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The Real College Admissions Bribery Scandal Is What’s Legal
But my competitive application was underwritten by my professional-class parents’ wealth. My SAT scores were the product of hours of tutoring, and my writing skills were honed in pricey summer classes, which most American families cannot afford. And before all that, my parents’ economic security enabled them to buy a home in a suburb with a coveted school system that featured better-qualified teachers and smaller class sizes than most working-class kids are provided. I did not earn these advantages. My parents purchased them for me.
And in this respect, I am not atypical. In America, a student’s household income strongly correlates with her educational attainment. Meanwhile, social mobility is much lower in the United States than in Europe — and has been steadily declining in recent decades. A 2014 study by economists at Harvard and Berkeley found fewer than 10 percent of those born into the bottom fifth of wealth distribution make it into the top fifth. The middle class fared only slightly better — roughly 20 percent of those born into the middle fifth reached the top fifth by the end of their lives. America’s class hierarchy is rigid. And it’s kept that way, in no small part, by an education system that allows the “haves” to buy their children seats in the best-funded public schools, test-gaming lessons with the finest tutors, and all manner of privately provided extracurricular enrichment.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The College-Bribe Scandal Is About Class Inequality - The Atlantic
Family life itself has become part of the battleground of the classes.
You are shocked—shocked—I know. According to the FBI, a network of 33 wealthy parents engaged in a massive fraud to buy places for their children at elite colleges. Didn’t they realize that there are many perfectly legal ways to do that?
You can hire a legitimate college counselor for $10,000 and up. You can get test prep for anything from $120 to $375 an hour. You can buy personal coaches, fencing equipment, and squash-club memberships, often for less than the price of a Sub-Zero refrigerator. You can arrange for unpaid internships that will allow Junior to shine as a true humanitarian. You can game your way into a great private school—it’s so much easier to play the angles in kindergarten or sixth grade than in college admissions. If all else fails, you can just make a big donation to the school of your choice.
Have the rich gotten dumber? Or are they getting cheaper? Actually, the affidavit suggests that there are two deeply connected structural problems. The first is that the price of admission has gone up. The second is that the moral center of the meritocracy has collapsed.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
How the largest college admissions scandal ever let wealthy parents cheat the system - Los Angeles Times
When it came to getting their daughters into college, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer J. Mossimo Giannulli were taking no chances.
The wealthy, glamorous couple were determined their girls would attend USC, a highly competitive school that offers seats only to a fraction of the thousands of students who apply each year.
So they turned to William Singer and the “side door” the Newport Beach businessman said he had built into USC and other highly sought after universities. Half a million dollars later — $400,000 of it sent to Singer and $100,000 to an administrator in USC’s vaunted athletic program — the girls were enrolled at the school. Despite having never competed in crew, both had been given coveted slots reserved for rowers who were expected to join the school’s team.
“This is wonderful news!” Loughlin emailed Singer after receiving word that a spot for her second daughter had been secured. She added a high-five emoji.
According to a sweeping criminal investigation into fraudulent college admissions unveiled Tuesday, Loughlin and Giannulli are one of at least dozens of families who paid huge sums to take advantage of Singer’s audacious scheme to gain access to exclusive schools through bribes and lies.
Federal investigators said they have charged 50 people in the case, including the USC administrator who helped Loughlin’s kids, and accomplices whom Singer allegedly paid to rig college admission test scores — as well as coaches at USC, UCLA, Stanford and Yale.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Will children at center of college admissions scandal pay a price along with their parents? - Los Angeles Times
Their parents face criminal charges, with federal prosecutors alleging massive fraud to get them into some of America’s most elite schools.
But it’s still unclear what is going to happen to the children who were the beneficiaries of what prosecutors called the largest college admissions scam ever uncovered.
Federal prosecutors allege cheating on standardized tests, bribery and faking athletic achievements to get into college — the types of misdeeds that would lead to serious discipline. But in many cases, they said, the students did not know about the arrangements their parents made.
Administrators at UCLA and USC said this week they are reviewing student admission decisions after discovering that dozens of families paid huge sums to gain access to at least eight exclusive schools, including theirs, through bribes and lies. Among the parents charged were Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman, of “Desperate Housewives,” and Lori Loughlin, of “Full House.”
A USC spokesman said Wednesday that students who applied for admission in the current cycle — which is underway for fall admits — and are tied to the scheme will be denied admission. That includes about half a dozen applicants.
The school will also conduct a case-by-case review for current students and graduates who may have taken part in the scheme.
“We will make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed,” USC spokesman Eddie North-Hager said in a statement.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List - The New York Times
The actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli are among the 50 people charged in a bribery scheme to secure places for students in elite colleges.
In what the Justice Department called its largest ever college admissions prosecution, federal authorities charged 50 people on Tuesday with taking part in a nationwide scheme to game the admissions process at highly competitive schools like Yale and the University of Southern California.
[The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.]
Those charged include wealthy and powerful parents accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes, exam administrators and athletic coaches accused of manufacturing students’ achievements, and private admissions counselors accused of coordinating it all.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Here's How A Life Coach Scammed The College Admissions System For Wealthy Families
Rick Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to commit fraud, and obstruction of justice.
A high school student might get into a top university based on their test scores and abilities. Or maybe their parents' hefty donation could cause an admissions officer to take a second look.
But for families looking for a sure thing, 58-year-old Rick Singer offered a criminal solution. Over seven years, the entrepreneurial life coach took an estimated $25 million from anxious parents, recording much of it as tax-deductible donations to his charity while actually funneling it toward bribes, authorities say.
The kids got in. Parents sang his praises. And on Tuesday, federal prosecutors revealed what had become a nationwide conspiracy. Fifty people, including TV stars like Full House actor Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives, as well as university coaches, were accused of crimes related to the scheme. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to commit fraud, and obstruction of justice. Court documents revealed that he cooperated with the investigation once confronted by the FBI in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
LeeLee Sobieski Films 'Rookies' in NYC Thumbnails - Pictures - Zimbio
LeeLee Sobieski Films 'Rookies' in NYC
In This Album: Leelee Sobieski
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
LeeLee Sobieski Films 'Rookies' in NYC - 1 of 16
In This Photo: Leelee Sobieski
LeeLee Sobieski wears an NYPD uniform as she shoots scenes for her latest project, "Rookies," in NYC. The actress, wearing a 'Perry' name tag, shot several scenes out on a sidewalk with a male co-star.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Charged In College Entrance Exam Cheating Plot
The scheme involved facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and bribing administrators to designate students as athletic recruits.
A massive nationwide college entrance exam cheating plot was exposed Tuesday, resulting in charges for dozens of people, including Full House actor Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives.
Among those charged are three accused of organizing the scheme, two ACT/SAT administrators, an exam proctor, one college administrator, nine coaches from elite schools, and 33 parents, US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said Tuesday.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
College Admissions Scandal: FBI Targets Wealthy Parents - The Atlantic
For the parents charged in a new FBI investigation, crime was a cheaper and simpler way to get their kids into elite schools than the typical advantages wealthy applicants receive.
A coast-to-coast FBI probe alleges that a network of celebrities, business executives, and other powerful figures is at the center of a massive bribery scheme to secure admission into some of the country’s most elite colleges, according to court documents unsealed earlier today.
Among the defendants are nearly three dozen parents whom federal prosecutors are charging with conspiracy and other crimes for allegedly using hefty sums of money to get their children into schools such as Yale, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California. Specifically, the newly unsealed court documents contend that these high-rolling parents—some of them public figures such as the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as Loughlin’s husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli—paid hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars per child to a fixer who would then use that money to allegedly bribe certain college officials or other conspirators to help secure the child’s admission.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among wealthy parents accused by FBI in college-entrance bribery scheme - The Washington Post
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged 50 people — including two television stars — with participating in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme that enabled privileged students with lackluster grades to attend prestigious colleges and universities.
The alleged crimes included cheating on entrance exams and bribing college officials to say certain students were athletic recruits when those students were not in fact athletes, officials said. Numerous schools were targeted, including Georgetown University, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, among others.
Boston’s U.S. attorney, Andrew Lelling, called it the largest-ever college admissions scam prosecuted by the Justice Department. Of the 50 people charged in the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues, 33 were parents, officials said, warning that the investigation is ongoing and that others could be charged.
The scheme was discovered accidentally by the FBI while working an unrelated undercover operation about a year ago, officials said. That tip led to a sprawling, nationwide corruption probe.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged - The New York Times
A teenage girl who did not play soccer magically became a star soccer recruit at Yale. Cost to her parents: $1.2 million.
A high school boy eager to enroll at the University of Southern California was falsely deemed to have a learning disability so he could take his standardized test with a complicit proctor who would make sure he got the right score. Cost to his parents: at least $50,000.
A student with no experience rowing won a spot on the U.S.C. crew team after a photograph of another person in a boat was submitted as evidence of her prowess. Her parents wired $200,000 into a special account.
In a major college admissions scandal that laid bare the elaborate lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into competitive American universities, federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in a brazen scheme to buy spots in the freshmen classes at Yale, Stanford and other big name schools.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Felicity Huffman arrives at court for admissions bribery case
Following a morning arrest, Felicity Huffman appeared in federal court on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles after federal prosecutors named the star in an elaborate college admittance conspiracy.
Her husband William H. Macy arrived at the courthouse to join her.
Actress Lori Loughlin and nine college athletics coaches were also among the 50 people charged Tuesday in what federal officials say is the nation's largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Justice Department. 
Loughlin is expected to appear in court on Wednesday. After that, legal proceedings will move to Boston, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the United States Attorney’s Office tells USA TODAY. Huffman was one of about a dozen people taken into custody Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors charged 33 affluent parents, including CEOs, prominent financiers and television stars, with taking part in an elaborate conspiracy that involved cheating on the SAT and ACT and parents paying coaches "enormous sums" to get their children into elite universities and colleges by fabricating their athletic credentials.
Huffman, best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives," is accused of paying $15,000 to a made-up charitable organization that then helped her daughter cheat on the SATs. Huffman also discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with a cooperating witness, according to the indictment. 
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools | US news | The Guardian
Scheme helped wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford
US federal prosecutors have charged dozens of parents in a years-old $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, and the University of Southern California.
Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William “Rick” Singer, 58, with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which served a roster of clients including chief executives and Hollywood actors.
Two hundred FBI agents were involved in exposing the scandal, which was dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues”.
Thirty-three parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 college sports coaches and associates of Singer’s business. Huffman and her husband, the Oscar-nominated actor William H Macy, are accused of making a $15,000 payment disguised as a charitable donation as part of the scheme. Macy is not named in the filings and has not been indicted.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Arrested in College Cheating Scam | News | Consequence of Sound
The alleged scheme involved parents bribing college coaches and administrators
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 people arrested and charged in connection with the largest college admission scam in American history.
According to NBC News, the alleged scheme involved parents bribing coaches and administrators in order to secure their children’s entrance into elite universities. Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit). Loughlin’s two daughters were allegedly designated as recruits for USC’s crew team — even though neither girl had ever participated in crew.
In other instances, parents bribed administrators of college entrance exams. In the case of Huffman’s daughter, she was given twice the amount of time usually given to students taking the SAT, and a proctor later corrected her wrong answers. The indictment says Huffman’s daughter received a score of 1420 on her SAT … an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT.
Both actresses were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was also indicted. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not.
Huffman is perhaps best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, for which she won an Emmy Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the 2005 independent film Transamerica, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. More recently, she starred in the anthology crime drama American Crime.
Loughlin portrayed Rebecca Donaldson in the iconic ABC sitcom Full House, and later reprised the character for Netflix’s sequel series, Fuller House.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Literally Just 26 Pictures Of Kristen Stewart And Her Newly Shaved Head That You Can Stare At All Day
Welp, it happened to you. You saw that Kristen Stewart buzzed her hair (and dyed it platinum blonde again), and now you need to look at every possible photo of the insanely hot new look. Well then, here you go! Below you'll find literally just 26 photos of Kristen Stewart's new hair, because it deserves all of your attention. Enjoy scrolling!
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194

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