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Competitive College: Does competition help or hinder our academic performance?

“What obligations do we have to our adversaries? Do virtue and integrity enhance or impede our quest for victory? Is competition an obstacle to or an essential component of a meaningful life? How should competition be effectively regulated?” These questions and others will be addressed by visiting students and scholars from across the country in … Continue reading "Competitive College: Does competition help or hinder our academic performance?"
11 Apr 14
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Noelle Witwer

The A-Listers: Can College Rankings Define a School?

How important are college rankings? As prospective students size up educational institutions, what is it that attracts them, their parents? Time and time again, we’ve seen DePauw’s name on the top party school list across the nation, but does that invalidate the academic standard we hold ourselves to? A new list was recently published by … Continue reading "The A-Listers: Can College Rankings Define a School?"

TOMS: When ‘Conscious Capitalism’ Is Not Enough

With great anticipation for TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie’s visit radiating throughout DePauw’s campus, I had to do a double take every time I saw the words “Conscious Capitalism” broadcast on posters. The term “conscious capitalism” has arisen out of the assumption that through making ‘helping’ fashionable, we are somehow working to end poverty. The reality, … Continue reading "TOMS: When ‘Conscious Capitalism’ Is Not Enough"
8 Mar 14
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Cheney Hagerup

Ubben Lecture by TOMS founder offers chance to think and act

On Sunday, March 2nd, Blake Mycoskie, the president and founder of TOMs will deliver a speech about his story and his revolutionary Buy One Give One (BOGO) business model. I don’t need to point out that the Ubben Lecture Series has a reputation for bringing in impactful speakers from varying fields. The Ubben guests I’ve … Continue reading "Ubben Lecture by TOMS founder offers chance to think and act"

Sochi Olympics' ethical problems overshadow spirit of cooperation

We have all seen the stories about the less-than-perfect conditions of the 2014 Winter Olympic games. There are stories of un-flushable toilets, malfunctioning snowflakes, and even an athlete breaking out of a jammed bathroom door like something out of a Kool-Aid commercial. Despite all of this, you can’t say that the Russian government didn’t try … Continue reading "Sochi Olympics’ ethical problems overshadow spirit of cooperation"
21 Feb 14
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Corby Burger

US outsources production and pollution to China with unintended consequences

All actions have consequences, and it turns out that the production of goods on the other side of the globe has consequences for air quality in the United States. It’s a well-known fact that air pollution in China has reached alarming levels, supported by the horrifying fact that 16 of the 20 most polluted cities … Continue reading "US outsources production and pollution to China with unintended consequences"

International Experience is Crucial for Our Education

International Education week is a joint operation of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that encourage worldwide exchange. The main objective is to prepare Americans for a globalized market and encourage students from abroad to study and share cultural experiences in the United States. This provides a … Continue reading "International Experience is Crucial for Our Education"
27 Nov 13
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Tyler Davies

The fight for the quality of life for all living organisms

“Imagine if you were [confined] to a bathtub for twenty-five years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic?!” exclaims an opponent of animal captivity, more specifically that of killer whales. Marine mammal scientist, Dr. Naomi A. Rose attributes various reasons as to why concrete surroundings are a terrible idea for these smart, complex, powerful … Continue reading "The fight for the quality of life for all living organisms"
15 Nov 13
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Madeline O'Brien

Events on Mindfulness and Art: Nawang Khechog's Visit to DePauw

When you think of meditation, it’s likely that you think of Buddhist monks as well. Meditation has been practiced by Buddhists for centuries, and has more recently made its way into the Western mainstream under the umbrella term of “mindfulness training” (Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is especially popular). Defined as “being aware and attentive … Continue reading "Events on Mindfulness and Art: Nawang Khechog’s Visit to DePauw"

Greencastle Feels Repercussions of Government Shutdown

Greencastle’s USDA office was closed. Indiana’s Social Security office was closed. The federal government was closed. The government shutdown on October 1st shocked citizens across the country. Reporters on CNN, CBS, and ABC performed live shots outside Capitol Hill. Families watched in their living rooms to hear they could no longer order passports and all … Continue reading "Greencastle Feels Repercussions of Government Shutdown"
18 Oct 13
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Suzanne Spencer

Review of "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" Film Screening

Tuesday night, DePauw students gathered in the Prindle Courtyard for an outdoor screening of Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, a recent documentary that zeroes in on the covert military operations happening in several Middle Eastern countries including Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. Journalist Jeremy Scahill serves as tour guide, traveling from city to city … Continue reading "Review of “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” Film Screening"
19 Sep 13
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Camille Veri

“When things are at their worst, journalists are at their best.”

I was interning at CBS television station in Chicago last semester when the Boston Marathon Bombings happened. In the hectic newsroom, where everyone was scrambling for accurate details, live interviews and up-to-date coverage, I made the comment, “when things are at their worst, journalists are at their best.” There are certainly exceptions but I believe … Continue reading "“When things are at their worst, journalists are at their best.”"
13 Sep 13
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Zach Crenshaw

Adderall: A Prescription for Cheating?

On Thursday, May 2nd, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the DePauw Debate Society will discuss the ethical implications of pharmaceutical drugs used to enhance academic performance. The most common being stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity … Continue reading "Adderall: A Prescription for Cheating?"
1 May 13
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Tyler Davies

6th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium

It’s not every weekend that undergraduate students from across the nation gather at the Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics to inquire on a wide range of pertinent ethics issues about climate change. The 6th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium (UES), which just concluded, brought together thirty students from across the nation to engage with a diverse set of … Continue reading "6th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium"

Cool Talk About a Hot Topic: A Preview of This Week's Events on the Ethics of Communicating about Climate Change

The Prindle Institute for Ethics is a proud and excited host of “Cool Talk about a Hot Topic: The Ethics of Communicating about Climate Change,” a three-day symposium from Tuesday to Thursday of this week that will “explore how scientific climate change findings are reaching the public, how policy uncertainties are driven by the changes … Continue reading "Cool Talk About a Hot Topic: A Preview of This Week’s Events on the Ethics of Communicating about Climate Change"
9 Apr 13
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Daniel Welsh