CSU, Chico News

Chico Places Second in Regional Ethics Bowl Competition

Date: 12-15-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico came in second at the annual California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Saturday, December 5.

UC Santa Cruz won the event, which was held on the CSU, Chico campus. CSU, Chico has hosted and won numerous regional Ethics Bowl competitions in the past. The University’s team placed third in the 2000 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, its highest ranking ever.

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 rates 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.

Philosophy professor Becky White, ethics bowl team adviser, said in past years the top two California teams would go on to compete in the national finals. However, this year fewer teams competed due to tight budgets at campuses around the state, and because of that only one team qualified to advance, she said.

Along with CSU, Chico and UC Santa Cruz, USC Marshall School of Business and National Hispanic University took part in the Dec. 5 competition.

CSU, Chico fielded two teams in the Ethics Bowl. Members of Team I, which placed second, were senior biology major Kyle May, senior general biology major Dillon Schrock and senior nursing and nutrition major Josh Low. Members of Team II, which placed fourth, were junior nursing major Jennifer Schoen, senior philosophy and ethics major Joseph Dante, junior philosophy and ethics major Mitchell Kaufman and senior philosophy and religious studies major Jake Acosta.

White said the CSU, Chico team I came within two points of winning the contest. The students prepared for the competition in a class White taught this fall.

Assisting White to coach the team again this year was Susanna Flavia Boxall, who recently completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree at CSU, Chico.

White said invaluable help was provided by Department of Philosophy faculty acting as judges and moderators during the competition, as well as Marie Knox, the department’s administrative support coordinator, who helped organize the event.

Other campus and community volunteer judges and moderators included CSU, Sacramento professor Christina Bellon, Enloe education director Carol Blacet, political science lecturer Kimberlee Candela, CSU, Sacramento professor Jeremy Garrett, psychology professor Jane Rysberg, psychiatrist Fred Schlaff and English professor Harriet Spiegel.

White said the event was a “huge success,” with coaches and volunteers commenting about the high quality of the event. “Without a doubt, the CSU, Chico Ethics Bowl is a class act that enhances our reputation between campuses, across campus and within the community,” she said.