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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Exhibition on ... exam cheats

(ANA-MPA) -- An original and humorous exhibition illustrates how resourceful, imaginative and, of course, dishonest even the dullest students can become at exam time has been organised by the Thessaloniki University's economics department.

On display are some of the 200 'crib sheets' confiscated over the last three decades (1984-2010) by invigilators during exams, including some true "masterpieces" of the cheater's art. Thirty-two representative "types" of crib sheet are set out in two display cabinets.

Among the most impressive is a "scroll" that is two metres long and just four centimetres wide, wrapped around two sticks at either end and densely written on both sides in order to cram the maximum of information into the minimum space.

Of considerable craftsmanship is a second 'scroll' measuring one metre in length made out of extremely thin rice paper and written using an architect's rapidograph - a specialist technical pen used to make extremely thin lines.

According to a professor at the university, writing out the particular crib sheet probably took the student in question up to 10 hours at least - time that, if devoted to studying, would probably have allowed the student to pass the exam without cheating at all.

Also notable among the more traditional crib sheets is an entire 'mini-book' made of 100 photocopied pages reduced to 7X10 centimetres, while one student had so many hidden crib sheets on him that he was forced to make an "index" to remember which was which. (ANA-MPA)

Organisers of the exhibition noted that the collection of "traditional" crib sheets will stop as of this year since the art of cheating has evolved along with modern technology and students now use more sophisticated electronic means involving their mobile phones and other portable electronic devices.

The exhibition is currently on show at the Thessaloniki University Economic Science Department but organisers say that it may be permanently moved to the department's library as a "example to be avoided" for students.(ANA-MPA)
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