OGDEN - The Weber State University Ethics Bowl earned a bid to the upcoming national championship after winning the Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl Nov. 9. The team of five WSU students competed against 11 teams from eight different schools, including Utah State University, Westminster College, Montana State University and the University of Utah.
The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a national debate format competition where students develop and sharpen both their critical reasoning and public speaking skills, while gaining insight into the complex nature of contemporary moral dilemmas and scenarios.
"A win at this regional competition is real evidence of this team's skill," said coach and WSU philosophy professor Rachel Robison-Greene. "I have been involved with this activity for 12 years, and the teams at this regional meet were among the best I have seen. We are looking forward to nationals but know we need to work hard."
Team members include: Preston Carter, junior, Ogden; Benjamin Coster, freshman, West Haven; Dylan Davis, junior, Farmington; Nathan Davis, junior, Ogden; Jordon Roberts, senior, Ogden.
Thirty-one other teams from the U.S. and Canada will compete at the national championship in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 27, 2014. The national competition is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Modeled after television's "College Bowl," the Ethics Bowl requires student teams of four to five members to compete in analyzing ethical dilemmas posed by a panel of judges. The given dilemmas raise ethical issues that range over a wide variety of topics such as the classroom, personal relationships, and professional as well as social and political ethics.
Robison-Greene said the Ethics Bowl is invaluable not only to those who compete in it, but also to the larger community.
"It is an activity that fosters the kind of citizenry ideally we all want to have, one that harbors a genuine interest in understanding the dimensions of complex moral dilemmas and appreciates the value of respectful discussion with other people who are also interested in determining and living in accordance with what is right," she said.
This current team not only enjoys the fun of competition, she said, but also uses the conclusions they reach in their discussions to think about the people they want to be.
After serving for five years as Chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Rules Committee, fellow WSU political science and philosophy professor Richard Greene was elected recently as the national chair of the Executive Board of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
Visit appe.indiana.edu/ethics-bowl/ethics-bowl for more information about the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.