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Students should not lie about race on college applications in order to receive advantages

Students should not lie about race on college applications in order to receive advantages

Sowmya Chundi

January 23, 2020

This past October, as part of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, Marjorie Klapper was sentenced to three weeks in prison for falsely claiming her son was African-American and Hispanic to increase his chances of getting into a top college. The case caused an outcry from minorities and ...

Students should not just think superficially before taking sides in affirmative action debate

Students should not just think superficially before taking sides in affirmative action debate

Edward Dong

November 15, 2019

Last month, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in favor of Harvard in a high-profile case brought up by Students For Fair Admissions (SFFA), upholding Harvard University’s controversial and unspoken policy of “positive discrimination” toward minority students. The center of debate, affirmative a...

Students, counselors reflect the Harvard Affirmative Action Case

Viyang Hao

November 6, 2019

Earlier this year, a group of Asian-Americans filed a lawsuit against Harvard University and its admissions office, claiming its admissions process was discriminated against Asian-Americans. The federal judge who oversaw this case recently announced that there was little discrimination towards Asian Am...

Does Legacy Rule?: Legacy is key factor in college decision process

Does Legacy Rule?: Legacy is key factor in college decision process

Anjali Natarajan, Calina He, Leslie Huang, and Raphael Li

March 22, 2019

For senior Tori Ledezma, the decision to apply early action to Purdue University was an easy one. After all, her parents went there, and Ledezma said that was a large factor for her. In mid-February, Ledezma officially committed to Purdue University. Ledezma said her final decision to commit to Purdue was ...

Column: Colleges should be more transparent in admission decisions

Column: Colleges should be more transparent in admission decisions

Sabrina Mi

December 20, 2017

As we move towards an increasingly globalized economy, higher education is seen as an essential, yet controversial, part of the American experience. Under the Trump administration, practices including Affirmative Action may be reopened for debate, however, discussions should also involve another asp...

With college deadlines approaching, students reflect on the practice of affirmative action

Rebecca Qin, Social Media Editor

November 19, 2016

On Oct. 26, a group of conservative students held an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale” at the University of Texas, sparking outrage and protest. According to the Huffington Post, the group charged different prices for its baked goods based on race and ethnicity. Their intent, they said, was to mirr...

The Affirmative Action Paradox. Preferential treatment for minorities discriminates against majority.

The Affirmative Action Paradox. Preferential treatment for minorities discriminates against majority.

perspectives

May 21, 2015

Nearly 80 years ago, at the age of 16, my grandfather, José, boarded a boat off the shore of Cuba and emigrated to the United States. In Havana, José lived a life of true poverty. He left a home where he, the youngest child, was given the privilege of sleeping on an ironing board—the most comfo...

Hook, line and sink the Fisher case. The Supreme Court should uphold affirmative action with addendum.

Hook, line and sink the Fisher case. The Supreme Court should uphold affirmative action with addendum.

perspectives

May 18, 2012

The Supreme Court will soon review the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case dealing with affirmative action. In the original case, two white women sued the University of Texas at Austin for denying their admission based on race, allegedly in violation of the 14th Amendment. The court’s decision will potentially have tremendous implications toward affirmative action, possibly halting the policy altogether. Given affir...