• Opening remarks
  • Final round
  • Semi-final round -- The University of Miami and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Semi-final round -- Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • After a long day of academic competition and intense debate, in the fifth and final round of the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl, teams from Clemson University and the University of Miami grappled with the final cases. In the end, the panel of judges scored them evenly.

    The morning began with the arrival of 14 teams from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia, where they checked-in along with the nearly 40 judges and moderators, many of whom were Jepson faculty, alumni and current students.

    Throughout the day, teams were given one of many cases in a series of rounds, which spanned such topics as the surcharge applied by airlines to overweight passengers and "sexting." Teams were then asked to explain whether or not the scenario is morally justified, citing appropriate and relevant theory in their argument.

    The teams were evaluated on an overall scale of 0-40 with each team receiving an individual score in terms of their satisfaction of these criteria: clarity and intelligibility, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, identification and discussion of central ethical dimensions, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

    Dean Sandra J. Peart was among the panel of judges for the final round. "I was so pleased they tied," Peart said following the announcement of the outcome. "I had a hard time differentiating between the two. They were so similarly well-prepared and thoughtful."

    Anthony J. Ellis, chair of the philosophy department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Michael Paul Williams, Richmond-Times Dispatch columnist, were also final round judges.

    The two finalists in the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl will both advance to the Sixteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship in March 2010.

    A grant by the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation supported the event. Along with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the event was co-sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology. Jepson will host the 2010 bowl as well.


    Posted: November 28, 2009