Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sample Summary

Students, please find here a sample of the kind of summary that I want you to write, as discussed here. For some of you, the article will be familiar, as at least one of my classes has received it.

On 18 September 2012, Peter Applebome's "At a Campus Scarred by Hazing, Cries for Help" appeared in the online New York Times.  In the article, Applebome discusses the efforts of Binghamton University to address issues of student hazing.  He notes that the problem of hazing has been amply reported in the past, but little had been done at Binghamton to correct the problem; part of the inaction derives from a supposed dearth of allegations by victims of hazing.  Applebome reports that, although there are some efforts being made to reduce or eliminate hazing from Binghamton, they are inconsistent and not likely to be effective.  He succeeds in depicting hazing as a persistent problem that casts a pall over a member of the State University of New York system.

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