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Volunteer Victim?

The recent “Operation Varsity Blues” college admission scandal highlights the perception of the value of higher education and how unscrupulous some people are to get there. Using wealth and privilege to get access to the best schools, internships and jobs is not new. Getting caught cheating and bribing to get in and being publicly shamed for it is probably a new experience for participants in this scandal. The CNN website and other news outlets have offered the following information related to the accused. One of two wellknown Hollywood actresses appear to be the de facto faces of the scandal.

One of the actresses allegedly lied about her daughters being on rowing teams, and paid a half million dollars to get them successfully recruited into the University of Southern California (USC). Considered an internet “influencer,” the 19-year-old daughter had created an impressive following on the internet and was sponsored by several companies including Amazon and Sephora Cosmetics. After the scandal went public, her sponsors cut ties with her, she lost followers and was publicly humiliated.


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