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Ex-global equity firm exec, a grad of Gunn High, implicated in admissions scam

Original post made on Mar 14, 2019

A former Palo Alto resident and Gunn High School graduate is among the 50 people indicted in a fraud scheme that involved cheating on college entrance exams and bribes to officials at some of the nation's top universities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8:09 PM

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Posted by parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Did the son honestly believe that he earned those test scores. Come on.

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Posted by Bunyip
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 14, 2019 at 10:03 pm

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Posted by Stanford Football
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm

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If Singer even thought they could get his son in at Stanford as a football recruit then he must of had someone on the football staff or in the AD's office on his payroll, just as he had the USC, UCLA coaches and the Stanford Sailing coach. There's no way the football program would stand for allowing a student admitted as a football prospect without them writing off on it.

Expect more Stanford names to come out.

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

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Posted by @Sanctimonious Poster
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 15, 2019 at 8:54 am

Nice try, but you got it wrong. As usual.

THIS is what it should be:


noun: A portmanteau that combines the two words for ignorant and racist. Frequently applied to *alt-right cultists* who perpetuate false stereotypes of white people, US history, the justice system and democracy. The behavior is often useful in efforts to virtue signal, deflect their own guilt, demonstrate allegiance with other inter-sectional grievance groups or to score cheap points in a game of knowing the least about anything without any evidence.

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Posted by Paly Guy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 15, 2019 at 9:44 am

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Posted by parent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 15, 2019 at 11:09 am

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Posted by bill1940
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 15, 2019 at 11:18 am

Did any of you read today's Stanford Report?

"We have continued researching this and at this point know that a total of $770,000 was contributed by the foundation to the sailing program, in the form of three separate gifts.

The head sailing coach pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he accepted financial contributions to the sailing program from this foundation in exchange for agreeing to recommend two prospective students for admission to Stanford. Neither of these two students subsequently completed the application process; therefore, neither was admitted to Stanford nor enrolled at Stanford. (One of them had previously gone through Stanford’s admission process, without any involvement of the head sailing coach, and had been denied admission.)

Some of the funding from the foundation was associated with a third student, who was not named in the government’s charges on Tuesday. This student received no recommendation from the head sailing coach but was admitted to Stanford and is currently enrolled. The student has no affiliation with the sailing program. We are working to better understand the circumstances around this student and will take whatever actions are appropriate based on what we learn."

Stanford is contributing the $770,000 to a suitable charity.

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Posted by another parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 15, 2019 at 7:40 pm

How can the son not know about the scheme? His phone records showed that on the day that he supposedly scored a ACT on the 34, he was in Marin County, not the testing center in West Hollywood!

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 15, 2019 at 10:10 pm

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Posted by @Sanctimonious Poster
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 15, 2019 at 10:47 pm

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2019 at 7:38 pm

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I sent the Weekly a photo of Bill and I and the Terman 7th grade football team but my recollection is that he transferred to Woodside Priory and did not graduate from Gunn.

Surely with a little legwork you could find 10 or 20 of us who were his classmates and still live here.

He was just one of the guys did not stand out academically or athletically but my sense was he was a late bloomer and certainly he has been very successful in business in the ensuing years.
Maybe one of the most successful guys in our class Nick Sturiale went to Chico State. Our valedictorian went to Harvard but killed himself, J- .

My prediction is a lot of these people can hire good lawyers and will not be convicted of anything.

To the extent that college choice is over-emphasized this story contributes to the problem more than it augers of a remedy.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 27, 2019 at 9:16 am

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Can't you change the headline if Bill did not actualy attend Gunn, or graduate. I said he went to Terman. I found five false positives on Palo Altans who your "internet source" said went to Gunn but did not. They went to Gunn parties. Not the same thing, even in the 1970s.

But its fitting you covered this as a side bar since many Palo Altans know the McGlashens.

Maybe he's innocent. But at the least my theory is that either money corrupts -- I'm sure he made tens of millions in his various hedge funds -- or he's too much of a striver in that he was not exceptional either as a athlete or a scholar in his formative years in Palo Alto schools.

And to be fair: maybe Bill McG has theories on how my adult life was presaged by my 5th grade or 7th grade persona.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

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Update: Bill lawyered up with John Hueston my Dartmouth classmate who as a prosecutor convicted Ken Lay of Enron.

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