Ethics Bowl team gains valuable experience thinking on their feet

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On Feb. 17-18, seven Pfeiffer University students competed across two teams and against representatives from 22 North Carolina-based private colleges and universities in the 2017 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl at the Legislative Complex in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to the competition, the group held practice sessions with the team from Catawba College. They prepared to debate topics such as hate speech on campus, cyberbullying, guns on college campuses, and police body cameras during search and seizure. At competition’s end, a mixed team that included participants from Pfeiffer and other schools came away with a win for one match.

 “The Ethics Bowl provides a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in real-world dilemmas, and work through them with careful reasoning, teamwork and extemporaneous speaking,” said Dr. Kevin Taylor, assistant professor of religion and campus coordinator for the Ethics Bowl team. “I’m very proud of the team and the way they represented Pfeiffer well at this statewide competition.”

Participating Pfeiffer students included Eli Bostian ‘17, Ben Horbert ‘18, Allison Lindsey ‘18, Kirk Neil-Holland ‘19, John Payne ‘20, Emily Poteat ‘19, and Jirah Robinson ‘20. Collectively, they express that the Ethics Bowl experience is preparing them to make important life and career choices.


"I aspire to be a defense attorney,” said Kirk Neil-Holland. “This experience helped give me the confidence to chase that dream.”


"I enjoyed competing against some of the finest minds in North Carolina,” said Allison Lindsey. “The competition taught me to formulate a convincing and ethical argument in a high pressure situation, something I hope to be able to apply in the medical field.”