- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Cheating lesson

"I can't stop thinking about a news report that emerged earlier this year revealing that 68 percent of college students have engaged in one form or another of serious cheating… .

"Maybe in our haste to keep up with technology and our willingness to live in an increasingly depersonalized world dictated by the pace of high-speed modems, we've become too preoccupied and shortsighted to pass along such fundamental values as honesty, hard work, and self-accountability.

"In our eagerness to embrace the future, we're overlooking principles that used to be handed down from generation to generation during far less frenetic times.

"It's a sad commentary on the climate of our society that the television hit of the summer was 'Survivor,' a program that rewarded deceit, backstabbing and selfishness.

"Clearly, the moral of this series, viewed by millions of Americans, was that not only is doing anything and everything in your power to get ahead acceptable, it's the surest way to fame and fortune.

"How's that for a lasting impression to tuck away in our kids' lunchboxes?"

Tito Morales, writing on "School cheating as social corrosion," in yesterday's Christian Science Monitor

Compelling messages

"This fall, posters will be popping up on campuses across the country with a new slogan: 'Question Abortion.'

"The placards are the product of Feminists for Life of America (FFLA), which is launching a campaign called the College Outreach Program. 'Students are always told to question the status quo,' says the group's president, Serrin Foster. 'Twenty-seven years after the Roe vs. Wade decision, abortion has become the status quo one out of every five abortions is performed on a college woman.'

"FFLA wants to change the status quo, and if enough people pay attention to their posters (eight in all, which can be seen … at www.feministsforlife.org), they will. The images are eye-catching, straightforward and powerful… .

"Even if you're not already pro-life, you can't help but question abortion when you read these simple, compelling messages."

Matt Kaufman, writing on "Feminists for Life," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

Diversity gap

"In a few months, John F. Welch will step down as chief executive at … General Electric … leaving behind a remarkable 20-year run of earnings growth and near cultlike devotion. And the three front-runners to succeed this 20th-century business icon fit a pattern. All are gung-ho results-getters for the company and all are white men.

"In June, G.E. promoted three more executives who stand ready to replace any front-runner who bails out if he is not anointed as Mr. Welch's successor. These three, too, fit the mold: stellar growth-and-earnings producers, and all white men.

"Where are the women? The blacks? The Latinos? The Asians?

"Together, these groups make up about 40 percent of G.E.'s domestic work force, but they are not easy to find in the top executive corps of G.E., which is regarded in many management circles as America's most admired corporations… .

"Mr. Welch … stressed that diversity was a bottom-line necessity today.

" 'Diversity isn't just a nice corporate program,' he said. 'It's a business and a global reality… .'

"He added, 'I believe the future has never been better for a truly diverse G.E.'

"In the here and now, however, G.E.'s all-male and nearly all-white leadership slate raises intriguing issues."

Mary Williams Walsh, writing on "Where G.E. Falls Short: Diversity at the Top," in Sunday's New York Times

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