- Aug 8, 2013
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This is correct. Admission spots are the school's property to be sold, bartered with, or given away however the schools see fit -- the fake charity and the parents were stealing these spots from the colleges and selling them at a discount on a black market. Yes, broadly speaking American meritocracy is a sham and we can be mad at elite schools for being finishing schools largely for the wealthy and elite, but this story is only tangentially related to that phenomenon at best.The real issue here is not that this is an assault on meritocracy, but that these elite private schools need to protect their property. If you can get in by being merely rich and bribing few people, you are really undermining the value of the admissions to the truly wealthy who more or less ensure their children's admissions with much larger donations than the sums paid by these individuals. Some star off of Full House doesn't really qualify as wealthy. Basically, 1%ers are the poors in this situation, and USC is really more about making sure that they can't backdoor admissions in a way that is generally reserved for the top 0.01%.