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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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  •  Academic Integrity

    Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    Getting college students to engage with the problem of cheating will be the focus of the Ethics Center's Big Q project for the next month.  A series of case studies illustrating common dilemmas that undergraduates encounter invite students to consider questions such as whether to tell on a classmate who is cheating and what effect cheating has on the character of the people involved.  Three $200 Amazon gift certificates will be awarded to the best undergraduate responses to the cases.  The Big Q's Facebook page will also offer polls on cheating as well as opportunities for further discussion. 

    At SCU, these materials will be integrated into sessions on academic integrity that are offered to every incoming freshman during orientation.  Students at other colleges and universities can also use the resources and are eligible for the contest.


  •  Poetry Slam: Who I Am is What I've Done

    Friday, May. 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    Inviting all Santa Clara University poets to share their proudest Bronco moment at a Poetry Slam, Monday, May 21, 9 p.m., in the Bronco. 

    The slam is the latest event inthe Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Big Q project, which encourages students to reflect on the ethical issues in their everyday lives. 

    Interested in performing: E-mail

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  Dickinson College to Use Center's Big Q Materials

    Monday, Sep. 19, 2011 11:24 AM

    In his convocation address kicking off the 2011-12 school year, Dickinson College President William G. Durden announced that Dickinson students would make use of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' Big Q project on ethical issues in the everyday lives of undergraduates.  He said:

    In addition to your initial reflections, within your first-year “neighborhood” you are going to be asked to consider a set of ethical questions that should be part of any superior American undergraduate education. The topics relate directly to thoughts and actions that define a citizen in our contemporary democracy. We hope you will engage in discussions about these questions in your residences and through informal conversation with your professors. There are ten of them in total, and they are offered to us by an innovative project—called The Big Q—at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

  •  Top Ten Ethical Issues for College Freshmen

    Friday, Jun. 10, 2011 10:49 AM

    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.

  •  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.

  •  The Big Q: Ethics for Undergraduates

    Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 4:12 PM

    A video contest ($500 prize), blog, polls, and more are part of The Big Q, a social media campagn designed as a place for students and the people who care about them to talk about the ethical issues undergraduates face in their own lives.

    The video contest, open from March 11-April 11, is seeking 2-5 minute videos from undergraduates that highlight one of the Big Qs in college. Examples might be: To cheat or not to cheat?  Is there anything wrong with friends with benefits? Is it okay to take Adderall to study?

    Beginning March 28, The Big Q blog will post a case each week drawn from narratives collected from 130 students at universities across the country about an ethical decision they faced in their own college experience.  A weekly poll will be tied to the case and will give students a chance to see how others approach the issues.

    Students can also share their own big questions on the project's Facebook wall.