CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Qualifies for National Ethics Bowl Competition

Date: 12-17-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students have qualified to compete against 31 other schools at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl to be held March 5, 2009, in Cincinnati.

CSU, Chico’s six-member team placed second at the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Dec. 6, which qualified them for the national finals. The regional event was held in San Jose, hosted by National Hispanic University.

The University of San Diego team won the regional and is the other California school to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Other institutions represented at the national finals include University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, Dartmouth College, Williams College and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a competition where a moderator poses questions on ethical issues to student teams. The issues may concern professional, social, political or personal ethics, on topics ranging from plagiarism to gun control. After the teams make oral responses, a panel of judges rate answers based on previously agreed-upon criteria.

Ten regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowls are held to determine who may compete in the national finals. The competitions are sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, located at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The students on CSU, Chico’s team are Jake Acosta (Philosophy/Religious Studies), Rajbir Judge (Philosophy/Religious Studies/History), Kyle May (Biology), Darla Medley (Philosophy), Eric Nyberg (Philosophy) and Jeremy Parsons (Philosophy/Psychology). The team’s coach is philosophy professor Becky White. Assistant coach is graduate student Susanna Flavia Boxall.

White said CSU, Chico has hosted and won numerous regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competitions in the past. The University’s team placed third in the 2000 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, its highest ranking ever.

The CSU, Chico students prepared for the competition in a class White taught this fall. Because the students qualified for the national finals, they will continue in another preparatory class taught by White this spring. White has been a member of the governing body of the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for 10 years.

“These outstanding Chico State students are, for the most part, unsung heroes in an unsung discipline,” said White. “They deserve to be acknowledged for their performance, but also for their courage in choosing a road less traveled.”