BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — In preparation for competition at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl,
the Illinois Wesleyan University Ethics Bowl team called upon alumni, friends of the University, faculty and staff to judge practice
rounds leading up to Nationals, held March 2-3 in Baltimore.
Practice round judges included Don Knapp (McLean County State’s Attorney), Andy Kriess
’86 (IWU Director of Marketing), Puneet Leekha (Chestnut Health Systems Chief Operating
Officer and General Counsel), Adriane Powell (IWU Director of Alumni Engagement),
and Trevor Sierra ’05 (McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney).
“The judges were invaluable in simulating the Ethics Bowl experience,” said team member
Jared Schneider ’22, an economics major. “The guest judges brought in their varied
perspectives on the ethical issues and exposed dimensions of the cases that we might
not have considered before, as they bring with them experience from multiple careers.”
Assistant Professor of Philosophy Andrew Engen and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Emily Kelahan ’05 coordinated the series of practice rounds in which the team worked
together to present arguments in response to various ethical questions.
“In addition to asking stimulating questions, our judges are people with whom our
students can connect for professional guidance and mentorship,” added Kelahan. “They
give the students things to think about that I never could.”
From real-world controversies in society ranging from gene editing to mass automation,
Ethics Bowl cases are designed to prepare students for careers in law and other related
fields. In preparation for Nationals, team members conducted extensive research into
a series of cases which will be debated amongst 35 qualifying teams from across the
“Since this is Nationals, we're surely going to face some very good teams, but I think
it's going to be enjoyable to work through the rounds as a team,” Schneider said.
With five first-year students on Illinois Wesleyan’s eight-student team, Kelahan said
this is an exciting opportunity for the young squad to experience Nationals and learn
from competing teams.
“I always enjoy seeing the other teams in action,” Kelahan said. “Whether we win or
lose, we always learn a lot from watching the way other teams perform.”
“We all want to have a strong showing at Nationals and be competitive with all of
the other accomplished teams who will be there to compete with us,” Schneider added.
“I'm looking forward to experiencing Nationals for the first time, as I think it will
be valuable experience for the future.”
Updated: Nationals Results Illinois Wesleyan went 2-1-1 at Nationals. IWU tied Tufts University, lost to Oklahoma
Christian University, and defeated both Seton Hall University and Cal Poly, San Luis
The 2018-19 Ethics Bowl Team members include: Allen Cook ’22 (Springfield, Ill.), physics and political science double major Matthew Galvan ’22 (Los Angeles, Calif.) political science major Emma Gray ’21 (Urbana, Ill.) biochemistry major Jonas Maes ’22 (Redmond, Wash.), political science major Kayley Rettberg ’20 (Carol Stream, Ill.), political science major Juan Rios-Narcisco ’22 (Arrowsmith, Ill.), design, technology and entrepreneurship
(DTE) and political science double major Jared Schneider ’22 (Lombard, Ill.), economics major Adeline Schultz ’20 (Bloomington, Ill.), philosophy major