WSU Students Impress at National Ethics Competition

Weber State University's Ethics Bowl team had an impressive run at the national championships held in Cincinnati last month.

Forty schools from around the country competed in the event. The WSU squad was one of only six teams to go undefeated during the qualifying rounds. WSU was among eight finalists to advance to evening competition.

In the quarterfinals, the team was eliminated by the
Indiana University delegation, which went on to win the national event.

The Ethics Bowl features 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, then the teams reverse roles with a new case and question.

Richard Greene, Ethics Bowl faculty sponsor and coach
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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