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Bioethics Team 2018

The Bioethics team traveled to the University of South Alabama for the weekend of April 14-15 to compete in the 2018 National Bioethics Bowl.

Hi my name is Kaleem Ahmid. I am a second year health sciences and philosophy double-major, and one of the members of this year’s Bioethics Bowl team that made the long journey to Mobil, Alabama, to compete at this year’s annual National College BioEthics Bowl. This year’s competition was a notable improvement on our last one: we exited the ‘Bowl’ with a .500 record, which is a significant increase in wins compared to our last year’s competition. As our coach would attest, our overall team performance, strength of argument, and professionalism during rounds were unbelievable.

On that note, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the rest of my colleagues to thank both Prof. Yelle and Prof. Shorey for their commitment to this project, and sharing their valuable time and expertise with us every week.

At the end of the competition, our 6 members: Sophia Broberg, Julia Crooijmans, Rachel Ghaw, Jamie Spingled, Samantha Hirshland and myself have argued 8 cases, covering controversial topics such as mandated contraception for mentally impaired teenagers, transgender participation in sports, and several cases revolving around doctor-patient confidentiality, to name a few. While on assignment in Mobil, we were also lucky enough to experience two local festivals happening over the weekend when we were there – a southern music festival and a nighttime market, both located in the New Orleans-esque downtown area of the city that I think we all came to enjoy very much. The weather was warm, Prof. Yelle was semi-paternalistic and responsible, and we obviously ate a lot of very good food.

Our team has come a long way since our first competition, both technically and socially, and we are looking forward to making the next step in effort and performance in upcoming competitions. I would like to encourage anyone reading this who is curious about what we do or how to get involved to email Prof. Yelle at b.yelle@northeastern.edu for information about tryouts for Fall 2018, or any further information.


Check out more pictures from the competition here.


Ethics Bowl Team 2017

On Saturday November 11th, Northeastern’s very first Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team traveled to Marist College for the Northeast’s Regional Ethics Bowl Competition. At Marist they debated teams from Yale, Sacred Heart, and Seton Hall University. The wide range of topics the teams discussed included the moral permissibility of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban”, whether or not the United States should have allowed the Keystone Pipeline, the importance of the “Goldwater Rule”, whether tech companies have a responsibility to combat “fake news”, whether ecosystems like rivers should be granted “personhood” as a means of protecting them, and the morality of forced quarantines. Our team did a phenomenal job demonstrating the facts of each case, the relevant ethical principles involved in them, and offered compelling solutions to how each case ought to be resolved (as well as incisive criticisms of the other teams’ positions) This year our team was composed of students who represented a wide range of years and areas of specialty at Northeastern.

Our team included the following members:

Kaleem Ahmid
Elizabeth Anne Feltner
Molly Yasmin Forouhi
Peter David Hagar
Samantha Jane Hirshland
John C. Labella
Leon Harrison Leeds
Nicole Christine Marro
Ryan James Semple
Jamie Melissa Spingeld

To look at more photos, click here!