On Saturday, November 10, the UMBC Ethics Bowl team competed in the 17th Annual Mid Atlantic Regional Championship tournament. UMBC faced Georgetown in the final round, winning two of three ballots, but ultimately losing the round on points. UMBC’s second-place finish was strong enough to earn UMBC a right to compete in the national championships for a third year in a row. This year the national tournament will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 28th.
The team is comprised of Kayla Smith ’13, philosophy and biology; Oniwa Braithwaite ’13, psychology and philosophy; Peter Andes ’13, philosophy, ancient studies and history; Kwadwo Owusu-Boaitey ’14, biology and philosophy; Danielle Albrecht ’13, philosophy and political science; and Gini Bailey ’13, philosophy.
The MidAtlaintic tournament was hosted by the Hoffberger center for Professional Ethics, under the auspices of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Fourteen schools attended, including The University of North Carolina, The University of Richmond, Georgetown, St Mary’s, and Clemson. Over 90 students competed.
Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a nationally organized event in which teams of students compete in performing moral evaluations of real-life cases. Students are judged on their factual grasp of the nuances of difficult cases, the clarity of their moral reasoning, and their ability to express the above effectively. It thus combines public speaking, research and thoughtfulness in a competitive environment.