THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE TEAM FOR 2016-17
IC Model UN welcomes the following students to its team. We sincerely thank all of you who applied for your interest in joining Model UN.
This is never an easy decision. As usual, we spent many grueling hours putting together a solid team out of a pool of very good candidates. Unfortunately, because of budgetary and other constraints, we can never take all of the good people who apply. At the end of the day a rainbow came out in the sky, which might be a sign that we were successful.
If you are not on this list, we strongly encourage you to apply again next year.
If your name is on this list, we start Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Friends 203, from 12.10 to 1.00 with your first meeting.
The college-level Model UN system is a simulation of the United Nations, first held at Harvard in 1955. The Ithaca College Model UN team team was created in 1983. Prof. Marty Brownstein, Politics, advised and cultivated the team until his retirement. The Politics Department sponsors the team, and faculty advisor Juan Arroyo works with students to prepare for these conferences.
Delegates from IC Model UN will attend four conferences this year: The Cornell International Affairs Conference (Nov 3-6), the University of Pennsylvania Model UN Conference (UPMUNC) (Nov. 10-13), McGill Model United Nations (Jan. 26-29, 2017) and the Harvard National Model UN Conference (February 16-19, 2017)
Each participating college is assigned a UN member state or role to represent at the MUN. Most recently, in the Spring of 2016, students represented Spain and Tajikistan at the Harvard conference The delegates may participate in simulations of the large General Assembly committees, but also many smaller committees on dozens of possible issues.
Before the conferences, the team meets twice a week and sometimes on weekends. The delegates share information on our assigned member state, they practice writing and presenting position papers, writing draft resolutions, and simulate committee meetings and voting.
The conference committees can address many kinds of issues: UN reform, maritime piracy, birth control, education, deforestation, responses to internal conflict, and much more. Our delegates do their own research to become familiar with the topics. More importantly, they have to learn how our assigned member state is affected by that issue, and the position of that government in response.
To prepare for conferences, students take advantage of library and on-line resources, but we also benefit from conversations with Ithaca College faculty, or other specialists or natives to provide some background on our assigned state. In recent semesters we have heard from two Belgians, a Bosnian family, a visitor to Bhutan, and Cornell specialists on Thailand, the Middle East, and Peru. We have also been able to speak to the EU delegation in New York via Skype.
At the conference itself, our students have to convince the delegates from other nations to support a resolution that is consistent with our state's positions, or block those that do not serve our interests. The debate is held in committee, moderated by the chairs. The process also includes un-moderated caucuses, during which smaller groups of delegates meet, bargain, argue, cajole and compromise (maybe) in order to get a satisfactory resolution.
Ithaca College students have been recognized for their performance at MUN conferences. A short list is available in the sidebar to the right.
We also try to immerse ourselves a little bit in the culture of our country, by watching movies or through food! One semester a guest treated us to genuine homemade Belgian waffles, and we have also enjoyed börek, ceviche, enchiladas, churros, pad thai, and more.
The MUN process is all about simulation and role-playing, but the learning, team-building and resulting friendships are very real.
by Juan Arroyo