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Taylor Ethics Bowl Team Wins Regional; Places Three Teams in Top Four

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 08, 2012

Taylor's Ethics Bowl team with coach Jim Spiegel

For the second time in the past three years, the Taylor University Ethics Bowl team has won the Central States Regional championship and qualified for the national Ethics Bowl Tournament in the spring. Additionally, Taylor’s second and third Ethics Bowl teams finished second and fourth in the field of 20 teams.

The field included teams from Belmont University, Butler, DePauw, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Xaver, Wright State, Southern Indiana, Marian, Illinois Wesleyan, St. Olaf and the College of Mount Joseph.  

According to Taylor’s Ethics Bowl team coach Dr. Jim Spiegel, the cases debated in the competition covered a broad range of issues that included drug legalization, gay conversion therapy, the ethics of "street art," racial bias in death penalty rulings, the justice of a student loan forgiveness act, and the ethics of medical experimentation on animals.

The national tournament will be held in San Antonio, Texas, February 28, 2013. Spiegel said that the top four teams from the regional are invited, but since Taylor had teams in three of the four places they will consolidate into one team.

“My assistant coach, Cathy Kerton-Johnson, and I are very proud of the team,” said Spiegel. “And we're very excited about our prospects at nationals. If the team performs to its potential, we can surpass last year's elite eight finish.”