Lied to Get Into Yale? So What!S

A unnamed Trinidadian student was arrested for fabricating his transcripts and recommendation when he transferred to Yale from Columbia, and could do 25 big ones in prison if convicted. There are also possible federal charges for "stealing" thousands in financial aid—although he pleaded not guilty. You gotta admit the kid showed gumption: we think the whole "college-application fraud" thing may have actually been a piece of performance art!

It's clearly a comment on the hysteria that spawned an entire college-prep industry, beginning with Baby Einstein and the murderously competitive race to get into the exclusive pre-schools. "The revelation that someone could infiltrate Yale shatters the mystique of the Ivy League as an impregnable bastion of the elite," writes the Yale Daily News, breathlessly.

But sometimes, even the non-elite can succeed at being brilliant, lying manipulators. (Context is key.)

[Yale Daily News]