University of Rochester

Ethics Bowl Team Places Second at Regional Competition

February 24, 2005

The University of Rochester Collegiate Ethics Bowl team took second place at the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 19. The event was hosted by Union College and organized by Rochester alumnus and Union College visiting assistant professor Michael Mathias, who received his doctorate in philosophy from Rochester in 1998.

Rochester’s team, coached by Professor of Philosophy Randall Curren and philosophy doctoral student Andrew Cullison, was composed of Patrick Brennan ’05, Ethan Craig ’05, Danielle Friedman ’05, Tim O’Brien ’06, and team captain, Lewis Powell ’05, all philosophy majors at the University.

The Collegiate Ethics Bowl provides a format for intensive work in ethical case analysis and discussion. Teams receive a set of 12 to 15 detailed case descriptions to study in advance on such topics as plagiarism, gun control, free speech, or healthcare. In each round of competition, the two teams facing each other present and critique each other’s analyses. Judges score the teams based on the quality of ethical understanding and reasoning.

The University Ethics Bowl team was awarded a plaque that will be displayed in the Department of Philosophy’s Lewis White Beck Memorial Library in Lattimore Hall.