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Student Puts School President on EBay

February 21, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio (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.

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.

Bidding started at a penny on Saturday. Rosman, an international studies major, had 64 bids topping out at almost $10 million Sunday night.

Rosman 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.″

A message seeking comment was left at Holbrook’s office on Monday.

School spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk said Sunday that the joke ``was a little mean-spirited.″

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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