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The Big Q

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  •  Welcome Logan Peterson--Hackworth Fellow Working on The Big Q

    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

    I’m a senior Finance major, Spanish studies minor from Phoenix, Arizona. Upon my first visit to Santa Clara, I was drawn to the university’s Jesuit education and emphasis on compassion and ethics. I like deep talks, long walks on the beach…but really, I do—I love picking apart the complex ethical issues that college students face. I’m excited to contribute to the Big Q this year, incorporating my passion for both writing and photography.

    On-campus, you can often find me in the Business School building, Lucas Hall, running to and from meetings. In my spare time, I enjoy staying active and city life. I love exposure to new cultures, languages, and countries. Post-graduation, I plan to travel to South America before starting full-time at Apple as a finance associate in the fall.

  •  Introducing the 2014-15 Big Q Intern Tony Williams

    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

    Tony Williams is a Senior at SCU majoring in Sociology, with minors in Entrepreneurship and Japanese. He hails from the frigid tundra of Minneapolis, MN, where he grew up reading science fiction and staying inside as much as was humanly possible every winter. His primary interest, however, lies in Hip-Hop, where he is a well- known performer within the Minneapolis music scene as a member of the group "KILLSTREAK". Perhaps most notably, he created and performed a Hip-Hop mass in May 2014 at Minneapolis' Plymouth Congregational Church, a center of social advocacy and progressive faith.

    Outside of music, Tony enjoys social justice work, video games, reading, and discussing contemporary ethical issues with anyone willing to listen to him for more than half an hour. After a long career of sidelining parties to discuss ethical conflicts of interest, he decided that he might as well get an internship that allowed him to discuss them on the clock. Jokes aside, he's thrilled to be working with The Big Q this year, both on their Twitter (Follow him at @bigqethics!) and on plans to bring a series of campus forums discussing ethical issues to SCU. He's thrilled to be engaging with a variety of ethical perspectives over the course of the next year, refining his own ethical compass and helping to make SCU a better place for everyone.

  •  Congratulations Graduates!

    Saturday, Jun. 14, 2014

    The Big Q sends best wishes to all students who graduated in 2014 and wishes a great summer to everyone who will be returning to school in the fall. We will be taking some time off during the summer, but will be back with more contests and cases at the return of the school year. In the meantime, check out some of our old cases about ethical issues students face in their everyday lives! Feel free to leave us your thoughts and opinions! Happy Summer Holidays!

  •  Hackworth Fellow: Patrick Coutermarsh

    Friday, Mar. 1, 2013

    Patrick is a senior at SCU working toward a double degree in Economics and Philosophy. He is currently a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, founded and captained SCU's first Ethics Bowl team, and writes for the Center's new blog "Business Ethics in the News." Outside of school, Patrick competes in triathlons and martial arts competitions.   

  •  Student Intern: Chloe Wilson

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

    Chloe is a Seattle-area native and a senior at Santa Clara University, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Music. She currently works as one of the Big Q social media interns, and writes the posts for the blog. Chloe is also a part of the University Honors Program, a member of SCU's first Ethics Bowl team, former CMO of Kappa Alpha Theta, co-President of SCU A Cappella, co-leader of Supertonic!, a worship leader at her church, and the Campus Relations Coordinator for Core Christian Fellowship. Chloe will be graduating early in March, and is currently deciding where her post-college path will take her!


  •  Student Intern: Alex LeeNatali

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

    Alex is a senior Law and Social Justice/Psychology double major at Santa Clara University. She currently works as one of the Big Q social media interns and will be graduating at the end of March. Currently, Alex is also the public relations coordinator for the Multicultural Center, the New Orleans Spring break immersion coordinator, a Discover/Magis retreat leader, and a campus ministry intern. In June, she will begin working as a teacher for Teach for America in San Jose. 

  •  Contributing Writer: Anthony Gill

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

     Anthony is currently a freshman at Santa Clara University, originally from Spokane, Washington.He is undeclared in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is involved with Into the Wild, our outdoors club; Christian Life Community, an organization through Campus Ministry; and event and activity planning for Unity RLC. In the fall, Anthony and a few friends worked to start SCU Snapshot, a photography club for beginners through experts.

  •  Contributing Writer: Kaitlin Fuelling

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

    Kaitlin is a senior at Santa Clara University. She is planning to graduate this June with a major in marketing and a minor in communications.  She currently works in the Bronco Athletic Department, and is a member of the Triathlon Club and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. 


  •  Contributing Writer: Mikaila Read

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

     Mikaila Read is a junior at Eastern Washington University, where she is also the president of the university philosophy club, The Trascendental Apathetic. She self identifies as an, "old soul," and a "closet musician." In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering in her community, and songwriting/singing. Mikaila hopes to go onto graduate school and eventually become a professor of philosophy.

  •  Meet the Bloggers: Student Cameron Tow

    Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011

    Cameron Tow is a senior psychology major at Santa Clara University.

    Following the three most frighteningly short years of my life, I now find myself as a senior at Santa Clara University, unwilling to accept that my undergraduate career is almost over. After browsing the aisles of academia for what felt like all of twenty minutes, I have finally settled on psychology as a major. Chief among my limited accomplishments so far has been helping to found the Lambda Gamma chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity, of which I am a member of the inaugural Alpha class. I have lived in three places throughout my life: New York, where my family now lives, Australia, where I spent a few of the most impressionable years of my life (and brought back a gnarly accent to prove it, which I have unfortunately since lost), and California, where I now go to school and hope to build my adult life. My tentative plan is to get some form of graduate degree and then hopefully a job.