OU Ethics Bowl team earns spot at nationals

OU Ethics Bowl team earns spot at nationals
One of OU's Ethics Bowl teams qualified for the national competition and the other just missed the cut, finishing 2nd and 5th overall among the 25 teams. This photo was taken during the Upper Midwest Regional competition held at Oakland University on November 18.

On Saturday, November 18, a total of 25 teams from 17 universities from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin competed in the Upper Midwest Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl event held at Oakland University

“Both of Oakland’s teams went undefeated, with records of 4-0 and 3-0-1, earning second place and fifth place respectively,” said Oakland Ethics Bowl coach and Associate Professor and Chair of The Department of Philosophy, Mark Rigstad, Ph.D. “The second place finishing team has qualified for nationals and I am very proud of both of our teams and their efforts.”

Other schools qualifying for nationals at the Upper Midwest Regional sponsored by the OU Center for Ethics included Ripon College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Loyola University

This is the fifth time Oakland has qualified for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition nationals, the last being in 2015.


This year’s 22nd Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition will be held at the 2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics annual meeting in Chicago the weekend of March 3 and 4.

Oakland students can try out for next year's team in March 2018. The Department of Philosophy offers a class, PHL 3910, so that students may receive academic credit for their work on the Ethics Bowl teams.

ethics bowl teams pose

Members of OU's two Ethics Bowl teams with coaches Lisa Campbell, special lecturer in Communication and Philosophy, left,  and Mark Rigstad, associate professor and chair of Philosophy, right, at the Upper Midwest Bowl competition held at Oakland on November 18.

2nd place team that qualified for nationals

The second place team overall at regionals, this OU team earned a spot in the national competition.
5th place team had a good showing
OU's other team earned a fifth place finish overall at regionals and just missed the cut for going to nationals as the top four teams qualified to move on.