University communities and their friends all over Taiwan are mourning the passing of sophomore student Feng Shu-hui at China University of Technology in Hsinchu this past week. Ms. Feng suffered a fatal injury eight days ago after a cheerleading maneuver called a basket toss went awry. The 19 year old died of head injuries in a local hospital on Monday.
The headlines about the topic in the local English press this past week easily captured attention. They also spelled out the issue in colorful phrasings.
We may well wonder what will happen over time to the recent incredible story of the 2-year-old Chinese child named Yueyue.
Several weeks ago, in the midst of a crowd that had to exceed 120 people, I stood outside a restaurant that calls itself a coffee shop. I stood, and I stood. I stood in a line that snaked ahead of me for what seemed to be half a city block. I stood for an hour and 35 minutes.
Local professor Hung Lan did many of us in higher education a huge favor last year when she squawked publicly about a lack of feeling among some of our student population for courtesy in our classrooms.
Every once in a while a news story comes along that is so strange and shocking that it causes us to shake our heads in near disbelief. We don't know whether to laugh or cry.
2011/10/9, 3 Comments
The 7th edition of the “MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers” quotes a reputable dictionary on page 52 as it defines “to plagiarize.” Part of the definition is “to present as new or original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”
This week President Ma Ying-jeou announced a plan to relax terms for low interest loans for college students under financial stress. The new plan, which seems wise and fair, could go into effect as early as February.
A couple months ago (on June 20, to be exact), in a column entitled “Graduates speak of college experience highs and lows,” I promised to one day share advice that a group of soon-to-graduate seniors gave me last spring for freshmen entering Taiwan's universities in the fall of 2011.
The WikiLeaks release this week revealing President Ma Ying-jeou's personal feelings toward a pair of older political rivals in the Kuomintang (KMT) was not, of course, at all surprising. “Well, sure,” many observers must have yawned.