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The Big Q

My roommate is loud when I'm trying to study. The person sitting next to me in my final was checking answers on her cell phone. The guy who took me to this party is too drunk to drive me home. Students confront ethical issues every day.

The Center's Big Q project provides a safe space--both online and on campus--for students to talk about these issues.  Using social platforms like this blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Yik Yak, we get the conversation started.  We also sponsor panel discussions, poetry slams, and other events to delve into the big questions students are asking.


Recent Blog Posts

  • Smile

    Being Nice vs. Being Kind

    Are they the same?

    The ethical difference between being nice and being kind.

  • Red Solo Cups

    Ethical Partying

    It's Lit! But Is It Ethical?

    Creating a party culture that's safer for everyone.

  • Adderall

    A for Adderall?

    The ethics of using amphetamines for academics

    Is it ethical to take certain academic performance-enhancing drugs?

  • Starbucks coffee.

    Unpaid Internships

    Gaining valuable experience, or making coffee runs?

    Last week, The Big Q hosted a discussion on the ethics of unpaid internships. Here's what we discussed.

  • Student Loans

    Follow Your Passion or Pay off Your Debt?

    An Ethical Dilemma for Millennials

    Is it ethical to ignore money when you have student loans to pay?

  • White Lies

    White Lies

    Real Eyes Realize Real Lies

    When are white lies justified, if ever?

  • Cemetery

    Composting Corpses

    A New Ecological Approach to Death

    The Big Q and SCU's Ethics Bowl Team discuss a new ecological approach to death.

  • Three Ethical Issues for College Students in 2016

    New Year, New Issues?

    Here are the Big Q's predictions for ethical issues we'll be facing in 2016.

  • Job Search Ethics

    The Big Q offers an FAQ on the ethics of searching for work including resume inflation, interview fairness, and accepting offers.

  • The Drinking Age: The Ethics Behind Change

    Should we lower the drinking age? If so, what are the ethical implications of such change?

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    Away from her family and friends and feeling isolated, a Korean international student at an American school celebrates her 20th birthday alone.