Tag: College Admissions Scandal (2019)

Now the Rich Want Your Pity, Too

Seems like it’s getting tough at the top. The winners in America’s meritocracy are suffering. Children in affluent homes are being hothoused through childhood, stress-tested into elite schools and colleges, and pushed to the brink of suicide or breakdown. Their highly educated mothers and fathers are putting in long hours in their chosen professions: money-rich, […]

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Parents Paid to Open College Doors. Now They’re Spending to Limit Prison Time.

BOSTON — One parent, hoping to avoid prison in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud case, stood before the judge with an elaborate proposal for a community service project: He could make amends, the parent’s lawyers offered, by designing and raising funds for a “cutting-edge” collaboration between the Special Olympics and private schools. To reinforce […]

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Parent Gets 4 Months in College Admissions Scandal

BOSTON — The ruse was flagrant: The father ordered water polo gear online and had his son pose in it for a photograph in the family’s swimming pool. He then hired a graphic designer to enhance the photo, another piece in a scheme to pass his son off as a water polo player and secure […]

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Charges Against Another Parent Revealed in the College Admissions Scandal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Prosecutors unsealed charges on Tuesday against a woman who they said had paid a consultant $400,000 to get her son admitted to the University of California, Los Angeles, as a recruit for the soccer team. The charges added another defendant to the Justice Department’s sprawling college admissions prosecution. The woman, Xiaoning Sui, 48, […]

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Facing Sentencing, Felicity Huffman Says She Wanted ‘Fair Shot’ for Daughter

BOSTON — The popular television actress exuded confidence in front of the camera, but as a mother, she said, she was insecure. Felicity Huffman, the actress who is expected to be sentenced on Friday in the nation’s largest college admissions cheating case, said she was always searching for “the right book or the right piece […]

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Lynn Swann Resigns as U.S.C.’s Athletic Director

Lynn Swann, the athletic director at the University of Southern California since 2016, abruptly resigned on Monday amid turbulence in the football program, two F.B.I. investigations targeting the athletic department and questions about whether Swann’s connections to the school’s biggest donor had landed him the job, for which he had no previous experience. Swann’s resignation […]

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Looming Over the College Admissions Case: Will Parents Like Felicity Huffman Get Jail?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — With the first sentencings on the horizon for a group of wealthy parents accused of paying big sums to get their children into prestigious colleges by cheating, the legal drama has come down to a simple question: Will they serve any jail time? The actress Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying […]

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In Crunch for College Admission, U.S.C. Tracks Applicants’ Ties to Big Donations

The emails to the dean of admissions flagged students that the athletic department had taken a special interest in — not, apparently, for their prowess on the field or in the pool. “Long time donors,” read a note about one applicant. “$3 mil to Men’s Golf-Thailand,” read another. And the notes about applicants — and […]

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Lori Loughlin Due in Court as Admissions Scandal Looms Over New School Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Students are moving in, syllabuses are being handed out and freshmen are getting directions to the 24-hour Starbucks. But as a new school year begins at the University of Southern California, the nation’s largest-ever admissions fraud prosecution continues to roil the campus. Close to 20 U.S.C. students are entering the fall not […]

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College Admissions Scandal: No Prison Time for Former Stanford Coach

BOSTON — A former Stanford University sailing coach accused of taking bribes from a corrupt college consultant was ordered on Wednesday to serve no prison time, becoming the first person sentenced in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud prosecution. The coach, John Vandemoer, was given a far lighter sentence than prosecutors had sought: a single […]

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Judge to Decide First Sentence in College Admissions Scandal

A former Stanford University sailing coach accused of taking bribes from a corrupt college consultant is set to learn his punishment in federal court on Wednesday, becoming the first person sentenced in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud prosecution. Looming over his sentencing will be a larger question, about who should be considered a victim […]

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Fairy-Tale College Applications

Nyjal Mitchell, 16, and his family filed a police complaint in 2017 against Mike Landry, the founder of T.M. Landry, detailing what they said were three instances of assault. Sanaa Mitchell, 12, Nyjal’s younger sister, said Mike Landry made a mistake by picking on her brother and her family.CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times […]

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