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December 19, 2016

Congratulations to sophomore Adam Susalla, civil engineering and freshman Nick Boynton, Chemistry for representing Detroit Mercy in 11th Annual Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Harper College in Illinois.

Susalla and Boynton along with four other Detroit Mercy men’s lacrosse players represented Detroit Mercy at the competition.

Susalla and Boynton along with four other Detroit Mercy men’s lacrosse players represented Detroit Mercy at the competition.

From L-R: Professor Martin Leever, Bryan Matney, Nick Boynton,
Pat Masterson, Connor Bennardo, Marcus Butter, and Professor David Koukal

"This group was smart, competitive and they worked hard to get to this point," said Martin G. Leever, Detroit Mercy professor and Director of the campus Ethics Bowl. "They impressed so many people at the regional event and I know they arrived with the determination to win."

The Titans got to Chicago by winning the Detroit Mercy Ethics Bowl in November as the squad competed against seven other teams in a bracket style format for the right to move onto the regionals.

The Detroit Mercy Ethics Bowl is inspired by TV's College Bowl, but modified rules adapt the game to the subject of ethics. In Ethics Bowl, a moderator poses questions to teams of three to five students. Questions may address ethical problems on classroom topics (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.). Each team receives a set of ethical issues in advance of the competition, and questions posed to teams at the competition are taken from that set. A panel of judges rates answers in terms of intelligibility, focus, depth, and judgment.

Detroit Mercy went 1-3 on the day, but they arguably faced one of the toughest schedules in the competition. The victory was over Northwestern, while the losses came to Macalester University, Millikin University and Illinois Wesleyan University, three teams that finished in the top five in the event.

For more information on the competition, please see Men’s Lacrosse Represents Detroit Mercy At Ethics Bowl Regional.

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