Taylor Ethics Bowl Team Wins Regional, Headed Back to Nationals

Published: Nov 24, 2015

Taylor University’s Ethics Bowl team took the first step toward defending their 2015 National Championship, winning the 17th Annual Central States Regional Championship, held at Marian University, Indianapolis, Ind.

It marks the fifth regional championship for the Taylor team, and the fourth since 2010. The team, led by Professor of Philosophy Dr. James Spiegel, won the National Ethics Bowl Tournament last spring and qualified for a return trip in the spring of 2016.  

Ethics Bowl competitions consist of two teams competing against each other to argue and defend their position on current issues using ethical theorems. A panel of judges scores the teams based on the quality of each argument.

Spiegel said the team was rebuilding after losing six seniors from last year’s national championship team and fielded a young team comprised of a junior, four sophomores and four freshmen.

“Taylor University tends to bring in students with a high social IQ,” said Spiegel. “Our students are great critical thinkers and communicators. The team is made up of a nice cast of very natural, relaxed communicators who can convey arguments and ideas in a natural, compelling way.”

Taylor won regional championships in 2003, 2010, 2012, 2013, and most recently in 2015. In addition to last year’s national championship, Taylor’s team lost in a narrow decision in the national championship round in 2013.

“The most exciting part for me was to see their hard work being rewarded,” Spiegel said. “Our team members meet on their own, many times a week, apart from our weekly meetings. I was so hopeful they would qualify for nationals and it really showed. That is how it has been for the last several years. Other teams and moderators consistently remark how good our team is – they work so hard and prepare so thoroughly, and it comes to fruition in the tournament.”