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The Banterra Times Issue 2

Discovering Volterra Page 4

Meet the crew Page 6

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Table of contents Page 3: Editorial Page 4: Discovering Volterra Page 5: The importance of saying hello

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Page 6: Meet the crew

EDITORS: Monica Mantovani (IT) Anna Borrell (ES)

Page 10: EYP: an introvert’s nightmare? Page 12 : I bet that you look good on the dancefloor Page 13 : From awkward to awesome in less than five words Page 14: Unexpected trip troubles Page 15 : Ode to Europe

VIDEO EDITOR: Carolina Comis (IT) JOURNALISTS: Beatrice Reichel (SE) Fabrizio Colucci (IT) Henok Ghebrenigus (NL) Lewin Schmitt (DE) Matteo Falsetta (IT) Valentina Spina (IT)

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Editorial Dear delegates, We are sure that you are enjoying and getting to know the land of banter, which gave the name to the newspaper. Banterra is actually a mix between the words Volterra and Banter. We guess you don’t know what a banter is, so we’ll give you the answer. A Banter is something that fully represents EYP. It means playful, teasing, original, intelligent. Now, it’s up to you to decide if it will describe your EYP first experiece or if it will only be a random name for the newspaper. However, you are currently in your committee rooms discussing about serious world’s issues. You are going to propose solutions for huge problems. We think that the great thing of Committee Work is that you can get to know your mates by sharing your opinions, maybe changing your mind listening to somone else’s ideas. The only thing to say now is “Raise your voice”, be sure you totally understand what you are going to discuss about in GA and learn as many things as you can. You have the opportunity to do it now. Then the only thing left to do will be to show up at GA. Enjoy. Monica Mantovani (IT) Anna Borrell Mauri (ES)

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Discovering Volterra Fabrizio Colucci

After a long a curvy road in between the hills, you may have probably noticed the big walls of what it looks like a city: my fellows, that is Volterra. Some of you might just do not care at all and be fine only knowing where the bedroom is, but for the others, with this article you will have something to tell your parents about where you have been. Volterra, previously known as Velathri, was built around the 5th century B.C. by the Etruscans. What you can see now are the original walls built back then, when the population needed to protect themselves from the Gauls’ pillages. Apparently they were pretty afraid of their attacks because they ended constructing 7,3 km of wall around the town. If we skip more or less 2500 year, in which nothing much happened, we come across the creepiest truth about Volterra. As a matter of fact, from 1884 to 1978 this city hosted one of the greatest and most advanced mental asylums in Italy. What we can see now is an abandoned building with scraped walls and rusty wheelchairs in it. The inhabitants of the city still say that if you walk near the construction you can clearly hear people shouting. However, what is more thrilling is its involvement in the contemporary times. In fact, Volterra is not only known for its beautiful landscapes, but also for what is one of the most hideous, disturbing, gross, terrible and disgust4

ing products ever created by the modern man: the Twilight Saga. In fact, some of the most intense scenes of the second chapter of what has been called “the best love story of the 21st century” have been shoot here, in the main square of the city. Robert Pattinson said that as soon as he got into the walls he felt something overwhelming and strange because the setting was exactly the same as the description of the book. Kristen Stewart was also astonished by the place, and her face expressed this feeling. As soon as you will see the town, you will be even more surprised than she was.

Kristen Stewart’s astonishment


The importance of saying hello Matteo Falsetta

Hello delegates, This is quite an obvious way of beginning an article. In my opinion, saying hello is the first step to get directly to the topic you are writing about. Many people use the word hello only because it is a matter of good manners. When people say it, they don’t even think about it, it just pops out of their mouth spontaneously. When saying hello any effort is made, but in the meantime there is a moment of esteeming a person, respecting him, as he is a human being. If you add a smile to it, everything seems even easier. Most people do not wonder what lies beneath a hello, for them it is just a conventional form to greet. However, for me it is not only a matter of politeness. Above all, saying hello is the base on which people build up both a conversation and a relation. It is also amazing noticing the reaction of the people when you greet them: the expressions on their faces are priceless as they clearly reflect their mood. If you think about the times you didn’t receive a hello from a person you knew or you just simply cared about, you’ll see a small grimace of sadness appearing on your face. This is because a hello from a person you estimate, a relevant figure in your life or from the one you love and feel attracted to can bring you happiness, and this is one of the many powers of this underestimated word. Now ask yourselves, what does hello mean to you? Have you ever wondered what it could mean to someone else? Instead of the usual goodbye, this time, I’ll say to you: “ Hello, welcome to EYP Italy.”

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Meet the crew Valentina Spina Dear Monica, Madame President, how do you feel presiding a session? “I would say that is a complex job but the satisfaction you gain it’s worth all the effort you put in it. It’s amazing seeing new delegates excited about starting the session and their fresh new energy to discover what Eyp is all about makes you recharge your batteries. It’s also really interesting sharing your own experience with people who already love EYP like the Officials, and as a whole I believe being the President is definetly a positive experience!” Sebastiano Loukas, from the jury, will have the huge task of observing the delegates. For this reason we would like the get to know the portrait of his ideal delegate. Sebastiano, can you enlight us? “In my opinion the perfect delegate should be academically well prepared and with good communication skills. He should lead the group but also let everyone express their opinion and, for sure, he has to fully enjoy the session!”

Marko and Pietro, you are ITRE chairs and experienced delegates, can you give us interesting tips on how to make the best out of these days? Our keyword for the session is communication: talk to as many people as you can, make a lot of friends and freely share your ideas and opinions. EYP is the best experience for personal growth so don’t be afraid to be judged and just go for it, show everyone the real you without any reservation and just… BE CRAZY !

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Our Vice-President and ENVI chair Monika Ghosh will tell us a bit about EYP… Monni, reveal us some secrets! EYP is basically my life and my unpaid job. It’s my permanent interrail ticket and the best youth organisation I’ve ever come across. If I had to describe EYP with a song, I would definetly sing “One day baby we’ll be old, oh baby we’ll be old and think of all the stories that we could have told“.


FELLOW DELEGATES‌ what are your expectations for the session?

We expect to make new friends, talk and study a lot with poeple at high levels of competence. Roberta Montesano and Francesco Mangiacavallo This is my second National Session and I hope we’ll have fun like last year in Piacenza, but maybe staying more in contact with the outside world, given that finally our phone connection works! Elisabetta Colombo Who is your role model? I admire Barack Obama, he’s inspiring and I think he has the power and the ability to make essential changes in our society. Federico Loreti

I appreciate what Mario Monti has done so far, he has been the most serious Italian Prime Minister in the last twenty years and he saved Italy in this hard period of crisis. Francesco Armillei

Mahatma Gandhi is who I like the most because he pursued for his whole life the dream of spreding peace all around the world with his non-violence war. Filippo Venturi We are positively surprised by the first impression that the new Pope Francesco made on us: we think that, although he could seem a bit strange, he can give a strong push to our society and he can change the typical conception that people have about the Church. What reassures us the most is that he seems what we need during this difficult period thanks to his poor status and his friendly appearence, but we also have to admit that we find him so nice for his round face. Riccardo Terribili and Benedetta Miccioni 7


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Memories

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EYP: an Introvert’s Nightmare? Beatriche Reichel Against the picturesque backdrop of the Tuscan countryside, an introvert’s worst nightmare is being played out. Six dozen delegates stand in a circle. Their hands are raised high in the air, their knees clasped together and their bums protrude awkwardly from their body as they pivot around and around. They mumble something about a jellyfish as their tongues hang out of their mouths like excited lapdogs. The scene is humorous as it is undignified, at once capturing the essence of the EYP spirit. Young people unite in awkwardness and overcome imagined borders; they aspire to greatness without taking themselves too seriously. As any new delegate soon finds out, EYP is not just about debating. There are icebreakers, energizers, name-games and an endless amount of dancing. Though EYPers pride themselves on playing hard and working harder, excessive sociability is not everyone’s cup of tea. EYP reflects the business culture of most Western organizations, where there is an underlying assumption that extroversion leads to success. A model delegate is expected to be out-spoken and charismatic, delighting in ex10

ultant displays of amity. Gregariousness gives you a competitive edge, especially at a session where everyone is scrambling to catch the juror’s eye. However, more and more research coming out of the world’s top business schools forces us to question this assumption. Susan Cain, a renowned TED-talk lecturer, notes that “extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.” For an introvert, noisy and hypersocial environments can stifle productivity and reflective thought. Introverts tend to seek out solitude, which leads to the mistaken belief that they are antisocial. In fact, they merely require quieter environments in order to flourish. Yet the pervading social bias surrounding introversion continues to marginalize individuals, leading plenty of young talent to go undiscovered. It is our responsibility to tap into this potential, not merely for the sake of social inclusion, but for the betterment of Europe. After all, rhetoric skill has nothing to do with extroversion. The mark of a truly great debater


is brevity – the ability to express great ideas simply. Often, introverts are capable of great poignancy, and their reflective nature means they are sensitive to subtleties others often miss. In the wake of teambuilding madness and Gle-EYP elation, it may be helpful to consider how we focus our efforts. Forcing delegates out of their shell is a sub-optimal use of their talent. Time that should be spent identifying and sharpening their existing talents is diverted. The low-toned words of conversation go unheard, at great to expense to society as a whole. Besides, if the authenticity of the introverted personality is properly cultivated, such people often prove to be just as talkative as anyone else. At this point, a caveat is warranted. We should not ask extroverts to be quiet, nor should we in any way undermine the unique beauty of the EYP spirit. Yet we should widen our horizons. After all, the motto of the European Union is ‘united in diversity’. Let us preserve and celebrate this diversity. Introversion is not an illness to be cured, but an asset that can only grow to full maturity when given space and time.

After all, rhetoric skill has nothing to do with extroversion.

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I bet that you look good on the dancefloor

Fabrizio Colucci and Matteo Falsetta “Wait, what is this? Is it really Lady Gaga!? Oh-my-god! No way, not Danza Kuduro once again!!”. We know, We really understand this problem and we genuinely feel you. Parties in EYP have the music you would never put in your iPod. However, some of you might actually enjoy the pumping beats, the trivial lyrics and really feel like dancing to this. If so then, what we are going to write is not for you. Anyway, the music sucks and you feel like you are overwhelmed and your ears are going to bleed very quickly. In this case, you are going to need just one thing: do not care at all! Even though you do your prayers to Frank Zappa every night and you cannot have a shower without the Zeppelins pounding through your stereo, you just need to get rid of all your musical tastes and dance mentally like you have a car battery into your body. Just relax, start waving your arms and then tap your feet following the rhythm until you realise that you are looking crazy like one of those guys in the Harlem Shake videos; and do not worry, nobody will judge you because nobody can dance properly. Luckily, your musical knowledge will allow you to predict the beats and do weird moves to them. Take Michael Jackson as an example: he simply let the music get into his veins and he used to hand up with a perfect mix of dynamic, 12

power and rhythm. At the beginning everyone did not completely get into his style of dancing, which seemed a bit strange, but as soon as they got used to it… well, you know, king of pop. However, as he was of course the king of pop, it is more likely that we will never achieve his level: but you know what? It should just be about having fun. Nobody is going to judge you anyway. We would only say: “What the hell! Let me go dancing!”


From awkward to awesome in less than five words Henok Ghebrenigus It was a cloudy afternoon when the session president Monica (RO) kicked off the session in a little village known for the frequently visiting vampires. There, the members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs got to meet each other for the very first time. Luca, Pier-Andrea, Bianca, Elisabetta, Filippo, Flora, Daria, Roberta, Nicole, Valeria and Francesca were all feeling as excited about the session as their chairs: the wonderful Iman Idriss (FR) and the one and only Parrulli (IT). When the first round of games was finished and everybody was comfortable with the names, the delegates played games, aimed at getting to know each other better. Through a huge paper snowball fight, we found out that the majority of the committee absolutely hates One Direction and some Italian band that Iman and I had never heard of. Right after the snowball fight, the delegates got fifteen minutes to draw up some Fa-

cebook profiles. Search through the pictures to see the amazing end result. It probably is a safe bet to say that LIBE is the most artistic committee by far. One of the highlights of the day was the game Trustwalk. Both the delegates and the chairs not only called it “dangerous”, but also “very useful”. Everyone agreed that the game was interesting in and of itself, but also succeeded in building trust, which is obviously the aim of the game. The stories LIBE shared with each other illustrate the bond that formed today. Some examples: someone who jumped off cliffs while not being able to swim, a near-drowning experience and a delegate that showered with a bunch of girls – and yes, it was a guy. What you can infer from these stories is what describes LIBE incredibly accurately. They are a trusting committee that understand banter and also has guts like no other.

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Unexpected trip troubles Valentina Spina and Henok Ghebrenigus There has probably never been a session where the officials’ travel stories were as special as this one. Cancelled flights, missed flights and landslides were some of the reasons why most officials describe their trips to Volterra as “interesting”. We expected the travel stories of the delegates to be at least as eventful, but (un)fortunately, most arrived here exactly as planned. After interviewing almost every single one of the approximately ninety delegates, we finally managed to find one incredible story. Lewin Schmitt (DE) was shocked to come all the way from Bamberg to Nuremberg Airport and find out that Lufthansa was on a strike. As if a cancelled flight alone was not bad enough, it all happened at six in the morning. Fabrizio Zamparelli and Valentina Spina (IT) come from Turin and Thursday morning got on the train at 6.20. After 30 minutes the train had not decided to leave yet, they heard rumours saying that there was a car parked on the railway and the train obviously was not going to depart. After having met an American guy complaining about Italian transports, defining them as “pathetic” – and by the way, you can not possibly blame him– they had to get on the next train, which was supposed to leave an hour later. The train started to move but every ten seconds it would stop and they finally found out that the motor wasn’t working at all and with their enormous pleasure they had to wait for another train. Three hours and a half had passed, they were in still in Turin and sadly their expectations of what Italian transport is like

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were confirmed. The next train had just travelled for the first 80 km when a long-bearded old man kindly announced that they had to get off because the train was cancelled from that point on. The nightmare finished when they were brought to Volterra by bus by a coach who didn’t know the road but made curves at the speed you could possibly imagine. Apart from the lucky few, a lot of different officials can tell you similar stories and we encourage you to ask them about it. Talking to officials is very cool anyways and we know you really want to. Well now you have a conversation starter. You may have noticed that we excluded the previously mentioned unlucky delegate from the rest of the article. That is because we want to present you with a challenge. The delegate in question asked us not to print his story or name, but agreed that when asked about it by another delegate, he will share his tragedy. If you are the first to find him – yes, it is a guy – and tell a journalist what he told you, you will get an awesome prize.

Most officials describe their trips to Volterra as “interesting”.


Ode to Europe Beatrice Reichel

The final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, with its soft melody, creeping crescendo and grandiose percussion finale leaves many a music aficionado swelling with emotion. But for the average European citizen, ‘Ode to Joy’ makes for quite an unsatisfying continental anthem. Without lyrics, there’s no way to sing along and no way to join in on the celebration Perhaps we should count ourselves lucky that the Brussels doesn’t erupt into an all-too-sober karaoke session of booming Eurocrats on official occasions. Yet anyone who has ever seen sports played in a stadium knows the power anthems can instill. The question now is what lyrics would the European Anthem’s ones, if there was one Rowan Atkinson’s fictional baritone alter ego provides one alternative as he substitutes the original lyrics for humorous tidbits such as “Glühwein, wo ist sein Skipass, Edelweiss singt Captain von Trapp.” Though a bit of AngloGermanic banter is always amusing, the problem of representation remains. A European anthem needs to be universally understood, and each Member-State somehow represented Luckily, nothing unites the continent like the Eurovision Song Contest. To show its youthful streak, the EU might adopt the winning song as the official anthem for a year. The people directly elect the winning song, and could help Brussels meet the never-ending criticisms about a European democracy deficit. Surely Merkel and Hollande would agree to jam to the classic tunes like ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ if only in the pursuit of an ever closer union European citizens also seek to make their own improvements, with hip hop versions of Ode to Joy popping up on social media like

Youtube. Idealist rapping of ‘from Schiller to Beethoven…let us all unite eternally’ and the tongue-in-cheek suggestion that it is the ‘ultimate remix’ serve to amuse. Some seem to want to add ‘SWAG’ to the multitude of acronyms used by our vast bureaucracy However, the sentiment behind the original lyrics must not be forgotten. Ode to Joy is probably best enjoyed when remembering that “Your magic reunites what custom strictly divided; all men become brothers.” Even if we have to enjoy such idealist thoughts in silence

A European anthem needs to be universally understood, and each Member-State somehow represented

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Adding another dimension to our diet Lewin Schmitt

During this session, the Committee On The Environment, Public Health And Food Safety (ENVI), will analyse the effects of massive meat consumption (and much more stuff, too). The delegates will have extensive discussions on how to deal with this, some not willing to give up the good taste of a juicy steak, others eager to defend animals against slaughtering Both sides need to be respected, but how about combining the unique taste and consistence that only meat can have while stopping the ongoing mass murder of innocent cattle, chickens and other lovely animals. Ladies and gentlemen, the solution to all this may sound like a utopia and it will probably need some more years of innovation and research until the technology is perfectly elaborated. However, let me introduce you the revolution of the century: 3D printing and its capability of providing ethically flawless meat to the hungry masses To many of you, 3D printing itself may still sound like an idea of a science-fiction movie. However, it is rapidly improving and already used by many companies to produce prototypes or spare parts of special kind. The underlying concept is rather easy: the 3D printer uses a special plastic to create the layers that are blended together and thus form the final object 18

Now, a company called Modern Meadow thought about using another material than plastic. A special biologic ink consisting of several cells types is applied to form the futuristic chicken nuggets. No more arguing about the feelings of animals, just download a nice and tasty hamburger and fire up the printer. As you are listening to the sounds of the machine being busy to prepare you a delicious meal, you can take care of the french fries or whatever side dish you prefer If you cannot believe this, you might want to visit the Google headquarters and order a dish of pasta in the canteen. They will deliver you noodles from a 3D printer


GleEYP Night! Fabrizio Colucci

I admit, it was kind of weird. As soon as I walked into the party room, a huge amount of people with funny and colourful costumes came across my eyes. This meant just one thing: the banter had finally began. The mood got hot from the very first minute. I mean, literally, the room was small and people have this really bad habit of breathing so, as some poet would say, “If you were heat-seeking, it was hard to ignore”. GleEyp Night was the best representation of delegates’ creativeness and awesomeness and we now can expect the best from their committee work. The night has been opened by the words of our two beloved journos, Matteo and Beatrice, who managed perfectly to break the ice and loosen all the tension. Everyone was compulsively rehearsing in every corner they could find, just to be sure to nail every move. In EYP we like cohesion in diversity, for

this reason this year delegations were asked to prepare and show a performance on some European countries, and believe me, the mix of stereotypes and dance moves was just brilliant. As soon as I saw the delegates of Liceo Leopardi/Majorana standing up dressed in short pants, braces and Swiss shirts, I knew that the night was going to be great. Anyway, it was normal to find not-sowell coordination, mistakes and ashamed faces, but all of it just helped to create that great mood typical of EYP implying companionship, mutual support and fun, with everyone cheering and shouting along the performances. Usually, at sessions, this is the very first time you can see the delegates connecting each other and what I saw yesterday just made me be completely sure that we will have a great time during the following days.

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“Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.� (Mark Twain) Thanks for the support:

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