The Real Perils of Plagiarism
Today I sat behind a guy with a shirt printed with the lyrics to the Cal fight song, which I hadn’t seen before:
OUR STURDY LITTLE HAWK,
IS WATCHING FROM THE SKY.
LOOKS DOWN UPON OUR COLORS FAIR
AND GUIDES THEM FROM ON HIGH
OUR BANNER RED AND WHITE,
THE BEAUTY OF THE SIGHT
SAYS FIGHT FOR IOWA CITY HIGH
FOR IOWA CITY FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Oh wait, no, that’s my high school fight song. The Cal fight song has appropriate unsubstitutions for mascot and school colors. And the same obnoxious tune.
Plagiarism. It doesn’t just hurt you, your fellow students, your teacher, and your institution’s academic reputation; it also hurts future alumni of your institution who would really rather not have memories of marching band dredged up in the middle of a lecture on finite element methods.