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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 6, 2003 - 5A

Paper due.
CH EATERS
Continued from Page A
their papers are "for research pur-
poses only." They stress that their
papers are not to be downloaded,
adding, "You may not turn in our
papers as your own work! You must
cite our website as your source!
Turning in a paper from our web
site as your own is plagerism (sic)
and is illegal!"
Other sites make no attempt to
persuade students not to plagiarize.
Students acknowledge that Inter-
net plagiarism is present on cam-
pus. LSA freshman Ariel Britt said
one of the main reasons students
plagiarize from the Internet is their
certainty that they won't be caught.
"Not too many people worry
about it because they think the
Internet is so huge," Britt said.
LSA freshman Eric Kruske has
witnessed the practice firsthand.
"I've definitely seen people cut and
paste. I mean, it might just be on a
simple homework assignment, but
still, it's plagiarism," he said.
Kruske attributed the popularity of
the practice to the pressure put on

'For some, its easy as cut and paste

students to get good grades, saying
many plagiarize "so they can get
the GPA to go to graduate school."
He cited the ease of finding and
downloading papers online as a
major reason for plagiarism. "Peo-
ple can always just go online and
get some random essay or some-
thing that's already been written by
someone."
LSA sophomore Rami Fetouh
placed most of the blame on the
students themselves. He acknowl-
edged the pressure on students to
achieve good marks, but he also
sees the "lack of preparation that
combines with that pressure" as a
primary reason students turn to
Internet p giarism
Susan Gass, an LSA academic
advisor, said students are well aware
of plagiarism on campus and that this
"creates a real atmosphere of, not
only distrust but ... of unfairness."
She acknowledged that the availabili-
ty of resources on the Internet makes
cheating more tempting.
To make plagiarism less attrac-
tive, the University has punish-
ments for those caught cheating. In
LSA, there are a number of options

"People can always just go online and get
some random essay or something that's
aleady been written by someone." -
- Eric Kruske
LSA freshman

CLOSET
Continued from Page 1A
others just like them and allies helps
them find strength in numbers," LSA
sophomore Michael Smith said.
But some other students questioned
how beneficial the events would be to
those whose sexual orientation is a
secret, mentioning that the week's
events that celebrate gay pride will
attract a more openly gay community.
"I feel this week does not make it
easier for individuals to come out,"
LSA junior Christophe Tedjasukmana
said. "It is a matter of time and self
confidence ... Declaring a week to
come out is a bit absurd to many in the

closet. Yet it does serve a purpose to
acknowledge the existence of this lin-
gering problem."
LSA sophomore Patrick O'Halloran
said the week's impact varies from per-
son to person. "If someone is in the clos-
et and is scared, then he or she wouldn't
benefit from NCOW because it's really a
frightening concept, but as for people
who are ready to embrace their sexuali-
ty, it can be a lot of fun,"he said.
The week will culminate Friday in a
rally on the Diag. Souva, who helped
coordinate the week's activities, said
there will be a closet on the Diag
where students, both gay and straight,
can "come out" as gay men, lesbians,
transgender individuals and allies.

ranging from a letter of reprimand
to academic probation to permanent
expulsion.
The punishment is decided on a
case-by-case basis. Each school and
department has different guidelines,
but they usually allow for the same
types of punishment.
In order to prevent plagiarism,
Gass said the issue needs to be
addressed more directly. Last year,
she co-organized a town hall meet-
ing to discuss plagiarism and raise
awareness about academic integrity.
In addition to events like these,
Gass believes that departments need
to be "a little more proactive" in
denouncing plagiarism and empha-
sizing the importance of academic
integrity. "Each department really
should take it upon themselves to

have some kind of statement and
make sure students know it's impor-
tant to the integrity of the whole
college that there not be widespread
cheating," she said.
Students also are taking action to
stop the practice. Jesse Knight, an
LSA senior and head of the Honor
Code Implementation Task Force,
sees an honor code as one way to
put the brakes on Internet cheating.
LSA Student Government created
the task force to suggest ways to
update the LSA academic integrity
statement to an honor code.
Knight said an honor code would
provide an increased climate of aca-
demic integrity on campus and
would be "a bit more reactive to
students' needs" than the current
statement.

SERVICE
Continued from Page 1A
Arbor Hands-On Museum, spent
time with the elderly at Sunrise
Assisted Living Facility and played,
with foster children at Judson Com-
munity Center.
"We eliminated sites with paper-
work and tried to keep sites that had
interaction with people," said
Neema Bollampally, LSA junior and
Gandhi Day of Service site leader.
"On average, most sites had 10 to
15 volunteers."
"I found (volunteering) to be a
gratifying experience," she added.
"It's hard to find time to volunteer on
a weekly basis. The day is an outlet
to give back to the community and
people have fun meeting other peo-
ple they would probably not interact
with on campus."
The purpose of the day is to use
community service as a means to
advance Mahatma Gandhi's ideals

of tolerance, nonviolence and
inequality. History Prof. Barbara
Metcalf discussed Gandhi's vision
in a keynote speech Saturday. Met-
calf explained how his philosophy
can be applied to the world today.
Engineering sophomore Megha
Jain was one of three site leaders at
Judson Community Center, where
15 other students volunteered.
"The site leaders take the stu-
dents to the sites and keep them
motivated while they volunteer,"
she said.
Held within a few days of Gand-
hi's birthday on Oct. 2, the Gandhi
Day of Service was started at the
University in 1997 and has spread
to campuses across the country.
Last year, more than 7,500 students
participated through more than 200
organizations nationwide. The
National Gandhi Day of Service
organization helps coordinate this
effort and works to spread the Day
of Service to more campuses.

JOBS
Continued from Page 1A
she said.
More job growth can be achieved
if Congress passes Bush's six-point
plan for the Economy, which among
other things would make Bush's
recent tax cuts permanent, she
added.
Yet not all the results are positive.
Nine million people remain unem-
ployed, and the Labor Department
reported that the proportion of
long-term unemployed workers has
increased by 9 percent since
November 2001 up to a total of 2.1
million persons.
The number of part-time workers
also increased to five million,
which indicates that such workers
"would like to work full time but
worked part time because their
hours had been cut back or because
they were unable to find a full-time
job," the Labor Department report
states.
Additionally, the increase in peo-
ple leaving the labor force canceled
out the fact that total employment
including farm workers fell by
52,000 people.
In most instances when
economies begin to recover from

recessions, job growth lags behind
by a few months, and the current
situation with the U.S. economy is
no different, Keith said.
"Companies have done a good
job of cutting costs, and that's been
done by layoffs," Keith said, adding
that many businesses waited until
several months into the recovery
before they began to invest money
in expanding their labor force.
Keith said Bush deserves
"tremendous credit" for his han-
dling of the economy this year. But
he added that he believes Bush's tax
cuts are "a short-term fix," and that
he is worried about the longer-term
consequences of the record national
deficit.
Of the industries that hired addi-
tional workers, the greatest job
growth was posted in the service
sector, with professional and busi-
ness services creating 66,000 new
jobs.
Retail trade added 10,000 jobs,
while education and health services
increased their payrolls by 9,000
people.
Construction firms also hired 14,000
new workers, but total government
employment fell by 15,000 people.
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report.

ABORTION
Continued from Page 1A
university groups, various church
members and the general public.
While locally organized, Life
Chain is a nationally coordinated
event that takes place on the first
Sunday of every October. People
from all over North America are
invited to participate by standing on
a local sidewalk chosen by the
national organization and hold
approved pro-life signs.
Ann Arbor Huron Valley Middle
School student Paige Tassie said she
and her friends have written letters
to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, hoping
to change her mind about abortion
and a partial-birth abortion bill
recently approved by the Michigan
legislature.
Other participants are trying to
make a difference on a local level.
University Students for Life Pres-
ident Louise Conlon said the group
has participated in the Life Chain
for five years.
"People are becoming more and
more open to learning about the
facts and reevaluating the issue of
abortion," said Conlon, an LSA
senior.
"Our goal is to take a stance and

bring awareness to the community,"
she added.
Students from Ave Maria College
in Ypsilanti also came to represent
the anti-abortion stance at their
school.
"Ave Maria is an all pro-life col-
lege, and we do a lot of pro-life out-
reach at (Eastern Michigan
University) and U of M," Ave Maria
freshman Kate Bryan said.
But there are also a number of
students who opposed the Life
Chain event.
"As a pro-choice organization, we
recognize that life is more compli-
cated than pro-lifers would have it,"
said University Students for Choice
board member and LSA junior Erin
Stringfellow.
"These demonstrations simplify
and distort the realities that a
woman faces when dealing with an
unplanned pregnancy," she said.
But dedicated Life Chain partici-
pants said they serve a greater pur-
pose.
"Our real intention is to be a sup-
port for women in pregnancy cri-
sis," Geyer said.
"We are trying to bring God's
love into the situation - not to be
harsh and judgmental toward any-
one."

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A special symposium will be held at the
University of Michigan this Friday to honor
Professor Walter J. Weber, Jr. for his 40th year of on-going
teaching and research in the College of Engineering.
Dr. Weber is the Gordon Maskew Fair and Earnest Boyce
Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan.
He has advised over 70 doctoral students and authored or
coauthored over 300 peer-reviewed publications.
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The symposium will be held in the Johnson Rooms of the Lurie
Engineering Center on North Campus from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
on Friday, October 10th, 2003.
All are welcome to attend.
Please call 615-0374 for more information.

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