‘Operation Varsity Blues’: the College Admission Scandal

Samantha Acevedo, Senior

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This month, many college advisors and parents were indicted with the felonious act of bribing colleges with means for admissions to prestigious schools.

On March 12, 2019, multiple coaches were charged for accepting bribes as large as $25 million between the years of 2011 and 2019, and fulfilling requests from numerous parents to have their kids dishonestly listed as registered athletes.

Many of these coaches went as far as to photoshopping the faces of these students on athletic bodies, using numerous stock photos to make it seem believable.

Amongst the few of the indicted parents is Full House, actress Lori Loughlin, and Desperate Housewives’  Felicity Huffman. Huffman was suspected of paying nearly 15 thousand dollars to get her daughter into Barcliff Academy, as well as paying to fabricate her eldest daughter’s SAT scores.

Lori Loughlin paid nearly half a million dollars for coaches to photoshop her daughter’s body onto those of athletes and false athletic records in order to receive admissions from the University of Southern California.

Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade Giannuli, runs a Youtube channel with over 1.2 million subscribers. Recent videos went viral showing that Giannuli doesn’t care about school, in one video she stated, “But I’m also literally never at school… maybe they forget I go there. I’m just kidding!”

Both of Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannuli have been withdrawn from USC programs claiming that they couldn’t withstand the ‘vicious bullying.’

Both Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were arrested and charged with bribery, Loughlin has posted a bail of 1 million dollars whereas Huffman posted 250 thousand dollars.

Both of the actresses, including 46 other parents, have been hit with a 500 billion dollar lawsuit by an enraged parent, who claims that her son Joshua Toy was rejected regardless of his incredible work ethic: “Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants, but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason.” Toy has an outstanding GPA of 4.2, his family requests a jury trial with their attorney’s fees and expenses to be covered.

Schools that were part of the scandal include Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest University, University of Texas, University of San Diego, and the University of Southern California.

The investigation is ongoing. Loughlin’s court hearing is on March 29, 2019, in Boston.  Forty-six other individuals are still under investigation.