Graduate Student Team Places Second in Society for American Archaeology Ethics Bowl

Posted on 4/5/2011 11:53:32 PM

At this year’s Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, the team from the IUP M.A. in Applied Archaeology program finished second in the Ethics Bowl competition, losing in the final round to the University of California–Santa Barbara.

One of the major events of the society’s annual meeting is the Ethics Bowl, in which graduate students from universities around the country debate ethical situations they may encounter in their careers.

2011 Ethics Bowl Team
Members of the 2011 Ethics Bowl team (from left): Dr. Ben Ford, coach, Sara Rubino (alternate), Jonathan Libbon, Andrea Boon, Angela Jaillet (captain), Eric Ptak, and Kristin Swanton

The team members were first- and second-year students in the M.A. in Applied Archaeology program, including Angela Jaillet, captain, Jonathan Libbon, and Kristin Swanton, plus members of the 2010 team and also Andrea Boon, Eric Ptak, and alternate Sara Rubino from the 2012 cohort.

Dr. Ben Ford, faculty member in the Anthropology Department, is the team coach.

Angela, Jonathan, and Kristin were members of the department’s first team, which competed in 2010.

During the competition, the IUP group defeated teams from the University of Alaska in the first round and the University of California–Berkeley in the second round. During each round, one team first presents a position to a ethical dilema which an archaeologist might face. The other team then responds with counter arguments.