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A MODEL UN MAGAZINE FOR MODEL UN PEOPLE

STOP ANNOYING YOUR DOUBLE DEL PARTNER PG 3

CONFERENCE MUST HAVES PG 13

BUILD A MODEL UN PROGRAM FROM SCRATCH PG 5-6

TOP 100 MODEL UN TEAMS PG 8

MODEL UN: The Machine A BEHIND THE SCENES DEEP-DIVE INTO HOW MODEL UN EVOLVED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BECOME A MACHINE


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up front C JAEBOK LEE (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) at WEMUN EXPO 2016. PC: ROBERT HOBART

3 DELEGATION AWARDS FOR 2017-2018 7 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

features strategy 4 STOP ANNOYING YOUR DOUBLE DEL

Working with a partner can drive many delegates crazy. Find out what not to do.

profile 5 FROM THE BEGINNING: ST. VINCENT ST. MARY How did a tiny, private school in the middle of Ohio build a program to be proud of?

community 8 TOP 100 MODEL UN PROGRAMS

Recognizing the best performing Model UN teams in the United States.

feature 9 MODEL UN: THE MACHINE

Uncovering the hours of dedication and stress that Model UN student leaders devote to the activity they become addicted to.

profile 11 FROM BEIJING TO SMUNC SEC-GEN

Lily Liu grew up in Beijing, China, attended boarding school in Connecticut, and now, as a sophomore, will lead Stanford’s conference.

editorial 12 FOCUS ON PEACE

Do all crisis committees have to end with war and destruction? How can we design committees that emphasize peace.

style 13 TOP TEN ITEMS TO BRING TO CONFERENCE

Strategy begins far before the start of the conference and sometimes has nothing to do with Model United Nations.


season highlights Congratulations to all of the schools who won delegation awards at conferences this year! Ultimately, Model UN should be considered a team activity, and we would like to highlight the squads who won awards at some of the largest, most competitive conferences in the 20172018 season. This issue was printed on February 14, 2018 and does not reflect conferences that will be hosted after this date.

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: BEST INTERNATIONAL:

University of Chicago Lab School Granada Hills Charter School The Dalton School Markham College

HMUN 2018

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: OUTSTANDING SMALL:

Loomis Chaffee School Princeton Day School Bergen County Academies St. Paul’s School

YMUN 2018

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: OUTSTANDING SMALL:

Langley High School West Windsor Plainsboro South JP Stevens High School West Windsor Plainsboro North

ILMUNC 2018

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: OUTSTANDING SMALL:

University of Chicago Lab School Beaver Country Day School Cerritos High School Belmont High School

BOSMUN 2018

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: OUTSTANDING SMALL:

The Dalton School West Windsor Plainsboro South Bergen County Academies West Windsor Plainsboro North

PMUNC 2017

BEST LARGE DELEGATION: BEST SMALL DELEGATION: OUTSTANDING LARGE: OUTSTANDING SMALL:

McLean High School George C. Marshall High School Thomas Jefferson High School HB Woodlawn High School

WMHSMUN 2017

BEST DELEGATION: Adlai Stevenson High School OUTSTANDING DELEGATION: St. Ignatius College Prep

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CIMUN 2017

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strategy WHY YOUR DOUBLE DEL HATES YOU Regardless of whether you like having a partner or prefer to fly solo, it is inevitable that at some point in your MUN career you will end up as part of a double delegation. Being a double del requires more balance and planning than you may think. Double dels of two good delegates can go terribly awry without proper communication and teamwork. Even if they won’t tell you, there are plenty of ways to make your double del partner hate you. Hogging the Placard For both members of a double del to get recognized by the chair as contributing members of the committee, they both must talk. It is very easy for one partner to get caught up in an exhilarating debate and forget that their counterpart might also have something to say. Remember that it isn’t your responsibility to run the show, and that a balancing out the number of speeches and your partner give, you will be in the running for a much higher award. Refusing to Speak Conversely, it is equally as frustrating when one partner refuses to speak in moderated caucuses. Whether because your partner is ALLAMERICANMUN.COM // SPRING 2018

scared, or simply doesn’t care, it will hurt the delegation’s chances of getting an award. Additionally, it puts the burden on one partner to come up with everything the delegation should be saying. If you’re the partner who isn’t carrying your weight in speaking time, make sure you grab the placard and contribute to your team’s success. Going off Policy Perhaps the most frustrating part of having a partner is when they get up to give a speech and say something entirely incorrect or off policy. It is embarrassing to the double del as a unit, not just the person who made the mistake. As a double del partner, remember that is normal to have a couple of speech faux pas, but try not to completely derail your nation’s policy by slipping up too often. Not Sharing Responsibilities For a double del to win a high award, both partners must be giving it one-hundred percent during every committee session.

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GIVE IT UP FOR THE GANG AT ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY BEST DELEGATION AWARDS

2014 No delegation awards

2015 CCWA Winter

2016 CCWA Spring OSUMUN CCWA Fall CCWA Winter

2017 Carnegie Mellon CCWA Spring WAMUNC OSUMUN VUMUN CCWA Fall CCWA Winter

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A small, private school in Akron, Ohio sets the standard for performance and excellence by winning delegation awards in six consecutive conferences. When you hear Ohio, what do you think? If you’ve never made your way out to the Midwest your answer is probably something like: corn fields, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a few mostly irrelevant presidents. You would never think Ohio is home to one of the most scrappy Model UN teams in the country - St.Vincent-St.Mary High School (STVM). This small MUN team based in Akron, Ohio has developed from twelve people reading parliamentary procedure guidelines around their advisor’s dining room table to a regional powerhouse that has remained undefeated since 2015 and won delegation awards at conferences hosted by George Washington, Vanderbilt, and Ohio State. STVM has also won the last six Cleveland Council on World Affairs MUN conferences, the most competitive conferences in Ohio, and Carnegie Mellon University’s conference in 2017. Since the school lacks the resources to send delegations to larger conferences on the coasts, STVM has sent nine students to compete with the All-American Model UN teams around the world, the most from any one school.

Members of the St. V team pose in Budapest as members of the All-American team. Left to right: Vincent Glidden, Ryan Smith, Alexandra Albanese, Fiona Gaffney, and Michael Dianetti compose the core of the STVM travel team.

When STVM MUN Advisor Ruby Kofsky was asked about the success of her team she said, “It’s the dedication of the delegates that drives us forward. They work together as a unit and a family, constant-

“I didn’t think we were going to have a winning season for a long time.” ALLAMERICANMUN.COM // SPRING 2018


profile Setting clear expectations matter. ly supporting each other in and outside of committee.” STVM’s team certainly does seem like a family, with five-hour meetings held at Mrs. Kofsky’s house every Sunday, group study sessions, and Group chats that discuss Model UN and beyond. Building a winning team in Ohio was not easy for advisor Ruby Kofsky; however, she did so by tapping student leadership and encouraging her students to act. The team, in its current form, began in 2015 with an entirely new cohort of students who joined the team to replace the previous class of graduated seniors. These freshmen and sophomores, with limited speaking skills and no MUN experience, terrified their advisor.

gates excelled and began a winning streak that lasts to this day. Now seniors, Kofsky’s delegates took charge of the team and set up strict rules and guidelines for membership that they believe have played a huge factor in their success.

“...we will be a small, but well oiled machine…”

Current team President Alexandra Albanese said, “We created a handbook that detailed the expectations we have for the members of The students at St. V have a lost to be thankful for in their advisor, Ruby Kofsky.

“I thought we were through,” Kofsky said, “I didn’t think we were going to have a winning season for a very long time.” Kofsky was pleasantly surprised, however, as the dele-

our team.” This handbook includes stipulations about attendance, a maximum of three meeting absences, and expectations of success at conferences. Additionally, it outlines the way in which the team recruits, specifically stating that the team will never exceed twenty delegates and that rigorous tryouts must be held every spring. Director of Team Advancement and Recruitment Cydnee Livingston said, “In a large Model UN team, we cannot guarantee loyalty to the program, proper opportunities, and training attention granted to each delegate, or quality of delegate; therefore, we decided early on that our team will be a small, but well-oiled machine, rather than a clunky, unpredictable giant.” There is no shortcut to creating a winning and productive culture in a Model UN program, but the tenacious team at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Ohio seems to have found a winning formula: an advisor dedicated to her students’ success, a team with clear expectations and support systems, and consistency in attendance for practices, small conferences, and large conferences.

This year’s St. Vincent-St. Mary teams poses after winning Best Small Delegation at a Cleveland Council of World Affair’s conference. This was their sixth consecutive delegation award at CCWA since 2015.

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When asked for advice to other teams, current member Michael Dianetti added, “Take advantage of the resources that our available to improve and commit to getting better. The key is hold all members— freshmen and seniors— to the same standard. There’s always something you can be doing to get better.” PG. 6


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community TOP TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY

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odel United Nations has exploded in popularity throughout the United States over the past ten years. An estimated 250,000+ students in every state take part in some sort of MUN simulation throughout the academic year, with over 250 conferences working to provide unique and insightful experiences. We would like to recognize the Top 100 high school Model UN teams.

Pulaski Academy (AR) Chandler High School (AZ) California High School (CA) Capistrano High School (CA) Cerritos High School (CA) Edison High School (CA) Henry M. Gunn School (CA) Huntington Beach High School (CA) Marymount High School (CA) Mira Costa High School (CA) Mission Viejo High School (CA) Palos Verde High School (CA) University High School (CA) Whitney High School (CA) Greenwich Academy (CT) New Canaan High School (CT) New Fairfield High School (CT) St. Paul Catholic High School (CT) The Hotchkiss School (CT) The Loomis Chaffee School (CT) The Taft School (CT) Woodstock Academy (CT) Georgetown Day School (DC) School Without Walls (DC) Sidwell Friends School (DC) American Heritage School Plantation (FL) Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (FL) Bishop Verot Catholic High School (FL) Canterbury School (FL) Cape Coral High School (FL) Charlotte High School (FL) Coral Reef High School (FL) Gulf Coast High School (FL) Naples High School (FL)

Port Charlotte High School (FL) Centennial High School (GA) Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL) Deerfield High School (IL) Glenbrook South High School (IL) Latin School of Chicago (IL) Lyons Township High School (IL) St. Ignatius College Prep (IL) University of Chicago Laboratory School (IL) Culver Academies (IN) Wootton High School (MD) Beaver Country Day School (MA) Belmont High School (MA) Concord Academy (MA) Dana Hall School (MA) Lexington High School (MA) Newton Country Day School (MA) Phillips Academy Andover (MA) Cape Elizabeth High School (ME) Waynflete School (ME) Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School (MI) Edina High School (MN) Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) Bergen County Academies (NJ) East Brunswick High School (NJ) Dwight-Englewood School (NJ) Fair Lawn High School (NJ) Highland Park High School (NJ) JP Stevens High School (NJ) Princeton Day School (NJ) West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North (NJ) West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South (NJ) The Beacon School (NY) Brooklyn Friends School (NY)

Elmont Memorial High School (NY) Fayetteville-Manlius High School (NY) Floral Park Memorial High School (NY) H. Frank Carey High School (NY) Horace Mann School (NY) New Hyde Park Memorial High School (NY) Oceanside High School (NY) Scarsdale High School (NY) Sewanhaka High School (NY) Staten Island Academy (NY) Stuyvesant High School (NY) The Dalton School (NY) The Masters School (NY) Winston Preparatory School (NY) St. Vincent St. Mary High School (OH) Germantown Academy (PA) Radnor High School (PA) Wyoming Seminary Prep School (PA) Lincoln School (RI) Portsmouth Abbey School (RI) Ronald Reagan High School (TX) The Hockaday School (TX) Burr and Burton Academy (VM) Bishop O'Connell High School (VA) Douglas Freeman High School (VA) Langley High School (VA) Maggie L. Walker Governor's School (VA) McLean High School (VA) Thomas Jefferson High School of Science & Technology (VA) Lawrence Free State High School (KS) Verona Area High School (WI) Bellarmine Preparatory (WA)

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MODEL UN: THE MACHINE

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fter closing ceremonies has ended and the ballroom falls quiet, after the last school bus pulls away from the conference hotel, after the feelings of achievement, joy, elation, frustration, and feigned apathy fall away, the gears of the Model UN machinery crank up to full.

I've been involved in every facet of Model United Nations over the past fifteen years. My Model UN journey started as a high school delegate and has arrived as the coach of the All-American Model UN Programs. In between, I was on my high school conference secretariat, college Model UN team, multiple secretariats for high school and college conferences, Secretary General of Boston University's first college conference, and president of the BU International Affairs Association. I've seen the activity we all love eat, elevate, crush, and create people. And even though I didn't mean "create" in a biblical sense, I know of at least two "MUN couples" who have married since college.

Combined, three organizations have revenue over $1,640,000 and assets, largely in cash holdings, of $1,809,000...

abbreviated to just MUN. Model UN interest grew modestly in the US over the first thirty years, but in the late 1980s, Model UN began its more exponential growth period. Conferences popped up at colleges and universities around the country. The activity quickly trickled down into high schools, and then even into middle schools. Now, estimates put the number of Model UN participants in the United States at between 400,000-500,000.

Everyone has a different attraction to Model UN. Many of my students and college friends embrace the travel team, but still loathe the internal politicking needed to get selected. Others get involved to chair high school conferences; those people sometimes stray up the leadership ladder into a USG or even SG role. Their motivation may be purely academic in nature-- they truly want to design and operate an outstanding substantive program. A small number of people may even throw themselves into the deep end and participate in a number of ways, but they're often driven by friendship and camaraderie rather than a quest for organizational development. In the smallest bucket of people are the ones that fall in love with the big picture and the machinery that makes MUN function in the United States. About a week or so after the conclusion of conferences, the "behind -the-scenes" work takes over. There are no more background guides to write. No more chairs to train. No more position papers to grade. No more teachers to coddle. What’s left are the financials...and questions: How much money did we make? And will it be enough to fund us for the next year? The earliest roots of Model United Nations in the United States track back to simulated League of Nations hosted by Harvard in the 1920s. But the real League collapsed under the weight of inaction, hypocrisy, and the still unsatisfied craving for conquest, destruction, and nationalism after the First World War. Following the end of the Second World War, the United Nations Charter was signed on June 26, 1945. Soon after, many UN-themed debate conferences were hosted, which we affectionately call Model United Nations, later PG. 9

But strangely enough, the United Nations stayed out of Model United Nations until recently. Model UN evolved in a decentralized fashion in the United States. There is no central authority. No administrating body. No national rule setting or awards policy. No common standard. Realizing this point shines light on most of the frustration felt by Model UN participants.

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feature With no governing authority, Model UN conferences are free to determine their own destiny. Conferences often vary in size, from 50-4,000 students; in style, from academic to cut-throat competitive; in type of committees simulated, from the more traditional General Assembly to the relatively new "crisis" committees; in price from free to hundreds of dollars; and in many other delineations. "So, how much did the conference make this year?" "After paying the hotel food & bev minimum, AV costs, the refund to that one school-- that I still argue shouldn't get one -- paper, copiers, walkie-talkies, and the staff social, we should net around $30,000 after the account closes." Nervously, eyes dart around the table in the middle of the food court, as "normal" college students buzz around them, study for exams, write papers, and nurse hangovers. The conference made $4,000 more than last year but the goal set out by the board was crystal clear: the expected profit was $35,000. "Well, that's no longer my problem. We made more than last year, and frankly, my concern wasn't the budget. The conference was awesome, the teachers were happy, and we set them up for next year. Who wants to celebrate?" The majority of Model UN conferences hosted by colleges and some non-profits are giant fundraisers, the proceeds of which fund organizational operations for the year. Regardless of its educational and heuristic benefits, Model UN is a business in the United States. Conferences, small and large, compete with one another to attract schools-- who has the smallest staff to student ratio, who has the most creative committees, the best background guides, the largest attendance, the most experienced staff, the best student experience, the best perks for teachers. Once you attend enough conferences, you begin to pick-up on the factors that differentiate conferences and notice conference leaders pushing their narrative. "Welcome to the largest high school Model United Nations conference in the United States!"

"This year, we have fully embraced technology, making our conference the most tech-savvy conference in the country." Like universities, conferences fight to differentiate themselves and attract the best schools as participants without drawing direct comparisons to other conferences. "Hey man, how'd your conference go last week? I can't believe you decided to compete the weekend after being SG. I was wiped for at least two weeks after our conference." "Haha, I was barely able to make it through committee today. I hate Thursday committee session anyway. Yea, conference went well, thanks. We had the most delegates ever this year, so it was a ton of extra work." "No shit, good for you, congrats, man. How'd you fit more people into that hotel? I thought you guys were maxed out." "I did, too, when I took over last year. Turns out we could increase our committee sizes by taking out the tables and just doing rows of chair. Got an extra 300 seats in that way." "Dude, I told you that last year. How do you think we fit 2,000 in our conference? You gotta go with the rows of chairs. It sucks, but you have to do it." One of the best parts of Model UN, and the main motivation for why I've spent so much of my life involved in Model UN, is the people. Sure, I went to BU but some of my best friends while I was in college went to Harvard, Yale, McGill, Georgetown, and elsewhere. Being on a college travel team, you see the same cast at almost every conference. For me, that was eight weekends every year. Part of what makes the business of Model UN compelling to investigate are the relationships between people, between travel teams, and sometimes between entire schools. While your high school conference may be vying to attract the same schools-- ILMUNC, hosted by Penn, and HMUN, hosted by Harvard, famously land on the same weekend-- your Model UN travel team may be attending the college conference hosted by that same school-- Penn competes at HNMUN three weeks after their high school conferences conclude. On its face, conflict seems obvious, but having gone through this system myself, it's rarely an issue.

"Welcome to the 'Championship' conference!" "Our 200-person staff has been working tirelessly over the past year to bring you the most creative committees yet!" "With staff members from all of the best colleges throughout the country, our conference provides a truly unique experience."

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To finish reading our feature section “Model UN: The Machine,� visit us online at www.allamericanmun.com/mun-machine or visit our Facebook page for a link to the article.

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DOUBLE DEL FAUX PAS (cont.) It is incredibly frustrating when one partner begins to give up on committee and doesn’t share their end of the work. Both double del partners should have researched both topics and should be fully active during debate. Correcting the Chair Perhaps the easiest way to ruin your chances of getting a high award or any award at all is by annoying the chair with an excess of parliamentary procedure questions or raising too many points. It is okay if a chair slips up once or twice. It is much better to let a procedural mishap go than to frustrate the person who is deciding awards. Making Unilateral Decisions Remember that as a double delegation there are two people, and both of those people should be involved in making every major decision. It is extremely frustrating when one partner decides to change blocks or vote a certain way without consulting the other. It not only makes it difficult for your delegation to get something done, but it also makes you look uncoordinated and dysfunctional to the rest of committee.

STANFORD’S YOUNGEST SEC-GEN When Lily Liu moved from her home in Beijing, China to board at The Loomis Chaffee School for high school, she had never considered doing competitive Model UN. It was not until her third year at Loomis that she was eventually persuaded to join her high school’s Model UN team. Now, entering only her second year at Stanford University, Lily will become the youngest Secretary-General in Stanford Model UN history.

Overstressing Model United Nations takes so much work, dedication, and effort; it is stressful for almost everyone. However, the worst thing for a partnership is when one or both members become overburdened with anxiety When one partner is freaking out, it directly affects the other, who may have been calm before. It is best if both partners try to keep a cool head and focus all of their energy on winning rather than panicking.

“Model UN has exposed me to global issues that I would never have thought about and deeply influenced what I have chosen to do with the rest of my life,” Liu explained as her motivation to continue with Model UN.

students to, Lily smiles when thinking about all the people she’s met along the way. In her senior year, Lily joined the All-American Model UN team and quickly became an integral part of its community. “I made some of my best friends on these trips who support me years after we’ve even seen each other. These are people who continually comfort me at my lowest points and celebrate with me at my highest.” Despite the long hours and occasional high stress, Lily says the close-knit Model UN community keeps her motivated.

At Stanford University, Lily plans on double majoring in International Relations and Public Policy, with a minor in Computer Science. She hopes to work in cybersecurity and information warfare while researching the intersection of policy and technology- ideas initially introduced to her in Model UN.

Lily is excited to lead the SMUNC 2018 secretariat and hopes to build and improve upon the foundation she inherits. Although she may be a young Secretary-General, she plans to capitalize on her deep Model UN experience with the support of her friends and mentors.

Aside from the inherent academic aspects that Model UN exposes

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editorial A BETTER WAY TO END COMMITTEE THAN WAR Playing war is exhilarating. Moving pieces around a map, issues directives to your commanders, waiting in suspense to find out the outcome of a decisive battle captivated our attention in Model UN crisis committees. Almost as much fun is plunging your committee forward into conflict.

relationship between the military and political structure, and countless other subtopics related to military engagement.

Participate in enough crisis committees, and you’re bound to be in a simulation where it seems the crisis director, chair, fellow delegates, or all of the above are hell-bound on devolving a complex geopolitical crisis situation in a mockery of the devastation that actual war inflicts.

I am calling for the increase of Model UN simulations where the defined goal of the committee is to achieve peace, to avoid war, or to end conflict, rather than exacerbate it.

Plastic guns, clumsily made videos with no context, and bad acting debase the entire academic value of four days of grueling simulation -based education and debate. All, it seems, to placate the need of those who still want engage their inner five-year old and play war. As if attending a conference where college students are running around in capes and holding wands pretending to be wizards in their Harry Potter committee was not perplexing enough, you have just spent sixteen hours holding off hostilities between Russia and Georgia until, with three hours of committee left, Russia and Iran simultaneously invade George with no real explanation or realism at all. But your Crisis Director got bored, so now deal with it. I know that Model UN, aside from being education, also needs to have a degree of entertainment. I understand that it is important to study the role of the military, advancement of military tactics, the

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I am also not calling for the end of war game simulations in Model United Nations.

Armed conflict is a response to a complex intertwining of geographic, economic, cultural, and political motives. While it is viewed as a means of last resort, conflict snowballs with stunning momentum. As students of diplomacy, the first challenge we must commit to study is de-escalation , unwinding tension, and avoiding conflict. The second, more grave challenge, is ending conflict. A single bullet has the power to ignite the world in flames of death, while diplomatic negotiation requires months, if not years, or longer, of skillful understanding of nuisance and creating solutions to achieve a lasting peace for all parties involved. Remember, it will always be easier to make war than to make peace. Challenge yourself as a conference, chair, and delegate to fight for the latter. We need to fight to see peace as the winning ending to committee.

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COMMITTEE ESSENTIALS BY BOBBY 1 password-locked flash drive The naïve side of me wants to believe that everyone at a MUN conference is equally invested in the overall success of the committee, and blissfully oblivious to any potential awards or accolades. On the other hand, the practical side of me knows that many times, the competitive nature of the sport can tempt the less ethical side of many delegates. Therefore, I always like to password-protect everything my bloc and I use. Nothing can be altered or removed without your permission, and nobody can submit your work without you being there giving up the password.

2 power cords for everything Nothing kills bloc momentum like your laptop running out of battery. Not only that, if your laptop is out of commission, that’s just one more way that someone else can be more active and more involved than you. Having a functioning laptop allows you to both lead resolution-writing efforts and, if necessary, do research on the fly. Make sure you’re fully charged before coming to committee, but bring a cord just in case.

3 snacks on snacks on snacks The importance of bringing tasty, nutrient-dense snacks cannot be overstated. I know, we’re talking about Model United Nations, not a backpacking trip–but trust me when I say snacks will have their usefulness. If you’re in the middle of a marathon nighttime writing session, if you skip lunch to do research in the business center, if you’re so excited about MUN that you just can’t stop moving for long enough to sit down and eat something, you need backup fuel. I’m a fan of Clif Builder Bars: 20 grams of protein and they are quite tasty.

4 the backup tie Have you ever gotten Pinkberry while wearing WBA and accidentally spilled chocolate frozen yogurt on your tie? I have. Don’t be me. Bring a backup tie. If you’re feeling very insecure about your eating abilities while in WBA, perhaps even bring an extra shirt in your backpack. In general, it’s always good to be prepared for any funny clothing eventualities–you don’t need to bring an entire extra set of clothes with you, but be aware and accepting of the risks that come with consuming food in your suit.

5 crisis notes I believe that working on crisis notes and arcs outside of committee is an excellent way to save time and energy. If you’ve already written a detailed crisis note describing how you intend to kneecap someone across the room from you, you have that much more time to raise your placard and talk instead of hurriedly scribbling something on a scrap of paper.

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Robert Hobart III is a graduate of the Bay School of San Francisco and current student at Dartmouth College. As a MUN veteran, AllAmerican alumnus, and California resident, he’s developed a keen sense of style, decorum, and bravado that lies somewhere between a lax-bro and congressmen.

6 a watch More often than not, you can’t very easily bring out your phone during committee sessions. A watch helps you budget time spent writing notes, resolutions, or speeches. In larger committees where I only get to speak five or six times a session, I like to use a watch to time my speeches in my head so I make the most out of the brief time I get in front of the entire group.

7 MUN-specific email address I suppose “bringing” this item is a little abstract. That being said, have a specific email for your country and committee. With this email, all of your communications with other delegates and the chair are reserved to a single address and inbox. This not only centralizes all of your email communications for the weekend, it also ensures that your regular inbox doesn’t get inundated with MUN-related nonsense you’ll forget about in two weeks.

8 college-ruled notebook Honestly, you don’t need to use lined paper in all of your communications with the dais or other delegates, but I’m of the opinion that being as neat as possible is important. Plus, full-size sheets of paper make for great paper airplanes in the final committee session–even if you don’t gavel, you can be secure with the knowledge that you’re the champion of paper aeronautics.

9 gums/mints & deodorant I really don’t know why more people don’t think of this. Always keep Tic Tacs or gum in your backpack to keep your breath smelling fresh. Acceptable flavors: mint, cinnamon. Anything else is ridiculous. As for deodorant, here is my advice: 1) use it, 2) reapply. Seriously, we all can think of that smelly kid. Don’t be the smelly kid.

10 simple comb If you’re a gentleman—or lady—like me who spends way too much time styling and adjusting their hair prior to a committee session, plan ahead for the inevitable destruction of your hard work following a long committee session. Keep a comb or hairbrush in your bag so you can make a mad dash for the bathroom before lunch starts and re-do your ‘do. Professionalism and appearance are a big part of success in lobbying and public speaking. If you look put-together, people are more likely to give you and your resolution a shot. ALLAMERICANMUN.COM // SPRING 2018


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PENNSYLVANIA Fox Chapel Area High School Hershey High School Wyomissing Area Jr/Sr High School

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VERMONT Burr and Burton Academy

OHIO Solon High School St. Vincent St. Mary ONTARIO, CANADA Upper Canada College

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MICHIGAN Troy High School Troy Athens High School

VIRGINIA Douglas Freeman High School Granby High School Georgetown Day School Langley High School Loudon Valley High School McLean High School Tandem Friends School Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Tech

MISSOURI Marquette High School

WASHINGTON Inglemoor High School

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