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Southwestern students take honors in statewide ethics match.

A team of students from Southwestern won its division and placed second overall in the 2008 Business Ethics Match hosted by the Texas Independent College Fund (TICF).

The competition was held Oct. 30-31 in Fort Worth and featured 18 teams from small, independent (private) colleges and universities in Texas. The teams were split into East and West divisions and the two division winners competed against each other for first and second place.

The competition provides students the opportunity to show their reasoning skills through debating current issues in business ethics. For example, in the final round of the competition, the two teams had to debate whether it was ethical for a fictional university to offer financial incentives to students to get them to retake the SAT in an effort to boost the school’s standings in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

This year’s Southwestern team consisted of senior business majors Michael Hust, Christy Catlin, Debran Meyer and Kevin O’Neil. The team won its division, but lost in the final round to Southwestern Adventist University.

“I am extremely proud of the team and how they performed at this year’s Ethics Match,” said team advisor Andy Ross, a visiting professor in the Department of Economics and Business. “I believe the outcome reflects their maturity, confidence and moral reasoning skills. The team represented themselves and the institution proudly, and this is a great example of how Southwestern is achieving its mission of creating bright, moral and courageous leaders.” Southwestern received $750 for taking second place in the event. The money will be used to contribute to ongoing business ethics conversations and programs on campus.