Barton participating in Ethics Bowl

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Students from 22 campuses across North Carolina, including Barton College, will participate in the eighth annual Ethics Bowl hosted by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. The event will be held Friday and Saturday at the North Carolina legislative complex in Raleigh. The topic this year is “Ethics and the Environment.”

“The Ethics Bowl is both academically challenging and personally rewarding experience for our students,” said NCICU president Hope Williams. “Determining ethical responses to complex situations leads to personal awareness and valuable discussion among team members and participating business and community leaders.”

Each Ethics Bowl team consists of four to six students. A campus coordinator works with the students to prepare them for the competition, which consists of four rounds over the two days, plus semifinal and final rounds. In each round, a specially developed case study outlining a complex ethical situation related to the environment will be presented to the teams for debate.

The round is awarded to the team that makes the most sound, persuasive presentation. About 60 business, nonprofit and government professionals will serve as judges and moderators.

A banquet for campus participants, judges, moderators and sponsors will be held Friday evening at the North Carolina Museum of History. Jay Barnes, president and CEO of the North Carolina Aquarium Society, as keynote speaker, will share his unique perspective of the state’s aquatic resources and the society’s work as environmental stewards.