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Tulane Honors Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Orientation! Are you ready?

Incoming Freshmen: You will be receiving your orientation CD and packet of info soon. In the meantime (or if you lose your CD) you can access the same information from this site.

Advising: You will also be getting the name, email address and phone number of your college advisor. You will need to contact them to sort out your schedule and other questions regarding requirements, AP credit, etc. You are also VERY welcome to call, email, or IM me (drcbrady on AIM)!

I will, however, be out of town for the first week of July. Being the geek that I am I will not be out of touch! Just call the office and leave your number and I will return your call, or better yet, just drop me an email or IM when you see me online!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Green Wave have that Mojo working

Our boys of summer are one game into the CWS with game two tonight (which I will miss due to teaching). This article details all of the "rituals" that coach Jones and the team go through for each game.

And here I just thought they were the most talented guys out there...

UPDATE: Well they didn't make it all the way, but the guys did a GREAT job again this year. Congratulations TUBB!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Plagiarism: A Cautionary Tale

The link above is subscription only. Here are the first few paragraphs. My comments are below.
Plagiarists, take note: Google will get you.

If anyone needs further proof of that, consider the case of Bryan LeBeau. In December 2003 Mr. LeBeau, a professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, gave the university's commencement address. Mr. LeBeau spoke to graduates about the 'rich notion of citizenship' and a sense of history in which 'no culture and no civilization and no society has ever had a monopoly on wisdom or virtue.'

This would be perfectly fine except that those words also appeared in a commencement speech delivered a decade earlier by Cornel West, now a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University and one of the country's best-known academics.

A cautionary tale. Many students, even very good Honors students, do not fully realize what plagiarism is and that it is wrong. Plagiarism is "a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work." When in doubt you should always cite your source. It is better to be overzealous with your footnotes than be found to be plagiarizing. One Tulane faculty member, Dr. Janet Ruscher (and incidentally, winner of this year's Honors service award), has an excellent primer on plagiarism and how to properly cite material. The official material for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (incorporating Tulane and Newcomb Colleges) can be found here.

Note that different disciplines may have different methods of citation. If the faculty member does not provide you with a citation style or direct you to a handbook be sure to ask. But always cite your source, even if you are merely summarizing what they have said. Also, and more obscurely, if you use your own work from a prior class or paper and do not cite yourself, this too is plagiarism (and is, at the least "double dipping," trying to get credit twice for the same work). I once had a student who took several of my courses and 70% of a paper in his last class with me was from a paper he wrote for the first class. The topic was similar and, had he come to me, he could legitimately have used that material on the latter paper. But he did not discuss it with me and attempted to pass the older work off as new work. That is illegal.

Finally, Google will get you and so will Turnitin.com. Tulane has a contract with this service and many faculty upload papers to this site where they can be compared against a whole databank of other papers and the internet. I now have 4 years worth of student assignments that are (anonymously) stored there and available for comparison. So when in doubt, cite!

A nice concluding cartoon from the Chronicle of Higher Education by Carole Cable:
"You have very skillfully synthesized numerous themes within your sorority's freshman term-paper collection."

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Tulane-Rice to Meet in NCAA Super Regional at Turchin Stadium

Tulane-Rice to Meet in NCAA Super Regional at Turchin Stadium
Best of Three Series Opens Saturday at Noon; ESPN and ESPN2 to Provide Super Regional Coverage

Congrats to our baseball players and best of luck!

UPDATE: The best of three series is tied at 1 and 1. The game is on today at noon. Roll Wave Roll!

Monday, June 06, 2005

The National D-Day Museum, New Orleans - Education

Today is the 61st anniversary of D-Day. I was very privileged to be a part of the 40th anniversary. Our high school band was invited to come over and play (Maryland National Gaurd units suffered some of the greatest casualties) and it was truly humbling experience for us all. Even in the midst of our current military conflict I believe it is difficult to imagine not only the massive casaulties suffered in that single day, but the bravery of those men to go to the beach knowing what was waiting for them.

One of the most touching moments was playing in France (at Omaha Beach I think). We played Amazing Grace and Clayton Dutton played taps. The crowd had formed in a semi-circle in front of us and when we finished playing two men ran across the open space to embrace one another. They had not seen each other since that day they hit the beach. Amazing Grace indeed...

UPDATE: If you have XM satellite radio they are rebroadcasting the D-Day announcements, news, and music on the same schedule as June 6, 1944.

Regional Championship Game Between Tulane, Alabama Postponed

Greenwave baseball is doing very well and living up to its #1 national ranking. Just one more win (barring additional rain, which we have in buckets at this moment of 10am) and we are on the way to the Super Regional! You can listen to the game over the internet here. This site says the first pitch is 2:30, but the news last night said 1:30... (And the heavens just opened up once more. I wonder how many rain delays we can have.)

Friday, June 03, 2005

"How Lightsabers Work"

OK, so this is not the most academic of links that I have posted, but it is fun. :-) Be sure to heed the warning!
Important Safety Information
A lightsaber is not a toy! Keep it out of reach of children at all times. Lightsaber locks are required in most states.
There are two ends to any lightsaber -- one end has the belt ring, while the other end houses the blade arc tip and blade emitter. NEVER point the blade emitter of a lightsaber toward your own body. NEVER look down the "barrel" of a lightsaber, even if you are "sure" it is in safe mode. If you accidentally activate the lightsaber, serious injury could result