Our Pyrrhic Victory

Mr. Dorsey summoned a representative group of teachers and students leaders to his office in order to elicit their reactions to the suspension of the football captain. He told them that cheating was a pernicious disease which could not be tolerated at our school. He loathed having to discipline Art Krause so severely; but unless …

Star Player is Caught

The cheating scandal come to a head when Art Krause, our football captain made the egregious misake of getting caught cheating on a midterm exam. If Art were suspended for his part in that sordid affair, our chances for winning the city championship would go up in smoke. The distraught coach asked the principal to …

Cracking Down

Mr. Dorsey, our new principal, determined to do something about the flagrant cheating at our high school. He issued bulletins and began to admonish  those teachers who did not proctor alertly. Under duress, the faculty reported the names of the culprits. Several crib sheets were turned in as tangible evidence of the cheating. Mr. Dorsey’s …

Cheating

During my first weeks at the new school I observed that cheating was rampant. I had always considered it rather inane to cheat on  a test because of my code of ethics, and because so much was at stake. Apparently the other students didn’t concur. In fact, even the presence of a proctor did not …

Courtroom Drama

There was an ominous silence when the jittery defendant rose in court. He explained in a tremulous voice what had led him to repudiate his confession made at the police station on the night of the crime. The audience began to buz excitedly until the judge demanded a cessation of the noise. Although the district …

Call Me By My Right Name

My cousin refers to himself as a “sanitary engineer” – a euphemism for garbage collector. There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or glamorous titles for the mundane job they hold. It may seem incongruous to call an undertaker a “condolence counselor,” or to refer to a taxi driver as …

The Pep Talk

“If there’s one thing I loathe,” the coach said, “it’s a quitter.” He had good reason to reprimand us at half-time, because the scoreboard revealed that we were losing 45-20. Our lackluster performance indicated to him that what we had forgotten the rudimentary aspects of basketball. His caustic remarks fired us up, however, and we …

Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie

Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie

The irate 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for assault. As tangible evidence of the attact, he pointed to a deep laceration over his eyebrow which had required ten stiches. When the case was brought before the court, the judge castigated Mullins for the sordid incident. In addition to a costly financial …

Mullins a K.O. Victim

When the bell sounded, K.O Mullins responded with alacrity. He sprang from his stool and charged across the ring, showing disdain for the champion’s strength. Although his belligerent attitude impressed the referee, it failed to intimidate the champ. That intrepid  battler laid the hapless  Mullins low with an adroit feint  and an uppercut. Alacrity – …

The Decline of Mullins

Mullins sought solace in whiskey. Once a highly-respected aspirant for the lighweight crown, he now found himself associating with the dregs of  Skid Row. He would work himself into an alcoholic frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous atttacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge. One avid fan attribute Mullin’s absence from …

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