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  •  Greg LeMond on Doping in Cycling

    Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 3:37 PM

    With Lance Armstrong's admission that he was doping during much of his bicycling career, it's interesting to revisit remarks made by Greg LeMond for a 2008 Ethics Center presentation:

    Most humans are born with the moral sense of what is right and what is wrong. But many will justify cheating by stating, “Everyone is doing it; why shouldn’t I?” Well, not everyone is cheating. And those who compete by the rules are the ones being cheated. The price that an honest rider pays is not being rewarded for their full potential.

    Read the full article.

  •  Olympic Athletes and Social Issues

    Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 1:59 PM

    With the London Olympics fast approaching, Matt Savage, whose blog Savage on Sports deals with ethical issues in athletics, comments on athletes who have used  their position to speak out on social issues. 

    Savage, an SCU senior who is just finishing a stint as a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, reflects on Tommie Smith and John Carlos, US medalists famous now for raising  their fists on the podium while the National Anthem rang in the background.  Smith and Carlos were protesting the treatment of African Americans.

    He also discusses Cathy Freeman, an Australian Aboriginal native, who carried both the Australian and Aboriginal flags for her victory lap after winning the gold medal in the 400 meter. 

    Savage asks whether it is the duty of athletes to use their prominence as a platform to raise important social issues.

  •  The Death of Junior Seau and the Purpose of College Sports

    Friday, May. 25, 2012 12:32 PM

    "While the NFL and others discuss the safety issues in football that may have contributed to [the death of Chargers Linebaker Junior Seau], I am more interested in a man who was facing an existential crisis at the end of his career, and feeling lost as to what to do next," writes Matt Savage on this blog, "Savage on Sports." 

    Matt is an SCU senior and a 2011-12 Hackworth Fellow at the Center.  His project has been to involve his fellow students in conversation about the ethical issues in college athletics.  His most recent post explores how universities might help student athletes discover talents and passions that can serve them when they confront the inevitable end of their playing careers.

  •  Football: Have the Rules Caught Up With the Game?

    Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    Fox Sports Analyst Mike Pereira reflects on "Football, Concussions, and Character" in this presentation, March 10, noon, in the Benson Center, Williman Room, on the Santa Clara University campus.  Pereira was formerly vice president of NFL officiating.

  •  Do Sports Build Character?

    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 3:50 PM

    The role of college athletics in character formation is the theme of a panel Thursday, Feb. 23, at noon, in the Santa Clara University Learning Commons. 

    Join our panelists to discuss the issues:

    • Matthew Savage, SCU '12; Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; Member, SCU Cross Country and Track Teams
    • Professor Christopher Kulp, SCU Philosophy; World-Ranked Competitor, CrossFit Games; Mountain Climber
    • Zoe Kranzler, Academic Support Manager, SCU Athletics Department; Resident Minister, Alpha RLC; Former NCAA Athlete

    The Ethics Center's Big Q Project, an online dialog on ethical issues for college students, also addresses the sports and character theme.  Our biweekly contest for a $100 Amazon gift certificate is being hosted on PolicyMic.


  •  Should College Athletes Be Paid?

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 4:18 PM

    The Center's new blog, Savage on Sports, kicks off with a discussion of whether student athletes should be paid.  Written by SCU senior and Center Hackworth Fellow Matt Savage, the blog focuses on ethical issues in college sports.