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Taylor Univeristy Ethics Bowl team qualifies for national competition at 2014 Regionals

2014 regional ethics bowl team








The Taylor University Ethics Bowl team took second place in the Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl competition on November 1, 2014 which qualifies them for the national competition in Costa Mesa California on February 22, 2015. Taylor University was one of 15 schools competing in the regional competition. The team was coached this year by Katie Duncan. Students on the team include:

Veronica Toth (Junior, English Lit)

Kayla Gotha (Senior, Political Science)

Kasey Leander (Junior, History/PPE)

Joe Kasper (Senior, Chemistry/Math)

Mark Taylor (Senior, Philosophy)

Jess Biermann (Senior, Philosophy)

Nathaniel Cullen (Senior, Philosophy)

Davis Meadors (Senior, Philosophy/Bib Lit)

Caleb Nagel (Senior, Political Science/History)

Lydia Grace Espiritu (Junior, Philosophy)

Seth Brandle (Junior, Political Science)

Blair Hedges (Sophomore, English)

Stephen Weick (Senior, Philosophy)


Annual report for 2013-2014

The annual report of the Taylor University Center for Ethics for 2013-2014 is now available on the Annual Report page. Copies of the Integration of Faith and Living statement and the Five Year Vision are included with the annual report.


5 year vision for the Center

The steering committee for the Center for Ethics has developed a five year vision for the center. This vision is now posted at Five Year Vision.


Integration of Faith and Living

The Center for Ethics has developed a statement titled “Integration of Faith and Living at Taylor University: Why an Emphasis on Ethics is Essential to Taylor University’s Mission” that discusses why a focus on ethics and helping students develop Christian moral character is essential to the mission of Taylor University. This statement has been presented to and approved by the Provost council of the university. You can read the statement by clicking on the title or find a link on our Ethics Resources page.


Ethics Bowl team wins regional competition

Congratulations to the Taylor University Ethics Bowl team. This past Saturday, November 9, the they won the regional championship for the second consecutive year and for the 3rd time in the last four years. This qualifies Taylor to compete in the national Ethics Bowl competition which is scheduled for February 27, 2014 and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. Taylor University will be one of 32 schools in the national competition with each school allowed to enter just one team. Taylor University entered three teams in the regional competition and placed first, third and fifth. Our teams had a combined record of 8 wins and 1 loss.

Twenty teams participated in this year’s Central States Regional competition. The other schools involved were Bellarmine University, Belmont University (two teams), Butler University, College of Mount St. Joseph (two teams) DePauw University (two teams), Eastern Kentucky University, Illinois Wesleyan University (two teams), Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Marian University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, and Xavier University.

The members of the Taylor University Ethics Bowl team who competed were:
Team 1:
Suzanne Neefus (Senior, Philosophy)
Stephen Weick (Junior, Philosophy/History)
Joe Kasper (Junior, Chemistry/Math)
Blair Hedges (Freshman, Political Science)

Team 2 (first pace in the regional competition):
Nathaniel Cullen (Junior, Philosophy/Env. Studies)
Kyle Carruthers (Junior, Philosophy/Pro Writing)
Davis Meadors (Junior, Biblical Literature/Philosophy)
Lydia Grace Espiritu (Sophomore, Philosophy)

Team 3:
Jess Biermann (Junior, Philosophy)
Kasey Leander (Sophomore, History/Political Science)
Mark Taylor (Junior, Philosophy/Biblical Literature)
Veronica Toth (Sophomore, English Literature)

The cases debated at this year’s competition were excruciating as always, including the following:
Should bone marrow extraction and transplantation continue to be governed by the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984?
Should a particular business owner disclose his employees’ salaries when giving them the rationale for his company’s budget cuts?
If autonomous (computer-guided, self-driving) cars become standardized, should humans be forbidden by law to drive?
Do American consumers have a moral duty to find alternatives to clothing produced in sweat shops?
Other cases pertained to issues as wide ranging as surrogate motherhood, animal welfare issues, and child obesity public service commercials.


Students for Ethics Discussion

What collective obligations do we have towards protecting the health of others?

 Is healthcare a right? Whose obligation is it to provide for healthcare?

 Join the discussion in Euler 108 tomorrow night at 7pm or simply join the discussion on here!

Students for ethics


The Center for Ethics has a new office

Center for Ethics office - work area.jpgAfter 2 years of existing as a virtual entity at Taylor University, the Center for Ethics now has our own office. We are located in room 132 in the Euler Science Complex. The office is inside a larger common space that we share with the new Public Health program and the Office of Sponsored Programs which oversees research at the university that is funded by outside sources. The common space will provide a place for students interested in working with the Center to gather to work on projects to engage other students in thinking about their moral values. The proximity to the Public Health program and Office of Sponsored Programs should help facilitate that ways we can interact with them. We are already planning to work with the Office of Sponsored Programs on the training in the proper conduct of research that they provide for students engaged in research projects.Door to the Center for Ethics office

Feel free drop by and say hello. I am in the office most mornings, and the common space is available for use all day.

Steve Phillips

Chair of the Taylor University Center for Ethics


2012-2013 Annual Report available

With the completion of the 2012-2013 school year the Taylor University Center for Ethics has been in existence for two years. We are striving to help the university be more effective in the process of  helping student become ethical servant leaders. You can read about the things we have done this year in our annual report.


Taylor University Ethics Bowl Takes Second Place in National Competition

2013 National Ethics Bowl teamThe Taylor University Ethics Bowl Team had its best showing ever in the National Ethics Bowl Competition on Thursday 2/28/13. They came in second by one point in the championship match by a score of 153 to 154 to DePauw University. Taylor defeated the defending national champion, Whitworth, in the semifinal round.

We give our congratulations to the entire team and their coach Jim Spiegel. The members of the team are: Jess Biermann (Philosophy), Nathaniel Cullen (Philosophy), Kasey Leander (History/Political Science), Brianna Leever (Political Science/Developmental Economics), Davis Meadors (Biblical Literature/Philosophy), Suzanne Neefus (Philosophy/ Political Science), Abigail Pollock (Political Science), Sarah Sawicki (Professional Writing), Mark Taylor (Philosophy/Bib Lit), Veronica Toth (Professional Writing), Stephen Weick (Philosophy/History) and Tom Weingartner (Political Science).


Central States Regional Ethics Bowl Champions

Regional Ethics Bowl team 2012

This past weekend the Taylor Ethics Bowl team won the Central States Regional Championship!  This is their second regional championship in the last three years, and the third in our history (since 2000).  But what is even more impressive is that all three Taylor University teams finished in the top four (1st, 2nd, and 4th), out of 20 teams.

The other schools that competed included Belmont U., Butler U., DePauw U., Eastern Kentucky, Indiana U., Xavier College, Wright State U., U. of Southern Indiana, Marian U., Illinois Wesleyan U., St. Olaf College, and the College of Mt. Joseph.  The cases debated in the competition, as always, covered a broad range of issues.  This year the issues were drug legalization, gay conversion therapy, the ethics of “street art,” racial bias in death penalty rulings, the justice of a student loan forgiveness act, and the ethics of medical experimentation on animals.

At regionals, the top four teams qualify for the national tournament in San Antonio, Texas, which will take place on February 28, 2013. So technically, all three of our teams qualified.  But since each school can only send one team (with a maximum of 5 students) to nationals, Taylor will have to select that team from among the 12 E-Bowlers who competed this past weekend. Those 12 students are Jess Biermann, Nathaniel Cullen, Kasey Leander, Brianna Leever, Davis Meadors, Suzanne Neefus, Abigail Pollock, Sarah Sawicki, Mark Taylor, Veronica Toth, Stephen Weick, and Tom Weingartner. The team is coached by professor Jim Spiegel, who is assisted by Cathy Kerton-Johnson.