TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) An admissions scandal regarding America's top universities, school officials, and wealthy parents and students has garnered reaction among those in Twin Falls.
"I think it sheds a light on just how loud money talks," college student Mason Whittman says.
Over the course of the week several high profile universities as well as wealthy parenets and their children were entangled in this admissions scandal resulting from an investigation named "Operation Varsity Blues".
"It makes you feel like it's not worth it. Put all that work in there, when from the get-go you're put at a disadvantage by people with more money than you," Whittman says.
More than 30 parents now face charges resulting from the investigation "Varsity Blues." In part due to their complicity and actions in an effort to bribe their way for their children to attend prestigious universities, and also cheat on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
"And that's the way students have to enroll in our universities," Lighthouse Christian Superintendent and UCLA graduate Kevin Newbry says. "The tests that exist today set up people to take the test for other students, proctors to cheat, you have coaches who are not paid enough, willing to take large bribes to offset their income."
He still appreciates his time at UCLA, but understands the damage that has been done to some of higher education due to the recent scandal. He also believes some changes can be made in how universities investigate prospective students, such as taking a look at a students whole profile of work because not all are great test takers.
"I think that would change a lot of the cheating that goes on because this is a big scandal, but so much more goes on that we don't know about," he said.