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Debating Ethical Dilemmas: UM Undergraduates Shine at School of Business Competition

November 13, 2008
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On November 1, 2008, teams of University of Miami students competed against each other in UM’s fifth annual Ethics Debate at the School of Business Administration.  The Ethics Debate featured students from different academic disciplines competitively arguing solutions to thorny ethical issues, including poverty tourism, allowing illegal immigrants to attend college, and whether mothers should be permitted to raise their children in prison.

TheEthics Debate Particpants event, hosted by the School of Business, is based on the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition.  The UM Ethics Society, a student organization, helped to recruit participants and to organize the day.  The Business Ethics Program recognizes Citizens Board President Robert Rubin and the other Citizen Board members and friends of our Ethics Program who served as judges as well as Karl (BBA ’74) and Tere Schulze, who conceived and support the program and made their fifth trip from Los Angeles to participate.  

Over 30 students from a range of schools and majors competed in the all-day event. The winning team will represent UM at the 2008 Regional Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina ,Chapel Hill on Saturday, November 15, 2008. They are:

Alaina Brandhurst, senior, Industrial Engineering
Rachael Goldberg, sophomore, Political Science, Psychology
Haley Kornfield, sophomore, Political Science
Josh Kornfield, freshman, Undeclared
Robert Levine, sophomore, Economics, Finance & Accounting

The second place team included:

Marie Cushmore, sophomore, Chemistry
Melissa Hebra, sophomore, Undeclared Business,
Caroline Mauriello, sophomore, International Studies, Psychology
Danny Rosenberg, sophomore, History

All students on the top two teams are also members of the University of Miami Ethics Society.  Danny Rosenberg will travel to Chapel Hill as the alternate.  

“The School of Business is especially proud of the mostly freshman team that came in third place,” said Anita Cava, associate professor of business law and director of the School’s business ethics programs.  “Competing for the first time, they made it clear they will be back next year,” said Cava.  They are:

Josh Bergman, sophomore, Accounting & Finance
Hershel Metha, freshman, Marketing
Melissa Katz, freshman, Marketing
Robert Till, freshman, Management Science & Accounting
Shari Seidaman

For more information about the Ethics Debate at the School of Business, or the other ethics initiatives at the University of Miami, visit www.miami.edu/ethics or contact Anita Cava at 305-284-5084.
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