Last Friday, civil engineering senior Eric Bloed was caught using test answers concealed in his water bottle to cheat on an exam in Engineering Ethics. Bloed, who one day wants to build bridges that hundreds of people will cross daily, feels like the course “doesn’t really matter.” During his honor council meeting, in which he received a zero for the course, it was also revealed that Bloed had been paying his T.A. so that he would receive better grades on the essays, completely ignoring the class’ condemnation of bribes, as well as the fact that lives will someday be in his hands.
In an anonymous survey of other Engineering Ethics students, it was revealed that many of Bloed’s compatriots feel the same way. An overwhelming number of students responded with comments like “Ethics doesn’t have math, they’re for its stupid.” The majority of students also admitted to cheating in other coursework at Texas A&M; almost 95% of respondents reported Chegg has aided them in most homework they’ve completed in college. However, nearly three-fourths of respondents claimed they felt ready to make crucial engineering decisions, despite the strong correlation between those who identified ethics as not being important and low projected grades.
In regards to the trouble he is in, Bloed said, “Ethics is the stupidest class I am taking right now, and there really isn’t any reason I should have to expend any effort on it. Nobody ever learned anything from ethics! Ethics can’t help you solve math problems or build a road. Who cares about heiress-turtle and his viral ethics or what Utility terrorism says you should do? I know what right and wrong is, I don’t need some dead guy to tell me that.”
Bloed was last seen trying to find someone to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam for him, because he “doesn’t need to take another test after getting a freakin’ engineering degree”.