The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at UIUC, which hosts a variety of intramural sporting events for students, has announced the firing of five of its student employee referees. The news comes after a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism out of The Daily Illini was published last week, uncovering a ring of referees that were bribed to make favorable calls for the highest bidding intramural teams.
Vivian Peterson, a senior contributor to The Daily Illini and author of “Black, White, and Corrupt All Over,” had this to say:
“It’s just sickening to see this kind of behavior in your own backyard,” said Peterson. “Corruption happens all the time at the big banks who threw our global economy into a recession. But it doesn’t really hit home until your own fraternity’s C-Team basketball squad experiences it for themselves. This is my magnum opus and I’m hoping it lands me a job, because right now all I’ve got lined up is an interview at Starbucks.”
Along with a storied narrative, the article also released the names and corresponding head shots of the five referees caught in the scandal. One former referee, Dylan Howser, reflected on his opinions on the matter.
“I know what I did was wrong, but what else was I supposed to do?” Howser pondered. “It’s hard to make ends meet when you’re making minimum wage. So of course I’m going to take bottom-tier fraternity money to help them win. It really pissed off Rho Chi Theta, the frat that I’m a legacy at that didn’t give me a bid because I wore cargos to one rush event. I’m still salty.”
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