Student senate discusses academic honor code

first_imgIn this week’s session of the Notre Dame student senate, Hugh Page, dean of the First Year of Studies and vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, took the floor with student members of the University Code of Honor Committee to discuss the ongoing review of the Academic Code of Honor.“One of our goals is to try and do a fairly thorough rewriting of the Honor Code but before we do that we figured that it was really important for us to solicit feedback from as wide a cross section of students as we can, and also to solicit feedback from faculty,” Page said.Page spoke of the student survey that was distributed this past fall as well as a faculty survey, the results of both indicating the need for further conversation among the entire academic community, which the committee plans to facilitate through a series of focus groups. The members of the senate broke into smaller committees to discuss what kinds of questions would be most relevant in the discussions of the upcoming focus groups.Committee member Nate McKeon, a senior, led discussion about the clarity of the Code of Honor.“How clear is [the Code] in defining actual academic dishonesty, like, you know, if you’re going into an assignment or an exam, do you have a good grasp on what academic dishonesty is?” McKeon asked.Students shared a common concern in deciphering the grey areas of academic dishonesty. All agreed that while copying the answers of another student on a final exam is an obvious violation of the Honor Code, there is more ethical ambiguity in collaborating on homework assignments, projects and small quizzes.Sophomore Dillon Hall senator Tim O’Connell said further obscurity arises when considering the distinct styles of learning and teaching in different fields of study and said a large part of the responsibility falls on the professors to clearly delineate their expectations.“We as a group thought it was more of the professor’s job to kind of outline,” O’Connell said. “[In engineering] we think there’s a lot of not so much of a grey area on the homework because professors are usually, ‘Hey, work on the homework together just turn in your own,’ and then for tests it’s pretty obvious, just do your own. … We had some kids in Arts and Letters and Mendoza who thought it was kind of more of a grey area ’cause they have a lot more, kind of multiple choice, Sakai quizzes.”In fact, whether the professors should claim responsibility in clarifying their interpretations of the Code or the students should be expected to apply the code in a “one size fits all” mentality was a popular point of discussion. McGlinn senator, sophomore Maria Palazzolo, said her group was surprised to learn the professors did not share their own opinions on the code. “We said we think it’s more of the professor’s job to say for the specific class, because it’s different for each class what they would want or how it works,” Palazzolo said. “ … But Natasha, who facilitated the discussion, said that the professors think it’s the student’s job. So it’s a miscommunication that needs to be fixed.”Additionally, the ease of obtaining increasingly common online resources further complicates the issue of cheating, as sophomore and Cavanaugh Hall senator Brittany Benninger said.“We talked about online resources, if you will, so like those sites where you can buy tests … how does that play into the new Honor Code?” Benninger said.Tags: academic honor code, academics, cheating, Senatelast_img read more

Open skies agreements aid Jamaican aviation sector

first_imgDirector General of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby. Photo credit:The Jamaica GleanerKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has indicated marked growth in the local aviation industry and, by extension, tourism, as a result of the government’s decision to shift to an open skies policy.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank session, Director General of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby, said the policy shift has already reaped benefits, with a growing number of stop over arrivals from Canada and the USA, countries with which Jamaica has agreements.The effect of this, Derby highlighted, was that local airports are doing better business in terms of passenger flow, and the domestic aviation sector, which picks up passengers and takes them to other aerodromes and resorts, has also been doing quite well.He said the opening of the Lionel Densham Aerodrome in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, has seen a lot of activity from the North Coast to the resorts in that area, with Jakes, a primary attraction in the vicinity, experiencing a significant rise in business.Derby noted, too, that the Ian Fleming International Airport in St Mary should soon benefit from marketing activities by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), working with the Ministry of Tourism.“We will see the traffic to that airport picking up, and it is not just the airport that the arrivals are expected to come to, but they will come to the resorts in that area. What is needed, therefore, is collaboration between the airport operator and the resorts, in order to create packages for the persons using that airport,” he said.He noted that negotiations have been concluded with China, regarding air service arrangements between Jamaica and that country, as well as other areas in the Far East. He noted that, currently, the negotiation team is compiling its report to submit to the government to cement the agreement.Meanwhile, Derby said the JCAA is planning a number of activities in observance of 100 years of powered flights to Jamaica.“To mark the centenary of powered flights, we intend to hold a poster contest for children in three age group categories. The operators of Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports have been very receptive to the idea of displaying selected posters in the concourses of both airports,” he stated.Concurrently, an essay contest on the ‘Significance of Air Transport to Jamaica’s Economy’ will be held for youth in the older age categories. Prizes will include a trip to the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum and research complex.Two major activities that will be attempted are: the restoration of the old Seaplane Terminal, at Harbour Head, Kingston, into a museum, and the building of a replica of Seligman’s Moisant Bleriot flyer, to be put on permanent display in the aviation museum.The Civil Aviation Authority is a statutory organisation within the Ministry of Transport and Works, and regulates air navigation and all matters relating to safety and security in civil aviation.By Kadian BrownCaribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleTravel Open skies agreements aid Jamaican aviation sector by: – April 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img 45 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

U.S. reach World Cup final with dramatic win over England

first_imgBy Simon EvansLYON, France (Reuters) – Defending champions United States reached the women’s World Cup final for the fifth time after an incident-packed 2-1 win over England, who missed a late penalty, yesterday.In a tournament that has earned unprecedented attention, the much-anticipated game certainly delivered with an abundance of excitement and relentless effort, topped by moments of wonderful skill.It was business as usual for the three-time World Cup winners but for England there was agony as skipper Steph Houghton missed an 84th-minute penalty that could have pushed the game into extra time.After a powerful start from the Americans, Christen Press, replacing the absent Megan Rapinoe, opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a fine header but the Lionesses fought back, levelling nine minutes later with Ellen White’s sixth goal of the tournament.The U.S. restored their advantage in the 31st minute through Alex Morgan’s header from Lindsey Horan’s perfectly floated ball – a goal which Morgan, on her 30th birthday, celebrated with a mocking ‘sip of tea’ gesture.England thought they had levelled in the 69th minute, through another excellent White finish, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR video review.VAR did provide England with a lifeline though, a penalty awarded for a foul on White, but Houghton’s soft spot kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher.England had defender Millie Bright sent off for a second booking three minutes from the end.The drama on a remarkable night began before the game when the team-sheets showed that Rapinoe, who had scored four goals in the last two games, had been left on the bench, most likely with an injury although the absence was not explained by U.S. team officials.There was an unwelcome surprise for England too with goalkeeper Karen Bardsley missing out with a hamstring injury and Carly Telford drafted in.As so often, the Americans were fast out of the traps and launched a wave of early attacks and high pressing which England’s defence struggled to cope with.Telford was called into early action to parry a fierce shot from Rose Lavelle after the midfielder had slipped the ball through the legs of Bright and, luckily for the Lionesses, Morgan blasted the loose ball over the bar.The early lead the defending champions had threatened came in the 10th minute when Kelley O’Hara whipped in a cross from the right and Press lost her marker Lucy Bronze and headed firmly past Telford.With the U.S. fully exploiting the space they were given in midfield, England were in danger of letting the game slip out of their control but against the run of play they levelled in superb style.Keira Walsh’s sweeping cross-field pass found Beth Mead on the left and her ball inside was met first time by White, who lifted a side-foot shot in off the far post.The Lionesses were back in the game but they soon needed Telford again to keep out a fierce snap-shot from the excellent Lavelle.But the quality of the Americans in the final third was displayed in perfect fashion when Press collected a ball from deep on the left flank and fed Horan, whose delightful lofted pass was met by Morgan with a pinpoint header that flashed past Telford.Walsh forced Naeher into a full-stretch save with a powerful strike from 20 metres out but England needed the tactical adjustments that coach Phil Neville made at the break.The improved approach looked to have paid dividends when Jill Scott’s defence-splitting through ball was slotted home by White but to the agony of the Lionesses the VAR signal was made and the review showed the England striker offside by the tightest of margins.The next time the signal was made for review, it was after White went down in the area under challenge from Becky Sauerbrunn and after some delay the Brazilian referee pointed to the spot.But Houghton, so dependable in so many ways for England, let the nerves get to her and a soft kick was easily saved by Naeher.It was the killer blow for England and a major let-off for the Americans. When Bright was dismissed any chance of a late upset went with her.last_img read more