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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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  •  Homelessness

    Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 4:48 PM

     The Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, is gearing up for Homelessness Awareness Week Jan. 28 with a new case study asking for student comments on how they might deal with a campus panhandler.  The best student comment will win a $100 Amazon gift card.


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  •  All Are Welcome: Results of a National Study of Undocumented College Students at Jesuit Universities

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    Cynthia Mertens, SCU professor of law, and Laura Nichols, SCU associate professor of sociology, have been involved for the last years with a national effort to understand and better address the experience of undocumented students at Jesuit universities. On Jan. 15, noon, in the Arts & Sciences Building, they will report on their findings -- with the assistance of Kristin Heyer, Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, who has written extensively on Catholic social ethics and immigration.


  •  Does Your School Have an Honor Code?

    Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    Do honor codes improve the academic integrity of a college campus?  That's the question this week on The Big Q, an online dialog for undergraduates about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.

    The question is a focus of the Center's work on campus this year.  SCU senior Aven Satre-Meloy, a Hackworth Fellow at the Center, has been working with his fellow students to develop a possible honor code for Santa Clara University.

  •  Pornography and Cheating

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    Julia, a college student, is concerned to learn that her boyfriend Ricky regularly checks out pornographic websites on his computer.  That's the premise in the newest case study from the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog for undergrads about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.  To Julia, it feels like Ricky is cheating on her.  Ricky says it means nothing.

    You can join the conversation online.  The best response from a student receives a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

  •  Honor Codes

    Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 4:18 PM

    Santa Clara University does not presently have an honor code although last year, Associated Student Government studied the issue, approved a draft code, and found that a majority of SCU undergraduates favored adopting an honor code.

    SCU senior and Center Hackworth Fellow Aven Satre-Meloy is building on what was accomplished last year. Please come to this meeting to review the draft text of the code, hear results of a survey of students undertaken this fall, and more.

  •  Protesting Commencement

    Monday, Jun. 4, 2012 3:51 PM

    Protests against a talk by Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University, against an honorary degree for Carlos Slim at George Washington University, and against remarks by Tony Blair at Colby College are only the highlights of this year's controversies about commencement speakers. John Degioia, president of Georgetown, addressed the issues behind these protests in an address June 1.

    The Ethics Center's Big Q project takes up these issues in its biweekly case study on ethical issues facing undergraduates in their everyday lives.  The case introduces Ryan, a member of his campus' sustainability club, who is unhappy with the university's decision to invite a known polluter as a commencement speaker.  The best student response to the case wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

    Photo by ragesoss available under a Creative Commons license.

  •  Should Pre-Health Students Be English Majors?

    Thursday, May. 3, 2012 10:35 AM

    The best preparation for a career in medicine may be a degree in the humanities. That suggestion by author Abraham Verghese, this year's DeNardo lecturer at SCU, will be the focus of a panel discussion today at noon in the Wiegand Center. The panelists are all highly regarded SCU faculty who work closely with students pursuing careers in health care.

    -- Stephen Carroll, SCU English Department

    -- Steven Fedder, SCU Chemistry and Pre-Health Advisor

    -- Lawrence Nelson, SCU Philosophy

    This event is being done in coordination with the DeNardo Lecture Committee.

  •  Dharun Ravi: What Punishment Is Just?

    Monday, Apr. 2, 2012 4:54 PM

    Now that Dharun Ravi has been convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering, and hindering arrest for using a Webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi and then tweeting about it, Ravi faces up to 10 years in jail and deportation to India.  What punishment would fit the crime?  That's the question for this week's Big Q, the Center's project on ethical issues for undergads.  Best student response wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

  •  Making the Grade

    Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 1:16 PM

    A student must decide whether to take a challenging course in his major or choose a class for an easy A in the most recent case from the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog for undergraduates on ethical issues in the everyday lives of students.  The best student comment wins a $100 gift certificate.

  •  Resume Inflation

    Monday, Mar. 5, 2012 4:49 PM

    According to a survey by, 49 percent of hiring managers reported they caught candidates lying on their resumes.  The temptation to do so is exacerbated in this time of high unemployment. 

    The Ethics Center's Big Q Project, an online dialog for undergraduates about the ethical dilemmas in their everyday lives, takes on the issue of resume inflation in a two-week contest for the best student comment on the case of a graduating senior who is contemplating stretching the truth about her accomplishments.  The prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.