red in the face
to cheat or not to cheat
After we posted on the cheating scandal embroiling Harvard University yesterday, a student implicated in the investigation wrote in to offer another side of the story.
If you haven’t been following, the university said yesterday that nearly half of the 279 students in an undergraduate course—later identified by the Harvard Crimson as Government 1310: Introduction to Congress—were being investigated for academic dishonesty on a take-home final exam.
According to press reports, the inquiry was opened after a teaching fellow, or TF for short, noticed that students collaborated on the exam despite instructions that such collaboration was prohibited, and that some students used “same long, identical strings of words.”
But our source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that while collaboration may have been expressly forbidden*, it was widely practiced by students and even teaching fellows.
Leave it to the Harvard kids to be ahead of the curve. While the wave of cheating scandals that landed this summer was still cresting, 125 undergraduates were busy getting themselves implicated in what a university spokesman told the Huffington Post is the biggest cheating scandal in recent memory.
According to HuffPo, the Read More
High School drama
“I guess I’m not as cynical as you are,” Neil Barofsky, former watchdog for the Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program and presently the busiest cynic caught up in the government’s entanglement with the banking business, told The Observer.
In a time when everyone seems to be cheating—and most everyone getting away with it—we’d put it to Mr. Barofsky that there doesn’t seem to be much percentage in honest behavior. If Wall Street executives, tween idols and journalistic heavyweights are shirking the rules to get ahead, doesn’t it make sense for the commoners to do the same?
Every month, there’s some new scandal over at the uber-prestigious Stuyvesant High School. Last month, the young ladies of the math and science public school held a “Slutty Wednesday” to protest the dress code that denied them the right to wear booty shorts and mini-skirts to home room.
Later that month, over 50 students were implicated in a ring that cheated on the state’s Regents exams, using their cell phones to pass around a photocopied version of the test and swapping answers. Today, justice was served…at least partially…on a radio program announcing the possible punishment of these 2.0 sneaks.
What to say about an uphill slog called Crazy, Stupid, Love? It’s not nearly crazy enough to clear the clogged arteries of summer comedies, and when the love appears, it’s in all the wrong places. Oh well, at least they nailed the stupid part.
This movie is so hapless that not even two directors could Read More
Foursquare closed a major loophole in its reward system today, making it impossible for users to earn mayorship by checking in over the mobile web.
To earn a mayorship now, users must check in and have their location certified by GPS. In other words they, or at least their cell phones, actually have to be Read More
Games we Play
Got an inkling that your husband or girlfriend might be carrying on an outside affair? A new Android app will nab the culprit.
The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton profiles Secret SMS Replicator, an app that, once installed on a phone, hides in the background and sends out a copy of every trystful Read More
Digg, the social news aggregation site, has been having a bad month. After a disasterous redesign and a revolt by users many top staffers are fleeing the company and 37% of employees were laid off.
Now Fast Company is following up on some detective work by a disgruntled Digg user LtGenPanda, showing that Read More