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The Oppidan Press Oweek Supplement 2011

The Oppidan Press Oweek Supplement 2011

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The Orientation Week supplement published by The Oppidan Press in 2011.
The Orientation Week supplement published by The Oppidan Press in 2011.

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Orientation Week Supplement
Visit our table at the Oweek Extravaganza and fnd out more about oursociety and how you can get involved as a reporter or photographer.Where: The Great FieldWhen:Friday 11 February Time:18:30 – 21:30
Do you want to join The Oppidan Press team?
Laurné Chamier
Welcome to Rhodes!
 
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Plagiarism: myths and truths
Matthew de Klerk 
Plagiarism is arguably the most seriously regarded and taboo oence at Rhodes Univer-sity. Plagiarism is dened as “using anotherperson’s work without proper acknowledge-ment, and pretending that it is one’s own,” andamounts, in eect, to academic thef.As a rst year, the rst ew lectures andtutorials in the majority o courses at Rhodeswill be devoted to scaring you into takingplagiarism seriously and learning to avoid it.All assignments are usually submitted withan accompanying “Declaration o Plagiarism”orm, whilst some courses go as ar as makingyou submit assignments to the online plagia-rism detection service turnitin.com. Usually i you are caught “stealing” someone else’s intel-lectual property, the inringing assignment inquestion is given 0% on the spot, whilst somedepartments take away your coveted Duly Per-ormed (DP) certicate (without which youcannot write exams). However, this is usually tutor or department dependant: some tutorswill mark and hand back an assignment eveni it contains no reerences; some will mark you down or not reerencing every idea.However, rom personal experience,plagiarism is something that does not need tobe eared. As long as ideas and statements arereerenced correctly (which is easy enough todo once you learn), you should be sae rompunitive measures. Some o the measures inplace (whilst they may have their merits incertain cases) are almost ‘Shock and Awe’, oroverkill. Since student papers are not auto-matically added to the turnitin.com’s paperrepository, similarities- even major ones- areofen undetected, and even i they are, chang-ing the word order or sentence structure isofen enough to drop the similarity index toacceptable levels.Nonetheless, one should not just copy-paste their riend’s work and hand it in astheir own: vigilant tutors and markers are a lotharder to ool than a simple website.
Can’t wait for the next edition?
You can catch up with the Oppidan Press on Facebook and Twitter.Get the latest news, learn how you can join the team, fnd out allabout our society events and when you can get the next copy o the newspaper.
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