Westminster Ethics Bowl Team Makes Nationals

Nov 12, 2014

Nov. 12, 2014 Team clinches sole national bid from the Wasatch Regional competition SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College's Ethics Bowl Team has once again nabbed a national spot during the 2014 Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl competition at Westminster November 8. This is the eighth time out of the past nine years the team has progressed to the national competition. This year, Westminster students competed against teams from Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Utah State University, Utah Valley University and Weber State University. "Their individual and team performances were frequently praised to me by judges and fellow coaches," said Dr. Michael Popich, Westminster's Ethics Bowl Team coach. "The competition was enjoyed by all, and Westminster's team won the only bid that the Wasatch regional had to Nationals this year, so we are very proud." The college's winning team members, who went 5-0 and finished with the best overall won-loss record, included:
  • Alex McCallister, senior, philosophy major
  • Clay Davis, senior, philosophy major
  • Chelsea Joliet, senior, justice studies major
  • Scotty Niederhauser, junior, sociology and arts administration major
  • Mariah McCoy, Honors program, freshman, undeclared
  • Gano Hasanbegovic, Honors program, freshman, undeclared
The students will compete at the National Ethics Bowl competition in Costa Mesa, Calif., in February of 2015. About the IEB: The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. In the IEB, each team receives a set of cases which raise issues in practical and professional ethics in advance of the competition and prepare an analysis of each case. At the competition, a moderator poses questions, based on a case taken from that set, to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics. A panel of judges rates the teams on intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance and deliberative thoughtfulness.    

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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