There are college scandals and then there are college scandals.

While the world still deals with the disgraces of Penn State’s sexual abuse problem or allegations that Winston-Salem State University regularly awarded students higher grades than they actually earned, from California comes a new scandal.

And this one is not only dastardly, it’s also totally ridiculous. According to the the Associated Press:

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing the identities and passwords of more than 700 fellow students at his San Diego-area university so he could rig a campus election.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Monday that former Cal State San Marcos student Matthew Weaver rigged the election so he could become student body president. He was one of two candidates for the position.

Weaver (above) pleaded guilty “to wire fraud, unauthorized access of a computer and identity theft.” He apparently stole passwords in order to cast 630 votes for himself.

That’s an awful lot of work to get something that’s really not that important.

“My behavior was childish, arrogant and foolish,” Weaver apparently told the court. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

No kidding. Seriously? A massive wire fraud effort in order to become student body president, of Cal State San Marcos?

This is a position of very little power, and being able to put it on one’s resume matters very little outside of college. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer