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Ethics Boot Camp Fall 2015 had more students than any other year. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Professor Holt, Professor Ciocchetti, and a team of student leaders, LGST 2000 students learn the importance of living an authentic and ethical life, while having fun and listening to informative real world speakers.
For the weekend, students are divided into virtue teams such as zeal, grace, and determination, and are encouraged to think about what their virtue means to them as they participate in each activity. The goal of Ethics Boot Camp is to plant the seeds so that students consider the importance of living an ethical life. They are able to interact with the speakers, learn examples of when being ethical has been favorable, and understand when
unethical choices have really hurt a company.
With their teams, students are able to reflect on what they learned and think about the impacts of making ethical choices. Creating this dialogue is important because it allows each student to personalize the weekend, and take away something that is personally meaningful. Each year, students look forward to each of the EBC activities. Here are some of the highlights:
Ethics Boot Camp Ball, Olympics, and Yoga
During Ethics Boot Camp, students practice yoga and play games against the other teams. In playing games, students are taught the importance of a little healthy competition because in life, not everyone is a winner. This notion is important for students to understand, because it motivates them to do their best at everything. They have to figure out how to work together so that their team can come out ahead. Teamwork is an important skill that students must use in almost every class at the Daniels College of Business, and they enjoy practicing that skill outside of the classroom.
Yoga teaches mindfulness, which is just as important as being competitive. It is all about balance . Students learn how impressive good balance is as they watch Professor Holt demonstrate yoga poses while wearing high heels. The key takeaway from the EBC yoga practice is that in college, you have to learn how to balance school work with social time.
Not only do EBC Ball, Olympics, and Yoga stress the importance of competition and balance, they are the perfect way for students to remember the importance of getting outdoors and staying active. It is too common for students to put too much time into their school work, and neglect the benefits that movement and a little fresh air can provide.
Professor Holt starts Build-a-Bear off with a quote that reads, “Integrity is living in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.” Living with integrity is something that is so important, yet means something different to everyone. By doing something good for someone else, students learn one example of having integrity.
Giving back to the community is something that many professional firms encourage their employees to do. On a college campus it can be difficult for students to find ways they can give back, so participating in the Build-a-Bear activity provides a tangible opportunity to make a difference.
In teams of three, students build their bear, dress it up, and write its story. All of the stories and stuffed animals are later donated to Children’s Hospital where they are given to the kids. Some of the students help with the donation and are able to see the difference they are making. It is incredible for them to see how big of an impact just a few hours of thought and compassion can make in someone else’s life.
Professor C’s talks
During EBC weekend, Professor Ciocchetti talks to the students twice. He has given his talks to hundreds of groups all over the country, and these are often what students reflect on the most. Of the two speeches, the one that students connect with the most is his “Stress Talk.”
He presents questions such as: Do you frequently neglect your diet? Do you frequently make a “big deal” of everything? Do you frequently fail to build relaxation into every day?
It is questions like these that are the building blocks for learning how to live a successful life. If students answer yes to many of these questions, they may realize just how stressed they are. During his speeches, Professor Ciocchetti challenges the students to think about living a life they truly want to live. Students get a lot out of listening to Professor C’s talks because they are so relevant and are a good wake up call. The goal is not to have one hour change the student’s lives, but to make them consider things that are important, that they may not have considered before.
After listening to several speakers talk about the importance of being ethical in different industries, the students get to see a comedian to remind them the importance of not taking life too seriously. During his Stress Talk, Professor C. asks the students: Do you frequently fail to see the humor in situations others find funny? It is medically proven that laughter is good you, makes you healthy, and most importantly, reduces stress.
He mentions the importance of laughing at yourself, and not at others, because it means that you do not take yourself too seriously. The point of the comedian is to stress this point even further. The comedian gives students an hour where they can laugh and let loose, and not think about the stress of school and relationships. Students always love the comedian because for even just one hour, all of their stressors and worries go away.
Each year at Ethics Boot Camp, students look forward to these fun activities and many more that remind them of the importance of living ethically and authentically, putting life into perspective, and having fun while learning things you cannot learn in the classroom. Overall, students love EBC weekend, and this year was no different.
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