Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The University of East Anglia, home of the infamous Climatic Research Unit, has offered to photoshop images of graduate students throwing their mortar board hats into the air, and sell the faked photographs to students, in lieu of allowing students to actually throw their hats into the air.
Graduating students told to mime throwing mortar board caps in the air and then pay £8 to have them PHOTOSHOPPED in later in case anyone is ‘injured by the falling hats’
Health and safety bosses have banned a class of law students from throwing their mortar board-caps in the air at graduation in case anyone gets injured.
But all is not lost for the University of East Anglia class.
They have been told they can mime the action for a picture and a computer whiz will Photoshop the flying cap in – all for the pricey sum of £8.
In an email sent to all third and fourth year law students set to graduate on July 21, those behind the photos have requested that no caps are thrown skywards to prevent the pointed sides from hurting anyone as they fall back down to earth.
An attachment in the original email – from the company Penguin Photograph – gave instructions for how the ‘fun’ picture should go.
It requested that students: ‘…mime the throwing of their hats in the air and we will then Photoshop them in above the group before printing’.
The paragraph continued: ‘As well as being safer, this will have the added advantage that even more of the students’ faces will be seen in this photograph.’
If UEA thinks it is OK to fake student graduation photographs, what else do they think its OK to fake?