Hiram College’s Ethics Bowl team won all four of their matches at the Upper Mid-West Regional Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday, Dec. 3, advancing them to the National Competition this March in Cincinnati.
The team, made up of Caroline Christoff ’12, Rachel Petrack ’11 and Tim Luttermoser ’12, analyzed cases involving ethical issues such as conflicts between free speech and a doctor’s professional obligations, the morality of retroactive grade inflation, puppy mill regulations in Missouri, whether college students have the right to vote at school rather than at home and the ethics of attempting to raise a child without gender assignment. They received high scores and praise from the judges.
Ethics Bowl is a national intercollegiate competition, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, in which students present ethical analyses of randomly selected cases that they have prepared prior to the competition. Presenting without notes, they are scored on the clarity of their presentation, their avoidance of ethically irrelevant issues, their identification of the central ethical issues of the case, their awareness of other possible viewpoints, as well as their ability to respond to criticisms and questions from the other team and the judges.