Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 5, 2006

Whitworth Team Takes Second Place at Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl

A team of savvy Whitworth students took second place at the fourth annual Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl, held April 28-29 at the University of Washington.

Whitworth's interdisciplinary ethical-debate team, "Team Awesome," analyzed 12 ethically complex cases prepared by the University of Washington Philosophy Department and then defended its solutions in several rounds of debate against teams from the University of Washington, Cal Poly Pomona and Washington State University. "Team Awesome" defeated Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Washington to advance to the finals, in which it narrowly lost to Washington State.

Case topics ranged from museum ownership of national artifacts and Internet restrictions to using genetic screening in the workplace and police posing as lawyers in sting operations. Prior to the competition, students researched the cases and made preparations to debate the topics. In each round of the competition, a panel of three judges posed a question about a topic; the teams prepared responses using reasoning, application of ethical theories, and cogent-policy analysis. The teams gave short presentations on their responses and then fielded questions from the judges.

Members of "Team Awesome" are speech-communications major Lisa Fox, business-management major Jeff Hunter and speech-communications and theology double-major Nicole Remy, all '06; history and political studies double-major Noah Patterson, '07; and philosophy and theatre double-major Amy Bernard, '08.

"Team Awesome" was coached by Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship Mike Ingram and Associate Professor of Philosophy Keith Wyma.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Mike Ingram, associate professor of communication studies and associate dean for faculty development and scholarship, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4428 or mingram@whitworth.edu.

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

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