Now That’s Ironic
By: Dan Miller

Now That’s Ironic

It seems we’ve had a rash of resume cleansings this year. Back in May, I reported that more than 140 employees at the Washington area's three major airports were indicted on charges of lying about their identities or criminal pasts on applications to work near airplanes. The Enron saga is filled with enough misrepresentations, scheming, and outright lies to make Bonnie and Clyde blush. Pultizer Prize winner Joseph Ellis remains suspended from teaching at Mount Holyoke College because he fabricated tales about serving in Vietnam. Poor George O’Leary’s coaching career at Notre Dame lasted just five days because he lied about a few entries on his resume. Three other coaches have lost jobs this year because of resume discrepancies. Add number four to that where here in Nashville we had a new Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach for all of 18 hours, when it came to light that he did not have one of the Master’s degrees shown on his resume.

What’s going on here? Whatever happened to integrity and honesty? Is everyone a cheater? Is the pressure to “succeed” so strong that the end justifies the means? What begins a person on the path of lying and cheating his/her way through life? When is cheating acceptable?

Just after the September 11 attacks, Time magazine declared, “The Age of Irony Comes to an End.” Well, maybe not. Barely a year later, Kenneth Lonchar, the CFO of software-maker Veritas, which means “truth” in Latin, resigned his post. The reason? Lonchar lied on his resume. Veritas says Lonchar "misstated" his educational credentials, including receipt of an MBA from Stanford University.


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