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Underage drinking provides more thrills
By TODD KANE
TheDaily Collegian, U. of Massachusetts
Every person has a dream of what turning
21 is going to be like. I was awarded my 15
minutes of fame in November. To put it
blontly, Ehe legal experience was nothing I
had hoped for.
For the past two or three years, I have
been getting kicked out of bars for being
under 21. When I did get into bars, I was so
stressed out about being
discovered by burly
bouncers that I hid in the
deepest, darkest, most anti-
social part of the bar in
hopes I could drink in
I swore my 21st birthday was going to be
different. I envisioned myself gliding into
my dream bar with all eyes fixed on my svelte
coolness. "That's Todd Kane. He turned 21
today. Buy him beer." Instead of becoming a
blithering fool as I sank into the depths of
drunkenness, I would be the epitome of
Stairs would become places to show off
my dexterity. Conversation would be
intelligent, free of stuttering and belching.
Onlookers would chant my name as I shot
game after game of perfect electronic darts.
Package stores would greet me with open
arms. The beer cooler doors would swing
open, showering me with cold snowflakes
I saw bars as forums for the development
of minds and spirit. People would speak
freely about current issues and problems
with our society like philosophies.
Chess, pool and darts would take the
place of video games and pinball. Large
screen TVs would be replaced by
Shakespeare-in-the-round. Culture would
Go ahead, cheat your heart out
Daily Targum, Rutgers U.
Devilish back-row glances and sweatys
-- s palmed crib notes have been the mainstays
-iof most gritty cheaters for years. But now,a
instead of using those old tricks, the
Now, for the reality.
After my classes, I ambled over to the
neighborhood package store to buy my first
legal six-pack. The guy behind the counter
didn't even ask for my ID. I bought my six-
pack and left in dismay.
I returned home to my empty apartment
to begin typing my resume. It struck me as
slightly ironic that I was drinking my first
legal beer while trying to glorify my
loathesome employment history.
Instead of going out to the dream bar, I
went to a local "Good ol Boys" bar with my
roommate. No, it wasn't the forum of
culture I hoped for, but at least I got a free
drink. Everything was fine until thejukebox
started blaring Barbara Mandrell and other
selections from "Hee Haw's Greatest Hits."
My ears could stand no more, and I dragged
my roommate to one of the more popular
bars in town.
This bar, which was packed every night
before my birthday, now looked like Siberia
at rush hour.
I moseyed up to the bar and ordered a
drink after my roommate told the bartender
it was my "special day."
I took the drink and did an about face.
"Hey, that's $2.50 for the drink," the
I struggled with the reality that I was just
another legal face in the crowd, fully subject
to not much more than outrageously
inflated bar prices.
comprehensive-mindeu cheater can reau a
new book on how to scam the exam.
"Cheating 101: The benefits and
fundamentals of earning the easy 'A.'" is an
87-page book written and published last fall
by Michael Moore. It tells why students
should cheat and what they should do if
Moore, a Rutgers U. junior majoring in
journalism, said students should know
about what's going on in higher education.
"Education is impersonal, and it wouldn't
be that bad if you weren't shelling out all
that money for it," he said. "College is big
business, so a lot of the time the plight of
the student is secondary."
Moore's advice for people that agree with
this line of thinking: cheat. He claims 80
percent of college students do it anyway.
"Professors cannot police classrooms." he
said. "(Teachers) would lose their minds
trying to memorize (cheating techniques)."
Here are a few choice examples of what
you will find in the book:
Stick shift: On multiple choice tests,
place your feet in positions similar to car
gear shift positions, representing answers
'A' through 'E' to help out a fellow cheater.
Subbing: Have an ace student take an
exam in place of you. Make sure the ace
knows your correct student and/or social
security number, though.
Make, fake, take: Before the exam ask
the professor if you can make up a test later.
Then go to the first exam anyway and
memorize it for the makeup.
Doctoring: Sneak into the exam room
the day before and write the answers in code
on a desk.
It is no surprise "Cheating 101" has
For the good of the frat... National
fraternities and sororities, in an effort
to protect their names and make
profits, have asked retailers to
recognize their Greek letters as
trademarks - a move some say would
hurt the Greek system. Twenty-three
Greek organizations are working with
Greek Properties Inc., a licensing firm
from Atlanta, to convince vendors to
recognize Greek letters as registered
trademarks. Patrick Battle, vice
president of marketing for Greek
Properties, said the primary reasons for
the licensing effort are to protect logos
and names from any distasteful use and
to expand the Greek market. Rocca
Maria Balice, Daily Illini, U. of Illinois
Testing the waters... A proposal by the
Department of Education has got the
attention of campus administrators
and students, who believe it may
threaten minority enrollment on U.S.
campuses. "The purpose (of the new
regulation) is: to help colleges and
universities find ways to structure their
financial aid programs so that they can
effectively attract a
body ...without un-
inating based on
race, color or
national origin," a Alexander
statement from the DOE said. U.S.
Secretary of Education Lamar
Alexander issued the proposal in early
December, but will wait until after
March 2 to decide when, and if, the
proposal will be put into effect.
Alexander's proposal would not allow
colleges to use race as the only means
of awarding certain scholarships. uJoe
Vince, The Maneater, U. of Missouri
LANY FOSTER, RAILY IARGUM, ITGES U.
While three Rutgers students diligently study for their final exams, Michael Moore studies
his book, "Cheating 101: The benefits and fundamentals of earning the easy 'A'."
Animal abuse glorified your paper showed itself to be behind the members have included hanging cats,
times regarding the treatment of animals. kicking chickens, biting the heads off
To the editor: Your paper should have condemned rather turkeys, submerging dogs in beer and
I was appalled to read in the September than celebrated the animal abuse involved countless other atrocities. Some universities
1991 edition of U. that during a benefit for in this contest. It is unfortunate that have responded enthusiastically to our
the Association for Retarded Citizens mentally retarded human beings should be request that policies be implemented to
organized by Penn State's Phi Kappa Psi the unwitting recipients of the blood money prevent animal abuse, and I'm sure that,
fraternity chapter and Kappa Alpha Theta raised in this manner. like us, they would be disappointed to find
sorority chapter, a man ate worms and a People for the Ethical Treatment of U.hampering this effort.
women swallowed goldfishes and were given Animals has recently undertaken the task of
a prize for doing so. ending animal abuse by fraternities across David Cantor
In portraying these episodes as amusing, the country. Acts of cruelty by fraternity Campus Campaign Coordinator, PETA
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received mixed reviews from school
administrators and students.
One Rutgers educator, Jim Reed, said,
"Frankly, the manual is not going to provide
any information which would help (anyone)
Moore, who transferred to Rutgers from
St. Francis College, Pa., said he got the book
idea after he saw students cheating in his
classes during semester exams.
A first-year student at Rutgers, who asked
to be identified only as Ryan, said if he had
obtained the book previously, he might not
have been caught cheating recently.
"The method I used wasn't very
intelligent." he said. "I think (the book)
would have sparked the flame of ingenuity
and incited me to choose a more creative
On sale for $6, (he makes about $1.50 per
book) Moore has marketed it at Delaware
State U., the U. of Maryland, Ohio State U.
and Rutgers U. More than 1,000 copies were
sold the first month of publication, and
Moore plans to market his book in Boston
later this year.
Some, like Reed, are not so happy with
the book's success. "I would like to see
someone of higher intellectual ability than
Mr. Moore show me how to cheat in my
tests," Reed said. "I feel his publication is a
way to exploitcredulous or weak students."
Pro bono work may become the rule at law schools
TheDaily Campus, Southern Methodist U.
A mandatory pro bono requirement is being considered
as a prerequisite for law school graduation at campuses like
American U. and Southern Methodist U., where some
faculty and students believe it would help graduates become
better acquainted with the people they will serve.
"Many schools, including our own, teach about what it
means to be a lawyer," said PeterJaszi, a law professor at the
Washington College of Law at American U. "Lawyers are
supposed to do more than earn the most money possible.
They must provide legal representation to those who can't
Washington College is considering implementing 70
hours of pro bono work.
Still, students believe the idea of mandating volunteer
"Lawyers are supposed to do more
than earn the most money possible.
They must provide legal representation
to those who can't afford it"
- Peter Jaszi
work steps across the line of what many think should be the
choice of the student.
Sylvia Novinsky, Student Bar Association President at
American U., said students at her school voted down a
mandatory pro bono requirment in a schoolwide
referendum because of differing interpretations about the
functions of a lawyer.
"Some do it for money, some do it for social work," she
said. Still others find irony in the obvious contradiction of
the phrase "pro bono requirement."
Southern Methodist U. has just set up a task force to look
into a possible pro bono requirement.
"It's a good way to get off the books and get to see real
people with real problems," said Jaime Diez, who heads up
the school's Student Bar Association at Southern
The school of law at U. of South Carolina, has found a
happy medium, and some say it may be the best solution to
the pro bono dilemma.
The law school's student pro bono program is strictly
Pam Robinson, the program's director said students are
responding so well to the program that many have even
worked during semester exams.
"You don't force people into sensitivity," she said.