College scandal: bribery is used as a scapegoat


Elizabeth Oswalt

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, along with 48 other people have been arrested for being a part of a college scandal which allowed their children spots in elite colleges. Loughlin, an actress known for her role as Aunt Becky in Full House and her most recent show When Calls the Heart, has allegedly paid to have her daughter, Olivia Jade and Isabella recruited by USC for their crew team, even though neither of them ever participated in the sport in the past.
Loughlin supposedly paid $15,000 so her daughters could have twice the amount of time on the SAT and have a proctor correct any answers that were wrong. In total, Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, spent nearly $500,000 in bribes and “donations” to secure their daughters places at USC and on the crew team. The average cost to send one person to the University of Southern California is $67,145. If you double that cost, two years at USC would total $134,290. Lori Loughlin essentially paid more money trying to get her daughters into USC than the actual cost of tuition. 
In addition, in light of the recent scandal, Loughlins youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, a social media influencer with a Sephora collaboration, had her collaboration cancelled. She also was a fairly popular Youtuber, but has been inactive since news of this college scandal. Olivia Jade and Isabella, have not been officially kicked out of USC, however, they decided to leave – shocker.
Literally, the only question that I can even think to ask is: why would they do this? Loughlin and her family are by no means broke, they could have afforded any college their daughters wanted to go to, so why spend $500,000 to have them get into USC? Maybe if they had spent that much money on private tutors and prep classes, they would not have had to pay others to cheat their kids into elite schools.
Due to wealth privilege, Loughlin’s family had every opportunity to help their daughters succeed in life the right way, and by this I mean literally anything but cheating on the SAT. Seriously, it is not that hard to get a tutor or to sign your child up for a SAT prep classes.
Not just Loughlin’s family though, but Felicity Huffman’s along with the other 48 people who were arrested, all had the means of giving their kids the best academic opportunities without needing bribery or cheating. Maybe they didn’t spend as much money as Loughlin did but regardless, if you can spend thousands of money to get your child into a certain school, you can afford tutors, prep classes, and anything that can help them in their educational journey.
Finally, Loughlin, Huffman, and all the other families involved not only screwed their lives and reputations up, but also the lives of their kids. So, was it worth $500,000 to get your kids into a college they ended up dropping out of anyway?
Cartoon by Cassie Talbot.