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For God, Country &... Lakehead?

The Martin Chronicles
The Martin Chronicles
The Martin Chronicles
8/29/2006

6:00 PM -- Remember Lakehead University, the small Canadian university that banned WiFi networks on campus because of fears of health effects on students? (See WiFi-Phobic.)

Now the northern Ontario school is back in the headlines, for insulting a rather better-known university and the president of the United States. As part of a marketing campaign, Lakehead has set up a Website called YaleShmale.com. The tag line on the first page reads, "Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart."

Next to it: a headshot of George W. Bush. The university has also issued posters of the Yale Shmale image.

Now, I'm no Bush fan, but I am a Yale alum, and I think maybe Lakehead is a terrier snapping at the heels of the wrong bulldog, as it were.

"It was literally a tongue-in-cheek way of getting attention," university president Frederick Gilbert -- who also led the anti-wireless campaign -- told Reuters. Student union president Isabelle Poniatowski disagreed, calling the site "repugnant."

Hmm, maybe there's a hidden link here. Was Yale by any chance conducting radio-frequency tests in 1964-68 -- the period of George W.'s undergrad years? That could explain a lot…

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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