Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-01-171
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O Weber State College ii Vol. 44 No. 24 Tuesday, January 17, 1984 u u Cheating At Weber: Who Does It And Why Editor's Note: The following is the first of a three-part investigative report exploring cheating at Weber State College. This installment features the students and their responses to this problem. In the next two installments, faculty members and administrators will address this issue. by David Wright Staff Reporter You are sitting in class. The test before you is challenging but you are prepared. You glance upward, contemplating an essay question, and the actions of a student nearby catch your attention. After a moment you realize what is happening: the student, with the aid of some well-hidden crib notes, is cheating on the test. The next day the tests are returned. You receive a grade of 91. The cheater receives a 95. Cheating at Weber. While the above example is a hypothetical situation, it is certainly not an improbable one. Are some students at Weber State receiving grades through deceit? Do fraternities and sororities have an organized system through which a student can gain access to tests andor "recycled" term papers? Do students feel there is a cheating problem at WSC? What methods are students using to circumvent the system? These are the questions this reporter will try to answer. Of 100 students polled, 90 percent felt there is an excessive amount of cheating but that it was an individual rather than organized matter. Assertions against the fraternities and sororities were few and unsubstantiated.When asked if she felt cheating was a problem at Weber, a junior said: "Yes, I have been in enough classes and I have seen it." She added, T really study hard for my grades and it upsets me when someone gets a grade they don't deserve." A senior felt that freshmen are more likely to cheat than the students in other years because of "the fear of failing and the pressure for a good grade." He said that "seniors have more to lose, and it's harder to cheat in an upper division class because there are a lot fewer students." That freshman do the majority., of cheating was not a common feeling among those interviewed. In fact, the majority of students felt that the cheating problem crossed class lines evenly. Over 60 percent of those questioned felt that the primary reason for See "Cheating" on page 2. Many students find cheating quicker and easier than studying. Most cheaters can get away with it. Although the above Signpost photoGrove Pashley picture is not an actual representation of cheating, it is a very real and serious problem at Weber State. New Computer System Needed At Weber State by Steve Fifield Staff Reporter In last Thursday afternoon's faculty meeting President Rodney J. Brady suggested that by the year 2,000 there would be twice as many high school graduates in Utah as there will be this year. Pres. Brady expressed concern that at the college level there would not be twice as many faculty resources. Brady said hope lies in the informationcomputer age. Pres. Brady said that he would like to see a major move toward utilization of the computer for instruction. He feels that to do this a new computer system is necessary. "The system will have to meet (Weber State's) academic, research, and administrative computer needs," he said. Pres. Brady also said that the college has the necessary financial resources to obtain the desired equipment.WSC Computer Information Services Dept. i i t ' - I . ; Many feel that the Harris computer system used at Weber is not suited to the needs of the campus. A new computer Signpost photoBob George system, or an upgrading of the present one, is needed, according to WSC Pres. Rodney H. Brady. Chairman Lenoard Nicholas said that the administration's DEC-20 computer is obsolete. He said that since maintenance costs have continued to escalate it would be less expensive to purchase a new machine than to continue to service the old one. Nicholas emphasized the fact that two-thirds of the computer industry uses IBM computers. He said his "background has been very strongly oriented toward IBM." He said that, disregarding his personal biases, "every major industry in the state has an IBM computer." He suggested that the administration look closely at the strengths and weaknesses of the variuos systems used by other colleges and universities before choosing a new system. "There aren't many systems left we can try," he said. The COMIS depart ment presently uses a Harris computer which, according to Nicholas, "is a good computer for special purpose considerations." He said the Harris is a capable computer in areas with a scientific emohasis. Nicholas pointed out that most Weber State computer science students have a business emphasis and that the school needs a "general purpose machine." Many of Weber's computer students have an animosity toward the Harris computer. These feelings stem from the fact that, as Nicholas put it, the computer is not "a user-friendly machine." He said that many students own or have access to micro-computers and most of them have superior editing functions as well as better compilers than the Harris. Because this is the case, students become frustrated with the Harris' unfriendliness-it's harder to use. see "Computers" on page 3. Ski Films To Be Shown Ski buffs can hit the powder Thursday at noon, in the Browning Center. Warren Miller will present two ski films as part of the convocation series. Miller will also discuss the history of the movies and how they were made. Students and faculty will be admitted with valid I.D. cards. Community members will be admitted for $1. Everyone is invited to attend.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-01-17, Vol. 44, No. 24|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|