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Westminster College in SLC will be hosting the Wasatch Front’s qualifying tournament for the national Ethics Bowl, and their director has kindly invited us to participate. I haven’t been involved with this before, but the idea is this. We are given some ethical cases to think through. At the local tournament, our team is asked probing questions about the cases, and we are assigned points depending on how well we respond. The winning team, I believe, advances to the national tournament, which will be at Indiana University.

So: are any students out there interested in being on our team? The Westminster tournament is November 13th. If so, leave a comment saying so to this post, or send me a note.



  1. Eric Bottelberghe says:

    I would be interested. I think.


  2. blood_and_ashes says:

    I wouldn’t mind taking a shot. How is it going down?


  3. Brock Rohloff says:

    I am extremely interested in participating in this Ethics bowl. I have a loving passion for philosophy, debating, and the consideration of morality.


  4. Christopher says:

    I would be interested in participating, sounds interesting.


  5. Leigha Foster says:

    I would be interested in participating.


  6. Logan Brown says:

    I would love to participate as well.


  7. Huenemann says:

    For those interested: we will be meeting each Wednesday in October, from 4 to 5 pm, in the Dean’s conference room, Main 340 (enter through M 338).


  8. Logan Brown says:

    here are some helpful links for those who would like to better verse themselves in the ethics bowl.

    for general informaiton,

    for a few more cases to test your ethical prowess,


  9. Logan Brown says:

    one last thing: i know someone asked to see a scoring sheet, so here’s a link for one so you don’t have to dig around for it.

    the difference between team 1 and team 2’s scoring sheets is small – the team number, and the shape of the boxes in which the judge places the team’s score is either a square, or an octagon. that’s all, folks.


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