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R-MWC Students to Compete In Ethics Bowl

Intercollegiate debate tournament features 15 select college teams

2/9/2006 3:58:40 PM


Lynchburg, VA- The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC), a well-known consortium supporting private colleges and universities in Virginia, and Wachovia Bank will sponsor the seventh statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl Tournament on February 12-13 on the campus of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The theme of the 2006 Ethics Bowl is Ethics and Sports.

A student team from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, coached by philosophy professor David Schwartz, will be participating in this intercollegiate debate tournament. The Randolph-Macon Woman’s College students —Lauren Balasco, Ashley Lynch, Viet Dao, and Chi Pham-- will be competing against student teams from fourteen other private colleges in Virginia.

The Ethics Bowl is a round-robin debate program in which the student teams address case studies based on ethical issues. Many notables from the business sector, law, finance, journalism, and other fields will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to students’ presentations.

Nationally known television news reporters Roger Mudd, former journalist for CBS and The History Channel, and Margaret Warner of PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will be emceeing at the dinner event.

The Ethics Bowl program will commence with an opening session on Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Lynchburg’s Centennial Hall with the first round of debates scheduled for 4:15 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow. On Monday, February 13, rounds 3 & 4 will take place in Centennial Hall starting at 9:30 a.m. The final round of competition will take place at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the debate sessions free of charge. There is a cost for the reception and dinner Sunday evening. The winning team will be announced at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. The team from Washington and Lee University in Lexington took top honors in the 2005 Ethics Bowl with the runner-up team representing Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, founded in 1952, is a nonprofit, fundraising and programmatic partnership of colleges and supporting corporations, foundations, and individuals. Nearly 100 students and faculty advisors will participate in the Ethics Bowl; they represent Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, Randolph-Macon College, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Washington and Lee University. For additional information on the VFIC and its member colleges, visit

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations