Symposium to examine the ethics of cheating

July 6, 2012

Cheating figures in our daily lives, whether it is cheating on our diets or high-profile public sports figures facing accusations of doping, like Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds.
“Ought we to be worried that cheating in sport appears to be on the rise?” poses Jason Robert, a professor in the School of Life Sciences and a Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Biotechnology with ASU’s Center for Applied Ethics. “Does it matter if the sport is professional, as in the National Football League or Le Tour de France; amateur, as in the Olympics; or amateur, as in weekend warriors running 5k races?”

Moreover, who decides what cheating behavior is? What are the rules about cheating when it comes to such important matters as national security? And is cheating always wrong wherever it occurs? Triple Helix students with ASU President's Professor Brad Allenby Download Full Image

Nature is rife with examples of successful cheaters. Male cuttlefish imitate females to get access to another’s mate. Cuckoo birds lay eggs in other birds’ nests to raise their young. Plants mimic bees to get pollinated. Spiders mimic ants to get dinner and protection. The list is long and evolutionarily speaking, a productive strategy – but then, there are also victims.

Examining what should guide us in our own choices and society's choices forms the core of the exciting and interactive David C. Lincoln Ethics Symposium, “The Ethics of Cheating: Cheaters and Victims in Today’s Society,”  from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 24, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Hosted by ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the symposium brings together the public, college students and high school students from 11 schools around the Valley.

“Cheating and questions of ethics are of particular prominence in the news, most especially with national elections coming up,” says Kelly O’Brien, programs director for the center. “This symposium, in particular, will help us learn from students and the public what areas of cheating concern them regarding sports, human rights, national security and media – including the way our opinions and prejudices may be manipulated by media.”

Participants from local high schools will be given readings and discussion topics in advance, covering four topics areas: cheating in war and national security, cheating minorities in the media, cheating in sports, and cheating in international human rights.

“International human rights law is viewed as something certain and upstanding – a formal way of ensuring that states uphold widely accepted moral standards," notes Daniel Rothenberg, a Lincoln Fellow of Ethics and International Human Rights Law. "Yet, most human rights treaties allow states to include their own interpretations of specific provisions. Is this cheating? Like letting each team in a competition define their own idea as to what constitutes a foul or, for that matter, a goal?”

Four Lincoln Professors, or Fellows, will head up each of the symposium’s thought-provoking sessions. These include Robert; Rothenberg; Braden Allenby, an ASU President's Professor and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics; and Sharon Bramlett-Soloman, a Lincoln Fellow of Media and Culture. All of the sessions will be moderated by Peter French, the director of the Lincoln Center, and supported by volunteers from ASU’s Triple Helix. Closing remarks will be made by the founder of the Lincoln Center, Mr. David C. Lincoln.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and priority is given to students. An RSVP is required to attend: Only 100 seats remain.

More than 100 of the 500 students already signed up to attend the symposium will come from ASU’s Preparatory Academy on the Polytechnic campus, a high school leadership academy for grades K-8 in East Mesa. High school students also are coming from Tempe High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, Camelback High School, Arcadia High School, Phoenix Country Day School’s Upper School, Genesis Academy, Xavier College Preparatory High School, Estrella High School, Tesseract School’s Upper School, Hamilton High School, and Paradise Valley High School’s Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), which hosts the largest Quanta program for youth in the area. The Quanta Foundation is an ASU student initiative launched in 2011 to build mentorship and interactions between high school and college students and faculty advisors around projects in science communication.

“We also hope that our student and public partners leave with questions that cause them to further apply ethics in their daily lives and choices,” adds O’Brien.

“The Ethics of Cheating” symposium is the third in the Lincoln Center’s annual symposium series and is modeled after a larger center event, also titled “The Ethics of Cheating,” to be offered Aug. 5-11 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Founded in 1874 and affectionately termed a “summer camp for intellectuals,” Chautauqua features nine weeks of fine and literary arts, interfaith worship and educational programs. This is the Lincoln Center’s 11th year of involvement at Chautauqua. The relationship has also built close institutional ties to some of the center’s programs, such as the Consortium on Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS), headed by Allenby.

“Our Lincoln Fellows and Professors are experts with outstanding credentials in their disciplines who are interested in and exploring the ethical implications and issues that arise in practice in their fields,” French says. “This unique feature sets us apart in what we can offer our community and from all other kinds of ethics centers, where the theoretical aspects of ethics dominate.”
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Director, Executive Communications, Office of the University Provost


Sun Devils awarded Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships

July 6, 2012

Pac-12 Release

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced the 48 outstanding Pac-12 student-athletes who have been named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships, four of which hail from Arizona State University. Download Full Image

The Arizona State Pa-12 Postgraduate Scholarship winners are: Hillary Bach (softball), Cameron Kastl (football), John Kline (track and field) and Cj Navarro (track and field).

The $3,000 awards go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement, and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

Hillary Bach
A recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as well, Bach finished her career second all-time in wins at ASU with 88 and ninth in career strikeouts with 390. Bach was named a 2012 First Team Academic All-American after receiving Pac-10 All-Academic honors three times during her career. She currently plays in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the Akron Racers. Graduated in 2011 from the W.P. Carey Business School with a degree in business marketing and is working on her MBA. Bach was also selected as a 2010-11 Tillman Scholar.

Cameron Kastl
Kastl started as a walk-on and graduated as a two-year letterman. The two-time honorable mention Academic All-Conference was nominated for the 2011 Burlsworth Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top college football player who began his career as a walk-on. Most recently, Kastl participated in the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game. 

John Kline
A Barrett The Honors College, student, Kline posted personal bests in the 400m dash and 800m dash during his senior campaign. He earned First Team Academic All-American honors.  Kline graduated in May with a 4.03 GPA in Kinesiology.  Kline was honored with the ASU Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award and Mouer Award from the School of Nutrition. He also earned an athletic All-America award, taking second-team honors for his work on the men's 4x400-meter relay that finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships in 2012. 

Cj Navarro
After garnering All-America honors in her first national appearance in 2009, Navarro finished her career with a Pac-10 Championship (2010), ranking fourth all-time in ASU history in the hammer (2011) and seventh in the weight throw (2011). She also earned Second Team Academic All-American honors in 2012. Navarro finished her graduate degree this season after posting a 4.08 GPA - graduate-work included - in Education Technology. Navarro was a four-time All-Academic Pac-12 honor with the selection, having been a first-team selection in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while being a second team honoree during her redshirt freshman campaign. 

To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:

- Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.

- Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.

- Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete's athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.

- Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission.

- Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.