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Oklahoma Christian ethics team earns fifth national bid

OC’s Ethics Team members: Brendan McKinley, Preston Coleman, Hadley LaMascus, Tyler Clark, Megan McKinley, Seanhenry Vandyke.
OC’s Ethics Team members: Brendan McKinley, Preston Coleman, Hadley LaMascus, Tyler Clark, Megan McKinley, Seanhenry Vandyke.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) advanced to its fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl with a third-place finish at the regional competition in San Antonio.

Oklahoma Christian, which has won five consecutive state championships, is the only Sooner State school to qualify for five straight national tournaments. OC placed third in the nation at this past February’s competition and fifth in 2014.

Both of OC’s entries won all three of their matches at Saturday’s Texas Regional Ethics Bowl. Case topics included the ethics of 3-D printed weapons, unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, treatment of mental disorders, food taxes, waste disposal, and modesty laws.

OC’s third-place squad of Preston Coleman, Hadley LaMascus and Brendan McKinley defeated the University of Oklahoma, St. Mary’s (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist.

OC’s fifth-place team of Tyler Clark, Megan McKinley and Seanhenry Vandyke beat Cameron, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City.

Judges’ scores were used to break ties between the six undefeated teams at regionals. The top four schools – Central Oklahoma, St. Mary’s, OC and OU – qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on February 26 in Dallas.

“It’s exciting to go undefeated at the regional level and advance to a fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl,” said Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration and sponsor of OC’s Ethics Team. “I’m proud of our students for their hard work and commitment to each other through weeks and weeks of 6 a.m. practices. We look forward to contending for the national championship again.”

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.