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It's on to national championship for Ethics Bowl team

Dec. 4, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Ethics Bowl team has qualified to compete in the national Ethics Bowl Championship March 5 in Cincinnati.

WMU finished third out of nine teams in the regional qualifier held Nov. 15 at WMU. The three-member team narrowly lost to regional champ Northeastern Illinois University and second-place finisher Dominican University. The top three teams received an automatic bid to the national competition.

Members of WMU's team are Nicola Fitzsimmons of Kalamazoo, a junior studying philosophy, political science and psychology; Shawn Myers of Jackson, Mich., a Lee Honors College senior studying biomedical sciences and psychology; and Joshua Thomas of Holland, Mich., a junior studying psychology and philosophy.

Dr. Sandra Borden, WMU professor of communication, is the team's faculty sponsor and coordinated the regional competition at WMU. The team's coaches are David Charlton of Kalamazoo and Joshua Upson of Galesburg, Mich., both master's students in philosophy.

The competition was co-sponsored by the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, the School of Communication, Lee Honors College and the Department of Philosophy.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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