COMPETITIVE ETHICS: BARUCH SCHEDULES A DEBATE TOURNAMENT

April 3 --Top Business Execs Will Judge ‘Ethics Bowl’

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               New York, NY, March 29, 2006--Baruch College has enlisted top executives from Citigroup, Con Edison, Goldman Sachs, the Rudin Family Foundation, the CIT Group, Information Technology Management and other firms to act as judges in the ‘Ethics Bowl,’ a tournament in which students will compete to devise ethical solutions to corporate and academic scenarios fraught with ethical minefields.

              On Monday, April 3, 2006 nine teams of three students each will take part in two preliminary debates with the top two teams advancing to the finals.  The top two contenders will then compete from 4 to 5 pm before a live audience at Baruch’s Newman Conference Center, 151 E. 25th Street.  Judges will include Keith Anzel, Managing Director, Citigroup; Peter Vallone, Sr., former President of the New York City Council; and Randy Cohen, the New York Times “ethicist.”

              With the Enron trial making headlines and corporate crime an ongoingcrisis, who can doubt that ethics needs to be a vital part of business education?  But teaching ethics to undergraduates is a tricky business.  Most people agree that sermonizing doesn’t work.  Often students don’t even realize that the choices they make, on the job or at school, have ethical implications.

              To foster debate and a deeper understanding of the ethical dimensions of life, Baruch College’s Ethics Week. April 3 – 7, 2006. begins with a roundrobin debate tournament in which students actively interrogate ethical issues. The winning team receives $600; the runners-up, $450. (Who says being ethical doesn’t pay?)

              Other highlights of Ethics Week include two lectures sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate IntegrityCleaning Up Wall Street with former telecom analyst Dan Reingold and Behind the UN Oil-for-FoodScandal. Also participating in the Ethics Week program is L.J. Rittenhouse, CEO Advisor and President of andBEYOND Communications, who will give a talk entitled Do Business with People You Can Trust. Ms. Rittenhouse will discuss why we can expect more Enrons—not fewer in the months and years to come.

For additional details visit: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultyhandbook/EthicsWeek06.htm.

Contact: Zane Berzins, News and Public Information Director, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu