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UCLA Men’s Soccer Coach Jorge Salcedo Is One Of More Than 50 People Indicted In College Bribery Scandal

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Longtime UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has been placed on leave after news broke that he was involved in a bribery scheme helping admit students to universities. Salcedo, along with more than 50 people including athletic coaches at USC and Stanford, were part of a widespread scheme involving the admission of students to top universities using false test scores and athletic profiles. Going forward, Salcedo will have no involvement with the soccer team while the investigation is ongoing.

Salcedo allegedly accepted $200,000 in bribes for his role in the corruption scheme.

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According to court documents, Salcedo allegedly accepted $200,000 in bribes for facilitating the admission of a female and male student to UCLA. Reports show they would be admitted under the pretense of being “soccer players” even though they did not actually play prior to college. The bribes took place on two instances one in 2016 and the other in 2018.

“The conduct alleged in the filings revealed today is deeply disturbing and in contrast with the expectations, we have of our coaches to lead their teams with honesty and integrity,” reads a joint statement from UCLA and the school’s athletic department. “If the facts alleged are true, they represent a grave departure from the ethical standards we set for ourselves and the people who work here.”

Court documents reveal fake student-athlete profiles were created to get admitted to the school.

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William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key, was the mastermind behind the entire college admissions scandal.
He was paid approximately $25 million in total from 2011 through February this year to have a person take the SAT or ACT for possible college recruits.

According to the LA Times, a female applicant was given a fake soccer profile in 2016 that was created by Singer. Salcedo would later receive the female applicants transcript, SAT scores, and fake soccer profile in May 2016 from then-USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin. The applicant then was provisionally admitted to the school in June 2016 as a student-athlete.

As part of the provisional admissions agreement, the applicant was required to participate on the UCLA women’s soccer team for at least one athletic year. Yet there is no indication she ever played in a game. The athletic department says the school could not comment on students or prospective students.

The same thing happened again in 2018, as Salcedo helped another prospective student become a recruit for UCLA men’s soccer. The recruit was the son of another Singer client and yet again the student did not play competitive soccer prior to admission.

Salcedo had a long career in soccer and the second-longest-tenured coach in the program’s history.

Salcedo, who grew up in Cerritos, California, has a long and storied career in soccer. He attended and played for UCLA from 1990 to 1993 and would later play professionally for the Liga MX in Mexico as part of the Monarcas Morelia in 1995. Shortly after, Salcedo became the 24th overall pick in the inaugural MLS player draft and played for the LA Galaxy for three seasons.

Salcedo would return to UCLA as an assistant coach in 2001 and three years later be named head coach. He led a successful run as head coach for 15 years that included 14 NCAA tournaments and national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2014. Assistant coaches Matt Taylor and Phil Marfuggi will coach the team during Salcedo’s absence. 

In a statement emailed to UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block said he was “shocked and angered” to hear about the scandal and charges. He said the indictments show “the individuals accused of these crimes worked to conceal their actions from UCLA and the other universities.”

The scandal has shed light on the biggest college admissions scam ever in U.S. history. It’s also a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even higher privilege when it comes to education, an institution that has long favored those who felt the need to cheat the system.

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This Woman Lost It When She Witnessed Her Uber Driver Read His Acceptance To Harvard And It’s The Purest Explosion Of Emotion I’ve Seen

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This Woman Lost It When She Witnessed Her Uber Driver Read His Acceptance To Harvard And It’s The Purest Explosion Of Emotion I’ve Seen

Unfortunately, we see a lot of terrible stories associated with Uber and other ride-share apps but this definitely isn’t one of them. No, this story of persistence, hard work and the power of being genuinely happy for other people’s success is making the rounds and we can’t stop watching it.

On, July 14th, 2019, Twitter user @718rubyy went viral when she tweeted a short video of her recent Uber ride.

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In the tweet, she explains that her Uber driver shared with her that she might just be his lucky charm. What might have read as a pickup line, is actually some really awesome news. The tweet explains that — after two years of trying — the unnamed Uber driver has finally been accepted into Harvard University!

“My God, guys! My Uber driver got into Harvard,” she can be heard cheering. “Black Excellence!”

As if that good news wasn’t enough, the response of his passenger made the announcement even better. The Dominicana Uber patron can be heard on the video celebrating and hyping up her driver.

Her Uber driver took the congratulations with a balance of pride and shyness — ducking away from the camera while recording.

Twitter was quick to join in on the congratulations for this Harvard-bound young man.

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This Twitter user had some words of encouragement and advice for the new Harvard student. When you’ve got good momentum, don’t slow down. We’re sure he’ll keep working towards his unquestionably bright future.

Others users pointed out that his passenger’s excitement on video is positively infectious.

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This Dominicana must know that when one of us win, we all win. So, naturally, it makes sense to celebrate this young man’s accomplishments with the energy that we see on the video.

Some Twitter users suggested the Harvard student should continue to explore his luck.

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Luck isn’t everything. We’re sure getting into Harvard took a lot of hard work as well. STILL, this new student should take full advantage of this good luck streak and hope for more positivity coming his way.

Like any good story, followers have been looking for the romance in this tale.

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In fact, some were projecting their own romantic hopes for the pair. No word if there’s a love connection resulting from this Uber meet-cute, but we’ll keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, we ship it.

However, some Twitter users saw it more as an ingenious pick-up line instead of true love.

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We can see how it would seem that way but the news looks pretty genuine. Either way, we respect his game if it’s truly a line.

No matter what you feel about a possible romance between the two, one thing was agreed upon by all.

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Uber story or not, this is the kind of content we like to see on the TL. Good luck at Harvard next year, mystery Uber driver!

Check out the full video below!

This Man Graduated From College At 58 Years Old After Working As A Farmworker Who Immigrated From Mexico

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This Man Graduated From College At 58 Years Old After Working As A Farmworker Who Immigrated From Mexico

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During this graduation season, we love to hear about first-time college graduates, especially from those who are children of immigrants. It’s so inspiring to read how so many of these people worked hard to make their parents proud, especially because they worked even harder to give their children a better life. In very few cases, it’s not just their children who are graduating but the parents themselves.

Fifty-eight-year-old Adolfo González, a farmworker who used to pick celery, earned his bachelor’s degree from the California State University, Monterey Bay.

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González, an indigenous immigrant from Mexico, worked in agriculture for years in Salinas Valley, California but always dreamed about going back to school. According to The Californian, González went back to nigh school to learn English. But even while continuing his studies, he never forgot his roots.

“I think it’s very important to learn our indigenous language because it’s part of our culture,” he told the publication. “It’s part of our identity.”

González graduated early and with honors a year after his daughter got her college degree as well.

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“The most important thing for me is not what I’m doing now,” he told the publication. “The most important thing to me is to inspire people to do the same thing I did, because, como dijo Cesar Chavez, ‘Si se puede.'”

His journey and story to get to that stage are inspiring everyone who is reading about him on social media.

The “Si Se Puede” motto can take us all the way to the top. Not only does it inspire us to reach for the best that we can be, it also reminds us of how far we’ve come.

His story is proof that determination is the most important part of anyone’s journey.

“I took the decision to come to the United States like everybody does, because it’s the only way we can support our family,” he said. “I always promised to my mom ‘I will buy you a house,’ and I did it.”

He pursued an education so that he could continue to help his community.

Who wouldn’t want someone this passionate as their teacher? He is going to change the lives and thoughts of so many people. He is the kind of people we need to become educators to spark that love of education in others.

Big congratulations to Adolfo and his unending determination to become the best version of himself that he could be.

He will be like another Mr. Escalante. At least we can all hope that he will be the next big teacher to change lives one class at a time.

Congratulations, Adolfo González.

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