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Recent thefts on campus a violation of campus honor

By Fiona Mcelrath
Staff Writer

Time: approximately 12-2. Place: Pawling Hall.
Victim: A wall adapter.

Not too long ago, a student of the English department had the adapter for his or her phone charger stolen. This unknown thief did not even take the entire phone charger—just the adapter.

However, while this may be quite infuriating and mob-inspiring, and although thoughts of witty phrases to write on signs and on Tumblr might be going through your head as you read this, take a moment to think about the real frustrating issue here. Have you guessed it?

If you guessed “Honor Code,” five extra points. For those of you who don’t remember signing that huge piece of paper during orientation, allow me to remind you; the honor code means, essentially, to be honest—no plagiarizing, no stealing of any kind and generally acting like an adult. I’m sure we can all agree that stealing a phone adapter is not honest adult behavior.

Why do people steal? Is it fulfillment? Greed? Lack of possession? In any case, it is dishonest, and when we have agreed to honesty, what does that make us? How can we hope to go into the world, to be trusted with a job, when we cannot even be trusted to keep to a college honesty code?

There are two major ways of going about life in regards to other people, as I understand it; there is the idea of treating others as you want them to treat you, however that may be, which I assume would mean not stealing or plagiarizing or what have you.

Then there is the view of only fending for oneself, which would mean taking every available step up that you can find, whatever that may be. While people rarely fully conform to one or the other of these, there they are.

Georgetown College, I think, has the former view of things. The honor code is meant to bring out the best of people, and show them that working hard brings results that are better, or at least more fulfilling, than stealing in any form.

Remember what you’ve promised to do and not to do. We are adults, and if all we get out of an education is a phone charger adapter, someone’s priorities should be reconsidered.