Students love food and cheating
It is indeed a sad state of affairs when
students pay about $5,000 in tuition and still have to rely
on a food bank in order to eat.
Not only are more student councils resorting to food banks
to help their students get through the day, many are also experiencing
supply shortages on a regular basis.
This is unacceptable and a more permanent solution is needed.
It is possible for students to abuse the system and use a
food bank when it is not absolutely necessary. Depending on
a food bank is a worst case scenario, when students have no
other way to put something in their stomach. However if students
can afford tuition — whether through a job, parents’ money,
or other financial assistance — it is likely they can
spare enough for a meal.
If they can’t, there should be assitance available to
help aleviate students’ dependance on campus food banks.
This is where the provincial government comes in. As we have
advocated in the past, reform of the Ontario Student Assistance
Program is desperately needed.
It is a incomprehensible that a student who receives OSAP
does not have money to cover their needs while at university.
OSAP needs to be reformed so that the amount given covers both
tuition and living expenses. This includes groceries.
It is up to the government to make that change, but until
that happens we may just keep seeing a rise in the need for
It’s once again a proud day for the faculty of science.
In the grand tradition of ratting out comrades, it seems that
one science student complained to the dean about students using
programmable calculators to cheat on exams. Though the rumours
are unsubstantiated, it’s likely the offenders programmed
various formulae into their calculators in order to save valuable
brain space for memories of Sunday night’s episode of
While the issue seems laughable, the complaint is nevertheless
valid. Cheating on tests is never good, especially if you’re
the one left out of the scam, forced to do real work. This
whole situation smacks of the episode of the Wonder Years where
Kevin caught some of his colluding classmates.
Similarly, everyone can remember that one kid in Grade 4 who
had a calculator wristwatch and shamelessly flaunted his ability
to get perfect on math tests. This situation, though over a
decade removed, likely reminds our poor science student of
that very scenario. Thus, by “narcing” on his present-day
classmates, he exorcised the math demons from years past. Or
something like that.
Meanwhile, it’s likely that sex-starved engineers are
happy to use their calculators in an inverted fashion to spell
out words like “BOOB” and “BOOBLESS.” Oh,
you zany engineers, will you ever learn? Or more to the point,
will you ever get laid?