Ethics Bowl Team and Debate Union Excel

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
December 18, 2017

Congratulations to the members of Seattle University's Ethics Bowl team, Samantha Fisher, John R. Gavin, Caroline Lambert (Humanities), Gavin Pandya, Serena Oduro, Garrett Solberg, and Hana Stodder, and coach Dr. Ben Howe, for taking first place in the regional Ethics Bowl competition. The Northwest region includes teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Arizona. The SU team won five out of its five matches and qualified to go to the national competition in Chicago in March, 2018.

Group of students on the Seattle University Ethics BowlSeattle University’s debate union hosted one of the largest worlds style parliamentary debate tournaments in the nation in early December.

The team includes Michael Flores, Aine Foran, Alia Fukumoto, Alyssa Gaston, Flora Lloyd, Brenna Murphy, Alissa Neumann, Arshia Nilchian, Matt Omiya, Corey Patton, Anh Phan, Ryan Shook, Brandon Stickels, Connor Stickels, Emma Wahl, and Adilia Watson.

With 68 teams coming from California, Kansas, Wyoming, British Columbia, Colorado, Illinois, Alaska, Michigan as well as the Northwest, attending participants commented on the tournament’s efficiency and hospitality—the tournament even finished on schedule. The tournament followed a successful quarter of competition for our young team of debaters who were in elimination rounds at the Lewis and Clark tournament and 2nd place open team and top novice teams at the Northwest BP Debate Scrimmage.

The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:15pm each week for practice debating and topic discussions and is excited about competitions in the winter and early spring quarters.

Debate team students