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WWU to Compete in State-Wide Ethics Bowl


By: Jaci Shankel

Event to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of the ICW

On April 4, Walla Walla University will join nine other non-profit colleges and universities to compete in the 2014 Ethics Bowl competition. This competition is being held in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW), and will be held on campus at Seattle University.

The theme that students will be discussing is the ethics of science and technology in the workplace.

What makes this event different from a traditional debate is that, first of all, teams are not forced to argue a specific side of an argument. Secondly, the team that addresses the original argument does not have to give a direct rebuttal; they may agree, but must address the weaknesses in the argument.

The ICW is a nonprofit group whose mission, according to their website, is to “provide educational opportunity, choice, and success for students.” The organization raises funds for scholarships, helps private schools be relevant in the job scene, and advocate for higher education issues in the Washington state legislature.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, ICW is showcasing student learning and the skills students have gained through education. By participating in Ethics Bowl, students will learn how to argue a point while maintaining respect for the opposing party.

Linda Emmerson, instructor in philosophy, is serving as the sponsor for the WWU team. The students representing WWU are:

  • Acacia Chan, sophomore, psychology/biblical languages major
  • Andres Diocares, senior, biochemistry/pre-med major
  • Philip Duclos, senior, history/religion major
  • Richard Roberts, senior, history major
  • Cedric Thiel, senior, biology/pre-med major
  • Logan Villareal, senior, bioengineering/pre-med major

For more information on the Ethics Bowl and the ICW, visit

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