As a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln I am disgusted and disappointed UNL allowed felon/porn star Tommy Lee to “audit” classes for a fake reality television show that debuted on NBC last night in order to build a promotional bandwagon for the prairie school.
Five other universities turned down the Tommy Lee show before Nebraska bought into the idea. The phrase “whore for attention” immediately comes to mind as an entire university bends over. I am uncertain why UNL was eager to get in bed with convicted wife batterer Tommy Lee and let him pretend to be a “real” student at the university.
Did UNL want to example what school life is like? Is there no better choice to be found to demonstrate on a national scale the UNL experience than a 42-year-old washed-up rock star who kicked his wife and was sent to jail?
What message is UNL sending to its current students and future students? We don’t discriminate against indiscretions? Convicted felons welcome? We’ll drop our standards, and our pants, if the price is right? UNL, like other “fly over” schools, are desperate for national attention and acceptance beyond the plains and that urge to be liked is sorry and unfortunate and completely unnecessary.
The Tommy Lee Does Lincoln reality show plays into all the painfully naive, bowl haircut and backward Midwestern stereotypes native Nebraskans like me fight so hard to vanquish.
UNL has, in fact, officially bonded so closely with Tommy Lee that the university created a website hailing him on the UNL server — and even made a special website address by wedding his initials with their previously good name: http://tl.unl.edu UNL recently raised admissions standards in order to get the best students on campus.
By acquiescing their moral responsibility to the good people of Nebraska by participating in the Tommy Lee debacle, UNL shows the world just how far the mighty have fallen by whoring out their hard-won reputation in exchange for a few breathy moments of exposure.