Willamette Students Win Ethics Debate Competition

A team of students from Willamette University won the second annual Oregon Independent College Foundation Ethics Bowl competition held March 9-10 at Reed College in Portland.

The Ethics Bowl brings together student teams from the 10 private liberal arts colleges in Oregon to debate real-world ethics cases. Teams of three to five students competed in head-to-head matches judged by panels of distinguished leaders from across Oregon and Washington.

The students grappled with real-world ethical questions that challenged their thinking on issues such as the war in Iraq, ship breaking and the environment, journalist confidentiality, Internet privacy and reproductive rights. The Willamette team won all five matches and compiled a record score of 530 out of 600 possible points.

Members of the Willamette team are MaryAnn Almeida, a sophomore politics and Spanish major from Spokane, Wash.; Brett Dahlberg, a freshman undeclared major from Bremerton, Wash.; Elizabeth Humphrey, a senior history major from Dallas, Ore.; Jade Olson, a sophomore rhetoric and media studies major from Hillsboro, Ore.; and Nic Robinson, a sophomore politics major from Norman, Okla.

The team will receive a trophy and plaque for the university and each student will receive a $1,000 cash award and individual plaque.