DAILY TROJAN, Vol. 139, No. 7, January 21, 2000
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Food fantasies Hie deadline to change meal plans for spring is 5 p.m. today. Stop by tlie USCard Customer Service Office in the Common* Lobby to make changes. 4-for-4: 'I he men’s basketball team won a nail-biter, 95-92, against Arizona State to itay undefeated in conference ^ So hMvenly: New film “Boondock Saint*" tells story of twins trying to save world. £ For Vow Information 0ally Tiajan ■tutorial TV Tlmat Waakand (Julde CUkklflatl* Crotiword Puula 2 4 a a 9 <ttrojanVusc.edu | http://www.uac.adu/ilt N1WSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA January 21, 2000 Vol. CXXXIX, No. 7 Ironically, it was (Kiiuj's) death that made the world realize this man was the eternal victor.’ A day of remembrance Poet Laureate urges artistic innovations Speech: Robert Pinsky, serving third term in position, invites personal interpretations of work By JENNIFER MEDINA Projects/Training Fxlitor Students must lake subjects such as biology and English and make them their own instruments, said U.S. Poet laureate Robert Pinsky to 300 in Alfred Newman Recital Hall Thursday night. “Adolph Sax created the sax in the 1840 in France, and he was Belgian," Pinsky said. “But African Americans (took the sax and) made it their own." If he could play the saxophone he would not be a poet, said USC President Steven B. Sample, quoting Pinsky. The Poet Laureate’s speech was part of the Presidential Distinguished Artist’s series. Pinsky is serving an unprecedented third term as Poet Liureate, has published more than a dozen books and teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. Pinsky spent much of the time reading his poems such as “Shirt," "Jersey Rain," “Impossible To Tell" and “ABC," a poem about life and death that consists of 26 words arranged in alphabetic order. The Favorite Poem Project, a cornerstone of Pinsky’s post, encourages Americans to read poems aloud and illustrates Pinsky’s view of poetry as a vocal art. Pinsky is creating a tape-recorded anthology of Americans from all walks of life reading all types of poetry. “It is not necessarily a performance art," Pinsky said. ‘The greatest instrument is the reader’s body. When you see dance in its peak you are seeing a trained dancer’s body. A poetry reading is not poetry at its peak. The core is where the audience body is the instrument.” Listening to poems read aloud has been one of Pinsky’s greatest pleasures during his tenure as Poet Laureate. “Most of the time when I go to (Favorite Poem Project) readings they end in standing ovations and I get great pleasure in that,” Pinsky said, joking that he has also been able to sit ringside at a fight as a perk of his position. “I’ve never done anything. I’ve never been a person of action." Students made up less than half the crowd, which often responded to Pinsky’s poetry with sighs, laughs and gasps. “Shirt” has a permanent place on the desk of retired Los Angeles teacher Mae Garber. The 87-year-old woman I see Plnsky, page 7 I "The greatest instrument Is the reader's body." Robert Plnsky U.S. Poet Laureate Site attracts 30 schools in quest to eradicate plagiarism By BRENDAN LOY Staff Writer John Barrie never planned to embark on a crusade against plagiarism. Fighting against cheaters was never his intended mission in life. He just wanted his students at UC Berkeley to have an opportunity to read and evaluate each other’s term papers, and the internet seemed the perfect tool. But when Barrie learned that students were stealing term papers off of his class web site and selling them to others for $5 each or handing them in as supposedly original work to other classes, he decided it was time to fight online fire with online fire. “I’m not going to be the one (who) facilitates these students cheating,” Barrie recalled thinking. “It’s just not going to happen." Thus was born Plagiarism.org, a web site which uses the tools of the internet to fight one of the net’s biggest demons: the proliferation of online “paper mills” and other sites which contain materials that students can easily copy and paste into their own papers, claiming the writing as their own. Within just a few months, the publicity surrounding Plagiarism.org has grown immensely, as has its database, which now boasts more than 100,000 uploaded term papers in addition to the millions of internet sites which its search engines can scan. When Barrie spoke to the Daily Trojan on Wednesday, he said he had just returned from an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning Amcrica. “We get more than 30,000 visitors a day,” Barrie said. ‘There is a huge interest in this. It tells me that there was a lot of pent-up frustration out there, that instructors were just waiting for something like this to come along.” The concept is simple. When an indi- vidual teacher or an entire department or university has an account with Plagiarism.org, students in the affected classes submit their papers electronically to the web site instead of handing them in personally. The web site then scans through the entire paper using a series of complex computer algorithms to search for long phrases that are identical to something already on the internet or in the Plagiarism.org database. Every time a new paper is uploaded and checked, it is added to the database, thus causing the site to become more and more compre-I see Tech, page 2 I Event* Continuing to erase racism theme of program to honor civil rights leader By DANA NICHOLS Stuff Writer Breaking down race barriers for the future was the focus as children, faculty and USC students gathered on campus Thursday in a celebration honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Bovard Auditorium was filled close to capacity with lively students from local grade schools and USC faculty and students, all participating in the 19th annual affair, officially themed “Crossing Boundaries: A Day to Dream, a Lifetime to Act.” “Ironically, it was his death that made the world realize this man was the eternal victor,” said keynote speaker John Brooks Slaughter, Irving R. Melbo Chair in Education at USC’s Rossier School of Education and an authority on equal opportunity in education. Slaughter pointed out that with many living in poverty and a smaller percentage of black doctors and lawyers than there were in the '60s, American society is no better off today. “I believe that someday this country will understand what King was saying to us,” he said. A standing ovation was given to Devon Franklin, a senior majoring in business whose reading of King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech drew shouts of praise from the audience. “Martin Luther King, it’s too bad he died. He was a good man,” said Maile, a second-grader in Ms. Krupin’s class at 32nd Street magnet school, of the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights martyr who would have been 71 last week. “Words spoken in 1963 are just as powerful in 2000,” said Mistress of Ceremonies Carolyn Webb De Macias, senior associate vice provost of Academic Affairs. “It was good to have the kids hear the speech again,” said Franklin, who studied videotapes of King to prepare for his performance. “It makes it more personal." Song and dance performances comple-I see King, page 2 I photos by Kyle Valenta I Daily Trojan Above: Children from area schools singing “Happy Birthday" at Thursday's 19th annual celebration of the Rev. Martin Lulher King Jr.'s birthday. Below: Senior Devon Franklin performing a dramatic rendition of King’s "I Have a Dream" speech.
|Title||DAILY TROJAN, Vol. 139, No. 7, January 21, 2000|
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Hie deadline to change meal plans for spring is 5 p.m. today. Stop by tlie USCard Customer Service Office in the Common* Lobby to make changes.
4-for-4: 'I he men’s basketball team won a nail-biter, 95-92, against Arizona State to itay undefeated in conference ^
So hMvenly: New film “Boondock Saint*" tells story of twins trying to save world. £
For Vow Information 0ally Tiajan ■tutorial TV Tlmat Waakand (Julde CUkklflatl* Crotiword Puula