Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2003

Whitworth Students Place Fourth at Regional Ethics Bowl

The ethical debate continues as the Deontological Devils - a team of Whitworth students that took fourth place in the 2003 Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl - determine the most ethical way to share its trophy among its members.

The fourth-place Deontological Devils, comprising Heather Blair and Jeanette Lantz, both '03; and Miranda Zapor and Will McCollough, both '05, joined Whitworth's other competing teams - the four-member Moral Majority and the five-member Bill Clinton's Missing Conscience - to represent the college at the inaugural ethics bowl held in April at the University of Montana, in Missoula.

The three Whitworth teams competed against 11 teams from schools across the Northwest, including the University of Montana, Washington State University and the University of Washington. In addition to the Devils' advancing to the semifinals and placing fourth, The Moral Majority placed sixth and Bill Clinton's Missing Conscience took seventh in the competition. All the Whitworth teams scored well and posted wins against teams from the Division I schools.

During the competition, teams analyzed ethically complex situations and then defended their solutions in several rounds of debate. Each interdisciplinary Whitworth team was composed of current and past members of ethics classes offered by Whitworth's communication studies, economics and business, and religion and philosophy departments.

"The teams' performances really speak well of the quality of education Whitworth students receive," says Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy Keith Wyma, who organized and led the ethics bowl trip. "I observed all the Whitworth teams in action through several rounds, and they compared very favorably to their opponents in the ethical grasp and analytical skill they displayed. That indicates that the college's educational principles of sharpening students' ethical reasoning and critical thinking are being successfully implemented."

Professor of Communication Studies Mike Ingram and Master of International Management Visiting Professor Craig Hinnenkamp assisted the teams as they prepared for the competition.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Keith Wyma, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4772 or kwyma@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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