Ethics Bowl Team 2011
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.
First National Championship
Four years ago Philosophy Professor Greg Pence, Ph.D., took a small group of students with him to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl championship in Jacksonville, Fla., to observe the competition. Pence was interested in starting and coaching an ethics bowl team at UAB, but he left that day convinced it might be a while before they were ready for the national stage.
He was wrong.