November 19, 2007

Writing in Nursing

Writing is all about the patients...

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November 13, 2007

University Circle Archives

Dittrick Medical History Center hols the history of the medical past....

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September 27, 2007

Virtual vs. Physical Worlds

Writing is a key to stability in our society and without it there would be social disorder. Physical and virtual writing comes together in universities tying everyone together.

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September 21, 2007

Writing Encricles Us

“You have the right to remain silent…”

Whether people want to admit it or not clothing is a form of self expression and billions of dollars are spent every year on giving people the opportunity to use this self expression.

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September 12, 2007

Writing at Home

There are many things that students do each day that define them as individuals, whether this is done on purpose or not. A students’ dorm is a place that defines them. There are often posters up in rooms belonging to different music groups, actors, or even quotes. The students’ dorms are also filled with pictures of high school friends, new college friends, and family. Then as you head out into the common area on the floor you began to see traditional get involved posters, activity calendars, rape awareness, and vote for me posters. These posters you find in every dorm on every floor and they are generally the same. Then you have items that will differ from floor to floor and dorm to dorm.

There is one bulletin board with information written across the top. This board is filled with brochures on eating disorders, self esteem, drinking, rape, and tutoring just to name a few. My floor has a wall of colored Disney princesses done by the girls on the floor. On the white board is left over math problems from a study group the night before. Then there is a wall dedicated to one single girl on my floor that is supposed to be a joke but may seem inappropriate to anyone who did not know about the joke. All of these examples show that students are very busy and going through a hug change in their lives. The information board tries to make the student feel like there is help out there for them and that they are not the only one going through anything they have to go through right now. The joke wall and Disney princess wall are there to give the dorm a sense of personality, to make it our own and to make us feel at home. The white board filled with left over math problems shows students working together to obtain the same goal.

Again all of these things show students adjusting to their new lives and trying to find where they belong in their new world. These are some of the first connects that will be made with them and the university. Some of these writings will be forgotten, others will temporary, and a few will become part of who the student will be at their university.

August 30, 2007

Academic integrity

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary the definition of plagiarism is to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own, use another's production without crediting the source, or to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. The whole idea is that stealing people’s ideas and thoughts is wrong, not just the exact words they use. In high school they try and teach you academic integrity. What does it mean to be academically integritable? Can you work together, how much help are you really allowed to receive while still maintaining academic integrity. This also changes from subject to subject and teacher to teacher. High school students claim that everyone cheats, whether it is on homework, test, or papers. One example I have is in my math class over spring break we were assigned a massive take home test. On this test we were allowed to use class notes and our book, however, it was to be our work. I was very busy over spring break on vacation and I got a C on the test, when throughout the year I had been getting straight A’s, but I did all the work myself. A friend of mine was also busy and did not do any of the work. When we got back to school he copied the entire test getting an A. I got lectured by my teacher for not doing as well as I should have while having this friend was telling me integrity gets you nowhere, those were his exact words. To say the least I was upset by this, knowing that someone else did absolutely no work and got an A. Now in this situation is the person that allowed their work to be copied at as much fault as the copier themselves. To take this back to writing in high school, they teach us to cite our sources. But honestly high school teaches us nothing good about academic integrity and cheating. They tell us that if we are using someone else’s work word for word is when we must cite things. They do not really talk about stealing thoughts and ideas of others. Many high school students commit plagiarism without even knowing it at times, sometimes they think it is their own thought when really it came from something they read. Plagiarism is very gray, but when at all doubtful at least give some credit to where it is due.

August 28, 2007

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