14 March 2007

Plagiarism at home

Well, this story is ridiculous. If sad and pathetic equals ridiculous. And ridiculously close to home, seeing that the plagiarized Dr. Sikes' office is almost directly under mine at Centenary.

The quotations provided by the accused plagiarists (what a father-daughter pair) remind me more of undergraduates blubbering in my own office when caught red-handed rather than established academics. Unbelievable. If the claims are correct (indeed, if the narrative borrows 90% from another document, they surely are) this woman's PhD should definitely be revoked. How can we require honorable scholarship from students if teachers don't even require it of themselves?

9 comments:

Micah said...

I think Helen should punch her in the face.

Jen Strange said...

Yes, there's the spirit!

Lin said...

michael thinks she should be beaten & left for dead. makes micah's reaction seem a bit nicer.

Arthur Jackson said...

dang.

lauren said...

whoa.

Jen Strange said...

So much violence! I forgot to mention that I usually handle those blubbering frosh with what probably ends up being too much mercy. No punching, stringing up by toenails, or any such thing.

Oh, and hrumph.

Micah said...

I just like the sport of seeing to accountants in fisticuffs. I bet one of them will be in the red by the end of it!

...it's chartered accountancy that makes the world go round!


[I've only got to type five letters now, does that mean you trust me more?]

BK said...

What happened to "every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief?"

Jen Strange said...

Don't they mean that metaphorically? Not like "every artist is a cannibal who serves up others for dinner and acts like she grew that meat herself."

But that part about the poets, yeah, that's right.