This semester, the Northeastern Ethics Bowl team was once again fortunate to have the opportunity to compete in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Ethics bowl, held on the now familiar and beautiful campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. We were glad to welcome back several veteran debaters into the fold, as well as six first-timers, as this was the first time that Northeastern entered two teams to compete at the regional level. This year’s cases included some fascinating and challenging topics, including the legitimacy of trans-racialism, whether Amish midwifery should be punished, whether expletives should be allowed on all TV shows, and whether felons should be able to vote.
What was clear from the first team meeting early this semester to the last pre-competition cram in a hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in Waterbury, CT, was the great team chemistry and determination shared by this group of students. This fantastic team spirit resulted in some of the best individual and team performances that we have achieved thus far in our brief history. We recorded out first ever win in this format, which was followed in quick succession by two more wins, including a victory by unanimous decision against the formidable host team. Ultimately, however, we missed progressing to the semi-finals by a point-differential tiebreaker. Still, we left New York high in high spirits, buoyed by our fantastic performance, and we are looking forward to participating in our second National Bioethics Bowl, in Mobile, AL, in the spring. We would like to thank Professor Yelle, Professor Shorey, and the Philosophy and Religion Department for their continued support and commitment to this endeavor.
For more information about Ethics Bowl, including tryout dates, please email Kaleem Ahmid at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Professor Yelle at email@example.com, and check out the team page on the Department of Philosophy and Religion website https://cssh.northeastern.edu/philosophy/ethics-bowl/.
And finally, Happy New Year from the Northeastern Ethics Bowl Team!
Kaleem Ahmid, ’21
NEU Ethics Bowl Team Captain