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Baruch College Announces
Winners of Briloff Prizes in Ethics

NEW YORK, NY - March 21, 2014 Baruch College proudly announces the 2013 winners of the Briloff Prizes in Ethics.

The Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics are intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life. The prizes are funded by a gift from alumnus Charles R. Dreifus, (’66, MBA ’73) in honor of Abraham J. Briloff, Emmanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus. The prizes are awarded annually to a faculty member who has written an important topical article, essay or book on ethics and to a student or students who have written an outstanding research paper or essay, also as it relates to current events.

Entries were reviewed by The Briloff Prize Committee: Professor Christopher Hallowell, Department of Journalism; Professor Paula Walters, Department of Law; and Professor Daniel Williams, School of Public Affairs.

The winners of the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics for 2013 are:

Professor Mary Kern, Department of Management
Becoming as Ethical as We Think we are: The Ethical Learner at Work
Committee’s Comments: In this paper, after exhaustive research, the author offers a new approach to improving ethical behavior in an organizational setting. Based on the concept of “Ethical Learning,” as the author terms it, this approach is based on the importance of moral identity, psychological literacy, and the belief in purposeful effort, all of which can result in a more ethical work environment.

Samuel Zema, MBA Student
The Unpeeled Banana: The Effects of the Fruit Trade in Central America
Committee’s Comments: While we think of bananas as a healthy food, the production ethics of this crop in Central America, the author shows, are rife both with exploitation of local populations and environmental destruction by trans-national corporations.

Anjelica Mantikas, SPA undergraduate
Guantanamo Bay: Housing Prisoners in the War on Terror
Committee’s Comments: The author encourages the dismantling of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility for its civil and human rights abuses. This paper argues that the United States government, which prides itself on upholding justice, should give detainees fair trials in accordance with U.S. law.

A list of previous winners, along with links to many of the prize-winning works, may be found here.




About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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