Salem Wins NCICU Ethics Bowl

February 14, 2017
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Salem College came out the victor over Meredith College in North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Ethics Bowl. This was the first time that two women’s colleges have faced each other in the finals. The topic for the final round centered around corporate ethics and international conflicts. The teams were asked “Do U.S. companies have an ethical obligation to withdraw their operations from countries that repress their citizen’s human rights?”

In the semifinal round, Meredith faced Chowan University and Salem faced Montreat College. The topic for that round focused on how the law deals with bullies asking the question, should there be a law to regulate cyber-bullying.

Salem’s Debate team meet with 21 other private colleges to participate in North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Ethics Bowl February 17 and 18. The annual event will be held at the Legislative Complex in Raleigh. 

Six Salem Sisters joined more than 100 college students from more than 20 of the state’s independent colleges and universities, according to Alyson Francisco, Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics and Director of the Center for Women in Business.

These women have been working extremely long hours, beyond their normal academic schedule to compete in this year bowl,” Francisco said. 


This year’s team includes:

  • Semi Revis-Rangel - Senior International Business and Spanish
  • Katie Hilderbrand - Senior Biology and Sociology
  • Maria Ramirez Perez - Senior Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Rebecca Sharp - Senior Biochemistry and Psychology
  • Mara Dygert - Junior Political Science and Religion

    Student participants consistently extol the educational and professional development value of the Ethic Bowl,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “Team members spend months researching and preparing to argue the ethical path forward on these issues.” 

    Teams participated in three rounds of debate on Friday and one round on Saturday, followed by semifinal and final rounds. Eleven matches will be conducted simultaneously, each with three judges and one moderator. 

    “Without the support of more than 70 volunteer judges and moderators and 34 sponsors the event would not be as successful,” said Williams. “Their interactions with the students provide unique networking opportunities.” 

    Other participating colleges include: Barton College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, Saint Augustine’s University, University of Mount Olive, Wake Forest University and Wingate University. 


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