February 18, 2004  
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NEWS

Science students’ best friend: calculators

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff
Rachel Cartwright/Gazette
BEWARE! SCIENCE STUDENTS CHEAT WITH CALCULATORS (AND THEY’RE USING SLIDE RULERS AS WEAPONS). That’s what happens when you trust them with numbers and stuff.

Apparently fish swim in the sea, bears walk in the woods, grass grows and students cheat — or at least that’s what the word on the street is.

A rumour has been circulating throughout the faculty of science that students are saving answers and formulas into programmable calculators only to call up the information while writing exams and tests.

“The chemistry department has heard it; that’s where it has arisen,” said Micheal Owen, associate dean of the faculty of science. “I’ve heard these rumours.

“I think it would be a problem,” he explained, adding the faculty has no hard information and no academic offences have occurred involving programmable calculators.

According to Owen, was the academic year is almost over, it is too late to impose any sort of policy against programmable calculators — but exam proctors have been informed they must check calculator screens during exams. “Simple calculators would be allowed, which couldn’t store information,” he noted.

In search of someplace that would have a working knowledge of conniving cheaters and their wonderfully deceitful calculators, The Gazette decided to contact a local high school in hopes they would share secrets of dealing with calculating hooligans.

Dan Howard, vice-principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Secondary School in London, explained that programmable calculators are not a serious concern because many students do not own them.

“Although, our math department believes it will become an issue,” he said, noting the department does proscribe the use of programmable calculators.

“We do everything to accommodate the students, but that doesn’t mean we allow students to cheat,” Howard said.
He also explained the issue had arisen in the United States and actions were taken to deal with programmable calculators. “Maybe we’re just a little behind,” Howard remarked.

“I think that’s cheating; I don’t think that’s fair. We can’t bring in notepads with answers on them,” said third-year sociology student Amanda Baker.

“They don’t usually let them in — except for engineering because they make bridges and stuff,” noted third-year biology student Courtney Beneteau.

 

 

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