College Cheating Scandal

The Whole USC Aunt Becky Scandal Further Enforces The Wealth Gap

An ode to all the students who parents didn't have to bribe their way into university.

66
views

If you haven't lived under a rock for the past few days then you might have witnessed the bomb that exploded all over Twitter, Instagram, and every other social media of the "Aunt Becky Scandal." On Tuesday March 12, 2019 breaking news erupted that over four dozen parents had invested millions of dollars in their children's education one of them including Lori Loughlin or more known as Aunt Becky. Now the parents didn't send money in order to help their children pay for a meal plan or loaning some spare cash for text books but funneling millions of illegal dollars to corporations and to a group of the country's most selective universities. The parents found loops holes for their kids to be accepted into the school whether that be cheating on standardized tests like the ACT or the SAT, bribing coaches, and even faking athletic credentials.

If this doesn't spark outrage in you, then you are not paying close enough attention. Let's do some basic math. According to the ACT website, the average ACT test with writing, was more than sixty dollars, and that isn't including the late fee of thirty dollars. For someone of a lower family class hovering at the poverty line, this could mean either taking the college mandatory test to further their education, or to buy enough groceries to last their family for the week, a tough decision to make. Most people rarely take the ACT only once, so to double or triple that price is out of the question. All of this money is either coming from their pockets or their parents who are already struggling. Compare this to the guilty defendants who have invested millions like it was nothing to them. The wealth gap is practically jumping up and down in front of America and no one is saying anything about it.

Lori Loughlin who played Aunt Becky on "Full House" is probably the most recognized and famous of the bunch allegedly agreed to pay bribes totally $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters, one of which is a popular YouTuber, Olivia Jade, to be recruited to the University of Southern California rowing team. Keep in mind this is a sport neither girl had been a part of, and their parents sent in pictures of them on rowing machines, something that is common in every gym across the country. Whenever the girls got into the school based on fraud, they took away two spots of girls who could have potentially been on the team and or were waitlisted and actually had the grades and put in the effort to be accepted to the prestigious school. Jade the youngest of the two had mentioned in a YouTube video that she wasn't looking forward to school, just the parties and tailgates before football games.

With over half a million dollars invested into their schooling you would think that Loughlin would invest in tutors to help her children enroll in a university, but no just illegal activities that cause them a cemented spot on the campus. What this shows is the lack in faith that Loughlin had in her daughters and how far she would go to try and put on a good front to her public image. This not only blatantly screams out the widening wealth gap it shows the white privilege as well that they are hiding behind. Where is the outrage from the media, where is the coverage of all of the underprivileged and disadvantaged students who spent months tidying for the test only to be turned down, so a rich white girl can waltz her way into the school with ease because mommy paid a pretty penny?

I believe in second chances, and I believe in looking in the good in people, but if Loughlin or her daughters or other members of the guilty party including actress Felicity Huffman or the other fifty members don't take this as a chance to speak up for the voiceless and have their children step down from their places at the school to open up spots of those more deserving then they are not the role models I want, or have others praise.

Everyone apart of this situation, whether that be a parent, a child, or part of the administration they need to take this time as an opportunity to check their values, check their privilege, and to do the right thing by acknowledging what they did as wrong and to bring awareness to the wealth gap that they have been digging since writing their checks.

Popular Right Now

There's A Perfect Luke Combs Song For Every Situation

If you're going through ANY kind of situation, Luke probably has a song for it.

13004
views

Saying that I'm a Luke Combs-lover would be an understatement. I've seen him in concert almost more times to count on two hands, I've met him, I have his autograph... I'm a little obsessed. Knowing every lyric to every song of his is definitely a talent. He is an incredible artist and has gotten me through every tough time I've ever been through.

1. "One Number Away"

If you have an ex who you really just want to pick up the phone and call sometimes, then this song is definitely for you. It has such a strong meaning explaining that if you're just lonely and missing someone that you probably shouldn't, they're only one number away..

2. "When It Rains It Pours"

Having a bunch of bad crap happen all at once is awful, but then again, it sometimes works out for the best. If you've ever had a bad day or week where it just seems that one bad thing is happening after another, then this is definitely a jam for you.

3. "This Ones For You"

If you have that certain person or group of people that really have always been there for you and helped shape you into the person that you are today and you really feel like you owe them something, this is the perfect song that will really put into words how you're feeling!

4. "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Sometimes we take what we have for granted, and we don't realize what we have or how good we have it until its gone. Most could say they've been in this situation once or twice or at least know someone that has. If so, I highly recommend listening to this gem by Luke!

5. "Must've Never Met You"

We have all had that one person in our lives that we have ended things with and we have all of these people trying to be positive saying, "Oh, it gets better," or "The grass is greener on the other side." Sometimes that can be hard for us to believe. This is definitely a super meaningful song especially if you've ever been in a situation like that.

6. "She Got The Best Of Me"

If you have ever been with someone who truly has got the best of you, and when it's over you kinda just feel like there's nothing left of you, then you DEFINITELY need to hear this song!

There are so many more Luke Combs songs that have such deep meanings and backgrounds that could fit the perfect situation for you. Luke really is such a great artist with the best intentions for his fanbase, The Bootleggers. Go check him out, I promise you won't regret it!

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

7 Things We Should be Talking About Instead of James Charles

Not to sound like Shane Dawson, but did the government put them up to this publicity stunt?

42
views

If you're an avid YouTube watcher such as myself, I'm sure you're fully aware of the drama between James Charles and Tati. If you're not, it's really okay, and I'm super impressed with your ability to NOT become wrapped up in trending drama and gossip. Unfortunately, this argument that is BLOWING UP social media could not have come at a more inconvenient time. Young people are so distracted by this sugar fluff honey bear scandal that they aren't talking about real news that actually matters. I mean think about it, what other trending topic surfaced at the same time as this one? That's right-ABORTION! Our nation's most controversial topic that literally has to do with life and death is being overpowered by a conversation about sponsorships and apology videos. I may have been watching to many of Shane Dawson's conspiracy theories lately, but doesn't it seem like the populace should be talking about more pressing topics? Is this all a publicity stunt to divert our attention away from subjects that matter-such as the laws that literally weave the fabric of our nation? Not to be dramatic or anything, but I can think of 7 things off the top of my head that I'd rather hear people talk about than James Charles.

1. The abortion bills

I'm not one to encourage political arguments, but I'd much rather consider a well-thought out conversation about things that are changing our nation's history and possibly reversing Supreme Court decisions than millionaires with makeup. Women are being robbed of a life-altering choice and the nation is more worried about the "tea" about James and Tati? I don't think so.

2. India's water crisis

Because of drought and serious climate change, villages in Delhi, India don't see water for 10 days at a time. They need it for drinking, bathing, cooking, cleaning, and washing, so the few jugs they can fill up when a water truck comes has to be rationed over more than a week. Can you imagine using only one jug of water for 10 days? James Charles can save his ass and use his fortune to donate some water to India.

3. Climate change, and people not believing in it

More than one-eighth of ALL of Earth's species are at risk of extinction. Over a million animals, plants, corals, and insects are on that list. President Trump and his administration are not prioritzing the environment or the obvious effects of climate change-such as the California wildfires which he claimed started because the mountains "just need more raking and cleaning". Let's talk about ways we can be more sustainable in our everyday energy use instead of using technology and our own energy to talk shit online!

4. Bill Nye's inspiring comeback

If Bill Nye has to come so far out of retirement from the point we thought he was dead just to tell us we're f*cking up our planet, we must really be f*cking up our planet.

5. An extinct species of bird came back from the dead

Okay so we're talking about makeup moguls more than a literal LIVING ZOMBIE? The white-throated rail quite literally evolved and re-populated the island it once left behind. Science is crazy.

6. Taiwan was the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

We love a good leader. Especially a ballsy one who gives people the rights they deserve despite an entire, large continent around them disagreeing.

7. Anything else...at all

Talk to me about how paper is made or how our bodies break down enzymes or some shit. Let's watch paint dry and listen to classical music. All of these options bode a better result for our mental health as well as our society.

It infuriated me that shootings in schools close to home and terrorist attacks all across the world are more expected to pop up in the news than a teenage millionaire losing fans due to inappropriate behavior. What we expect from our media is incredibly reflective of our society, and I'm sad to say it's pretty embarrassing that the masses, including myself, know more about James Charles's career than the 2020 election or the explosions that injured tourists in Egypt.

Related Content

Facebook Comments