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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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  •  Should the Drinking Age Be Raised?

    Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011 8:29 AM

    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.

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

  •  Carbon Footprint Calculator

    Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    "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.

  •  Cheating in College

    Monday, May. 9, 2011 11:43 AM

    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.


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

  •  Group Project

    Monday, May. 2, 2011 3:34 PM

    A pet peeve for many students is the group project, in which--seemingly without fail--someone doesn't do his or her fair share of the work.  This case study, part of the Center's Big Q project, invites students and the people who care about them to discuss the ethics of taking credit for the work of another.  Best student comment of the week wins a $50 gift certificate.


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  •  Student Videos Focus on Ethical Issues

    Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 11:16 AM

    Study drugs, body image, suicide--these are some of the topics student videographers addressed for The Big Q contest, which will award $500 to the best entry on ethical issues confronting undergraduates.  Vote now for your favorite.

  •  When a Roommate Has Anorexia

    Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 11:19 AM

    A college student must decide what to do when her roommate begins showing signs of an eating disorder in this week's ethical case study on The Big Q

    The Big Q is a social media campaign to involve students and the people who care about them in reflecting on the big ethical questions in the life of undergraduates.

  •  Theme Party

    Monday, Apr. 11, 2011 2:42 PM

    A "Fresh off the Boat" theme party on campus is the subject of this week's Big Q, an online dialog about ethical questions for students and the people who care about them. Are costumes with coolie hats and buck teeth racist?

    Join the conversation on The Big Q blog.  Best student response this week wins a $50 gift certificate.

  •  The Ethics of Suicide

    Friday, Apr. 8, 2011 1:06 PM

    A student looks at the ethics of suicide in Memories, an entry in the Ethics Center's Big Q Video Contest for films on the big ethical questions in students' lives. 

    The deadline for submissions to the contest has been extended until April 18.  Finalists are determined by "likes."  The winner, selected by a panel of students and staff at the Ethics Center, receives $500.

  •  Sex and Alcohol

    Monday, Apr. 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    Two students have been involved in a casual sexual relationship in the case study "Friends With Benefits."  One tries to break the relationship off, but after attending a party together, the two once again end up in bed.  Who is responsible?

    This case study is part of The Big Q, a project to engage college students in discussion of the ethical issues in their own lives.  The best student comment each week wins $50.


  •  Call of the Wild

    Friday, Apr. 1, 2011 5:03 PM

    As part of Santa Clara City Library's Big Read Project, the University's California Legacy Project hosts a series of events on Jack London's Call of the Wild.  The Ethics Center and the University's de Saisset Museum will co-sponsor one event in that series, "Echoes, Ethics, and the Wild," April 14 at noon in the museum.  The event features dramatic readings from and ethical reflections on the book.

    The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company.