OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team bested a field of 12 teams to win the California Regional Ethics Bowl.
The competition, which was held Dec. 4 at San Jose State University, included teams from the University of California-Berkeley, San Jose State and Cal State San Bernardino.
WSU's squad was the only team to go undefeated in the morning qualifying rounds. WSU defeated UC Berkeley in the semi-finals before scoring a 20-point victory over National Hispanic University in the final round.
The team from Weber State featured team captain Rachel Robison, a junior political science major from Layton; junior Celeste Vilchis, a math major from Ogden, and senior Paul Williams, a double major in sociology and criminal justice from Ogden.
Ethics Bowl competitions feature teams of three to five members. Several weeks before a competition, squads are given 10-15 cases to prepare involving moral dilemmas (e.g. the Ku Klux Klan wants to join the adopt-a-highway program). At competition, teams compete head-to-head with a moderator asking each team a question about one of the scenarios. They have 10 minutes to craft a response followed by a series of rebuttals by both teams. A panel of judges evaluates and scores each team's performance, drilling team members regarding their positions. The teams then reverse roles with a new case and question.
The WSU Ethics Bowls team will compete at the national Ethics Bowl in San Antonio in February.
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