September 28th, 2020
Ethics Bowl at Hampden-Sydney  
Ethics Bowl 2013: Victory Again!

Building on the championship in 2012, Hampden-Sydney's Ethics Bowl team repeated as VFIC Ethics Bowl champions at the tournament held 10-11 February 2013 at Randolph College in Lynchburg. The team posted another perfect record, besting their quality rivals from Washington and Lee University in the final round. The topic concerned the ethics of social media.

The team poses above with the Batton Cup. (L to R): Ryan Rivas, Will Brantley, Prof. Hight (coordinator), Christopher Deen, and Baker Allen.

During the final round, the team conferences to determine their strategy. In the last four years the HSC team has made the final round four times, winning the last two championships.

Ethics Bowl 2012: Victory at Last!

The 2012 team immediately after the announcement that they had won the championship. (L to R): Christopher Deen, Baker Allen, Ryan Rivas, and Osric Forrest.

Below: the team poses outside after the tournament with the Batton Cup.

HSC wins 13th annual 2012 VFIC Ethics Bowl (Ethics of Campus Relationships)

After making it to the championship round the two previous years running, the third time in a row was the charm as Hampden-Sydney won the VFIC Ethics Bowl. The event was held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA 12-13 February 2012. The topic dealt with a myriad of ethical dilemmas concerning college life, ranging from controversial artistic expression on campus to fraternity life.

Pictured above with the Batton Cup Ethics Bowl trophy is the 2012 team (L to R) senior Osric Forrest, first year Ryan Rivas, Prof. Hight (coordinator), Prof. Janowski (coordinator), sophomore Baker Allen, and junior Christopher Deen. 


Ethics Bowl 2011: HSC Reaches Final Round for 2nd Consecutive Year (Ethics and Privacy)

Pictured here is the 2011 Ethics Bowl team (L to R): Christopher Deen, Osric Forrest, Baker Allen, and J.B. Potter. 

The team made the final round with a 3-1 record and the highest speaker points, but was runner-up for the second straight year. 

Ethics Bowl 2010: Ethics and Education

HSC did well, posting a perfect 4-0 record in the initial rounds and advancing to the championship round, where the team narrowly lost, finishing 2nd overall. Pictured above (L to R): Kyle Martin, J.B. Potter, Osric Forrest, and Prof. Marc Hight.

Ethics Bowl 2009: Ethics in Journalism. Held at W&L, the team poses for a picture before their third round debate with Mary Baldwin College. The team finished 3-1, just barely missing the championship round (again) by losing a tie-breaker. (L to R): Osric Forrest, J.B. "Two Shacks" Potter, Kyle Martin, and Spencer Mobley.

Ethics Bowl 2008: Ethics and the Environment. The Hampden-Sydney narrowly misses the final round, finishing 3-1. Here the team of (L to R) Kyle Martin, Spencer Mobley, Brennan Breeland and J.B. Potter prepare to make their opening statement. The tournament was held at Marymount University.

Ethics Bowl 2007: Medical Ethics. Held at Randolph-Macon College, the team prepares for its first round. (L to R): Kyle Martin, Brennan Breeland, Spencer Mobley, and Everett Gardner.

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) sponsors a competition each year among the private colleges and universities of Virginia where teams debate ethical issues related to a particular subject. Hampden-Sydney has sponsored a team since the inception of the program. I took over as coordinator of the HSC team in 2003, and have served as co-coordinator with James Janowski since 2004.


Ethics Bowl 2006: Ethics and Sport. The team performed brilliantly, but did not win this year. (L to R): Everett Gardner, Ben Chambers, Roger Mudd (of History Channel fame), Brennan Breeland, Spencer Mobley. The event was held at Lynchburg College.

Ethics Bowl 2005: Politics and Ethics.  Held at Virginia Wesleyan Universit. (L to R): Joey Smith, Everett Gardner, Mark Kearney, and Brennan Breeland.

Ethics Bowl 2004: War and Ethics. HSC is runner-up! HSC lost a close final round to Washington and Lee. (L to R): Ben Chambers, Everett Gardner, Mark Kearney, Joey Smith, James Janowski, Marc Hight. The event was held at Marymount University.


Ethics Bowl 2003: Business Ethics. Held at Marymount University near D.C. The team advanced to the elimination rounds, but did not quite make the finals. (L to R): Ben Chambers, Jon Lucier, Mark Kearney, Will Israel.


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