Collateral Damage of the Samueli Plea Deal

As soon as news of Henry Samueli's guilty plea in his stock-option manipulation case broke yesterday, you might have noticed a brief, faint clickety-clacking sound rising over Orange County. The more engineers you work with, the more intense the flurry was.

It was the sound of two words being deleted from the line that read “The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine” on math-whiz resumes countywide.

Weekly food critic Edwin Goei has been getting easy laughs with this one since the philanthropist/billionaire/now-suspended Ducks owner's disgrace was announced.

“I'm two for two,” Edwin says. “My bachelor's degree in engineering is from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering—now named after a felon. My MBA is from UCI's Paul Merage School of Business—named after the guy who invented the Hot Pocket.”

Still waiting for our over-educated friend to tell us which of those two sad facts is the source of greater shame for him.

(Photo: Karen Tapia-Andersen, Los Angeles Times)

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