alex maller, megan towzey

Warrington students win essay contest at ethics case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Warrington students Alex Maller and Megan Towzey won the essay competition of the 14th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition on Oct. 20-22 at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

For their winning submission, Maller and Towzey were awarded the Stephanie Chance “Bright Line” Award, which offers a forum for students to dig deeper into the ethical issues of the competition’s case in essay form.

The case focused on Apple’s refusal—upon the FBI’s request— to unlock the iPhone of one of the two shooters responsible for a December 2015 attack in San Bernandino, Calif. Students were asked to provide an ethical, legal, and financial analysis of the case, and give recommendations to Apple’s Board of Directors on how to respond to a similar situation in the future.

Maller, an accounting student, and Towzey finished runner-up in their division in the overall competition.

“The most rewarding part of this competition is gaining a better understanding for ethics in the business world,” said Towzey, a senior economics major. “I have never felt more confident in my abilities to apply ethical theories to real world situations and come up with a solution.”

The Collegiate Ethics Case Competition challenges students from universities around the country to analyze a timely ethical case with real-world business relevance. Undergraduate students from 25 universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico participated.