Notes in the Margins: Plagiarism, frat bible study and student voting

Colleges keep pot bans despite states easing laws Seeing a risk of losing federal funding, colleges in states that allow medical marijuana are keeping their distance. (USA Today)

A Folly That Can Cost a Reputation — or Not Two recent episodes suggest that beneath a surface unanimity of disapproval, the range of responses to plagiarism reveals considerable diversity across cultures and continents. (The New York Times)

Computer science programs use mobile apps to make coursework relevant As Virginia Tech and other universities train a new generation of computer scientists, professors are asking students to create programs that address real-life problems, often through handy, smartphone-ready apps. It’s a break from traditional coursework such as sorting lists of numbers or re-creating programs that already exist. (The Washington Post)

Where Raucous Is the Norm, Bible Study Greek InterVarsity has a foothold at 60 universities, with about 2,800 members from 367 sororities and fraternities. (The New York Times)

In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college students can cast ballots Backers of the Republican voting measures say they would bring fairness and restore confidence in a voting system vulnerable to fraud. Democrats charge that the real goal, as with anti-union measures in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere, is simply to deflate the power of core Democratic voting blocs – in this case young people and minorities. For all the allegations of voter fraud, Democrats and voting rights groups say, there is scant evidence to show that it is a problem. (The Washington Post)