Navigate Up
Sign In

For Immediate Release: December 10, 2013

Providence College Named National Finalist in Ethics Bowl Competition

Providence, R.I. – Providence College has been selected as one of 32 finalists in a national student ethics competition. A five-member student team will represent the College at the Eighteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship on February 27, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla.

During this past fall, ten regional ethics bowls took place at various locations throughout the United States. This was PC’s first appearance in the Ethics Bowl competition, taking home first place in the 2013 Northeast Regional Intercollegiate event in Fairfield, Conn., on November 23.


From left to right: Laura Wells '14; Michael McCormick '15; Michael Wasenius '14; Robert Gervasini '15; Mark Dushel '14; Dr. Raymond Hain, assistant professor of philosophy at PC; and Dr. Patrick Macfarlane, assistant professor of philosophy at PC. 

The PC team is made up of the following students: Mark Dushel ’14 of  Serverna Park, Md. (philosophy); Robert Gervasini ’15 of Westerly, R.I. (philosophy); Michael McCormick ’15 of Brewster, Mass. (philosophy); Michael Wasenius ’14 of Ridgefield, Conn. (quantitative economics and philosophy); and Laura Wells ’14 of Poughquag, N.Y.(mathematics and humanities). They are coached by faculty members Dr. Raymond Hain, assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Patrick Macfarlane, assistant professor of philosophy.

PC competed against 27 teams including Colgate, Villanova, West Point, and Williams College in the regional event. The teams argued and defended their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today. Questions addressed a wide array of topics in business and professional ethics, in personal relationships, and in social and political affairs.

In these competitions, students are asked to demonstrate their ability to understand the facts of the case, articulate the ethical principles involved in the case, present an effective argument on how the case should be resolved, and respond effectively to challenges put forth by the opposing team as well as the panel of expert judges.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity