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"Sacred Music, Sacred Dance" tonight at UAB's Alys Stephens Center

Posted Nov 11 2010 12:00am

There's no debate here. Everyone on campus is wishing the UAB Ethics Bowl team the best of luck as the 2010 National Ethics Bowl champions takes their first step in defense of that title this weekend. That's when the road to the 2011 national tournament begins with 10 regional contests. Our Blazer moralists will argue their case for a spot in the finals when they take on more than 20 teams from throughout the Southeast in Tampa, Fla. The objective is clear: finish the Southeast regional in one of the top two spots and move on to the national finals in March in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let me give my most convincing defense of just how tough the Ethics Bowl is for the students that participate: Each team competing in the regional rounds has been studying 15 selected ethics cases for weeks. For the competition, each of the eight UAB team members must master the central moral issues of the 15 cases and be ready to defend or attack a position on cases chosen at random. A moderator and three judges question the teams. They are usually real courtroom judges, physicians, business executives, college administrators and professors.

The photos in the slideshow above were taken at UAB's final dress rehearsal before making the trip to Tampa. You can read more about their run to the 2010 National Championship by clicking here . Go Blazers!
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