Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, won the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Pacific Lutheran University. The team took first place among ten universities from three states.
Whitworth defeated Washington State University, Arizona State University, Gonzaga University and beat Seattle University in the final round. Other teams attending the bowl included Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Portland, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Oregon and Whitman College.
Team members include philosophy and theology major Eric Anderson ’21, mathematical economics major Jacob Dunning ’19, political science major Jacob Farrell ’19, biophysics major Maia Ketteridge ’21, and communication studies and English major Rylee Walter ’19. The team is coached by Mike Ingram (Communication Studies) and Keith Wyma (Philosophy).
The team prepared to analyze 12 different cases written by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. The cases covered a wide range of topics including fake news, police use of DNA information from 23andMe to solve cold cases, European restrictions on animal slaughter practices, Rachel Dolzeal’s claims about transracial identity and the classic “trolley problem” in ethics.
Alumni Ryan Howard ’98, Krister Johnson ’13, Jonathan Kim ’15, Rebecca Korf ’15, Ellie Probus ’16, Michelle Thompson ’00, T.J. Westre ’16, and Kelly Vincent Weyrich ’09 were guest judges for Whitworth.
The Philosoraptors have qualified for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Baltimore next March. The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics sponsors this national bowl. It will mark the 9th time in 11 years Whitworth has qualified for nationals. Whitworth was the first Christian college and first small liberal arts college to win the national bowl, and has won that bowl twice.
Now the Philosoraptors get another chance to win another bowl.