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Monday, Aug. 8, 2011
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When Bobby first arrived on campus, he didn't know a single person. Making an effort to meet people, Bobby went to a fraternity party where the members tried to convince him to come out for rush the following week. They seemed pretty cool, and Bobby was excited to have met some new guys who seemed to like him already. Bobby has heard all the typical fraternity stereotypes: heavy partiers, skirt chasers, users, etc. He has also heard that fraternities can act as very exclusive clubs, and that brothers only interact with other members. However, Bobby also knows that stereotypes are often wrong.
While Bobby has never been a huge partier, and he really doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a "frat boy," he really does want to find a good setting to get to know his classmates. Should he go out for rush and see what it's like or wait for another opportunity to meet people?
Here are some resources you might find useful:
Going Greek: The Pros and Cons
A Framework for Ethical Decision Making
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Monday, Jun. 20, 2011
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Kayla is going to be a freshman at a prestigious university, which was her first choice for college. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the more expensive institutions of higher learning in the country.
When Kayla was making her applications, her family was in good shape financially, but just before she was accepted, she learned her father had been laid off from his job as a software engineer. In order to send Kayla to her first-choice school, her parents intend to dip into their retirement accounts.
Should Kayla allow them to do this, or should she go to the less expensive state university, where she was also accepted?
Here are some resources that might be useful:
Balancing kids' college and retirement saving
A Framework for Ethical Decision Making
Pay for College (CollegeBoard)
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Posted by Rebecca Bivona-Guttadauro
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
Mary puts up a poster on her dorm room door opposing gay marriage. James, a floormate, finds it offensive. What should happen?
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Mary is well within her rights to post her “Yes on Prop 8” poster. Though I do not agree with her opinion, I believe she should be allowed to express it, as long as she does so in a civil way. Mary is not forcing her opinion on anyone, and she is not speaking out against the gay community.
I think James is overreacting to Mary’s opinion because it conflicts with his own. By trying to force Mary to take her poster down, James is being extremely hypocritical. Mary could easily turn James’ own argument against him, and say she is offended by his opinion and demand that he take down all of his posters.
There is a clear difference between open prejudice and an expression of opinion or support for a certain viewpoint. Even as a supporter of gay rights, including the right to marry a person of the same sex, I think it is extremely important that no opinion (except overly hateful or clearly offensive displays) be suppressed. After all, if both James and Mary and their respective parties were not able to express their opinions, none of them would have any say in the matter whatsoever. I doubt this would be appealing to James, seeing as the very rights he is campaigning for were the product of the right to free speech, the same free speech that Mary is entitled to.
Who is Cameron Tow?
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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.