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W&L Students to Deliberate “Ethical Issues in a Multicultural Society” The W&L team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities.

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Five students from Washington and Lee University will participate in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 19th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on Feb. 11-12, on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College.

The W&L team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas. The members of the W&L student team are: Sarah Arrington ’18, Sèsha Carrier ’19, Alex Farley ’19, Justin Gilette ’19 and Allie Rutledge ’19. The faculty coordinator for the team is Melina Bell, professor of philosophy and law.

Many notable personalities from business, law, education, finance, journalism and other fields will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to the students’ presentations. The public is invited to attend the match sessions free of charge.

The Ethics Bowl program will commence with an opening session on Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Hampden-Sydney College’s Johns Auditorium, with the first matches scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in various classrooms throughout Bortz Library, Brown Student Center and Johns Auditorium. On Feb. 12, rounds three and four will begin at 8:45 a.m. The final round of competition will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the Johns Auditorium. The winning team will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The team from Hampden-Sydney College took home the Batten Trophy at the 2017 Ethics Bowl.

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fundraising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan University and Washington and Lee University.

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