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The winning Willamette team, from left: Marta Tarantsey, Rafael Baptista, Tejeswara Reddy, and Angelika Orletsky. Photo courtesy of OICFThe winning Willamette team, from left: Marta Tarantsey, Rafael Baptista, Tejeswara Reddy, and Angelika Orletsky. Photo courtesy of OICF

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Willamette University wins Ethics Bowl debate competition

Students from Willamette University defeated Marylhurst University Saturday to win the Oregon Independent College Foundation's Fifth Annual Ethics Bowl.

Willamette, which won the championship in 2007, also competed against strong teams from Linfield College and Concordia University to become the first repeat winner in event history.

The team members were Angelika Orletsky '10, an economics and Russian major; Marta Tarantsey '11, a French and rhetoric and media studies major; Tejeswara Reddy '12, an economics and environmental science major; and Rafael Baptista '12, a politics major. Faculty advisors were Willamette Professor Robert Trapp and Hilary Jones, director of development for the International Debate Education Association.

Hosted by University of Portland, the Ethics Bowl matched student teams from the OICF's ten member colleges and universities in five rounds of case debates on a variety of contemporary ethical dilemmas.

Competitors grappled with real-world ethical questions that challenged their thinking on topics such as the use of animals in research, university admissions, coaches' compensation and a host of other timely issues.

Teams of three to five students competed in head-to-head team matches that were judged by panels of distinguished leaders from across Oregon and Washington, who listened to team presentations and offered reactions to students.

"The Ethics Bowl allows many of the brightest students from Oregon's foremost independent colleges to work with some of the region's most recognized business and community leaders," said Mohan Nair, chair of the OICF board of trustees. "This is a fabulous event that provides students with the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with business leaders that would rarely occur otherwise."

For the fourth year in a row, the Ethics Bowl was sponsored by Regence. For more information, including a list of judges, visit the OICF website.

03-01-2010