TIME Courts

FTC Says 4 Cancer Charities Were Frauds

A suit claims that the man behind the charities and his family spent $187 million on personal expenses

Four cancer charities deceived donors and spent more than $187 million on personal expenses, according to a complaint filed this week by the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general from all 50 states. If the allegations are true, it would be one of the biggest charity fraud cases in American history.

The FTC says that donors were told in telemarking calls and mail solicitations that money would be used for medicine and transporting patients to chemotherapy, according to the Associated Press. Instead, the money was allegedly spent on personal indulgences, like gym memberships, luxury cruises and online dating site subscriptions. All four charities—the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society—were created and led by James Reynolds Sr. with the help of his now-ex-wife and son.

Never before have the FTC and the attorneys general across all states taken joint action against a charity. They filed a suit against the organizations in the United States District Court for Arizona, naming Reynolds and several of his relatives and associates as defendants. The complaint claims that less than 3% of donations to the charities were spent on cancer patients from 2008 to 2012.

Two of the organizations, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society, will settle the charges out of court and be dissolved, according to the FTC.

Though the other charities’ websites were down Tuesday morning, a long post on the Breast Cancer Society’s website allegedly written by Reynolds’ son, James T. Reynolds II, said increased government scrutiny led to the charity’s undoing.


TIME Television

Mad Men Finale Failed to Set Records

The critical darling only reached its third best audience Sunday night

Mad Men always had more cultural cache than it did viewers. That trend remained true during Sunday’s series finale, which drew an audience of 3.3 million, its third largest audience ever.

Though viewership skyrocketed from the penultimate episode (just 1.43 million viewers), it fell short of its largest audience ever during season five’s premiere in 2012, when 3.54 million people tuned in to the show that had gone missing from the airwaves for 17 months.

Though a critical favorite, Mad Men has never reached the ratings of AMC’s most popular shows. By comparison, TheWalking Dead draws about 15.8 million viewers per week.

AMC had hoped that splitting up Mad Men‘s final season would boost its lackluster ratings. A similar strategy worked for last year’s Breaking Bad finale, which drew 10.3 million viewers—up from season four’s 1.9 million viewers two years before. Like Breaking Bad, Mad Men began with a modest audience (less than 1 million in season one). But unlike Breaking Bad, it couldn’t promise the same drug dealer showdown in the finale. Just a coke and a smile.

TIME Sexual Assault

Columbia Student Carries Mattress at Graduation in Protest of Campus Rape Case

Emma Sulkowicz swore she would carry the mattress as part of her senior thesis until her alleged rapist was expelled. He wasn't.

Emma Sulkowicz graduated from Columbia University on Tuesday carrying a mattress she’s been taking everywhere on campus for the last year as part of her visual arts thesis. The student swore to not put down the mattress until the school expelled her alleged rapist from campus.

Sulkowicz helped bring attention to a federal complaint that students levied against the school last year for failing to properly adjudicate cases of campus sexual assault. Columbia, along with over 90 other schools, is under federal investigation for violations of Title IX, a law that prohibits gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault, on campuses. Schools found guilty of defying the law could lose federal funding.

In an interview with TIME last year, Sulkowicz said that she was raped during her sophomore year. She and two other woman all reported the same attacker to the university. All three cases were dismissed. “During my hearing, one panelist kept asking me how it was physically possible for anal rape to happen,” she said. “I was put in the horrible position of trying to explain how this terrible thing happened to me.”

The man who allegedly assaulted Sulkowicz, also a senior, is still on campus. He is currently suing the school and Sulkowicz’s thesis advisor for making his name public.

Following an email from the university forbidding “large objects” in the graduation procession, it looked like Columbia might block Sulkowicz for carrying the mattress, according to the Columbia Spectator. But students tweeted pictures of the young artist carrying her mattress in her cap and gown to confirm she was allowed to finish her undergraduate thesis.

TIME Television

Why Peggy and Stan Shouldn’t Have Ended Up Together on Mad Men

The AMC drama doesn't usually cater to its fans

For a few minutes last night’s finale of Mad Men became a rom-com: co-workers Peggy Olson and Stan Rizzo realized they’d been falling in love all along. It was a bit of fan service that was unexpected, to say the least, of a show filled with cigarette smoke and infidelity.

At first, it seemed like show runner Matthew Weiner might be playing a joke on us. Peggy and Stan’s love story was a shipper’s fantasy come true. Stan’s speech about hating Peggy in person but missing her as soon as she went away was eerily similar to the declaration of love that comes at the end of a Nora Ephron movie. Sure, the writers have been hinting at a spark between the two characters for several seasons now, but it wasn’t exactly a Rachel-Ross “will they or won’t they?” plot that deserved a grand romantic ending. Remember, this is Mad Men: Don, Betty, Joan, Roger, Pete, Duck and Ted all got divorced during the course of the show. Some of them twice.

Of course, Peggy and Stan weren’t the only relationship that made me want to roll my eyes: Pete and Trudy’s reunion also felt rather nauseating. They, like everyone else in the beginning of the show, were a terrible couple. When did Pete become a good person — the kind of guy who drops off a cactus in Peggy’s office because they’re such good friends? We seem to have forgotten the time he threw Trudy’s dinner out the window because she wanted to adopt. Or how cruel he was to Peggy. Or, most horrifyingly, the fact that he raped a neighbor’s German nanny.

If Trudy wants to board the plane to Kansas, she’d do well to abide by her own words from the penultimate episode: “I remember things as they were.”

But back to Peggy and Stan, who will surely be happy together, but at what cost? Their relationship undercut one of the best shots ever to grace our television screens: Peggy Olson walking into McCann Erickson like a boss — hungover, sunglasses on, cigarette dangling from her mouth, sexy octopus painting tucked under her arm. It was a triumphant stroll for a woman who, regardless of the state of her love life, was ready to conquer the world. Peggy’s story was about succeeding in a man’s world, not finding love. That should have been her last moment on camera.

With “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” still ringing in my ears, I’m bristling from Mad Men‘s optimism. If the show has taught me anything, it’s that bright and shiny moments aren’t real, just the stuff of advertising.

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Courtesy of AMC. Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
TIME Television

History as Seen on Mad Men: A Timeline

How the show addressed assassinations, political movements and scientific achievements

Over the course of seven seasons, Mad Men—which came to a close on Sunday night—followed Don, Peggy and the rest of Sterling Cooper through a raucous decade. But, though its meticulous attention to period detail has often been praised, the show has always been more about character than events: Assassinations were met with quiet crying scenes; characters’ politics changed slowly over time; entire years were skipped.

And yet some pivotal historical moments did have an impact. Here’s how the show wove real-world story lines into the lives of its fictional characters.

  • The Birth Control Pill Is Approved (May 1960)

    Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) - Mad Men - Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/AMC
    Doug Hyun / AMC Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)

    The FDA approved Enovid, the first oral contraceptive for women, in May of 1960. When the series begins in 1960, Joan sends Peggy to a doctor to get a prescription. The condescending doctor tells Peggy he’ll take it away if she is too loose and abuses the drug’s power. Whether Peggy took the pill incorrectly or not, she does end up getting pregnant in the first season.

    Read original 1960 coverage of Enovid, here in the TIME Vault: Pregnancy Control

  • Kennedy Defeats Nixon (Nov. 1960)

    Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images 2nd televised debate between Richard M. Nixon & John F. Kennedy (L)

    Sterling Cooper helps create Nixon’s ads, but cannot measure up to the upbeat spots for Kennedy that helped lead him to a surprise victory. But that doesn’t stop the conservative boys at Sterling Cooper from celebrating: In this episode, Harry Crane cheats on his wife with a secretary and gets himself kicked out of this house.

    Read original 1960 coverage of the election, here in the TIME Vault: Candidate Kennedy

  • The Freedom Riders and Civil Rights (1961)

    Freedom Rider & National Guardsman
    Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Gett An unidentified Freedom Rider cranes his head out of the window of an interstate bus as a National Guardsman stands watch outside, May 1961.

    Though Sterling Cooper is completely white-washed, racial tensions fizzle in the background of the show’s early years. Paul Kinsey heads south to protest with his black girlfriend Sheila after Don takes his spot on a business trip to L.A. in the first season. By 1966, the ad agency jokingly publishes an ad promising equal employment opportunity. When dozens of people show up to interview, the company relents and hires its first black secretary, Dawn.

    Read original 1961 coverage of the Freedom Rides, here in the TIME Vault: Trouble in Alabama

  • Marilyn Monroe’s Death (Aug. 1962)

    Marilyn Monroe Portrait
    Michael Ochs Archives—Getty Images Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait in circa 1952.

    The actress overdosed on drugs on Aug. 4, 1962. Roger Sterling is surprised to find Joan Holloway crying over Marilyn’s death in his office. Hollis the elevator operator mourns Marilyn too—or, rather, he muses over how Marilyn’s ex, baseball player Joe DiMaggio, must feel. Peggy is a little colder, pointing out that Playtex’s rejection of their Jackie vs. Marilyn underwear pitch was a blessing in disguise.

    Read original 1962 coverage of Monroe’s death, here in the TIME Vault: The Only Blonde in the World

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct. 1962)

    Father John Gill (Colin Hanks) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) - Mad Men - Season 2, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC
    Carin Baer / AMC Father John Gill (Colin Hanks) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) on Mad Men

    The employees at Sterling Cooper worry that any day could be their last during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the U.S. and the Soviet Union ever came to armed conflict during the Cold War. A priest at Peggy’s church tells worshippers they should prepare to meet God. Pete Campbell’s wife even leaves to stay with her parents, while Pete declares that if he’s going to die he wants it to be in Manhattan.

    Read original 1962 coverage of Monroe’s death, here in the TIME Vault: Showdown on Cuba

  • The Kennedy Assassination (Nov. 1963)

    Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) - Mad Men - Season 3, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC
    Carin Baer / AMC Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) in Mad Men

    Betty stares blankly at the television, and Duck pulls the plug so that the tragic events won’t interrupt his dalliance with Peggy. Roger decides not to postpone the wedding of his daughter, Margaret, but everyone spends the reception glued to the TV. The episode is more about the fallout in the Sterling family than about the political ramifications of the assassination.

    Read original 1963 coverage of Kennedy’s death, here in the TIME Vault: “The Government Still Lives”

  • The Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking (Jan. 1964)

    Don Draper (Jon Hamm) - Mad Men - Season 3, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Carin Baer/AMC
    Carin Baer / AMC Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in Mad Men

    In 1957, Readers Digest had reported on the dangers of smoking—and the article was so influential that Sterling Cooper had to create a new strategy for Lucky Strike in the first season. They later lose the account when the Surgeon General confirms that smoking does kill, just as Roger, Don, Bert and Lane are breaking off to start their own firm. Don responds by writing a manifesto, published in the New York Times, about why agencies shouldn’t help sell products that kill people.

    Read original 1964 coverage of the report, here in the TIME Vault: The Government Report

  • Sonny Liston v. Cassius Clay (May 1965)

    Muhammad Ali Knocks Out Liston
    Agence France Presse—Getty Images Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO'd in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965.

    The fight only lasted two minutes and 12 seconds, but formed the backdrop for one of Mad Men’s greatest episodes, “The Suitcase.” Don takes his own swing at Duck Phillips when he calls Peggy a “whore.” Later, a picture of Ali’s victory inspires Don to create a great Samsonite luggage ad.

    Read original 1965 coverage of the fight, here in the TIME Vault: Theater of the Absurd

  • The Beatles at Shea Stadium (Aug. 1965)

    The Beatles
    Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium, New York on Aug. 15, 1965.

    Don bribes his daughter Sally, who is none too happy about his and Betty’s divorce, with tickets to perhaps the most famous concert in the history of rock. She appropriately loses her mind.

    Read a 1965 cover story about rock ‘n’ roll, here in the TIME Vault: Sound of the Sixties

  • Richard Speck Murders (July 1966)

    Mad Men (Season 5)
    Michael Yarish—AMC Dawn Chambers (Teyonah Parris) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) in Mad Men

    The workers at Sterling Cooper become fascinated with the then-unsolved Richard Speck murders in Chicago. Sally learns of the murders from the newspaper and becomes so frightened she cannot sleep. Simultaneously, racial violence rages in Harlem, forcing Dawn to spend the night in Peggy’s apartment.

    Read original 1966 coverage of the case, here in the TIME Vault: 24 Years to Page One

  • The Vietnam War (Nov. 1955–April 1975)

    Mad Men (Season 5)
    Michael Yarish—AMC (L-R) Joe Harris (S.E. Perry), Ruth Harris (Alyson Reed), Greg Harris (Samuel Page), Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and Gail Holloway (Christine Estabrook) in Mad Men

    Joan’s doctor husband, Greg, serves in Vietnam. When he reveals to her that he volunteered to go back for a second tour, she breaks up with him. In a later season, Don uses connections to help the son of Sylvia Rosen, with whom he is having an affair, avoid being placed in a dangerous spot when he’s drafted. In the final season, Glen Bishop announces he’s enlisted.

    Read a 1965 cover story about the war, here in the TIME Vault: The Turning Point in Viet Nam

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination (April 1968)

    Martin Luther King at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church
    The Washington Post/Getty Images Martin Luther King speaks at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church February 1968 in Washington, DC.

    Peggy and Megan are both up for advertising awards at a ceremony that’s interrupted by Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Don encourages his secretary Dawn to go home, assuming that the news has hit her hard because of her race. She tells him she would prefer to stay and work.

    Read original 1965 coverage of King’s death, here in the TIME Vault: An Hour of Need

  • The Moon Landing (July 1969)

    Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper - Mad Men _ Season 7, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC
    Courtesy of AMC Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in Mad Men

    Despite being a momentous event, the moon landing took backseat to Bert Cooper’s dancing departure. Bert dies on his couch just as man takes his first steps on the moon—but is seen again, in Don’s hallucinations.

    Read a 1969 cover story about the moon landing, here in the TIME Vault: Man on the Moon

  • The Newsweek Sexism Lawsuit (1970)

    Courtesy of AMC Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men

    Forty-six women sued Newsweek Magazine for workplace gender discrimination in 1970 and won. When Joan threatens to take legal action against McCann Ericson for sexism, she references Newsweek and the feminist movement as precedent.

    Read original 1970 coverage of the lawsuit, here in the TIME Vault: Woman-Power

TIME Education

Columbia Undergrads Say Greek Mythology Needs a ‘Trigger Warning’

'Lucretia and Tarquinius', c1560s, (1937). Artist: Titian
Print Collector/Getty Images 'Lucretia and Tarquinius', c1560s, (1937). A print from Titian Paintings and Drawings, introduction by Hans Tietze, Phaidon Press, Vienna, 1937. Found in the collection of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria.

In an op-ed, students write that Ovid's Metamorphoses bring back memories of rape

Students have been reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses for centuries, but some Columbia undergrads are demanding that a warning be issued before studying the classic. Many popular texts need a “trigger warning,” or caution about material that could be distressing to readers, argue four students writing an op-ed for the Columbia Spectator.

The Metamorphoses, like most of Greek and Roman literature, details certain rapes that were central to the ancient mythology. In one story, a woman named Philomela is raped by her sister’s husband, who after the act cuts out her tongue to keep her silent. Another woman named Lucretia kills herself after being raped so as to preserve her family’s reputation, an event that acts as the catalyst for overthrowing the monarchy in favor of a Roman republic.

“Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ is a fixture of [the class] Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom,” wrote the students, who are members of Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board. “These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.”

The students go on to tell the story of one of their classmates, a victim of sexual assault, who did not “feel safe” during a class discussion of Ovid.

Trigger warning have been central to campus debates for almost 20 years. Some students argue that these stories can force readers to relive past trauma. But many say the phrase is overused and can cause even greater distress by drawing the reader’s attention to these events. And both conservative and liberal advocates say that trigger warnings can impinge on free speech. Earlier this week in TIME, Karin Agness, the president of the Network of Enlightened Women argued that students should not be “intellectually bubble-wrapped” with these warnings.

But many schools, like the University of California at Santa Barbara and Oberlin College have asked their professors to use these trigger warnings on their syllabi and in the classroom.

The debate at Columbia comes as students are protesting the way in which the school handles cases of sexual assault. Columbia, along with dozens of other schools, is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly failing to properly protect students and punish perpetrators in cases of rape on campus.

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