The biggest news to me is that this is a scandal.
I think just about everyone figures that a wealthy person can buy admission for their kid with a generous donation to the school.
I’m perplexed as to why these folks didn’t just make a donation to the school.
Maybe they tried but the school’s asking price was too high, so they tried a scalper?
Or, maybe I just have it wrong and rich folks really can’t buy their child’s way in to a school with a generous donation.
If I recall correctly, my alma mater got a brand new basketball arena paid for by a generous donor right about the time said generous donor’s son was on the school’s D1 basketball team. I don’t recall there be a big hullabaloo about that.
Update: Given the revelation on how much Dr. Dre donated to USC to pave the way for his daughter to attend, I’d say the above hypothesis is correct. The asking price for direct donations to the university was too high, creating a black market for lower level folks to peddle their influence.