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April 17, 2003

Quiz cheat lecturer quits
The lecturer convicted of helping Charles Ingram to cheat to win the top prize on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has resigned from his job and will not now face a disciplinary hearing at his college. Tecwen Whittock, 53, coughed 19 times to signal correct answers on the ITV quiz show.

Hertfordshire celebrates with a new campus
When the University of Hertfordshire opens the doors of its new Havilland Campus in time for October's intake of students, it will mark not only the completion of the £120 million venture but also a transition that has been half a century in the making. Fifty years ago, when it opened as a technical college with £1 million facilities, the Hatfield-based university was hailed as a benchmark of the modern education system. The new campus is the first in the UK to have been constructed through a self-sourced private finance initiative.

Mars landing sites identified
After more than two years of deliberation, a committee of planetary scientists has picked the landing sites for this summer's Nasa mission to Mars. The two Mars Exploration Rovers, due to launch from Earth between May and July this year, will set down in the Gusev Crater and a rocky plain called the Meridiani Planum, chosen because of the relatively high likelihood that water, and perhaps life, once existed there. The rovers are due to land on the Martian surface next January.
(Guardian, Daily Telegraph)

Joyce excels as Irish wilt
England will have to beat Scotland tomorrow to retain the Student Rugby League Home Nations Championship after thrashing Ireland 46-8 in the second round of matches in Glasgow last night. Eight different players crossed the try line for England, with Ben Joyce of Leicester University landing seven goals from eight attempts. The Irish defence held up well at the beginning of both halves, but wilted in the hot conditions. England now face Scotland, victors over Ireland in their first match, who last night scored a surprise 36-14 win over Wales.

Happy Easter from The THES
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