Ethics Bowl Team 2011

ethic_team_2011_senior_storyBack on top, UAB’s Ethics Bowl team claims the regional title

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s senior Ethics Bowl team won first place at the Southeast Regional eighth annual Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday. They advance to the 18th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati on March 1, 2012.

The teams debated the ethics of home-schooling, sex in advertising, dubious university recruiting, crisis in funding state pensions and artificial inflation of grades in law schools among other topics. UAB defeated defending national champion University of Central Florida and its rival, Eckerd College, a previous national champion. In January, UAB will get 15 new cases to prepare for the national championship tournament.


Members on both teams are students in the UAB Early Medical Acceptance Program that Pence says attracts some of the best students in the nation. His group worked as many as 10 hours a week preparing cases for two months, he says.

Members of the senior team are Rachael Rosales, a junior from Athens, Ga.; Chris Graves, a senior from Gadsden, Ala.; Mallick Hossain, a junior from Rainbow City, Ala.; Maja Mzombwe, a sophomore from Columbus, Miss.; and Kevin Jiang, a sophomore from Mountain Brook, Ala.

The freshman team are all Alabamians and included Ali Simpson, Vestavia Hills; Sejuti Paul, Florence; Ameen Barghi, Shelby County; Anjali Wagle, Gadsden; Kevin Shrestha, Birmingham; and student coach, Aditi Jani, sophomore, Pelham.

The Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences funded the trip to the regional competition.