Lose Those Freshman Fifteen

BY BRENDAN CRONIN // FEB 15, 2012 //

Have you ever wondered why you simply can’t lose weight even though you exercise frequently? Are you tired of constantly running and exercising to no avail? Well, I’m going to provide some tips and tricks that will hopefully benefit Curry students to attain their fitness/health-related goals.

The simplest reason people can’t drop the pounds is their diet. If you put too much emphasis on cardio but disregard your food intake, it is likely you will not get the results you desire.

I’m not saying that you have to become a vegan or start eating raw eggs in the morning like Rocky Balboa to reach your fitness goals. It’s all about finding the right foods that appeal to your taste buds as well as your overall fitness goals. Meals that are rich in protein, such as steak, fish, eggs, chicken, granola bars, pretzels and even yogurt, will help you get the physique you desire.

That being said, you must also remember to cut down on your proportion sizes. My suggestion would be to eat more meals throughout the day that consist of small to medium proportions.

The worst thing you could do is skip a meal, like breakfast, for example, and then eat a big lunch leaving that leaves you full until dinner time. Space out your meals throughout the day, and I can almost guarantee you will see visible changes with your body. Also, try to keep away from fried foods and soda as much as you can because they contain an abundance of bad calories that quickly turn into fat.

Obviously, diet alone is only half the battle. You must balance good eating with a good amount of exercise to truly reach your fitness goals. So, don’t give up on working out. Take advantage of the Curry Fitness Center or give the shuttle bus a rest and walk your way around campus every now and then.

Hockey Team Notches Wins, Milestones

BY BRANDAN BLOM // FEB. 13, 2012 //

For those of you who don’t know, your Curry College hockey team is doing great this season. The Colonels have a 12-9-2 overall record and sit atop the ECAC Northeast standings at 10-2-0. The team’s first loss came from Western New England last week.

The team's leader in both points and asists, defensman Ryan Barlock, above, recently joined his teammate Payden Benning on the Curry College all-time career 100-point scorers list. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS

The Colonels’ success is due in part to the outstanding play of senior forward Payden Benning, who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals. Yet, the team leader in points with 35 is senior defenseman—that’s right, defenseman!—Ryan Barlock. He leads the Colonels in assists with 26 and has nine goals.

The goalies are no joke either. Junior Joe Dawson and freshman Derek Mohney have split time in net and account for more than 450 saves this season, each with save percentages of around .900.

The Colonels have played particularly well at home all season. They have a 7-2-1 record at the Ulin Rink in Milton, compared to 5-7-1 away. Their last home game was a big 11-2 win against Salve Regina, giving head coach Rob Davies his 200th career victory. However, the team fell to Nichols College on Feb. 11, 3-2.

It’s still been an incredible season so far, and it’s by no means over. There are still two tough opponents left to play before the ECAC Northeast Tournament starts. Curry plays at Wentworth on Feb. 16 (8 p.m.) and hosts Johnson & Wales Feb. 18 (4:35 p.m.).

Having won the ECAC Northeast championship the last two seasons and with four ECAC tournament appearances in the last eight years, there is some pressure to win it all again and return to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Undergraduates Widely Accept the Cheating of Classmates

BY SEBASTIAN HUMBERT // DEC. 5, 2011 //

There’s an old saying that cheaters never prosper. But at Curry College, a large number of undergraduates sure are trying.

Academic dishonesty both inside and outside the classroom is rampant at the college, according to a Currier Times survey of traditional undergraduates. Although only 19 percent of respondents admitted to cheating on an in-class quiz or test at Curry, a whopping 74 percent said they’ve witnessed a classmate cheat during class. Of those who witnessed cheating, just 4 percent reported it to the professor or a college administrator.

“I cheat on tests to get better grades,” said a junior management major who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of punishment from the college. “But I always cite my sources on papers!”

Academic dishonesty is no stranger to college campuses. Year after year, studies are conducted that report stunning admissions of cheating by students. One such study, out of George Mason University in Virginia, showed that up to 98 percent of graduates between 2000 and 2004 had engaged in plagiarism, and 41 percent of those had cheated on an in-class test. In an August 2011 survey of public and private university presidents, the Pew Research Center found that incidents of plagiarism have ballooned over the past 10 years, due largely to the availability of information through the Internet.

Only 11.5 percent of Curry respondents admitted to knowingly plagiarizing for course work. Some Curry students said they don’t cheat because they believe their professors are more likely to notice than their high school teachers were. “They make it harder to do so,” said Haley Carey, a sophomore education major. On test days, some professors strategically rearrange class seating to make it harder for students to cheat, she added.

Others say the personal relevance of the material will often dictate whether or not they cheat. “I did it a lot in high school,” said Samantha Valletta, a sophomore communication major. “But we actually need to know the stuff we’re learning now for our careers.”

Diane Webber, a professor in PAL and chairman of the college’s Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee, a group that reviews and recommends changes to various undergraduate academic policies, said Curry’s academic honesty policy is badly in need of updating. She was unable to pinpoint when the policy was last revised; it doesn’t even mention the existence of the Internet.

“It has not been looked at in a long time,” she said. “But with the way technology is going, we need to look at it again….We want people to be honest.”

According to the Times’ survey of students, only half reported ever reading Curry’s academic honesty policy, a meager one-page in the course catalog.

“Right now, a professor could actually fail a student for a test he was caught cheating [on], or fail him from the course, but it is up to that professor,” said Webber. “And a second offense could go to the [academic] dean’s office.

“I think that there is a lack of clarity, consensus and consistency” among professors, she added. “Some people handle [cheating] one way, some people don’t do anything at all.”

Currently, the only undergraduate department at Curry with a consistent protocol is nursing, which requires students to complete an online tutorial, offered through Indiana University, on what constitutes plagiarism. Students must also sign a document before every exam, promising not to cheat. Webber said the UAPC wants to work with “as many people as possible” to strengthen Curry’s academic honesty policy, as well as to build awareness among students and faculty about its importance. UAPC is looking to collaborate with several on-campus honor societies, academic departments and Chief Academic Officer David Potash.

One of the group’s primary challenges will be defining what constitutes academic dishonesty. For instance, is letting someone copy your homework dishonest? What about failing to report a classmate who cheats? To many people, these are gray areas.

“I know [cheating] is wrong, but everyone does it,” said a senior communication major, who asked for anonymity given the sensitive nature of the subject.

Some professors even see the matter as less than clear-cut. “No, I don’t think it is exactly academically dishonest,” said Jeannette DeJong, a senior lecturer in the Foreign Languages department. “It’s more of a question of personal ethics. It is up to that individual and their morals to decide if they should report the act or not.”

Given that only four students, out of the 90 who said they’ve witnessed in-class cheating, reported the offense to a professor or administrator, student morality is apparently quite low. The survey, conducted between Nov. 14 and 22, was emailed to all traditional undergraduates; 122 responded. Approximately 74 percent of respondents were female, which is far more than the overall female population of Curry students (about 52 percent). Nursing majors, who are largely female, constituted the highest percentage of respondents by major, at nearly 31 percent. Studies over the past 15 years have consistently shown that male college students are more likely than females to cheat, meaning that academic dishonesty at Curry is likely higher than the Times’ survey found.

“Yes, I have seen someone cheat on an exam before,” admitted Kylee Sayce, a sophomore management major who has a 3.5 GPA. “But I don’t care. It does not effect society in the same way that, say, murder or robbery would.” She added that she would call the police to file a report in the case of either of those examples.

Another student, a junior psychology major who wished to remain anonymous, said he understands why a student cheats, admitting that he has cheated before at Curry and that he would be a hypocrite if he ever “told on anyone.” He explained that he usually does not have the time to study and, in that situation, “it is easier to cheat.”