BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Campbell University’s Ethics Bowl team will be arguing and applying ethics to a series of cases related to technology at the Fifth Annual Ethics Bowl hosted by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) at Meredith College in Raleigh Feb. 5-6. Campbell is one of 22 North Carolina private schools competing.
Its team is comprised of students from the humanities to the hard sciences who will have the opportunity to present and argue moral issues they have been wrestling with since last fall to a body of judges comprised of business leaders from around the state. They have been practicing in their philosophy class since September and have already competed in two other national competitions this school year.
“There is certainly an element of hard work and of preparation, but then there is also an element of surprise and of thinking on your feet,” said Dr. Adam English, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and one of the advisors for Campbell’s team.
Jessica Inscore, a senior majoring in English, said: “I’m most excited about actually competing. I love that we get to talk about serious things, but in a fun way.”
The team looks forward to the competition with a nervous excitement, she added. Come victory or defeat, they hope to hone their professional skills, ethical argumentation, and above all, have fun. — Noah Merkousko