Integrity Week Begins

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A victim of plagiarism tells Aggies how a national scandal changed her life and her work.

Macarena Hernandez is the first speaker in a week of events devoted to academic integrity at Texas A&M.

Hernandez is a journalist for the San Antonio Express-News whose work was plagiarized by former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair.

Blair and Hernandez were both interns at the New York Times five years earlier.

Hernandez told the crowd, "Trust is not for sale and it isn't for free. You have to earn it."

Hernandez was asked to speak by the newly formed Honor Office at the university.

The office was created to promote the honor code: "Aggies do not lie cheat or steal or tolerate those who do."

Integrity Week Schedule:

Tuesday, September 21:
Discussion on "Leadership and Ethics: Doing the Right Thing" at 5 p.m. in Kleberg 113; Movie Preview and Review of "The Power of One" at 7 p.m. in MSC 292.

Wednesday, September 22:
Former Notre Dame Basketball Coach Richard "Digger" Phelps, with guest Billy Gillespie, will present "Leadership and Integrity On and Off the Court" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in MSC 292; Author David Callahan will present a review of his book, "A Cheating Culture: Why More Americans are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead," from 3 to 5 p.m. in 292 MSC.

Thursday, September 23:
"Writing a Theses or Dissertation: Technical and Ethical Considerations" from 10 a.m. to noon in MSC 292; "Rigsby Round-Up: Why Integrity?" by Rick Rigsby of Texas A&M's Communication Department.

Friday, September 24:
The "Student/Faculty Panel: A Personal Perspective on Academic Integrity" discussion will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 292 MSC; Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries. During the reception, the winners of an Academic Integrity Week writing contest will be announced.