Authorities discovered the college consultant at the center of the national scandal in 2016 while investigating Philip Esformes, the parent who bribed a former coach to help ensure his son's admission to Penn, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The admissions center moved to the basement of Claudia Cohen Hall in late May after nine months of construction. The new center offers a bigger space and its design reflects Penn Admissions' recent re-branding.
The Penn activist groups distributed flyers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around locations near Irvine Auditorium, Houston Hall and on Locust Walk. Meanwhile, a teach-in occurred at noon at the Perelman Quadrangle steps.
Scrapping the early decision student preview day, ConnectEd, this past February, Penn Admissions is changing the Quaker Days model – inviting ED students to join regular decision students on April 8, 10, and 17.
Philip Esformes was convicted of 20 federal charges, including bribery, after being charged with 26 counts. With over $1.3 billion in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, Esformes’ trial marked the largest health care fraud case ever charged by the federal government.
As the admissions process wraps up for high school seniors, and Penn's regular decision results set to be sent out March 28, prospective and admitted students of the Class of 2023 are coming to terms with their own experiences with wealth and privilege in the admissions process.
Students said the national admissions scandal and the Jerome Allen case have generated discussions on the role that money plays in college admissions. College junior Luke Yamulla referenced the bribery allegations as well as recent tuition hikes in a recent post on Penn’s meme page, Official Unofficial Squirrel Catching Club.
Bank records were analyzed by the witness to show the money trail from Esformes' account to the Key WorldWide Foundation, which prosecutors allege was fraudulent and used to launder bribes from parents trying to gain college admission for their children, Law360 reported.
Legend, who studied English while at Penn, mentioned that he went to a "good school" and added that others are viewing the scandal "rightly as fraudulent and dishonest." He and his wife, Christine Teigen, also posted a photo on Twitter with their heads photoshopped onto professional soccer players’ bodies.