Ethics Bowl team lands bid to national competition
The Citadel's Ethics Bowl team is headed to the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in February in San Antonio, Texas.
Ethics Bowl team L to R: Franklin McGuire, John Fogle, Preston Hipps, Jane Ma, Ricardo Caporale, Thomas McGuire, Mark Maurice.
The Citadel Ethics Bowl Team qualified for the national competition by placing in the top five out of 20 teams at the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl contest held Nov. 10 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics has sponsored the Ethics Bowl competition team since the fall of 2011.
"I am extremely proud of our team, and very excited about the opportunity we've earned to compete at nationals," said team captain Cadet Franklin McGuire. "Everyone put in a great deal of work researching ethics and practicing public speaking, so we are glad to see our efforts rewarded."
The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics at Indiana University, quizzes competitors on issues in practical and professional ethics.
A moderator poses questions that concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) A panel of judges rate competitors on intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations and deliberative thoughtfulness.
The team that competed in the regional contest was made up of Cadets Franklin McGuire, Ricardo Caporale, Jane Ma, Preston Hipps, John Fogle and Thomas McGuire. Other teammates include Cadet Mark Maurice.
"I think the greatest thing about our work has been that we each have an increased understanding of ethics," Franklin McGuire said. "I feel that spending this much time on ethics has helped me make my own ethical foundation more robust, which in turn has strengthened my abilities as a leader."