Aunt Becky from full house among 4 dozen indicted in college admissions scandal

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    I became aware of USC being a fraud university weeks ago when they hosted us for a weekend baseball series and their legendary film school had the single worst stream I’ve ever seen and posted it right here on the-mainboard.com
     
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    These schools need to learn from UCF. We actually put our bribers right on the team.

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    Not even the original USC. Is there anything about that school that isn't fraudulent?
     
  9. TC

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    We typically think of schools (like Clemson) paying kids to play on their team. Crazy that sometimes it's the other way around

    In Bribery Scheme, Coaches Sold Their ‘Admissions Slots’ to Nonathletes. Wait, Coaches Influence Admissions?
    One day in August 2015, Gordon Ernst got an email. “I have been really successful this summer playing tennis around the country,” wrote a prospective applicant to Georgetown University. “I am looking forward to having a chance to be part of the Georgetown tennis team and make a positive contribution to your team’s success.”



    Ernst, then the university’s women’s tennis coach, forwarded the email to an admissions officer with the comment: “Potential spot.”

    The applicant played tennis, but not well enough to make Georgetown’s team. And Ernst had no intention of putting her on it. Instead, they and the student’s parents were part of an elaborate bribery scheme, described on Tuesday by federal prosecutors, whose sordid details and scope have brought elite-college admissions under national scrutiny.



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    Admission Through the ‘Side Door’
    Dozens of people, including famous actors, college coaches, and a university administrator, have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in an admissions-bribery scheme involving Yale, Stanford, and other elite institutions.

    Coaches at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and Yale University, among others, used their clout with the admissions office as a commodity to sell for personal gain, court documents allege. That clout took the form of an “admission slot” — a designation applied to a recruited athlete that typically improves, sometimes drastically, their chances of admission. In giving those slots to nonathletes, the coaches made use of a gaping loophole in the admissions system.

    And they were rewarded handsomely for the service, authorities say. Ernst was paid nearly $2.7 million by William (Rick) Singer, the mastermind of the scheme, who has pleaded guilty to a litany of charges, to secure the admission of at least 12 students, according to an affidavit released by the U.S. Justice Department. (Ernst has been charged with racketeering conspiracy and was placed on leave from his job, at the University of Rhode Island, on Tuesday. He did not immediately return a message from The Chronicle on Wednesday.)

    Like people across the country, athletics administrators have been eagerly following news of the case. Karen Peters, senior associate athletics director at the University of Portland, spent some of Tuesday night reading the coverage. She said she was shocked.

    “It’s crazy that it happened,” she said, “but when you read through it, it was clearly a loophole there to be exploited.”

    ‘Fairly Common’
    How colleges manage admissions for athletes varies widely, Peters said. But it’s “fairly common” for selective institutions to grant a specific number of slots to the athletics department each year, she said. For example, Georgetown gives its coaches roughly 158 slots per year to work with, according to the affidavit.

    Whether the “slot” given to a student guarantees admission or just a leg up in the process also varies among colleges, Peters said. At the universities named in the affidavit, designation as an athlete results in admissions prospects that are “higher — and in some cases substantially higher — than those of nonrecruited athletes with similar grades and standardized-test scores,” according to the document.

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    Stanford is one of those universities. The university’s sailing coach, John Vandemoer, agreed to designate two nonathletes as recruited athletes in exchange for $270,000 paid to the sailing team, according to the affidavit. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

    Peters, who worked at Stanford for 10 years as an athletics administrator, said the university had a specific number of admissions slots, but she would not say what the number was. At Stanford, Peters said, admissions officers had the ultimate authority to grant admission, with coaches only giving input. “Something like this never would have crossed my mind,” she said. (In a statement, the university said the behavior of the coach, who was fired, ran “completely counter to Stanford’s values.”)

    Competition has a way of creating exceptions to academic standards at selective colleges, said Welch Suggs, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Georgia. “These schools relax their admissions standards for ‘recruited’ athletes because they want to be competitive with larger institutions with lower admissions criteria,” wrote Suggs, a former Chronicle reporter, in a Twitter thread on Tuesday.

    Take the University of Louisville, which admits roughly 70 percent of applicants. Its athletics department is allotted five slots each year for special consideration by the provost in cases where recruited athletes who receive scholarships do not meet academic admissions requirements, said Matthew J. Banker, an associate athletics director. The department has never exhausted those slots, he said.

    Wake Forest University — which accepts about 29 percent of applicants and is a frequent athletic opponent of Louisville’s — designates up to 128 slots for the athletics department to seek “special consideration by the admissions office” each year, a spokeswoman wrote in an email.

    Wake Forest, too, was named in Tuesday’s affidavit. The women’s volleyball coach is alleged to have accepted $100,000 for designating a student on the admissions wait list as a volleyball recruit. (The university placed the coach on administrative leave.)

    Recruited Walk-Ons
    For the coaches who took part in the scheme, participation seemed to have little cost, according to the affidavit. When a parent seeking a child’s admission to USC asked Singer whether coaches would notice anything amiss, he answered:

    “No, not at all, because their boss, who’s Donna Heinel, essentially put ’em on the recruited walk-on list, which happens all the time, and they just don’t show up for practice, and that’s fine. Coaches are OK with that because, essentially, donations are going to help their programs, and they know that,” Singer said. (Heinel, who was fired by USC on Tuesday, did not answer The Chronicle’s request for comment.)



    “When you add to the equation that at a highly selective university those admission spots obviously are coveted, that raises the stakes.”
    Recruited walk-ons create “a more qualitative dynamic,” said Banker, the Louisville administrator. Hypothetically, a friend of a university’s soccer coach might advocate for his or her child, a soccer player not quite good enough to get a scholarship, as a possible walk-on. The coach might consider that, “and reasonably so,” he said. “But when you add to the equation that at a highly selective university those admission spots obviously are coveted, that raises the stakes.”

    Tuesday’s news may prompt colleges to discuss new methods of oversight. Georgetown placed Ernst on leave in 2017 after an internal investigation found that he had “violated university rules concerning admissions.” (The University of Rhode Island subsequently hired Ernst as women’s tennis coach before placing him on leave on Tuesday.)

    After that investigation, Georgetown instituted a new policy on athlete admissions. The university will now conduct audits “periodically” to make sure students recruited as athletes are actually on the rosters of the team that recruited them.

    https://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Bribery-Scheme-Coaches/245891
     
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    Shame on them for not using the slots the way they were supposed to be used: for getting stupid kids in school to be ringers on their sports teams.
     
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    FWIW Mossimo attended/graduated from USC in the early 80s, don’t think that has been brought up.
     
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    And he used his tuition money without his parents’ knowledge to start the company
     
  13. Prospector

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    I was curious as to why they idiots were cheating to get their kids into a once proud football mill. I asked Google and was surprised to find
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    still stupid on their part
     
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    this one really hit close to home

    https://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2019/3/14/18265443/celebrate-a-real-american-today

    “NO, I will instead forge my own way and create my own cosmos of importance. You may take your classes in Cambridge with scholars of the know-nothing ivory tower. I will matriculate at the feet of the Head Ball Coach, and find my peers at Pavlov’s, Jake’s, or any number of fine lecture halls located within easy striking distance of the campus at the University of South Carolina.”
     
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    I hope our shitstain Governor who runs around saying “don’t California my Texas” while his daughter attends USC somehow gets caught up in this.
     
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    I think I would feel better about myself if I dealt fentanyl than if I was doing what this Donna lady was doing.
     
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    I think it is pretty well known USC/ UCLA are really competitive schools.

    To make the crew team is even harder since so many spots are taken by non crew Hollywood types.
     
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    Sadly admission slots is common practice at every NCAA level, though at many of the academically elite D3s they still have to be strong students for the most part, but they definitely don't have to be as strong as the average student at their respective school. The school I just left is one of the seemingly few that doesn't and predictably the school has become horrendous athletically.
     
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    https://deadspin.com/img-academy-director-who-took-students-tests-didnt-chea-1833273767

    IMG Academy Director Who Took Students' Tests Didn't Cheat, Was Just Smart

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    A total of 50 people have now been chargedwith various crimes stemming from the FBI’s extensive investigation into college admissions fraud. The alleged mastermind of the scheme is William Rick Singer, the Edge College & Career Network founder who’s accused of facilitating millions in bribes on behalf of a few dozen rich people. But according to the feds, the person who allegedly took the actual fraudulent standardized tests in place of the fake applicants is Singer’s right-hand man, 36-year-old Mark Riddell.

    Riddell was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and he has supposedly been cooperating with the FBI for over a month. He works as the director of college entrance exam preparation at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, a sports-focused prep school that has trained hundreds of athletes who have turned pro. The school announcedTuesday night that Riddell had been “suspended indefinitely” pending an investigation.

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    Federal prosecutors say Riddell bribed SAT and ACT proctors to allow him to either take the tests himself, or swap out the high schooler’s submitted answer sheet with one of his own. Sometimes, he would allegedly correct the students’ answers by leveraging fake learning disabilities:

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    Riddell was caught last summer, when a parent arranged to pay Singer $50,000 through one of his charitable foundations in exchange for Riddell getting the parent’s son a good ACT score. The initial plan was to have Riddell correct the son’s answers while he took the test at a Houston-area public school. But the son got sick, so Riddell flew to Houston and took it himself. Riddell allegedly learned to imitate the son’s handwriting, and he achieved exactly the score he predicted.
     
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/...-college-fraud.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

    “You’ll see some people acting so entitled that you want to slap them,” Ms. Buckingham said in that same interview, talking about what to expect from the show. “You’ll see some people disagree with me and people that just don’t like me telling them what to do. And, you’ll see candidates getting jobs that they shouldn’t, others getting jobs that they should, and still others getting passed over for jobs that they really deserved.”

    On Tuesday, Ms. Buckingham was one of the dozens of people charged with participating in large-scale fraud scheme, hatched to game the college admissions process. According to the complaint filed by federal investigators, Ms. Buckingham agreed to pay a bribe of $50,000 to a phony foundation in order to have someone else take the ACT college-entrance exam on behalf of her son Jack, earning him a 35 out of 36 points.
     
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    And just like that she's brought shame and embarrassment to the UMass women's water polo program, turning them into the second largest laughing stock in the state next to Tufts.
     
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    Completely forgot that Taques joined the women’s water polo team

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