Boston students, parents react to college admissions scandal

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Actress Lori Loughlin, star of "Full House" and "Fuller House", and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Ernst allegedly accepted almost $3 million in bribes and in return helped a dozen students get onto the Georgetown's tennis team, including kids who didn't actually play the sport in a competitive fashion, according to the New York Post.

WBUR's Fred Thys reports for All Things Considered.

According to the indictment, a USC employee Homayoun H. Zadeh was also involved, but was not a member of the athletic department's staff. Zadeh allegedly "conspired to bribe Heinel to designate his daughter as a lacrosse recruit-despite the fact that she did not play lacrosse competitively-thereby facilitating her admission to USC".

They also allegedly bribed the Georgetown University tennis coach to designate their older daughter, Isabelle, as a tennis recruit.


Ernst has served as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Rhode Island since August 2018. Ernst hasn't been a coach at Georgetown since December 2017, the university says, when Georgetown conducted an internal investigation and found that he had "violated University rules concerning admissions".

The case sparked outrage across the country, especially among parents who stress about the intense competition for places in universities and, more broadly, about privileged behaviour among the richest Americans.

Gordon Ernst, 52, was a former tennis coach at Georgetown University and the University of Rhode Island.

Parents paid a fraudulent test proctor to supervise the SAT and falsified athletic records and admissions essays, according to the charges. Authorities alleged that a well-connected college admissions adviser, William Singer, masked the bribes by filtering them through a charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation.

In January, the art student was admitted to Yale as a soccer recruit.


Of the investigation, he said only, "Our first lead in this came during interviews with a target of an entirely separate investigation, who gave us a tip that this activity might be going on".

The following year, Singer allegedly had someone help the youngest Henriquez daughter with her ACT in exchange for Manuel using his influence to get another one of Singer's applicants into Northeastern University.

"As far as the University of Texas is concerned - but I will expand this to every university in the state of Texas - it's important for every university to go back and re-evaluate, to study and to investigate, their admissions processes to make sure that nothing like this either is happening or can happen", Abbott said Wednesday morning at a news conference in Austin.

Officials say parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission.

Cheating on entrance exams.


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