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$6.5M College Bribery Mystery May Have Been Solved

Sources say Chinese parents paid to get daughter into Stanford

(Newser) - It was the big unanswered question in the college admissions bribery scandal—who paid $6.5 million , far more than any other parents, to get their kid into college? Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that the parents in question are those of Yusi Zhao, a Chinese student who was... More »

Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'

Kelly Catlin was 'obsessed with success': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A Stanford graduate student with an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Kelly Catlin was bound for "something great." Or so her mother thought. Poised for a shot at gold with the US women's cycling team at the 2020 Olympics, Catlin felt differently. In a January email—... More »

Stanford Expels Student Embroiled in Admissions Scandal

Student had falsified sailing credentials, the university says

(Newser) - The only Stanford student known to be associated with the massive college admissions scandal has been expelled from the university, the Stanford Daily reports. The female student, whose identity hasn't been released, was admitted through the standard process—not as a recruited athlete—but her application included falsified sailing... More »

Cops: Ivy Leaguer on LSD Attempted a Horrible Crime

James Shirvell, 26, allegedly tried killing a woman he lives with

(Newser) - An Ivy League graduate has been arrested for allegedly trying to murder a woman while they were trying out LSD, NBC Bay Area reports. James Shirvell, 26, was collared just after midnight Sunday in San Franciso and hit with charges including attempted murder, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly... More »

10 Best Colleges for the Money

MIT tops the list

(Newser) - If you're going to fork over close to $50,000 a year to go to college—the top-end average for tuition, room, and board at a four-year school—you want the best ROI on your money. WalletHub looked at close to 1,000 of America's higher-education venues, examining... More »

'America's Best College' Is Named

Harvard tops list in 'Wall Street Journal' rankings

(Newser) - "Hidden gems" emerge in an annual ranking of US colleges, a collaboration between the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, though the school taking the top spot for a second year in a row is far from hidden—it's called Harvard. Factoring in resources, engagement, environment, and... More »

Century Later, Death of Stanford Founder a Mystery

The suspicious demise of Jane Stanford sure looks like a homicide

(Newser) - Everyone's heard of Stanford University, but perhaps not the story of the suspicious death of co-founder Jane Stanford back in 1905. The San Francisco Chronicle looks back and finds that it sure looks like Stanford was poisoned by strychnine while in Hawaii—as opposed to succumbing to a heart... More »

Brock Turner May Be Heading Back to Court

Stanford swimmer is appealing his sex assault conviction

(Newser) - A former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is appealing, the AP reports. In an appeal filed Friday, lawyers for Brock Turner said the initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies." They hope a new trial will... More »

This Trick May Help You Eat More Veggies

Try a tasty-sounding label

(Newser) - Getting yourself or your kids to eat more veggies could be as easy as coming up with a tempting name for your dish. According to psychology researchers at Stanford, people are more likely to chow down on vegetables if they have an "indulgent" name, like "sizzlin' beans" as... More »

Stanford Accepts Teen With Unusual Application Answer

Ziad Ahmed simply wrote '#BlackLivesMatter' 100 times in answer to one question

(Newser) - Repeating the same phrase 100 times on your college application wouldn't seem, at first glance, to be a winning strategy for gaining acceptance to a highly competitive school. But for Ziad Ahmed, it was part of what got him into Stanford, CBS News reports, with the university calling the... More »

Brock Turner Judge Cleared of Misconduct

State judicial commission finds no evidence of bias in Stanford sex assault case

(Newser) - A California agency that oversees judicial discipline ruled Monday that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman, reports the AP . The California Commission on Judicial Performance "has... More »

Suit: Stanford Had a Sexual Predator on Its Hands, Did Nothing

Jane Doe alleges Mr. X attacked other women before assaulting her

(Newser) - Two years after she came to Stanford, "Jane Doe" began dating "Mr. X." What allegedly happened before and after she says she refused to perform oral sex on him in February 2014 is now the subject of a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Doe alleges the 6-foot-6, 200-pound... More »

Stanford Rape Case's 'Emily Doe:' I Am a Survivor

She's one of 'Glamour' magazine's Women of the Year, and she's not a 'victim'

(Newser) - She first spoke about her abuser in a powerful court statement five months ago. Now "Emily Doe," who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, is speaking out again as a Glamour "Woman of the Year." She'd like to be known as a... More »

The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

Stanford Bans Hard Alcohol at Undergrad Parties

But students can still keep it in their rooms

(Newser) - After months of headlines about the heavy drinking culture at Stanford thanks to the Brock Turmer rape case , the university has announced new rules on drinking: No more hard alcohol at undergrad parties, reports the Stanford Daily . Beer and wine are still OK, but no booze more than 40 proof... More »

Brock Turner Judge Steps Away From New Sex-Crimes Case

Aaron Persky says he thinks some may doubt his ability to be impartial

(Newser) - A California judge under fire for the light sentence he gave to ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex-crimes case, per the AP . Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky filed a statement with the court saying that some people might... More »

Stanford Rape Victim Was Grilled About Her 'Partying'

Court transcripts from March hearings released

(Newser) - In her powerful statement , the woman former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted described the court process as "traumatizing." Now it's clear why. Court records reveal she was grilled about her body and drinking habits when interrogated by Turner's lawyers. In a March 21 hearing, a... More »

Caught in Lie, Brock Turner's Probation Terms to Change

A drug and alcohol counseling requirement will be added

(Newser) - The former Stanford University swimmer who got six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling on top of random testing after he was caught lying about his high school habits. Brock Turner , 20, will have the counseling requirements added... More »

Brock Turner Judge Was Harsher in Similar Case

Latino man's sentence was 6 times longer

(Newser) - The Brock Turner controversy rumbles on: A defendant from a very different background than the former Stanford student received a much harsher sentence from the same judge in a similar case, the Guardian reports. According to court records, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky oversaw a plea deal... More »

Stanford Case Wasn't 'Rape,' but That Could Change

Lawmakers say current laws are too narrow

(Newser) - Brock Turner has become known as "the Stanford rapist" since he was convicted of sexual assault against a now 23-year-old woman and sentenced to six months in prison. But technically Turner, 22, wasn't convicted of rape: He was convicted of three counts of sexual assault—assault with... More »

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