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CBA forms program
to educate on ethics
■ Faculty members hope
to make business values
more concrete through
research, speakers and
courses in the college.
By Chad Ellsworth
Amid cries of unethical treatment
and questionable activity in a society
dominated by big business, the
College of Business Administration
is creating a program to help instill
The Program in Business, Ethics
and Society will address ethical
issues on the University of Nebraska
Lincoln campus and in the business
It will also benefit students in
their understanding of corporate
America, organizers said.
“If they analyze these (issues) in
their college environment and under
stand the impact of ethical decisions,
that might help them have a step up
on the ladder of success in the busi
ness world,” said Janice Lawrence,
associate professor of accountancy
and co-director of the program.
“It’s one thing to have a value sys
tem in abstract. It’s another thing to
actually apply it.”
Students can apply the ethical
concepts they learn in the program
while working on a project, exchang
ing information with recruiters or in
everyday relations with fellow stu
dents, Lawrence said.
Lawrence is directing the pro
gram with Doug May, associate pro
fessor of management. Graduate stu
dents Kevin Pauli and Loy Watley are
The program will be implement
ed in three stages, which will include
curriculum development at the grad
uate and undergraduate levels.
The program kicked off this year
with a universitywide honors course
and ethics modules in other courses.
Discipline-specific modules will
be implemented within different
departments of CBA next year, May
And in the third year, he said, the
program will start supporting ethics
related research within a business
There are 24 students currently
enrolled in the honors course taught
by May. Business majors are not the
only students in the course, he said.
May said he hopes the program
will spark interest in ethics programs
throughout the university.
“One of our goals for the spring
semester is to get everyone in the
other colleges on campus who’s inter
ested in ethics together to discuss
these issues,” he said.
“Most of our domain is in the area
of business, but we want to get other
The pilot program was made pos
sible by the support of James Stuart
Sr. of Lincoln. Stuart is a former
director of the National Bank of
Commerce, and still serves as a coun
selor to the bank’s board.
The program will also reach out
to students of Nebraska high schools
through a series of speakers.
“We want to teach them ethical
differences across cultures and how it
affects business,” Lawrence said.
The program is aimed at benefit
ing both students and the Nebraska
business community, he said.
“Teaching ethics in the classroom
is all well and good,” Lawrence said,
“but when the rubber hits the road,
when the students are out in the busi
ness world, that’s when we’re going to
see the impact of the program.
“The students we’re working with
now will become the future leaders of
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(The police officers) had handcuffed his
arms together around the post, but he
slipped the cuffs and took off ”
Lincoln police captain
By Dane Stickney
A 10-year-old Houdini played
games with the Lincoln Police
Department on Monday.
Two police officers were sum
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Vine St. by a burglary alarm at 10:51
p.m., Lincoln Police Cpt. David Beggs
Two young boys hid in the store at
closing, said Richard Podlesak, direc
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The two boys, ages 10 and 12,
eventually triggered an alarm before
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“When they came out of hiding,
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