In just a few weeks, the University of North Georgia’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team will be traveling to Clemson for competition. To prepare, they were given the opportunity to compete in front of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership Advisory Board, comprised of leaders in education and industry, for feedback.
During the event on October 14, the two teams went head to head in a mock competition in front of the Center’s Advisory Board to receive constructive criticism and feedback the teams hope will take them through regionals. Both teams took a turn presenting a case, hearing the other side’s rebuttal, making a final point, and both teams received pointed advice and experienced perspectives from the Advisory Board that they can take onward in their upcoming competition.
The students prepared and presented on two of the fourteen cases that will be part of the competition: “Personnel Business,” examining the public pressure to resign Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich underwent in 2005 after making a campaign contribution in support of a proposition restricting marriage to between one man and one woman; and “A Child’s Right to Die,” which presents a law recently passed in Belgium allowing terminally ill children to choose euthanasia.
Perry Tomlinson, Advisory Board member and BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership Executive in Residence observed , “these students are getting it. They’re thinking critically about challenging issues, they are able to articulate their ethics, and they’ll make great leaders one day. I think they really took our feedback to heart, and they’re going to represent the University really well.”
The University of North Georgia will be fielding two Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl teams in the November 15, 2014 competition at Clemson, SC against teams such as Duke, Georgetown, UNC, and last year’s overall national winner, University of Maryland.