THE FOUNTAIN HOPPER

may 9, 2019
seventy-ninth edition  |  weather: 🐛  |  read time: 6 minutes

IN THIS EDITION:

SEX ABUSER OF 14YO BOY, REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IS STANFORD VISITING SCHOLAR

$CAMFORD MAKES NYPOST FRONT PAGE

TAKE THE AAU SURVEY ALREADY

FOOTBALL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CALL FOR TIPS


& MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE

VISITING SCHOLAR UNCOVERED AS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, CHILD MOLESTER

 
~A FOHO EXCLUSIVE~
 

A FoHo tipster helpfully pointed out that Kurt Mitman, a registered sex offender [link], is currently a visiting scholar in Stanford’s economics department. [StanfordWho] Mitman pled guilty in 2005 to “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy,” and controversially attended Penn as a grad student while serving out his sentence. [Philly Inquirer] We’ve asked for comment from University Communications and the Title IX office on Stanford’s policy on inviting visiting scholars that force themselves upon 14 year old boys, and how that furthers the goal of promoting a safe campus environment. We’ve yet to hear back.

🌴 A (SECOND) CALL FOR 🏈 TIPS🌴

We’ve received multiple high quality tips in response to our previous call for tips in FoHo #78. We’re pulling crazy hours piecing it all together, but we know there’s more. If you know of something and haven’t reached out, now’s the best time to do so, particularly if you’re a Stanford (athletics) employee or non-student affiliate. Be the change this place so badly needs.


If you know or have heard anything at all regarding this, we implore you to reach out (just hit reply). Anonymity is guaranteed.

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$CAMFORD: EXPELLED STUDENT PAID $6.5mil TO GET INTO STANFORD

In the latest installment of Stanford Admissions’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad scandal, the student expelled a month ago for falsifying application credentials has been identified as Yusi Zhao, whose parents paid Rick Singer (Varsity Blues mastermind) 6.5 million (!!!!) dollars to get their daughter into Stanford. [Daily] After Zhao was admitted, partially due to the falsified sailing credentials on her application, Singer’s sham charity paid $500,000 to Stanford Sailing, though she was not an official recruit. [Stanford News] Following her BS admission, Zhao posted a video offering college admissions advice and claiming that she “tested into Stanford through my own hard work,” which has since sparked some gleeful clickbait. [NYT, Business Insider, SCMP] Since the story broke, some truly bizarre details have materialized about her family; her father, a Chinese pharmaceutical exec, met with Trump to "promote a key Beijing foreign-policy initiative," and once bribed a Chinese drug regulator, who was later executed for corruption. [WSJ, NYT]

The scandal sparked some great coverage, including a NYTimes op-ed questioning who deserves a spot at Stanford (or, as a front-page Daily Mail story called it, SCAMFORD) and this satirical piece from the Onion (Stanford Students Admit It Was Pretty Obvious Billionaire’s Dog Didn’t Get In By Itself).
 

AFTER OUTCRY, STANFORD (SORTA) WALKS BACK DEFUNDING OF UNIVERSITY PRESS

 

After widespread outrage, Stanford has (sort of) walked back its (truly atrocious) decision to slash funding for the Stanford University Press. [Daily] After the endowment’s lackluster performance last year, the university rejected the Press’ application for five-year funding. [Daily] Pretty much everyone else thought the decision was BS, criticizing the university in a recent Faculty Senate meeting, through Daily op-eds, and (of course) petitions signed by 1,000+ people. Provost Drell told the Daily that she “did not anticipate it would touch such a deep nerve in the community,” (??? ok?) and has said the university will provide up to $1.2 million in “one-time funds” in the 2020 fiscal year. (Which is still shitty, though it's marginally better than nothing, and should help the Press stave off disaster.)


WHAT WE'RE READING
 

After we reported in FoHo #70 about the cozy relationship between $tanford + $audi Arabia, there have been a number of great pieces criticizing the relationship from other Stanford publications, including this Review op-ed, this fantastic Daily investigation, and this Flipside story (So Cool: MTL Dabbed after Signing an Arms Deal with the Saudi Military and it is #GivingUsLife). 


We loved this NYT look into how a high school newspaper in nearby Stockton received backlash from the school district and a fiery “uproar over free speech, feminism and student journalism” over an unpublished article. The article itself was a profile on a student’s journey into the porn industry, and you can read it here.


The Ringer published an investigation into sexual harassment and ride-sharing apps to follow up on a Daily op-ed written by Stanford student Allison Tielking this Fall. (We covered it in FoHo #73.) In the midst of Lyft and Uber's recent IPOs, Tielking has been working to bring public attention to the issue in the hopes that “once the pressure’s on [the companies], they’re going to make the change.”


The Daily did a very timely piece on caterpillar season (during which western tussock moth caterpillars “harass and terrorize the student population”), and explained how grounds management curbs the population yearly to keep our trees (both oak and student 😜) safe. 🐛 🦋

TAKE THE DAMN SURVEY ALREADY

Despite the fact that a zillion admins have been blowing up everyone’s inboxes to try to take the AAU Sexual Assault Survey, we’ve had low participation this year. [Daily] Which is really fucking dumb, because students had to fight tooth and nail to put this in place. Remember when Stanford tried to institute its own survey and just totally screwed with it to say only 1.9% of students experience sexual assault? [HuffPost] Because that was really, REALLY bad, and if there’s low turnout this year, Stanford could use that to justify not implementing the AAU survey in the future. Also—you get a free $20 amazon gift card??? For like 10 minutes of surveying? Fill out the damn survey.

AND FINALLY
 
Way back in FoHo #42, we reported that Alejandro Toledo, the disgraced ex-president of Peru who is facing extradition from the US over corruption charges, was a visiting scholar at Stanford. In March, he was reportedly arrested at the Dutch Goose for public drunkenness, then bizarrely denied the whole thing to Reuters, saying he was never arrested, and calling the whole thing a political conspiracy. [Reuters] On Monday, a FoHo tipster spotted him at Stanford’s Federal Credit Union. 🤑
 
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