Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2004

Whitworth Teams Hone Ethics, Debate Savvy at Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl

The Egoists' Charitable Trust - one of five teams of Whitworth students competing in the second-annual Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl -- went undefeated to advance to the semifinal round, where the team finished fourth in the April 24 event at the University of Montana, in Missoula.

The 18 students from three Whitworth classes -- Communication Ethics, Social and Ethical Issues in Business, and Ethics -- joined to form five interdisciplinary ethical-debate teams that were overseen by Whitworth Professor of Communication Mike Ingram, Visiting Professor in the School of Global Commerce and Management Craig Hinnenkamp, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Keith Wyma.

The Whitworth teams analyzed ethically complex situations on diverse issues and then defended their solutions in several rounds of debate with teams from schools including the University of Montana, Montana State University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington.

"The teams both defended and critiqued ethical solutions to tough questions, such as how to balance the public's need to know against national security with regard to terrorist activities," Wyma says. "The Whitworth students gained a greater sense of how ethically complex daily life can be and how important ethical training can be when navigating difficult decisions."

Whitworth's five teams each emerged from the three preliminary rounds with at least one victory. The Egoists' Charitable Trust went undefeated with two wins and a tie to advance to the semifinal round. There, the Egoists narrowly lost to a University of Washington team, which went on to win the finals and become the bowl champion. The Egoists' Charitable Trust earned the fourth-place trophy in the 16-team field.

Following are the names of the Whitworth students who participated in the 2004 Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl:

The Egoists' Charitable Trust: Stephanie Van Dam and Rebecca Jennings, '04; Chris Holmes, '05.

The Burnanators: Anna Hansen and Lisa Bakker, '05; Cory Siebe and Justin Tillery, '06. The Categorical Imperium: Carly Stewart, '04; Lori Kajiyama, '05; Greg Hess and Jacob Grady, '06.

Deontological Devils 2.0: William Jackson McCollough, Miranda Zapor and Plamena Plamenova Toteva, '05; Brandon Comella '06.

Eudaimonbacks: Blake Pratt and Katherine Scott, '04; Ian Cooley, '06.

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 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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