Teen's Felony Case Thrown Out

The case of an Oklahoma teen who was charged with a felony for writing a violent short story about attacking his school has been dismissed by a judge who ruled that prosecutors failed to prove the teen actually intended to commit the act. –Kim Zetter –Teen’s Felony Case Thrown Out  (Wired) A turning point in the trial was when Brian’s mother used Google to demonstrate that the first paragraph of…

A Campus Fad That's Being Copied: Internet Plagiarism

Thirty-eight percent of the undergraduate students surveyed said that in the last year they had engaged in one or more instances of “cut-and-paste” plagiarism involving the Internet, paraphrasing or copying anywhere from a few sentences to a full paragraph from the Web without citing the source. Almost half the students said they considered such behavior trivial or not cheating at all. | Only 10 percent of students had acknowledged such…

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The Secret Life of Bees: A Reflection

The Secret Life of Bees: A Reflection This year the incoming freshman class was asked to read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, a coming-of-age novel set in the deep south during the summer of 1964. Faculty, staff, resident assistants, and anyone else who wanted to lead a discussion was given a free copy of the book and invited to participate. I don’ t know whether the students…