YSU Ethics Bowl Team Places 2nd in Nation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A team of Youngstown State University students placed second nationally in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl earlier this month in Virginia.

In all, teams from 36 universities competed, including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Indiana, Northwestern University and the U.S. Military and Naval academies.

“After the competition was completed, someone who had seen our team during the day and watched the final round said that their ‘arguments were goosebump worthy,’ ” said Alan Tomhave, YSU associate professor of philosophy and the team’s coach. “This is a pretty amazing compliment to our team.”

The team qualified for the national contest after excelling at a regional competition in Indianapolis last fall. The national competition was in Reston, Va., hosted by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

Members of the team are Tyler Miller Gordon of Hubbard, junior, French and philosophy; Lindsay Heldreth of Canfield, sophomore, political science and philosophy; and Jacob Shriner-Briggs of Austintown, senior, political science and philosophy.

Tomhave said the entire philosophy and religious studies department, as well as faculty in other colleges across campus, assisted with the team.

“We have already started recruiting students to participate next year and hope to maintain YSU as a force in the ethics bowl,” he said.

Pictured (from left): YSU Ethics Bowl Team members Tyler Miller Gordon, Jacob Shriner-Briggs and Lindsay Heldreth; the team’s coach, Alan Tomhave, YSU associate professor of philosophy and religious studies; and Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religious studies.

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