Freshmen Brad and Wilson have to work out a fair way to share their dorm room when ladies' man Brad keeps bringing his dates home for sleepovers. That's the latest case study in the Center's Big Q project, a social media campaign to involve undergrads in conversation about the big ethical questions in their own lives.
There's an ethical dimension to the question many incoming freshmen are asking themselves: Why am I going to college? Is it because I have a sense of purpose or because it's just the thing people do after high school.
This week's Big Q case study asks students to look at the meaning of a college education. The Big Q is a social media campaign to engage undergraduates in dialog about the ethical issues in their own lives.
Will is a freshman at a large state university, trying to figure out how to balance his social and academic life in this case from the Center's Big Q Project.
The Big Q is a social media campaign to engage undergraduates in conversation about the big ethical issues in their everyday lives. Beginning next week, The Big Q will focus on issues confronting new students. The best student comment each week wins a $50 Amazon gift certificate.
The Ethics Center is pleased to announce the Hackworth Fellows in Applied Ethics for the 2011-12 academic year. The fellows are:
-- Brittany Adams, SCU '12, of Morgan Hill, Calif. Brittany is a double major in Religious Studies and Philosophy; she will be developing projects for her peers on the ethical dimension of immigration, among other pressing issues
-- Matthew Savage, SCU '12, of Concord, Calif. Matt is a double major in Philosophy and English; he will be developing programs for his peers on ethical issues in intercollegiate athletics.
-- Jacob Teeny, SCU '12, of Portland, Ore. Jake is a double major in Philosophy and Psychology; he will be developing programs for his peers using techniques like slam poetry to explore issues in ethics.
The Ethics Center is very grateful to all of the outstanding applicants for the fellowship and to all of the faculty and staff who brought to our attention these applicants.
The Hackworth Fellowship in Applied Ethics is supported by a generous gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth, longtime supporters of the Ethics Center and of the university at large.
Santa Clara University students and faculty talk about the meaning of "hook-ups" and the effect that technology has had on relationships in college. Has the easy intimacy of Facebook and texting replaced the more gradual deepening of relationships? Is sex substituting for closeness? Student filmmakers Sara Phillips, Melissa Martin, Jenny Nicholson,and Kendall Fleming explore the issues.
A student must decide whether to take on $40,000 in loans to pay for his final year in college in this case by SCU graduating senior and Hackworth Fellow Meghan Skarzynski.
Skarzynski's Hackworth Fellow project was to raise ethical issues among her fellow business students. She also wrote a case about ethical sourcing of T-shirts and created videos about start-up ethics and about the ethical challenges of a first job in business.
From "What am I doing here?" to "What About Cheating?" the Center's Big Q project this week offers the "Top Ten Ethical Issues for College Freshmen" as a jumping off point for discussion about the real-life ethical dilemmas that undergraduates face.
On July 5, the project will begin publishing a weekly series of case studies that deal particularly with the quandaries of freshman year. Join the conversation.
Is it fair that Americans who are 18 years old can vote, serve in the armed forces, marry, and sign contracts, but not drink? What responsibilities go along with drinking and how could those be enforced on a college campus? The Ethics Center's Emerging Issues group discusses whether to change the legal drinking age.
"We want to track the carbon that goes into a day in the life of a Santa Clara University student whether you're living on or off campus, eating meals in Benson, falling asleep during your 8 a.m. class (yes: we've done that, too), or flying back home after a stressful fall quarter."
That "mission statement" led this year's Center Environmental Ethics Fellows to design a Carbon Footprint Calculator, which allows students to add up the various ways they impact the environment. The calculator measures how much carbon dioxide--the gass that has been implicated in global warming—it takes to support a lifestyle.
This year's fellows were Samantha Juda SCU '13, Christine Lesnick SCU '13, and Tim Vierengel SCU '13. They received technical assistance from Antony Setiawan, the Center's Web Developer and a graduate student in Information Systems.
I Can't Get a C is a case study of a pre-med student who decides that it's okay to copy her Art History homework because she won't ever need that information in her professional life.
The case is one in a series on ethical issues for undergraduates, part of the Ethics Center's Big Q project. The Big Q engages students and the people who care about them in reflecting on the big questions college students face.