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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  Helping a Friend With Depression

    Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 4:39 PM

    With almost 30 percent of college students reporting problems with depression, dealing with a depressed friend or roommate is a feature of college life.  Students often have trouble figuring out what to do for their friends and how far their responsibilities extend.  The Center's online dialog project for undergraduates, The Big Q, focuses this week on the duties of friendship when someone they care about is having trouble functioning. The best student response wins a $100 Amazon gift card.

  •  Athletes and Body Image

    Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    With 60 percent of female athletes suffering from an eating disorder, the issue of body image for athletes deserves attention.  Matt Savage, an SCU senior and Hackworth Fellow at the Center, takes on the subject in his blog, Savage on Sports.

    Savage is devoting his fellowship year to exploring ethical issues in college athletics.  On March 23, at noon, Savage is organizing a panel discussion on the question, "Do Sports Build Character?"

  •  The Cheating Epidemic in America

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 10:24 AM

    David Callahan, bestselling author of The Cheating Culture, gives a lecture for the Commonwealth Club Feb. 14, moderated by David DeCosse, campus ethics director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. 

    Come hear how this epidemic of cheating threatens the level playing field so central to American democracy.  The event, at 6 p.m.,  will be held at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor.  Tickets are $7 for students, $20 for standard admission.


  •  Why You Hurt Me So Bad?

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 11:15 AM

    In a pre-Valentines Day look at love gone wrong, the Ethics Center is sponsoring a poetry slam featuring poems on relationships, Monday, Feb. 13, 9-11 p.m., in the Bronco at the SCU Benson Center.

    Part of the Center's Big Q project, which focuses on everyday ethical issues for college students, the event will use the arts to explore how people treat each other.


    Photo by suez92 available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License.

  •  The Ethics of Casual Sex

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    In "Sleeping Around," the most recent case study posted on the Center's Big Q blog on college ethics, a student is challenged about his casual attitude towards sex.  The best student comment on the case from any university or college wins a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.

    The case is also part of the classwork for a course on Theology, Sex, and Relationships, taught by Center Program Specialist in Health Care Ethics Karen Peterson-Iyer.

  •  Four Ethical Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Sex

    Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 4:53 PM

    In a piece for USA Today College, Miriam Schulman, who heads up the Center's Big Q Project on big ethical questions for college students, asks readers to consider four ethical questions about sex:

    What do I want sex to mean?

    Do my partner and I both understand sex the same way?

    Does the sex show respect for my parter and myself?

    Am I choosing to have sex or am I letting alcohol make the decision for me?

    Read the full article at USA Today College.

  •  Should Some of Holiday Giving Be to Charity?

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 11:35 AM

    A college student who works part time has just finished purchasing Christmas gifts for her family.  Now she must decide whether to spend her remaining money on herself or give to charity. 

    That's the dilemma currently on The Big Q, the Ethics Center's social media project for undergraduates about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.  The best comment from a college student is eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Visit The Big Q's Facebook page to stay up to date on the project.

  •  To Recycle or Not to Recycle?

    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 11:44 AM

    The trash from last night's party is in five giant trash bags, and Steve must decide whether to push his roommates to sort and recycle it, in the latest case from The Big Q, the Ethics Center's online dialog for undergrads about ethical issues in the life of a college student.  Join the conversation.  Best student comment wins $100 Amazon certificate.


    Photo by Bill Bumgarner (bbumavailable under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License.

  •  Organizational Ethics and Sex Scandals at Penn State and the Citadel

    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 4:38 PM

    "I think this is a pattern which is not surprising," Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics told CNN reporter Ashley Hayes about coverups of abuse at Penn State and the Citadel. "Institutions would like to find a reason that they don't have to publicize their own failings. ... Institutions too often substitute their own interests for the interests of the victims. This is an institutional ethics problem, in general."

    Hayes' article explored the kind of institutional culture that can tempt people to ignore abuse.  As Hanson commented, 

    "As word of misbehavior goes up the chain of command, each level will have the temptation to sweep it under the rug," he said. "And they can frequently be pressured to ignore the behavior. ...

    "What you hope will happen in the future is that anyone who witnesses a child being molested will take the personal responsibility to make sure the authorities are called and not just report it to the institution."

  •  Sexting

    Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 3:55 PM

    A college-aged couple going to separate schools considers sexting in the latest case from The Big Q, the Ethics Center's online campaign to involve undergraduates in discussion about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.

    The case was created in conjunction with the SCU Religious Studies class "Theology, Sex, and Relationships," taught by Center Program Specialist in Health Care Ethics Karen Peterson-Iyer.  Read comments from students in the class and add your own to the mix.

    The best student comment wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate.  Posts must be received by midnight, Sunday, Nov. 20.