The University of Southern California is launching an investigation into claims that Paige Laurie, who the new Paige Sports Arena on the MU Campus is named after, cheated her way to a degree earlier this year. Laurie is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Laurie, who donated $25 million to the university to help fund the new basketball home of the Missouri men and women’s basketball team. Paige Laurie’s former roommate, Elena Martinez, claims that she did most of Laurie’s class work at USC. According to Martinez, Laurie paid her $20,000 over a three-year period even after Martinez left the school and went home because she couldn’t afford to attend USC anymore. The Lauries have refused comment on the issue which went public on the ABC program “20/20” Friday night. Bill Laurie is also the owner of the St. Louis Blues.
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