- The WMU Ethics Bowl team competed Dec. 1 in the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Loyola University’s Corboy Law Center in downtown Chicago. The team finished 2-2 after competing against Northeastern Illinois University, Dominican University and eventual national qualifiers Oakland University and Harper College. The other schools qualifying for the national championship Feb. 28 in San Antonio, Texas, were Loyola University Chicago and regional champion Ripon College.
WMU team members were: Sarah Baldwin-Machesky of Woodhaven, a senior majoring in Communication Studies; Kylan Huacuja of Novi, a junior majoring in Film, Video & Media Studies; Aderonke Ibironke of Detroit, a junior majoring in Dietetics; and Lauren Murray of Battle Creek, a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences.
Sandra L. Borden, Professor of Communication and Co-Director of WMU’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, is the team’s faculty sponsor and coached the students, along with Joshua Thomas, James M Wroblewski, Joshua Upson and David Charlton. The Ethics Bowl competition is sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Sixteen institutions from Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio fielded 19 teams in the regional competition. The teams received 12 case studies in September involving ethical issues in a number of practical contexts, including engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, school, and politics. During a round of competition, each team takes turns presenting its ethical position on a case and critiquing another team’s position on a different case. Teams must answer questions about their positions from a panel of judges. Judges assign scores based on logical consistency, clarity, focus and thoroughness.
“Our students presented strong arguments and worked well together as a team,” Borden said. “The team put in a performance they can be proud of.”
WMU has competed in the Ethics Bowl contest every year since it expanded from an intramural event at the Illinois Institute of Technology to a small regional contest involving a handful of colleges in 1994 (an event WMU won). Ethics Bowl now involves more than 100 schools from around the country. WMU was the regional champion in 2006 and 2007 and placed in the top 10 nationally in 1998, 2000, 2008 and 2009. The team is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Society. Tryouts are held every spring semester. For more information, contact Dr. Borden at email@example.com.
Spring 2013 Lecture Series
"MLK: His Legacy of Human Rights Activism at Home and Abroad"
Tuesday, February 5
3025 Brown Hall
Sharon E. Davis (Project Advisor- National Resource Center for Racial Healing)
Gary S. Marx- (Psychologist/Counselor)
Drew Allison Costello- (Dept. of Comparative Religion)
Co-sponsored by: School of Communication, Department of Comparative Religion
"Learning to Look: Lessons from Iris Murdoch on Moral Growth"
Tuesday, February 12
University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall
Nancy E. Snow (Marquette University)
"Islam and Democratization: Lessons Learned from the Arab Spring"
Tuesday, February 19
2008 Richmond Center
Jocelyn Cesari (Harvard Divinity School)
University Center for the Humanities, College of Fine Arts, Departments of Comparative Religion and Foreign Languages, Gender and Women's Studies Program, Office of the Provost
"Apt Causal Models for the Law"
Friday, March 15
1115 Moore Hall
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)
Co-sponsored by: Department of Philosophy
"The Influence of the Media"
Tuesday, April 2
2452 Knauss Hall
Brooke Gladstone (host of NPR's "On the Media")
Reception and book signing to follow in 2500 Knauss Hall
Co-sponsored by: Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Friends of Kalamazoo Public Library, mlive-Kalamazoo Gazette, University Center for the Humanities, College of Fine Arts, WMUK-FM, School of Communication