February 14, 2012
Posting an impressive undefeated run in the preliminary rounds, the Hampden-Sydney College Ethics Bowl Team of (left to right) Osric Forrest '12, Ryan Rivas '15, Baker Allen '14, and Christopher Deen '13 defeated Sweet Briar College in the championship round to secure the coveted trophy. In the thirteen years of the competition, this is the first time Hampden-Sydney has won the tournament.
The topic this year was "Ethics and Integrity in Campus Relationships." The H-SC team competed against teams from fifteen other VFIC (Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges) institutions. The tournament took place February 12-13 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Hampden-Sydney overcame quality teams from Emory & Henry, Randolph-Macon, Mary Baldwin, and Lynchburg College in the preliminary rounds to secure the spot in the championship.
H-SC students practiced extensively and prepared for the tournament in a variety of ways, including staging mock debates with members of the Union-Philanthropic Literary Society (UPLS).
Hampden-Sydney has been in the championship round each of the last three years. The championship round was a rematch from 2011, when Hampden-Sydney lost to Sweet Briar College. Over the last five years, H-SC has posted a 17-3 record in the main tournament (18-5 including the championship rounds) - the best of any institution over a five-year period since the competition started in 2000.
The team is coached by Dr. Marc Hight (left of trophy), Elliott Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. James Janowski (right of trophy), Associate Professor of Philosophy.