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E L E G AT E St. Andrew’s College International MUN Ambassadors please collect your free copy of “The Delegate” in the Press Room. Anyone else who wants one, there are extra copies available for one euro.



e welcome everyone to this year’s 25th Anniversary of the St. Andrew’s International Model United Nations! We hope that this year’s conference will be just as enjoyable and fulfilling as the previous ones. This is the fifth time that the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire has hosted this conference. The press team would like to thank all the teachers and sponsors that made this function possible, especially Mr. Godsil who, along with Mr. Allen, was so instrumental in the fostering of St. Andrew’s International MUN. This year we have people coming in from all over the world! The countries present at the conference are Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Morocco, Italy, Luxemburg, Bahrain, Ireland, France, U.S.A., Spain, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Boznia and Herzegovina, Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. In total there are 44 schools, 611 delegates, 103 delegations, and 15 members of the press. We are expecting to hear some thoroughly interesting debates in commitees this year. To refresh our memories, the commitees are: Disarmament, Ecology and Environement, ECOSOC, Health and Youth, Human Rights, Political 1, Politcal 2 and Security Council. Some of the issues that will be discussed in the committees are: the question of the future of nuclear energy, the question of universal

health insurance, the question of the crisis in Mali, the question of shared access to rare earth elements, and the question of international piracy on the high seas. There will be an issue of “The Delegate,” printed daily to keep everyone updated on the latest news! It will be filled with articles about the debates that will be taking place as well as many photographs and interviews. We will also be including the famous press awards so start thinking about who you want to nominate! Make sure to follow us on twitter as well! A new innovation for this year is a twitter feed. To follow it go to On the feed there will be updates of the conference, and we want to hear your valuable input as well! The press would like to wish all the delegates good luck on passing their resolutions and doing well in the debates. We hope everybody has a great time!

Carolyn Pippin and Laura-May Haworth

Inside Today’s Issue Meet the Press About the Schools Things to do in Dun Laoghaire Plan for the Week Jokes Work of the Committees Delegate Photos


From left to right: Isabella Terrinoni, Meagan Rummage, Thomas Caganek, Alice Windsor, Laura-May Haworth, Carolyn Pippin, Werner Van Eeden, Bevan Rooke, Cassidy Fritts, Victoria Hayes, Robbie Bowes, Signe Swarttouw, Emma Russell, Essi Vehviläinen, and Abby Guest.

Victoria Hayes

Emma Russell

Isabella Terrinoni

Cassidy Fritts

Hi, my name is Victoria Hayes. I am a 5th year student in St. Andrew’s College. I am from Dublin, but I lived in America for a couple of years when I was young. I like playing basketball and tennis. Hey, my name is Isabella. I am from St. Andrew’s College in 5th year. I first started MUN a few months ago as a delegate at the RADMUN conference in Rathdown School. I am now working on the press team. My hobbies are hockey, sailing, and tennis.

Carolyn Pippin

I am currently residing in Vilseck, Germany. Since the age of eleven I have had my writings published in Showcase, which is a book, published every year that contains artwork and writings from students. My sophomore year of high school I was the copy editor of my yearbook and my junior and senior years I have been co-editor in chief. I plan on going to Kent State University where I will major in Information Design, which is a type of journalism that incorporates layout design into the program.

Hi, my name is Emma Russell, I am 15 year old and I am in St. Andrew’s College. I have had other journalism experience from our school magazine, Grapevine. This is my first year being involved in MUN and I look forward to years ahead. I’m Cassidy Fritts, a senior at Vilseck High School located in Germany. As a student at VHS, I am involved in many things including serving as the secretary of our Future Educators Association chapter, the executive vice president of Student Council, the varsity soccer captain, and Coeditor-In-Chief of the VHS yearbook. My past experience in journalism and photojournalism includes being a part of the school newspaper staff, being the editor of the school yearbook for two years, and working with USAG Grafenwoehr Public Affairs Office where I wrote articles and took photos for Bavarian News and the PAO Facebook page.

Abby Guest

Hi, my name is Abby Guest. I am attending St. Andrew’s College and I am in fourth year. This is my first year participating in MUN. My hobbies are hockey, tennis, and cricket.

MEETTHE PRESS Meagan Rummage

My name is Meagan Rummage and I am a senior at Incirlik Unit School in Adana, Turkey. I really enjoy participating in sports, no matter what kind as long as I can have fun. I am hardworking and a sincere team player, there is something about being part of a team that makes me what to be the best I can be. Most of all, I love writing and expressing myself through the written word. This is my second year as a journalist at SAIMUN and I am looking forward to all the laughs and friends that are to be made at this year’s conference. Good luck to all as SAIMUN 2013 gets underway.

Laura-May Haworth

Hi, my name is Laura-May Haworth and this is my second year being part of the press team. I’m s eventeen years old and attend St. Andrew’s College, booterstown. I’m looking forward to another amazing year of SAIMUN! Good luck everyone.

Essi Vehviläinen

Birthday: 21st of May 1997 School: International School of Helsinki Nationality: Finnish Cities lived in: Helsinki, Boston, San Francisco, Surrey and London. MUN Experience: Journalist at Paris MUN 2011, Ambassador at Helsinki MUN 2012, and Delegate at The Hague International MUN 2013. Interests: Plays competitive basketball, volleyball, football (soccer) and dance, depending on the season does skiing or plays golf, coaches football (soccer), and plays the ukulele, piano and bass guitar. Fun fact: I was a minor character in a popular Finnish television series

Werner Van Eeden

Hi! My name is Werner. I’m in St. Andrew’s College and this is my first year doing press. I am 16 years old and enjoy extreme sports (cliff jumping, hiking, mountain biking). I speak German, Afrikaans, Spanish, and English.

Bevan Rooke

Hi! My name is Bevan and this is my second year doing press for SAIMUN. I go to St. Andrew’s and am in my second last year. I play tennis on the weekends and enjoy going out with friends. I speak German and Irish. I’ve lived in Dublin my whole life. I love listening to music and would like to learn how to play an instrument one day!

Robbie Bowes

Hi, my name is Robbie. I attend St. Andrew’s College and this is my second year doing press. I have been learning guitar for the past two years, but I have been interested in music all my life. My favourite band is Young the Giant. I look forward to working with international students.

Alice Windsor

Hi, my name is Alice Windsor. I am 16 years old and attend St. Andrew’s College in booterstown. I am in transition year and this is my first year doing MUN. I enjoy horse riding and I am on the St. Andrew’s equestrian team. I also play hockey in school. I hope to do MUN next year.

Signe Swarttouw

Birthday: 12th of May 1997 School: International School of Helsinki Nationality: Swedish and Dutch Cities lived in: Paris, The Hague, London and Helsinki. MUN experience: Admin at MUNISH 2011, Delegate at DaVinci MUN 2012; HAIMUN 2012, The Hague International MUN 2013 and MUNISH 2012. Interests: Does competitive Track and Field, Art (photography), Music, Movies, Reading, Plays the ukulele better than Essi. Fun fact: I can unicycle.

Malak Benbiga

Hello, my name is Malak Benbiga. I am 17 and going to turn 18 in a month. My passion is singing and I sing almost all the time. I am in 11th grade and this is my first year doing Model U.N. I am interested in photography and I do professional photoshoots. I hope that I will participate in Model U.N. next year, too.

Thomas Caganek

My name is Thomas Caganek and this is my first MUN. I am a fifth year student and go to Sandford Park School. Normally l live in Vienna but I am spending five months in Dublin. in my free time I play soccer and other sports. I am looking forward to having four enjoyable days.

Meet the Schools

St Andrew’s College

S St Andrew’s College

Vilseck High School

tAndrews College is a multidenominational and international school. St Andrews is located on Booterstown Avenue in Blackrock Co.Dublin. The transition year programe is excellent in the school. There are many different things to get involved in that are not academic. It is also a great year to start doing MUN as in fifth and sixth year there is more study. St Andrew’s has great sports facilities with two hockey pitches one sand and one water based. There is also a sports hall and a rugby pitch. Hockey is one of the main sports in the school and there are many achievments to be proud of. In the summer you can play tennis and cricket and also athletics as the hockey season finishes up early. St Andrews also offers the IB course which all the students seem to enjoy and many of the foreign students study the course. There are fewer subjects in the IB course but they are dealy with in a more detailed way. In 2011 the new east wing building was opened and since then the school has been further improved. With so many more classrooms there can be more students, and the facilties in the new building are of a high standard. On the first floor are the English classrooms, on the second floor one finds the maths rooms and on the third floor there are two art rooms which are beautifully put together. Each classroom has projectors and interactive boards.

Vilseck High School


ilseck High School is located in eastern Bavaria, near the Czech border and close to the cities of Nuremburg and Regensburg. Vilseck High School lies within Rose Barracks which is an extension of the United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr. USAG Grafenwoehr is a training area for US forces and international allied military forces across Europe. ilseck High School is home to approximately 520 students, ages 14 to 19. Vilseck High School has many amazing extracurricular activities that have become well-known throughout DoDDs Europe including their Future Educators Association Chapter and many of the school’s athletic teams. Another great thing about Vilseck High School is its Model United Nations’ delegation. The VHS delegation consists of twelve members who will be representing New Zealand and Iceland at the SAIMUN Conference. The VHS MUN delegation plans to enjoy embracing the amazing opportunity to work with other delegates from other countries and have a great experience at the SAIMUN Conference. By Cassidy Fritts and Carolyn Pippin


Dun Laoghaire

What to do in Dun Laoghaire?


un Laoghaire is a great place to spend your few days here. Dun Laoghaire is known for its famous ice-cream from “Teddy’s” which is situated on Winsor Terrace opposite the sea. After your delicious cone you can take a relaxing stroll on Dun Laoghaire Pier and admire the view. If you’re still hungry after that, one of the best restaurants in the area is Milano’s which is famous for its Italian Doughballs. If you’re in the mood to hit the shops, there is The Swan Centre and Bloomfields Shopping Centre and a wide variety of shops along the main street. If you need to relax after a hard days work you can take a short walk down the main street to the IMC cinema and go and see a film. The Irish National Sailing School is located in Dun Laoghaire and you can easily book a group to go sailing around the harbour.

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me”


enry Woodsworth Longfellow


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Your News, Your Week, Your SAIMUN 2013! 08.45 – 09.30 09.30 – 12.30 09.30 – 12.30 10.00 10.15 – 17.00 12.30 – 13.00 13.00 – 17.30 13.00 – 17.30

Opening Ceremonies Opening Speeches: CARLISLE SUITE Security Council: HAYES BOARDROOM Meeting for Advisers: DUNLEARY SUITE Approval Panel in operation: DUNLEARY SUITE Lunch: PAVILION All Committees: (Consult Map) Security Council: HAYES BOARDROOM

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Approval Panel in operation: DUNLEARY SUITE All Committees: (Consult Map) Security Council: HAYES BOARDROOM Lunch: PAVILION All Committees: (Consult Map) Security Council: HAYES BOARDROOM

09.00 09.00 – 16.00 09.00 – 12.30 10.00 – 11.00 12.30 – 13.00 16.00 – 17.00 20.00 – 24.00

Publication of Resolution Booklet General Assembly: CARLISLE SUITE Security Council: HAYES BOARDROOM Advisers Meeting: KINGSTOWN SUITE Lunch: PAVILION Closing Ceremonies: CARLISLE SUITE Disco: CARLISLE SUITE





“The national debt isn’t the only thing that’s rising”




he future of nuclear energy

“you get roughly the same amount of radiation from eating a banana as you do from living within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant for a year.”

What springs to mind when we hear talk of nuclear energy? For many destruction and devastation jump to the forefront of the mind. However this viewpoint is debatable as it is based largely on unsubstantiated public perception. Now that is not to say there is no problems with nuclear energy, one of the main issues is that radioactive waste such as spent nuclear fuel rods, the most dangerous type of waste; low-level waste, including general radiationcontaminated material; and uranium mill tailings is piling up at nuclear facilities around the world, as we do not yet possess the technology to dispose of it safely. Statistically, nuclear power has a far better safety record than coal-fired electricity generation, including fewer occupational fatalities and fewer industrial accidents, and it has a low risk of environmental hazards. Radiation released from burning coal, and nuclear weapons testing all exposed the U.S. public much more than U.S. nuclear power operations have. The only incident that jumps to mind in the history of U.S. nuclear power that might cause any civilian deaths was the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979, which released enough radiation to cause an estimated five cancer deaths in the general population over the next 30 years. Normal power plant operation is not considered to pose any risk.

Nevertheless, the risk of nuclear accidents and radiation exposure looms large in in the public eye, and has led to a “not in my back yard” mentality that has challenged the expansion of the nuclear power industry. For instance you get roughly the same amount of radiation from eating a banana as you do from living within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant for a year. As you can see from the facts a lot of the objections people have about nuclear energy is all based on rumour not fact and nuclear energy being a cleaner, safer and more cost effective energy source may be the future of energy. By Victoria Hayes




It is important that we get the government to strengthen and to help older people’s rights. It is important that everybody realises that older men and woman have the same rights as everybody else and that we are all born equal and this does not change as we get older. Older people’s rights are mostly invisible under the international law. Academics, lawyers, UN Member States and individuals are all calling for a new convention on the rights of older people. A UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons is necessary to ensure that older women and men can realise their rights. Older people experience discrimination and violation against their rights. Many elderly people have specific requirements or disabilities which should be allocated for by the government. A convention on the rights of older people would protect under the older people’s rights and international law. It would also provide put age discrimination and elder people’s rights higher up in life. It would also provide clarity on governments’ human rights obligations towards older people.

In Ireland the health care system is failing to meet high expected standards. The health care system has failed in hospital care as in the quality of private rooms are of a higher standard in hospital to the quality of public rooms in a hospital. Many people cannot afford this hospital health care and accommodation as this is more expensive than a public room. What is Universal Health Insurance? Universal health insurance is a means of paying for health care which has been adopted by many Western and Central European countries. It has its origins in a system of limited public health insurance introduced in Germany in the late nineteenth century. There are two main types of health insurance these are social health insurance and private health insurance. Private health care is when your healthcare for example VHI funds for your operation or illness treatment. Social health care is when you completely pay for all of your health care treatment yourself.

he question of strengthening older people’s rights.


he question of universal health insurance

By Isabella Terrinoni

“It is important that everybody realises that older men and woman have the same rights as everybody else and that we are all born equal and this does not change as we get older.”

“There are two main types of health insurance these are social health insurance and private health insurance.”



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