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Congratulations to all ten teams who participated in the 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl!

After a full day of competition, spanning five rounds, the top four teams were announced at an evening reception: the team from Whitworth University was awarded first place, followed by Whitman College, Walla Walla University and Gonzaga University. To watch the final round between Whitman and Whitworth as it aired on TVW click here!

The competition was designed to hone students’ ability to think systematically and analytically, equipping them, as emerging leaders, to make difficult decisions through informed thought and critical judgment.
Major funding for the Ethics Bowl was provided by U.S. Bank, honored as the World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere® in 2015. Sponsors at the premiere level include The Boeing Company, Kenneth J and Beryl N Goodchild, TIAA, Saltchuk, and The Wollenberg Foundation, with additional support from our friends at Alaska Airlines, Lawton Printing, Peterson Sullivan LLP, Puget Sound Business Journal, and University of Puget Sound.
Judges and moderators for the all-day competition included state legislators, executives and staff from Boeing, US Bank, Saltchuk, TIAA, The News Tribune, Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission, the Washington State Supreme Court, and other notable local companies and organizations.

The ten Ethics Bowl teams were given these 12 cases in January and are researching and preparing for the competition in April. The cases were written by volunteers from businesses around the Puget Sound region, and offer relevant, real world examples of complex ethical cases in action. Of these 12 cases, 10 will be selected for use in live competition.

Case #1: Rehoming

This case examines the unregulated practice of adoptive parents finding new homes for their adopted child without working through any formal channels.

Case #2: Oocyte Cryopreservation

This case explores the ethical issue of corporations offering to pay for female employees to put off having children by covering egg-freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) through their benefits packages.

Case #3: Executive Pay

This case looks at the new US Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring publicly traded corporations in the US to make explicit disclosures about the ratio of the compensation of its chief executive officer compared to the median compensation of its employees.

Case #4: Refugee Crisis

This case examines the argument that Western powers bear some responsibility for the current refugee crisis and the opposing argument – the right to self-defense.

Case #5: Cecil

This case looks at the outcry over the killing of Cecil the lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, who paid a sum of $50,000 to a professional guide for the privilege to hunt and kill an African lion.

Case #6: “But It Was Just a Hug”

This case examines a perhaps misleading media report about a woman who filed a lawsuit against her 8-year-old nephew for $127,000 after sustaining major injuries to her wrist when the boy knocked her over while attempting to jump into her arms to hug her.

Case #7: Homes for the Homeless

This case explores the ethical implications for municipalities looking at providing permanent housing (including support services) for the homeless rather than the more traditional emergency shelter or transition housing options.

Case #8: Neurocampaigning

This case examines political campaigns using neuroscience techniques such as measuring brain activity to reduce the reliance on qualitative methods such as focus groups.

Case #9: “#RaceTogether”

This case looks at Starbucks’ “Race Together” campaign.

Case #10: A Burning Issue

This case explores California’s reliance on a voluntary inmate firefighter program and how the program is at odds with the state goal of reducing prison overcrowding.

Case #11: Ransom Demands

This case looks at the United States’ announced policy that the government will not negotiate with terrorists despite having a long history of arranging payments and prisoner releases in response to hostage situations.

Case #12: “Whooo”. . . Gives a Hoot?

This case examines the ethics of hunting and killing invasive barred owls in the natural habitat of the northern spotted owl in order to boost spotted owl populations.

Campus Map: ICWashington.org/ethics-bowl/map 

Ethics Bowl – Open to the public, no rsvp required

8:30 am – 6:00 pm (approx)

Wyatt Hall, 3rd Floor

Attend all or part of the day

What are my parking options ?

Due to multiple events being held at the University of Puget Sound on April 22nd, parking will be very limited. We highly encourage carpooling.

Parking is available by turning right into the visitor parking area in front of Jones Hall off of 15th Street, or in lots located at 14th Street (Wheelock Student Center) or 13th Street. Please view the map for more details.

What are my transportation options?

From I-5, take exit 133, Interstate 705 north, City Center exit. Exit at Schuster Parkway. Continue for approximately one mile, and stay to the left. Exit to the left (Schuster Parkway), and follow Schuster along the water. Stay to the right and proceed approximately 1.5 miles. Exit right onto North 30th. Continue through the traffic signal in Old Town and up the hill. From 30th Ave, turn left at North Alder. Continue approximately one mile. The campus will be on your right. Parking is available by turning right into the visitor parking area in front of Jones Hall off of 15th Street, or in lots located at 14th Street (Wheelock Student Center) or 13th Street.

What is an Ethics Bowl?

The ICW Ethics Bowl is a full-day competition among student teams from our 10 member colleges designed to showcase student knowledge of applied ethics as a hallmark of their liberal arts education.

Each ICW college prepares and sends a team of up to five students to debate in a competitive setting, using cases prepared by volunteers that explore real ethical issues relevant to our modern time.

Gonzaga Team

“Very cool event. I have shared with co-workers and suggested if they ever get asked to help, they should make the time to do so.” -2014 ICW Ethics Bowl volunteer judge/moderator

ICW Goals for the Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl was selected by ICW’s board of directors in April 2012 as the main student-centered event to mark our 60th year of serving the 10 nonprofit liberal arts colleges and universities in Washington.

After an extremely successful first event in April 2014, the ICW board chose to continue the ICW Ethics Bowl.

The 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl goals are to:

  • Showcase students’ abilities to apply ethics to everyday challenges as future business and community leaders
  • Increase visibility of ICW institutions as places where critical and analytical thinking is encouraged and social responsibility and accountability is instilled
  • Engage the statewide business community as collaborators in key phases of event organization and as financial partners/sponsors

 

I was very impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness, and professionalism of the discussions by the student participants!” -2014 ICW Ethics Bowl volunteer judge/moderator

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Outcomes for Students

The future we want for our world and the next generation of leaders is an ethical one.

Ethics Bowls teach:

  • How to think systematically and critically – Students examine complex cases where there are competing values and learn how to discern the most important considerations in each case. This practice equips our future leaders to make informed, thoughtful, and difficult decisions.
  • Real world application of ethical theory – Students apply classroom theory to real situations, learn how it can guide action, and understand how practical considerations can strengthen their argument.
  • Respect – Students learn how to have conversations about difficult issues in a way that shows respect for each other as human beings. The experience helps students learn how to demonstrate civility and respectful disagreement, and find ways to work together across differences.

Click here to learn more about the students participating in the 2015 ICW Ethics Bowl. Click here to watch a video of one of the ICW Ethics Bowl team advisors talking about how ethics bowl students use their expertise and their reasoning and deliberation skills as they learn how to engage people on controversial ethical issues.

“I loved the opportunity to translate theoretical knowledge gleaned in the classroom into real-world situations. Also, it’s a team sport! Learning to operate with four other team members proves an invaluable skill.” -2014 ICW Ethics Bowl student

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Student Teams

Each of ICW’s 10-member college and universities sends a team of up to five students to compete in the Ethics Bowl, based on their preparation related to cases that explore real or hypothetical ethical issues. Past cases have ranged from corruption and corporal punishment to social media experimentation and Euthanizing zoo animals to preserve genetic diversity.

After five rounds of competition, the top four winners are announced at an evening reception with students, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, and other honored guests.

Meet the 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl teams

Congratulations to the ten Ethics Bowl teams in the 2nd annual ICW Ethics Bowl held April 17th, 2015 at Seattle Pacific University.

Gonzaga University emerged the overall winner, Whitworth University earned second place, followed by Walla Walla University and Seattle Pacific University in third and fourth places respectively. View event photos here.

 

The 2016 Ethics Bowl will be held on April 22nd, 2016 at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

 

 
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration Wyatt Hall 1st Floor Foyer
8:00 – 8:20 am Judges and Moderators Orientation 3rd Floor
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome Wyatt Hall 1st Floor
9:00 – 10:15 am Round 1 5 Classrooms, 3rd Floor, Wyatt Hall
10:30 – 11:45 am Round 2 5 Classrooms, 3rd Floor, Wyatt Hall
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
Open to 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl student teams, coaches, and volunteers only
Upper Marshall Hall, 2nd Floor, Wheelock Student Center
12:30 – 12:50 pm Judges and Moderators Orientation 3rd Floor
1:15 – 2:30 pm Round 3 5 Classrooms, 3rd Floor, Wyatt Hall
The teams advancing to the Semi-Final Round will be announced on the 3rd floor of Wyatt Hall
2:45 – 4:00 pm Semi-Final: Round 4 2 Classrooms, 1st Floor, Wyatt Hall
The teams advancing to the Final Round will be announced in the Main Floor foyer of Wyatt Hall
4:30 – 5:45 pm Final: Round 5 Rasmussen Rotunda, 1st Floor, Wheelock Student Center
6:00 – 7:30 pm Awards Reception

By invitation and RSVP only

Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

 

Click here to view and print the comprehensive 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl Cases, or click the case titles below to view the cases individually.

Case #1: Rehoming

This case examines the unregulated practice of adoptive parents finding new homes for their adopted child without working through any formal channels.

Case #2: Oocyte Cryopreservation

This case explores the ethical issue of corporations offering to pay for female employees to put off having children by covering egg-freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) through their benefits packages.

Case #3: Executive Pay

This case looks at the new US Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring publicly traded corporations in the US to make explicit disclosures about the ratio of the compensation of its chief executive officer compared to the median compensation of its employees.

Case #4: Refugee Crisis

This case examines the argument that Western powers bear some responsibility for the current refugee crisis and the opposing argument – the right to self-defense.

Case #5: Cecil

This case looks at the outcry over the killing of Cecil the lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, who paid a sum of $50,000 to a professional guide for the privilege to hunt and kill an African lion.

Case #6: “But It Was Just a Hug”

This case examines a perhaps misleading media report about a woman who filed a lawsuit against her 8-year-old nephew for $127,000 after sustaining major injuries to her wrist when the boy knocked her over while attempting to jump into her arms to hug her.

Case #7: Homes for the Homeless

This case explores the ethical implications for municipalities looking at providing permanent housing (including support services) for the homeless rather than the more traditional emergency shelter or transition housing options.

Case #8: Neurocampaigning

This case examines political campaigns using neuroscience techniques such as measuring brain activity to reduce the reliance on qualitative methods such as focus groups.

Case #9: “#RaceTogether”

This case looks at Starbucks’ controversial “Race Together” campaign.

Case #10: A Burning Issue

This case explores California’s reliance on a voluntary inmate firefighter program and how the program is at odds with the state goal of reducing prison overcrowding.

Case #11: Ransom Demands

This case looks at the United States’ announced policy that the government will not negotiate with terrorists despite having a long history of arranging payments and prisoner releases in response to hostage situations.

Case #12: “Whooo”. . . Gives a Hoot?

This case examines the ethics of hunting and killing invasive barred owls in the natural habitat of the northern spotted owl in order to boost spotted owl populations.

 

Are you Judging or Moderating at the 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl?

Please watch the video below to prepare and familiarize yourself with the Ethics Bowl format. A Tip Sheet, Scoring Guidelines, and other helpful information are in the links below the video.

The two cases referenced in the video may be viewed here:

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2016 ICW Ethics Bowl Training Video from Independent Colleges of WA on Vimeo.

Click here to view and print our Philosophy 101 Primer!

Click here to view and print the Judge Tip Sheet!

Click here to view and print the Judges Scoring Criteria and Guidelines!

Sponsors

ICW thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl, to be held April 22, 2016 at University of Puget Sound:
  • Premiere Level

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  • Honored as the World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere® in 2014

The Wollenberg Foundation

 

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  • Honored as the World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere® in 2015

Kenneth J and Beryl N Goodchild

 

  • Friends

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  • Lawton Logo

  • PSBJ Logo
  • UPS logo

Participant and Volunteer Details

Go to ICWashington.org/ethics-bowl/participants

 

Contact Us

For more information about the 2016 ICW Ethics Bowl, including available volunteer opportunities and event sponsorship, please contact: Anne Cassidy, Vice President for Advancement Services Anne@ICWashington.org, 206-623-4494