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DATE:  November 7, 2007       
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Teams Dominate Field of 16 Entries at 10th Annual Regional Ethics Bowl Competition
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Teams from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi took first and second place in a field of 16 opponents from 11 Universities at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

The first-place team won all its matches earning A&M-Corpus Christi a spot in the national competition in February in San Antonio. Combined, the three Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi entries compiled a 7-1-1 record with the Islanders’ third team finishing in a tie for the fourth best record at 2-1. Other schools competing in the regional competition included University of the Incarnate Word, Southern Methodist University, Texas State University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Lutheran University and Northwest Vista University, which placed third.

Ethics Bowl debates are similar to debates with teams of students giving presentations and responding to questions on ethical issues. A moderator poses scenarios to teams of three-to-five students and a panel of judges evaluates answers based on intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance and deliberative thoughtfulness.

This year, the teams debated topics such as the roles of the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies in the drug approval process, the policies and practices of payday loan companies, and the ethical justifiability of charging higher tuition rates for some majors than for others.

The three A&M-Corpus Christi teams consisted of students from the Honors program and from a number of other programs. Participants were: Michael Cogan, Miranda Debord, Amanda Dillon, Lauren Fleishman, Jack Ghably, Courtney Lee, Andy Machina, Sally Morehead, Dustin O’Neal, Rebecca Pizano, Ashley Smith, Jacob Spicer, and Carolyn Voigt. The Ethics Bowl coaches are philosophy professors Andy Piker and Stefan Sencerz, who were assisted by professors Don Berkich and Glenn Tiller, also from the philosophy program.

Teams from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have participated in all 10 of the Texas Regional Ethics Bowls, and have also participated in the National Ethics Bowl in each of the last 10 years. During that time, they have won four regional titles and a national championship, finished in the top 10 nationally three times, and brought home a total of 11 trophies. This year’s competition was the second in three years in which Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi teams have claimed the top two spots.

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