News / USA

Ethics Get Workout in College Bowl Game

Student teams quizzed on issues involving morals

The University of Central Florida sports teams are called the “Knights.”  We might call this 2011 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl championship team from UCF the “Brights!”
The University of Central Florida sports teams are called the “Knights.” We might call this 2011 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl championship team from UCF the “Brights!”

Multimedia

Audio
Ted Landphair

College football teams are preparing for postseason play in events such as the venerable Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Orange Bowl.

And the not-so-venerable Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Yes, those are real college football games.

But they are not the only bowl competitions underway.Preliminary matches are in full swing for the next annual Ethics Bowl.

Thirty-two university teams, whose members wear dresses or suits and ties, not helmets and cleats, will face off until one winner is declared at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, to be held next March at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.



These competitions are more like a television quiz show than a gridiron collision.  Moderators pose questions to teams of three to five students about moral problems such as classroom cheating, choices between right and wrong on the job, and political ethics.  

Of course, some would say the last of those - political ethics - is an oxymoron: an impossible, contradictory term and therefore some sort of trick question.

Ethics Bowl questions posed to contestants will be taken from 15 case studies posted on the Practical and Professional Ethics Association’s Web page in January.  

One such study concerned ethical dilemmas at Virginia Commonwealth University, which faced spiraling costs and funding cuts in 2010. It accepted research grants from a big Virginia tobacco company, and agreed to give that company the intellectual property rights to the results of that research.      

A panel of judges evaluates the students’ answers to Ethics Bowl questions and declares a winner in each round.  The 2011 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl champion was a team from the University of Central Florida.

Instructions for Ethics Bowl participants, also printed on the Ethics Association’s Web site, include a section called “Rules for Acceptable Behavior.” So just as in football, referees will be vigilantly watching these intellectual tussles.

You May Like

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

As cease-fire begins, Palestinians celebrate in streets; Israelis remain wary More

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

In treatment of a 12-year-old boy Chinese doctors used a 3-D printer and special software to create an exact replica of vertebra More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implanti
X
August 27, 2014 4:53 PM
A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. VOA News reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

AppleAndroid