The biggest news story of the day has been the ongoing college admissions scandal, which involves nearly 50 people and multiple prestigious universities. Caught up in the scam are celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
Loughlin, Huffman and others are alleged to have paid money to a service that assisted their children in gaining admission at elite institutions by either having them pose as recruited athletes or cheat on entrance exams. Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli reportedly paid half a million dollars in bribes to ensure their daughters would be admitted to USC.
According to AZCentral.com, a document pertaining to the case indicates at least one school that Loughlin and her husband didn’t want their children attending.
It was Arizona State.
Loughlin, known for her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House,” and Giannulli agreed to pay $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, though the girls did not participate in crew, court documents allege.
Giannulli wrote to a cooperating witness in 2016, copying Loughlin on the email:
“We just met with (our older daughter’s) college counselor this am. I’d like to maybe sit with you after your session with the girls as I have some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to (our daughter) and getting her into a school other than ASU!”
There’s more than a hint of elitism in those comments from Giannulli, but it looks like the joke will be on he and his wife. After all, they’re now caught up in a federal investigation.
Arizona State may not have the academic reputation of USC, but surely having your kids go there is a better alternative to what they are facing now.