Snarky headline here

Seriously, this story gave me writer’s block. I thought about a play on ‘swingers’ but I avoid puns and puns about golf should be included in stand your ground laws.

It is Friday and everyone else is mountaineering or learning parkour, so I will just outsource today’s blogging to the deserving folks at RawStory.

A former teacher at the California University of Management & Science (CalUMS) filed a lawsuit against the school’s president for, among other things, firing him after he complained about having to change the failing grades of the president’s numerous lovers, Courthouse News Service reports.

According to the lawsuit filed by Keunjun Choi, CalUMS founder and president David Park fired the golf professional — who taught a class in the “The Golf College of California University of Management and Science” — after Choi refused to change the grade of a 45-year-old woman who failed to attend the classes required to pass his course.

Park allegedly ordered Choi to give the woman an “A” or be terminated. He relented, the student was given an “A,” and then she was hired by Park to serve as the Dean of Student Affairs. When Park learned that she was having an affair with another man, he struck up a sexual relationship with another student, on whose behalf he also asked Choi to change an “F” into an “A.” Again, Choi did as he was told.

The situation, however, became more complicated when Park began seeing the Dean of Student Affairs again, leading to a romantic love-triangle with Choi serving as an unwilling go-between.

So profound. So rich in pathos.

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64 replies
  1. 1
    Robert Waldmann says:

    All I can say is that all fore of them should smack their fourheads.

    (note I am in Rome and there is no stand your ground law here so just delete the comment).

  2. 2
    Robert Waldmann says:

    All I can say is that all fore of them should smack their fourheads.

    (note I am in Rome and there is no stand your ground law here so just delete the comment).

  3. 3
    raven says:

    A Serious Man – Clive

    I understand the dead cat.

  4. 4
    MCA1 says:

    It’s not clear how Choi performed on an actual golf course, but in terms of grading, he scored at least 2 under Park.

    //Applying bulletproof vest//

  5. 5
    Emma says:

    Headdesk. Thinks about it. Headdesks again

    Golf grades? Really? Golf?

  6. 6
    Roger Moore says:

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but Choi’s dilemma is an example of why you need to refuse to go along the moment somebody tries to get you involved in their unethical behavior. He tried to go along to get along, and now he’s been fired anyway and ruined his reputation in the bargain.

  7. 7
    blueskies says:

    Park for the course when it comes to these diploma mills set up to rip-off students and the Pell Grant system.

  8. 8
    boatboy_srq says:

    Any chance one of the “students” is named Mulligan?

  9. 9
    Ecks says:

    The legal perils of letting your boss mix golf with swinging.

    (UK, no firearms – sorry Americans, you’re getting it from the foreigners in this thread)

  10. 10
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Do the sweatshirts from that place say “CUMS” ?

  11. 11
    boatboy_srq says:

    @Emma: Golf classes I get, so golf grades make sense. A golf COLLEGE? REALLY?

  12. 12
    Bobby B. says:

    Lifetime Channel, get on it STAT

  13. 13
    boatboy_srq says:

    Oh and

    began seeing the Dean of Student Affairs

    is just one priceless phrase.

  14. 14
    boatboy_srq says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Only if they’re made by FCUK.

  15. 15
    Schlemizel says:

    Park should have gotten the requests in writing & then demanded to be named department chair with a big raise. Why should he be the only one in the arrangement not screwing someone?

  16. 16
    MattF says:

    @Schlemizel: That would have worked. Always get everything in writing.

  17. 17
    WaterGirl says:

    @Emma: These are real schools, often at real universities, that teach people how to run and manage a golf course, etc. These kids have to work their asses off, which I know because my nephew attends one of these schools.

  18. 18
    WaterGirl says:

    @boatboy_srq: Wanna step outside?

  19. 19
    NonyNony says:

    @Schlemizel:

    He should have gotten the requests in writing and then failed her anyway.

    If they move to fire him for it, break out the request and show that whatever reason they were firing him for was bullshit.

    In my 20+ years of working for a living, if there’s one lesson that has sunk so deeply into my brain that I will never forget it it is “get it in writing”. Asking for a written order to do something unethical is like exposing a vampire to garlic – everyone backs away and forgets they ever asked you to do it.

  20. 20
    Tone In DC says:

    @Emma:

    Headdesk. Thinks about it. Headdesks again

    Golf grades? Really? Golf?

    You’re gonna do some serious damage to your head (or the desk!) trying to make actual sense of this situation.

    It’s even worse than those basket weaving classes that are part of the curriculum. Seniors and/or graduate students at that school want a low stress elective while they’re taking Advanced Union Busting and Tax Inversion for Dummies.

  21. 21
    boatboy_srq says:

    @WaterGirl: Only if you’re bringing the Slazenger 7s…

  22. 22
    WaterGirl says:

    @Tone In DC: Uh oh, it looks like I’m gonna have to take on the whole lot of you. But I’m standing my ground.

  23. 23
    big ole hound says:

    I live near Berkeley and hear all the stories. The Cal board of chancellors and all the top brass Univ of Cal system are corrupt overpaid moochers who have taken the school down the tubes and the public for a ride. This is a very top heavy organization that should loose most of the deans and save the state multi-millions. No one is ever terminated or denied tenure so the corruption flower keeps on blooming.

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    He relented, the student was given an “A,” and then she was hired by Park to serve as the Dean of Student Affairs.

    You have to admit, she did have experience in the topic from the student’s point of view.

  25. 25
    WaterGirl says:

    @boatboy_srq: I have a feeling you have already taken your revenge. I had to google that, so now i am sure to be bombarded with spam related to golf and golf clubs.

  26. 26
    Amir Khalid says:

    I don’t think I’ve come across a less credible “university” than CalUMS. It appears to be just a small step up from a diploma mill.

    However, I only wish I really were off mountaineering or learning parkour. I am struggling with something much more mundane: learning how to use a new Android phone, the first smartphone I have ever purchased. It’s a not-quite-latest model Lenovo. One of these days, I’m going to have to ask you guys how to copy photos and video and audio recordings to my laptop.

  27. 27
    Sideshow Bill says:

    @Emma: Golf is crucial in management, a bad grade in golf could keep you out of the VP office!!!

  28. 28
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @big ole hound: I sincerely doubt that the California University of Management & Science is a part of the University of California system (whatever flaws it may have).

  29. 29
    Trollhattan says:

    Holy crap, y’all, you haven’t been mining the curriculum nuggets.

    –Golfer Career Enhancement [involving Enzyte?]
    –Golf Car Fleet Management [the Volkswagens?]
    –Advanced Golf Teaching (Swing Analysis…) [aaand, there it is]
    –Psychology of Golf
    –Swing Fundamental [this must be the grad-level course]
    –Turf Grass Management [have been doing this since I was ten]
    –Art of Game Management [come again?]

    http://www.golfcollege.us/curriculum.php

  30. 30
    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    @Roger Moore: Yeah, that’s when I whip out that stubborn, mulish, mid-western dumb as a stump routine: Well, ya see, I can’t do that. Because blip. And bloop. I could do B, C, or D. But if I did A … hey, where are you going?

  31. 31
    Tone In DC says:

    Uh oh, it looks like I’m gonna have to take on the whole lot of you. But I’m standing my ground.

    Hey! This ain’t Florida!

    In the quoted text, Choi is called a golf professional. Makes me think he’s not a manager, he’s a player. Unlike that Don Juan wannabe, Park, who may or may not crush a lot.

    And, the best revenge for any of us would be a four iron to the head of Darrell Issa. Repeatedly, and with vigor. Admittedly, this act might damage a perfectly good club.

  32. 32
    Cervantes says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    The two have nothing to do with each other.

  33. 33
    Trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    My sympathies on the many days you are about to sacrifice to this time-sink now in your hand.

  34. 34
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Cervantes: I know.

  35. 35
    Cervantes says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    It’s only a matter of time before nude photos of you are all over the Internet.

    Days, maybe.

  36. 36
    YellowJournalism says:

    Title suggestion: “You’re not being the ball, Danny.”

  37. 37
    Trollhattan says:

    @Cervantes:
    But, how will he know?

    Only solution I can think of is to post some now, then we can alert him if any stolen ones appear. It’s the dilemma of the not-yet famous, everywhere.

  38. 38
    Steeplejack says:

    @boatboy_srq:

    I’ve been seeing TV ads out here in Vegas for the Crescent School of Gaming. I thought it would make me a better gambler, but it’s to train dealers, etc. Maybe I should investigate the International Gaming Institute at UNLV—“a world leader in gaming research and industry training.”

    Reminds me of back in the ’80s, when my officemate was using an elaborate COBOL program to fine-tune his NFL betting and always referred to it as his “predictive-outcome systems analysis” project.

  39. 39
    Paul in KY says:

    @Roger Moore: I agree. That request should have been met with laughter & if he persisted, then you loudly walk into a colleagues office & say what just happened, laughing about it & then asking the dude if he’s serious or was that just a bad joke.

  40. 40
    Paul in KY says:

    @Schlemizel: That also would have been better than what he did.

  41. 41
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Trollhattan:
    My siblings demanded I get a phone. There’s some family business afoot which requires I be easily contactable. I’m all for connectivity that can’t escape you, but connectivity you can’t escape is another thing. And I’d thought being retired meant I could escape the latter. Sigh.

  42. 42
    Mike G says:

    In Southern Cal there are a large number of these dodgy “colleges” that cater to Asian students who are either desperate or don’t know any better.

  43. 43
    Trentrunner says:

    @big ole hound: This is mostly bullshit. But thanks for playing.

    And this post’s story is unconnected with the UC system.

    Again, thanks for playing.

  44. 44
    Anoniminous says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    connectivity that can’t escape you, but connectivity you can’t escape is another thing.

    The former implies the latter. Although the mobile phone industry won’t tell you that in their marketing literature.

  45. 45
    Steeplejack says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    One of these days, I’m going to have to ask you guys how to copy photos and video and audio recordings to my laptop.

    It’s pretty easy. Just hook up the phone to the computer with the USB cable, then open Windows Explorer to see the phone as another drive. Depending on your phone and version of Android, you might get a message on the phone asking in what “mode” you want to connect. Can’t remember the options, but they’re fairly obvious. I always use the one called something like “drive only.”

    Anyway, when you get around to it there will be a plethora of conflicting advice available here.

  46. 46
    Paul in KY says:

    @Mike G: I thought the name of the college sounded like it was made up by someone who has English as a 3rd language.

  47. 47
    Steeplejack says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    You don’t have to do everything the phone can do just because the phone can do it. My mother has a semi-smart cell phone and doesn’t use it for anything beyond speed-dialing my brother who lives here, and that rarely.

  48. 48
    Emma says:

    @WaterGirl: I get that. I wasn’t casting aspersions on real students. But really, from a golf class to Dean of Student Affairs?

  49. 49
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Steeplejack:
    Believe me, I won’t be one of those people who are forever doing something or other on their phone. I don’t plan to use it as an audio or video player. I’m not keen on phone games. I’m not even a keen phone or text user. This laptop shall remain my primary Internet access device.

    ETA: Fingers crossed.

  50. 50
    Bruuuuce says:

    ::pops the corn slowly and bangs the grains lowly::

    Now THAT’s entertainment!

  51. 51
    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    @Emma: We all know these admin jobs are not about having a qualified person perform a necessary task to support the academic mission but about The Club.

    At that point, she was In.

  52. 52
    Downpuppy says:

    @Trentrunner: Is the UC Berkeley Faculty Association unconnected? Well. sort of, but they are watching the administrative bloat.

  53. 53
    Roger Moore says:

    @Cervantes:

    It’s only a matter of time before nude photos of you are all over the Internet.

    Who cares about the pictures of Amir. This is Balloon-Juice. We want pictures of his cat.

  54. 54
    Roger Moore says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    but connectivity you can’t escape is another thing.

    That’s what the power button is for.

  55. 55
    PaulW says:

    is this a vo-tech school or one of those for-profit-rack-up-the-student-debt colleges?

  56. 56
    PaulW says:

    is this a vo-tech school or one of those for-profit-rack-up-the-student-debt colleges?

  57. 57
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Roger Moore:
    Uh-oh. Bianca read your comment and ran off to hide.

  58. 58
    Roger Moore says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Bianca read your comment and ran off to hide.

    Are you sure she wasn’t just going to a favorite nap spot? If she’s smart enough to read, she should have read the part where you don’t know what to do with your photos.

  59. 59
    Trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Well, doesn’t that just shave the…sorry, wrong cat.

  60. 60
    WaterGirl says:

    @Emma: I have to agree – that is completely absurd! The president of that school is an embarrassment.

  61. 61
    RSA says:

    I avoid puns

    I would have described the accusations as CalUMny without a second thought.

  62. 62
    chopper says:

    @MCA1:

    You son of a bitch.

  63. 63
    tommydee says:

    Re. Lawrence pix: You know, the FBI likes to hang around celebrities too. Good PR, also fun.

  64. 64
    Julia Grey says:

    So profound. So rich in pathos.

    Don’t you mean BATHOS?

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