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10th Edition


August 2011



Exclusive Interview


ADVISOR Tn. Hj. Abdul Jalil B Abdullah CHIEF EDITOR Mohd. Ashraf bin Nor Azrol
SECTION EDITORS PRODUCTION EDITORS 'Arlf Amin bin Ahmad Puzi Maheswaran Bior Atem Bior Muhamad Haris b. Mohd Salehan Muhammad Shahir bin Shaharum Husam Ikhwanul Hafizi PROMOTION EDITORS Leong Kok Peng Devashne Lim Camille Wong Aun Chyi Mohd Anas Muslim bin Mohd Nasir Nor Nadia bt. Jamal Abd Nasir DESIGN EDITORS Tanzeev Haque Ahmad Fikry Mohd Anwar Nur Izyan Izzati Abd Halim Syahril Anas Husin



Creative Writing



Thelnspirer [ August 2011

Have you ever seen lamp posts or phone booths ostentatiously plastered with pamphlets and flyers? What about the majestic sight of double parking in front of a public hospital?If you have, have you done anything to rectify it? Regardless, it would take tremendous effort to plnpolnt and list out all the careless and unethical events similar to the ones mentioned above. The few examples given are considered the mildest of its kind and are of no strangers to us members of the community especially for the ones who live in an urban area.
Of late, our nation's mainstream media has highlighted the nation's cleanlinessas one of the top headlines. Needlessto say, our fellow countrymen were rather disturbed by the findings and statistics which stated that our country is 'less competent' in terms of its cleanliness as compared to other neighboring countries. Of course, the spotlight was not only on the nation's cleanliness for many believed that, with a proper system, it can be corrected over a period of time. What worried the majority the most is the hasty shift in the mindset of our modern society. The mindset, in this case, is the downgrading of our living lifestyles. After the incident, many have put in some serious thoughts about the fate of the people of this country in the near future. In roughly the same vein, the word 'civic-mindedness' has ever since been stressed on by many, especially the government and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Civic-mindedness, in this manner, implies the definition of a distinct level of interests towards the community and being actively involved in community affairs. The word sure rings a bell in many of us but I wonder how many actually understands it in depth and practices it in real life. I personally feel that if all the members of a community were to hold on to the principles or values of civic-mindedness and behave accordingly, the living lifestyle of that particular community is deemed to rise. In this issue of The Inspirer, integrity was chosen as the theme. The editorial team feels that there is a need for us, individuals in UTPespecially,to uphold the virtue of integrity. No doubt it is one of the many values that is urgently required in this pluralistic society. Integrity, defined by many as moral uprightness or inference of strong moral principles, is often interpreted as a quality that defines the behavior of an individual. Besidesthat, its scope of definition is usually restricted to the well-being of oneself and oneself only. What many do not realize is that civic-mindedness, too, is closely related to integrity in terms of their context, values and virtues. As a matter of fact, upholding integrity while benefiting the community is equally as important as upholding integrity as a personal merit. Many a times, we tend to obsessourselves with our personal development that we unconsciously behave or act without respect of anyone else. I suppose we have to realise the fact

that we are not alone on this dearly planetof ours. As much as one would like to isolate oneself from the rest of us, I still believe that somehow, there will be a spot for us in a community somewhere. A community, in this case, can be as small as a group of colleagues or as big as a member of a particular continent. In truth, the size of a community changes over time but what, many believe, remains unchanged is our gradual declination in communal participation. As our country is presently involved in an accelerated development program, a lot of us have spent a great deal of hours constantly improving ourselves in every way. Consequently, the sense of devotion of ours towards our community gradually fades off over that period of time. Invariably, a lot of affiliations have worked diligently to promote civic-mindedness amongst Malaysians. One of the more substantial ones would be the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Malaysia. I suppose the most recent improvement that has been implemented by the MoE is the introduction of Civic Studies as a subject in all primary schools in the whole of Malaysia. Such improvement laments the fact that educating the young ones is of, at the end of the day, utmost importance for they will be the leaders of the nation in the very near future. What's more interesting is that the curriculum structure emphasizes on issues like basic human and civil rights, preserving valuable ethnic cultures, and promoting patriotism. Many of the issues brought up in the subject are most appropriate and basically guide the young ones towards developing good citizenship. Nevertheless, for most of us whom have ventured beyond our schooling days, there are several ways one could contribute in constituting a more civic-minded society. One of the most prominent ways is to engage oneself in local community affairs such as being a council member of one's district or even volunteering at the nearby shelters for the needy. As far as I am concerned, I would agree whole heartedly with one of the sayings about volunteerism which states that one does not need to travel a long way to do good to others, it is the attitude that matters. Many a times, there have been many cases where charity is often being misused for cheap publicity for one's personal benefit. Likewise, having a decent knowledge on what's happening around us and rectifying on what's wrong are acts of civic-mindedness too. Little do we know, registering oneself as an eligible voter in elections is a noble act of civic-mindedness as well. All in all, civic-mindedness is one of the very few inborn personal merits one can acquire. I suppose it is time for us Malaysians to ditch the habitual 'Tak-apa-lah' attitude and move towards establishing a more refined and civil-oriented SOciety. Besides, if everyone was to play their resgective roles consciously, communities and eventually w' ole nation will benefit. Hence, always bear in mind of{w at]/o are capable of doing for your nation and not wfia y.eur nation can do for you.


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Despite the struggles and he managed to succeed. fact, according to him hardships in one's early life are an opportunity for a better reoTalking to him about integrity he shared his early life and secrets of success as well as gave beneficial advice for the future leaders. The fruits of his labour have resulted in him attaining a Masters Degree in Educational Management and having worked in different educational sectors throughout his life. Most recently, he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UTP in April this year. He is none other than our favourite Tn. Hj. Mohamed Noor Rosli bin Baharom, guardian and father figure for UTP's students. Let's start with the definition of "integrity". As we all know, integrity is a wide toplc, So how would you define integrity? In my opinion, integrity relates to the quality of excellence manifested in an overall holistic and integral manner. It is based on noble values and ethical principles which are important in daily life. So integrity must be reflected in both personal and professional life. Conducting one's professional life with a code of ethics but practicing none in one's personal life is no integrity to me. It also pertains to the rules and regulations of the country as well as the norms of the society; we consider a person of integrity based on his behaviour and action which reflects his obedience to the norms of SOciety. o integrity can be termed as a set of noble S values, adhering to certain principles and manners, according to the rules and regulations of the country which is accepted by the people. So how can we identify a person of integrity? Integrity reflects the individual and it is based on the character of that person. We can figure it out easily actually if we take a look at the person's character. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; and the tree is the real thing". Putting it simply, don't look at the shadow of a tree to get an idea of the tree; instead, look at the tree to know its true form. The same goes for character. Sometimes, it surprises us when public figures are caught for misconducts because we perceived them as being decent individuals from their appearance and manner but the reality could be different. Looking back on your early life, what are your memories of that time? Are there any regrets, integrity-wise? remember those days when I was in UPM, I used to go back home sitting on the floor of the train as I didn't have sufficient money to buy a bus ticket and even when I was in my final year, I used to have only one meal per day due to financial constraints. However, I was determined that this was the life for me and that I must struggle through the hardships. I kept repeating to myself, "Through this pain I will succeed someday" and by knowing my objectives of life and staying focused, I managed to fight off those difficulties. I am a Banjar Alai and our motto is 'never surrender'. It never dawned on me to take shortcuts or cheat. But that's not to say that I'm perfect. I did some bad things also in my life which I was not supposed not to do but those were not to the extent that it could damage my character or reputation. I am always consciousabout this matter and Alhamdulillah I'm proud of myself and I'm satisfied with what I have achieved today. Moving on to academic integrity. Why is it so important? It is needed to ensure the quality of our academic performance. It is also important to maintain the trust and recognition by external parties as they constantly evaluate the quality of our programs. Thus, we need to ensure that we are up to standards to be recognized. If we don't have academic integrity then employers will not employ our students because they know that the students here are not good enough. However, we are glad to say that we are maintaining the standard and this is reflected in our employment rate which is almost 100% for every batch of fresh graduates. This is because they trust our quality, and stringent academic process. How is UTP raising awareness and increasing the understanding of academic integrity among the students? UTP doesn't have a formal way to do that but our target remains to produce "well-rounded graduates" and that's why we give the opportunity for students to practice integrity and Thelnspirer


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become aware about it through the courses they take. Extra-curricular activities also playa major role in this aspect. For every project or event in UTP,there is a project manager and under him a group of committee members. We trust the project manager that he will not misuse the budget allocated and to lead others to have a successful event whilst at the same time the other members are also being trusted by the project manager to perform their duty perfectly. That's actually how they inculcate the values which lead to integrity. Another way is through the different student bodies and clubs that are run by students. These leaders are chosen to run the organization by their peers and being good leaders they should pay back that trust. UTP trust the students to carry out their task and I believe that's how they practice integrity in their everyday life. UTP is also very strict regarding plagiarism and cheating in examinations. I'm sure the students know that we don't hesitate to punish those caught cheating by suspending them for a certain period of time regardless of whether he is in undergraduate or postgraduate studies. We want to give a strong messagethat integrity cannot be compromised. Since you mentioned it, students are still engaged in plagiarism and cheating even though the university is very conscious on upholding integrity. What are the reasons behind this tendency? If any student does have this tendency, it may be that he/she still hasn't developed a good enough set of moral values. Fear of getting low marks, pressure to do well in studies and the lack of quality teaching by lecturers are merely excuses they put forward to absolve them from the guilt of using shortcuts. Students have to realize that cheating is self-swindling as the perpetrator is only cheating him. A student is supposed to be proud of their own work and for the effort they put in but this is not possible by cheating. A cheat will never become a successfulperson. What would your recommendations be then in order for them to overcome this tendency? "Academic integrity must be a dual effort among the students and the faculty." Do you agree with this statement? And if so, how can they work together in order to achieve this success? To maintain a high level of integrity, everybody has their own role to play to ensure the quality of excellence. The management can provide necessary technology, facilities and qualified lecturers to enhance the learning process. Yet, students need to be active partners in this processalso. Even if the management provides the best lecturers, nothing fruitful will happen should students not make use of them. Students should keep in mind that lecturers are there to facilitate their learning process. Hence, they need to be active by asking questions during the lectures or any other way which is suitable for them. I even encourage them to challenge the lecturers. Lots of people have the misconceptionabout 'productive stupidity' but that's how you actually open your mind to learn! On the other hand, I believe that all the lecturers are willing and eager to help students. So it is up to the students to make use of this opportunity . If everybody work together and play their roles then there'll be a good learning environment. As a deputy vice chancellor, are you satisfied with the performance of the staffs here and can you give your opinion on the 'Employment Integrity test'? I believe that the staffs here are doing great in terms of management and in academic also but at the same time I do believe that they need to improve in terms of service excellence. Certain individual staffs needs to improve their professionalismand sense of urgency besideschanging their mentality to have a more helpful attitude. To ensure integrity, we need to think of improvements and look for high standards. I would definitely welcome a test or indicator that can be used to judge our performance. As of now, we already conduct Customer Satisfaction Index twice per year in my department to ensure the quality of service. I'm also very open to feedback from students about our services. If they have any complaints, we are prepared to investigate it and take immediate action. Just to inform the readers, in PETRONAS, hold onto 4 main values which are we CLIP or cohesiveness, loyalty, integrity and professionalism. We must focus on these values as it is the individuals that play a vital role for the success of a company or an institution. Lastly, any messages for the readers?




Ted, suit up! If you are familiar with the line, then up high people, we are both fans of 'How I Met Your Mother'! When talking about formal attire, the first thing that comes to my mind is Barney Stinson, the guy who is always in suits even when he is sleeping. For those of you who have no clue as to what I am talking about, seriously people, start watching the show now! It is highly recommended! Oops, it seems that I have strayed too far from the topic, so let's get back to business. Not to be a spoilsport or anything, but the one thing that everybody should have a concern about is their appearance, i.e. how one carries him/herself, and how does a person presents him/herself. It doesn't matter if you are having a 4.0 CGPA, if you do not know how to carry yourself well, I'm sorry to inform you that you are basically out of league. That is just the way the world works. So people, if you really want to market yourself well, here are some dos and don'ts to help you along the way.

~ DO choose the correct style. A one-button jacket suits short men, a double-breasted suit is ideal for slim men, broad gents look good in a two-button jacket and tall, heavy built men look best in a three-button suit.

gDON'T wear your suit with a button-down shirt. This shirt is a casual style and therefore works against the neatness of the suit. ~ DO add interest (and warmth) with a waistcoat. It lengthens the body and therefore works particularly well on larger men or those with short legs. Always leave the lowest button undone. ignore button etiquette. If you're wearing a one-button jacket fasten the button, if you're wearing a two-button jacket fasten the top button and if you're wearing a three-button jacket fasten the middle button. DO think about your trousers. Flat-fronted trousers are more contemporary but trousers with pleats can be more forgiving on expanding waistlines.


~DON'T ever wear unmatched socks with your suit. It shows that you are either not well prepared for the day or you do not know how to dress in formal attire. Thelnspirer [ August 2011

~ DO know your collar size. The collar fits well when you can comfortably fit your index and middle finger side by side between your neck and collar. collars narrow wide faces counterbalance slim faces. and cutaway collars

t;j DON'T choose the wrong collar for your face shape. Classic
~ DO know your shirt fabrics. Sea Island cotton is light and silky so it's ideal for formal occasions. Poplin is a classic cotton weave that is crisp and fine for everyday wear. A twill weave is textured, more casual and best worn with a chunky woven tie. DON'T wear an ill fitting shirt. Tall and lean men look best in slim fit shirts with cutaway collars, more rotund builds suit classicfit shirts and athletic builds look good in slim fit shirts. DO tuck your shirt in. The exception to the rule is when it's a casual shirt with a straight cut bottom hem that hangs above the hip bone. DON'T clash your patterns. A general rule of thumb is to keep your shirt and tie patterns different scales. The pattern on your tie should never be more noticeable than the one on your shirt.


~ DO learn to tie your tie properly. A fat or messy knot does not a good impression make. Wear a half Windsor knot for a classic collar and four-in-hand knot for a cutaway collar.


g DON'T wear belts with suits. They'll cut you in half and


ruin the line of your suit. Contrary to popular belief, belts are designed to be a decorative detail and shouldn't be holding your trousers up. If your trousers are too large, replace them.


DO perfect folding of your pocket handkerchief. For the classic pocket square, fold your handkerchief in half to make a rectangle and fold the bottom up so it's a few centimetres away from the top. Tuck into your jacket pocket. above your waistband.

gDON'T tuck your tie into your trousers. It should hang just
~ DO wear suitable cufflinks. Coloured cufflinks should match a colour in your tie or shirt. Cufflinks with semi-precious stones are more formal. If in doubt, opt for a classic pair in sterling silver. DON'T accept a scruffy collar. Use brass or sterling silver collar stiffeners (also known as collar stays). They'll smarten up your formal shirt and stop any dreaded sagging towards the end of the day. So suit up people! Suit up right of course. I'm expecting no more super greassy hair, or a pair of white socks in a black suit anymore. For the girls, stay tune, the do and don'ts for you will be up on the next edition. Till then, ciao!


Integrity Trivia

'truth, justice and the American way?'
Superman. These were the final words of the introduction to the TV series that starred George Reeves as the Man of Steel. (http://www.funtrivia.com)

Who was a champion of

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~Il~i~i ual nd resilient; a dean's list holder on row, yet n ookworm; a hardworking person that still manages to lead an enjoyable life; frank in nature but delicately balances it with tact. His name is Abdullah Shamil, the man behind five projects in the prestigious EDX and recently returned participant of the Overseas Internship programme at Austria. Even though I barely knew him, I felt comfortable talking to him. And if I was to describe him, I would say he is the well rounded student vision personified. Tell us about yourself. First of all, I would like to thank TheInspirer for offering me this opportunity. My name is Abdullah Shamil Hashim and I come from Baghdad, Iraq, where I was raised within a loving family and caring parents who paved the way for me in this life. I attended six years of secondary school education at Baghdad College, which is considered one of the elite high schools in Baghdad. I consider this period as the most influencing one in my life so far because the spirit of competition among students was unrivalled and all the students strived for excellence, so did I. Collecting stamps is one of my hobbies; I have collected since my childhood 4 complete sets of stamps from different countries. I enjoy swimming, badminton and football. Can you share with us your internship experience in Europe? Sure, but before that, allow me to say that the internship programme in UTP is truly one of a kind. It really provides students the chance to be exposed to the working culture and integrate theory with application. I had my internship in Austria at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences where I worked in the Research& Development Department as a research associate in the field of train traffic and telematics software development. Along with the practical knowledge and skills I gained there, it was a very nice experience as it was a new country with new customs, food and habits to me. I had the chance to travel to many countries within Europe like France, Switzerland and Germany. Also, I had the chance to be on the local Upper Austria TV with my research group. It gives you a special feeling when an Austrian friend of yours tells you that "I saw you on lY yesterday". I also met people and made friends from FiW~nd,Sweden, Spain, France, Hungary and Italy. The exper"~nce widens your horizons and the way you think about this world and life. Thelnspirer

being an level because it is a relatively new university. From your experience abroad, what would you say to them? I disagree with that worry. One thing that I have learned in UTP is the self-learning skill, whereby you don't learn everything from the classes instead you need to figure out some things on your own. So I think UTP is quite a good university because it provides you with that skill. For example when I was in Austria, I had to embark on a new learning process as my background was electrical and electronic engineering, while during my internship I was involved in the software development field, which is more related to software engineering. But since I acquired the self-learning skill, I was able to adapt to that situation. Besidesthat, I believe that UTP is gaining popularity; it has signed many agreements with universities and higher education institutions in countries such as Austria, Finland, Norway and France and all of them are giving good feedback about UTPstudents. So, in my opinion, it is not entirely about the university; rather it is a mutual responsibility between the university and its students. The achievements you have attained throughout your stay in UTP are really impressive: Two gold medals, one silver medal, one bronze medal, as well as the best communicator award during EDX. How did you manage to accomplish all of that simultaneously while also studying? I think it is all about passion; if you are passionate enough about something and want it badly, then definitely you can do it. Also, as students, we are granted an invaluable opportunity to achieve many things since we don't have to worry about making a living or work. So, I believe we should take advantage of that and invest it for a better future. As you know, in UTP the prevailing method for exam preparation is the "past paper" culture. What do you have to say about that? I'm really very sad about that, simply because by depending on past papers you are deactivating your brain, whereby you are only studying for the sake of scoring rather than for the knowledge it brings. This might be attributed to the


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methodology of extensive assignments and practical laboratories through the semester applied here in UTP, which is pushing students to seek past papers as a study reference. But there must be a balance between the semester workload and the final exams. The Information Resource Centre (IRC) in UTP is splendid and one of the biggest in Malaysia, but still most of the students do not fully utilize it. Any thoughts on that? I can describethe IRC in one word, it is a treasure. There are a lot of books related to different fields of study; not only engineering, but even economics and other interesting fields. And it is really sad to see that the library is not being fully utilized. Personally, the resources of the library have helped me greatly in my projects and assignments. So, I believe it is a hidden treasure that needsto be hunted by the students. As an Arab citizen, what do you think of the recent popular uprisings in the Middle East, the so-called the Arab spring? I am very optimistic. When I look, for example at my country, Iraq, I always ask myself when the bombings, killings and destruction are going to stop. Nevertheless, when I see people in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya try to change and to pursue a better life; it makes me hope that the Arabs will resume contributing to the scientific and cultural output of humanity and be producers rather than just consumers. Who is your role model? Well, the person that I admire the most is Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, as a leader and a human. From modern history, I do look up to many people, such as Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison. Our theme for this issue is "integrity". relate to your life? How does that

Integrity is an important factor in any society; it's the glue that holds the society together. People have to learn how to integrate with each other, otherwise, an undesirable situation would occur and this is exactly what happened after the war, for some time, in my country where the loss of integrity took place and segregation was advocated by some people to the extent that people were not able to go from one neighborhood to another. Any last words for the readership? I would like to thank you again for giving me this chance. And I would like to finish with quote from Ben Stein, "The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy."

Syarifah Noor Rusydiah "Busvts not an Excuse"

Fara Nadyia "Life must Go on"

Lim Hun Pin "Successis for Everyone"

Ahmad Firdaus M. Fariddudin "My Little storv"

Hounu Sougar "UTP: From the Eves of Chad Student"

5'" Edition Nurul Ain R. Asman Ahmad Bakri Zubir Siva Sankara Arudra "How UTPChanged me" "One Sunday Afternoon "MTP'sHignflyer" Last November" Sermphon Klaiseerngern
"fS., ClJlturalPhenomenon"

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r"rlI,tr"rl'If'ln _ or sometimes as aphesis, is "is becomes "isn't" and omnibus becomes bus. Acronym, also known as initialism, is abbreviation formed from the initial components of a phrase or name. An example is the phrase "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome" becomes "AIDS". Portmanteau on the other hand is any term or phrase that combines two or more words such as manglish (a mixture of Malay and English). Sometimes, portmanteau is confused with contraction so to distinguish between them, remember that contraction is formed from words that appear together in sequence, such as do and not (don't), while portmanteau is formed by combining two or more words with singular concepts, such as wiki and encyclopedia (Wikipedia). In modern English, sometimes there are situations where we can use many types of abbreviations and the choice can be confusing. The only rule generally accepted in using abbreviation is to "always be consistent". This is, as sometimes, the same abbreviation can have different meanings such as expo can refer to experience or experiment. The following are some of the common styles used in abbreviations: i. The first style is the lowercase letter. If the original word was capitalized, then the first letter of its abbreviation should retain the capital. An example is the word Detroit can be abbreviated as Det. However, for words that are originally spelled with lower case letters, there is no need for capitalization. For example, the words organization and management can be abbreviated as org. and man. respectively. ii. The second style is in using periods (or full stops) and spaces. A period is written after an abbreviated word; however there are exceptions to the rule. Words shortened by removing or omitting its end part require full stops whereas words shortened by omission of its middle part does not required a full stops. For example, the word "Professor" is abbreviated by removing its end (Prof.) while the word "Doctor" can be contracted by removing its middle part (Dr). There are some words though that can be abbreviated by both ways such as the word Reverend (Rev. or Revd). Besides that, periods are also used in certain acronyms or initialisms but not others; United States and United Nation are written as U.S. and UN respectively. The final rule in using period is when the abbreviation appears at the end of a sentence, use only one period. For instance, our own nation capital, Kuala Lumpur is more glamorously known as K.L. Notice that because K.L. appeared at the end of a sentence, only one period is use (instead of K.L..). iii. The last style is plural forms. To form a plural of an abbreviation of numbers or capital letters used as a noun, simply add a lowercase s to the end. Examples are the '80s, a group of Drs, etc. To indicate the plural of abbreviation of a unit of measure, the same form is used in singular. Example is 1m and 10m. When an abbreviation contains more than one full point, we put the s after the final one. Examples are Ph.D.s (Philosophical Doctorates) and M.Phil.s (Master of Philosophy). Lastly, a thorough analysis of modern abbreviations would not be complete without mentioning the most recent phenomenon of them all: short forms used in chatting or sms-ing. Here's a list of some that you may recognize: 2nite 4 4U 8L3W 10Q A3 ABH 143 182 tonight for for you 8 letters, thank you anytime, anyone anywhere, but him/her anyplace 3 words (I love you) 4EVER abt eYA AFAIK AFK bcoz BFF btw bz forever about see ya as far as I know away from because best friend by the way busy forever keyboard eu eYL DKDe DL EML ez FB FISH FSR see you see you later don't know, don't care

download email rne later easy facebook first in, still here for some reason

I love you I hate you

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Adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraction~%28grammar%29 on 28th May 2011 Adapted from http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.phpon 3rd June 2011. Adapted from http://www.abbreviations.com/acronyms/SMS on 3rd June 2011. Adapted from http://en,wikipedia.org!wiki/Portmanteau on 21st of June 2011.





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Hey, cut me some slack. you whiny little runt! integrity it down. Try discussing

By: Mohd Anas Muslim (aether759@gmail.com)

So we are to discuss a topic so broad like integrity? Man up and just get to discussing, Now, now. What say we try to narrow specifically in the university.


A little better, but he still needs to cut me some more slack. Just take it! Man, you're Meh, sticks and stones. ) annoying when you're such a slacker!


-=~YOu-~>~ Now if you both please calm yourselves and continue our discussion. say we start from Foundations? Hmm ... integrity assignments? in Foundation students ... Ah, how about What

it?> ~




What about

I think I remember hearing about copypastas of said assignments. You know, find a colleague who obtained a perfect score in one of those assignments, then slap your name and ID onto it, and even the tutor is none the wiser of the plagiarism. But to be fair, a student can just keep guessing answers in an assignment as much as they want until a perfect score is obtained. It's not like the assignments cannot be retried. Unfortunately, it can apply to essays as well.



[ Just copypaste

the whole essay? Oh come on, that's just--

Those plagiarists would be smarter about their plagiarism than blatant copypaste. They might 'refer' to another peer's essay and rewrite it while keeping the overall content intact. At least that's how I think they would carry out plagiarism. Now that's done, I suspect poor integrity in completing lab reports, or something. And just so you know, we're now discussing about integrity in university academics in general onwards.

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I don't know, altering data with 'more desirable' values so the curve would [_H_O_W __la_b_r_e_po_rts __c_an be __co_mPI_e_re_d_i_n_p_o_o_r_in_te_g_r_ity_? __ ~.. 'look nice' in a graph, perhaps?






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But it's an experiment. Data curves are not meant to be dead accurate. I know this kind of thing is done very rarely, but I'm very sure this exists.
Right, perhaps poor integrity?

we can move on to assignments.

Could it be completed


Does referencing a peer's assignment to complete your own assignment count? Yes? No? Depends?
I think I get what you're saying, so why don't we move on to--

Attendance, where some students list/sheet/whatever on behalf of peers.





...Of course. I forgot about that. I was thinking about quizzes, tests and final exams. Oh no, not those! It's too obvious that there would be poor integrity in those!
Maybe not that much with quizzes, but tests and final exams ... well, most definitely. You're given time to study for parts of a course you've learned so far for a test, and a whole week or so for the final exam. So bringing in hidden notes into tests and final exams just seems dishonourable.

Furthermore, if given formulae in tests and final exams are like tools, bringing in notes imply that you don't know how to use said tools without a manual by your side. What on earth are you talking about> ( A decent analogy, actually. Look, are we done here? I need to go take a nap. ( ai, you lazy-I believe we are. For now. Feel free to take a nap then.



Logged out. Why are you letting him loose? This discussion should be a bit longer, as much this pains me to do it.
There's little else to discuss now. Let him go.

Perhaps if we're discussing another subject matter, this would have more content.
People with poor integrity whine about their tasks, you know ...

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Integrity is simply defined as a quality of a person's character which includes firmness of personality, moral principles, uprightness, decency and honesty. In the past, these traits were meant to keep one's distance from what would harm the fundamental norms and customs on which cultures and traditions vested their faith in. Adherence to those golden norms and customs were sought to confirm the verity of each culture for they adore them as their sacred cow. In its simplicity, you won't dare bring bad blood to your culture and to your lineage in particular, unless you are prepared to live with it all "abomination", which might include being culturally-disowned. Who would want that, right? However, in the present day's context, integrity is pretty much greater than that. Its entirety is the core centre of one's life. Not only would you be in debts of the most precious gold in the world, but also in a life that is void. Everyone always try their utmost best to hit that very glass-ceiling in proving themselves to be worth something in the community in which they live in. To put stock in my little time at hand, I would be students characterised by their act of being lecture skippers contextualising this matter on what often times depicts the - the very recipe for failure. They fail to take their studies lack of integrity with regards to students' life in UTP,together seriously. This is portrayed by the "Give me" attitude, with with factors that are at our disposal and that could perfectly the rarest exception of expecting good grading in spite of the fit in feeding the fire of our integrity. Understood from above, quality and amount of work invested in. This category is there are mainly two key players in the field of this concern. always caught up between the rocks of declining The first category on the list being the "i~Sl§1~ImD.ls.m:;miPJi'l/J117lirm~ImWRf/jstudiousness and the hard place of students themselves and second the IS getting no support from their The f"ture i$. t.ridht t\>lel.I t\m . t ructors if th ey t ry t 0 maint am .. lecturers. Each of these categories t> Ins I contributes almost fairly an equal dime "Ol1.fidQ>lt Q jot. QWQit!l. QQ"h Ql1.d standards. From this classification it's in fuelling the fire of integrity. eVerJ:! O>le of !:lou. pretty clear how the expected results But before we take a tour on each would turnout. This situation is ignited category, UTP offers the best fortune by certain indebted cultures among ever that should never be taken for students either adopted or is born with granted. Viz: - (1) Well-equipped including laziness, results-oriented and resource centre with relevant and self-centredness. For the category up-to-date academic material. You can labelled "Lazy", we have a well sought get a rise out of your guts and bring out phrase "sharing is caring". This out that little "Einstein" in hiding but forces me to just wait for my dear unfortunately excuses makes victims caring friends to sweat it off solving the the best of us to pull faces and drop assiqnrnents only to copy their work. ~~ro:r:~ :~~:~~~~~~~~s~~~~ e~~~~! _on I',r."o is that there isn't adequate time in UTPfor you to bury your head in books. Or if time is at our disposal, not many curious "want-to-be-Einstein" students would sacrifice that very time. (2) Lecturers well-experienced in their professions. (3) "8-12 As hardworking" students. In spite of all these, not many of us are able to pull through just because of our make-believe sets of attitude intertwined in elements of personal character defined in integrity. And this makes you wonder as to where is the integrity that we hold so dear in our hearts, for this is the ugly truth that stinks so badly but needs to be said. Lets begin with students, the prime contributors to their own fate. UTP has both smart and independent types of students as well as the dependent types; the not so smart ones. The smart and independent type is defined by their diligence; commitment to doing their job i.e. assiqnrnents well in time, not having to compete with the last 2 minutes to submit their work into the lecturers' pigeon holes, persevere in the face of difficulty, dependability, able to set goals and monitor progress toward those goals. All it takes is to understand "What kinds of things pump your blood to reach those goals?" On the not so smart category, we have ~~r:~~~~~~S~I~~;~~a~~~i~~i~t~;~~~ this? Is it worth all the challenges that are likely waiting for us out there? For this copied work never guarantees one the logic employed in arriving at the solution being copied. Don't get me wrong, I for one, love group work but not the kind where we are totally spoon-fed. I am questioning the self-integrity in this. This is not different to you preparing your own grave. The world is so wild out there and very eager to swallow the unprepared, this sharing is caring phenomenon with limited self-input has little space in our work place. The other category in the students' context is the type that is labelled as "Results-oriented". This category works their heart off so hard to obtain a CGPA or GPA of 4.00 and anything close to it. Fair enough, we all want or wish to be 4-flat students; I'm sure no one is pleased with himself/herself being at the bottom of their class. Also our employers would be glad to get such students. But this attitude has a price to pay. The price has something to do with balancing your life. For some of thos~ho take",Jtas their life to study 24/7, they just can't hartale)havln9fu~nd be good students at the same time becauseth~ir\m!Vtls ing the alarm of 4-flat, and thence will be forced to sur ,eRde

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one life in favour of the other, a situation that would amount to either forgetting about socialising or giving up club participation, avenues which are meant to nurture of our soft skills. While so engrossed in studying in preparation for career challenges or to become a CGPA-pleasedstudent, they overlook what awaits them in the real world of socialisation. The next players in the field are lecturers and instructors. These people are not expected to be the students' role models apart from being instructors and supervisors. If lecturers are to be responsive to students' need, they should first understand what is defined as effective lecturing. Not many of our lecturers offer these valuable assets to our learning experience. In fact to be truthful you can come across a lecturer who ignores students' request for knowledge, and why should they be there if they could not give their expected guidance if flipping through their PowerPoint slides is all they could offer. What would you sincerely expect to come out from these students other than losing confidence in the instructional approach which in the long run would ultimately end up in limiting their achievement? At the end you will see a student failing that particular course. This simply shows how some lecturers are not doing their assigned duties. This sounds ugly, right? The ugly truth it is! The University should recognize that academic integrity is greatly enhanced when viewed as a task shared by both students and the faculty. Instructors and supervisors should provide clear access to the Academic Integrity Policy in course materials they offer. Even if the commitment to upholding and imposing high standards of academic honesty and integrity at UTP rests in the hands of all members of the University community, faculty members, in particular, are charged with taking measures to preserve, transmit, and model those standards through example in their own academic pursuits and in the learning environment which they create for their students. Students, at the same time, as members of the University's academic community, are obligated to take an active role in the preservation of the standards of academic honesty and integrity, encouraging others to respect those standards. It is the expectation of the University that students maintain absolute integrity and high standards of individual honours in their academic work. Lecturers, instructors, tutors and supervisors have their absolute powers on student in cases of cheating, fabrication and falsiflcatlon, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. These practices increase due to pressure for high grades. Instructors and supervisors should therefore, discuss with students how the policy applies to their work, both in general terms and with respect to speofic assignments .This also suggests that the same information may be used for self-reflection and for identifying specific areas which require attitude change among the students as well as among lecturers, tutors and instructors. The University should recognize that academic integrity is greatly enhanced when viewed as a task shared by both students and faculty. However, the full package of integrity is believed to be at everyone's own possession,for its benefits are manifested in our own everyday life and that can't be claimed from one person to the next. It's set right in one's heart. Nourishing it becomes the subsequent question you would want to ask yourself.



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Integrity stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, Integrity is the inner sense of "wholeness" and consistency of character. (Wikipedia) complete).

deriving from qualities such as honesty

Socrates placed his life at risk by refusing to carry out orders that were immoral. Finally, when he was accused of impiety, he was sentenced to death. However, as was the custom at the time, he was given a chance to make a counterproposal. He suggested his death sentence be replaced with a fine of thirty mina (3,000 drachmas), but insisted he lived an honorable life and was an excellent role model. His 'lack of repentance' infuriated the court, which then condemned him to death. While waiting in prison, before given the poisonous hemlock to drink, friends visited him and planned an escape. But Socrates refused to flee, explaining that although the charges against him were unjust and bogus, they were made by a legitimate court and must therefore be obeyed.

Bobby (Robert lyre) Jones (1902



'You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank."

a lawyer and amateur golfer was also the first to achieve the Grand Slam - winning in a single year the four major tournaments. In a national championship, he drove his ball into the woods, and accidentally nudged it. Although no one saw him move the ball, he penalized himself one stroke, which caused him to lose the game by that margin. When praised for his integrity, he said,

who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.

There are too many people
Julius Caesar "J.

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is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.

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