Columbia Professor Hangs Her Own Noose By Plagiarizing

Columbia Professor Hangs Her Own Noose By PlagiarizingAn outside investigation has found Columbia / Teachers College Professor Madonna Constantine guilty of numerous instances of plagiarism, says The Spec. You might be wondering: why is this important, except as yet another footnote to the Ivy League’s plagiarism epidemic?

Well, as always, there’s a twist: this is the selfsame Professor Constantine who found a noose – a very racist noose – on her door back in October, sparking all sorts of protests and recriminations about Columbia’s racial insensitivity. It was a pretty big deal.

According to a Teachers College memo, Constantine is guilty of more than an isolated instance of plagiarism:

The investigation, which began in 2006, was prompted by complaints from students and one former faculty member who said language from materials they wrote was included without attribution in the articles…[We] found numerous instances in which she [Constantine] used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals over the past five years.”

As insensitive jerks, we’ve got to ask the question: did Constantine hang her own noose (literally and figuratively) to take the heat off the plagiarism charges? Might we be seeing a redux of the Francisco Nava affair, except this time by someone on the Left?

24 Responses to “Columbia Professor Hangs Her Own Noose By Plagiarizing”

  1. Dartmouth '09 Says:

    Huffington Post considered the possibility of the noose being a hoax back when it happened, although obviously without the context of possible plagiarism:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/hanging-nooses-hate-or-h_b_68198.html

  2. Dartmouth '09 Says:

    Huffington Post considered the possibility of the noose being a hoax back when it happened, although obviously without the context of possible plagiarism:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/hanging-nooses-hate-or-h_b_68198.html

  3. truth Says:

    The chances of a Columbia student or faculty member, the only ones with access to the building, risking so much (their future, their career) to place such a grotesque symbol of racism and hatred on a relatively unknown professor’s door are very, very, very small, and the act itself makes little sense from the standpoint of the perpetrator, even when considered from the dull, blunt viewpoint one might expect a crazed noose-loving racist to have. He/she/they would have nothing to gain from something like this, especially if they could never claim responsibility or tell anybody—something nobody has apparently done—and I doubt very much that Columbia has rabid noose-loving racists running around in its student body. For Constantine, the noose was boon and a convenient distraction from career troubles. She only benefited from the ordeal.
    This smacks of the Abscombe Affair. IvyGate was right to suspect the ridiculousness of Nava’s claim, and they led the charge to expose him. They are now presented with an opportunity to do the same against the opposite end of the political spectrum. The same psychology is likely in play: an underconfident person hungry for attention and recognition who has shown little hesitation to abuse or fabricate truth for his/her gain (previous “scandals” in Nava’s case, demonstrated plagiarism in Constantine’s). I hope IvyGate makes the right decision.

  4. truth Says:

    The chances of a Columbia student or faculty member, the only ones with access to the building, risking so much (their future, their career) to place such a grotesque symbol of racism and hatred on a relatively unknown professor’s door are very, very, very small, and the act itself makes little sense from the standpoint of the perpetrator, even when considered from the dull, blunt viewpoint one might expect a crazed noose-loving racist to have. He/she/they would have nothing to gain from something like this, especially if they could never claim responsibility or tell anybody—something nobody has apparently done—and I doubt very much that Columbia has rabid noose-loving racists running around in its student body. For Constantine, the noose was boon and a convenient distraction from career troubles. She only benefited from the ordeal.
    This smacks of the Abscombe Affair. IvyGate was right to suspect the ridiculousness of Nava’s claim, and they led the charge to expose him. They are now presented with an opportunity to do the same against the opposite end of the political spectrum. The same psychology is likely in play: an underconfident person hungry for attention and recognition who has shown little hesitation to abuse or fabricate truth for his/her gain (previous “scandals” in Nava’s case, demonstrated plagiarism in Constantine’s). I hope IvyGate makes the right decision.

  5. oof Says:

    Yeah, half of the douchebag right-wingers in the u.s. posted on Spec’s site claiming the same thing. God, I’d hate it if they were right for once.

  6. oof Says:

    Yeah, half of the douchebag right-wingers in the u.s. posted on Spec’s site claiming the same thing. God, I’d hate it if they were right for once.

  7. Columbia 08 Says:

    Can’t we just fire her and be done with it?

  8. Columbia 08 Says:

    Can’t we just fire her and be done with it?

  9. jeremiah Says:

    From the Spec article:

    “Is this where our tuition dollars are going? Toward the investigation of a woman whose words of insight and provocative thoughts have progressed the academic battle toward social justice?” said Amanda Luterman, a TC student in counseling and clinical psychology. “I honestly don’t understand the priorities here anymore when I see the good guys under siege.”

    —-
    I guess that’s all you need to know about the prevalent mindset at the politicized Teacher’s College. Not a pretty sight.

  10. jeremiah Says:

    From the Spec article:

    “Is this where our tuition dollars are going? Toward the investigation of a woman whose words of insight and provocative thoughts have progressed the academic battle toward social justice?” said Amanda Luterman, a TC student in counseling and clinical psychology. “I honestly don’t understand the priorities here anymore when I see the good guys under siege.”

    —-
    I guess that’s all you need to know about the prevalent mindset at the politicized Teacher’s College. Not a pretty sight.

  11. @ truth Says:

    You are unbearably self-righteous.

  12. @ truth Says:

    You are unbearably self-righteous.

  13. Cool-umbia '08 Says:

    I have no idea if she was actually behind the noose-hanging incident, but either way I think making fun of it is a bit premature, IvyGate.

    If she had, then you (and I) can and will make all the puns we can muster. However, if it was an unrelated incident, we’d look like pretty much the biggest assholes in the world.

  14. Cool-umbia '08 Says:

    I have no idea if she was actually behind the noose-hanging incident, but either way I think making fun of it is a bit premature, IvyGate.

    If she had, then you (and I) can and will make all the puns we can muster. However, if it was an unrelated incident, we’d look like pretty much the biggest assholes in the world.

  15. @Cool-umbia '08 Says:

    It’s not like there haven’t been hate crimes faked before. There was the Anscombe one, the Duke Lax one, and the stupid one involving a fireman putting a noose up to prevent himself from getting fired.

  16. @Cool-umbia '08 Says:

    It’s not like there haven’t been hate crimes faked before. There was the Anscombe one, the Duke Lax one, and the stupid one involving a fireman putting a noose up to prevent himself from getting fired.

  17. 2009 Says:

    The Spectator disabled comments for their whole website because too many people were talking about how she faked the noose thing. Great show of your liberal bias spec.

  18. 2009 Says:

    The Spectator disabled comments for their whole website because too many people were talking about how she faked the noose thing. Great show of your liberal bias spec.

  19. @2009 Says:

    Um, haven’t comments been disabled for a while?

  20. @2009 Says:

    Um, haven’t comments been disabled for a while?

  21. Little Red Says:

    Apparently a totally non-inflammatory comment I submitted didn’t cut the mustard w IG. I said TC has a poor history of minority hiring and has warned faculty and administrators that they don’t like open discussion of the issue. I also said that careful review of student and faculty work might demonstrate that plagiarism is a wide problem and one person’s (alleged) misbehavior should not be used to invalidate real problems, or even the noose until we know otherwise. I also opined the noose at TC IMHO is suspicious b/c that sort of racism is rare in that atmosphere.

  22. Little Red Says:

    Apparently a totally non-inflammatory comment I submitted didn’t cut the mustard w IG. I said TC has a poor history of minority hiring and has warned faculty and administrators that they don’t like open discussion of the issue. I also said that careful review of student and faculty work might demonstrate that plagiarism is a wide problem and one person’s (alleged) misbehavior should not be used to invalidate real problems, or even the noose until we know otherwise. I also opined the noose at TC IMHO is suspicious b/c that sort of racism is rare in that atmosphere.

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