Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 12
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 12

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 30, 1976
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12A --May 30. 1976* Sunday Guefte-Matt f " Owiesfon. vitit Virgnui K! :i t I i * Security Alert Issued . oi J enforcement agencies in the event oi, WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nuclear prob'.ems, he said. Regulatory Agency has issued a "low-level security alert" to operators of nuclear power plants across the nation for the Memorial Day weekend, an NRC spokesman said Saturday. The spokesman said the agency had received "highly tentative and inconclusive" information indicating that security precautions should be tightened at nuclear plants for the next several days. He declined to discuss the nature or source of the information, adding that such alerts have taken place previously. He did not give a reason for the alert. In general, the spokesman said, operators of nuclear plants were advised to have their guards exercise additional care, particularly in checking people entering the plants. Also, plant operators were advised to maintain communications with local law NOTICE MTRO CITY ELECTION Tuesday June 1st, 1976 DANA "SHORTY"JOHNSTON Wants and Needs Your Vote ... Thanks For Your Support, But PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!! Paid by. Candidate Stuck Truck A wrecker from Hoover's Garage tugs at an Allied Van Lines truck which dropped a front wheel over the hill in the 2800 block of Chesterfield Avenue. The truck was moving the belongings of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Aliff of St. Petersburg, Fla., who were taking up residence on Chesterfield. (Staff Photo by David Vick) Honor Code, Career Survival in Conflict By Malcolm N. Carter CLASSIC SANDALS In rich mahogany sizes 5 to 10 13.98 13 « W_ its ga tei nil ev wi w; Bass t h o n g s . . . everyone's favorite sandal ... come see this sandal plus many more by Bass--maker of Weejuns 228CapitofSt. Since 1892 WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Mounting evidence of mass cheating at West Point suggests the cherished honor code con- flicts with a more basic instinct -- career · survival. ' The situation has left the superintendent ' o f the U.S. Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Sidney B. Berry, "heartsick." . Rep". Thomas Downey, D-N.Y', said his :' own check shows that at least a quarter of ·the junior class cheated on engineering '. homework that was graded as a quiz. ;. His assessment was the first by an outsi- . der. It corroborated allegations by ac';; cused cadets and their lawyers, among . i others, that 200 to 400 members of the -'· Class of 1977. had cheated and commonly Z did so. By some accounts, cadets have fur"-. nished affidavits with up to 600 names of H violators. There are about 800 in the class. · · * * * . ' I DOWNEY'S CONCLUSIONS also ap- I pear consistent with an academy study ; u last year of attitudes toward the honor : code. Half of the corps felt the code was :' too idealistic, and the cadets'of the Class ' of 1977 were markedly more disillusioned *"· by it than any other class. ." "I want to open a Pandora's box of 1 all ·;' those honor violations so that 52 people f will not be sacrificed as lambs to a system '.- which does not even work," a junior with a ", sworn list of 185 cheaters says. He was · v among the 117 cadets first charged, but ]'.' was among 65 who were cleared. But, risk. ing new charges, he says now that he did ·v cheat in collaboration with 18 others. : The 20-year-old from New York state is 1 among a number of dissident cadets -- not "· only those charged -- who charge the aca- - : demy has been trying to cover up the ex- !'· tent of cheating for fear of the devastating ;·' psychological and practical consequences of mass expulsion. They say the honor system doesn't work, that guilt'depends more on influence with the cadet honor committee than on justice. Violating the honor code is more the rule than the exception, they maintain. And the Naval and Air Force academies also have suffered cheating scandals. Six Air Force cadets resigned last week in the latest cheating scandal there. * * * CRITICS OF the honor code at West Point hope to force the academy to admit the system doesn't work and change it. Mandatory expulsion is too severe a penalty, they claim. . "I just don't believe you can go through the institution for'four years without making any mistakes," contends Cadet Timothy Ringgold, who first publicly reported widespread cheating. "I know a number of honor representatives who are less than honorable." Cadet James Clay, a Claremont, Calif., junior cleared of cheating, counters by saying: "If they're guilty, they should admit they're guilty and leave rather than just ruining the reputation of this institution'." ., · ' . ' · While an officer-cadet review panel works long into the night investigating what could be the worst scandal in West Point's history, the entire Class of 1977 has been ordered to remain beyond this week's normal departure. About half the cadets had been scheduled to stay to prepare for incoming plebes, but the rest had to postpone summer plans. It was another blow to morale, low ever since the first charges in April. Since the 117-were accused, four cadets have resigned and 48 took their appeal to officer boards, which began hearing cases Friday. An academy spokesman says they are certain to implicate others. Downey, a Long Island Democrat who serves on the Armed Services Committee, says the number of cheaters could be a lot higher, suggesting a need to assess the honor system. He says the take home test -- a computer problem -- was just another routine exam, indicating cheating must have been routine, too. With allegations abounding all over this 174-year-old institution, these questions remain: ··How widespread are honor code violations throughout the roughly 4.000-cadet f corps? Is there a coverup? · *How fair and effective is the honor system? Should it be changed? ··What would be the effect on West Point of the mandatory expulsion of scores, maybe hundreds, of cadets found guilty of violating the honor code, which states: "A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate anyone who does." AIR CONDITIONER SALE OPEN MEMORIAL DAY 9:30-5:00 Official introductory Course in TRANSACTION ANALYSIS If You've heard about-I'm OK, You're OK Born to Win Games People Play Enroll and Learn about Self and Others. I Dates-June 9 and 10 (Wednesday-Thursday i Time-5:00 p.m.-l 1:00 p.m. I Place-Si. John's Episcopal Church Quarrier and Broad Sts. 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