SECTION 2: STUDY SKILLS
Directions: In this section, you will read several passages. Each passage is followed by several questions ba
Filled with the euphoria of victory and dreams of their first Big Ten title in 11 years, Penn State University students rushed the field as time expired in their win over Ohio State. In the chaos that followed, the campus police struggled to keep control, and identifying the over-zealous fans seemed impossible, impossible, that is, until the police department turned to a new crime-fighting tool: facebook.com.
Penn State officers had warned the students in advance last October that crossing over from the stands was a safety hazard and would not be permitted. When the rules were broken, a quick search online revealed the facebook.com photo album "1 rushed the field after the OSU game and lived." The album creator had even helpfully tagged all of those involved—offering the campus police an easy way to issue stem warnings. "It was really dangerous and not acceptable behavior," says Tyrone Parham, assistant director at the PSU police. "We needed to send a message. We searched the group, contacted the individuals and said that this was not tolerable behavior."
Long a student favorite and the seventh most-trafficked Internet site, facebook.com has found a new following—those who wear blue. Traditionally, campus police forces have followed noise reports in their attempt to keep Saturday nights safe. But the advent of social-networking sites is starting to revolutionize campus detective work.http://tr.hjenglish.com
George Washington University police department chief Dolores Stafford claims, "Facebook exists and can certainly be a tool, but were not out there looking at the site." Students at the college, however, are not so sure. When rumors flew that campus cops were using the student social network to infringe their right to party, GWU students decided to exact revenge. In a carefully executed plan, students filled facebook.com with chatter about a raging party they were throwing, hoping the police would be watching. They were not disappointed. When the officers arrived, they found shots glasses brimming with chocolate cake, Beirut cups filled with frosting, and partygoers loaded up on sugar rather than alcohol.
While the GWU police deny using the Internet to find the party, the students felt vindicated. Cake Party attendee Kyle Stoneman comments: "From a larger standpoint, theres nothing immoral or illegal about the police using facebook.com. I guess theyll play their game, well play ours, and well see who wins."
For college police forces, however, the issue is about more than winning. Instead, they try to find that delicate balance between upholding the law (read: preventing underage drinking) and maintaining good relations with the students (read: turning a blind eye). "Its a never-ending struggle," says Fisher College Chief of Campus Police John McLaughlin. "Like any other college and university, we want this to be as open of a relationship as possible. We dont want to be too obtrusive and we also dont want to be too strict. It requires real diligence."
1. Which of the following best describes facebook.com?
(A) It is a popular website with the students.
(B) It is crime-fighting tool invented by the police.
(C) It is an electronic book of strict campus regulations.
(D) It is a virtual party held on the Internet.
2. What is the traditional way for the campus police to ensure security on Saturdays?
(A) To patrol the campus regularly.
(B) To check the students website.
(C) To monitor noises on the campus.
(D) To warn the students in advance.
3. What does the author try to show with the "Cake Party" incident?
(A) It was wrong of the police to interfere in the party.
(B) The police were definitely looking at the website.
(C) The students tried to protect their own right.
(D) Parties like this one were dangerous.
4. What do students like Kyle Stoneman think of the police using facebook.com?
(A) It is immoral.
(B) It is illegal.
(C) It is helpful.
(D) It is understandable.
5. Which of the following is the major concern of the police?
(A) How to revolutionize campus detective work and combat crime effectively.
(B) How to strike a balance between law enforcement and human relationship.
(C) How to use facebook.com without being found out by the students.
(D) How to end the long standing hostility between the students and the police.