I’m adding Parkway Rest Stop to my blog roll. The blog roll here is not a list of stuff that I approve of, but just a convenient place to keep a list of blogs I like to read. I ended up directed to Parkway because of a comment at The Mind of Dr. Pion that pointed to this post, about Army tests, and cheating on them.
And I’m wondering if Global Pioneering has moved on. His (well, her, according to Kea) website is coming up 404 now.
One of my buddies in college, Mario Pagliaro, got accused of cheating on a mineralogy exam. These were very long exams and the situation was that he turned in a sheet with absolutely all questions right except one, which he missed. And another student also missed only that question. What are the chances? Well they were studying together and got the same wrong idea.
Mario had been in the US Army for six years and went to college right afterwards. I have no doubt that he would have got the 300 questions in the Parkway Rest Stop exam all correct, on the second try, because that is how he lived his life. He expected to graduate with a degree in computer science and a perfect 4.0 grade point average. However, he earned a B in an English class. His explanation was that they brought in a new teacher and so he stepped into an unknown situation. Shouldn’t have. The English teacher’s reason for giving him a B was that, while his work was A quality, he could have done even better but was just skating by. It is at least possible that the fact that she was making about $15,000 per year teaching without tenure at a small technical school influenced the grade as well, I don’t know.
Our school had computer programming contests and me and Mario teamed up, and beat the competition, graduate students and all. This was kind of odd because I was not a computer science major, but I wrote a lot of Fortran, which was the language used at the time. He had a brief but stellar career in computer science. When I graduated with a MS in math, he got me a contract working for Burroughs Corporation. While Mario was in the Army he was very much into physical fitness. He grew quite fat afterwards. and died of a heart attack back in 1997, aged 42.