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30 2009 - 12 pages First issue - Saturday, 28 www.iasimun.org
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The Beginning of a New Tradition Written by: Mihaela Voicescurumoring With everyone
there, anxious to get things started, the conference dethings butedAs withallMr.good Pi’s friendly come to an so did the welcome. Heend, introduced the Secretary General, who IASIMUN conference, but spoke about the importance we should always rememof this event. depicted ber and try toShe apply in our it as being an opportunity community all the beautifor individual to develop, to ful things we bring a change.learned. She ended Askedencouraging about the her speech for one last time the par-Seconference Madalina ticipants: “Be brave andhope careanu told us: “I assume this world! Take that they liked it as much the word, speak up, enjoy as I did. It was a brilliant MUN!”
fun. In fact, moments like the “hora” at the welcome dinner, or the funny notes changed between the delegates helped us form lifelong friendships. Moreover, funny messages like:
conference and not just a conference, but a dream page 3 come true.” One of the most important things regarding the conference is the fact that during its 3 days we not only worked together, but we also had a lot of
An inside view fromhisthe is it! IASIMUN has finally begun, in spite of all odds, and parECOSOC ticularly defying one of the most debated subjects from Committee the last period of time – swine flu.
Both organizers and participants are proud to have reached the ideal method of dealing with the current issue-prevention.
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ment committee told us: “ Fun, but informed and involved people really made a difference”
Photo: Otilia Dobos
IASIMUN vs. swine flu Written by: Gabriel Criveanu Andreea Buteata
“If I want to go to the bathroom, I just go?” or “Nu mai face fite-fite” relieved the tension the delegates felt during the debates. As Maria Astefanoaei , co-chair of the environ-
Although, initially it was thought that the actual form of the How about having a closer virus represents a reassortment of at least four other strains of virus look on the subject by insubtypes, later research proved terviewing the chairs from that only contains two strains, the ECOSOC Committee, both found in swine. The disease originatedCovalciuc in America,(also becoming Ștefana the a serious problem for both US and Deputy Secretary General) Mexico; consequently, swine flu and Liviubeen Damian? Although has lately the mo st discussed topic at an international esthey were extremelylevel, busy, pecially after it spread to Europe. they spared a few minutes As a result of several cases of from timebeen to answer to swine their flu having confirmed
throughout Romania, as well as Iasi being one of the cities nominated as “pest holes”, the IASIMUN Conference taking place was, more than questions. once, questioned. Perhaps the our That’s how we greatest problem occurred when found outcasewhat motivated a swine flu was confirmed at “Emil Racovită” National College, them to become chairpercausingin the serisons the organizers ECOSOCtoComously doubt the possibility of still mittee: “Atevent. Sankt hosting the AsPetersburg David Pi afIfirmed, had school the opportunity to headmasters had even fearedthe thatreal the conference discover taste for might not be held at all, given the MUN, because there I got an circumstances and the high chancinsight viewstudents of some worldes that some would want to cancel their participation to this wide importance subjects.
project. However, less than ten participants have withdrawn due to the swine flu outbreak, the rest of them claiming that they are willing While the other committees to take the risk and join other stufocused dents fromonly Iasi. on some areas, ECOSOC everyone Therefore,involved we are proud to say that we have managed to overcome equally.” Ştefana confessed. such a major inconvenience while organizing IASIMUN and highly value the devotion of the participants, their responsibility in what regards the above-mentioned matter, but for which the event might not have been possible, as swine flu had become a serious threat.
Editorial The IASIMUN conference has just ended, but the real challenge just begins. We all hope that you will share within your community the valuable things you have learned and you will also preserve the friendships you have formed. During the whole conference we were impressed by the devotement and passion of the chairs, but also by the high professionalism of the delegates. We believe that this was an incredible event and no important problems were faced, but we expect that we are going to have the pleasure to work at the second edition of the IASIMUN as well.
We want to acknowledge the support offered by the Emil Racoviță high school, Peace Corps Roamnia,US Embassy, the Inspectorat of Iasi and Gheorghe Asachi University.
PRESS CORPS News Editor: Mihaela Voicescu Features Editor: Ioana Gabriela Gorgoi Photo Editor: Otilia Dobos Graphics Editor: Mihai Salavastru Layout Editor: Gabriel Catalin Criveanu, Cosmin Epureanu Web Editor: Cosmin Epureanu Advisor: Zack Baddorf
The big IASIMUN end
ach and every one of us learned something during the conference. If Grecea Teofana representing South Korea told us that she improved her public speaking abilities and gained self-confidence, one delegate representing Zambia confessed that at the start of this conference he didn’t even know that Zambia exist and the training process determined him to learn a lot about world countries and other cultures. The chairs were all impressed by the quality of the delegates and how they resolved all problems
during the conference, fact that determined Catalin Toma, the environment chair, to say: “When something exceeds your expectations, it ignites in you the spark of cooperation.” One of the most heated moments of the conference took place at the General Assembly Debate where delegates met to discuss final resolutions under the careful surveillance of the General Secretary, Madalina Secareanu, and Deputy Secretary General, Stefana Covalciuc. . The tension was really intense during the entire debate and some delegates even got frus-
trated when their points of information were considered irrelevant or the chairs decided that there is not enough time for them. In spite of their tender age, the members of the junior administrative staff really did a good job and took their responsibilities seriously. The entire event ended successfully with an awarding ceremony, after which we all regretted that the conference ended so fast, but we will always keep in our minds the valuable moments we share and the things we learned.
Reporters: Claudia Bejan Andreea Buteata Bogdan Conea Elena Creanga Dan Dulvac Andreea Oltean Ioana Roxana Popescu Roxana Udrea
Feature / Human Rights
IASIMUN means an attitude Written by: Dobos Otilia Madalina Sacareanu ? George Oprea ? Human Rights? Yes, that is what I am talking about, I know all of you are eager to find out about the chairpeople of the committee that they find to be of utmost importance, Human Rights. For example, did you know that for George, IASIMUN is the first MUN conference he is attending but for Madalina it is the third, after SPIMUN [Sankt Petersburg Model United Nations] and GALMUN [Galati Model United Nations? They both had big expectations, considering the world-wide character of the conferences and
both felt their expectations had been exceeded, George mentioning the fact that the thing that struck him the most was “the willingness, commitment and the debating skills of the participants.” Madalina was part of the Human Rights committee at the other MUN conferences as well and she justified her choice of committee by mentioning her interest in this sort of subjects, her being a volunteer at the “Save the Children” Organization. A chair’s work involves a lot of responsibility but it is also very rewarding since it gives them a chance to evolve by observing and learning from the delegates and maybe getting the participants to learn new things, too. By participating in IASIMUN as a chair, George hopes
to get better leadership and coaching skills while Madalina enjoys sharing, helping the other delegates in writing and choosing their resolutions from her position as a chair, hoping to be inspired by the delegates as well as to be an inspiration for them. Even though Madalina did not give us her choice of career she assured us that regardless of her future career option, the experience she has gained in IASIMUN will definitely empower her with key skills like intellectual commitment, good debating skills, communication, diplomatic and English skills. George Oprea is involved in an organization called SYNERGY Romania concerned with the development of teenagers and he also enumerated some skills he
has gained from taking part in the IASIMUN and that he can later on implement in his organization, skills like self-confidence, responsibility and a better attention to the whole picture but also to the minor details. Madalina Secareanu believes that participating in this kind of conferences is an experience that “totally changes your outlook on the world, that makes you more courageous, makes you take the first step.” George Oprea advices the delegates to “keep on the good work, their commitment and, most of all, keep on shining.” “IASIMUN means an attitude” as Madalina uttered.
Interview with Political Chair Maria Cotofan and Political Committee Co-chair Madalina Darabana
IASIMUN Observer: What were your expectations in your first MUN Conference? Maria Cotofan: Well I had a lot of expectations, because my first MUN experience was at St. Petersburg and there were about 600 students all around the world starting from china to the USA and it was a big committee, I can still remember now, about 120 people and I was so sure, that I wanted to be a main submitter or a co-submitter, I gathered people around me I expected to have a resolution, and in the end it turned out not to be like this because, well I didn’t have enough experience to do this, but indeed I had great expectations and some of them were fulfilled, other not. Madalina Darabana: This being my first MUN I must say that the delegates in this conference quite exceeded my expectations, because I didn’t expected that so many people in one committee, are so committed and it’s amazing their willingness to be main submitter, and even if they’re not main submitter, as I’ve seen today they still want to cooperate, communicate and express their point of view, so I’m really excited about it. Observer: What stroke you at your first MUN Conference? Darabana: Conceptually speaking I think it is amazing that all these young people actually get a chance to speak their own point of view, and their personal opinion and say it out loud and I think it’s really empowering for them to be able to say this in front of many other youth, and that they have a lot of things to learn from each other,
and maybe they can change their view on the world that they live in. Observer: What makes MUN different from other events of the same type, in your opinion? Cotofan: Well, first of all it gives the young people an opportunity to discuss adult problems, this empowers them a lot and gives them responsibility and it educates them in such a manner that they become responsible citizens, first of all. Secondly I think that dealing with such an event all the research that they had to do before, also makes them responsible and makes them in a way realize that not everything is for granted, and that they have to work in order to obtain something. Observer: Why does the ECOSOC/ Human Rights/ Political/ Environment appeal to you? Cotofan: My first experience in an MUN conference was in the political committee, and that’s why I continued choosing the same committee, but I chose it in the first place because the problems that this committee tackles are more close to me. Darabana: I also like this committee because the topics that are debated are of very high and I’m not saying that the other topics in the other committees are not as important as this one, it’s just that I am more attracted to this one and maybe have more knowledge in it,
and I’m very interested in the topics of the debate Observer: What do you hope to achieve in IASIMUN? Darabana: Well personally I hope to have much more experience and to gain more experience and to gain all the necessary experience, so that in the future I can participate in more MUN conferences and as a general overview I hope that the delegates enjoy this conference as much as I do, and speak up everything they have in mind and that the debates will continue to be as fruitful as today. Observer: How do you intend to use the experience achieved in MUN in your future career? Cotofan: I have to say that my experience in MUN has opened some gates for me, and some possibilities, because I have never thought of going political or anything like that before. Well I’m sure that besides having some general knowledge from the research and the topics we had discussed, I will
consider probably continuing a career in law or political, but I’m not sure yet. Darabana: I don’t know If I would like to consider in politics but I must say that I would like to have a future job in working with people, and empowering, especially young people, doing more personal development training and also I would like to use this knowledge for further MUN conferences, and maybe one day organize MUN conferences Interview: Mihai Salavastru
Feature / ECOSOC
An inside view from the ECOSOC Committee Written by: Dan Dulvac Elena Creanga
he most significant moment of the conference was, in Ştefana’s opinion, the meeting with the Ambassador, while Liviu believes that Mr. Ken Goodson, the President of Peace Corps Romania motivated the participants, establishing a bound between him and them. The weak point was the vetting session, when delegates had to modify their resolutions sometimes 4, 5 and even 6 times:
“It was a real headache for them”, Liviu stated. They have big expectations from this conference, and, in spite of the disappointment from the first day, they believe that this was just the warm up, the 1st day’s nervousness. “They no longer have to be so shy. We had to make them speak”, Liviu Damian declared. Their main goal is to get as many people as possible interested in the problems the world’s facing,
people who want to bring a change, to find solutions. That’s why Ştefana was so impressed with the large number of delegates, who are willing to participate, to get united and cooperate, not as individuals, but as a whole community, a community willing to create a better tomorrow. When we asked them to describe the conference, they depicted it as being unexpected, full of communication, fun and fruitful. They expressed their pleasure in hosting this conference, in waking up the civic spirit in the youths, and in making them aware of the dangers from all around the globe. “I hope to achieve to get more people interested in our work, to make them aware of their condition in the world, of their importance, and to establish a tradition in MUN at Racoviţă” Ştefana Covalciuc ended.
Why the “Emil Racoviţă” National College? “The best among the best are here”, stated David Pi, English teacher and IASIMUN advisor at the “Emil Racoviţă” National College. Written by: Claudia Bejan Ioana Roxana Popescu
The first IASIMUN conference has been held at the “Emil Racoviţă” National College (CNER) due to school’s past experience in debating competitions. The school hosted an academic debating club since the beginning of its development as one of the best in Iaşi. “Emil Racovita” National College it’s not one of the oldest or the biggest school in Iasi. Though, we all can agree that this is the most respectable and well-known college from our city. This year we celebrated the 45th anniversary. Established in 1964 under the name of „Școala Medie nr. 9”, the college started to evolve and, in 1966 took the name of the great biologist Emil Racoviţă. It was only after 38 years when the school received the status of a National College. During the last years, the students are educated how to evolve properly, to understand and express their beliefs, in order to visualize at the end of the school how the picture of their future looks like. “Emil Racoviţă” National College’s students are used to participate in different activities, as the school encourages them to try and organize themselves different projects. In this way we are capable to learn today about the requirements of tomorrow.
CDAIS is the local academic debating club, addressed to students, designed to provide them with a framework for training and exercising reasoning skills, elocution and rhetoric. The coordinator teacher is Genoveva Paiu, Literature master at the “Emil Racoviţă” National College. Students from all around Iaşi gather every Sunday at CNER and prepare for local, national or even international competitions. Therefore, students from the “Emil Racoviţă” National College participated at the national debating contest, where they gained the first place. They have also taken part at the Europeans, in Slovenia, where Radu Văleanu defeated all the other competitors. Another
debating project developed at the “Emil Racoviţă” National College is Wiki IDEA, in which students from our school involved and proposed their debating topics. Offering and promoting intercultural cooperation of world youth, Wiki IDEA provides various articles on the history, terminology and tools for those who want to excel in areas of critical thinking, talking and debating. The idea of setting up a Model United Nations conference at Iaşi started this year, on March. “This is an incredible experience and opportunity for students and we are honored to host this conference,” declared the headmaster of the “Emil Racoviţă” National College,
Seryl Talpalaru, who arranged the event. The project has begun to be planned in this autumn, by students from CNER, while the logistics and the organization have been settled by the hosting school. Teachers have also been very helpful since they prepared the students’ language skills. Asked about the development of the whole event, David Pi answered: “Everyone was very helpful. It is absolutely incredible and competitive around the world.” What is his advice? “Always be inspired in everything, it doesn’t matter if it is skateboard or your job.”
THE IASIMUN MICROPHONE by Ioana Gabriela Gorgoi Time has come to pass on the IASIMUN microphone to the ECOSOC and the Human Rights Committees. We hope you have enjoyed your chance to express yourselves and to show the others than there’s always humanity behind the stiff and rigid masks of high-level diplomacy.
“The reason I chose to represent Denmark at the IASIMUN Conference is that I consider it to be one of the most developed countries worldwide with enough both financial and social resources available so as to support less developed countries.” Denisa Stoeanu Slatina – (Denmark) Human Rights
“There are a great many things that I hope to achieve from taking part in the IASIMUN Conference: language skills, debating skills and achieving information and statistics on the major problems the world is now facing.”
“The most difficult part of my training was getting started. I’m not much of a hard worker and whenever I wanted to begin the training, there was always something else that required my attention.”
Alina Emilia Ciortea Cluj-Napoca – (Austria) ECOSOC
Dan Dumitru Macovei Iasi – (United Arab Emirates) ECOSOC
“As I see it, ECOSOC is probably the most important committee because it deals with the world’s most difficult problems.”
“The Human Rights Committee most appealed to me because I want to study International Law next year and I wish to sustain my final thesis in Human Rights. It’s my passion.”
Lucian Chiriac Iasi – (Portugal) ECOSOC
Raluca Popescu Bucuresti – (Sri Lanka) Human Rights
“Why Human Rights? It’s simple; it is the duty of every human being to try and find solutions so as to help the needy ones and the ones than haven’t been as fortunate as the others.” Raluca Stefanescu Pucioasa – (Yemen) Human Rights
“From taking part in the IASIMUN Conference I intend to achieve as much experience as possible with a view to pursue a career in diplomacy. My intention is to take part in the spring GALMUN Conference, too.” Codrin Timu Iasi – (Paraguay) Human Rights
Don’t you see where we’re going? Don’t you see what we’re heading towards? Written by: Ioana Gabriela Gorgoi
or the participants’ last night in Iasi, the organizers have put their sights on a contemporary art theatre play drawn from the urban culture, suggestively entitled “Made in Est”. The event took place in the “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre and has been very well received by the young audience, thus eliminating the fears of the Secretary General, Madalina Sacareanu regarding the aggressiveness of both the message conveyed and the language used. “The alternative would have been a play conducted entirely by only one actor who would have impersonated six different characters. I found tonight’s play more appropriate in the MUN context as it refers to bribery and high level corruption.” The hallmark of the play was represented by the obsessive repetition of the chorus: “Don’t you see where we’re going? / Don’t you see what we’re heading towards? / Don’t you see that we’re going to hell? Don’t you see that we’re already there?” Let’s listen to the audience’s reaction at the end of the play: “From what I understood, I thought it was a very powerful representation of Romania’s present situation”, stated Chase Doyle Peace Corps Volunteer and School
Advisor for IASIMUN. “It was tough but realistic and also well balanced because in today’s drama we either see plays that are too soft and relate to easygoing matters or, on the contrary, plays that are too aggressive, too violent and fail to reach their goal”, commented the Environment Cochair Catalin Toma. “I think the play was awesome and very realistic, entertaining and the perfect choice for a Sunday night. It is mainly for teenagers because it draws attention to some of the current issues that young people are undergoing right now”, claimed Alexandra Constantinescu, IASIMUN delegate. The play is based on a true
story and was set in Chisinau, the city from which the producer, Constantin Chelaru originates. In the center of the plot there is the Saptefrati family made up of a married couple with two children, a boy, Vlad, who was a Law student and a girl, Cristina, a 12th grade high-school student. Even though they recreated the image of the ideal family in the eyes of the other people, each of them had dedicated their life to gaining as much money as possible, by the use of unlawful methods. This finally led to the gradual disintegration of the family and the tragic death of the main character, Vlad Saptefrati. The play’s hero was assuredly portrayed by
the magnificient acting of the young actor, Cosmin Maxim. The play’s message goes hand in hand with the principles that MUN stand for: it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to make a change in the society we live in.