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Union places eighth in national ethics competition


Union’s Ethics Bowl team recently finished in eighth place in the 18th International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

The team advanced to the national competition after placing second among 25 teams at the Regional Ethics Bowl at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

Modeled after the 1960s-era TV “College Bowl,” the rigorous academic tournament provides a forum for student teams to examine and debate laws and ethics governing society. They contemplate moral and ethical dilemmas that raise a variety of complex contemporary issues in diverse fields.

During nationals, the team won its first three competitions, making it to the quarterfinals, but lost on that round. The team had prepared eight ten-minute presentations for each case, and participated in two practice rounds before the competition.

The team included (with majors):

Dima Yankova ’16 (mechanical engineering); Raashika Goyal ’16 (biology/philosophy); Parth Visrodia ‘16 (biology/economics); Alexandra Walters ’15 (political science); Matt Wu ’17 (biology/philosophy); Trevor Martin ’14 (philosophy/Spanish); Mihir Patel ’16 (biology/economics); and Chelsea Mickel ’15 (political science/Russian).

Krisanna Scheiter, assistant professor of philosophy, and Erica Wells, visiting assistant professor of psychology, coached the team.