AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
Shameless plug for our paper, but we have continuing coverage of the situation in print and online. In fact we were quoted in today's New York Times/Intl Herald Tribune! http://thebeaveronline.co.uk/
Anyway, the love of the Gaddafi's runs deep at LSE. Nobody, not even the Student Union, said a word on the initial 'donations' the family gave to the School. Professor David Held, Saif's mentor and apparent life coach, has always rubbed me the wrong way. I don't think he is a particularly good lecturer nor are his ideas that impressive in my opinion.
Saif also hosted a live video lecture in December (I went to the pub that night out of protest.) that was lauded by all as an important talk by a legitimate leader. For a school with roots in social activism, this is quite the quagmiric situation.
I guess the school figured they named a large lecture hall after a holocaust-denier, so Gaddafi should be fine.
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1404 times:
Quoting yyz717 (Reply 6): Why does any self-respecting university allow the son of a ruthless dictator to study there? Shame on the LSE.
If an applicant meets all the criteria and is deemed eligible for admission, then he should be admitted, seeing as he qualified on his own merits. Shouldn't have to be judged on who he's related to. That's in an ideal world. In real life, I see/read about a lot of royals attending places like LSE, and then I hear them make speeches and I'm like 'how the hell did they get in'. Do their families make a large donation to facilitate the process or what. Even if their parents aren't particularly ruthless dictators, some people shouldn't be admitted if they're not qualified.