’s document, Damerell reported, Bill Cosby’s committee meeting became a ‘home tour’ of his 16-room, 135-year-old mansion in the restored farmhouse, including an admiring visit to a closet filled with fur coats belonging to his wife, Camille, followed by a privileged look at drawer after drawer of Cosby’s shirts.

“It was a scene right out of The Great Gatsby. At no time did we talk about education. The dinner was brought in by the very best local provider and had no other purpose than to ensure that those present, would go along with the farce.” Damerell declared.

But of all the things in Bill Cosby’s duplicitous life that lack integrity, this ridiculous excuse for a PhD has got to be the falsehood that haunts him the most.

This paper did not present a problem for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst while it sat quietly in the archives collecting dust and attracting no attention. But now, in light of Cosby’s assault accusations piling up, academics whom heard Cosby reference his own doctorate (the one he earned) not the honorary ones, are now interested in reading Cosby’s dissertation. We invite any academic to download the dissertation and assess it now in 2014.

This week, CNN led with a story about Cosby headlined; “Media goes to Crucify Cosby” as though Cosby were Jesus Christ. Cosby is just a severely flawed hypocrite with enough money to pay to protect his charmed life and use extremely well paid legal mercenaries that helped him keep his fraud protected, and alive and well for decades.

Cosby has lived the cultured, rehearsed life of an extremely wealthy entertainer whose farce has finally fallen apart. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the good sense to simply apologize and start over. He’s forgotten that the American public has a short memory and is very forgiving.

This doctorate he claims he put together, is also an absolute fraud. His pile of cartoons and lists would not be accepted as homework if turned in by a High Schooler.

We should not say ‘shame on Bill Cosby’ because he is just a comedian that has always lacked integrity. For decades I have been saying that Bill Cosby was a criminal. I just couldn’t detail why I made that claim because the woman that confided in me that he had brutally raped her, asked for my confidence and my word that I would never repeat it. I never repeated it. I held that secret until I saw her on television last week retelling her truth.

Since the seventies, whenever the name of Bill Cosby came up, I responded clearly, that Bill Cosby was a fraud and a criminal.

We should question how much money the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has accepted through the years for the purpose of not reviewing and dissolving Bill Cosby’s bogus PhD. A document they are ashamed of, have never defended and will not defend today, but whose associated checks they have always cashed.

Bill Cosby’s “real” PhD: Don’t let anyone make up your mind – read it yourself by SyndicatedNews

 

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