Tag: Cheating

12 People, Including 6 Coaches, Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

A tennis coach with a country club membership and a second home on Cape Cod. An assistant teacher at a Houston public high school. A college administrator whose reputation as a stickler for the rules belied what prosecutors say was a penchant for secretly taking bribes to facilitate students’ admission. All together, a dozen people, […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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‘Pied Piper’ of College Admissions Scam Had All the Answers

He was part coach, part therapist, part motivational speaker and part name dropper. Like a traveling salesman, he sought out clients near and far, selling dreams of prosperous futures. In central Illinois, William Singer made a passionate pitch to local business executives who came by invitation to a hotel meeting room. In Sacramento, he addressed […]

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Yale President Says University Will Rescind Admission for Students Caught in Celebrity Admission Scandal

Photo: Yale University president Peter Salovey speaks during the opening ceremony on day 2 of the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 22, 2016 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Yale has spoken up in the midst of the college cheating scandal that has enveloped celebrities and their mediocre […]

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‘I Put My Work In’: Honest College Applicants Await Their Fates

The college application process, for those staying within the rules, is one long and maddening lesson in the limits of control. Study hard, make the sports team, detail the family financial situation and then … sit and wait. That this nerve-racking powerlessness could simply be bought off is among the most galling parts of the […]

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College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken

Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant. [The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.] American universities are often cast as […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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College Cheating Scandal Shows a Standardized Test Isn’t Always a Fair One

For parents desperate to boost their children’s SAT or ACT scores, the test preparation company Student-Tutor offered an enticing solution: claim a learning disability and qualify for extra time. “This time advantage can help raise their scores significantly!” the website blared. “Some students have even reported raising their score by as much as 350+ points!” […]

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Bribes and Big-Time Sports: U.S.C. Finds Itself, Once Again, Facing Scandal

LOS ANGELES — On the palm-tree-lined campus of the University of Southern California this week, a tour guide proudly pointed out to prospective students the university’s six Heisman football trophies and award-winning faculty, testaments to the stellar reputation the school has fought hard to build. What the guide didn’t mention was that U.S.C. had emerged […]

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‘Do Your Children a Favor: Develop Some Real Values’

Gross class privilege, the repression of meritocracy and the hypocrisy of supporting affirmative action are just a few of the concerns raised by Opinion readers since Tuesday’s college admissions scandal broke. We received more than 4,000 comments on our coverage, which included Frank Bruni’s column, “Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is […]

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Son of Couple Charged in College Cheating Scandal Defends Parents While Smoking Blunt and Promoting Mixtape

Photo: iStock Gregory and Marcia Abbott obviously didn’t believe their daughter had the intelligence or requisite flair to make it into a top university on her own merit. If their daughter is anything like their son, we can see why, thanks to the New York Post. Smoking a blunt that appeared to have been rolled […]

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Inside the Pricey, Totally Legal World of College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach. The service begins as early as eighth grade, as students are guided through choosing courses and extracurriculars most likely to find favor in college admissions offices. They must […]

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Inside the Shadowy, Totally Legal World of High-Priced College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach. The service begins as early as eighth grade, as students are guided through choosing courses and extracurriculars most likely to find favor in college admissions offices. They must […]

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Here’s How the F.B.I. Says Parents Cheated to Get Their Kids Into Elite Colleges

The scheme was as brazen as it was elaborate: Dozens of wealthy parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday, paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure the admission of their children into elite universities. Test scores were inflated, essays were falsified and photographs were doctored, all in an illicit effort to gain entry to […]

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin: How College Admission Scandal Ensnared Stars

A year ago, the feel-good Hollywood couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy made a $15,000 donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation. A bookkeeper for the charity wrote back saying that the money would help “provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth.” But the foundation, prosecutors said on Tuesday, was little more than a […]

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The College Bribery Scam Reveals How Rich People Use ‘Charity’ to Cheat

Two celebrities accused of crimes are just part of a larger system. (Photo by LISA O’CONNOR,TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images) On Tuesday, America was rocked by word of a massive scam involving dozens of wealthy people allegedly using bribes and other shady means to buy their children tickets to elite colleges. From private equity executives to Hollywood […]

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Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List

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. [Read more on the Justice Department’s largest ever college admissions prosecution.] Those […]

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Olivia Jade Giannulli, Daughter of Lori Loughlin, Is Caught Up in College Admissions Scandal

Olivia Jade Giannulli, whose parents are two of the dozens of people accused of cheating to get their children into elite colleges, quickly capitalized on her student status when she began her first semester at the University of Southern California in the fall of 2018. Ms. Giannulli, 19, is the daughter of the actress Lori […]

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What’s an Affair? Defining Infidelity

Six women are seated around a living room table sipping merlot when the topic of infidelity surfaces. Each one has a different definition of cheating. “Infidelity begins when you overtly flirt with someone,” says the first. “I think cheating happens when you kiss … with tongue,” another chimes in. “What about an affair?” a third […]

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Now That You Know: 10 Tips for Surviving Infidelity

You can get through this. When you first find out about your spouse’s infidelity, the pain of betrayal is unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced. You may not even be sure yet if you’re interested in surviving infidelity; you may only feel the pain of find out that your partner has been cheating on you. […]

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