The first-ever West Virginia University Ethics Bowl team competed in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl this spring, earning 5th place.


The event is a debate competition in which teams of students analyze cases and present arguments regarding ethical issues. The cases are released to the students approximately one month before the tournament, and students spend that time preparing their arguments.


Team members included Jonathan Nichols, a philosophy major from Morgantown; Anne Mutashi, a political science and philosophy student from Morgantown; philosophy major Doug Crouse of South Charleston; Ben Saunders, a biology major from Charleston; and Tom Schreiber of Huntington.


The competition was held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie , N.Y. The WVU squad faced seven other teams from the Northeast Region including Marist, Dartmouth College , Manhattan College , Union College , Franklin Pierce College , and two teams from Williams College .


Williams College was named the winner based on number of matches won.


The team is coached by Andrew Cullison, visiting assistant professor of philosophy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.


Cullison competed in the Ethics Bowl as an undergraduate at DePauw University , where he served as team captain. As a graduate student, he coached the University of Rochester’s Ethics Bowl team.


The next regional competition will be held during the fall semester. Students interested in participating should contact Cullison by the beginning of the term.


For more information, contact Cullison at Andrew.Cullison@mail.wvu.edu , or 304-293-3641.