Hollins Students to Deliberate “Ethics and Digital Media” at VFIC Ethics Bowl

Four Hollins University students will compete head-to-head against other teams from Virginia’s leading independent colleges and universities at the 23rd annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl, which takes place January 29-30 at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).

The teams will deliberate a variety of case studies relating to this year’s Ethics Bowl theme, “Ethics and Digital Media.” Notable individuals from a variety of career fields including business, law, education, finance, journalism, and others will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to the students’ presentations.

Representing Hollins at the Ethics Bowl are Allison Goguen ’24, Jenna Johnston ’25, S. Merritt ’24, and Nupur Sehgal ’23. The team’s faculty coordinators are Associate Professor of Philosophy James Downey and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Charles Lowney.

The 2023 VFIC Ethics Bowl will begin with an opening session on Sunday, January 29, at 2:45 p.m. in Virginia Wesleyan’s Blocker Auditorium, with the first rounds of competition scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in various rooms in Blocker Hall and Greer Environmental Sciences Center. On Monday, January 30, rounds three and four will begin at 8:45 a.m. The final round will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Brock Theatre, located in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, with the winning team announced at 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend the rounds free of charge.

Established in 1952, the VFIC aims to advance the distinctive values and strengths of the 16 colleges across Virginia that make up the consortium. Members include Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Washington and Lee University.