OGDEN, Utah – For the second consecutive year the Weber State University Ethics Bowl Team went undefeated at the California Regional Ethics Bowl and won the competition.
The tournament, held Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, Calif., included teams from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, San Bernardino; and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Over the past three years WSU’s squad has a record of 13 wins and 1 loss. The team won the bowl last year and finished second in 2003, losing a split decision in the finals.
The Weber State squad consists of team captain Rachel Robinson, a junior political science major; senior Celeste Vilchis, a math major; Brooke Robison, an anthropology major; and senior Mark Walker, a sociology major. The team was coached by assistant philosophy professor Robert Fudge and associate philosophy professor Richard Greene.
This lineup, along with additional member Arune Singh, will compete at the National Championship Ethics Bowl that will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., in March.
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.
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