Black Friday should stay on Friday!

Only in America… do we set aside the fourth Thursday in November for the sole purpose of getting together with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. A wonderful day of reflection, family and traditions. And, on the very next day, we put all that aside to get up before dawn for the pure excitement of finding the best deals on new stuff… and …

Leaders Acting Like Leaders: How Refreshing

For those who don’t know, Chris Christie is the Governor of New Jersey. Early in 2012, republicans literally begged Christie to run for President of the United States. He repeatedly refused, saying that he was not ready to be president and he did not want to abandon his state of New Jersey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W24-CB6nn2k. He gave the opening keynote address at the …

93-year-old man’s last duty – voting!

One of the questions in the week 3 ethical dilemma is, “If you knew you were going to die before the end of the semester, what one thing would you like to do before you die?”  Not one student ever said, “I’d like to vote.”  Yet, Frank Tanabe, a 93-year-old World War II Veteran, diagnosed with inoperable cancer, made a …

Bullying…Just Plain Mean

When Whitney found out she was nominated for homecoming queen, she was surprised… giddy… elated. When she logged on to Facebook later that day, she discovered that her nomination was a joke and she felt humiliated… devastated… suicidal. It’s difficult to believe that this story could occur, particularly in a small town within my home state of Michigan. It stands to reason …

A Heart-Warming Story

At a major league baseball game this summer, two young fans tried to catch a baseball that was thrown into the stands by a player. Of course, one caught it and one didn’t. The boy who caught the ball, Ian, celebrated and ran back to his seat. However, when he turned around, he saw the other boy crying. Without any prompting, he …

Say It Isn’t So…Lance

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marian Jones, Roger Clemens, Ben Johnson…let me tell you, the list of professional athletes who used performance enhancing drugs could go on and on and on. Well, the list grew by one very prominent athlete last week. Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and 7 time Tour de France winner most likely cheated his way to those victories. …

Live Life to the Fullest

I was looking through my photos on my cell phone from the past year and I couldn’t believe how blessed I am to lead such a full life. I can’t believe all the places I’ve been and all of the experiences I’ve had. I am always telling students to live their lives with passion, to not sit on the sidelines of life as …

Penn State Needed A Hero

Yes, I read all 161 pages of the Freeh Report on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case at Penn State University. I read this report because everyone seems to have a comment and an opinion on this case, but very few people have read the report.  It is important to have educated opinions, particularly before making public comments in this type …

Poor Sportsmanship or Great Effort?

I was searching the Internet for examples of poor sportsmanship and I found this video of a girl’s high school basketball team (Christian Heritage) beating their opponent (West Point Academy) by a score of 108-3.  I watched the news report and I thought it was a great debate – was this poor sportsmanship or merely a case of one team playing …

Am I Allowed to Have Higher Expectations?

We have all seen so many of these kinds of stories that we typically just shake our heads and say, “Seriously. Does anyone have any integrity anymore?”  I remember when I was teaching this class on character and leadership back in 2001 and Kobe Bryant, a married man, was accused of raping a woman in a Denver hotel room. While we …