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University of Miami Headed to National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

November 23, 2009
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A UM team of students tied for first place at the
Mid-Atlantic Ethics Bowl in Richmond, Virginia.

A team of University of Miami students, including a junior from the School of Business, is headed to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. The team, which includes Robert Levine, an economics, accounting and finance major, tied for first place at the Mid-Atlantic Ethics Bowl in Richmond, Virginia Nov. 21. The UM team bested strong ethics bowl contenders from UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte and West Virginia, among others to tie for the top spot with Clemson, the 2008 National Ethics Bowl champion. The 2010 national championship will be held in Cincinnati in March in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

In addition to Levine, the UM team heading to the national competition includes Ashley Carnes, a senior international relations major; Haley Kornfield, a junior political science major; Josh Kornfield, a sophomore international relations major; and alternate Caitlin Giles, a freshman political science major. The team’s appearance at the national championship will mark the third time that UM will be represented at the national event since 2007.  The top 36 teams from 11 regional events across the country are invited to the National Bowl.  In 2007 UM took first place, and in 2009 finished in the final four.

UM sent two teams to this year’s regional competition. The other team included Jonathan D’Ambra, a junior economics major; Andrew Hamner, a junior political science major; Elana Reman, a sophomore media management and political science major; Jaime Williams, a junior international relations and psychology major; and alternate Marcela Arcos, a freshman economics and Latin American studies major. The team narrowly missed being in the semi-final round.
 
debate team

UM's second team narrowly missed being in the
second round in the Richmond competition.

“I’m thrilled by the impressive performance of both teams in the regional competition,” said Anita Cava, associate professor of business law, director of the School’s Business Ethics Program and co-director of UM Ethics Programs. “Great credit goes to the students of the UM Ethics Society and many thanks go to our supporters – Elisah Lewis, the School’s director of student research and support services, Monica Cruz, our program coordinator and the former Ethics Bowl participants who have continued to assist us from their top tier law schools.”

The two teams earned the opportunity to represent UM at the regional competition after competing in UM’s sixth annual UM Ethics Debate at the School of Business earlier this month. Conceived and funded by Karl and Tere Schulze, and further supported the Arsht Initiatives of UM Ethics Programs, the purpose of the annual debates is to heighten students’ awareness of the ethical components of real-life situations and to improve their debating and communications skills. Karl Schulze has traveled to UM each year to both judge the campus ethics debates and offer remarks as the featured luncheon speaker.
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