The 2011 3rd Annual Berg Cup Case Study Competition took place this year on March 25th and 26th. The event consisted of seven teams from up and down the east coast traveling to the University of Pittsburgh to compete in the semi-final and final round of competition. The individual teams, consisting of three to four members, presented their data supporting their perspectives on an ethical case involving the potential for natural gas drilling on a local stretch of farmland in front of a panel of experienced judges and were scored accordingly. Walking away with first place was The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coming in second place was Duquesne University. Pennsylvania State University also took first place in a Crisis Management Simulation hosted by Professor Bill Valenta, which was an opportunity teams that did not advance to the final round of competition were allowed to participate in.
The event was planned and put into action by five members of Pitt Phi Beta Lambda that were selected in the beginning of the academic year. Shawn Willits, Robert Simcik, Brandon Davis, Jon Lustig, and Jana Rininger worked diligently with the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership for approximately sevem months leading up to the event. With assistance from team supervisor Kim Sparmblack, PBL President Denise He, and all of the rest of the Phi Beta Lambda volunteers, the event was a major success.