Redwood City, Calif. - At the end of the school year, a sailor from Stanford University walked into the shimmering dock to prepare to clean her lockers. But I can't open the door.
Are they changing locks again? she said angrily.
This question is not without reason. In March, when the sailing coach John Vandemoer was involved in a national enrollment scandal, the Arrillaga Family Rowing and Sailing Center was replaced. In April, the men's rowing coach Craig Amerkhanian didn't know why he was fired. The lock was changed again. It was in the second half of the season and he planned to retire in a few weeks.
这个疑问并非没来由。3月份，当帆船教练约翰·范德默尔(John Vandemoer)在卷入一场全国性的招生丑闻后被开除，阿里利亚加家族赛艇和帆船中心(Arrillaga Family Rowing and Sailing Center)换了锁。4月份，男子赛艇教练克莱格·阿默克哈尼安(Craig Amerkhanian)不知为何被解雇后，锁又换了一次，当时正值赛季后半段，他还有几周就计划退休。
Stanford's rowing problem began with William Singer, a private university consultant who collected millions of dollars from the wealthy parents and then paid the college coaches and sports managers to give them a non-special Athletes are recruited as elite universities. Some money went into the pockets of the college coach. Others were credited to Rick’s Singer for the sport.
Stanford is investigating the scope of such a wrongful act. Stanford has hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to review the admission and recruitment methods for athletes and sports specialties.
斯坦福正在调查这种不法行为的涉案范围。斯坦福已聘请盛信律师事务所(Simpson Thacher & Bartlett)就本校运动员及体育特长生的录取和招收方式予以审查。
The university has reviewed the email accounts, mobile phone call records and computers of the coaches and sports staff. The school admitted that Singh had contacted other Stanford coaches, Amer Hananian. At least one parent who was sued in the scandal, a Canadian businessman, also contacted Amerkhanian to discuss his son's admission quota. But Stanford still said that no other cases of admission fraud have been discovered.
“Stanford is strengthening internal controls and process management to prevent such incidents from happening again,” University spokesman E.J. Miranda said in a statement.
It is astounding that Stanford is in such a situation. It has a $26.5 billion endowment fund and it has always been the pride of the school to achieve excellent athletic performance at the expense of integrity. However, two sports that are not particularly well-funded, plus two other dismissals, have led to a result of Stanford being regarded as the ultimate crime – tarnishing the reputation of the university.
You can't do anything that might hurt Stanford's reputation, said former chief sailing coach Jay Kehoe. “This is definitely the culture here.”
Last month, when Vandermere wore a dark blue suit and took his wife's hand into the Boston court to participate in the sentencing hearing, the lawyers of both sides debated the extent of Stanford's reputation damage.
Since the scam was revealed in March, federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against more than 50 people, including coaches, Hollywood actresses, and celebrities in the legal and financial world.
Van der Meer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and was sentenced first: he was sentenced to six months of house arrest in exchange for the applicant's recruitment for the sailing project because he received more than $600,000 from Singh. The most well-known case involved a student from China whose parents paid Singer $6.5 million.
Van der Meer gave the money from Singer to a fund that supported the Stanford Sailing Project. He lost his job and housing at Stanford University. He is now in a Stanford donor's holiday home and is a personal trainer at a club run by his wife. The club is just a few hundred yards from the dock at Stanford University.
Stanford is the place I love, Van der Meer told reporters before the court last month. "I have cast a shadow on Stanford, and I am deeply impressed."
The verdict ended a trouble that plagued Stanford for several months. In March, the enrollment scandal was exposed a week before, and admissions officer James Shirvell was fired. The police had accused him of attempting to murder his girlfriend under the influence of LSD. Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Dean Dr. Persis Drell vowed to review the Sheriff’s application, “to ensure that his assessment is properly虞".
这场判决结束了困扰斯坦福几个月的一桩麻烦。3月份，招生丑闻曝出前一周，招生官员詹姆斯·舍维尔(James Shirvell)被解雇，警方此前控告他在迷幻剂的作用下谋杀女友未遂。斯坦福大学校长马克·泰西耶-拉维涅(Marc Tessier-Lavigne)和教务长佩尔西·德雷尔(Persis Drell)誓言要对舍维尔判定的申请进行审查，“以确保他的评估妥当无虞”。
Then in April, Stanford suddenly fired two long-time coaches: Shannon Turley, who is responsible for all school team sports strength and training, and A, who plans to retire after his 19th season in August. Merck Hanian.
Trin was praised for reducing athlete injuries, especially among rugby players. In an interview, he refused to comment on the dismissal. But he said, "Although I may have made a judgment mistake at Stanford, I can sleep peacefully at night because I know that everything I do is for the best interests of the student athletes."
Stanford University prides itself on its competitive sports program, which has been awarded the NCAA's Directors’ Cup for 25 consecutive years, an award for excellence. The school is also famous for its personnel issues. Almost no one knows why these coaches were fired.
Stanford Athletics is a very cold, well-calculated bureaucracy, said rowing athlete Silas Stafford, who graduated in 2008. Stafford pointed out that the dismissal of Amerkhanian’s external statement is retirement: "I think this is weak. If there are really dirty acts, it should be exposed to the sun. If not, let him decent. Leave."
Last week, Stanford University was told that many people told the New York Times that Amur Hanian was fired. Stanford University acknowledges that Amerkhanian was forced to choose because of a violation of employee behavior policies—either retirement or dismissal. Stanford University said the violations were exposed this year, but declined to specify whether the evidence came from federal investigations or when cleaning up computers and mobile phones.
Amer Hannian, 62, declined to comment.
If the sailing project needs mental and physical acumen, read the wind and opponents, and move decisively on the boat, the 41-year-old Van der Meer is the best embodiment of the sport: he is short, serious, hardworking, quiet. Wearing dark sunglasses and a red Sox hat, always keep the brim against the eyebrows when going out to sea.
On the contrary, the rowing boat needs a tall figure, strong strength and firm determination to endure severe pain on the water. In sailing, your own experience is crucial, and rowers can be trained. In the past 15 years, almost no one has been able to train Olympic athletes like Amer Hanan.
But some former rowers and Stanford coaches said that Amerkhanian can also be a bully with a strong sense of territory and very rude.
In the 2010-2011 school year, then the sports director Bob Bowlsby told the rowers that a joint survey of the Pacific 10 (Pac-10) and Stanford found that Amerkhanian violated school rules. The rules of the association and abuse of power, Stanford suspended him for three months, depriving him of the title of rowing coach. Bowersby is now a member of the Big 12 Conference. He declined to comment, saying that the decision has nothing to do with enrollment.
在2010到2011学年，当时的体育总监鲍勃·鲍尔斯比(Bob Bowlsby)告诉赛艇手们，一个太平洋10校(Pac-10)和斯坦福联合调查发现阿默克哈尼安违反学校规则、联会规则并滥用权力，斯坦福将他停职三个月，剥夺了他的赛艇教练头衔。鲍尔斯比现在是12大联盟(Big 12 Conference)的委员，他拒绝发表评论，只是说这项决定与招生无关。
In the bureaucratic system of Stanford, he has always been a person who is out of place, Stafford said, Amerkhanian said.
Amerk Hanian and Van der Meer face a common problem, which is the cost of competing with the Northeastern University. In the 2018-19 school year, the sailing team traveled 15 times east of the Mississippi River.
According to the Ministry of Education's data on operating expenses, Stanford University spent $182,000 on sailing projects in 2017, surpassing any school except Boston College, almost twice as many as Yale and Georgetown. But Van der Meer said in his inquiry before the verdict that his budget does not include equipment; his biggest funding requirement is to replace a fleet of 18 sailboats every five to eight years at a cost of about $120,000.
The rowing team does not travel as often as the sailing team, nor does it have to go so far, but they have a significant expense that the sailors do not have. They must ship the boat to the scene, and the cost of a carbon fiber hull may be as high as $80,000.
In 2017, Stanford spent about $386,000 on rowing – a drop from the peak of $577,000. In 2017, Yale University and the University of California, the top rowing team each spent about $675,000, and the University of Washington spent $1.25 million.
Although Stanford University said that their coaches did not have a fundraising benchmark, in a letter to the judge who expressed support for Van der Meer, the external pressure to fund these projects was mentioned. The parents of two sailors at Stanford University said that in order to save money, the sports team used to live in his home in Annapolis, Maryland.
In addition, Stanford alumnus and avid sailor Joseph W. McCoy wrote: "In this rather delicate crime, sailing, football, rowing, etc. are not concerned, lack of funds. I am not surprised that sports can easily become a target."
此外，斯坦福校友、狂热的帆船手约瑟夫·W·麦考伊(Joseph W. McCoy)写道：“在这场相当精巧的犯罪行动中，帆船、足球、赛艇等不受关注、资金匮乏的运动很容易成为目标，我对此一点也不感到惊讶。”