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Student puts OSU president on eBay



Published: Tue, February 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



COLUMBUS (AP) -- An Ohio State University student has put school president Karen Holbrook on the online auction site eBay, saying in the ad that she will ruin the undergraduate experience.

Bidding started at a penny on Saturday and the seven-day auction had 64 bids from 19 bidders topping out at almost $100 million Monday morning.

Timothy Rosman, a sophomore from St. Augustine, Fla., said the ad is a joke but he really doesn't like Holbrook.

"I'm not trying to stand up and be the voice of the people. This is just a little gag between my friend and I. It just got big," said Rosman, who uses the identification "thatsmrbuckeye" on eBay.

Rosman, an international studies major, said in the ad that Holbrook ignores everyday crime at Ohio State, supervised two tuition increases and is responsible for hideous construction "as far as the eye can see."

The auction notes that the item for sale cannot be shipped: "Will arrange for local pickup only."

School spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk called the joke "a little mean-spirited."

An e-mail was sent Monday to eBay asking if joke auctions are allowed.




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