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2002-2003 Briloff Prize Awarded to Zicklin Student

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (4/22/03)—"Silence Is Not Golden," an essay by Zicklin School of Business MBA student David Rivera, has been awarded the 2002-2003 Abraham Briloff Prize for Business Ethics. The annual prize, to be presented during the Baruch College Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 27, promotes the legacy of Abraham Briloff (’37, MS, ’41), Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the College’s Department of Accountancy. The award includes a $500 honorarium.

Briloff is a longtime crusader for ethical business practices, and has been called 'the foremost authoritative commentator on accountancy matters in the USA' by the financial journal Trading Ideas. A graduate of Baruch College, he was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” by Accounting Today in 2001.

Rivera’s submission discussed the need to promote a culture of discussion and debate among his fellow honors MBA students at the Zicklin School. Using a framework of five basic moral tests borrowed from philosophy professor—and former Briloff Prize recipient—Douglas Lackey, the essay argued that the lack of student debate and discussion is not only disappointing, but also immoral. Lackey proposed the tests as part of his presentation, "Sustaining Ethics Discussions in the Classroom", during this semester's Ethics Across and Beyond The Curriculum seminar series.

The essay explains the far-reaching negative effects of student silence by examining a series of hypothetical justifications used by students to explain their lack of interest in scholarly debate. In each example, Rivera demonstrates how the response fails to provide an adequate excuse for his fellow students' reluctance to participate in classroom discussions.

Rivera, who earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, also wrote an article on the ethics seminar series for the March 2003 issue of the Graduate Voice, the college’s graduate student newspaper. The article is available at Visitors are required to fill out a brief registration form.

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Olayinka Fadahunsi
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