You know that satisfying “THWAP” sound when you smack down a hard copy of your term paper on top of a large pile of other (inferior) term papers on the day it’s due? I think we can all agree that it’s a cathartic moment. Sometimes it even moves us to tears. MLA style tears.

Imagine that feeling times (literally) 300 when some of your GSIs congregate in front of the degrees office this Friday and hand over 2 arduously printed copies of the dissertation they’ve been slaving over much longer than they’d care to admit. (That is, when they’re not busy wrangling bratty undergrads.) Best treasure that “THWAP” while you still can, grad students, because this semester marks the end of paper dissertations at Berkeley.

Sure, this initiative may be greener than your Great Uncle McHoolahan on St. Patrick’s day (it is estimated to save roughly half a million pages of paper per year), but will online publishing serve as an engraved invitation to plagiarizers everywhere?

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Paper is out, digital is in, when it comes to dissertations [News Center]

Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

* Oh, BTW, we can totally make solar panels cheaper … in five to 20 years. [Daily Cal]

* Stop bugging your GSIs. Chances are, they’re depressed. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

* They’re probably depressed they’re not as wanted as our Boalt professors. Sad face. [Contra Costa Times]

* Say goodbye to Healthy Heavenly Foods in the Bear’s Lair? But what of our cheap sandwiches and banana eggrolls?! [UCB LJ]

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