More than 40 percent of Harvard freshman admit to cheating

Published: Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 2:04 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 2:04 PM

Is Harvard’s new freshman class full of cheaters? Well, according to a new survey, there are probably more than the Ivy League school expected.

They survey conducted by The Harvard Crimson, cited more than 40 percent of freshmen admitted to cheating on homework and one in 10 said they’ve cheated on tests in the past. (Via WFXT)

Overall, 80 percent of the new freshmen participated in the online survey and many of them didn’t seem afraid to tell the truth about their academic ethics in the past. (Via KOVR)

But making things worse, some university officials think there may be more freshman who aren’t telling the truth about their own cheating —  making cheating numbers even higher. (Via Fox Business)

But Harvard’s paper was able to find some statistics on the respondents that might not surprise you. The New York Post writes: “The school’s jocks cheat more than the nerds, and boys cheat more than girls.”

That’s troubling news to a school that got caught up in a massive cheating scandal just last year. (Via KNBC)

About 70 students were asked to leave the university after a professor noticed all-too-similar answers on a test. That punishment is considered less severe than expulsion. Students asked to leave can eventually re-apply for admission. (Via Daily Mail)

And with academic dishonesty being taken so seriously, many students may have to think twice before peeking off their neighbor’s answers. (Via WCVB)

Starting this year, Harvard has ramped up its anti-cheating efforts. The school’s senior communications officer said in a statement it is taking the matter very seriously.

“While the vast majority of Harvard and other students do their work honestly, beginning this year Harvard College has implemented a new, more robust strategy of communicating with all students, particularly first-year students, about the importance – and the ways to achieve – academic integrity.”

A similar survey was done to find out how often Harvard’s class of 2013 cheated — the numbers showed older students cheated less than the underclassmen. University officials say students are less likely to cheat as they move forward in their academic careers.

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Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:06 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 8:06 AM

            Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

A New York Times ad scheduled to run during the Academy Awards on Sunday night already has at least one critic – President Donald Trump.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

"For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!" Trump tweeted early Sunday about the commercial, the newspaper's first TV spot in seven years. 

>> See the tweet here

Trump's comment comes days after the Times, CNN and other news organizations said they were denied entry to an off-camera White House "gaggle" with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and one day after Trump announced he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

>> CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

The 30-second commercial, called "The Truth Is Hard," was posted Thursday on YouTube and has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

>> Watch the ad here

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The Oscars broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:44 AM

While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.

“The theme of the address will be the renewal of the American Spirit,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who told reporters that Mr. Trump will emphasize a series of issues.

“The address will particularly focus on public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, taxes and regulatory reform,” Spicer added.

The President could well use a line that was part of his Friday speech to a conference of conservatives outside Washington, in which he said it’s time to move on his campaign promises.

“The era of empty talk is over,” the President said to applause. “Now is the time for action.”

That line immediately reminded me of a similar declaration before lawmakers in 1996, when President Bill Clinton said that “the era of big government is over.”

One might also expect some direct talk to Democrats – since they will be sitting in the hall of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Trump did just that on Friday as well, with a little humor.

“I hate having a Cabinet meeting and I see all these empty seats. I said, Democrats, please approve our Cabinet and get smart on health care, too, if you don’t mind,” the President said to applause.

While Mr. Trump seems certain to focus on repealing and replacing the Obama health law, Republicans still have not produced their own plan – that’s expected to happen in coming weeks.

Zach Braff, 'SNL' fans say Alec Baldwin should play Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:10 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

If you can't get the real president to attend your event, why not get the fake one?

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

That's what actor Zach Braff and "Saturday Night Live" fans are saying on Twitter after President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he won't be going to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

>> See the tweet here

Minutes later, Braff called for actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on "SNL," to stand in for the president.

".@AlecBaldwin time to suit up," he tweeted.

>> See the tweet here

Braff was not alone.

No word yet on whether Baldwin is interested in attending the event, which raises money for college scholarships and usually involves roasts of both the current president and the media.

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According to Poynter, the last time a president missed the dinner was 1981, when then-President Ronald Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound. But Reagan still called in to the event, addressing guests by phone.

Trump, new DNC chair Tom Perez tangle on Twitter

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 6:38 AM

Moments after announcing he wouldn’t attend the 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, President Donald Trump made his first public statement on the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to be the new head of the Democratic National Committee.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

Perez was elected Saturday afternoon. He soon named Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, to be the committee’s deputy chair.

“Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!” Trump wrote.

>> See the tweet here

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Perez quickly shot back.

"Call me Tom. And don't get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare," Perez tweeted.

>> See his tweet here

Early Sunday, Trump weighed in again.

"The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally 'rigged.' Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!" Trump tweeted, referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

>> See the tweet here

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.