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Issue 1 - 1st June 2011


Table of Contents 1. Letters from The Editors 5. BOMUN– Throughout The Years 10. Interview with President 11. Interview with Secretary General 12. Lobbying and Merging 14. Debate Off 15. Sweat Room 16. Who’s Who


Letters from the Editors Dear Readers, There has been so much that I would love to say about this first edition of the BOMUN Chronicles 2011, but this page isn’t big enough so I’ll just focus on a few things. Like how much fun it has been compiling this first edition and how I cannot wait to publish the next one, although it has been hard to get everything done before the deadlines and finally sending everything out to combine all the different articles we have. It has been a lot of work but seeing the finished product, I can confidently say that all the work paid off! —Yasmin Tandon Dear Readers, It’s been so much fun making the first edition of the BOMUN chronicles. To be honest I first took on this job thinking I wouldn't have to do much but it has taken a lot of time and hard work to accomplish what we have and I’m extremely happy with the finished product ! I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it—Krpa Savlani


BOMUN -Throughout the Years Welcome to the 3rd annual edition to the BOMUN Chronicles! We are ready to start the first of many to come articles with a different edge to what has been done over the past two years by analyzing how the debates have changed over the years. To start off with, for those of you who are unsure what BOMUN stands for and what it includes, it stands for Bombay Model United Nations and as Ms. Allison says sounds a lot better than ASBMUN! It started 3 years ago and has been a culminating activity for the 10th grade history classes. MUN is a simulation of the United Nations which seeks to educate students on the role of the UN in the world. Participants role-play as a delegate from a member nation of the UN and must research all aspects of that country. Students then do research on the forum topic and work collaboratively to create a resolution for debate. The skills of research, debate and diplomacy are essential for student success. Over the last few years the 10th graders who participate in BOMUN find new challenges and face problems that they have to research and debate on to solve. Throughout BOMUN conferences there have been multiple changes that have become evident as the years of BOMUN have progressed; these changes include, delegates gaining more speaking and debating experience by participating in Model United Nation conferences and becoming more confident in their public speaking. We can’t wait to see what this year of BOMUN will have in store!


Last year at the second annual BOMUN conference Sagar Galani, now in 11th grade had the opportunity to be Deputy Chair at the conference and tells us about his experience. What was your position for your BOMUN debate? Deputy Chair Did you enjoy your position? I loved it, during class practices, I did get some chairing time and I enjoyed helping people understand their argument and just help them during the debate; during the debate, I was in charge of technology and making sure everything ran smoothly which was quite cool too Overall what would you say were something’s that have changed over the years BOMUN has been here at ASB? I think the amount of people interested in MUN, this year, from your grade, about half the grade went on MUN trips: that automatically makes your level of debate much more sophisticated as opposed to ours when more than half of the students barely had any experience to MUN How do you think technology helped with BOMUN? Well being a deputy chair who's role extensively dealt with technology, i truly believe that technology is extremely vital for such conferences. Though amendments are e-mailed before the conference, technology plays an important role sorting and filtering through amendments, projecting the resolution and indicating what clause or part of the resolution is being discussed.


3 years ago when BOMUN first started, Mallika Bendre, now in 12th grade had the opportunity to hold the President position at the BOMUN conference and tells us about her experiences during the conference What was your position for your BOMUN debate? President of the GA Did you enjoy your position? Absolutely, it was great. Also the topic that was up for debate is one that I find particularly interesting--the strengthening of the NPT and disarmament. Would you make any changes to the way BOMUN was carried out? Well that year there were clearly some delegates who were enthusiastic about and who were more confident with speaking. There are obviously some people who don't have the same MUN experience as others, and that can be intimidating. I think I would've probably had some more practice debates beforehand. But other than that I think the conference was carried out really well and it seemed to be a great learning experience for everyone What about lobbying and merging, I hear that was quite hectic? It was! People were sort of unfamiliar about the whole merging process and then what also made things more difficult was the amount of signatures needed. For each resolution, you need a certain amount of countries to sign on, and so there was only room for two resolutions. At first there were three main groups, so two of those groups had to merge as the other group had enough signatories. And then there were issues with which clauses to pick and whether a country could stick with a resolution if it had a clause that negated its foreign policy.


The co-creator, and history teacher of 10th grade, Julie Allison tells us about the changes experiences she’s had and challenges she’s faced during the past 3 years of the annual BOMUN conference Who came up with the idea to bring it to ASB? Ms Kelley and I began it and Ms Kalbag is now involved as well. What changes have there been teaching how to prepare for a debate such as this over the past 3 years? In 10th grade history, we feel it is important for students to not only have historical knowledge, but also to practice the skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Our students have had a variety of projects throughout the school year that have focused on research and presentation skills. This is a history course, but we also incorporate current events and global issues. Recently, we have also added more formal debate activities in order to get students familiar with parliamentary procedure. Have you enjoyed teaching BOMUN? Why? Yes! This is truly a „student-centered‟ activity and I love to watch students challenge themselves to meet their individual goals. This is a differentiated activity and we encourage each student to create their own achievable goal for the conference. The officers are challenged by the logistics of running a conference. Delegates often set goals related to delivering a speech, asking points of information, adding clauses to the resolution or becoming a main submitter. Also, on the day of the debate, students are well-dressed, confident and prepared and we often receive a lot of compliments!


Have there been any challenges with BOMUN in the past? We always have challenges regarding where to hold the event. Due to scheduling conflicts, we couldnâ€&#x;t hold the debate in the MPH this year and will be hosting it in the SWEAT room instead. We are hoping to make some changes to the room -and maybe even change the name of it- before the conference takes place on June 1st. It is also challenging to get everyone prepared, but it is much easier with great leadership from our officer team. Have you enjoyed teaching BOMUN? Why? Yes! This is truly a „student-centeredâ€&#x; activity and I love to watch students challenge themselves to meet their individual goals. This is a differentiated activity and we encourage each student to create their own achievable goal for the conference. The officers are challenged by the logistics of running a conference. Delegates often set goals related to delivering a speech, asking points of information, adding clauses to the resolution or becoming a main submitter. Also, on the day of the debate, students are well-dressed, confident and prepared and we often receive a lot of compliments!


Secretary General is a role which requires focus, determination and perseverance and who not better to take on this role but Tara Lall. She is very enthusiastic about MUN conferences as well as debates and is always there if questions need to be answered or something needs to be clarified. Her experience of such Model United Nations conferences has seem to have paid off, here is a glimpse on our Secretary General‟s How does it feel to be Secretary General? It feels really great to be Secretary General. I really wanted to do it so when I got the position I was completely ecstatic. What does your job exactly entitle you to do? Basically I open the conference, as well as take a big part in organizing the way things work on the actual day. As Sec. Gen. I do a lot more behind the scenes, like writing letters to the parents and High School teachers as well as helping students with their work and organizing the small technicalities What are you looking forward to during the BOMUN Conference? I‟m really looking forward to just seeing everyone speak. I can already imagine how freaked out people are going to be and it‟s doing to be awesome to see people conquer their fear of public speaking. Do you have any advice for the delegates of this debate? Speak confidently. Even if you don't know what you‟re talking about!


Many of you are aware of the honor that goes along of the prestigious role of the president for our very own BOMUN conference, however not many of you know the man behind the title, his experience in THIMUN is one of the reasons he was chosen take on this role at the 3rd annual conference and the BOMUN chronicles is here to tell you about him, Anjan Narain. How does it feel to be Secretary General? It feels really great to be Secretary General. I really wanted to do it so when I got the position I was completely ecstatic. What does your job exactly entitle you to do? Basically I open the conference, as well as take a big part in organizing the way things work on the actual day. As Sec. Gen. I do a lot more behind the scenes, like writing letters to the parents and High School teachers as well as helping students with their work and organizing the small technicalities What are you looking forward to during the BOMUN Conference? I‟m really looking forward to just seeing everyone speak. I can already imagine how freaked out people are going to be and it‟s doing to be awesome to see people conquer their fear of public speaking. Do you have any advice for the delegates of this debate? Speak confidently. Even if you don't know what you‟re talking about!


This year, a debate was held for main officer positions in our BOMUN conference. The debate included 10 students, competing for the prestigious positions of President, Secretary General and Deputy Chair. Within an hour and a half, amendments, clauses and the resolution as a whole was debated and voted upon. All the students competing in the conference had past experience in either THIMUN or BEIMUN and showcased their skills to claim the title of one of these potions . The debate was chaired by last years BOMUN chair Sahil Sud and Saahil Bargaava. The confident delegates showcased their speaking and debating skills and their ability to think on the spot giving us an insight into what the real conference will be like. We look forward to seeing their experience and leadership skills come alive in the upcoming conference.

Our Chair, Ben Walters attending the conference through Skype

Our special position holders, listening intensely to the de-


Over the years BOMUN has been at ASB a number of different things have changed. As the 3rd Annual BOMUN Conference begins it become evitable to last years delegates that things have changed and this year the biggest change will be the location of the conference. For the past two years BOMUN has been at ASB it has been held in the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) however this year things have altered slightly and we are having to relocate to the “Sweat Room” which is in the new building by the swimming pool. To help further explain the new location change we were able to interview Coach Darson. How will you be changing the room for the event? The PE department will not be changing the room for the event, however I know that the curtains will be installed over the mirrors. This will create more of a professional theme for the conference Has ASB ever used a sport facility such as this for an academic purpose, besides the MPH? The room has been used for many different activities other than sports throughout the year. 6th grade drama uses it as their classroom, several parent, board and administration meetings are held in there as well as choir rehearsals, parent coffees and grade 12 wellness week to name a The 10th grade has decided that the name of the „Sweat Room‟ should be changed before the debate and here are some suggestions they came up with Here are a few suggestions on a name change: Hall of mirrors—Kanika *The Debatrium — Harshil * Debate 101—Dillon


Australia

Brazil

Samantha Beatty Anouska Khambatta Ana Liuba Fainstein Siva Vasu

China

Anushka Gandhi Zeba Contractor

DPRK

Mashararrat Mala

France

Ingrid Sande

Germany

India

Olivier De Borger Karlyna Manoharan

Shefali Gupta Shaakya Vembar


Iran

Adya Saigal Shumona Raha

Israel

Japan Libya

Isra Safawi

Golan Elzur Aditi Buti Bryan Wong Shaan Singh

Pakistan

Dillon Patel

Simran Fabiani

Russia

Bhavya Puri

South Africa

Aneesh Mysore Saainya Shah

South Korea

June Park Grace Uam

UK

Harshil Asnani Ariana Kewalramani


USA

Mihikaa Naik

Venezuela

Dominick Wong Joshua Ramiandrisoa

Special Positions

Chair

Ben Walters

Deputy Chair

Kanika Vaish

Repporteur

Vikram Mohan

Special Thanks Mrs. Allison Coach Darson Shloka Narang Mallika Bendre Sagar Galani


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