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Student Blog – The Anti-Gay Preacher

JMU student and Madison Collaborative Advisor (new peer education group), Megan Sibley, sent me the story about the preacher on-campus at JMU in mid-September. I asked her to think about how the Eight Key Questions may apply to this situation and she wrote the following response. By Megan Sibley, Junior, IDLS – Early Childhood Education […]

Making Ripples

On September 17th, Justice William C. Mims, a Harrisonburg native, opened the Madison Vision Series with a brief history of the word Justice and ended with a challenge to the men and women of JMU to “make ripples, do justice.” His reference was inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 “Day of Affirmation Address” in Capetown, […]

Does Science Make You More Moral?

This question was addressed in a research article where subjects were “primed” – given a word or phrase – from science and then asked to weigh in on various ethical issues and dilemmas.  Those subjects which were primed by the science terms actually showed a statistically significant improvement on ethical decision making.  [Forwarded by Judith […]

College Students Do The Right Thing

A group of students who found themselves in an untended store decided to do the right thing.  See: http://news.yahoo.com/video/4-ny-college-students-honest-052657464.html  [ Nick Langridge, senior vp university advancement, forwarded.]

Reflection not Reflex

Philip Zimbardo’s notoriety came from the Stanford Prison Experiments in which students who role played prison personnel treated students who role played prisoners so harshly that the experiment had to be stopped. It was actually Zimbardo’s wife an outsider who saw what was going on that forced the end of the experiment. Zimbardo is now […]

Deciding on Life and Death in Katrina (Real life parallels to the Hurricane Sharon “It’s Complicated” case)

In a book titled Five Days at Memorial doctor/author Sheri Fink tells how doctors at the hospital decided who to save first, who to save last, and who to assist in dying as the floodwaters from Katrina rose higher.  According to the author, doctors tend to be utilitarians (outcomes oriented) “and other considerations might not […]

Speaking of Plagiarism

Richard Posner is a noted federal judge, jurisprudential scholar, economist, and prolific author. A number of years ago he wrote a brief article on plagiarism that asks the question, What is wrong with plagiarism? See:  http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/2002/04/posner.htm  He turned the article into a book–The Little Book of Plagiarism– which strikes similar themes, i.e. what is really wrong […]