The shadow scholar

Interesting article from The Chronicle by a man who gets paid writing thesis for students:

The Shadow Scholar

The man who writes your students’ papers tells his story

You’ve never heard of me, but there’s a good chance that you’ve read some of my work. I’m a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can’t detect, that you can’t defend against, that you may not even know exists.

I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I’ve worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.

Read more at The Chronicle.

NTU student stabs professor

I wonder if this is stress-induced:

NTU’s final year engineering student stabs professor

SINGAPORE: A Nanyang Technological University (NTU) spokesman had confirmed that a final year student from the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering stabbed a professor Monday morning.

The professor at the engineering faculty was in his office when the student stabbed him with a knife in the back.

Prof Chan Kap Luk, a Singaporean and in his 40s, is said to be the supervisor of the fourth year student in a project.

After stabbing, the male student, who was in his 20s, slit his wrists and jumped.

His body was found at the bottom of a building at the engineering block, which was about five-storey high. He died from his injuries.

Prof Chan received medical treatment for cuts and is in stable condition.

NTU said both parties’ next-of-kin had been notified. (Source: Channel News Asia)

Yet another murder at Virginia Tech

It was the mass shooting incident in the past, this time round it’s stabbing.

Va. Tech stabbing suspect charged with murder

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A graduate student from China has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a female student on Virginia Tech’s campus, the first killing there since a deadly mass shooting in 2007.

The woman, who was also a graduate student but was not identified, was stabbed to death at a cafe in the Graduate Life Center. Police believe she knew the man accused of attacking her, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu, the school said in a news release. He was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bond.

It was unclear early Thursday morning where he was being held or whether he had an attorney.

Campus police were called to the scene around 7:06 p.m., and Zhu was taken into custody minutes later, the school said. Responding officers found him and a knife they believe was used at the scene. (Source: Associated Press)

I’ve begin to wonder if university is too stressful or something.

Angry Chinese teacher rips student’s cheek off (52 stitches)

You know what happens when you don’t do your homework. For 10 year old Chao Qun Zheng, it was his cheek ripped off. He says, “She ripped and twisted my cheeks with both her hands and then she lifted me off the ground.” This incurred the 10 year old 52 stitches. And the teacher picked up the cheek skin and put it back on his face and instruct the kid to go home.

Angry Teacher Rips Student’s Cheek Off

On December 18th, 2008, a 10 year-old 5th grader named Chao Qun Zheng went to his elementary school in HeNan, China.

When his teacher, Guo, found out that young Zheng had not completed his homework, she flipped out.

“She was very angry at the time,” he said. “She ripped and twisted my cheeks with both her hands and then she lifted me off the ground.”

The teacher held the boy up until one of his cheeks actually ripped off and the boy was bleeding profusely.

Without hesitation the teacher reached down and picked up Zheng’s cheek skin, put it on his face, and instructed the boy go home immediately.

When the parents saw Zheng, they immediately took him to the hospital where it took 52 stitches to have his cheek sewn back on. (Source: Weird Asian News)

What cruelty.