Iowa State Senator’s Alma Mater Turns Out To Be A Steakhouse

Iowa State Senator's Alma Mater Turns Out To Be A Steakhouse

If you’re like many of American post-grads, at some point this month you’re going to ship off your student loan check. But it was totally worth it, because that degree you’re still paying off got you the job that you’re currently holding. You wouldn’t have been able to get that cushy gig without it, because you can’t be a deal closer or a state senator without a degree.

Wait, apparently, you totally can.

From NBC News:

An Iowa lawmaker who is pushing a controversial bill that caps the number of Democrats that state universities can hire as professors claimed on a government web site that he got a “business degree” from the “Forbco Management school.”

But State Sen. Mark Chelgren’s alleged alma mater is actually a company that operated a Sizzler steak house franchise in southern California and he doesn’t have a “degree,” Ed Failor, a spokesman for the Iowa State Republicans, told NBC News.

“This was a management course he took when he worked for Sizzler, kind of like Hamburger University at McDonald’s,” Failor said. “He got a certificate.”

Okay, hold up. Sizzler is still around? If so that’s great fucking news.

But also, it’s terrible to know that I went to college for five years when really all I had to do was take a management course in the stock room of a chain steak joint. Considering this guy turned that certificate into a gig as a state senator, it makes my bachelors feel almost as useless as a degree from Trump University.

Gotta say that it’s a pretty bold move to push bills on university education when your own highest level of education is running $7.99 t-bone night. Almost equally as bold as the state of Iowa not doing a bit more background check on their state senator’s education qualifications, but then again this is the state that paid Kirk Ferentz $4.5M last year to lose 5 games.

While this guy may not be a state senator after the next election, he did give me an excuse to watch the greatest Sizzler-related YouTube clip of all time:

God bless America.

[via NBC News]

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Kyle Bandujo

The artist formerly known as Crash Davis. My kid doesn't think I'm funny.

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