Author Archive | Devon Balwit

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What’s the Big Deal about Cheating? Everybody Does It.

 Most of us have cheated at some time in our academic career. We usually think of cheating on a test. This might mean: Copying another student’s answers during a test. Using our phone or secret cheat sheets during a test. Leaving the room to “use the bathroom” and looking for test answers along the way. […]

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Hiking Etiquette (Is This a Thing?)

Oregon is a very beautiful state. It has many opportunities for hiking. Hikers from other countries sometimes don’t realize that just as they must learn a new culture’s etiquette (expectations for polite behavior) for going to a dinner party or attending classes, they must learn polite behavior for being on the trail. What do Oregonians […]

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Crosswalk Etiquette

 Pedestrians are people who are walking. Portland, Oregon, like many other cities in the U.S., has a special sign to alert drivers to pedestrians. It looks like this: Portland also marks safe zones at intersections for pedestrians to walk in. These zones, called crosswalks, are indicated by white stripes and look like this: Drivers should […]

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Not the Same: Mistaken Homophones Part Two

Correct pronunciation can often mean the difference between getting what you want and not. Recently, I posted about how the words “hobby” and “happy” confuse many students because of the way an error in pronunciation of the /p/can make them sound similar. Here is another seasonal example. In summer, many people go camping or go to the […]

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