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On the Case: Ethics Bowl Comes to SJC Long Island

by Cheryl Meglio


As the host of this year’s Annual Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, SJC Long Island will welcome hundreds of students from the United States and Canada who are participating in the competition, a team debate in which students examine high-profile cases and offer well-reasoned ethical analyses.

With the all-day event taking place on their home turf, there’s no doubt that the St. Joseph’s College team — John Antonacci, Anthony Marra, Korey Robinson and Tara McDermott — is feeling a little bit more pressure. While the team is hoping to place well at the competition, the “important goal is to tackle some difficult cases and enjoy the process of thinking through our ethical positions,” says team coach and SJC philosophy professor Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D. Turgeon took over the coaching duties from SJC Long Island assistant professor of philosophy Landon Frim, Ph.D., who is hosting this year’s event. The team, notes Turgeon, wants to do well and “make him proud.”

During the Ethics Bowl, cases developed by ethics faculty, researchers and professionals are presented to competitors. Students must demonstrate their understanding of the facts of each case and articulate the related ethical principles.

To prepare, the SJC team members are meeting weekly during Common Hour to discuss the 15 cases. “Each member of the team,” says Turgeon, “has a ‘case load’ on which they are focusing, but ultimately, everyone will be prepared to present our positions on every case.” This year, the College will be competing against more than 25 other teams, including those from Sacred Heart University, Dartmouth College, Seton Hall University, Marist College and Manhattan College. The teams are vying to qualify for the National Ethics Bowl.

SJC will be hosting the all-day regional Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday, November 14. 

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