Ethics Bowl Team Places Third in Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition

Congratulations to the UMBC ethics bowl team, which placed third in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday, November 20. This was the first year that the Ethics Bowl team has competed in a regional tournament.

Out of 12 teams, UMBC’s ethics bowl team came in behind Clemson and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and just ahead of the University of Maryland, College Park. The ethics bowl tournament, which is similar to a debate, requires students to work through the ethical considerations in a series of dilemmas. Rather than being judged on whether their position is convincing, the teams are judged on their abilities to clearly think through the implications of the possible decisions.

UMBC’s third place finish earned the team a spot at the national competition, which will take place on March 3, 2011 in Cincinnati, OH, as a part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics’ 2011 20th anniversary annual meeting.

The ethics bowl team members are Michael Iafolla ’11, English and philosophy; Nana Owusu-Boaitey ’11, biological sciences and philosophy; Kayla Smith ’11, biological sciences and philosophy; and Danielle Albrecht ’12, political science and philosophy.

To see a video of the ethics bowl team in action, visit

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