HPU Sweeps 4-0 in Ethics Bowl


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014 – A team of five High Point University students came home undefeated from the third annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Ethics Bowl tournament.

The HPU team of Michael Ball, Jordan Cohen, Brea Hampton, Jane Horton and Will Trimble, along with campus co-coordinators Dr. Matthew Brophy and Dr. Amy MacArthur, both assistant professors of philosophy, came home with a perfect 4-0 record.

“Everyone performed incredibly well,” says Cohen. “The common assumption is that one answer exists for each ethical issue; rather, the competitions have demonstrated to me that completely different answers can be equally valid. The competitions have also improved my ability to synthesize information, make policy-based solutions, collaborate with teammates and speaking skills, all of which are invaluable.”

The competition was held February 7-8, at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh and featured students from 20 North Carolina independent colleges and universities.

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is designed to provide an academic experience that increases student awareness about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society. The purpose of the competition is to emphasize the importance of applying ethical standards to situations students inevitably will face in their upcoming professional careers. This year’s topic was health care.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our ethics bowl team,” says Brophy. “They did an extraordinary job, and represented High Point University, on and off the stage, extremely well. Our student team enjoyed themselves thoroughly – not just competing, but talking with other students, making connections with business and community leaders and networking at the reception and dinner.”

“We appreciated the opportunity to participate again in this third year of NCICU Ethics Bowl,” said MacArthur. “The experience is a great way to educate our students, and they really value being able to learn from various professionals as well as other students in grappling with these ethics cases. We will definitely continue to participate in years to come.”

NCICU is comprised of North Carolina’s 36 private, non-profit liberal arts, comprehensive and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. It also provides research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conducts staff development opportunities and coordinates collaborative programs. For more information, visit

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