On Nov. 20, Manhattan College’s ethics team competed in the regional division of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and prevailed as one of the top four contenders that will battle for the national bowl next March in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) sponsors the IEB annually as a way to involve students by discussing and debating difficult ethical cases and controversies. The regional competition consisted of 22 schools, and along with Manhattan College, Colgate University, Dartmouth College and Stevens Institute of Technology will attend nationals.
“The students were absolutely fantastic,” said Eoin O’Connell, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at Manhattan College and co-coach of the team. “I’ve never seen a group so excited to talk about difficult ethical and philosophical issues.”
Each round at regional’s consisted of two teams addressing questions on two of 15 cases that were distributed in advance to all competitors. At the end of each round, teams were evaluated for the quality of their arguments, responses and counter-responses.
Led by seniors David Miller, a pre-med and philosophy major, and Michael Woo, a philosophy major, Manhattan College triumphed in two of the three preliminary matches. Sophomores Nicholas Grecco, a psychology major, Suemi Mendez, a communication major, and Daniel Lonergan, an undecided major, are also members of Manhattan’s team, which won the quarterfinal round against Merrimack College while considering whether voting should be made compulsory as it is in Australia.