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Actuarial science test theft
nuts pressure on students
By Rex Seline
Campus Police are still searching for a thiet
who allegedly stole "between 35 and 40
ungraded actuarial science exams from professor
Stephen Kellison's office. The supposed theft
occurred during the late night or early morning
hours April 18 or 19.
According to Lt. Robert Edmunds, campus
police security investigator, there were no signs
of forced entry.
"I was out of town, attending a convention on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week,
so my secretary proctored the exams on Friday
for me," Kellison said.
"When I got back to town on Saturday
morning, I went to my office to pick up the
exams but couldn't get into it because the lock
was jammed," he added.
According to Kellison, he called campus
security and the officer they sent, who had a
master key, also was unable to open the door.
"On Monday, we called the maintenance
people who fiddled with it for a while before
they could get it open," Kellison said.
The maintenance men were able to preserve
the lock without replacing it, although he said he
"didn't know enough about it technically" to
know how it had been saved.
Kellison discovered that the exams were
missing from the desktop position where his
secretary had left them after he entered the
He said that he knew of no suspects, although
"there are a half dozen people in the class who
could probably be considered suspicious" if
accusations were to be made.
Nothing else was missing from the office,
according to Kellison.
Greater emphasis will be placed on the final to
make up for the lost exams, he said. "If we had
more time remaining in the semester and my
schedule wasn't so busy, I would have given
another hour exam in place of the stolen test,"
Kellison said. "But if I did it now, it would
meaning giving a test during dead week.
"I know that it's unfair and it puts more
pressure on the final, but there's absolutely no
way to be fair," he said.
Edmunds said that he was unaware of any
breakdowns in the nightly surveillance conducted
by security officers.
"We go through the buildings several times a
night. If we find an open office that shouldn't
be, we'll contact the person occupying that
office," Edmunds said.
He reported that thefts from the office
buildings are unusual, with the greatest amount
of losses coming in classroom areas.
He suggested that faculty and staff make sure
their areas are locked in order to discourage
Persons caught for burglary will "certainly be
prosecuted," according to Edmunds.
Kellison said that campus police told him that
one possibility was that the alleged thief had
entered the office while the janitors had it open
"Since the tests were on top of the desk and
because nothing else was disturbed, I don't think
the thief was in the office for more than 1 5 or 20
seconds," Kellison said.
Students in the class are now disturbed about
facing the final with its increased importance,
according to Kellison.
"Some students are really teed off about it
because they worked hard for a good grade on it.
Some had to make up a poor grade on the last
test," according to Kellison. "It's a bad situation.
I've taught nine years and nothing like this has
ever happened before."
Junior Tom Van Housen claimed that the
theft of the test upset him, but not so much
because the grade in the class was important.
"The important thing is that this class is a
preparation for part two of the actuarial science
exams," Van Housen said. "I'm upset because I
won't get to see my graded test to check what I
need to work on."
A student must pass ten parts of the
professional exams before achieving a fellows in
actuarial science. Van Housen said that he is
planning to take the second part of the exams
Kellison said that he will reproduce "model"
solutions to the test problems for class members
to "salvage some of the learning value of the
Van Housen also was displeased with
whomever stole the test.
"The only other thing that bothers me about
the incident is that somebody would resort to
CIA tactics to get the grade," Van Housen said.
"I'm assuming that's why someone took the
"I don't see how grades can be that
important," Van Housen added.
Jim Leslie, a freshman actuarial science major
who is also in the class, claimed that he "couldn't
believe" that the tests had been stolen when he
heard the news.
"It was the hardest I've ever studied for a
test," Leslie said. "I guess it's kind of ironic." He
plans to take the second part of the actuarial
science exams in the fall and thinks the theft will
have less effect on his performance on that exam.
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