Can money buy success?

juliana malfitano- staff writer

Cars, good looks, mansions, luxurious vacations, you can practically buy it all with some money in your pocket, but a formal education? Former Full House star Lori Loughlin, also known as Aunt Becky, has just acquired some major legal problems. When sending her social influencing daughter, Oliva Jade Giannulli, off to college at USC. It was not mentioned that the admissions office received a $500,000 check with her tuition. It has been reported that Loughlin not only bribed her daughter into college but also had fabricated sports credentials added to her resume. Loughlin photoshopped her daughter’s faces on to rowing team photographs. Therefore, the girls took away these athletic scholarships from hardworking athletes. In addition to this, the girls cheated on their SAT’s. The proctors gave them additional time and the correct answers. Loughlin had bribed many highly regarded universities so Olivia and her other daughter Isabella to be considered for acceptance. These universities included Harvard, Yale, USC, Stanford, etc. The sister’s admittance was primarily based on a check, and their merit and credentials had been somewhat disregarded. Along with the check, rigged SAT scores, and “sports scholarship” this was a trifecta for the supposed perfect college student. When arrested Loughlin’s bail was set at an incredible one million dollars. This was payable for the family; they do have abundant wealth. However, this whole situation seemed quite avoidable considering Olivia’s YouTube career had been doing significantly well. There also had been videos where Jade was quoted saying,” ‘I don’t really care about school and I want to experience game days and partying’”. Sure, this could be taken out of context, but could it have been foreshadowing that maybe Jade genuinely did not want to be there. Maybe Loughlin’s plan of raising an ideal family involved the girls being involved in the college experience. As for the girls, they have both left the schools they were currently enrolled in. The Giannulli’s were of course not the only family involved in this, and they were not the sole orchestrators, but it is hard not to be disappointed in such a poor judgment call. So many people were stepped on, cheated, and bribed in this elaborate scheme. Although, in retrospect, money can buy everything, should the wealthy be robbing people who work to attend those schools those opportunities? Is this fake, social climbing bubble they live in truly that important?