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Tablo's Academic Credentials Impeccable, Says University

2010/09/29 | 1213 views |  | Permalink | Source

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A screen capture of an article about the controversy surrounding the academic credential of hip-hop singer Tablo published in the Stanford Daily on Monday. A screen capture of an article about the controversy surrounding the academic credential of hip-hop singer Tablo published in the Stanford Daily on Monday.

Stanford University's newspaper on Monday published an article saying that Korean hip-hop singer Tablo, of the group Epik High, is indeed an alumnus of the university. The paper cited university records showing that Internet rumors in Korea that Tablo made his degrees up are baseless.

"Daniel Seon Woong Lee, better known in Korea as recording artist Tablo, graduated from Stanford with a seemingly uncontroversial record: two English degrees, a bachelor's in 2001 and a master's in 2002", the Stanford Daily said.

It added, "But over the past six months, an Internet campaign has launched attacking Lee's credentials and, he says, threatening him and his family".

It said Stanford Registrar Tom Black explained that verifying a person's degree "is not an unusual practice, but he has never seen a case this severe. Black released a copy of Lee's transcript, and when that did not prove satisfactory, he wrote a letter vouching for Lee's attendance and graduation. Recently, Black allowed camera crews to film him printing a degree to show that none of the process is fraudulent".

Black told the Stanford Daily, "I've tried to put all the resources that are permissible into this because only I can officially attest to his completion". He suggested the reason why doubters still dispute the evidence is because "they couldn't absorb it".

Documentary program "MBC Special" will air an edition devoted to the controversy on Friday.

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