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Meet Professor Smarty Pants

This website has long believed South Carolina’s duplicative and unnecessary government-run institutions of “higher learning” should be set free to pursue their destinies as private colleges and universities. Of course what this nifty turn of a phrase really means is we believe these cash guzzling fiefdoms of mediocrity ought to be…

This website has long believed South Carolina’s duplicative and unnecessary government-run institutions of “higher learning” should be set free to pursue their destinies as private colleges and universities. Of course what this nifty turn of a phrase really means is we believe these cash guzzling fiefdoms of mediocrity ought to be immediately taken off of the taxpayer dole – seeing as higher education is no more a core function of government than K-12 education.

Anyway, one professor at the University of South Carolina-Upstate has taken us at our word, except he’s forgotten the part about getting off the taxpayer teat first.

He’s also forgotten the old adage about “biting the hand that feeds …”

Richard Routh, who teaches “business informatics” at USC-Upstate, gets paid $66,861 a year (not counting benefits) from South Carolina taxpayers. Of course Routh’s primary focus doesn’t appear to be the students we pay him to teach – it’s “Invictus University.”

What is “Invictus University?”

Well, if you’ve got forty-five minutes to spare, Routh will tell you all about it in this video posted to his YouTube page last month.

Oh, he’ll also tell you how dumb his students are …

“Some of the things I observed about the readiness of these students to graph (?) simple business concepts was appalling,” Routh says. “For example, more than one-third of them are incapable of figuring out what 10 percent of a billion dollars is. Most of them have no clue that you need to collect 1,000 different piles of a billion dollars in each pile in order to have a trillion dollars, let alone simple practical business math such as how much the value of a company’s stock will be if they have earnings per share of $1 and a (price to earnings) ratio of twenty, or what the impact on the federal government will be if the bond interest rate increases by 2 percent given than we have a national debt of $16 trillion.”

Um … first of all Mr. Pop Quiz didn’t you mean to say “grasp” not “graph?” And last time we checked the national debt was $16.7 trillion, not $16 trillion.

But we get it … you’ve been hanging around products of South Carolina’s “worst in the nation” K-12 education system too long.

Anyway, Routh makes clear his students aren’t just lacking in business acumen … they are across-the-boards stupid.

“These same students have no idea that we even have a separation of powers in our federal government, or why that is historically important,” he says. “Almost all of them do not understand the fundamental historical themes of art, music and theater and how those themes affect societal trends. They have little understanding of the different world views held by different people groups around the world, so they are incapable of understanding – for example – why the Iranians pursue the policies they do.”

Um … we thought Iran pursued crazy policies because it’s leader is crazy. Color us surprised.

“I could go on and on about the pervasiveness of the educational failures of even some of the best colleges in our country, but the point is we must do something to better prepare our next generation if we are to have any hope of effectively addressing the existential challenges that face us,” he says.

So … what is the “something” Routh wants us to do?

Easy: He wants us to give him $320 million so that he can launch “Invictus University” – which he claims will lure 1 million students by the third quarter of 2018, at which point an initial public offering will raise the $1.5 billion needed to “begin saturation marketing in both national and international markets.”

Don’t believe us? To view an investor spreadsheet outlining this pipe dream in more exhaustive detail, click here.

Look … we agree with a lot of what Routh has to say. The glaring failure of South Carolina’s K-12 system to prepare students for college – even at a po-dunk satellite campus like USC-Upstate – is “appalling.” And maybe this 1970s-era Bond villain wanna be is capable of pulling this thing off.

But with all due respect to Routh, he needs to recognize crafting money-making schemes predicated upon the stupidity of the very people taxpayers are paying him to teach (while still drawing a government salary) is NOT smart.

Incidentally, we’re filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with USC-Upstate and you better believe if the word “Invictus” shows up so much as ONCE in Routh’s taxpayer-funded correspondence, we’re going to demand the school give him a head start on pursuing his own private sector destiny.

UPDATE: Sources are telling FITS Routh and others “used university resources” in furtherance of this (and other) private ventures. Ruh-roh …

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85 comments

Soft Sigh from Hell March 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

“graph (?)”

“Grasp,” probably.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I should have read farther before commenting.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

“graph (?)”

“Grasp,” probably.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I should have read farther before commenting.

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BigT March 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Liberals have all but COMPLETELY run education in this state, and the country, for decades…

Just like EVERYTHING they touch….they screwed it up….This clown is just a prime example…

But Republicans have stood around, scared of being attacked, and let them…

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Fleet March 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Liberals run it? Wrong again. The REPUBLICAN state legislature in this state sets and approves the curriculum and standards. Educators have little to no input. So once again, you are talking out your ass.
By the way were you conceived in the old Taylor Street Pharmacy in Columbia? It was called the “Big T”. Is that where you got your name?

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Buz Martin March 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Yeah! I’ll bet that’s it. He was probably concieved in the parking lot, where a lot of “drug-store highs” were enjoyed back in the day, precipitating many a wild act of coitus in the back seat of many a car, or so I’ve heard.

Oh shit! Oh NO! Oh DEAR GOD, Maury Povich! … don’t let it be true that I’m BigT’s real daddy!

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You know me March 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Is he Curtis’s boyfriend?

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BigT March 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Liberals have all but COMPLETELY run education in this state, and the country, for decades…

Just like EVERYTHING they touch….they screwed it up….This clown is just a prime example…

But Republicans have stood around, scared of being attacked, and let them…

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Fleet March 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Liberals run it? Wrong again. The REPUBLICAN state legislature in this state sets and approves the curriculum and standards. Educators have little to no input. So once again, you are talking out your ass.
By the way were you conceived in the old Taylor Street Pharmacy in Columbia? It was called the “Big T”. Is that where you got your name?

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Boz Martin March 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Yeah! I’ll bet that’s it. He was probably concieved in the parking lot, where a lot of “drug-store highs” were enjoyed back in the day, precipitating many a wild act of coitus in the back seat of many a car, or so I’ve heard.

Oh shit! Oh NO! Oh DEAR GOD, Maury Povich! … don’t let it be true that I’m BigT’s real daddy!

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You know me March 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Is he Curtis’s boyfriend?

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? March 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

“we thought Iran pursued crazy policies because it’s leader is crazy.”

Hmmm…I guess the question is: what policies is Iran pursuing that are crazy?

I suppose if one wants to focus on all their internal stuff, especially in the area of forcing veils on women and what not, you might have a point….but in the context that most of the Arab & Middle Eastern world is that way I’m not sure it’s enough to justify war.

Even further, what ability does Iran have to enforce any crazy policies outside of its borders? Hardly any….unlike some of the crazy policies the US forces on people around the world at times.

IDK, “crazy” is a pretty subjective term….sure Ahmadinejad has crazy VIEWPOINTS….but I don’t see them translating into crazy foreign policy.

“cash guzzling fiefdoms of mediocrity” though is pretty damn funny and probably mostly true.

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? March 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

“we thought Iran pursued crazy policies because it’s leader is crazy.”

Hmmm…I guess the question is: what policies is Iran pursuing that are crazy?

I suppose if one wants to focus on all their internal stuff, especially in the area of forcing veils on women and what not, you might have a point….but in the context that most of the Arab & Middle Eastern world is that way I’m not sure it’s enough to justify war.

Even further, what ability does Iran have to enforce any crazy policies outside of its borders? Hardly any….unlike some of the crazy policies the US forces on people around the world at times.

IDK, “crazy” is a pretty subjective term….sure Ahmadinejad has crazy VIEWPOINTS….but I don’t see them translating into crazy foreign policy.

“cash guzzling fiefdoms of mediocrity” though is pretty damn funny and probably mostly true.

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rwwllms March 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Well they are USC students. Sounds like he’s expecting too much of them.

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rwwllms March 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Well they are USC students. Sounds like he’s expecting too much of them.

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shifty henry March 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Everybody…… get ready for tomorrow, Monday 3/18/13, because it is —–
—— SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hey…..Shifty……..well, we are ready. The sun is up and birds are chirping. SO……we are greatly anticipating our sacrifice….!! What do we need to do to honor SSD..??

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shifty henry March 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

Well, I have a little fun with these holidays, especially when it can pertain to a specific commentator’s comments (and some of you pick up on them). But it really means giving up something that’s important to you today, but is relevant to each individual, such as ——

1) a parent giving his kid the last piece of his favorite pie
2) a state employee signing in but not signing out when leaving
3) a politician voiding where prohibited

—— and my current favorite thought

4) Sic Willie providing us with an excerpt (only the good stuff) from his seemingly endless War and Peace epic, which could be inserted in Free Times as a flyer, and titled “50 Flavors of Curry”

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shifty henry March 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Everybody…… get ready for tomorrow, Monday 3/18/13, because it is —–
—— SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hey…..Shifty……..well, we are ready. The sun is up and birds are chirping. SO……we are greatly anticipating our sacrifice….!! What do we need to do to honor SSD..??

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shifty henry March 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

Well, I have a little fun with these holidays, especially when it can pertain to a specific commentator’s comments (and some of you pick up on them). But it really means giving up something that’s important to you today, but is relevant to each individual, such as ——

1) a parent giving his kid the last piece of his favorite pie
2) a state employee signing in but not signing out when leaving
3) a politician voiding where prohibited

—— and my current favorite thought

4) Sic Willie providing us with an excerpt (only the good stuff) from his seemingly endless War and Peace epic, which could be inserted in Free Times as a flyer, and titled “50 Flavors of Curry”

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SparkleCity March 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

It wouldn’t have been this fucked up if they had left it USC-Spartanburg & Spartanburg TECHNICAL COLLEGE instead of “Spartanburg Community College” = basket weaving 101

Rebranding sucks when it comes to this stuff; let alone a trite thing like a charter for the betterment of the community…..

But the Spartanburg “Metro” movers & shakers(such that it is) fell for it hook,line & sinker – especially under the bearded shister who was chancellor of USC-“Upstate” (what a fucked up marketing strategy)!!!

I was opposed to to the whole concept from the start for both institutions…..

Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost!!!

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Right March 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

What does the re-branding of USCS and Spartanburg Tech have to do with this?

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SparkleCity March 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

Both schools would have not gotten “too big for their britches” and diluted what little credibility they had before they “rebranded” themselves. Case in point: hiring schlubs like Dr. Routh.

Especially in the case of Spartanburg TECHNICAL College. It was a pretty good technical college. Since it has “rebranded” itself into a “community college” all it it is good for is weekend classes on small motor repair and stuff like that. Greenville Technical College has 10 times the credibility that Spartanburg “Community” College now has. That was not the case prior to “rebranding”

As a Spartanburg County & SC taxpayer, I was against “rebranding” of both schools. A degree from USC-“Upstate (what a joke!!) is now hardly worth the paper it is printed on. Spartanburg “Community” College only slightly better. And that is “if” your degree/diploma is truly technical in nature such as HVAC.

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Bubbas Brother March 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

Sparkie,
I’ve explained this to you before – no one wants to go to a school with the word “Spartanburg” anywhere in the title, hence the name change.

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Right March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I am very familiar with both the technical college system statewide and Chancellor Stockwell – the bearded man you speak of above. How does renaming a school (or, “re-branding,” as you call it) make the school less credible or the degree less valuable? Do you really think a name change is responsible for all that? “Too big for their britches?” Seriously? Sounds like you’re just a person who is resistant to change. I believe you need to dig a little deeper to see exactly what a degree from one of those institutions is worth, which has absolutely nothing to do with what they’re named.

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SparkleCity March 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

It wouldn’t have been this fucked up if they had left it USC-Spartanburg & Spartanburg TECHNICAL COLLEGE instead of “Spartanburg Community College” = basket weaving 101

Rebranding sucks when it comes to this stuff; let alone a trite thing like a charter for the betterment of the community…..

But the Spartanburg “Metro” movers & shakers(such that it is) fell for it hook,line & sinker – especially under the bearded shister who was chancellor of USC-“Upstate” (what a fucked up marketing strategy)!!!

I was opposed to to the whole concept from the start for both institutions…..

Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost!!!

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Right March 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

What does the re-branding of USCS and Spartanburg Tech have to do with this?

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SparkleCity March 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

Both schools would have not gotten “too big for their britches” and diluted what little credibility they had before they “rebranded” themselves. Case in point: hiring schlubs like Dr. Routh.

Especially in the case of Spartanburg TECHNICAL College. It was a pretty good technical college. Since it has “rebranded” itself into a “community college” all it it is good for is weekend classes on small motor repair and stuff like that. Greenville Technical College has 10 times the credibility that Spartanburg “Community” College now has. That was not the case prior to “rebranding”

As a Spartanburg County & SC taxpayer, I was against “rebranding” of both schools. A degree from USC-“Upstate (what a joke!!) is now hardly worth the paper it is printed on. Spartanburg “Community” College only slightly better. And that is “if” your degree/diploma is truly technical in nature such as HVAC.

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The Colonel (R) March 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

Sparkie,
I’ve explained this to you before – no one wants to go to a school with the word “Spartanburg” anywhere in the title, hence the name change.

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Right March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I am very familiar with both the technical college system statewide and Chancellor Stockwell – the bearded man you speak of above. How does renaming a school (or, “re-branding,” as you call it) make the school less credible or the degree less valuable? Do you really think a name change is responsible for all that? “Too big for their britches?” Seriously? Sounds like you’re just a person who is resistant to change. I believe you need to dig a little deeper to see exactly what a degree from one of those institutions is worth, which has absolutely nothing to do with what they’re named.

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Philip Branton March 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Well….well……well…..by the tone of this article it seems that there is a little jealousy that “Fits University” has not produced their OWN spreadsheet …FIRST..!!

Isn’t it rather disgusting that a “web master” site such as this that opines that the government get the heck out of the way…… has the gall to demonize a state government worker who actually has the GUTS ……to try to explain how to do it. Hopefully this guy has the smarts to actually start getting his STUDENTS to think the same way and put a video of his classes on youtube and then link them to this website in the comment section …!!! Maybe his first episode could be titled “Fitsnews INFO-matics”….!!! Maybe have the students offer their business “info-matics” that would make this great website even BETTER….!!!

Who wrote this article…?? Lin Bennett…????

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Shitfor Brains March 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

did u gradiate from usc upstate??

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Right March 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

FITS University – Where they teach you how to propagandize for the people who are paying you and file BS FOIA requests to make it appear as if you’re doing something related to actual journalism. Oh, and watch porn.

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Philip Branton March 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Well….well……well…..by the tone of this article it seems that there is a little jealousy that “Fits University” has not produced their OWN spreadsheet …FIRST..!!

Isn’t it rather disgusting that a “web master” site such as this that opines that the government get the heck out of the way…… has the gall to demonize a state government worker who actually has the GUTS ……to try to explain how to do it. Hopefully this guy has the smarts to actually start getting his STUDENTS to think the same way and put a video of his classes on youtube and then link them to this website in the comment section …!!! Maybe his first episode could be titled “Fitsnews INFO-matics”….!!! Maybe have the students offer their business “info-matics” that would make this great website even BETTER….!!!

Who wrote this article…?? Lin Bennett…????

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Shitfor Brains March 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

did u gradiate from usc upstate??

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Right March 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

FITS University – Where they teach you how to propagandize for the people who are paying you and file BS FOIA requests to make it appear as if you’re doing something related to actual journalism. Oh, and watch porn.

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Squishy123 March 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

How smart can he be, he got a PhD and ended up at USC-Upstate. That’s like getting an MBA and running a cash register at Walmart.

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Squishy123 March 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

How smart can he be, he got a PhD and ended up at USC-Upstate. That’s like getting an MBA and running a cash register at Walmart.

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jimlewisowb March 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

The above photo is not the original

In the original photo the Professor is holding in his hands a representation of the typical South Carolina taxpayer he thinks will invest in his Ponzi scheme

He feels his proposal will be a success since the type of investor he is after is the same type of voter who put Haley in office

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jimlewisowb March 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

The above photo is not the original

In the original photo the Professor is holding in his hands a representation of the typical South Carolina taxpayer he thinks will invest in his Ponzi scheme

He feels his proposal will be a success since the type of investor he is after is the same type of voter who put Haley in office

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GTO March 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

He’s about two years behind http://www.coursera.com and other well-established FREE MOOC (massively open online courses) educational institutions.

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GTO March 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

He’s about two years behind http://www.coursera.com and other well-established FREE MOOC (massively open online courses) educational institutions.

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 1:27 am

Dear Wil Folks………..sir……did you really write this article..?? Did you..?? Do you really take this website’s capability seriously..??

Wil, why on earth would you write an article of such ill-repute..?? Let’s hope that the “Invictus University” School of Journalism and Informational web distribution does not use this article to teach future students.

Did you actually READ the credentials of Mr Smarty Pants..??

Did you actually WATCH the entire video on the investor proposal..??

Mr. Folks…your a business MAN, right? Then obviously if you actually watched this fine man’s proposal; you would understand ….”WHAT” …about the weakness in his business model..?? You would also understand the inherent political strength too..!!

Wil…..when you watched the simple video……what would ANY wise media consultant tell you about the “wit” of the brief..?? You were a “spokesman” for a Governor ….”were’nt cha”? Wil, stop making yourself out to be a wussie by “rightin'” a news flash like this one.

Wil, you mean to tell all of your loyal “students” here in the comment section that Mr. Smarty Pants lives in Rutherfordton N.C. and drives back and forth using how much foreign fuel a week..?? Hmm…..using mapquest….that’s 35 miles each way. Considering that Dr. Routh graduated from WEST POINT in 1978, it would be a safe bet to believe he understands just how much our military is en-slaved to foreign OIL..!!!!! (Fist Poundzzz..!!)

Ya know what Wil….its a free country and he can drive all he wants too. Considering your gotcha writing spirit, it would seem YOU would have thought about the North Carolina TAXES this man is spending in comparison to South Carolina taxes..?? That is …if YOU really want to get his voting students to think..??? But…NO…..you have to pounce on his efforts to illustrate a different type of educational choice that “partners” with existing institutions..!!!? Wil, he handed you a Sherman TANK to counter his whole “Invictus” premise with and you IED’d yourself…!!! You take the easy way out and call it a scam..!!?

Bravo…Wil…..BRAVO…!!! (Clap, clap, clap…with an eye roll…)

“…But with all due respect to Routh, he needs to recognize crafting money-making schemes predicated upon the stupidity of the very people taxpayers are paying him to teach (while still drawing a government salary) is NOT smart…..”

Wil, would you mind doing a quick search and find the latest GENERAL to sit on GM’s board..?? We feel certain that Dr. Routh would know the ramifications of going into any country and saying “We Came, We Saw, and He DIED”!! Wil, do you not think that the admin and executive personnel of ANY public institution are looking at every possible way to better our education system? Heck, I don’t care if Dr. Routh even uses his students to actually help write the freakin’ scripts during class as a part of their grades..!! Its what Rodney Dangerfield would have done in “Back to School”…!!! (Hmm….the more I think of it….this professor should be commended and awarded a badge for actually having the gumption to actually DO MORE than just call roll and patty-cake chalk board erasers.)

Well, Wil, one thing is for sure. You have sorely demonstrated how this professor has NOT used any of his “business informatics” in offering his solutions in such a fine website such as yours. We are sure that you would present ample web page space for him to use to benefit all fellow student taxpayers and Bobby Harrell and the boys in Columbia…!! Heck, we wonder just how many of his STUDENTS actually care enough about this website to tremble the halls of our statehouse…??? Coming in here and talking to Harvey Peeler’s fellow choir chum does more than giving latte change to someone’s campaign bucket. Its amazin’ just how many people in the choir at the First Baptist Church of Columbia know how to eat a “Beacon Special”….!!

Wil………..have you ever had a “Ham and Cheeze-a-plenty” at the Beacon? Maybe you need to call Mr. Smarty pants and schedule a nooner and share some tea..??

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 1:27 am

Dear Wil Folks………..sir……did you really write this article..?? Did you..?? Do you really take this website’s capability seriously..??

Wil, why on earth would you write an article of such ill-repute..?? Let’s hope that the “Invictus University” School of Journalism and Informational web distribution does not use this article to teach future students.

Did you actually READ the credentials of Mr Smarty Pants..??

Did you actually WATCH the entire video on the investor proposal..??

Mr. Folks…your a business MAN, right? Then obviously if you actually watched this fine man’s proposal; you would understand ….”WHAT” …about the weakness in his business model..?? You would also understand the inherent political strength too..!!

Wil…..when you watched the simple video……what would ANY wise media consultant tell you about the “wit” of the brief..?? You were a “spokesman” for a Governor ….”were’nt cha”? Wil, stop making yourself out to be a wussie by “rightin'” a news flash like this one.

Wil, you mean to tell all of your loyal “students” here in the comment section that Mr. Smarty Pants lives in Rutherfordton N.C. and drives back and forth using how much foreign fuel a week..?? Hmm…..using mapquest….that’s 35 miles each way. Considering that Dr. Routh graduated from WEST POINT in 1978, it would be a safe bet to believe he understands just how much our military is en-slaved to foreign OIL..!!!!! (Fist Poundzzz..!!)

Ya know what Wil….its a free country and he can drive all he wants too. Considering your gotcha writing spirit, it would seem YOU would have thought about the North Carolina TAXES this man is spending in comparison to South Carolina taxes..?? That is …if YOU really want to get his voting students to think..??? But…NO…..you have to pounce on his efforts to illustrate a different type of educational choice that “partners” with existing institutions..!!!? Wil, he handed you a Sherman TANK to counter his whole “Invictus” premise with and you IED’d yourself…!!! You take the easy way out and call it a scam..!!?

Bravo…Wil…..BRAVO…!!! (Clap, clap, clap…with an eye roll…)

“…But with all due respect to Routh, he needs to recognize crafting money-making schemes predicated upon the stupidity of the very people taxpayers are paying him to teach (while still drawing a government salary) is NOT smart…..”

Wil, would you mind doing a quick search and find the latest GENERAL to sit on GM’s board..?? We feel certain that Dr. Routh would know the ramifications of going into any country and saying “We Came, We Saw, and He DIED”!! Wil, do you not think that the admin and executive personnel of ANY public institution are looking at every possible way to better our education system? Heck, I don’t care if Dr. Routh even uses his students to actually help write the freakin’ scripts during class as a part of their grades..!! Its what Rodney Dangerfield would have done in “Back to School”…!!! (Hmm….the more I think of it….this professor should be commended and awarded a badge for actually having the gumption to actually DO MORE than just call roll and patty-cake chalk board erasers.)

Well, Wil, one thing is for sure. You have sorely demonstrated how this professor has NOT used any of his “business informatics” in offering his solutions in such a fine website such as yours. We are sure that you would present ample web page space for him to use to benefit all fellow student taxpayers and Bobby Harrell and the boys in Columbia…!! Heck, we wonder just how many of his STUDENTS actually care enough about this website to tremble the halls of our statehouse…??? Coming in here and talking to Harvey Peeler’s fellow choir chum does more than giving latte change to someone’s campaign bucket. Its amazin’ just how many people in the choir at the First Baptist Church of Columbia know how to eat a “Beacon Special”….!!

Wil………..have you ever had a “Ham and Cheeze-a-plenty” at the Beacon? Maybe you need to call Mr. Smarty pants and schedule a nooner and share some tea..??

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

Wake up …Bobby Harrell…..!!

Yes, we know its rather late and you are sweating with indigestion from those Wild Wing Chicken Wings. Too much beer with anything leads to what..?? We thought you were rather sporty in your “Masters Green” today.

Listen, can you believe this article that some chick wrote about this fine Professor ..?? We wonder Bobby, what are the differences in the way the “Innovista” funds have been ponzied and the way the “Invictus” funds will be ponzied..??

Bobby, how many tiered positions are there in “Innovista” ..?? How many family members will be “planted” in….. “Invictus”?

Bobby, is 2+2=4 intellectual property….??? If so, then who does WIl Folks pay since I just told everybody that reads this section of his article…?? IS there any SC Taxes to be paid for this IP spillage..??

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

Wake up …Bobby Harrell…..!!

Yes, we know its rather late and you are sweating with indigestion from those Wild Wing Chicken Wings. Too much beer with anything leads to what..?? We thought you were rather sporty in your “Masters Green” today.

Listen, can you believe this article that some chick wrote about this fine Professor ..?? We wonder Bobby, what are the differences in the way the “Innovista” funds have been ponzied and the way the “Invictus” funds will be ponzied..??

Bobby, how many tiered positions are there in “Innovista” ..?? How many family members will be “planted” in….. “Invictus”?

Bobby, is 2+2=4 intellectual property….??? If so, then who does WIl Folks pay since I just told everybody that reads this section of his article…?? IS there any SC Taxes to be paid for this IP spillage..??

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Comrade1917 March 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

Go USC Trojans!

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Comrade1917 March 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

Go USC Trojans!

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

** MEANWHILE…over at the “Big Chill” house…… **

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/big-chill-house-for-sale_n_2877355.html

Wil Folks:…I just can’t believe that we are having to sell the house.

The MACE Girl:…..Yeah, I know…its tough having to let go of the Santini Ghost..!

Wil Folks….I just wish there was more I could do….

The Mace Girl….well considering that I was the first Citadel lady of “fortitude” …I always wondered why your website never courted women readers better?! Did you learn anything from the Movie ..”Big Chili”…?? There is a reason they cut out Kevin Costner from the movie.

Wil Folks….What,? you mean that I don’t cater to the needs of the political estrogen of South Carolina enough..? Don’t tell me that I now have to start having an Oil of Olay section of FITSNEWS..!!

The Mace Girl……..Well, its your web site Wil, but have you seen the elbows on Nikki Haley lately..?? You know what they say about dry elbows..!! Maybe if you offered your women readers some political skin tips….then maybe you could suck off some of those SKIRT Magazine advertising dollars to help you keep this fine house. Just look at the press for Gilda Cobb-Hunter you given..!! Why would any readers in Orangeburg care .??

Wil……..Listen Nancy, I’m a real man and I want a political website for real MEN voters..!! What business in Orangeburg is going to send me ad dollars via PAYPAL…??

The MACE Girl……well, “Mr. Smart PANTS” maybe if you starting advertising your website on the BULLDOG stadium jumbo-tron then some students would have a better clue than BIG(T) when it comes to the benefits of using “Oil of Oprah” …!! How do you think Wil that I was smart enough to go to the Citadel..!? How do you think that I am able to realize the marketing potential of this website..?? Do you have a clue of just how many smart women at South Carolina State will be needed in our armed forces to serve in AFRICOM in the coming decade alone…?? Do you not think that we need some smart women from SCSU to show some African dictators some real American love and ETHICS…!!!??

Wil Folks….(look of V8) wow, I have never looked at that angle before..!!

The MAce Girl……..and that’s why you have me sitting on this porch with you right now, bucko…!! I’m gonna miss the parties we had here. The bon-fires…!! The Avenue of OAKS with firepots lit up for romance. Oyster shucking…..

Wil Folks….(tearing up) yeah…I know what you mean….all those articles I wrote telling everyone I was in Myrtle Beach. I’ll never forget the time Candace Bessinger rode up in her Bar-B-Q truck in a halter top…!! That’s the day I new I had to propose to my wife…!!

The Mace Girl……….Wil, who do you think gave me the “Oil of Oprah” tip for this website..??

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Philip Branton March 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

** MEANWHILE…over at the “Big Chill” house…… **

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/big-chill-house-for-sale_n_2877355.html

Wil Folks:…I just can’t believe that we are having to sell the house.

The MACE Girl:…..Yeah, I know…its tough having to let go of the Santini Ghost..!

Wil Folks….I just wish there was more I could do….

The Mace Girl….well considering that I was the first Citadel lady of “fortitude” …I always wondered why your website never courted women readers better?! Did you learn anything from the Movie ..”Big Chili”…?? There is a reason they cut out Kevin Costner from the movie.

Wil Folks….What,? you mean that I don’t cater to the needs of the political estrogen of South Carolina enough..? Don’t tell me that I now have to start having an Oil of Olay section of FITSNEWS..!!

The Mace Girl……..Well, its your web site Wil, but have you seen the elbows on Nikki Haley lately..?? You know what they say about dry elbows..!! Maybe if you offered your women readers some political skin tips….then maybe you could suck off some of those SKIRT Magazine advertising dollars to help you keep this fine house. Just look at the press for Gilda Cobb-Hunter you given..!! Why would any readers in Orangeburg care .??

Wil……..Listen Nancy, I’m a real man and I want a political website for real MEN voters..!! What business in Orangeburg is going to send me ad dollars via PAYPAL…??

The MACE Girl……well, “Mr. Smart PANTS” maybe if you starting advertising your website on the BULLDOG stadium jumbo-tron then some students would have a better clue than BIG(T) when it comes to the benefits of using “Oil of Oprah” …!! How do you think Wil that I was smart enough to go to the Citadel..!? How do you think that I am able to realize the marketing potential of this website..?? Do you have a clue of just how many smart women at South Carolina State will be needed in our armed forces to serve in AFRICOM in the coming decade alone…?? Do you not think that we need some smart women from SCSU to show some African dictators some real American love and ETHICS…!!!??

Wil Folks….(look of V8) wow, I have never looked at that angle before..!!

The MAce Girl……..and that’s why you have me sitting on this porch with you right now, bucko…!! I’m gonna miss the parties we had here. The bon-fires…!! The Avenue of OAKS with firepots lit up for romance. Oyster shucking…..

Wil Folks….(tearing up) yeah…I know what you mean….all those articles I wrote telling everyone I was in Myrtle Beach. I’ll never forget the time Candace Bessinger rode up in her Bar-B-Q truck in a halter top…!! That’s the day I new I had to propose to my wife…!!

The Mace Girl……….Wil, who do you think gave me the “Oil of Oprah” tip for this website..??

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Bubbas Brother March 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’d suggest a better name for this boondoggle is “Vapulus” or maybe “Simplex Sonitus”

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The Colonel (R) March 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’d suggest a better name for this boondoggle is “Vapulus” or maybe “Simplex Sonitus”

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Jan March 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

At least this is a lot fewer taxpayer dollars than Sic and Howie want the taxpayers to dump into South Carolina’s “worst in the nation” private schools.

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Jan March 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

At least this is a lot fewer taxpayer dollars than Sic and Howie want the taxpayers to dump into South Carolina’s “worst in the nation” private schools.

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nitrat March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

(I see zoomru is off the meds again.)

I would also like to say that as much as I believe in FOIA, this seems like a pretty frivilous use of the FOIA that will end up costing taxpayers some actual money since it will require a good bit of time to look for something on someone’s emails. It’s not like walking over to a file drawer, picking out a folder and going directly to the information…all over what appears to be some academic bad blood/feud.

Whether FITS likes it or not, in the public and private sector, despite rules prohibiting private use of company time and equipment on personal business, it is widespread. I daresay the majority of the posts on this site come from government or business computers. Decide how you want government and business to handle it.

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Right March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

“I would also like to say that as much as I believe in FOIA, this seems
like a pretty frivolous use of the FOIA that will end up costing
taxpayers some actual money since it will require a good bit of time to
look for something on someone’s emails.”

You’re right. Totally frivolous, and it will cost taxpayer money – money that I thought FITS held so dear. He’s just trying to act like he’s doing something – FOIA is his only “weapon.”

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nitrat March 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

(I see zoomru is off the meds again.)

I would also like to say that as much as I believe in FOIA, this seems like a pretty frivilous use of the FOIA that will end up costing taxpayers some actual money since it will require a good bit of time to look for something on someone’s emails. It’s not like walking over to a file drawer, picking out a folder and going directly to the information…all over what appears to be some academic bad blood/feud.

Whether FITS likes it or not, in the public and private sector, despite rules prohibiting private use of company time and equipment on personal business, it is widespread. I daresay the majority of the posts on this site come from government or business computers. Decide how you want government and business to handle it.

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Right March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

“I would also like to say that as much as I believe in FOIA, this seems
like a pretty frivolous use of the FOIA that will end up costing
taxpayers some actual money since it will require a good bit of time to
look for something on someone’s emails.”

You’re right. Totally frivolous, and it will cost taxpayer money – money that I thought FITS held so dear. He’s just trying to act like he’s doing something – FOIA is his only “weapon.”

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Bill March 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hmm, I wonder if Sic, ever used his public computer or public office for private business?? Of course we know his boss would never approve of such a thing?

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Bill March 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hmm, I wonder if Sic, ever used his public computer or public office for private business?? Of course we know his boss would never approve of such a thing?

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Anyone surprized at this would be appalled at the amount of private business done from academic offices in universities. It is possibly more the norm than the exception.

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shitforbrains March 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

That’s not the issue. The issue is ethical – the conflict of interest. The university he started is competition, and will reduce the enrollment at USC Upstate if successful. He should be allowed to do this, but not while USC Upstate is paying his salary and providing the resources.

Maybe the biggest issue is that this has been going own for years right under the nose of university administration, and it takes fitsnews to bring this issue out in the open.

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Soft Sigh from Hell March 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Anyone surprized at this would be appalled at the amount of private business done from academic offices in universities. It is possibly more the norm than the exception.

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shitforbrains March 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

That’s not the issue. The issue is ethical – the conflict of interest. The university he started is competition, and will reduce the enrollment at USC Upstate if successful. He should be allowed to do this, but not while USC Upstate is paying his salary and providing the resources.

Maybe the biggest issue is that this has been going own for years right under the nose of university administration, and it takes fitsnews to bring this issue out in the open.

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Scooter March 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I didn’t know that Southern Cal had branches in SC.

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Scooter March 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I didn’t know that Southern Cal had branches in SC.

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Shitfor Brains March 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

that’s one way to embarrass an entire university

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Shitfor Brains March 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

that’s one way to embarrass an entire university

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Rondo Emptydim March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

waaa rwaaaaaa rwwaaaaa…..babies. Ric is brillient. he makes profits moneys. He is the major colonel in my tent of love. He slip hes matic into my infos! Invictus is THE BOMB!!

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Professor Smarty Pants August 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Rondo Emptydim!! Rondo!!

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Rondo Emptydim March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

waaa rwaaaaaa rwwaaaaa…..babies. Ric is brillient. he makes profits moneys. He is the major colonel in my tent of love. He slip hes matic into my infos! Invictus is THE BOMB!!

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Whammy Tailbigg March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You can pitch that tent up my backyard Rondo!

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Whammy Tailbigg March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You can pitch that tent up my backyard Rondo!

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Tom Less March 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hey its not like anyone is getting fired around here for no reason, except may be when a boss needs to cover up their own ineptitude and stuff like that. just sayin

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Tom Less March 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hey its not like anyone is getting fired around here for no reason, except may be when a boss needs to cover up their own ineptitude and stuff like that. just sayin

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Tom Less March 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

Everybody needs to read the speed of trust. Then we all be happyness.

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Tom Less March 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

Everybody needs to read the speed of trust. Then we all be happyness.

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You Can't Handle the Truth March 22, 2013 at 4:40 am

If this was not so ridiculous, it would be sad. Or maybe the other way around. First…. an existing professor at our state university advertising his online university, and and blatantly criticizing his employer in the process? Only in South Carolina? Or only at USC Upstate? Second, at the same time, the marketing director in the athletic department gets fired in efforts to reduce athletic budget, while the dept head of Womens Studies, Lisa Johnson, just received a raise from $72,000 to $102,000. No promotion or additional duties. A raise. her raise of $40,000 is more than the $30,000 salary of the marketing director. Why worry, the marketing position turns over every year. Every year. Every year. Every year. Every year. It’s only people’s lives that are being affected. Third, the Vice Chancellor for IT for USC Upstate lives in Pleasant Prairie. Her salary is $144,653. There is no Pleasant Prairie in South Carolina. Not in North Carolina either. Where the hell is it? Try Wisconsin. The state of South Carolina pays someone that moved to Wisconsin 2 years ago to work at home while supervising the entire information technology staff at a state university? 4th, employees of the athletic administration have relationships beyond the huddle with students, but then again that is documented on this site already. Old news. But no one was fired. 5th, the USC Upstate mens and womens golf teams were playing in California the last week. How much does that cost? What is the benefit? Who authorizes this? They missed classes. What if they played in Greenville or Spartanburg? Would that be cheaper? Go to class?

So it is acceptable to be a full time employee of USC Upstate while at the same time having websites and youtube videos showing pictures of USC Upstate while at the same time detailing the shortcomings of the university, and soliciting money to take away students for his university…. but fire the marketing director.

It is then acceptable to had out $40,000 raises for…….err, what reason? Promotion….nope. Documented accomplishment(s) ….. no. Huh? Why? Tell the truth. Just fire the marketing director ….why? Because enough people weren’t at the games?

It is acceptable to supervise a department of around 20 employees in Spartanburg from your couch or boat in Wisconsin. yeh, I can just imagine the performance reviews. Yeh, John did a great job and was always on time…..I guess. yeh. If employees actually lived in the state, do you think they would participate in university activities? How about spend their paycheck in the state? Buy clothes in our stores? Buy gas from our gas stations? Pay sales tax here instead of Wisconsin. Pay property tax here, instead of Wisconsin. Yeh. Fire that marketing director!

Other people have sex with students. Fire the marketing director!!!

Buy plane tickets to California. Pay hotel bills in California. Send that South Carolina taxpayer’s money out to California! yeh. yeh….just fire the marketing director. Everything is his fault. He just got here.

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You Can't Handle the Truth March 22, 2013 at 4:40 am

If this was not so ridiculous, it would be sad. Or maybe the other way around. First…. an existing professor at our state university advertising his online university, and and blatantly criticizing his employer in the process? Only in South Carolina? Or only at USC Upstate? Second, at the same time, the marketing director in the athletic department gets fired in efforts to reduce athletic budget, while the dept head of Womens Studies, Lisa Johnson, just received a raise from $72,000 to $102,000. No promotion or additional duties. A raise. her raise of $40,000 is more than the $30,000 salary of the marketing director. Why worry, the marketing position turns over every year. Every year. Every year. Every year. Every year. It’s only people’s lives that are being affected. Third, the Vice Chancellor for IT for USC Upstate lives in Pleasant Prairie. Her salary is $144,653. There is no Pleasant Prairie in South Carolina. Not in North Carolina either. Where the hell is it? Try Wisconsin. The state of South Carolina pays someone that moved to Wisconsin 2 years ago to work at home while supervising the entire information technology staff at a state university? 4th, employees of the athletic administration have relationships beyond the huddle with students, but then again that is documented on this site already. Old news. But no one was fired. 5th, the USC Upstate mens and womens golf teams were playing in California the last week. How much does that cost? What is the benefit? Who authorizes this? They missed classes. What if they played in Greenville or Spartanburg? Would that be cheaper? Go to class?

So it is acceptable to be a full time employee of USC Upstate while at the same time having websites and youtube videos showing pictures of USC Upstate while at the same time detailing the shortcomings of the university, and soliciting money to take away students for his university…. but fire the marketing director.

It is then acceptable to had out $40,000 raises for…….err, what reason? Promotion….nope. Documented accomplishment(s) ….. no. Huh? Why? Tell the truth. Just fire the marketing director ….why? Because enough people weren’t at the games?

It is acceptable to supervise a department of around 20 employees in Spartanburg from your couch or boat in Wisconsin. yeh, I can just imagine the performance reviews. Yeh, John did a great job and was always on time…..I guess. yeh. If employees actually lived in the state, do you think they would participate in university activities? How about spend their paycheck in the state? Buy clothes in our stores? Buy gas from our gas stations? Pay sales tax here instead of Wisconsin. Pay property tax here, instead of Wisconsin. Yeh. Fire that marketing director!

Other people have sex with students. Fire the marketing director!!!

Buy plane tickets to California. Pay hotel bills in California. Send that South Carolina taxpayer’s money out to California! yeh. yeh….just fire the marketing director. Everything is his fault. He just got here.

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Wider Sky March 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Ric Routh is a visionary. Jesus has spoken to him to elevate university into the heavensphere! All praise be to the Christ. Everyone that has accepted Jesus as their savior will attend this institution for their higher learning. His estimate of 1,000,000 students in 5 years is low!

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Dwight the Light March 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Maybe Jesus should have file all the proper paperwork for him before he started soliciting investment money.

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Wider Sky March 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Ric Routh is a visionary. Jesus has spoken to him to elevate university into the heavensphere! All praise be to the Christ. Everyone that has accepted Jesus as their savior will attend this institution for their higher learning. His estimate of 1,000,000 students in 5 years is low!

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Dwight the Light March 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Maybe Jesus should have file all the proper paperwork for him before he started soliciting investment money.

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