Five students from Marymount University participated in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl earlier this month in Lynchburg, Va.
The Marymount team consisted of seniors Gina Fendley and Cate Tesmer, junior Luis Ferre, sophomore Rose Fischer and freshman Julianna Cameron. Led by their faculty coordinator, Dr. Matthew Shadle, they competed head-to-head against other student teams from Virginias 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas. Professionals from a variety of career fields including business, education, finance, law, journalism and others listened to team presentations and offered their feedback.
The Ethics Bowl is a great experience for students because it gives them an opportunity to work together as a team and think critically about important ethical issues we face as professionals and citizens, Dr. Shadle said. It provides students with skills they will need as they move on from Marymount.
During the Ethics Bowl tournament, the Marymount team won three matches and lost one enough to tie for first place in its division. However, it failed to advance due to a tiebreaker with Hampden-Sydney College, which was based on strength of schedule. Hampden-Sydney would go on to lose to Virginia Wesleyan University in the championship match.
Despite the ultimate outcome, team members left Lynchburg with confidence and pride after their strong showing.
My participation in the Ethics Bowl is something that made me a stronger student and speaker, explained freshman Julianna Cameron. I have debated before, but the Ethics Bowl challenged me in new ways. I had less time to think, less time to prepare it was all on the spot. I think that experience allowed me to further my skills in speaking, arguing and collaborating skills that I believe will help me in my everyday life.
I have been competing in the Ethics Bowl for the last three years. I have learned so much about teamwork, argumentation and ethics in preparation for and during the actual event, added senior Cate Tesmer. We had a great chance to win this year, and while we didnt make it to the Finals, I am confident our team will have success next year because they are all very talented.
Select photos courtesy of John McCormick/University of Lynchburg.