Editorial: College bribe scandal is insulting to students

Staff Editorial

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The biggest scandal of the year so far is no doubt the college admissions scandal.

On March 12, 50 people, including wealthy celebrities, were charged with allegedly scheming to influence colleges into admitting their children.

These parents, two of which being actresses Lori Loughlin, best known for her role in Full House, and Felicity Huffman, best known for her role in Desperate Housewives, are being accused of paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to fake student test scores and bribe officials.

The scheme consisted of parents bribing exam administrators to facilitate cheating on exams, coaches and administrators nominating unqualified applicants as athletes on college teams and, worst of all, using a charitable organization to conceal the sources and the nature of the laundered payments.

Upon reading this, we at The Daily Eastern News were both stunned and rather angry to discover not only what these parents did, but the lengths they went to do it.

Sure, parents say they will do anything to help their children. But doing this is not helping the children of these parents; it is only teaching them to be dishonest.

Students all across the United States have trouble being accepted into schools and dealing with tuition.

The fact that these parents were dishonest and did this angers so many students in the United States and the world who actually had to work hard to get into their school.

Lori Loughlin, also known for her role on Fuller House, basically has no career anymore.

She has been fired from the show, and her reputation has been tarnished, as it should for committing such deceitful acts.

As the staff of a college newspaper and students of a university, we at The Daily Eastern News find it completely uncalled for and distasteful that any parent would bribe a university to accept their children.

First of all, we all had to make decent grades to get accepted where we are. These students did not have to do anything to get accepted into the colleges. All they had to do was have a so-called “admissions counselor” change their test scores to make them look like the braniacs and hardworking students that they really are not.

While it is sad that Loughlin, Huffman and so many other well-known celebrities and business executives have lost their careers and have had their reputations damaged, we do not feel sorry for them.

They should have been aware of the fact that this scandal would eventually catch up to them and they would indeed have to pay for their actions.

Remember that nothing in life is worth lying about. The only consequence of doing this is losing trust from so many others and, ultimately, your life being affected in more ways than one.

Honesty is always the best policy, and now we know why our school teachers always taught us this.

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