Tag: Singer, William (1960- )

Lessons From a Scandal: Colleges Quietly Tighten the Athletic Recruiting Process

The college admissions fraud scandal, which cast a spotlight on coaches accused of selling slots reserved for recruited athletes, has caused scores of institutions, some quietly and some publicly, to introduce stricter regulations to their athletic recruitment procedures. Prominent universities like Yale and Stanford, which had coaches implicated in the scandal, swiftly announced new layers […]

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Admissions Scandal: When ‘Hard Work’ (Plus $6.5 Million) Gets You Into Stanford

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sitting in a plush chair and wearing a white blouse buttoned up to the neck, the young woman looks into the camera, smiles and offers advice about getting into a top American university. “Some people think, ‘Didn’t you get into Stanford because your family is rich?’” the woman, Yusi Zhao, says in […]

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Chinese Family Reportedly Paid $6.5 Million for Spot at Stanford

The family of a former student at Stanford paid $6.5 million to try to get her admitted as a recruited athlete, although they have not been charged in the sweeping college admissions scandal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. The student, Yusi Zhao, was admitted to Stanford in 2017. Her parents […]

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A Mystery Solved in the College Admissions Scandal: The Family Who Paid $1.2 Million

One of the mysteries of the sweeping college admissions fraud case has been over the families that prosecutors say paid the biggest sums to a college consultant at the center of the schemes but that have not been charged. The 33 parents charged in the scandal are mostly accused of paying the consultant, William Singer, […]

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A Supposed Stickler for the Rules, Now at the Center of a U.S.C. Scandal

LOS ANGELES — Ron Allice, the track and field coach at the University of Southern California, assumed bad news was on the way when Donna Heinel summoned him to her office back in 2011. He was right. Heinel, the athletic department administrator who functioned as a gatekeeper over whether recruited athletes could find a spot […]

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As College Consulting Expands, Are High School Counselors Advocates or Adversaries?

High school counselors are often students’ biggest advocates, whether guiding teenagers through depression or the stress of SAT tests and college essays. But in the federal investigation of corrupt admissions practices unveiled last week, some were seen as obstacles to be pushed aside. The F.B.I. affidavit revealed how wealthy parents and William Singer, a private […]

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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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At Yale, a Crooked Soccer Coach Becomes an Enigma

As Rudy Meredith was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in January to honor his 24-year run as Yale women’s soccer coach, he sprinkled his hallmark humor and humility throughout his remarks. He recounted how his wife was on the opposite sideline for the University of Hartford when they met in the early […]

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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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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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