Money is Power

Emilee Jones

Early last week new reports came out claiming many wealthy families had paid money on the side for their kids to be accepted into elite schools like the University of Southern California and the University of Los Angeles. They paid a test proctor to feed their child the answers for college admissions tests such as the ACT and the SAT. They even paid someone to “recruit” their child to play a certain sport so they would be guaranteed a spot at these elite schools even though they would not play sports.

One of the parents who paid money on the side was Lori Loughlin, best known as “Aunt Becky” from Full House. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli paid over $500,000 to William Singer, a Los Angeles college counselor, to get their daughters Isabella and Olivia Giannulli into one of California’s most elite colleges, University of Southern California. Singer was the alleged “mastermind” of these scandals. According to USA Today, Singer Boasted to parents about getting over 800 kids into college through what he called the “side door.” Singer also helped some students write their college admissions essays and arranged tutors for them.

Along with Lori Loughlin, Jane Buckingham also helped her son cheat his way into an elite university, this time without him knowing. Jane hired a stand-in to take a college admission test for her son while he was at home recovering from tonsillitis. She wanted Jack to feel like he earned the score, so she allegedly came up with a ruse where she would proctor a practice test at home for Jack, according to USA Today. Jack was the only student involved who spoke out publicly about the issue, saying, “I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.” There were 50 people charged, including 31 parents from 26 wealthy families. This case just goes to prove, money is power. If you have enough money you can buy your way into whatever you want.