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|Thursday, November 14
|Drexel 'basks' in unwanted Pick-Six scam attention|
PHILADELPHIA -- The two guys who invented the bar code went to school here. So did the man who developed the technology that made the Internet possible.
Now, three former students have brought attention to Drexel University again.
Davis, DaSilva and Harn met at Drexel in the 1990s and were fraternity brothers at Tau Kappa Epsilon. Lawyers for all three men have said their clients are innocent.
As prosecutors have described it, the trio's alleged plan to rig a complicated Ultra Pick Six bet was more likely a crime of opportunity than one hatched years ago in a Drexel study hall; Harn worked as a technician for the company that handles most computerized horse betting.
But the case has created a buzz at Drexel, where students and faculty occasionally complain about being unfairly overlooked because of the long shadow cast by their Ivy League neighbor, Penn.
Here, some said with a degree of pride Wednesday, was another example of Drexel ingenuity.
That opinion wasn't shared by many, however. More students said the allegations only obscured good work by the school's researchers and alumni.
"It doesn't reflect well on us. What they did wasn't much of an achievement,'' said Andrew Aiello, a 22-year-old senior. "I'd rather have us establish our reputation in other ways.''
As to whether the case would give Drexel a reputation as some sort of hotbed for hackers, most students were doubtful.
"I guess they learned what they needed to learn here. But what they do with that knowledge is personal choice. It's not the school's fault. It's not like they're teaching this stuff in class,'' said Lee Hamilton, a 28-year-old junior.
Drexel's vice president for university relations, Philip Terranova, shrugged off the attention.
"We are used to making headlines,'' he said. "I think the public at large has a good understanding and appreciation of the positive contributions that our alumni make to this world.''
The university's library and information science programs have been ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. Universal Product Code inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver are alumni, as is "packet-switching'' guru Paul Baran. Drexel has long bragged of being at technology's forefront, as in 1983 when it became the first U.S. college to require all students to own computers.
None of the three men charged in the pick six scam graduated from Drexel, Terranova pointed out. Harn and DaSilva attended from 1991 to 1997, Davis from 1992 to 1993.
Most students agreed that one scandal probably won't be enough to lift Drexel completely out of Penn's shadow -- even in the annals of crime. Penn's business school, after all, produced Michael Milken, the junk-bond trader who served prison time for securities fraud.Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories
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