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From the New York Times:

William Singer, the Man in the Middle of the College Bribery Scandal

By Kate Taylor and Patrick J. Lyons
March 12, 2019

… He bribed college coaches, he said, to falsely certify that students had been recruited for the school’s sports teams. Prosecutors said he also falsified ethnicities and other biographical details in some cases, to take advantage of affirmative action.

The essay and test fraud seems pretty ho-hum, while the sports fraud is wild: I can imagine a million ways for it to go wrong, like you are a football coach and you take a bribe to get some uncoordinated rich kid admitted as your ace placekicker and then your real placekicker gets hurt and the dean who has had his eye on your scam insists you send out that dork you swore was the next Adam Vinatieri and the kid whiffs the field goal and and then goes all Garo Yepremian and you lose the Big Game by one:

It is bizarre that parents are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their kids admitted at mid-range colleges as athletes in sports they don’t play. I mean, I could imagine some super competitive sideline dad whose kid is pretty good at a sport bribing a coach to admit his kid so he can brag to his brother-in-law that you didn’t think it would pay off, but now my boy is USC’s pole vaulter.

That could be a pretty funny 1970s-1980s sports movie: a grizzled old college coach decides he needs a nest egg to retire, so for his last season he recruits the worst rich kids whose sidelines dads will pay him huge amounts of money to get their sons on the field. In fact, I’m surprised that movie wasn’t made a generation ago.

But, back to the subject at hand, I haven’t seen anything else about affirmative action fraud, which is an awfully interesting subject, going back to Soul Man a third a century ago. I imagine you could make a lot of money off parents just by acting like you know what you are talking about, since nobody else seems to have any credible information on the subject (I’ve looked).

This notion of bribing coaches to use their pull with the Admissions committee to get some kid admitted who doesn’t even play the sport seems both brilliant and way too triple-banshotty. Why not bribe somebody on the Admissions committee itself? As far as I can tell from reading books on the subject, staffers usually get to let in some underqualified kid who reminds them of themselves. (As Richard Armour said, the Admissions committee is in charge of admitting the college’s mistakes.)

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  1. Prosecutors said he also falsified ethnicities

    Oh, this is gonna be fun. But what are the odds we’ll get the real story?

    • Agree: GermanReader2, Hail
  2. William Rick Singer.

    That alone says volumes.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  3. I’ve met three types of elite university grads in the US:
    – Above average but unspectacular grads. Without an exception, they have a (((tell))). For the dumber ones, they may mention a Bar Mitzvah. For the more intelligent ones, they can avoid conversational landmines. But the last name is a giveaway. Always something of Hebrew origin.
    – Highly talented Asian grads, who will do well in an University setting but may struggle in a professional setting.
    – Highly talented white males, who graduate with near perfect GPA at good or respectable university in a hard sciences degree. Perhaps they attend an elite university for grad school. But increasingly, this seems less the case.

    • Replies: @Anon
  4. Clyde says:

    Interesting how William Singer was cave in number two. Seems the FBI needed minimal effort to work their way up the food chain to the man at the top. He then threw all his clients into the trash. Exposed them. Going by his looking serious and intense photo with Apple laptop, he is organized and keeps meticulous encrypted records.
    The first “rat” was an athletic director. Might have been the sailing guy.

    You know how this works. The FBI cajoles and threatens you to rat out the guys at the next level up, in exchange for more lenient sentencing. However in this case not much had to be done.

    All this based on current accounts. This affair/scam is as fluid as Jussie Smollett and his Nigerian chorus boys.

  5. But how can they legally nail him for the ethnicities, since race is socially constructed?

    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @Anon
  6. BB753 says:

    Since Affirmative Action is itself a fraud, I submit this man is not guilty. The next US census might as well report a 100 % African American population.

  7. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    University of Southern California was built in what was a wonderful White neighborhood in 1880 when founded, one of the most dangerous black ghettos in the country by 1950.

    Every couple years a student is murdered by black thugs. Just last week the son of an Oakland Ca city councilwoman black of course was murdered by local thugs Too bad, so sad that the son of a black activist against the death penalty prison reform early release and alternative community service sentencing was myrdered in a black ghetto so sad, too bad.

    Students have told me that many of the off campus students carry guns, no permit of course good for them. Also loaded guns in the apartments.

    The dorms are high rise. Men only the first five floors to protect the women from the ravening rampaging hordes. Allegedly the campus police are free to beat marauders caught on campus good for them. That and the numerous guns in off campus housing might be the reason USC claims a low crime rate

    It’s a beautiful campus brick with beige stone trim renaissance style buildings. There was a lull in building 1950 to 1980 so very little Stalinesque Brutalist concrete box architecture. Lots of post 1980 sandstone McMansionist style buildings a vast improvement over mid century hideous.
    Lots of old trees, mainly sycamores and oaks. Someone had the sense not to plant eucalyptus.

    But like so many universities, the Black Plague arrived neighborhood became dangerous.

    I wouldn’t send my child to USC for a full
    Scholarship even as a day student.

    The USC scandal is all over the news in Los Angeles

    Pepperdine university was nearby but fled the black terrorists for the hills of Malibu when the black terrorists took over the neighborhood. There was a small women’s college nearby too. St Mary’s. When the black terrorists took the neighborhood conquered the neighborhood St Mary’s split into 2 campuses. One campus followed Pepperdine north west and settled safely on the highest hill of Bel Air. Another St Mary’s campus like a medieval village during the Viking raids, fled to the shelter of the USC campus fortress

    Right on the edge of the USC campus is a nursing old age home, St John’s. It’s on a hill. The hill has been squared off and an about 25 foot concrete wall topped by razor wire covers the hill and protects the patients. It has more protection than the San Francisco US mint.

  8. Collective noun alert: A fraud of Elizabeth Warren imitators.

  9. First they admitted the negroes,
    but I was not a negro,
    so I was not admitted.

    Then they admitted the athletic stars,
    but I was not an athletic star,
    so I was not admitted.

    Then they admitted the students with genius IQ,
    and my father paid $1.2M,
    and I became a freshman.

    • Replies: @Truth
  10. CTD says:

    My uninformed speculation for why not bribe the admissions staff: There are too many admissions staff to bribe. Like this guy, talking about how the schools we worked for had ten and forty people working:

    He says: “I would pull up a student’s file, see my “Defer” or “Deny” recommendation, and then a second reviewer recommending the same thing, and then a high-ranking admissions staff member would flip the decision to admit.” Even if you wanted to just bribe the high-ranking guy, you’d have to know which one or ones. And if they turn out to have a shred of integrity, you’ve just messed up everything.

    Meanwhile, there’s probably only one coach covering pole vaulting.

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
    • Replies: @res
  11. LondonBob says:

    Reminds me of when I changed schools when I was young, for some reason my mother claimed I was amazing at cricket, actually I was useless at cricket, good at football, very good at rugby. Much to my consternation they put me in the team for their first cricket match, thankfully it was called off for rain and after seeing me in practice I never made the team again.

  12. This one is better. Selling cultural visas to your fellow Armenians, and presenting them as traditional Armenian musicians. I mean, who would knows what that’s supposed to sound like?

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  13. @Reg Cæsar

    “William Rick Singer.

    That alone says volumes.”

    Now, if that had been ‘Chip’ or ‘Skip’ or ‘Gar’ everything would be copacetic.

    The real problem here is that mere CEOs and A & B list celebrities thought they could use their filthy lucre to buy their kids into college, but what they didn’t reckon with is that the Criminal Elite were not going to stand by and watch their own currency, influence peddling at the highest levels of government (the best examples being Chelsea Clinton and the Obama kids, but it goes much deeper into the ranks) debased by these posers.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  14. I don’t think any football coaches were involved. Too much pressure to win plus publicity about the recruits. It was sports like sailing, crew, women’s water polo. Easy to fake a resume in those. Who knows who are the great 18-year old rowers on the other side of the country?

  15. @John Cunningham

    Who knows who are the great 18-year old rowers on the other side of the country?

    The parents of great 18-year old rowers on the other side of the country?

    I agree that it would seem easier to get away with sports fraud in women’s rowing than in recruiting a bad football player. But still, in these Internet days, the chances that you would piss off the obsessive sidelines parents of some kid who really wanted to row for Yale seem pretty scary …

  16. This notion of bribing coaches to use their pull with the Admissions committee to get some kid admitted who doesn’t even play the sport seems both brilliant and way too triple-banshotty. Why not bribe somebody on the Admissions committee itself?

    Steve, this is a good question, but you ask it because you don’t think like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and all the other good progressive mommies and daddies involved in this (increasingly hilarious) scam.

    To lay some groundwork, here’s one salient detail I came across at the Daily Mail that really stood out:

    Felicity Huffman’s daughter needed an estimated 400-point boost on the SAT, which is huge. And, even with that, the fraud perpetrated on her behalf only raised her score up to a 1420 — which is very good but not great — in order to get her into USC. That means we’re talking about an applicant who would have scored at a mediocre level on a fair test, and hence wouldn’t have had a even-playing-field shot at anywhere famous. She’d likely have been well-suited to a nice, not-too-demanding liberal arts college at best.

    Anyway, point being: if Huffman’s daughter is typical of the kids involved in this scam, we’re not talking about putting an extra matchstick on the balance. Wholesale fraud is required. And what kinds of applicants are getting into name schools when they’re that far below the usual standard? Well, two kinds: athletes, and AA admits.

    And here’s where the SJW mindset of those involved kicks in. Whose ‘deserved’ admission letter would you — as a good clean wholesome respectable mainstream progressive — rather steal: the letter that would have been sent to a privileged LAX or crew or water polo or golf brat, or the one that was headed to a poor oppressed noble wise commendable Latinx or African-American baby body?

    Remember that AA is sanctioned (I choose that word very deliberately); it is ‘set aside’ as holy; it is as a sacrament to the Woke.

    Who would dare to risk bringing down the wrath not only of the admissions department and the police, but also of the very gods you worship, by violating that cultural covenant?

  17. Realist says:

    Sadly almost every action in this country is driven by greed.

  18. @Anon

    Colleges try not to count off campus incidents in their crime reports.

  19. Hodag says:

    Wanna know what it looks like when incompetent but incentivized field goal kicking looks like? This year Goose Island Brewery offered a year of free beer to anyone who could make the 32 yard field goal blown by ex Chicago Bears kicker Cody fucking Parker. Here are the results:

    Rowing is designed to be a Title IX compliance program. The teams are huge (to try to equalize with football teams along with other women’s sports), the equipment cheap and the gals do not have to work too hard. Only a few regattas a year. Plus high school crew is few and far between – mostly posh schools like Loyola Academy, St Ignatius, New Trier etc.

  20. @The Last Real Calvinist

    No, some of the parents did fudge their kids ethnicities to help their chances. None of these parents see affirmative action as something particular holy, it is just much easier to create a fake sports resume than to claim your white kid is black, especially if you are a reasonably well known white Hollywood actress. Sports coaches also are apparently the most effective people to bribe since they have set asides. Affirmative action admits go through the normal channels.

  21. @Hodag

    Hodag wrote:

    Plus high school crew is few and far between – mostly posh schools like Loyola Academy, St Ignatius, New Trier etc.

    My wife’s niece insisted that her parents pay for her, when she was in high school, to do crew (rowing) at a private crew place. Their family is upper-midde class, but not rich: it cost a fair amount of money.

    The girl got a “full ride” at UCLA, majored in Econ. From which my wife concluded that maybe her niece was actually smarter than the kids who sweated the academics trying to get in.

    (Last time I saw her, though, she did say she regretted missing much of the college experience, because of practices and workouts, though I think she did save her parents $80-$100 K.)

    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @Foreign Expert
  22. Anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    triple-banshotty: It took me a second to decode this: Never disrespect the K.

  23. You can’t fake the interview.

    You can fake your transcript, you can fake your athletics or extracurriculars or whatever, but if the interviewer is serious, you can’t fake the interview.

    If you’re working in good faith, there are about three or four baseline questions you can ask an applicant right off the top of an interview to set levels, and unless they have some weird diagnosable condition, you can pretty much tell if a kid is H-Y-Stanford-Cal material (P / MIT are a different independent kettle of fish) in less than 3 minutes. Hell, you can tell the difference between H and Y in that span of time.

    If the colleges and universities want to be snookered (and they do), then they will find a way to let themselves be snookered. And they do.

  24. Astorian says:

    At any major university, the football coach is so highly paid that h ed never take bribes. Even if he wanted to, fans and alumni follow football so closely that everyone would notice if Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman wasted a scholarship on a kid who couldn’t play.

    But the tennis coach? He’s not rich, and hardly anyone pays attention to college tennis.He might take a payoff. And if a tennis recruit quits the team, who’s going to ask questiins?

    Even in the Ivy League, where there are no athletic scholarships, people would notice if a football player never suited up. But who ever watches the rowing team or the girl’s field hockey team?I

    Those are the sports where an underpaid coach might take a brube, and tell himself (rughtly) that nobody will see or care what he’s doing.

    • Replies: @OFWHAP
    , @Captain Tripps
  25. The Daily Mail has some details on the whole mess that I have not yet seen in US media.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
    , @Polymath
    , @res
  26. @The Last Real Calvinist

    The AA and athletic students need pretty white kids to socialize with, hence it benefits these big name institutions to balance their lower echelon, oops, mainstream segments. After all, the nerds don’t have any social skills except the entitlement that comes from being capable.

    And what do these faux athletes/geniuses major in? Well, SJW studies, of course.

  27. CMC says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    And here’s where the SJW mindset of those involved kicks in.

    Maybe it was like that.

    Or maybe , given the Asians lawsuit filed last year (April?) (see Steve’s earlier thread), this of all years was not the year for blonde moms to screw around on their kids college applications, let alone commit this apparently over the top ridiculous fraud. 400 points? I mean come on.

    But to wonder about the risks involved in that particular way would have required a familiarity and openness to hate facts, theories, and wrongthink —a Stevesphere world wariness if you will, utterly beyond the capacity of an SJW.

    Heck they’re probably not even aware of what Charles Murray said about Midwest state U’s vs. coastal elite schools.

  28. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Puhleeeze…This is called women’s crew, not rowing like a Roman galley slave.

    Dave says:
    The Daily Mail has some details on the whole mess that I have not yet seen in US media
    UK Mail has 4-5 articles running right now. They are past iSteve level of excitement on this.

  29. LondonBob says:

    I wonder how much cheating goes on for the GMAT, tests being taken by someone else would be most likely. I find all those seven hundred plus coming out of India very suspicious, in my experience very few are very good with words and numbers, which is required to score so high on both.

  30. Hans says:

    The poor noobs should have donated buildings if they wanted to secure spots for their sprog.

    I’m guessing that that the Asian lawsuit is reaching (((uncomfortable))) truth and thus the good ol MSM squid is releasing ink.

    Unz Archive: American Pravda: Racial Discrimination at Harvard

  31. Clyde says:

    Old man Singer
    Caught with his dick in the wringer
    Is not smiling like he did before
    Swarmed by so many clients
    To mold their kids into Giants
    By cheating on their SAT scores

    Get her on soccer!
    Get her on crew!
    Get her a sailing!
    Just get her in past that gold door!
    I will glad pay your fees
    If you can’t do this for me
    My wife won’t speak to me anymore

  32. anon[227] • Disclaimer says:

    Is this one of them “modified limited hangouts” or something? Admissions fraud isn’t systemic and rampant, it’s just something these rogue operators engage in. No need to worry!

    I thought it was an open secret that you can bribe American colleges to admit your knuckleheaded children. They joke about it on The Simpsons, fer gawds sake.

  33. ex-banker says:
    @Steve Sailer

    No question that parents (and students) would figure it out in any sport, but if they never end up on the roster, nobody knows better.

    The kids who should be upset are the better athletes on the team who were deprived of better teammates who may have been admitted in the spot allocated to the coach.

  34. Trevor H. says:

    Rudy Meredith, the Yale soccer coach who personally pocketed at least $400K. Official University photo courtesy of the Daily Mail.

    From Yale University President Peter Salovey’s letter to alumni yesterday:

    As the indictment makes clear, the Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by a former coach who no longer works at the university. We do not believe that any member of the Yale administration or staff other than the charged coach knew about the conspiracy. The university has cooperated fully in the investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case moves forward.

    Yep. The MSM in the USA won’t show his photo, and the university in question won’t even mention his name. Now that’s privilege.

  35. JMcG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Exactly. Everyone who goes to nationals knows.

  36. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    All admissions officers had to do for a sanity check was google a coach’s holds to verify the person was in the sport and was at least a local all-star (and likely had some articles written about them). 15 seconds at the most.

    That it wasn’t done indicates, to me, that the core is rotten because 1/ demand for degrees exceeds supply of degrees and 2/ everyone is MUCH too comfortable. Time to demand public auditing of admissions programs, there’s just too much at stake.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  37. JMcG says:

    Rowing is a time sink. The high school team with which I’m most familiar lifts for an hour three mornings a week. They are on the water every day after school, ready to head home at 7 pm, then 9-12 on Saturday morning.
    During the winter, when they aren’t allowed on open water, the schedule is the same, except the time is spent on those torture devices known as ergs. I’ve never seen anyone work harder for sustained periods than rowers.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  38. Anon[190] • Disclaimer says:

    Newspapers, as well as Slate, The Atlantic, and New York magazine all have about a dozen pieces each on this indictment. I don’t remember anywhere near as much interest in the last college admissions scandal, TM Landry Prep School. Could it have anything to do with the fact that that one involved cheating blacks?

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  39. @Realist

    Over the last 10 years, I’ve realized how true this statement is. I’ve come to the conclusion that those of us working hard, living modestly, saving our pennies, investing in the 529 for the kids, are all just dupes. There is wholesale fraud going on all over, and we think we’re being sneaky by inflating the value of our clothing donation on our 1040.

    I would say both greed and envy are involved, 2 of the 7.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Kylie
  40. theMann says:

    Sometimes the corruption hydra has so many heads.

    The schools NEVER had anything like a uniform admissions standard, which would be so easy to do, but but would exclude legacy students, wealthy buy in students, and so forth .

    The ever corrupt Jockocracy jumped in decades ago, because we all know how much a grade a Moron Left Tackle enhances the college experience for everyone.

    Civil Wrongs Laws came, and night fell on Ametica. The truly massive effort involved in putting one favored group of grotesquely unqualified students at the head of the admissions process was bound to be noticed by all the other grotesquely unqualified applicants.

    Why am I not at all shocked that college degrees become increasingly worthless, as the issuing institutions become exposed as utterly corrupt and dishonest?

    • Agree: Clyde
    • Replies: @Bill B.
  41. peterike says:

    It’s time to blow up the whole Ivy League prestige thing. Too bad Trump doesn’t have crushing the Progressive College Cabal on his radar. He should start by cancelling all Chinese student visas, which is a genuine national security issue. Losing some 350,000 Chinese students at a pen stroke would impact colleges hard. Some might even close their doors.

    Here’s my proposal, then. The Dept. of Education needs to require, by law, fairness in admissions. For fairness, of course! And here’s how you do it.

    Henceforth, there is no admissions selection process allowed at universities. The only thing a university can do is set a minimum score requirement for one or more tests (SAT, etc.). Any student who matches or exceeds the score requirement can apply. All applicants’ names are put in a bowl (literally, to avoid hacking issues). A public drawing is then held. If, say, Harvard has 1,000 seats in its freshman class, they must accept the first 1,000 names drawn from the bowl. Period. If, by sheer luck, the Harvard freshman class turns out 93% white males, then so be it! There’s always next year. This even applies to athletic admissions: no more recruiting of athletes. It’s about time we blew up the college sports scam as well.

    Another wrinkle. All seats must be filled with American citizens. If there remain empty seats, then they can be selectively opened up to foreign students (from a very proscribed list of nations).

    What could be more fair than a random drawing of qualified applicants?

    Well that’s my proposal. Somebody tell Trump.

  42. The same sort of thing is going on at a smaller scale in hundreds of thousands of other cases. Our whole system is gamed to death. Fake wealth and fake honors and fake accomplishments abound everywhere. Not just college admissions but job placements, promotions, awards, and financial gains are almost universally premised on fraud.

    Jussie Smollett and the whole Affirmative Action industry is rank amateur hour compared to what the White middle class does on a regular basis. In fact, the reigning characteristic of the White middle class is its omnipresent phoniness. Without massive and regularly practiced fraud, it would not exist.

  43. I recently moved to Socal from the East coast having never lived west of the Mississippi. One thing I notice us that a lot of people here REALLY love USC and UCLA and think of them as practically Ivy League schools. It seems so strange that someone would spend so much money to cheat in order to get into USC. I’m sure it’s a fine college but can’t you just make your kid study harder?

  44. Barnard says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    I think they went the sports route because it was the only plausible route they had. Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy are both famous, they can’t pretend to be part of a race or ethnicity that would benefit from AA. Also in the case of the women, they aren’t necessarily “stealing” someone else’s spot on the team. In order to comply with Title IX, athletic departments are desperate to get women into sports. Look at this list of schools that offer college rowing teams and how many schools with big time football offer only women’s crew. Kansas St., Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, girls in these places aren’t rowing in high school. They are using it to offset football scholarships and comply with Title IX.

  45. Polymath says:

    That Daily Mail story wins photo caption of the year for the pic of Lori Loughlin and her daughters: “Becky with the bad heirs”.

  46. Clyde says:

    **** A very cute young lady. Tennis anyone?****

    The CEO’s daughter and Georgetown student who allegedly gloated about cheating on her SATs after her parents ‘paid more than $1MILLION to get her into the school’

    Isabelle Henriquez allegedly knew her parents were bribing her way into school
    Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez allegedly paid $25,000 to have a ‘proctor’ sit with her during the SAT exam in October 2015
    The proctor allegedly sat ‘side-by-side’ with Isabelle and provided her answers to the test, then ‘gloated’ with her and Elizabeth about ‘the fact they had cheated’

    Henriquez and his wife also allegedly paid Gordon Ernst, the school’s tennis coach, $950,000 to designate their daughter as a recruit for the team
    This was despite fact that Isabelle had never played in a high school tournament
    She claimed to play ‘club tennis’ for 20 hours per week/year and said she had a ‘Top 50 ranking’ in the United States Tennis Association Junior Girls Tennis

    • Replies: @Daniel H
  47. ‘…and then your real placekicker gets hurt and the dean who has had his eye on your scam insists you send out that dork you swore was the next Adam Vinatieri and the kid whiffs the field goal and and then goes all Garo Yepremian and you lose the Big Game by one…’

    How about he makes the kick — or better yet, makes the TD-scoring run?

    Good for a least two minutes of slo-mo…

    It could be the usual heart-warming sports movie with a modern twist. Intellectually mediocre Jewish dork with rich daddy becomes sports hero, gets blonde shiksa. What’s not to like?

  48. I like this. Adam Sandler already played a similar part, and he’s Jewish. Sheldon Adelson can be the overbearing, corrupting, rich, repulsive Jewish daddy, Miriam Adelson the vaguely sinister step-mother…we can have the cowed media breaking out in cries of jubilation as it all turns out well and they needn’t dwell on the story that almost broke…

  49. @PhysicistDave

    Wow. That girl was very clever. Rowing is a really off the radar sport. The Indy 500 draws 300,000 spectators. The Head of the Charles Regatta ( two days) draws over 200,000 spectators and no one has ever heard of it.

  50. I’m not all that impressed.

    Forty years ago, it was common knowledge the Ivy League schools would let in anyone passable if you just gave them enough money. I knew a guy who worked for the Yale admissions office. Fathers would put it in writing. ‘I will donate one million dollars to Yale. The first installment of $200,000 will be paid upon my daughter’s admission…the second installment upon her successful completion of her first year…

    So what’s the huge moral difference between bribing the school and bribing the coach? I suppose the school has got some issues to pursue with the coach, but beyond that…nu?

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  51. Anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    But how can they legally nail him for the ethnicities, since race is socially constructed?

    I think this is a serious question. Something that interests me is, now that campus-think is turning up in companies like Google, in the EEOC staff attorney’s legal memo on James Damore and in the new ABA committee draft of the sexual assault portions of the Uniform Criminal Code, sooner or later there is going to be a problem with campus-style “because I said so” reasoning and the real world.

    Courts and legislators are going to want to see things strictly defined. I think you’ll see factors like sincerity coming into play, is there evidence in a person’s past for a stated self identity, is there evidence that the person is a troll, has the person self identified as something else before. You’re going to get a little gatekeeping creeping in, and campus types hate gatekeeping when they are not the gatekeepers.

    If power or privilege are accepted as important factors outside the campus gates, what happens when a white male professor asserts that in his job, when seeking tenure, he has no power or privilege? Who decides who has power, who is white, when whoever has power and when they don’t, and so on? That there is no chance he will get a job because it’s rigged against him. On campus he would be ignored or ridiculed, He would be deplatformed or shouted down. Real-world-side, that’s not how things work. The guy would have the right to a response. He would have the right to make his case. He would have the right to gather evidence.

    In the real world, social construction would have to be defined in a way that lawyers can understand, and internal contradictions would have to be worked through. This is not a field in which campus types have demonstrated much talent. When the lawyers are through with this, socially constructed race will simply mean that mixed people may be considered in either race under different circumstances, and that on occasion dark skinned people from somewhere other than Africa may be considered to be black. Or that once Irish and Italians were hated by WASPs and later they interbred and got along fine. Is that all there is to it? If not, you’ll have to be able to explain why not in language lawyers can understand.

  52. rob says:

    I’m hoping that the unfairness of athletes getting in under lower standards gets some public scrutiny. I mean, essentially what’s the difference between an under-qualified pole vaulter and an under-qualified kid who can’t pole vault. Colleges get huge government subsidies and tax breaks. They shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate on that.

    Sure, a libertarian case can be made that private organizations should be allowed to discriminate on any criteria they chose, but that ship has sailed. Maybe a case can be made that various employers like Ivy League athletes, but if schools couldn’t discriminate on athletics, then those employers could hire exactly the same sort from schools a tier or two below.

    Put sports on the same footing as other extra-cariculars, and the stereotype of dumb jocks would probably die.

  53. Anon7 says:

    “This is the worst fraud involving elite universities in the history of the United States”
    – Alan Dershowitz

    The Fox anchor does a good job of summarizing the problem at the outset.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Commenter
  54. Walsh2 says:

    The judge in the recent(not most recent but fairly recent) NCAA basketball scandal doled out light sentences based, in part, on the fact that everyone’s doing it – basically an open secret. I suspect this type of pay-to-play scandal is similar. And both pale in comparison to what goes on in SEC + (Clemson + FSU – Vanderbilt) football cheating. Perhaps the fear of uniting Southern Whites and Southern Blacks prevents the Feds from delving too far into that sordid world. When it comes to football in the South – culture > color. It’s actually pretty interesting the tribal ties to one’s team override tribal ties to one’s race when it comes to football in the South. Of course this only occurs in the Fall and only pertains to football.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  55. Anon7 says:

    The equipment is cheap for “rowing”? Are you kidding? My local high school offers crew as a sport and my daughter did it for a year (as coxswain).

    The 8-person racing shells cost $20,000+ each and they are incredibly fragile. It costs a fortune to do crew racing; it’s paid for by parents and not school districts.

    Participating in crew was an education; it’s one of those “kids sports” that are completely dependent on a decades-old parents association to achieve excellence. It’s the parents that make it happen. It requires industrial-strength fund raising and the most competitive, anal-retentive, engineering-based parents to win.

    • Replies: @peterike
    , @Hodag
    , @JMcG
  56. res says:

    Agreed. It’s probably also easier to convince a coach that what he is doing is less morally wrong if the money is going to the program instead of him. Does anyone know how many of these examples were structured that way?

  57. @The Last Real Calvinist

    She’d likely have been well-suited to a nice, not-too-demanding liberal arts college at best.

    At best. Better yet, a one-year finishing school en route to her real job: being an attractive, poised wife for a smart, ambitious USC grad working for her father or a friend of her father’s.

    Assortative mating in the US sure is expensive!

  58. res says:

    Thanks. Gordie Ernst looks like quite the character.

    Georgetown tennis coach Gordie Ernst (left) received a reported $2.7 million from the scam

    Gordie Ernst was Michelle Obama’s private tennis coach when she was First Lady. He is now the head of women’s tennis at the University of Rhode Island.

    That article has the full list of people charged.

    P.S. The Daily Mail seems to frequently do the jobs the US media just won’t do. Time to give it a passport?

  59. Alice says:

    Bribing the committee member doesn’t work because one member only gets a vote on a 5 or 7 person committee. The process usually involves debate. There aren’t set asides; they have to justify it. It’s not a guarantee.

    The set asides for athletes, however, don’t require a committee. Remember the athletic director on campus is more powerful than the chancellor or head of admissions or even alumni office.

  60. @Anon7

    Where are the Hitler reacts to the college admissions cheating parodies?

  61. Realist says:
    @Steve from Detroit

    Greed is probably the worst of all. It causes or contributes to the rest.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
  62. Truth says:
    @James Speaks

    …Then when the coeds came for the Negros and the athletic stars
    No one was left to sleep with me.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  63. peterike says:

    It requires industrial-strength fund raising and the most competitive, anal-retentive, engineering-based parents to win.

    Basically, all sports have been ruined by endless improvements. Call it the curse of white people’s inventiveness. Now, to be an Olympic athlete in just about anything means starting at an absurdly young age, devoting your life to it (despite a 99.99% chance of not winning the gold), spending insane amounts of money on equipment, training, coaches, etc., and in nearly every instance ending up as someone nobody ever heard of, even if you win.

    The whole thing is really demented, and a form of child abuse. All so you can beat the second place person by 0.034 seconds, making you “the best in the world,” rather than just a teeny bit luckier than the next five people in the race were that day.

    Sports used to be fun. Now it’s all just sickening.

    • Replies: @Anon7
  64. @Anon

    Lots of post 1980 sandstone McMansionist style buildings a vast improvement over mid century hideous.

    This is the most amusing take on the entire internet so far:

  65. Hodag says:

    The point is not excellence at Big 10 U. The point is to suck up as many scholarships as possible so the football team can make money. Few coaches. Cheaper boats. Take a bus to regattas. Stick a few ergometers in a room at the gym for training.

    Also the kids aren’t troublemakers. I suppose buying smokes for the coxswains to keep the weight down is a few extra bucks but who cares.

    • Replies: @Muse
  66. Kylie says:
    @Steve from Detroit

    “I would say both greed and envy are involved, 2 of the 7.”

    By the grace of God, both greed and envy are not among my many character flaws, for which I’m profoundly grateful. Greedy and/or envious people are perpetually discontented and more susceptible to dishonesty in all its incarnations.

    I work hard, live modestly and save my pennies. And I know that that makes me a dupe. But I have all the necessities of life and many of what I consider its luxuries. I am mostly content and often happy.

    But I hope all those involved in this fraud are slammed to the max. It’s not a question of envy or even morality. I’m betting they are mostly leftists and anything that brings them down is fine by me.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, Bill Jones
  67. densa says:

    A big part of the story hasn’t even been discussed. Singer had a domestic for-profit business and a non-profit offshore. The parents paid through the nonprofit. Tax deduction. The world of nonprofits is asking what’s up with this offshore entity, that no other legitimate education foundation does such a thing. It’s a twofer: make money corrupting the country, and let the rube get a cut, then offshore the profits.

    Daily Mail:

    Others who are named in the documents include: Bill McGlashan, the millionaire investor and director at CAA who founded The Rise Fund alongside Bono; Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co.; Agustin Huneeus, head of the Huneeus vineyard in Napa Valley; Gordon Caplan, a co-chairman at the law firm Willkie Farr; Bruce Isackson, president of WP Investments; and Manuel Henriquez, chairman and CEO of Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

    This is why Singer was so quick to say that he and he alone was responsible. They don’t want Mr. and Mrs. Gullible Gentile to realize that what was once a localized phenomena has metastasized into an entire way of life for–as Immelt put it–our overclass, our betters.

  68. Clyde says:
    @OC transplant

    It seems so strange that someone would spend so much money to cheat in order to get into USC. I’m sure it’s a fine college but can’t you just make your kid study harder?

    Study harder is not enough. To many Chinese, Hindus and other Asians in California that just got off the banana boat. And they are studying harder than white students can. Plus are going to ethnic tutoring schools and after hours schools. Cram schools too. A white student needs a leg up so you contact the Singer organization.

  69. AnonAnon says:
    @OC transplant

    College has become a nuclear arms race and is a lot harder to get into than when we were kids. USC gets 64,000+ applications a year with an acceptance rate of 16%. The middle 50% scores 30-34 in the ACT. Anecdotally, you’ll need double digit APs, be a 4-year athlete, a 34 ACT, a 4.7+ GPA, and other good ECs to get in. If you’re weaker they’ll offer you spring admission so they can hide your low stats from US News rankings. If you’re the child of an alum you’ll be offered the bridge program where you can go to CC or a local college and they counsel you on how to transfer to USC as an upperclassman. USC alumni are supposedly really great when it comes to networking with each other and their kids, hence the reason parents work hard to get their kids in there. When I first moved here (from the east coast) in the mid-90s we used to hear the phrase “pay your fee, get your degree” when it came to USC but no more.

    UCLA gets 113,000 applications and has an acceptance rate of 14%. The class of 2018 24-75% ACTs were 31-35. They averaged 18-30 honors (as the UCs define them, not your school) classes. US News currently ranks UCLA as #19 in the nation. It has USC as #22. Anecdotally, don’t expect to get into UCLA as a CA resident unless you have at least a 4.7+ weighted, two dozen+ rigorous APS, at least a 34 ACT, and be a 4 year athlete if you’re a normal middle class kid.

  70. Ibound1 says:

    Does this go on for medical schools, engineering schools? I always assumed people could pay to get into undergrad institutions (and the IRS was fine with the so-called “charitable” contribution deduction) but very worrisome if this is extending out to professional schools.

  71. J.Ross says: • Website

    NPR discussing this is maddenningly vague: no mention of title IX, affirmative action, exactly how any of this worked, or Singer’s businesses. Instead a lot of moralistic criticism of you the listener for wanting shortcuts for your brick-brained offspring. Pay no attention to the exposure of “meritocracy” — the important thing is that your brat take a gap year!

  72. How do you falsify ethnicity? Sometimes it’s as simple as just sending them a photo of a black kid pole vaulting, and telling them it’s your (white) son.

  73. Bill B. says:

    Alan Dershowitz makes the point in that Fox interview flagged in this thread that rank bribery that permits rather dull kids into the Ivy League is only possible because academic standards have slipped so badly in recent decades.

    He claims that a couple of generations ago they would have been quickly exposed as dullards by failing exams. I presume this applies to non-STEM subjects.

    (I remember V.S. Naipaul saying about a decade ago that the English language degree course at his alma mater, Oxford, was now so soft as to be a waste of time, a “reading romp”. He said in the 50s it was extremely demanding requiring rigorous study of at least one foreign language, linguistics, Old English, Latin, etc..)

  74. whatever says:

    supposedly the Malibu landowners (Rindge family?) offered it to USC, they declined, and Pepperdine took them up on the offer.

    As to the young black jazz “prodigy” (Mom’s words)……..WTF was he doing at Maple and Adams? That’s WAY off campus. I used to occasionally take some of those streets into Downtown when the 110 got too stuffed. It’s 100% Hispanic, Spanish-speaking, Chico-and-the-Man-Land. Also home to the “GHETTO BOYS”. Cruise the neighborhood via the Google, and note their tag is on just about every vertical surface.

  75. @Anon

    Most interesting, thank you.
    My father went to USC, but only for a year. He was far too interested in getting married and settling down, having come back from a war which had included a full year in Stalag Luft III.
    His wife graduated in music from the St Mary’s you mention, better known as Mount St Mary’s. I wouldn’t say it is on the highest hill in Bel Air (her sister and my aunt’s place there is quite a bit higher up); in any case, there is a superb view of it to the north from the Getty Museum.
    Nowadays it is a place for the invaders from Mexico; back then it was a small college for young ladies whose brothers had probably attended Loyola High.
    I visited the (as you say) handsome campus of USC precisely once, to visit my friend whose places in Holmby and St Helena I mention here with some regularity. I noticed no Negroes, and was not warned of their presence when I drove out to see him from Santa Monica in what must have been 1971.
    Perhaps he was trying to get me killed?

  76. Daniel H says:

    I do feel for this one. She seems sincerely committed to upholding the positive values of her admittedly privileged upbringing. Just a simple, fairly pretty, fenced-in Catholic girl. The tell that she’s not really bright is the Spanish major. She’s already a junior. I hope out of Christian charity Georgetown lets this one slide.

  77. OFWHAP says:

    At any major university, the football coach is so highly paid that h ed never take bribes. Even if he wanted to, fans and alumni follow football so closely that everyone would notice if Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman wasted a scholarship on a kid who couldn’t play.

    That actually does happen, but it’s more of putting together a package deal to get a high-end recruit who will only play if his brother/cousin/best friend is also on the team. Also college football programs are able to have up to 85 scholarship players on the team, so a bad player or two will not negatively affect the program.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  78. Travis says:
    @Steve Sailer

    nobody except the crew coach knows who got special treatment to get accepted to the school. These students never even went to a practice, how would those on the actual crew team even know the coach gave some non-rowers a bump in the admissions process ?

  79. @OC transplant

    I was waiting for an outsider to make this (entirely sensible) remark.

    You just have to have been born or at least bred in Los Angeles to understand this. Yes, there are places back East called Harvard and Yale, but that’s the point – they’re back East.
    This is California, we all thought and said, a country in its own right. It must have, and therefore it does have, universities every bit as good as the best the rest of the country has to offer.
    There was some truck with “back East” in San Francisco and the Bay area, because SF, after all, was a western New York and Boston all-in-one, but down in rough and ready LA, there were no such hesitations: we’re creating paradise, and the schools will mirror that reality.
    And so they did, in that, at least, they produced people who were perfectly fitted to running that world.
    USC for the better off, and UCLA for the deserving poor.
    Believe it or not, we simply had no desire to go east, even if our families (like mine) had provided Harvard and Yale graduates for literally hundreds of years. Back East was cold, it was small-minded, it was tradition-bound. We were the future and we were healthier, better looking, more confident, and potentially much richer than our benighted eastern cousins.
    That’s the way it looked from 1920 to 1960, and that’s the way it was.
    Now? Well, I laughed too when I read that people were paying large bribes to get their offspring into USC. Then I read on to learn that they were actors, and all was explained.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  80. Anon[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Goyish Charm

    If you’re a White gentile, you have to be really smart and driven to get into any selective university. No AA or ethnic nepotism for you.

    The stereotype of the average USC or UCSB undergrad is that he’s a White Chad partyboy. The reality is that these schools are now overwhelmingly non-white, with most of the White gentile students being highly academic types.

    The White Chad partyboys either end up in CCs or no name universities. If they’re lucky, they end up at Chapman.

  81. @res

    P.S. The Daily Mail seems to frequently do the jobs the US media just won’t do. Time to give it a passport?

    God no. Why add to the leftism already rampant in the US-based media when one can read across borders without the benefit of a passport?

    The DM is great for both its photos and knowing how to run a hot story, but I wouldn’t quote anything it printed as gospel without further attribution.

  82. @Realist

    A realist would know just how much is driven by hatred,

    • Replies: @Realist
  83. Muse says:

    This thing about the coxswain spots being part of the scandal really cracks me up. I knew a girl who coxswained for the University of Michigan in the 1980’s. They took anybody that was small, loud and willing to freeeze their ass off day-after-day on the front end of the shell. It was essentially a walk-on spot. Maybe M woman’s crew was only a club team then, but my how things have changed.

    • Replies: @Anon7
  84. Steve, I have read and admired your blog for a while but have never commented. In a twist of fate that is wildly coincidental, however, I am sufficiently moved to report that, well, until yesterday, I did a lot of work for Singer’s company; I know, personally, many of the people named in the complaint – the parents, students. I have been to their homes.

    I am not going to get into detail about what I know, though I should say that I know a hell of a lot more than has been reported. I will also say that, with a few minor exceptions, the families were exceedingly gracious to me, as were other staff members. And that the pay (in most instances) was quite good, and that Rick Singer and the other employees were (barring the occasional bit of friction, which is to be expected at any company) more or less decent to me. Singer’s alleged tendency toward corruption apparently did not extend to screwing over the people who worked for him – though it could be that he was scared that I, or someone else, might try to get him in trouble.

    I wish to do a couple of things. The first is to point to an error of fact in your post. The students who got in through the athletic “side door,” *never intended to actually play sports in college*. You are simply wrong there. As the complaint makes clear, once they get in, they just join the general student body, attend the regular student – that is, the non-athlete – orientation, etc. No one, apparently, is going to come hunt you down and ask you to play – particularly if the coach was in on the scam of admitting you. When a parent would inquire about whether this would raise any suspicions, Singer would simply tell them to claim that the student had been injured.

    The complaint – the articles about the scandal – refer to the “side door.” But in fact we helped students to get into school via any number of side doors, not all of them criminal. For example. few people might know this, but your chances of getting into a given school can be greater or lesser depending upon the intended major you list on your application. Obviously, there are instances in which a student has to apply *to a specific* school, like USC’s Marshall or Viterbi. So you’d better not even try to get into those schools unless you have a very impressive resume.

    But there are also instances in which simply announcing that you intend major in, say, economics at the College of Arts and Sciences or whatever will decrease your odds of getting in as against, say, announcing that you intend to major in sociology, or psychology, or religious studies. Because most students today are drones and automata with little to no genuine intellectual curiosity or interest in the glories of Western civilization, they, for the most part, want to major in some type of econ, business, or computer science. So a lot of what I did was help students to present a picture of themselves – through essays, extracurriculars, etc. – in which they could plausibly claim to want to major in some unpopular yet to me (I am humanist), quite interesting major like gender studies, philosophy, or soc or psych. Once they were admitted, they’d simply begin taking whatever classes they wanted to, and then, as a sophomore, declare the major they really wanted to major in.

    If the student was a guy, we’d have him apply as an intended psych major, because psych departments are heavily female. And if it was a girl, we’d choose soc, because soc is relaively male-dominated (although, of course, not nearly so much as something like engineering is). On occasion, we’d have a girl with high math scores apply to a STEM major, and work the hell out of the girl-in-STEM angle. This would often work, provided she did have some credentials.

    There were any number of possibilities along these lines, and I could give you many examples of this lesser “side door” practice from among the students named in the complaint.

    Which brings me to my next point, which is about scamming the affirmative action system.

    You have asserted any number of times on this blog that whites tend to be pretty honest when it comes to not lying about their race, the better to acquire Intersectional Pokemon points.

    In fact – in my experience with Singer’s company, at least – they do it all the time. I could tell you many, many stories. Many times, I have seen white students apply as black and gay. And I have helped the children of white billionaires get into Ivy League schools by claiming to have some obscure ethnic identity, with “underprivileged” members of which groups they’d claim to have done all manner of heroic humanitarian work.

    Let it be said that whites are probably not as honest about these things as you think.

    Singer’s company worked with many hundreds of kids each year, only a small proportion of whom employed the $500,000 side-door technique.

    Much more common was the side door of intending to pursue a less selective major – because, like any other bureaucracy, these departments are self-perpetuating institutions that seek to advance their interests, and, as such, need to enroll students; major and minor but at any rate unfalsifiable embellishments (claiming to have been involved with one or another extracurricular activity that, in fact, one was not involved with); and playing the affirmative-action card – even when one was white and had no legitimate claim to belong to a given identity group.

    I will say, finally, that in most cases, the system worked. The kids who got into Ivies were generally very intelligent and accomplished students with high test scores; in cases where the grades, scores, and activities were not up to par, they didn’t get in, affirmative action fraud and cake-major selection notwithstanding. The regressed-to-the-mean-fuck-up children of plutocrats, on the other hand, usually ended up at TCU or ASU, which, if, anything, is only a notch or two above where they properly belong. (Granted, many poor kids of similar ability and accomplishment are not headed for college *at all*, but that is another matter. Part of Singer’s appeal was that he’d get your kid in at least somewhere, although anyone with two brain cells to rub together could probably manage to finagle this task on their own.)

    At Singer’s company, I saw any number of highly accomplished students with SAT scores of over 1500 get rejected from, say, Dartmouth, much to their chagrin. Their parents, I imagine, were particularly chagrined, having heard so much about Singer’s miracle-working.

    The kids we’re reading about in the news are a select few, whose parents were willing to shell out for the deluxe “side door” treatment. And, anyway, the supply of this is of course limited. As one of the coaches said in the complaint – “I have to reserve a few spaces for actual water polo players.”

  85. We need a national conversation, no(!) not that kind, but a real conversation on whether college has any worth, not mention whether it is worth a lifetime of indentured servitude to pay off the student loans.

    A few suggestions, S’il vous plaît

    1) Loan Forgiveness. The current program offers:

    Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your …

    This is inadequate. We need total loan forgiveness for any STEM major at any school if the graduate teaches for a certain number of years, and partial loan forgiveness for the fraction thereof. From experience, four years educating the future basketball all stars was more than I could take, but four years of teaching for four years of real college seems about right.

    I would pro-rate the payback in terms of whole semesters. Each semester teaching compensates for one eighth of the total loan. Teach for two years and decide the fall semester of year three is all you can take? Then 5/8 of the total loan package is forgiven.

    I would forget about the requirement to teach at low income schools. If anyone lands a job in any public or charter school, then that work is valid. This way there is a chance some highly qualified new teacher stays on and does the work until retirement. It is a rewarding job, and the potential to bring in waves of STEM graduates to overwhelm to dead wood administrators should not be overlooked just to assuage some SJW notions about putting the best and brightest in harm’s way.

    2) Nationally funded Free U online with testing at test centers. This would work for working mothers (and fathers) who can deal with one course at a time at night, but not the extra hours to drive to and from a brick building where knowledge is doled out. For STEM of course.

    3) I have read that there is a corrolation between IQ and physiological response times. Perhaps the SAT tests need to have an eye scan to be administered upon entrance to the hall of testing, and again at matriculation.

    Permit a digression por favor.

    4) Public school administrators are like gang members who made it to the safe level, where they reap undeserved benefits and torment struggling teachers. I think wholesale rejection of the Principal structure is in order, to be replaced with non-administrators to do the scheduling, testing, behavior issues jobs, and an elected (prime ministerish) principal teacher from the faculty senate who has served on the various committees overseeing the non-administrator employees doing the functions most Assistant Principals now perform

  86. @JMcG

    My son is dating a dancer. Her schedule is not dissimilar.

    At the back of my mind is the question of when they find the time to do any actual sha…. never mind, young love always finds a way.

  87. Anonymous[405] • Disclaimer says:

    Lucky his last name isn’t so blatant or the goyim might really to start to think we’ve entered an enormous Kosher Krime Wave that reaches into all the top niches of our society.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  88. @The Alarmist

    the best examples being Chelsea Clinton and the Obama kids

    Who make Ron Reagan, a cat show emcee, look like a genius in comparison.

    The Trumps, the Bush girls, Chelsea, John-John, and Ron all seem to have taken something from their fathers, but regressing quite a way to the mean.

    By the way, the number of Clinton, Bush, and Obama girls add up exactly to the number of Romney boys.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  89. @Old Palo Altan

    because SF, after all, was a western New York…

    Right down to everyone from many miles in every direction referring to it merely as “the City”. When a teacher from Yamhill*, Oregon said that was their term, it was déjà vécu to an upstate New Yorker like me.

    Happy 103rd, Beverly Cleary!

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  90. @res

    P.S. The Daily Mail seems to frequently do the jobs the US media just won’t do.

    Because it’s news to them. Man bites dog.

    Not to us, anymore.

  91. @Reg Cæsar

    “By the way, the number of Clinton, Bush, and Obama girls add up exactly to the number of Romney boys.”

    So, we’re two pair short of DC Comics’ Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But I forgot that one of the Bush twins was drafted to yale, while the likeable one went to UT.

  92. @OFWHAP

    I would hardly be surprised if some big donors’ grandsons get football scholarships to play quarterback at famous football colleges and then carry a clipboard their whole careers, but launching them to be high school coaches.

  93. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Selling cultural visas to your fellow Armenians, and presenting them as traditional Armenian musicians. I mean, who would knows what that’s supposed to sound like?

    Maybe they only play works by Khachaturian.

  94. @Anonymous

    “Lucky his last name isn’t so blatant or the goyim might really to start to think we’ve entered an enormous Kosher Krime Wave that reaches into all the top niches of our society.”

    It’s almost as if they change the name with an ulterior motive.

  95. @Truth

    Doc, will I be able to play piano after the operation?

  96. Brutusale says:

    “When Miami plays Florida State in football, they should start the game with a car alarm instead of a whistle!”–the late Dan Jenkins

  97. @John Cunningham

    Yeah, the amount of publicity surrounding football and basketball recruits is MASSIVE. You can’t fake anything past the legions of nerds who waste their lives stalking recruits. People get paid money to follow that crap, on a daily basis.

  98. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    But I’d be kind of surprised if there aren’t national websites publicizing stars of minor high school sports too. So that seems pretty dangerous. Maybe that’s why they got caught. Presumably, college cheaters from East Asia don’t pretend they were the #3 competitor in lacrosse in the Shanghai league.

  99. @Barnard

    Yes, all good points.

    Assuming the information from the Singer Org ‘insider’ provided in this thread is accurate, I overinterpreted the case of Ms Huffman. Her parents’ celebrity status makes her an outlier.

    Mr Insider also notes that many white parents indeed do perpetrate ethnicity scams. This is news to me; I had assumed such scams didn’t happen much.

    Learning this leaves me with mixed feelings. Corruption and its associated lying are never good. But it’s in an odd way comforting to know that fewer people than I expected in this particular set of circumstances are ‘true believers’ in the grotesque system of deception and injustice that is AA.

  100. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Yeah, the amount of publicity surrounding football and basketball recruits is MASSIVE. You can’t fake anything past the legions of nerds who waste their lives stalking recruits. People get paid money to follow that crap, on a daily basis.

    The amount of money spent on sports recruiting is astonishing. But it’s the oceans of time and energy expended by college coaching and recruiting staff, and even more the unpaid devotion of fanboys, that really blows my mind.

    I’ve lived overseas for many years. When I left the USA, back in the early 90s, it was common for big-name college sports teams to have high-profile recruits. This was already pretty crazy — i.e. why should college sports teams comprising players who mostly had no interest in being students even exist in the first place? — but I was a normal American male sports fan at that point, and it seemed to me not that big of a deal. I found the whole American college sports scene impossible to explain to non-Americans I met, though. I didn’t even begin to try to justify it.

    But recently I had the impetus to google a high school athlete who’s the offspring of someone I know from way back. I came into contact with the vast network of traveling teams and recruiting websites and youtube channels and twitter feeds all dedicated to identifying, tracking, and chasing after school-aged athletes. All of these efforts culminate, of course, in a ‘student-athlete’ announcing which university he (or, increasingly, she) is going to sign with to play at the college level.

    Big-time college basketball is now of course the worst, with universities recruiting players for years, with their fans tracking and slavering over those high school kids as if they were demigods, only for said Sport Saviors to grace the college hoops for just a single season before heading into the NBA draft. But even when athletes are on campus for four seasons, does this warrant the galaxy of fawning attention that swirls around them?

    The sickness in American higher education goes down to the bone, but college sports are like a cancerous growth right out there on its face. If higher ed reform is ever going to happen, cutting away the most obvious infection and rot is as good a place to start as any.

  101. @DCThrowback

    Maybe the corrupt coaches paid off the admissions staffers who were supposed to be checking up on them?

  102. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Mr Insider also notes that many white parents indeed do perpetrate ethnicity scams. This is news to me; I had assumed such scams didn’t happen much.

    There is an adage, “What gets measured, gets done.” You have run into a corollary, that which gets rewarded illicitly, gets done through cheating.

    Democrats, mostly, and stabber Republicans, to a lesser degree, have set up a spoils systems that cannot but reward dishonesty, prevarication and prestidigitation in service of the vices of jealousy, envy and covetousness. What we witnessed was inevitable.

  103. Anon7 says:

    A neighbor’s daughter was an unbelievable 99.99 percentile child gymnast athlete. I’d watch what that kid could do at age three on a jungle gym or swings and be terrified. Unbelievable.

    And the parents enrolled her in an excellent gymnastics program. After spending age 4-6 doing gymnastics four hours per day after school, the parents were told that their daughter had a legitimate shot at being a world-class athlete and that they would need to move their family to one of the national centers for that sort of thing. She would spend all day every day working on her gymnastics ability.

    And the parents discussed it and chose to take their daughter out of it. She still had loads of fun with gymnastics, but as a person instead of whatever they try to turn those kids into.

  104. Anon7 says:

    For those who don’t know, the coxswain is the short girl who leads the 8 big girls who are carrying the $20K racing shell down to the water. At the coxswain’s command, they perform a delicate flipping maneuver to turn the boat over and place it – gently – in the water. The coxswain sits in the back of the boat and is responsible for steering the $20K shell so it doesn’t collide with other boats. Coaches try to pick the most responsible, assertive short girls they can find.

    I don’t know about being “loud” – they gave my daughter a small powered megaphone.

    I was one of those people who kind of blundered into being a manager and found that I liked it; the same for teaching. I think my daughter enjoyed exercising her “telling a group of people what to do” skills, and being responsible for the shell.

    She had fun for a year, then set it aside. You’re right, it did not require a great deal of athleticism, although she did row with the team on machines.

    You’re right about the endless Title IX support for women’s sports. Vast sums of alumni and public money are being spent all over America for softball stadiums and field hockey stadiums. And spent for acquiring land close to the school, for the aforementioned facilities. And all of the coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, and so on and on. And uniforms and equipment. And maintenance for separate but equal facilities.

    OTOH since Title IX and all of the extra money and attention that goes with it, coaches have gone from 90% women to 40%. So there’s that.

  105. Realist says:
    @Bill Jones

    A realist would know just how much is driven by hatred,

    Many times hatred is driven by greed for wealth and power. Usually when two or more are after the same wealth and/or power.

    Radix malorum est cupiditas; greed is the root of evil.

  106. @Astorian

    Those are the sports where an underpaid coach might take a brube, and tell himself (rughtly) that nobody will see or care what he’s doing.

    That’s a fundamental integrity issue right there. We used to have a social culture, underpinned by a common sense of Christian morals and ethics, where that wouldn’t even be a consideration. Do the right thing when no one is looking, as we used to say. It appears that ethic is failing across the board. Ivy league (the so-called “leadership class”) sports coaches should be setting the example, not embracing “I got mine, muthaf–ka” ethics.

    This is worth revisiting this classic scene:

  107. Trevor H. says:
    @Colin Wright

    No such document was ever written or has ever existed, nor was any such implied contract ever accepted. There have always been “development admits” but good schools go to great lengths to ensure that all students are capable of the work. And the work is not easy. The closest things I’ve ever seen to exceptions were black and hispanic AA admits. The story you heard is BS.

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  108. @Realist

    I’d say Pride. Its at the top of most of the Lists of 7 that I’ve seen; it was his Pride that had Lucifer cast from heaven. I think all other 6 link to and/or descend from the belief that you are better than God.

    Once again, unto Shelley:

    “I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;

    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

  109. wHO says:

    “When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. There is no such thing as a no-man’s land between honesty and dishonesty. Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitiveness to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invasion by foreign armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior.” – Herbert Hoover

  110. Anonymous[269] • Disclaimer says:

    “the gals do not have to work too hard.”

    You’ve obviously never rowed. It’s more intense than competitive cross country.

    Oh…and the shells are not cheap either.

  111. JMcG says:

    You are right about support, but to win it takes very, very hard working kids.

  112. @Trevor H.

    ‘…’There have always been “development admits” but good schools go to great lengths to ensure that all students are capable of the work. And the work is not easy. The closest things I’ve ever seen to exceptions were black and hispanic AA admits. The story you heard is BS.’

    I’m convinced it was true. The guy was a close friend, and he did work for the office concerned. Note that indeed, the prospective student had to be minimally qualified — capable of earning what used to be called ‘a gentleman’s C’.

  113. @Reg Cæsar

    Yes, we did indeed – thanks for the reminder.

    But as far north as northern Oregon, and hardly thirty mies from Portland?

    Impressive. Makes us Bay Area people proud.

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