All posts by Thomas Brown

The NFL: Did It Withhold and Lie about Head Injuries?

Imagine graduating from college and accepting an offer from your dream job. At your job, you work on a computer the majority of the time. After a long and successful career at your company you start to experience health issues. Your vision starts to fade from staring at a computer screen for so many years and you start to get headaches. At first the headaches are manageable, but they get worse and worse resulting in memory loss. You can now barely function as a retired adult. Now image that the company that offered you your dream job knew the entire time that you would suffer during your retirement, but chose to withhold that information so that you would continue to work for them and earn money for company shareholders. How would you feel?

This is the same scenario that thousands of former and current NFL players are facing. Retired players have been suffering with brain damage as a result of their NFL careers, and the players believe that the NFL knew about the medical problems that would arise in retirement, but didn’t tell the players out of fear that they would stop playing the game.

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Making Football a Safer Game

This past weekend, an Ohio State football player name Kosta Karageorge committed suicide. Before killing himself, Karageorge sent a text to his mom apologizing if he had been an embarrassment, because of concussions that he he sustained. Karageorge is not the only football player to take his life with signs pointing to brain injuries suffered while playing football as the cause. Hopefully this invention would prevent future tragedies like this from happening and making football a safer game. Continue reading Making Football a Safer Game

Nike: How Much Has It Actually Changed?

No matter how big and successful a company or corporation is, they must abide by a code of ethics. Ethics guide the decisions that either individuals or groups make within the company. They influence whether a decision is right or wrong. Occasionally, businesses must make decisions that don’t have the biggest short-term return, because that decision was unethical. However, there will be times when a company decides to forgo making an ethical choice in the name of profits, and that’s what happened with Nike. Even though Nike claims to have changed their ways of doing business for the better and has improved factory conditions for their workers, they still put making profits and looking good to the public as their most important goals.

Continue reading Nike: How Much Has It Actually Changed?

Say my name, say my name

The decision was easily for Tom and Paula Brown to name their first child. Going back to my great grandfather on my dad’s side, every first born son has been named Thomas. Their was the original Thomas Brown, followed by my grandfather Thomas Clifford Brown, my dad Thomas Michael Brown, and then finally me, Thomas James Brown. Continue reading Say my name, say my name

CEO on CEO Crime

Scene: A debate between Nike CEO Phil Knight and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. The are speaking to an audience dealing with adversity or company criticism

Debate Moderator: I’d like to thank Mr. Knight and Mr. Mackey for volunteering to show up this evening and discuss their views on running a business. Mr. Knight, I’d like to start with you, if you don’t mind.

Knight: Not at all

Debate Moderator: In the past, Nike has been accused of having children illegally working in their Indonesian factories. How did Nike respond to those accusations? Continue reading CEO on CEO Crime

Blog 8 Prompt-Dialogues

The prompt for Blog 8 is to create a dialogue between somebody relevant to our course, either directly (Steve Jobs) or indirectly (people who live on shale gas drilling areas), and have them debate or discuss a topic of relevance to the course with somebody who has an opposing viewpoint. Both people can be relevant to the course. This should be written as a dialogue, as if the two people were talking to each other.

Trying out new genres can stretch any writer in good ways.  Aim for authentic voice, creativity, and relevance. Continue reading Blog 8 Prompt-Dialogues

Dinner with This Old Cub

This is a tough one, maybe the most difficult blog post of the year so far. There are so many people that come to mind when I read this question. Should I go the sports route and pick Michael Jordan, Mike Ditka, Patrick Kane, or Derrick Rose. Maybe I’d rather meet a musician like Elvis or John Lennon. Would I really be capable of turning down dinner with “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George RR Martin. I then thought, would I be making the worst decision of my life if I decided against going to dinner with Emma Watson? Even though I imagine that dinner with Emma be the start of a long and happy relationship, there’s still somebody I’d rather have dinner with. His name is Ron Santo. Continue reading Dinner with This Old Cub

We Matched on Tinder, So Text Me Maybe

I definitely think that relationships and interpersonal communications with young people in the dating world are changing for the worse, and there are a multiple factors that go into that. Priorities are changing from being family focused to being more focused on careers. In my opinion, young people right out of college are on average more concerned with getting a good job and making as much money as they can, as opposed to trying to start a family. Continue reading We Matched on Tinder, So Text Me Maybe

The Millennials: The Good, some Bad, and hopefully not any Ugly

Before I took the quiz, I thought to myself that I probably wouldn’t score very high. I have social media accounts, but aren’t that active in them and use them mostly for news about what’s going on. Also, I don’t feel like I’m as absorbed by my phone as many of my peers. Despite these feelings, I received a score of 93. Not only was I surprised by my results, but I also wasn’t sure how to feel about them. When it comes to the term “millennial,” I feel like there is more of a negative connotation to it. I decided to do a little research into the topic to see what credible sources had to say about us millennials. Continue reading The Millennials: The Good, some Bad, and hopefully not any Ugly

How Well Does PwC Actually Follow Their Code of Conduct

As I was reading through the list of companies on the Fortune list of best companies to work for, there is one in particular. The one that jumped out to me was PricewaterhouseCoopers. I have had many friends intern there and a few that either work there or have gotten a job offer from them. I’ve never really asked
my friends too much about what PwC does, so I decided to do some research into it for this blog post. Continue reading How Well Does PwC Actually Follow Their Code of Conduct