A Club Seeking a Great Perhaps

The Great Perhaps Seekers was founded in 2013. With the help of Karen Hovanec, a Spanish teacher at the time, the Great Perhaps Seekers became a small club. The club is continually growing, with Cassidy Keeley still in charge, but now Joshua Surface is the club sponsor. However, instead of looking at the quantity of members, the club focuses more on membership participation. The name Great Perhaps Seekers, or GPS,  was chosen to portray the purpose of the club.

  “The members of the ‘Great Perhaps Seekers’ are seeking a sort of Great Perhaps. In other words, the club strives to develop a community that reflects its ideals,” Keeley said.

  The GPS is a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, a nonprofit organization that uses pop culture to campaign against world issues.

  “The HPA provides ideas and actions to complete,” Keeley said. “But their chapters, such as the GPS, have a level of sovereignty to utilize their own creativity and ideas for the issues they care about most.”

  The primary focus of the GPS is to improve literacy in Indianapolis, but there were many other focuses that they hope to develop this year, such as assisting people with mental illness, encouraging prison reform, advocating for racial justice and raising awareness about climate change. Overall, GPS plans to focus their efforts to have a greater impact on the local community while still participating in the world-wide efforts of HPA.

  “Earlier this year, our chapter participated in the Accio Books campaign that collected a total of 64,909 books that went to various places all around the world,” Surface said.

  With the growing amount of participation in GPS, the club plans to better the community, and with the help of the Harry Potter Alliance, they hope to help the world.

  

Cheating

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  There are two types of students: students who puts effort into their work, and students who work unfairly for their grades. According to a Stanford study, 86 percent of  high schoolers have agreed that every test taker cheats at some point. Plagiarism.org reports that one in three students have used the internet to plagiarize on an assignment at least once.   

  David Walpole, one of two deans, is one administrator in charge of disciplining students and helping them through situations. Walpole believes there are many motives to cheating.

  “It could be that they were stressed, that they are worried about their grades, or maybe they got lazy,” Walpole said.

  Cheating is intolerable, but it has become way easier to do in more recent years. With phones, iPads and the Internet, information is more accessible. Statistics have shown that cheating has increased drastically over the past 50 years. What would happen if the consequences for cheating were slightly more strict, with stricter ways of enforcing these rules on cheating?

  At Harvard University, they believe that being caught and put on trial in front of peers for cheating makes it less likely for the student to cheat, due to humiliation. Therefore, they have set up a “honorary council” of trustworthy students to decide the consequences of the one on trial for cheating.

  “I think it [a student school board] would be interesting to look into, and see if it’s effective if cheating became more of a problem,” Walpole said.

  “I think that if teachers were more studious about where phones and iPads are, if they’re off, cheating would be less of a problem,” junior Zach Peters said.

  The growing use of electronics makes it easier for students to cheat. Now with iPads, students have been emailing work to each other. With the integration of Canvas into classes, there are online quizzes. It is very easy for students to click out of these quizzes and look up answers with Safari.

  “I think that most people who cheat are just not wanting to put forward the effort to be a successful individually instead of working for it. It does not set them up for success in the future,” junior Luke Baumgartner said.

  People that cheat and are not caught often think they can do it again because it was easy. However, the consequences grow when you reach an older age. For example, CNN fired a news editor in London for plagiarism.

  According to the CNN editor’s note, Trust, integrity and simply giving credit where its due are among the tenets of journalism we hold dear, and we regret that we published material that did not reflect those essential standards.”

   In order to prevent situations such as this at Center Grove, students should be more aware of the consequences for cheating. Possibly if students had to sign a Honor Code paper before assignments, making them aware of the consequences for cheating and agreeing to them, it would decrease the amount of cheating in Center Grove. Implementing a student council to determine the degree of punishment could also be helpful.