SAU Ethics Bowl team has strong showing at NCICU Competition
Raleigh, NC - The St. Andrews University Ethics Bowl team came within a few points of making the final round at the 3rd Annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl held over the weekend at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh.
“The whole event was incredible, from the moment our team started preparing up to the very last case,” said Rebekah Webster, a junior political science major minoring in leadership studies. “This highly competitive atmosphere is not only unique, but is one that no sport even could ever replicate or measure up against.”
First year competitor Dalton Marshall, a history and pre-law major, also noted the level of intensity.
“We are under a type of severity of mental stress that is not found anywhere else,” said Marshall. “When we are presented a case, we have a very limited time to develop a stance and support it, balancing applied and defined ethics with personal experience, all the while working in cooperation as a team to create a fluid presentation with decorum.”
Webster, who also serves as the ethics club vice president, first attended the NCICU event last year and was hooked.
“I fell in love with everything the NCICU Ethics Bowl had to offer,” she said. “Anyone who had this opportunity should take advantage of it.”
For ethics club president Michael Iannuzzi, the improvement in team performance each year has been a great accomplishment.
“The first year, the college won only one case,” said Iannuzzi, a junior politics major. “The second year the collage won two cases. This year the college won three and was only a few points away from being in the final round.”
This accomplishment did not go unnoticed by the others participating in the event.
“After this year, judges from every walk of life, along with other colleges, have taken notice and recognized the potential St. Andrews holds for the future,” said Webster. We are a force to be reckoned with and I want to congratulate the team as we continue to improve. I truly value the ability we have as a team to come together ad build off of each of our strengths.”
The team, under the guidance of advisor Dr. Doug Glass, assistant professor of business and economics, began preparing in December.
“In our practice sessions we apply the format of the Ethics Bowl to our discussions,” said Glass. “We must take an ethical stance and defend it.”
At the NCICU event, a panel of three judges scores the debate with moderators facilitating each round.
“Throughout the round, you must be able to counter the other team with a strategic questions, while at the same time defending yourself against a question from the opposing team and the judging panel,” said Marshall. “It’s hard to believe that an hour of time passes per round, as it only feels like 10 minutes.”
This year’s competition focused on “ethics in Health Care,” a theme selected to help encourage a sense of social responsibility and accountability among students at independent colleges and universities.
“The ethics bowl team gives students a chance to display what they have learned at St. Andrews, as well as from life experience,” said Iannuzzi. “You have the opportunity to network with business professionals, lobbyists, lawyers, judges, senators and community leaders. It’s an adrenalin rush, something that becomes addicting, positively addicting.”
Part of that networking takes place Friday evening at the State Capital Building with dinner following in the North Carolina History Museum.
“This was an amazing experience as well, as we met college students as well as professors from private colleges from across North Carolina,” Marshall said. “We were also able to spend time meeting with CEOs and business executives from some of North Carolina’s most successful companies.”
Webster agrees, “The connections and insights of all those involved are truly valued. From the conversations in the North Carolina Capital Building, to the speeches, advice and experience in between, the NCICU provides the chance for individuals such as myself to continue towards our aspirations.”
Among the supporters for this year’s team was St. Andrews University Campus President Paul Baldasare, who attended a couple of the matches and the reception.
“I want to thank President Baldasare for attending and supporting us,” said Webster. “And I especially want to extend my gratitude to all of those involved who continue to make this event possible.”
All three students plan to attend the 2015 as well as participate in some additional activities related to the club on campus.
“I plan on building the ethics cub up before graduation next May,” said Iannuzzi. “We have big plans for next semester and would love to have others join.”