Blake Reeves, a first-year USG senator, said he believes students may get the wrong idea from the signs posted by Fight Club.
"I do not want to give people the wrong idea. We are not supporting plagiarism," said Reeves, a sophomore from Alton studying political science. "We are supporting an individual who, in my opinion, has done great things for this university."
Picchietti agrees that students and faculty should stand by Poshard no matter what allegations are brought against him.
"If you start saying, 'Oh it doesn't really matter,' or, 'It's not a big deal,' then that hurts the university," Picchietti said. "But at the same time, if you're not supporting somebody who's doing a good job in the university, then that's also a problem."
Picchietti said Poshard has done many good things for the university.
In essence, this type of argument is the justification for the continued presence of plagiarists Laurence Tribe and Doris Kearns-Goodwin at Harvard. Plagiarism in academia is not necessarily a fatal sin, depending upon what else one has accomplished. Perhaps the retroactively-charged students at Ohio University should make this argument.
Although the reasoning of Reeves is a bit silly, and would likely cut no weight for the former students at Ohio University, one must recognize it really is no different from the reasoning employed at Harvard, and elsewhere, to excuse faculty plagiarism. Moreover, the handling of the King thesis plagiarism at Boston University is directly on point to the way the Poshard plagiarism will likely be addressed.