WPU Students Set to Compete in NCICU Ethics Bowl at NC Legislative Complex

February 16, 2018

It’s a first-ever meeting of the minds for a select group of students from WPU this weekend as they undergo competition in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl, hosted at the NC Legislative Complex Friday, February 16, through Saturday, February 17.

The competition is centered around several rounds of debates consisting of hypothetical scenarios very much connected to real world issues or current events. Teams comprised of four to six students from each institution then present their ideas and solutions to those given cases or scenarios and are awarded points by judges, moving on from round to round.

WPU students will be competing against students from 23 other colleges across North Carolina, marking the first time in University history that WPU has participated in the event.

“It’s been really great to see the team come together and strategize about how to best compete.”

The WPU Ethics Bowl Team, comprised of four students ranging from different academic and cultural backgrounds, has been practicing for the event since October, led by Dr. Scott McElreath, Program Director of Liberal Studies and Professor of Philosophy. McElreath personally recruited the students for the team, all of whom are earning a one-hour credit as a course for their participation in the event.

“We meet once a week and discuss possible cases and the format of the competition. We’ve been going off the Ethical Decision Making model that the campus has been using in its core curriculum for every Peace student,” McElreath said. “It’s been really great to see the team come together and strategize about how to best compete.”

“The Ethics Bowl is a challenging and rewarding educational experience for our students,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “Determining ethical responses to complex situations leads to personal awareness and valuable discussion among team members and participating business and community leaders.”

In all, 127 students from colleges across the state are competing in the event. More than 70 business, non-profit and government professionals will serve as judges and moderators.

The competition, which is sponsored by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, is open to the public. Debates begin at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Participating WPU Students
  • Beatrice Galdamez-Reyes ’19 (Pre-Law/Global Studies Major)
  • Shelby Lombardo ’18 (Writing Major)
  • Rebecca Tshibambi ’18 (Criminal Justice Major)
  • Cole Winnett ’18 (Simulation and Game Design Major)
Debate Times

Friday, February 16

  • Round One: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Round Two: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Round Three: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17

  • Round Four: 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Round Five: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Final Round: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.