Fishville's Notes：这真是一个可以用来拍好莱坞电影的題材。一位从北卡州大退学的己经27岁的华裔男生冒充哈佛本科生，他不但混进哈佛本科生宿舍，还在Facebook上声称自己是哈佛学生。近日他的骗局被识破，他本人也被警察带走。问他为什么这样做，他说他可能是太寂寞了。哈佛的学生媒体和耶鲁毎日新闻都报道了此事件。当然千错万错是这位刘同学不该伪造个人学历。但在我们看来，他的所做所为以及媒体对此事的热衷报道，都与哈佛的牌子相关。试想谁会在意一位冒充堪萨斯大学的学生而在劳伦斯校园上课呢？ 你可能会说他虽家境貧寒而自己却创造一切机会求学。
Weld Visitor Abe Liu: I Was Lonely
Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Abe Liu, a 27-year-old student at Harvard Extension School, was escorted out of Weld Hall on Thursday by Harvard University Police Department officers after sleeping in friends’ rooms in the freshman dormitory and telling students that he was a freshman at the College.
Over a period of two months, Liu told Harvard students that he lived in Weld, a dorm in Harvard Yard. He sometimes spent the night there when invited by freshman acquaintances.
Liu also created a presence at Harvard online, posting frequently to the Harvard University Class of 2015 Facebook group and becoming friends on the social networking website with Harvard students he had never met in person. Pictures of Liu taken in freshman dorms and posted on Facebook added to his credibility, acquaintances said. Since Thursday, Liu’s account has become unsearchable and his posts to the Harvard freshman group are gone.
Though suspicions about Liu’s identity arose among freshmen primarily due to his lack of swipe access to Harvard buildings, it remains unclear who alerted HUPD.
“Although the man was invited into [the] building, he was not a College affiliate and College officials determined that he was no longer welcome,” HUPD spokesperson Steven G. Catalano wrote in an emailed statement.
Students said to have hosted Liu in their room and the proctor in the entryway that Liu frequented declined to comment for this story.
In the days following Liu’s removal from Weld, rumors and questions about his identity and intentions have circulated among students at the College, sparking debate and speculation over various email lists, on Facebook, through student-generated internet memes, and in an article published online by The Harvard Independent, a weekly student newspaper.
Liu said that his removal from Weld and the subsequent rumors resulted from lies he told in an attempt to gain friends that spiraled out of control.
Liu’s account of his path to Harvard is this: He spent some time in college in North Carolina. Then he dropped out of school to compete in triathlons, an activity he had enjoyed from an early age. When that dream did not pan out, he decided to enroll at the Harvard Extension School in the hope of eventually becoming a doctor.
Liu said that during the summer before matriculating at Harvard, he came across the Class of 2015 Facebook group. Out of curiousity, he joined. Once he was in the group, he began to interact with members of the freshman class. He said that he took to “trolling” the group as a hobby.
“I just played off like I was a student. It got addicting,” Liu said. “It got fun.”
Liu said he spent less time on Facebook when the fall arrived and he filled his time with a job and academic work. But after quitting his job in late September to focus on his medical studies, he found himself with spare time and decided to return to the Facebook group.
Liu said he was curious about the people he had met online and wanted to put a face to their “internet identities.” According to Liu, he told his first lies when he met those students in person.
“The first lie is like, ‘Oh, I’m a student at the College,’” he said. “They always want to know more, so you start telling a lot of little white lies. And then you find yourself integrated into that society.”
Liu said that when a freshman acquaintance asked him to spend time in Weld, he was reluctant, but he eventually decided to go ahead. Sometime during October, he began telling freshmen he lived there.
“You get so deep, you don’t know how to stop it,” he said.
He said that though he was untruthful, he never had any malicious intent.
“At the end of the day, all I wanted to do was to be friends,” he said. “The people that met me, the people that knew me, know that I never asked them for anything. I never coerced them into anything.”
Liu said that many accusations leveled against him in students’ online chatter are unfounded. He specifically insisted that assertions in The Harvard Independent’s story are unfounded, including allegations that he stole a freshman’s Harvard ID and that he participated in The Crimson’s Grand Elections ceremony.
Liu said he did not take someone else’s ID but that he did forge an ID, one that he described as “not really even passable.” For over a month, since the Occupy Harvard encampment began, security personnel have been posted at the gates of the Yard to check every entrant for a Harvard ID.
According to Anastasiya Borys ’15, who lives in the entryway that Liu spent time in, students noticed early on that Liu was not in the Freshman Register and assumed that he was an Extension School student.
“He used to hang out in Weld a lot,” said entryway resident Selina Y. Wang ’15. “We assumed that he was in the Extension School. I guess we didn’t think much about it, but then we started getting suspicious about it when he started to have people swipe him in everywhere.”
When Liu was apprehended by police on Thursday, these students who had come to know him as a familiar face or even a problem set buddy said they were shaken.
“People were just kind of shocked. We had joked before that he didn’t even go here,” Borys said.
Reina A.E. Gattuso ’15, a Crimson magazine writer who lives in the entryway, said, “I personally found it a bit unsettling, and I think some of my peers did. There was definitely a lot of curiosity and a sense of ‘Why is this guy doing this?’”
Liu said that he sympathizes with the students’ concern and did not intend to cause disruption to the entryway.
“I understand the position. They’re scared. It doesn’t make any sense. They feel betrayed,” he said. “I made a mistake. My mistake was being lonely.”
Man pretended to be Harvard student for months
University | 3:49 a.m. | Dec. 15, 2011 | By Dan Stein，Yale Daily News.
A 27-year-old man named Abe Liu was escorted out of Harvard's Weld Hall last week after pretending to be a member of Harvard’s freshman class for months, the Harvard Crimson reported Wednesday.
Liu, a student at Harvard’s Extension school, reportedly attended North Carolina State but dropped out. He joined Harvard’s Class of 2015 Facebook group this past summer, and began interacting with students and creating a false persona for himself.
The Harvard Independent first broke the story in a article published online on Tuesday evening. The Independent’s story adds that Harvard’s freshman class was alerted to Liu’s situation on Sunday afternoon via a student-created meme featuring the "Y U NO" Guy asking Liu, "Y U NO WHO U SAY WHO U ARE?"
The Independent claimed Liu had on occasion told students he was a former Olympian, but he told the paper in a Tuesday evening interview that their facts “were entirely incorrect.”
In addition to publishing the story about Liu, the Independent’s story calls into question why the Crimson had not yet run a story about Liu. In a follow-up article today, the Independent quotes Liu as claiming that he had personally convinced the Crimson‘s managing editor, Elias Groll ’12, not to run the story although the Crimson had been working on it for a week.
The Independent has claimed that Liu participated in the Crimson’s induction rituals, but Liu has denied this claim. The Crimson published their story one day after the Independent released their version.
He has admitted to forging a Harvard ID, but denies stealing another student’s ID.
From Liu’s interview with the Crimson:
“The first lie is like, ‘Oh, I’m a student at the College.' They always want to know more, so you start telling a lot of little white lies. And then you find yourself integrated into that society.”
“You get so deep, you don’t know how to stop it."
“I made a mistake. My mistake was being lonely.”
“At the end of the day, all I wanted to do was to be friends. The people that met me, the people that knew me, know that I never asked them for anything. I never coerced them into anything.”
Liu's Facebook account is now unsearchable, and his posts on the Class of 2015 Facebook group are gone.