Volume 19, Issue 9
Gale Galderon is in a bit of trouble.
The self-described intellectual cowboy should have learnt his lesson on the last exam he failed, but Gale is quite sure that this time he has all the answers.
Well, technically the answers are not his. He says that’s beside the point.
“Tap tap tap. Scribble scribble scribble. That white noise you hear in every class of people taking notes. Don’t you just hate it? What’s the point when I can just use someone else’s notes for the exam? Half the effort for twice the reward. [REDACTED] made the best notes anyway. My classmates can keep their carpal tunnel, the suckers.”
De Minimis writers, renowned for our faithfulness to high moral standards, made sure to warn the young student that his strategy was likely to put him in the Academic Misconduct Committee’s crosshairs – but he could not be deterred.
“Plagiarism?” he barked. “Ha! Relax. I’m not copy and pasting from Halsbury’s Laws. [REDACTED]’s notes are an ancient relic, like the One Ring or the Book of Thoth. Surely Turnitin won’t be able to pick up on a word-for-word CTRL-C + CTRL-V job if I were to take this decade-old statement of legal analysis and then change the parties’ names. Nobody else in the past ten years has had that idea, right? That would be wild.”
At this thought, however, Gale seemed to break out in a cold sweat.
“I… ah… need to get back to class. Thanks for hearing me out today guys.”
Rumour has it that the Academic Misconduct Committee has taken its gloves off and is preparing to make an example of young Gale.
Update to come.
Joe A is a first-year student.
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