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MUsic
The Motown sound Page 3
Twenty years ago the Temptations and the Four
Tops achieved national fame for their Motown soun-
ds. The groups will perform together Friday night at
Hill Auditorium.
FILM
An unusual family Page 4
The children of a hotel proprietor have trouble
coping with the pressures of life/in the Hotel New
Hampshire. Beau Bridges, Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe,
and Beau Bridges star in the movie based on John
Irving's best-selling novel that is reviewed this week..
THE LIST
Happenings Pages 5 -8
Your guide to fun times for the coming week in Ann

Arbor. Film capsules, music previews, theater notes,
and bar dates, all listed in a handy-dandy, day-by-day
schedule. Plus a roster of local restaurants.
THEATER
Women's roles Page 9
Wife, working woman, mother, and housekeeper
are roles that women play in society today. The Per-
formance Network interprets these roles in four one-
woman acts entitled Female Parts. Also, this week,
the University Mime Troupe presents a series of
eight skits called Mimages. See this week's previews
to find out what there are all about.
COVER STORY
Cheating 101 Pages 10 & 11
They may be indignant at first, but with a little
prodding, most students will admit that they

plagiarize. The cheating runs the gamut from padded
biographies to attaching a new title page to another
student's paper. This week's cover story looks at the
increasing acceptability of cheating, the professors
why try to fight it, and the students who break the
rules and don't feel guilty. Cover by Doug McMahon.
BOOKS
Exploring strange, new worlds Page 12
In The Trellisane Confrontation, the newest ad-
dition to the Star Trek library, a group of terrorists
take control of the Enterprise. Kirk must enlist the
aid of the alien pepple of Trellisane, and even convin-
ce a fierce Klingon captain to fight at his side to
prevent galactic destruction. Find out why author
Blish fails to go where others have gone before.

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Friday, March 23, 1984
Vol. it, issue 20
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papers and exams to the infamous files
for their future brothers' use.
Though some houses files are out-
dated, those which are kept current can
supply a student with research papers
on subjects ranging from world politics
to art history and exams covering
rigorous courses from accounting to
biochemistry.
Jim, who asked not to be identified,
compared the files at his fraternity to
the collection of old exams at the
University Student Counseling Office in
Haven Hall.
Old notebooks, study guides, exams,
and even a list of classes in which
members have been enrolled fill the
cabinets in the study room of one
popular sorority on campus. One mem-
ber of the sorority, who asked that her
name not be used, said the updated lists
makes finding help for a class con-
venient.
Members of several fraternities on
campus who were contacted by the
Daily admitted that their houses had
files of old exams, notes, or lab reports,
but they didn't consider sharing past
assignments out of the ordinary.
Students who aren't members of
fraternities or sororities save class
notes or exams for a variety of reasons,
said Frank, a member of a large cam-
pus fraternity.
"It's not like we're saving them for
the sole purpose (of letting other mem-
bers use them)," he said.
But Frank said that if a fraternity
brother asks another member for an old
paper or exam, without exception, the
assignment will be turned over.
"It's only fair," he said.
Files provide instant academic vic-
tory. With a little editing, a used paper
can be ready to go the night before it's
due.
"If I were in a fraternity," Brad says,
"I could have four years of college done
with.''
And students can always turn to the
numerous paper-writing services ad-
vertised in magazines. For about $5 a
page, students can buy papers with
complete bibliographies, footnotes, and
a complementary .list of places to which
the paper has already been sold. This
protects the customer from
unknowingly turning in the same paper
to the same university.
Art Stekel, owner of Research
Assistance, a paper-writing company in
Los Angeles, Calif., says his service is
for "research purposes only."
* But he admits that "when the things
leaves here, we don't know what hap-
pens to it."
Professors at the University are con-
cerned with the number of students who
cheat or plagiarize and make efforts to
discourage them. But many are reluc-
tant to report students to the Univer-
sity's academic judiciary office.
This year, 11 cases of plagiarism
have been brought to LSA's academic
judiciary board, compared to only five
in 1974. Last year, seven cases of
plagiarism and 18 incidents of cheating
were reported to the judiciary, both
more than double the number 10 years
ago. The board is made up of seven
students and seven faculty members.
"With a total registration of around
13,000, you're talking about a very
small small percentage of cases that
reach (the judiciary) office. I suspect
that most cases don't get here," said
Assistant Dean of LSA Eugene Nissen
who heads the academic judiciary.d-
The University' allows individual
schools and ,colleges to handle
academic misconduct independently.
Most professors, however, don't use the
formal procedures. If they suspect a
student has cheated or plagiarized,.
they will handle the matter privately to
avoid the lengthy hearing process.

Bob Weisbuch, the associate chair-
man of the English department, is
critical of professors who are unwilling
to press charges against a student.
"Dealing with it privately is no good,
but I don't blame professors for
avoiding the system because it is time
consuming."
Weisbuch is infamous among stud-
ents for his hard-line stance on
plagiarism. He has brought two cases
to the judiciary.
"(Plagiarism) is deep dishonesty. I
think of it as an academic felony,'
Weisbuch says. .
"I was reading an essay (by a
student) on Charles Dickens which
came out of J. Hillis Miller's book (on
Dickens). I called the student in, and
read her the riot act."
The student told Weisbuch that she
didn't get the essay from Miller's book,
rather she copied the paper from her
roommate. "I call that plagiarism
squared," he says.
In the College of Engineering, studen-
ts are bound to an honor code. Before
every exam, engineering students must
sign a statement guaranteeing that
they have not received, seen, or given
another student information about the
exam.
Some engineering students say the
code helps avert the desire to cheat. "It
affects me," says Brett Hanks, a
freshwoman engineering student.
"There is a psychological effect when
you have to sign your name.'"
But the code is hardly a cure-all for
students who have become wizards at
cheating. "It goes on just as much in
engineering (as in LSA)," says Mike
Jansen, an LSA freshman who has
taken classes in the engineering school.
Regardless of which school, it is dif-
ficult to prove a student has
plagiarized, says LSA senior Jay
Kalter, chairman of the judiciary
board. The burden of proof is on the
professor, Kalter says.
"While we are not a court of law, we
do function on the premise that a
student is innocent until proven guilty,"
Kalter says. "How can we impose a
penalty otherwise?".
The penalties most commonly issued
are academic probation or suspension.
In some cases students will be required
to take additional credits in order to
graduate or a letter of reprimand will
be placed in their files. Professors can
also give students a failing grade for
the course.

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Once students have been caught for an
academic offense they face potential
problems applying to graduate schools,
Nissen says.
"I can't tell you the trauma and
problems a student deals with in an in-
'fraction of the code of conduct," he
says.
Most graduate, school applications
ask if students have been found'guilty of
an academic offense. Students who lie
on the application could be expelled if
the school discovers the information is
false, warns Nissen.
Some professors try to control
cheating by warning students on the
first day of class that they will take
cases to the judiciary.
"I make it clear this is a serious mat-

paranoid. "I'm le
of my colleagues,
trusting students
folks who want to c
Honest students
have pushed for
Erste says.
Students whoat
those who c
frustrating. "I d
plagiarize. I neve
senior Kelly McD
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'(Plagiarism) is deep dishonest;
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ter and that I won't treat it privately,"
said Weisbuch.
Herbert Hildebrandt, a professor of
communication and business ad-
ministration, says he keeps copies of
student papers on file to compare them
with similar papers submitted in future
semesters.
Geology Prof. Daniel Fisher says he
distributes three different versions of
the final exam to prevent students from
cheating.
Other instructors take even stricter
precautions. Lou Erste, a teaching
assistant in the political science depar-
tment, collects and stamps blue books
several days before an exam to prevent
students from bringing in prepared an-
swers. When the exam is given he
distributes the blue books randomly.
Erste calls his anti-cheating
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