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Court records show how university system tracks applicants with ties to donors

In this March 27, 2019, photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Lawyers for Zangrillo plan to argue that he isn’t much different from parents who make formal donations to schools in the hopes of giving their children an edge in admissions. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP)

On an internal spreadsheet marked “special interest,” University of Southern California officials catalogued in exhaustive detail the fundraising possibilities associated with certain well-connected applicants for admission. One candidate promoted by USC athletic officials was linked to a “250,000 signed pledge,” ...

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