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  • Originally posted by gh View Post
    7 Stanford coaches were approached with bribes, but only the sailing coach took the bait

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...y-14879684.php
    wonder how the not so rich folks feel about kids getting their education paid for because they are good at sailing?

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    • "Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs sentenced to 5 months imprisonment in college admissions scam."

      https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/us/mi...cam/index.html

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      • Headline and sub-head:

        Lori Loughlin, husband to plead guilty in college admissions scandal, agree to serve prison time

        Prosecutors say the "Full House" actress faked the athletic credentials of her daughters to get them into USC.
        https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...andal-n1211941

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        • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
          Another thing that jumped out at me. The parents involved are quite wealthy, but not the *super* rich. They can’t just write a $15 million check to pay a legal bribe to get their kids in. They are products of what I call “fractal inequality”
          A variation of the conditioning property of the Pareto distribution.

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          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
            Headline and sub-head: Lori Loughlin, husband to plead guilty in college admissions scandal, agree to serve prison time

            Prosecutors say the "Full House" actress faked the athletic credentials of her daughters to get them into USC.
            https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...andal-n1211941


            They've now been sentenced.

            https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...al/ar-BB18ems2

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            • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
              They've now been sentenced.
              I guess my only response to this is - did they REALLY think they'd get away with this? Too many people knew too much. I know many of us parents would do virtually anything to help our kids, but I would have laughed out loud if someone had presented a scheme like this - even if I'd had the money.
              As the May posts indicate - you have to do it the old-fashioned way - give $15,000,000 for a building.

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              • It seems to me that they got off pretty easy, all things considered. But at least they got taken for some extra cash thinking they could buy there way out of a conviction too. Between the bribes themselves and the lawyers fees, that's a chunk of cash.

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                • Originally posted by schigh View Post
                  It seems to me that they got off pretty easy, all things considered. But at least they got taken for some extra cash thinking they could buy there way out of a conviction too. Between the bribes themselves and the lawyers fees, that's a chunk of cash.
                  Also they lost a lot of income - I guess Lori Laughlin used to be in tons of Hallmark movies (per my wife) and they pulled her off all of those

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                  • Billionaire's son indicted in college admissions cheating scandal

                    Prosecutors announced Wednesday that another parent has been indictedin the college admissions cheating case, accusing him of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgetown University coach to help his daughter get accepted to the school as a tennis recruit.

                    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/us/kh...cam/index.html

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                    • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                      Billionaire's son indicted in college admissions cheating scandal

                      Prosecutors announced Wednesday that another parent has been indictedin the college admissions cheating case, accusing him of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgetown University coach to help his daughter get accepted to the school as a tennis recruit.

                      https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/us/kh...cam/index.html
                      When somebody is looking for a suitcase full of cash as payment, I think the transaction needs to be looked at with a wary eye. Yet the application was completed accurately.

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                      • This is a wild story...


                        The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports Among Ivy League–Obsessed Parents

                        Where the desperation of late-stage meritocracy is so strong, you can smell it


                        https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...poTFJxXaed-Bxo

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                        • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                          This is a wild story...
                          The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports Among Ivy League–Obsessed Parents
                          Where the desperation of late-stage meritocracy is so strong, you can smell it
                          https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...poTFJxXaed-Bxo
                          Yeah, started with soccer(actually tennis and golf). Now rowing, squash, water polo, lacrosse.
                          Rich, white folks inventing sports because their kids can't compete in football, basketball, track.

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                          • Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler View Post
                            Rich, white folks inventing sports because their kids can't compete in football, basketball, track.
                            Private schools around here routinely beat the public schools in distance and technical events (PV, TJ, DT) despite being much smaller.
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                            Last edited by Atticus; 10-21-2020, 04:01 PM.

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                            • Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler View Post
                              Yeah, started with soccer(actually tennis and golf). Now rowing, squash, water polo, lacrosse.
                              Rich, white folks inventing sports because their kids can't compete in football, basketball, track.
                              They hardly invented them for that reason. Soccer is older than football, basketball. Of course, track is the oldest sport (along with wrestling). Tennis and golf began to be played competitively at around the time American football in colleges started. Rowing pre-dates all of them, and so does lacrosse. Water polo came about in the late 19th century. So rich, white folks have not been inventing them recently because their kids can't compete.

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                              • Actually, "football" was invented because Americans could not compete in "futbol"... (j/k)

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