Mount St. Joseph University

Mount students head to Indy to compete in Ethics Bowl

Academics, Press Releases

By: Ryan Korengel

Two teams from Mount St. Joseph University were among the 32 college teams that competed in the 18th Annual Central States Regional Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), were held at Marian University in Indianapolis.

The Mount students in the competition were part of a contemporary moral debate class at the Mount. The teams argue and defend their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today, including questions addressing topics in business and professional ethics, personal relationships, and in social and political affairs. The topics in this year's competition included data privacy issues related to Apple refusing to help the FBI gain access to the iPhone of the shooter in last year's San Bernadino attacks, online publication of instructions for the 3-D printing of guns, and the ethicality of physicians amputating healthy limbs and doing other bodily harm at the requests of individuals with body identity integrity disorder (BIID).

The teams consisted of students: Kyle Haaff, Garret Liette, Andi Saylor, Bryan McKiddy, David McSwain, Joe Van Niman, and Adam Williams. The teams were sponsored by our Center for Ethical Leadership and coached by Dr. Iris Spoor and Dr. Missy Houlette.The Mount has participated in several Ethics Bowls competitions in previous years.

The Mount’s participation in this competition is a testament that the Mount is fulfilling its mission, nearly a century after it was founded. Classes at th Mount prepare students to become stronger ethical leaders and impact the world in ways that transcend the workforce.