Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.
William Rick Singer touted his charity as a way to open doors for disadvantaged students who grew up surrounded by gang violence.The Key Worldwide Foundations website says it funds dental care for needy Cambodians, after-school programs for children in 20 cities across the United States and life coaching to underprivileged girls in Los Angeles.But federal tax records reviewed by The Times showed the great majority of the charitys grants actually went to elite universities, including USC, Yale and New York University.,Fifty people have been charged in the probe.In 2016, the most recent year for which the records are available, Singers foundation gave $252,500 to the University of Texas Athletics, $50,000 to the USC Womens Athletics Board, $25,000 to the USC soccer program and $83,181 to NYU Athletics, the tax documents show.,In 2015, the nonprofit gave $250,000 to athletic programs at USC, including its water polo and womens volleyball programs, $294,000 to the University of Texas Athletics, $250,000 to Yale Summer Time Sports and $175,000 to Chapman University.That year, Friends of Cambodia received $19,200.,We take this matter very seriously and intend to review this relationship in depth to assure ourselves that our principles have not in any way been compromised.In 2014, USC sports programs received $225,000, while NYU Athletics received $203,998, the tax records show.,He cooperated with authorities in the investigation and pleaded guilty to the charges in Boston on Tuesday afternoon, according to court records.Prosecutors allege that well-to-do parents paid Singer to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records to enable them to gain admission to at least eight schools, a list that also includes UCLA, Stanford and Georgetown.Not all the schools named in the case received donations, according to the tax records.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.The government alleges that Singer instructed parents to donate funds to the charity as part of the scheme.
While narrating the nitty gritty of this particular case, it is then observed in para 2 that, “In a backdrop of peculiar facts and circumstances, this Court took cognizance of a news item published in almost all the newspapers in respect of an unbecoming and unfortunate incident dated 4.7.2018 whereby a group of about 25 students, some of whom were rusticated students of the Lucknow University, entered into the University premises in the morning, blocked the way of the Vice Chancellor, raised slogans and threatened him of dire consequences.,Anyhow, the Vice Chancellor escaped from the aforesaid vandalism with the aid and assistance of the security personnel of the University but in the afternoon when the Vice Chancellor was returning from one function, these students attacked him and his security inside the University campus, resultant thereof about ten teachers of the University were injured along with several security personnel and other ministerial staff of the University.,Taking suo motu cognizance of the aforesaid incident in question, this Court passed an order dated 5.7.2018 as “In all the leading newspapers of Lucknow one of the front-page news is about the attack on the teachers of Lucknow University forcing the Vice Chancellor of the University to close the University indefinitely (sine die) and also at the same time stalling the entire admission process for the Academic Year 2018-19.,Sri Ramesh Pandey, learned Chief Standing Counsel will inform all the authorities mentioned above, both that of University and also of administration so that their presence is To be sure, it is then explained in para 3 about taking suo moto cognizance by the Court that, “The purpose to take suo motu cognizance of the aforesaid incident was not confined to Lucknow University, but was to bring under its ambit and take judicial notice of a state-wide issue of rampant vandalism and anarchy prevalent in most government aided institutions/Universities in the State, relating to the environment in higher educational institutions, University or Degree College or Medical College or Management College etc. so as to ensure an atmosphere which is conducive and which encourages the students to attain their goals as per their dreams, and where parents do not hesitate in sending their wards to the institution concerned for the reason of any non-congenial, un-academic or unruly atmosphere.,This Court vide order dated 6.7.2018 expressed its concern as under:-
“We had registered this Public Interest Litigation (P.I.L.) not only for the unfortunate incident which took place at the campus of Lucknow University, but also taking into consideration the number of incidents of rowdyism and vandalism which are occurring in the public institutions of higher education and learning in the State.
Johannesburg - Sporty body kits are becoming all the rage in South Africa’s double cab bakkie market, with the likes of the Ford Ranger FX4, Isuzu KB X-Rider and Toyota Hilux Black Edition being dolled-up with factory-approved pimp packages.,Mitsubishi hopped onto the bandwagon late last year by offering a limited-edition Xtreme version of its Triton bakkie, of which only 50 units were made.,Available painted in either white or grey, the Athlete sells for R559 995 which is officially the same price as the standard Triton 4x4 double cab auto, though the standard bakkie is currently selling at a discounted price of R479 995.,The Athlete’s towing capacity is now certified at 3.1 tons - double what it used to be - and along with the introduction of Isofix child seat anchors the Athlete has an impressive seven airbags compared to the regular Triton’s two.,Unlike the smoother-riding coil spring setups used in the rear suspension of the Nissan Navara and new Mercedes X-class, the Triton retains the time-honoured leaf springs.