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Update to Yesterday's News - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Mar. 30th, 2005

05:15 pm - Update to Yesterday's News

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Lots of people posted yesterday about a certain plagarist.

Even though the story was a good one I didn't contribute to the blanket blog propagation of this particular bit of information because I figured the rest of the blog world was punishing this girl enough without my sector of the blogosphere contributing to the harsh. Anyway, how was I to know whether it was a hoax or not.

Well today there is an update. If you noticed at some point yesterday that the girl's name changed, it did (to protect the guilty). She did get punished harshly by the blogosphere and the original author is requesting that folks lay off the poor (foolish) girl (and her nice mom) as she's pretty much as caught as she can get. And that's that. Assuming it isn't all a hoax.

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From:livingluster
Date:March 30th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't heard about this story... The mention of Eastern Illinois University makes me wonder if the school the girl actually went to was Parkland or some other community college around here. Can you clue me it? I'm just curious. :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 31st, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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This information is easy to come by through google, so there's no harm in me saying it: Lewis University.
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From:mfeltes83
Date:March 31st, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
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Went to Lewis once to watch a men's volleyball game. I also pass by it quite often when I'm visiting my grandfather.

Not sure how I feel about this one. I know that many many people at IMSA split up problem sets to spread out the work and then got together to put it together. I didn't, but on the other hand I very rarely managed to finish the problem sets. In any case, I don't think I'm willing to condemn them for that. So where's the line on academic dishonesty?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 31st, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
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Well in this case it's pretty clear. Offering to pay a stranger for a paper and handing it in without even reading it is CLEARLY pure unadulterated academic dishonesty and OVER THE LINE.

I've heard many teachers say that they don't mind people splitting up problems sets (some teachers say they purposely make them so long that they HAVE to be split up) because the students are learning collaboration.

I think there's something about the spirit of it all. Personally, while I've collaborated on many problem sets in my life, I've never turned in work that I wouldn't personally vouch for. I always check and verify the work even if a peer helped with it. I always made sure I was learning what needed to be learned. It seems clear that this girl had no intention of learning the subject matter. That's miserable.
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From:anne_jumps
Date:March 31st, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
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It seems clear that this girl had no intention of learning the subject matter. That's miserable.

Agreed.
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From:spygrl1
Date:March 31st, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I fault her as much for the stupidity as for the plagiarism. If you're going to hire someone to write a paper for you, shouldn't you care enough to check their credentials and check their work?

My fellow Journ 101 TAs and I busted a student for plagiarism once, and it sucked. We felt awful -- he was the first one in his family to go to college, and here he was flunking a class because of plagiarism in his first semester. But we couldn't let it slide -- particularly in a freakin' journalism class.
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From:marezcharz
Date:March 31st, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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Holy moly. This blows my mind. I can't say how disappointed I am with this shite. Wow. Very entertaining as well. ::snickers::

One thing that always used to bother me when I worked at Kinko's was the architecture students who would come in and ask me to 'blow up' a 4"x4" square into an 8.5"x11". I would try to explain that enlarging to fit the page would elongate one side. I would use the term 'proportion'. "No, I want it blown up to fill the page!" OK, here it is. "What is this? It is all stretched out?" I hope to god that they either never graduate with their architecture degrees or that I never have the misfortune to step into one of their designs and have it fall on my head.
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From:mrscake
Date:April 3rd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I had mixed feelings about that - on one hand, what she did was egregious, but it's hard to believe that other students haven't pulled the same thing and gotten away with it.
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