A Few Words from a Co-Director

Delegates,

Now that MUNUM 30 has finally come to an end, we have all had a day or so to settle back into our normal routines, I would just like to take the time to say that it was a joy coming to conference every day knowing that I would be working first hand with delegates with were unlike most every other delegate there. It has been my experience that all of the delegates in IPC always come together to form more than just a delegation— a team, and this year was no exception. From the first day of learning names, to the team effort of fighting to film as much as possible in our short time to create yet another great closing video, you all managed to cooperate for a common goal unlike most any other delegation.

I wish all of you the best going forward in your studies, and life going forward. For those of you approaching graduation I look forward to seeing your face on campus, feel free to reach out to each other and myself for help if you ever need it. To the rest of you, I expect to see you at next year’s MUNUM.

Thank you,

-Nolan Orr

 

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SOCHUM’S Last Hurrah

By: Maya Trowe

SOCHUM moves onto its third and final topic on the last day of MUNUM 30: the access of information. This topic regards a nation’s right to restrict or disallow access to the internet for those residing in the country.

Varying opinions emerged as the topic was introduced, causing multiple moderated and unmoderated caucuses throughout the morning. Countries such as Brazil argued internet access as a basic right for all, regardless of nationality. Issues such as the differentiating factors of regulation versus censorship were touched upon by the delegate from Brazil as well.

Austria took a similar stance, insisting that the internet promotes healthier habits by allowing people to access websites such as Mayo Clinic and Webmd, promotes education for the youth from the multiple online classes and education games provided, and creates an all around more informed population through news websites such as CNN, MSN and others.

Other countries, such as India and Martania, pushed for funding in developing countries in public areas for internet sources such as cyber cafes or public libraries that are established in countries such as Mexico. More privatized countries, like the Republic of Korea, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia argued that the committee should respect national sovereignty and allow each nation to decide how to settle their residents’ rights to information.

Working papers between several different nations are beginning to form and being submitted to the chair for the committee to later vote on.

Is Football Dying?

By: Sumukh Nori

As tensions continued to rise among yesterday’s Texas A&M scandal, there has been several clashes with Greg Sankey, Commissioner of SEC, who had constantly sided with Texas’ case on its recruitment scandal. However, it was concluded by the NCAA that there was no illegal recruiting by the SEC. Mr. Sankey has stated, “ There are people who hate me in this committee, but at the end of the day, Texas A&M has been cleared by the NCAA.”

With the University of Louisville under fire for Recruiting violations, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee (CFPC) has been in shambles to come to a consensus on whether to prosecute University of Louisville. Tom Osborne, former U.S. representative and head football coach at University of Nebraska, has been harsh on the University of Louisville: citing that there should be a definite 5 year postseason ban. Among his supporters, Rob Mullens, current director of University of Oregon, has agreed with a ban but suggested there should be a 3 season ban instead.

Furthermore, the Washington Post has released a report that jeopardised the CFPC. Many of the delegates are still debating on whether to take action by lifting the G.P.A requirements, suggested by Michael C. Gould.

 

Humans of MUNUM

By: Sophia Sears

Clifton Johnson

Grade: 11

School: North Shore Country Day School

Committee: Legal

Why is Model UN so different from other school activities?

“Model UN is different from other school activities because it gives you the opportunity to see a new place and meet new people who have completely different ideas from what you have. In school you are around the same people who share the same ideas but when you come to meetings for Model UN you get to hear completely different perspectives.

 

Alia Cornell

Grade: 11

School: Washtenaw International High School

Committee: DISEC

Why do you do Model UN?

“I do model UN to collaborate with others and to bounce ideas off other people who have different perspectives and to learn about situations that are affecting people all over the world.”

 

Zaynab Qatu

Grade: 9

School: Michigan Islamic Academy

Committee: ECOSOC

Why is Model UN so different from other school activities?

Model UN is different because a majority of other school activities are usually sports. This has to do with what you think about the world and not just physical activity. It’s also a great way to share your opinion with other people and it definitely helps people become better students.”

 

Alex Gilkey

Grade: 12

School: Seaholm High School

Committee: DISEC

Who is your favorite world leader and why?

“My favorite world leader is Justin Trudeau because he really values equality and bringing everyone together and in no way tries to separate others due to political or personal issues.”

 

Fezaan Kazi

Grade: 11

School: Penn High School

Committee: DISEC

What does your political life or career look like in the future? What do you hope to be doing as a citizen?

I’ve always been interested in politics. I’ve paid attention to all the elections and international politics. As a citizen I want to stay engaged, I want to vote, I want to see what’s happening in the world and understand. If I ever feel like I have a real shot or a real chance or even need to enter the political field I think I’ll have the experience”

 

Irene Yi

Grade: 11

School: Forest Hills Central High School

Committee: ECOSOC

Why is Model UN so different from other school activities?

It’s cool because you’re learning about new topics and have opportunities that you would never have in a classroom. You get to learn about current events, foreign policies, foreign relations and that’s not something you’d always find in a classroom.”

 

Katie Stewart

Grade: 12

School: East Kentwood High School

Committee: Legal

What does your political life or career look like in the future? What do you hope to be doing as a citizen?

“I definitely want to be doing something in foreign policy when I’m older. I’d like to be able to work on the international level as opposed to just domestic level. As a citizen, I really want to be engaged in political sciences and really understand overall what is going on in this world.”

 

The Fight Against Biological Warfare

By: Neha Seshadri

With transportation being so easily accessible, it is easier than ever for terrorists to create bioweapons and cause mass destruction. Yesterday, the Disarmament and International Security committee (DISEC) was faced with a biowarfare crisis. Leftover biological weapons, including anthrax, were found in Iraq. ISIS then released a biological weapon that resulted in other countries closing their borders to the Middle East. To deal with the imminent threat, DISEC has worked hard through committee sessions to introduce two working papers that deal with biowarfare.

Working paper 2.1, sponsored by Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, and Sudan, recommends regional partnership groups to address border security and export controls. The resolution encourages all nations to create a database to collect information about internationally transported biological weapons and major suppliers of weapons of mass destruction. It also suggests that the creation of a subcommittee called the United Nations Biological Intelligence Organizations (UNBIO) that fosters international collaboration on biodefense techniques and provides protection from bioweapons.

Working paper 2.2, sponsored by Morocco, Guatemala, Canada, and Libya, encourages a collaborative approach by the UN Security Council and the World Health Organization for countries to conduct research on biological weapon prevention. The resolution uses a three-level classification of nations that determines the extent of a nation’s privilege in researching biological weapons. This classification will help control the development of biological weapons and restrict research to those countries that have appropriate security protocol. This resolution will allow for additional transparency and accountability by countries who have biological weapons.

Biological warfare is extremely important and we need to address biological warfare and find appropriate ways to fight against it. We here at the IPC appreciate all of the work DISEC has done and wish them the best of luck in passing these resolutions!

Advisor Interviews

By: Gabby Schultz

This afternoon I was given the opportunity to sit down and speak with a few advisors about why they chose to advise a Model United Nations delegation. As you read these responses notice that none of the advisors are here for themselves. They do this for us, the students, and for that we should be extremely grateful. Make sure to profusely thank your advisor(s)!

Fanny Clonch

Curie High School

“I teach I.B. French and it is helpful for my students to know international relations because it helps them with the exam. Our students do not have the opportunity to be exposed to these programs, so if we don’t do this then they won’t get the chance to do these opportunities.”

 

Tillie Cowen

Northville High School

“When my students get to meet other students, really, it’s them meeting the world. They get to have this interconnectedness with other cultures, so it’s Model UN here at home. You can step back and give them the platform, let them be the sages on stage, clip their wings, and just let them do it. They are not the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today, already.”

 

Steve Chrisnell

Royal Oak High School

“You mean I’ve had a choice all these (21) years?? I used to be a frustrated debate coach, but something didn’t feel right about it. It was scoring points against the other team, so I came over to try Model UN and realized this is where it’s real, where you’re actually arguing because you’re persuading people not just to score points but to bring them to your side. It’s real world and its global minded, it’s a win in every category.”

 

Brian Taylor

West Ottawa High School

“It’s complicated. I advise Model UN largely for hope that the world can be a better place, to sound trite. To get kids engaged in real world issues and realize that even though they’re young, they’re still capable of greatness. And if anyone ever does manage to achieve that, I can take a small amount of credit.”

 

The Invasion of Panama Draws Heat to the US

By: Madison Terpstra

Shortly after the beginning of the session, the Historical General Assembly faced an intense crisis. A press release stated that the United States had invaded Panama, but the delegates were not given a reason for the incursion. Most countries immediately condemned the United States’ actions, speaking out against western imperialism.

The thread of disapproval continued until the next release, where President Ronald Reagan attempted to defend his decision. He claimed the invasion was intended to protect the 35,000 U.S. citizens in Panama after General Noriega’s killing of a U.S. marine several days earlier. He also cited his “War on Drugs” as an incentive, due to the drug trade in Panama. However, this press release did little to calm the other nations, who continued to condemn the United States and threatened sanctions and the withholding of oil if the situation was not remedied quickly.

In an attempt to placate the nations, CBS held a poll describing the Panamanians approval of the invasion. There was also another press release claiming that the Soviet Union interfered with the elections that got the General elected. Unfortunately, this only incited more anger regarding the trustworthiness of the sources.

The rest of the session devolved into countries making digs at the United States’ expense. At the time of writing, the only directive that was discussed revolved around East Germany and several other small countries who wished to take back the Holy Land and rise up against the U.S. Only time will tell the effectiveness of this directive.

What Do Los Zorros Say?

By: Gabby Schultz

Last Saturday night ushered in brief period of peace to Mexico as several warring drug cartels settled their differences in order to create a new Mexican narco state. The government established a centrally located headquarters in Mexico City. Though this common goal succeeded in uniting the country, the agreement angered its neighbors. In order to combat this new narco state, and re-establish a democracy, the United States created a cartel of its own: Los Zorros (The Foxes).

The objective of Los Zorros is simple: to destroy every remnant of the rebel narco state. Los Zorros are outnumbered by opposing forces but, backed in full by the resources of the United States government, an open season was declared on all those associated with the new regime. Using enhanced interrogation techniques, mobile sniper vans, and bombs, Los Zorros are employing no mercy in their campaign of systematic termination.

The U.S. offensive seemed to be successfully progressing until the American public was dealt a crushing blow. During one of his iconic “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” episodes, Guy Fieri was caught in the crossfire between two rival cartels. His dying proclamation epitomized the man we once knew: “It’s so cold…. I’m as frosty as my frosted tips!” As the American public mourns the loss of a national figure and struggles to replace “FlavorTown” as their favorite destination, the assault on the narco state continues on.

At the time of print there was no clear culmination of this offensive, and as the violence continues it is apparent that to maintain any semblance of normality within Mexico’s borders a ceasefire must be brokered immediately.

 

Top 6 Picks for Delegate Dining

By Sam Noonan and Abby Pointer

As delegates emerge from a long grueling day of committee, local businesses are swarmed with ravenous high school students. IPC has decided to review a few of the hottest spots for hungry delegates.

Pieology: A minimalist setting with elaborate pizza. Like the subway of pizzas, you never really what is gonna be good together. Through trial and error, the perfect pizza is possible, we are sure of it. When asked about her favorite topping, Abby Pointer said, “The gorgonzola cheese really makes the pizza.”

Mezes: Authentic Greek food at an affordable price point. Great gyros with lots of flavor, quick food, and a location only a short walk away from The League. Delegates looking for a fun Greek lunch or dinner will find exactly what they need at Mezes.

Frita Batidos: Although a 15 minute walk from the League, that’s nothing an Uber can’t fix, because this restaurant is definitely worth venturing to. Inspired by Cuban street food, you can get a frita, the burger and bulk of the meal, and a batido, a cuban milkshake with unique flavors such as Hibiscus. Though it gets quite busy at night, “If you watch like a hawk, you can snatch up a table”, says delegate Paige Ostrowski.

Jamaican Jerk Pit: A sketchy little building a block from The League, this venue is actually a hidden gem. Forest Hills Central advisor, Mr. McClees, has nothing but good things to say. “It seems sketchy on the outside, but once you go down those stairs you enter a magical recreation of Jamaica. Amazing smells. Affordable and delicious. Jamaican Jerk sandwich and sweet potato fries are the way to go.”

Jimmy Johns: Jimmy Johns is a classic for anyone who loves sub sandwiches, and remains one of the first places to go if you’re looking for one. There’s something for anyone and everyone, and the freaky fast motto permeates through the service, which is very helpful for delegates on a tight schedule. As delegate Brendan Wendlant said, “JJ, the most hype experience of my life; It was as lit as a candle.”

Chipotle: Chipotle or Chipot-nay? The local Chipotle had a bit of a scandal as some delegates reported they came down with food poisoning after lunch. Though the news quickly spread through committees, some brave delegates still were craving that burrito. Delegate Lily Martin says, “Chipotle is awesome. Great place. Way better than Qdoba.”

The Delegate Dance

By: Karla Coronel-Galan

The delegate’s dance. Where students come to either dance the night off or attempt to get the cute delegates number. (And fail miserably.) It’s also a time where random, tall students like to drown smaller delegates on the dance floor as they push everyone everywhere in attempt to open a circle and show off some moves they probably are trying to replicate off a viral video on Twitter or Facebook. Or maybe, you’re trying to seem cool to your friends back home and take “lit” videos using flash with terrible camera quality, despite the fact that in reality there are more tables and advisors standing on tables watching everyone then actual “lit” people on the dance floor. This year’s delegate’s dance took place at the Kingston Court with many, many delegates showing up last night. Having good music and delegates that could hype up a crowd, it’s safe to say the dance was pretty successful. Unfortunately, half-way through the dance the fire alarm went off and some delegates bolted out the door (taking my black sweater with them) and then 3 minutes later it was cleared. But despite all of this, the party didn’t stop as the night carried on with students jumping on tables and dancing. All in all, the dance was definitely something worth remembering.