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Utilizing their debate skills to argue the hot-button issue of “Ethics & Healthcare,” four Virginia Wesleyan students represented the College Feb. 9-10 at the 2014 Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl. Held on the campus of Randolph-Macon College, VWC students made a stand against 14 other highly qualified teams from independent colleges and universities across Virginia. This year’s Wesleyan team members included April Christman ’14, Michael Corder ’14, Brendan O'Donoghue ’16, and Philip Smith ’14. “Competing in the Ethics Bowl has influenced the way I make personal choices and leadership decisions,” says O'Donoghue, who has participated in the event for the past two years. The students lost their first round by one point to Roanoke College, but won their next three rounds against Marymount University, Emory & Henry College, and Shenandoah University. Ultimately, the College won its division and earned runner-up status in the competition. The Ethics Bowl was established by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) as a means of engaging students with complex ethical dilemmas based on studies of individual ethics cases involving real-world dilemmas. Students, faculty members, and distinguished professionals serving as judges and moderators support the event, placing priority on personal ethics in the workplace, classroom, and all aspects of their lives. Virginia Wesleyan won the first-ever Ethics Bowl, held in 2000 at the University of Richmond. The College hosted the event in 2005 and 2011. For additional information about the VFIC Ethics Program, visit