JBU Team Finishes in Eighth in Ethics Bowl

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 4, 2004) — For the first time in history, John Brown University competed in the Tenth Annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2004. The JBU team placed eighth among 40 other institutions. Senior Anna Brown and juniors Sarah Childers, Allison Martyn, and Leah Miller represented JBU at the competition. JBU was one of many institutions invited to participate in this year’s event, sponsored by: the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Raj Soin College of Business, Institute for Business Integrity, and Wright State University. The outstanding field of competitors included the United States military academies and prominent universities as, Seton Hall, Valparaiso and Villanova. The Ethics Bowl consists of teams debating the resolution of ethical dilemmas in such diverse fields as environmental protection, privacy rights, respect for human life, genetic testing, property rights, and health care insurance. In each round, teams debate two cases, and three judges determine the winner based on points awarded for clarity and intelligibility, ethical relevance, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness. In the first round, JBU defeated a powerful team from the United States Military Academy. The third round resulted in JBU defeating a fine Valparaiso University team. JBU’s only loss came in a close second round match awarded to the Illinois Institute of Technology. JBU’s 2:1 record left the team tied with the United States Naval Academy for eighth place. Navy advanced to the quarterfinals over JBU by virtue of tiebreaker points. This was JBU’s first invitation to the Ethics Bowl. The team’s performance assures the team of an invitation for next year. Business instructors, Gene King and John D. Copeland accompanied the team and served as advisors. The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics served as co-sponsors of JBU’s ethics team. John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.