Students, parents sue USC and other universities over alleged admission scam

first_imgWoods and Stanford student Erica Olson were the original plaintiffs in the suit, but Olson has since dropped out. According to the FBI investigation charging documents, over 50 celebrities, executives and professors participated in a racketeering scheme in which payments were made to Universities by parents to grant their children entry to Universities under false pretenses. The suit also stated that, while each university described their admission processes as fair and based on merit on their websites, this was not true in the actual admission decisions. The suit claims the universities knew or should have known about the college admissions scam because the funding went to university accounts or prominent officials. Tulane University student Lauren Fidelak, a plaintiff in the suit who had a 4.0 high school GPA and an ACT score of 34, was rejected from USC and UCLA, according to the lawsuit. The suit follows an FBI investigation that uncovered a nationwide college admissions scam at several universities, including USC. Businessman William “Rick” Singer Wednesday, was also named as a defendant in the suit. “To represent to students that the application process is based on merit, while simultaneously turning a blind eye to rampant bribery going on with the university’s employees, constitutes a violation of the UCL,” the lawsuit read. “She was so upset that she did not get into her chosen schools that she had an emotional breakdown and needed to be hospitalized,” the lawsuit read. Four students and three parents have filed a class action lawsuit against USC, UCLA, Stanford, Yale and several other universities claiming they were denied fair opportunities for admission Thursday, according to the complaint obtained by the Daily Trojan. “Had [Woods] known that the system at USC was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school,” the lawsuit read. “She also did not receive what she paid for — a fair admissions consideration process.” According to the lawsuit, the universities violated the California Unfair Competition Law, which prohibits false advertising among other anti-competitive practices. USC declined to comment on the suit at the time of publication. Daily Trojan file photo The suit alleges that, while the students were qualified applicants, they were rejected by various schools involved in the investigation because the admissions processes at the universities failed to fairly consider the students for admission. Along with USC and Stanford, the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, Georgetown University and Yale are named as defendants. Singer ran The Edge College and Career Network, a for-profit college counseling company accused of running the student-athlete scam which saw over 20 students admitted to USC under false pretenses of being recruited athletes. “We believe the lawsuit filed by the students against Stanford is without merit,” Stanford Media Relations wrote in a statement. “We take the issues raised through the events of this week very seriously. While we continue to closely examine our policies and processes to see if improvements should be made, we stand behind the integrity of our admissions process.” The suit claims all students or their parents paid admissions fees between $50 and $100 to each university without knowledge of the “bribery scheme” that was exposed by the FBI investigation Wednesday. Stanford student Kalea Woods, who also applied to and was rejected by USC, wouldn’t have applied if she knew about the scandal, the lawsuit alleged. “Each of the qualified, rejected students was damaged by the fraudulent and negligent conduct of the Defendants in that, at a minimum, each Class member paid college admission application fees to the Defendant universities without any understanding or warning that unqualified students were slipping in through the back door of the admissions process,” the lawsuit read. While there are currently seven plaintiffs, the suit stated that based on the number of students rejected each year by each university in the investigation, thousands more could join the class action. This story will be updated.last_img read more

Friday local COVID-19 data update — 20 more cases, nine more recovered

first_imgDES MOINES — 20 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our immediate listening area. Looking at the Iowa Department of Public Health’s statistics from 11:00 AM Thursday to 11:00 AM Friday, 12 more cases were added to Wright County’s total, four more in Floyd, as well as single cases in Cerro Gordo, Butler, Hancock, and Winnebago counties. The 20 new cases brings our listening area total now to 168 — 77 in Wright; 20 in Cerro Gordo; 15 each in Butler and Floyd; 10 each in Hancock and Winnebago; seven each in Franklin and Kossuth; four in Mitchell; and three in Worth. Nine more area residents have recovered — five in Floyd, and single cases in Cerro Gordo, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Wright — to make a total now of 63. Looking at the state’s numbers during the same 11:00 AM Thursday to 11:00 AM Friday timeframe: 16 more deaths were reported for a total now of 419; 461 new cases were reported for a total of 16, 415; and 329 more have recovered to bring that total to 8834. Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd1 Wright7712 Winnebago61 Wright Kossuth2 Mitchell Floyd154 Kossuth Cerro Gordo141 Deaths Butler Area Total16820 Winnebago101 Mitchell4 Hancock101 RecoveredNew Recovered Winnebago Franklin5 Hancock3 Cerro Gordo201 Worth2 Butler12 Mitchell41 Butler151 Worth3 Hancock Floyd85 Area Total639 Franklin Franklin7 Kossuth7 Wright71 Cerro Gordo1 Worth Area Total2last_img read more


first_imgSADLER SEEKS RECORD THREE-PEAT AS HIGH WEIGHTED GIFT BOX DEFENDS CROWN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $600,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP‘GRANDDADDY’ OF THEM ALL ATTRACTS 8 OLDER HORSES & WILL BE RUN FOR 83RD TIME AT CLASSIC MILE AND ONE QUARTER; FIRST POST FOR 12 RACES IS AT 11:30 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2020)–One of eight trainers dating back to 1940 to have saddled consecutive winners of the storied Santa Anita Handicap, John Sadler will seek an unprecedented three-peat this Saturday at The Great Race Place as his high weighted Gift Box defends his title in the 83rd running of the Grade I, $600,000 classic for older horses at a mile and one quarter.First run in 1935, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” has attracted an outstanding field of eight, including C R K Stable’s talented Midcourt, who has been assigned 123 pounds, three less than Gift Box.Kiaran McLaughlin’s up and coming Endorsed, Sadler’s Combatant, Bill Mott’s Florida-based Hofburg, the Richard Baltas-trained Two Thirty Five and others make this year’s Big ‘Cap a compelling affair.In addition to Sadler, those trainers that have won two consecutive Big ‘Caps are as follows:  “Silent” Tom Smith (Kayak II, 1939 & Seabicuit, 1940), Ron McAnally (John Henry 1981 & 82), Charlie Whittingham (Lord At War 1985 & Greinton 1986), Richard Mandella (Siphon, 1996 & Malek 1997), Bobby Frankel (Milwaukee Brew 2002 & 03), Doug O’Neill (Lava Man 2006 & 07) and Bob Baffert (Game On Dude 2013 & 14).GIFT BOXOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally trained by Chad Brown and purchased privately prior to winning the December, 2018 Grade II San Antonio Stakes in his first start for Sadler, this 7-year-old colt by Twirling Candy outdueled Bob Baffert’s McKinzie to take last year’s Big ‘Cap by a nose under regular rider Joel Rosario. Idle since running fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 15, Gift Box unleashed a monstrous effort in winning the San Antonio for a second time on Dec. 28, winning by 3 ¾ lengths while earning a Big ‘Cap-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 107.  A winner of three out of his five starts for Sadler, Gift Box, who took the San Antonio in gate to wire fashion, will attempt to join John Henry (1981-82), Milwaukee Brew (2002-03), Lava Man (2006-07) and Game On Dude (2013-14) as the fifth two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap.MIDCOURTOwner:  C R K Stable, LLCTrainer:  John ShirreffsA true training challenge by any accounting, Midcourt’s fortunes began a steep ascent following a near 16-month freshening, which spanned from Oct. 28, 2017 until Feb. 24, 2019, an interlude which  included the momentous decision to geld the now 5-year-old son of Midnight Lute. A handful both in the mornings and afternoons, Midcourt, who had been beaten a combined 27 ½ lengths in his first two starts, comes off the best race of his career, a 3 ½ length, gate to wire score in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1, which brought his record since the ultimate equipment change to five wins from seven starts.  Although well fancied at 2-1 versus Gift Box in the Dec. 28 San Antonio at 1 1/8 miles, Midcourt broke slowly and never threatened while beaten 7 ½ lengths.  With a 102 Beyer in hand following his triumph in the mile and one sixteenth San Pasqual, he’ll need to break running under regular rider Victor Espinoza if he’s to turn the tables on Gift Box in his first try at a mile and one quarter Saturday.ENDORSEDOwner:  Godolphin, LLCTrainer:  Kiaran McLaughlinLightly raced, this 4-year-old homebred colt by Medaglia d’Oro would appear to have tremendous upside, as he comes off an impressive two length allowance score going a mile and one sixteenth at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 11–his first start since running a creditable fourth in the Grade I Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 24. A first-out maiden winner going six furlongs on an off track at Saratoga Aug. 18, Endorsed, who won his most recent race in stylish off the pace fashion, has three wins from six starts and would appear to rate a huge chance on Saturday.COMBATANTOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerConditioned by Steve Asmussen through his first 22 starts, this 5-year-old ridgling by Scat Daddy closed much ground in his first start for Sadler, a third place finish behind Midcourt in the Grade II San Pasqual on Feb. 1. Although he would appear to be best suited at middle distances, Sadler has excelled in recent years with acquisitions of this kind and Combatant can be expected to step forward off of his San Pasqual run.  A winner of a one turn mile allowance two starts back on Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs, Combatant, who with three wins from 23 starts, is in search of his first stakes win, would be flattered by a fast early pace in the Big ‘Cap.HOFBURGOwner:  Juddmonte Farms, Inc.Trainer:  William MottFavored in two out of his last three starts, this Florida-based homebred 5-year-old horse by Tapit appeared to have a rough trip when seventh at 7-2 in his most recent race, the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Stakes at Fairgrounds in New Orleans.  Seventh, beaten 8 ¾ lengths by eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in his only try at a mile and one quarter, the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Hofburg skipped the Preakness and was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Belmont, which would suggest distance shouldn’t be a problem on Saturday. A winner of three out of his 10 starts, Hofburg, who calls Payson Park home, will be seeking his first graded stakes win in the Big ‘Cap.TWO THIRTY FIVEOwner:  Richard Baltas, Tom Mansor, Tammi Nielson & Kim RasmussenTrainer:  Richard BaltasOn the improve for Baltas at age six, this gelding by Stay Thirsty has been competitive facing Midcourt in his last three starts, most recently finishing second, beaten 3 ½ lengths by Midcourt in the San Pasqual Feb. 1 at odds of 22-1. Third, beaten seven lengths two starts back in the 1 1/8 miles Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23, he was second, beaten a neck by Midcourt three races back in the one mile Comma to the Top here on Oct. 27.  Well beaten in his lone try at a mile and quarter, Two Thirty Five, who is 21-5-4-5 and a reformed claimer, is in with a puncher’s chance from a hot barn.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 10 of 12  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTMultiplier–Tyler Gaffalione–113Two Thirty Five–Ruben Fuentes–118Brown Storm–Hector Berrios–114Gift Box–Joel Rosario–126Midcourt–Victor Espinoza–123Combatant–Umberto Rispoli–116Hofburg–Flavien Prat–115Endorsed–Drayden Van Dyke–115Special early first post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgIT was with great sadness that announced the death of singer Bridie Gallagher earlier this week.Tributes continue to pour in for the Girl from Donegal.There is a lovely obituary chronicling her life in today’s Irish Times. You can read it by clicking here:   LOVELY OBITUARY TO BRIDIE GALLAGHER – THE GIRL FROM DONEGAL was last modified: January 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bridie Gallagherobituarylast_img read more