Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Who needs a degree, anyway?

Elizabeth Paige Laurie has returned her degree to USC after being accused of paying her freshman year roommate to do her homework.

Laurie is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Laurie, billionaire daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder, Bud Walton. Bill and Nancy had given the University of Missouri at Columbia $25 million for a sports arena and asked to have it named after Paige. When the allegations of her college highjinks surfaced, MU was forced to take Paige's name off of the project.
"Paige Laurie voluntarily has surrendered her degree and returned her diploma to the university. She is not a graduate of USC," the school said in a statement dated Sept. 30. "This concludes the university's review of the allegations concerning Ms. Laurie."
Call me crazy, but somehow a degree from USC just doesn't seem to mean so much when your parents are worth billions. It's not as if she needs that bachelor's degree to get a job.

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