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'Academic Mercenary' Writes Papers For Money

by Sarah Handel
Nov 17, 2010

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Did you cheat in college?  It's a question we've asked before, and it leads to some interesting debates about what exactly constitutes cheating, and in which situations it's more or less reprehensible.

Going online to find someone to write papers, take online courses, participate in online discussions and take tests for you — I think — pretty clearly constitutes cheating.  And even if you haven't done it, you probably know someone who has, or so says Ed Dante.  That's the pseudonym chosen by a man who approached The Chronicle Of Higher Education with a story.

In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.

That's because Dante writes for money. He works for an online company that provides individualized papers to students who are willing to pay. And these aren't book reports on Wuthering Heights (who hasn't written that one? And if you're curious, Google it.  You can have one of your very own in the time it takes to hit "Print.").

I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more.

Read more at the Chronicle.

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