Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Schadenfreude

So there's this big-shot, right? Obviously I'm not going to mention any names, but anyone who has read any linguistics has probably heard of him. He's probably the most well known linguist in Australia.

He used to be at our university, but felt the university didn't worship his bigshotness sufficiently, so he took his ball (half our students, lots of money) and went home (i.e. to another university). Since then he has pissed off everyone imaginable, playing crazy power games and frequently sending nasty letters that make other academics cry. Everyone knows people who have had their careers and reputations deliberately damaged by this man.

News on the grapevine today is that the university has seized his hard drive, frozen his email account, banned him from campus, and is investigating where half a million dollars went, as well as several serious harassment complaints.

The interesting thing to find out will be what happens to a big-ass grant if the big-ass chief investigator ends up in prison.

7 Comments:

Miss M. said...

Sounds like he has a lot of karma to sort out.

Ianqui said...

Fascinating...

The History Enthusiast said...

Ooooo...scandal! I am curious to know how this ends!

Seeking Solace said...

Wow!

Anastasia said...

good times.

Badaunt said...

Academic gossip is the best gossip ON THE PLANET.

(I hope that doesn't have anything to do with YOUR big-ass grant...?)

StyleyGeek said...

Badaunt, no, I don't have a big-ass grant, sadly. I was wanting to milk a new hire of ours who does have a big-ass grant for postdoc money, but he didn't have any to spare. So I am going for a small-ass grant instead.