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' sif " & P s v INSIDE oThe n Cats play Eastern Washington University, See page 5 Volume 65 Issue 38 wsusignpost.com Monday, November 4, 2002 s S.M s nJi j J. uy vuy toj Plagiarism becoming less original Idea theft often a crime of ignorance By Mike Mitchell special assignments editor The Signpost If faculty members on campus assigned each student a term paper at the same time, 90 students would plagiarize the assignment, according to a trend Paul Caldarella has seen among students in his classes. Caldarella, an assistant professor of psychology at Weber State University, said that of the papers he receives from his introductory psychology students, the average number of those plagiarized is about 5 percent. "And those are the ones I actually catch," he said. Caldarella said the frequency has made him stop requiring papers in those classes as well as some of his upper level classes. Plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas and not giving credit for them. "In my class syllabus, there's a description of what plagiarism is and how seriously we take it in the department," Caldarella said. "I have the right to fail the student in the class." Caldarella said he has exercised this right and has failed students for it. When he catches students plagiarizing, his course of action depends on what the students have to say in their defense. "In most cases, it's students who are rushed, and they are trying to do a quick paper," Caldarella said. "Sometimes it's inadvertent, where students cut and paste things off the Internet without quotation marks and use large chunks of material; they just don't realize that's an example of plagiarism." In those cases, he said he would most likely give students a zero on the assignment and explain why rather than fail them in the course. Plagiarism comes in many forms; however, some are more deliberate than others. Failure to properly cite ideas, not just exact words, is somewhat less deliberate than actually "Sometimes it's inadvertent, where students cut and paste things off the Internet without quotation marks and use large chunks of material; they just don't realize that's an example of plagiarism." Paul Caldarella WSU assistant professor of psychology purchasing a paper online or quoting ideas verbatim from another source. Kathryn MacKay, associate professor of history, said students should be wary of purchasing papers online. "You can do an Internet search and find the plagiarized text," MacKay said. "It's just as easy for me to find as it was for the student." MacKay and Caldarella both said Internet has increased plagiarism. "The information age has made it a lot easier to plagiarize," Caldarella said. "Back in the day of the typewriter, it was much harder. Now with the Internet and word processors it's just really i '' i x - v ' V ."""fTUC:.,".'. : 1 k ? i : : i S . Ll iH U Ix'N Ykl the easy and very tempting." MacKay said she often informs students of the specific Web sites where they can purchase papers online. See Plagiarism page 3 My r ifip v 1 ':' "W Yard sale Trinidad Garcia peruses various items at Hope Alliance's yard sale Saturday on the southwest corner of the practice field. The Hope Alliance held the sale to raise money for an expedition to Peru to provide medical and humantarian aid. Several Weber State University students participate in these expeditions, partnering with local providers to offer care for Peruvians. Students rally for Middle East peace By Jennifer Larson news editor The Signpost With placards in hand. Northern Utah Peace Alliance wanted to bring awareness to those who attended Saturday's peace rally in a nonviolent protest against a potential war with Iraq. With the help of Weber State University Assistant Professor of Sociology Richard Hutchinson, and Green Party Congressional candidate Craig Axford, who spoke at the peace rally, WSU students and the Ogdcn community were informed of options other than war. I lutchinson said the administration has not given a strong enough case as to why the United States needs to go to war with Iraq. "President Bush has not exhausted other options, such as weapons inspections, before wanting to declare war," Hutchinson said. "Bush has an outcome in mind and that is war." Cassi Meyerhol'fer, co-president of the WSU chapter of Feminists United Network and the peace rally organizer, said people are misinformed about the war. This war is not about Sept. 11; Saddam IIusmcii was not involved Willi that attack, she said. Me crhol Icr g.i e lw o reasons as to why the United Stales should not go to war w ith Iraq. "It is not okay to kill human beings." she said, "and Bush needs to locus on other options siu'h as not V"- s - 1 s A I -0 Students and community members gathered at Dee Memorial Park to hold a nonviolent protest against'war in Iraq. Axford used the peace rally to voice his concern about American troops who will be sent to Iraq including how long they will be required to slay in Iraq if the United States goes to war. Axford said he is concerned about the cost and w here money lor the w ar would come from. He also questioned who would replace Saddam 1 lussien if he were taken out of power. Ogden resident Athena Wagner withstood the cooler temperature to voice her opinion. war, and he just needs to get off his vendetta and really think about what he is doing," Wagner said. However, there are others who believe the option of war would not be considered by the president if he-were not more aware of all the options. "We don't know what information the piesidenl has, we just have to trust that he will consiilci all the options and do the right thing," said Lt. Col. Jack Shngeon, chair ol military science.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-11-04, Vol. 65, No. 38|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|