I kinda figured as much; that banner looked (badly) photoshopped. But I’m still sad it’s not a real news story. (Then again, from what I have read of ancient Rome, I’m not sure I’d want a dude who thinks Tiberius is an ideal middle name as my college president.)
The thing of it is, so much of academia is flaky these days that even the silliest stories (and this ranks fairly high on the Silly Scale) have the ring of truth.
I didn’t check the thing’s papers on first reading, I admit, but I would have hated to kill it just for, um, a lack of verifiability: if this were the custom nationwide, most of the government would have to shut down. (Maybe I should have killed it for that reason.) Besides, I got the desired result, which was a bevy of similarly-manipulated names.
In the movie “Patton,” the General pulls up in his jeep which has a rigid flag on a front fender displaying WTF. It was immediately following the thrashing at the Kasserine Pass, so perhaps it was appropriate. But I think it might have been something else. Any guesses?