European Environment Agency--Transportation and Food Waste

By Sanah Mehta

The EEA was in the midst of a moderated caucus when observed and the topic of discussion was ‘transportation.’ Transportation does play a very important part in contributing to the damages caused by food waste, in the form of increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the environment. Poland suggested the use of electric vehicles that do not lead to pollution, as Germany and France seconded this point, to combat the effects of global warming. France also offered more information on how companies like TESLA and Mercedes are developing automatic self-driving big rigs to transport food materials.

Spain was concerned with having an efficient source of transportation of food from the production place to the final customers. They believed in cooperation between the food sector and transportation companies to keep the food fresh and increase its shelf life. Portugal raised concerns about the source of payment for these vehicles : Government, NGOs or the public?

The debate moved on to the increasing need for food in 3rd world and developing countries. Denmark suggested that agricultural scientists should head to these countries to teach them better methods of food production, while Portugal suggested shipping excess food to them. He added, “We believe in change, whether it be sudden and radical or slow and steady,” as the debate got suspended for lunch on Day 1.


NOVICE DISEC –– “Unification is the solution.”

By Sanah Mehta


The international press entered the Novice DISEC at a time when possible humanitarian solutions were being discussed to combat the spread of extremism, without resorting to violent means. The main point established was that lack of basic welfare is why extremism occurs. People get easily influenced by terrorist propaganda to improve their lives, which ironically, ruins theirs and millions of others in the process.

India suggested a three part solution –– 1. Establishing an education program for youth so as to prevent them from joining extreme groups. 2. Setting up an economic program to provide jobs and financial help to adults. 3. Adding filters on social media to stop terrorists from recruiting members. South Africa seconded these measures by adding that there should be policing on social networks and censorship of hate speech. Iran suggested that safety zones should be set up on the borders and in many countries, which would house education and rehab centres, and would be guarded by UN peacekeepers. He said, “This is a form of aid for many countries to prevent extremism.”

On the other hand, Republic of Korea disagreed on this idea, saying, “We do not support the censorship of social media. We believe in a holistic approach –– through education, economic support , and military intervention. Colombia concluded by emphasising that unification is the solution. Through unity, extremism would be combated.


UNESCO –– “The only way to silence a journalist is to silence them.”

By Sanah Mehta

“Without journalism there can be no democracy.” The Chair set the tone of the committee with these words in the background guide, and we knew what to expect as session began. The topic to be discussed today was Journalist Rights, and Chile believes that, “Freedom of press is and should be guaranteed. All voices should be heard!” In many countries, the press is attached to and is censored by the government, and any journalists violating this code are either severely punished or subjected to death. The Russian Federation spoke really fast to make her views on ‘journalists dying gruesome deaths in explosions,’ heard in the 30 second speaking time. She said, “The only way to silence a journalist is to silence them.”

In countries like the US, the press functions independently, but often is subjected to criticism from the government. Questions are raised about their credibility and often people, including President Trump, have highlighted their displeasure with journalists (“Fake news!”).

There was talk about a regulatory body to set up for journalists to verify their stories. UK suggested for a uniform standard to be set up, without governmental interference so that freedom of speech is not violated and the stories are always fact checked.
Belarus asserts that development journalism is necessary for accurate and pure journalism and to maintain national identity. Ultimately, the body needs to agree on an internationally-applicable definition of press freedoms to protect the rights of journalists.

Arab League –– “Three strikes and you’re out!”


Arab League –– “Three strikes and you’re out!”

By Sanah Mehta

The Arab League met today to discuss issues related to the LGBTQ+ rights and whether death penalty is a viable punishment for the homosexuals. While to laymen death penalty may seem the extreme option, to these nations, it is definitely on the table, considering homosexuality to be a sin. The Sharia Law dictates homosexuality to be illegal, and as Iraq pointed out, “The Quran is a symbol of peace, and men who lay with men should be stoned to death!”

Apparently, homosexuality is considered an “incurable disease.” Saudi Arabia claimed that with homosexuality, the society has been taken over by the ‘devil,’  and any crimes that take over the mind should face the hardest form of punishment. Libya also believes that death penalty should be an option for those who cannot be cured and would infect other people. Syria asserts that the LGBTQ+ community has poisoned the minds of the youth and their community and should be banished.

However, the committee also saw many nations opposing death penalty and suggesting alternative solutions. For instance, Saudi Arabia came up with a multi-faceted “Three strikes and you're out” plan to reduce death penalty, which includes imprisonment or fining as the first punishment, followed by psychotherapy or electric shocks to, as absurd as it sounds, “fix” people, and finally death penalty if they still don’t abide by the rules of the nation. Comoros came up with a pseudo-humane plan to strip the homosexuals of their citizenships from these nations and deport them to a country where they would be accepted.

Nations like Lebanon were firm on their stand against death penalty, insisting that homosexuality is not a disease, and it is illogical to kill people for it. “You do not kill someone who has the flu!”

The committee saw conflicting views on the form of punishment, yet the actual point of concern, i.e., homosexuality not being a sin and LGBTQ+ community having equal rights went undiscussed.



A Guide to a Successful Model UN Conference


A Guide to a Successful Model UN Conference

By Sanah Mehta

It’s never easy sitting in that conference hall, surrounded by countless other delegations –– the eager, the fighter, the hard worker and the researcher, all colliding in a heated debate to push forward their country’s interests.

At this point, mastering your speeches and learning to direct the flow of the council debate are not just good skills, they’re invaluable weapons in the artillery of the best delegate.

This article will give you a set of small, yet powerful tools to turn your speeches from good, to influential, effective, and very well remembered.


The DOs :

  • Come prepared –– To start discussing your point of view, you must actually have one well formed. Make sure that before you walk into the room, you understand the topic fully, know your country’s stance on the case very well, and are prepared with a strong opening statement. Do not just come prepared with papers or speeches written down, but with your delegation’s weaknesses, previous issues, economic weaknesses, and questionable actions about the case and prepare rebuttals for them.
  • Maintain diplomacy –– The biggest indicator of a valued debate is that the two opponents respect each other. Think of presidential debates: shake hands, exchange compliments, and then get down to business. Respect the other delegates, even if they are completely opposed to your opinion or bloc. This will make you look more professional, and serve to strengthen your arguments, not vice versa.
  • Use facts –– The backbone of your speeches should be facts. No one can argue with facts. They can however, certainly argue with opinions. Facts are a commonly ignored, yet a pivotal weapon in debate strengthening. They make you believable; provide credibility and make your speeches virtually indestructible.
  • The best debater is the best listener –– If you think that the best debater is the one who talks the most… Think again. You can keep talking, but if you don’t listen very carefully to what other delegations (your opponent) is saying, your speeches will be void, it will be as if you are talking in an empty room. Remember, your speeches should be based on what the other delegates are saying.
  • Always believe in your argument ––  If you don’t believe it, neither will anyone else in the room. Become your delegation. This will imprint on all your speeches, and the way that you say them, and how you act in the caucus, and how you perform in the whole conference. You must believe the defences and justifications you give to defend this nation and it’s people in a simulated environment, in which a true crisis is being discussed.

The DON’Ts :

  • Never underestimate your opponent –– People have an astounding potential to surprise you, and MUN brings out the best in most of us. If you underestimate a delegate that seems unprepared, chances are, he will later start showing you just how hard he is prepared, and end up bringing out his best in that conference.
  • Never lose your cool –– No matter how heated things get, no matter how provoked you become or pressured you feel, do not lose your cool, composure, and air of being collected and in control. In the eyes of your audience, this is a sign of defeat.
  • Don’t feel like winning is everything –– MUN is all about understanding and forming opinions about current world issues and gaining the knowledge of debating on them. Your first MUN  conference should instil in you a sense of confidence to speak in front of a big audience, without shaking in your boots. And that is your biggest take home, not a trophy.




Three Reasons to Try Out for Travel Team

To protect the world from devastation, to unite all peoples within our nation. The truth is, beyond the light of Team Rocket, this motto propels the Model United Nations at UCLA travel team, which loves two main things: MUN and fun. Besides our high school and college conferences, the MUN team often travels across the country, and sometimes out of it, to debate with peers at different universities. Devastating global affairs are often resolved through cooperation in committee rooms, and different nations can be unified when passing initiatives to save the world. This is MUN. Now here are three strong reasons why traveling with the team to conferences at other colleges is FUN, regardless of your past experiences or current skill level:

1.     Fascinating friends (and free flights!)

Barack Obama. Ban Ki-Moon. Samuel L. Jackson. These amazing icons all participated in Model United Nations, and some of their charisma and statesmanship could rub off on you if you too debated as Julius Caesar on the Roman Senate committee or embodied Estonian values while combating climate change on the United Nations Environment Programme. The team regularly travels within California to conferences at USC, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley and outside the state to conferences at Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Harvard. Everything—flights and hotel rooms, are paid for with club funds, at no expense to you.

A free opportunity to compete at scenic schools—but wait, there’s more. Your teammates, the people you train with, room with, debate with or against, are along for the ride. When you spend your weekdays and weekends with this tight group of people, you join a family that will help you prepare position papers and cheer wildly when you win your gavel. Beyond MUN, you gain a group that will be at the core of your college career. And beyond this group at UCLA, you gain friends from a variety of schools when you travel with us. Since success in MUN requires cooperation and compromise, you will meet interesting people in committees, meeting in conference after conference until you have an automatic ally, and more importantly, a friend. At the end of his senior year, one Executive Board member described having a place to crash in any country, because of the friends he had made in MUN. Join us for worldwide couch surfing.

 SBIMUN 2016 at UC Santa Barbara

SBIMUN 2016 at UC Santa Barbara

2.     Unique understanding

If you could go back to the past during the Trojan War, participate in the Church of Scientology in the present, or break space and time by being in Gotham…what would you do? This scenario is at the center of many college crisis committees, in which delegates usually represent a historical or fictional figure and can change the direction and outcome of debates. It’s the perfect opportunity for creative what-if situations, and an education in historical events like the Sri Lankan Civil War and the BP Oil Spill. Delegates can also compete in General Assembly committees, where they typically represent a country on a real UN committee like the DISEC, WHO, or Security Council, and debate real world issues of disarmament and guaranteeing women’s rights. Innovative solutions and inspiring collaborations often emerge from these committees, and provide a further foundation of worldly knowledge and analysis.

This research and remembering is facilitated by weekly travel team trainings before conferences, in which the head delegates assist with strategic choices and position paper writing for General Assembly delegates. No MUN experience? No problem! As long as you can articulate your ideas well, you can easily pick up the format and be mentored by seasoned debaters. Additionally, news briefings occur at our general meetings, so that you will always be riding the current of global events, and have an informed team to discuss them with. This learning opportunity is also a great professional networking opportunity—the people you meet in the club and at conferences exhibit stellar ambition and perseverance, with the credentials to back it up—besides Facebook friends, you’ll also make a ton of valuable LinkedIn connections.

 UCBMUN 2017 at UC Berkeley

UCBMUN 2017 at UC Berkeley

3.     National notoriety

Best Delegate, a premiere MUN website, puts it best in describing the MUN at UCLA team’s rank of #9 on their annual college rankings: “UCLA makes their debut in the Top 10 this year only one year after re-entering the Top 25, and this is their highest rank ever. The team nearly went undefeated on the West Coast…” As the #1 public university, rankings aren’t the most important thing, but they certainly help in our team’s formidable reputation, which every delegate proudly contributes to.

When you travel with and debate for this team, you have comfort and pride in the fact of debating with peers who have meteorically risen, and keep persevering every conference. With every gavel, every personal and delegation award, we challenge ourselves to do better, and better. From underdogs, we have proven ourselves at the top, and this is the tradition and spirit you join when you join travel team. So catch the team at all the tryouts, and choose us!

 ChoMUN 2017 at University of Chicago

ChoMUN 2017 at University of Chicago

Capitol Records: The Grind Never Stops

At the start of Day 3, Capitol Records is hard at work to maintain their high-standing reputation.

Within nearly the first 20 minutes of committee, the delegation passed four directives tackling a variety of content. These decisions will go into effect immediately, and have already produced results in favor of Capitol Records.

Recently, it was discovered that money from Capitol Records had been leaked to Napster, a file sharing and downloading site. This has unfortunately undermined some of their sales. “Trump the Leak” was passed to sue Napster for the stolen money. The directive also extends to future leaks, declaring that punishment will include repaying the company depending on whoever is found responsible.

The committee also passed a directive titled “Stop Nap(ster)ing, Start Working” in efforts to root out board members who may have leaked the money. This order will launch a full investigation into the leak at all costs.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” was finally passed after being renegotiated several times. This directive works on a partnership with Apple, making several Capitol Records songs available on the iPod. There are rumors of a possible merging in the future between these two corporations.

Lastly, the directive “C-Lo Later” outlines performance royalties for Cee-Lo Green. This includes royalties for all performances, commercials, and promotions. Plus, the star will be featured on the hit TV show, Yo Mama.

These directives come at a great cost, including increased royalty costs and money toward lengthy investigations. To counter these losses, board members are brainstorming ideas to increase profits. Among them include a collaboration between Kanye West and Paul McCartney in hopes that their two fanbases will collide and yield great results.

At this rate, Capitol Records is on its way to ultimate success. As one of the dias members noted, “these delegates are not playin’!”


By Arameh Vartomian

On Thursday October 21 st , the United Nations (UN) authorities discovered LSD in the Security Council!!! The illegal substance was being carried by the USSR’s delegate to the UN Security Council. The USSR delegate in his defense accused the United States for developing the substance in their country. The delegate from the People’s Republic of China wanted to follow up the matter by motioning for a debate on “the character of the USSR delegation.” This motion was defeated on the floor.

The UN authorities did not take any decisive action against the delegation but vowed to send the information to the country, if a similar illegal action is taken by any other delegation in the future.

The delegates moved from the topic to nuclear weapon proliferation. The United States delegation condemned the USSR for providing nuclear technology to its Warsaw Pact Allies. French delegation echoed the sentiment. USSR in defense argued that this technology is not being provided for proliferating weapons of mass destruction but for civilian energy use purposes. The delegation took the opportunity to brag about its commitment to its allies.

On a similar development France urged the Security Council members to accept its solution for helping the countries’ by solar energy -- which France would provide -- arguing that “if you don’t take it, you’re either not very smart or you have devious intentions.”

These developments are all taking place in a time that the Arab-Israeli conflict has dragged into a brutal bloodshed and the Chilean front has evolved into a brutal stand-off against militias opposing and supporting the regime, according to the senior official who did not want to be identified. It is worth noting that this committee’s prime goal was to find a solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Chilean coup d’etat.

SOCHUM: Protecting the Rights of Journalists

Today’s committee session brought forth an array of working papers ranging from implementing a database to establishing an advisory board composed of experts in issues regarding the rights of journalists. The purpose of this database is to register journalists in order to track which countries they are traveling to so should any danger arise there will be  means to deal with it. Moreover, the advisory board aims to educate journalists on a specific country’s issues in order to avoid violating customs or offending the people. These solutions were previously presented in past UN bodies, however the job of this committee was to figure out what to do with this data and to avoid dangerous situations of kidnapping and torture.

The general consensus of these solutions were favorable with some dissenting opinions. Some delegates viewed this as effective while others acknowledged that there has to be a step more in ensuring that these dangerous situations do not arise. It is unrealistic to expect a one off solution since there is so much that has to be analyzed such as the purpose of a journalist’s visit and the person who they are interviewing, especially in a contentious war zone. Delegates refrained from delving into a journalist’s purpose of their visit in order to protect their privacy, however in some visits this is a necessary evil. This is to ensure that should any trouble arise, it will be easier to signal for help before it is too late. It is reasonable to assume that a journalist is willing to disclose most of the aspects of their visit because, they, more than anyone else are aware of the potential danger that they are putting themselves in for the sake of informing others and lowering the barrier of ignorance.

BREAKING NEWS- JCC Peru and Chile: A Conflict of Two Cities

As the second day of LAMUN comes to a close, both the Peruvian and Chilean sides of the JCC were heating up.

The Chilean committee is at work making plans to attack the Peruvian territory of La Paz as the 2 committees enter battle mode. According to several delegates, Chile is highly confident in their ability to defeat the Peruvian side.

Although their specific plans were kept under wraps to preserve their advantage of surprise, their plan was described as “a Chilean hat trick” by the Vice Admiral of the Chilean Navy, Juan Jose Laforre. He goes on to say that they will challenge the Peruvian La Paz in a manner they have never seen before. Laforre concludes with a message from the Chilean committee, “My old friends, you have been duped.”

In the meantime, the Peruvian committee split their efforts between two plans--one for a potential attack on Chile, and another to protect their La Paz territory. Certain voices such as the Chancellor of Bolivia were against the idea of an attack, voicing major concerns for La Paz, while the Minister of the Interior of Peru was fully for it. Regardless, delegates also came up with creative techniques for defense and attack, such as using their territory to their own advantage.

Additionally, an anonymous source from one of the sides has informed us of a potential defection of a Naval Commander to the other side and his intent to take his whole naval fleet with him.

British Parliament House of Commons: Keep our Doctors in our Borders

The invocation of Article 50 brings many dire consequences. These include but are not limited to economic, social and political ramifications. Namely, the continuation of National Health Service (NHS) is at stake.

The NHS functions as a pathway to gain free medical services where they are not easily available to UK residents. These services include health check ups, free emergency services and free admission to hospitals. All of this is made possible by doctors who are employed by the NHS, 42% of whom are immigrants. As a result their residency and eligibility to work is in jeopardy. Moreover the UK does not have the funds to train and replace these doctors, so as a result the NHS is at risk of falling apart. These services are vital to a functioning society and treats Health care as a basic human right and not a privilege.

This committee must come together to come up with a solution that does not treat human lives as mere collateral damage and to keep in mind that human lives are at stake.

Church of Scientology: Time to Go Clear

By the end of Session 1, the Church of Scientology was off to a great start.

This year’s committee features a diverse array of delegates, including Mary Sue Hubbard, the wife of Church founder L. Ron Hubbard. It seems that the main focus of the group is expansion. But under “expansion” comes many objectives of Scientology to increase their credibility, face critics, and “go clear” by achieving ultimate salvation.

Delegates began debate with a round-robin style caucus introducing themselves and outlining their main intentions for the committee. Among these include taking down the government for their handling of secret documents and launching attacks on their critics, who are promoting “blasphemy” against the organization.

It is clear that delegates believe their religion to be the “most beautiful in the world,” but unfortunately facing “the most persecution of any religion in history.” This belief motivates their actions toward their faith and against backlash.

The common thread throughout each objective is to serve the Great Leader, or True Leader, L. Ron Hubbard. No matter what happens this weekend, delegates will be acting with the intention of protecting his legacy.

Global Financial Crisis: Eyes on Wall Street

Within the first committee session, the NY Fed is quickly scrambling to devise solutions.

The great stock market crash of 2008 is upon us, and it is clear that the ramifications of this event will not be small. Delegates are quickly trying to figure out the best course of action to combat the plummeting fate of the economy.

Possible solutions include a buyout of the Lehman Brothers, although some argue that it would not be fair to allow another corporation to “take on these losses.”

Above all, the consensus is to put the American people first. The public is concerned about the state of the economy, with good reason. To face these concerns, some are arguing that a media campaign should be top priority.

Tim Geitner, for example, stated that “exaggerating the gravity of this situation is not in our best interest.” Instead, we must turn our efforts to a dedicated media campaign that will keep people informed, update them on solutions, and retain all traces of hope.

Regardless, delegates will need to act soon to placate the fears of the American people. One delegate explained, “everybody’s eyes are on Wall Street.”

Scientology: A Study of Lies

By Samantha Wolf

It’s no secret that the Church of Scientology has been under intense investigation since its foundation. Built on the premise of a “Supreme Being” that promotes self-knowledge and fulfillment, Scientology boasts to be the religion to end all religions. But although it claims to be the “study of truth,” these beliefs have clearly negative and contradictory effects.

The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment for all, a base claim for any of the world’s major religions. But what makes this cult-like organization stand apart is its supposed support from mathematics, nuclear physics, and other forms of science. They have a ruthless way of fudging the facts to fit their beliefs, in turn preaching nonsense to believers.

Any believer has essentially sold their soul to the “Great Leader,” the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. His picture is seen looming in nearly every room, a symbol of the watchful eyes and strict codes under a pretense of acceptance. I mean, the guy was a science-fiction writer. How do they not see that they are living in a dystopian fantasy?

Under the premise of a clean, modern and friendly organization, Scientologists boast omnipotence against the clear facts of the universe. This “spiritual college” promotes studying of their religion and its founding, essentially a modern-day form of brainwashing. It is from this educational basis that members are let loose onto the world, interpreting real-world issues as solvable by their nonsense.

The recent media has tried hard to expose acts of bribery within this (dare I say) cult, against the futile attempts of their press. Specifically, US government officials have been known to receive offers from members, complicating the relations between “us” and “them.”

Not only does Scientology affect its members, but their recruitment tactics are detrimental to the young generation. Recently, leaders have taken to opening the homeless and orphanages to teach underprivileged children about the religion. Other than teaching ludicrous beliefs to delude these vulnerable kids, there is word of abuses within these institutions.

Above all, the biggest and most terrifying aspect of this religion is their supposed intention to teach communication skills and how to get along with others - because they lead the most vicious attacks of any organization in history against their critics. The handbook of Scientology clearly permits spreading “fake news” at any costs necessary to turn the tables on their adversaries. And with a following as dedicated as theirs, it can be hard to get people to see the truth. This will only continue to further the divide between rational beings and Scientologists until we can find a way to stop this monstrous cult.

Scientologists claim they are helping people understand themselves and others. But in the end, can anyone understand the reasoning behind this violation of basic human rights and morality?

Global Financial Crisis: Ambiguous Organization Takes on the World

A video from a secret organization known as Ambiguous has surfaced, cause for much debate in the NY Fed committee.

The person in the video is wearing a mask and uses a voice disguiser, but his message is clear: the American people will no longer stand for the injustices committed by big banks.

Ambiguous has explained that the current system has failed the public in favor of the wealthy. Those who run banks are simply “puppeteers” of a few moguls who will stop at nothing to maintain their assets.

In fact, the video suggests that the government has financed terrorist organizations for their own personal gain. And specific PACs and politicians have conspired to funnel millions of dollars into “bad presidential candidates.” As a result, the safety of the American people is in jeopardy.

The group is offering to be a “new voice,” stepping in to take down the greedy and manipulative rich party. They invite any Americans with similar views to join them. The speaker also mentions the current meeting being held in the NY Fed to deal with the recent economic crisis.

This video has quickly become viral, receiving over 500,000 views. As a result, protesters have taken to the streets, even rioting outside the office of the NY Fed. This news is sure to affect the state of the economy even more, and will surely come into play in the current election season.

It is clear that today’s financial system will no longer work for the majority. In short, the NY Fed has a lot to discuss.

BREAKING: New Artist Kanye West Involved in Shocking Sex Scandal

This morning, it was announced that Kanye West, newly hired rap artist signed by Capitol Records, has been involved in a number of scandalous sex activities.

There are reports that West has been involved in 32 late-night motel sex extravaganzas in the past two months. Both women and men, in all types of clothing (including none!) have been spotted exiting his rooms. Several people have come forward as participants of these nights, admitting that some of these motel evenings are “kinky,” “grimy,” and “involving up to 8 people.”

This comes just after the recent death of Eazy-E, another rap artist who suffered from AIDS. The hip-hop community has been under fire for its promotion of lewd sexual activity in lyrics, the primary concern of the protests by Mothers Against Rap. Sales are already starting to decline in light of this news.

Psychiatrists have viewed this sex binge as evidence of a sex addiction, in addition to a symptom of extreme narcissism, which could be damaging to West’s emerging image. We have yet to hear an official comment from West’s family or Capitol Records, but confidants who know him are hurt and outraged.

More on this story as it develops.

Historical UNSC 1973: On the Brink of Nuclear War

In a crisis situation, war is the unspoken last resort. But in the Historical United Nations Security Council, set in 1973, war just might be inevitable.

“We wanted to do something during that time period because there’s a lot of stuff that went on there that’s not talked about often in MUN,” says Prannoiy Chandran, the committee chair.  “Everyone just talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis, when there are so many other topics that have scope for so much debate.” Ethan Dodd, the crisis director, adds, “we were just as close to nuclear war during the Arab-Israeli War.”

This tension is enhanced by the accuracy of the committee. Chandran and Dodd have taken extra steps to ensure that their committee is historically accurate, despite potential confusion.

“We don’t have Israel or Palestine or Egypt in our committee at all. We are using the actual UNSC makeup from 1973, so some of those countries will be wondering why they’re there, but we feel this adds to the realism of it,” explains Chandran. The idea behind this is that no single delegate will dominate debate.

Another unique aspect of this committee is that delegates will discuss two topics, the Yom Kippur War and the 1973 Chilean Coup d’Etat. Dodd thinks that this will make for fast-paced and rich sessions. “It’s pretty rare for a historical UNSC. We’re trying to give both equal airtime and not just have one as a backup,” he says.

As a committee chair, Chandran hopes that delegates will be active in debate and make bold decisions. “I really hope people other than the P5 [primary 5 countries] speak up. I really want to see a non-P5 nation suddenly do something crazy and become threatening,” he says.

As a crisis director, Dodd is more excited to see how delegates respond to the updates. Delegates will have the chance to send notes to the crisis staff and tie in global issues to their conflict. “I think it will be interesting to see how delegates rise to the occasion and address things in a broader, global historical context,” exclaims Dodd.

This is undoubtedly a historical committee, and the topics reflect the foreign tensions of the time. Nevertheless, we can see the effects of these conflicts today. Dodd notes, “what people don’t realize about the 1973 Yom Kippur War is that it was, in effect, a proxy war between the United States and the USSR. These tensions, of course, are boiling up again today.”

Indeed, modern conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine are also small proxy wars waged by larger global powers. “This war [in 1973] played a huge role in shaping the borders and the tensions and the alliances in the region that echo today,” says Chandran. “For anyone who’s been keeping up with the news and current affairs, there are going to be a lot of parallels when they come to this committee to what we’re seeing today.”

Above all, the goal is to collaborate on viable solutions. Dodd states, “I want them to actually solve the problem. A lot of crisis committees involve people trying to screw each other over. As a CD, while I do want to see shady stuff behind the scenes, I do want to see them actually solve the crisis.”

The two staffers have put a lot of effort into designing the committee, and in the end they’re hoping that it will encourage teamwork and real-world goal setting. “It is the UN; we’re trying to work together to solve the problem,” says Dodd.

Above all, it is to be understood that with great power comes great responsibility. “I don’t want to see too many nukes at the end of the day,” concludes Chandran. “I really hope that this will test the delegates. Nukes aren’t great for crisis.”

NY Fed 2008: A Global Meltdown

By Samantha Wolf and Sahej Verma

Want to experience a day in the life of a banker? Maybe sport a Rolex Daytona and drive a shiny new Maserati? You just might get your chance this April at LAMUN.

It’s time to talk finance.

The LAMUN crisis committee for the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008 centers around the emergency meetings held after the infamous stock market crash. It’s going to be number-oriented, tailored to the interests of budding economists or anyone else interested in finance.

The committee is led by Shankar Chelliah and Justin Schmerler, who are excited to bring you an unconventional crisis committee. “We enjoy out-of-the-box topics. What we’re looking forward to in this committee particularly is how delegates who are normally used to scenarios that involve war and conflict will respond to crisis updates on stock crashes,” explains Chelliah.

“We both enjoy the intersection of politics and economic financial issues,” adds Schmerler. You can expect just that: finance, business, economics and ethics will collide as delegates tackle the largest problem the global market has ever faced.

Due to its impacted nature, this crisis committee is extremely complex. “The special thing about our topic is that it was such a volatile period, and any of the decisions made in this room could profoundly change the course of history,” states Schmerler. “That’s how consequential this week was.” Since any of the decisions you make will affect the entire global economy, you are advised to study up and be prepared for a tumultuous time.

As delegates, you will be expected to understand a level of technicality that is uncommon for most LAMUN committees. While typical committees have assigned countries or specific people represented, the NY Fed has less character guidelines. Schmerler puts it best: “You’re the richest guy in the world. Do whatever you want in crisis.”

That being said, nothing is off-limits. The chairs have prepared for every possible scenario, and they are excited to see how committee plays out. Chelliah relates, “although our committee is based on events that occurred in 2008, our crisis team has no intention of making the committee run along the same timeline, and we are excited to see delegates react to the curveballs we throw at them.”

Note that the economy is also affected greatly by social and political factors. In fact, the 2008 political situation played a huge part in the aftermath. This can be related to today’s politics, where economic downturn is still a hot-button issue.

After the crash, regulations were put in place to prevent something this disastrous from happening again. These laws are in place today, and they still hold significance. However, Chelliah comments, “there is a high possibility that the current administration will try to repeal, or at least greatly amend, the policies that were put in place 8 years ago.”

The specific significance of the Fed crisis is cultivated from years of deregulation, leading up to the catastrophic crash in 2008. The complications of this committee will undoubtedly reflect modern-day issues, and it will be important to draw parallels to know how to address the state of our current financial world.“It caused the entire global economy to re-evaluate everything we base our political economy on,” describes Schmerler.

“A lot of people have forgotten about how terrible that situation was,” continues Chelliah. You must remember that your decisions will affect workers wages, factory regulations, and other everyday aspects of the workforce.

This emergency meeting simulation will yield you with great power, but use it wisely. You just might rewrite the course of history.

Church of Scientology: Committee or Cult?

Recently in the media, Americans have been questioning the legitimacy of certain news reports. However, there’s one place this spring where every ridiculous thing you hear will be true: the Church of Scientology committee at LAMUN.

After watching a striking documentary about the Church on HBO, crisis director Kali Croke was inspired to team up with Alex Guziak and form the committee. “The Church is always something that I feel like intrigues everyone, especially when you’re around LA,” she explains.

Specifically, Croke wishes to simulate the unbelievable facets of this organization for delegates. “A lot of crisis tends to be very historical and war-based, or econ, or political, but this is something that’s never been done,” says Croke.

It’s these muddy details that make the Church of Scientology committee arguably the most interesting at LAMUN. There is little known about the group, even today, despite the fact that they have been operating for more than 50 years.

The committee focuses on a specific operation carried out by Scientologists in 1973. “The people who were responsible for it were tried and all that, but even now the extent of the way the Church operated and its organization isn’t really known,” notes Guziak. “We get to fill those details in ourselves and take it in whatever way the delegates want.”

Despite the outlandish details of this historical committee, more parallels can be made to modern day than one might think. “The first connection I draw is to our domestic political situation, where people are very quick to believe something they have little proof for,” Croke asserts. “Similar principles apply when you’re talking about a cult.” The crisis chairs will be incorporating elements of the Church’s history into the simulation, anticipating how delegates will choose to respond to decisions.

That being said, the chairs are especially looking forward to the creative interpretation of delegates in shaping their story. “Feel free to be creative - we go from Los Angeles to Morocco,” encourages Guziak. “This is not just an American thing, this is an international thing. Think globally.”

“People pay thousands of dollars to find out about some alien God, and you’re like, ‘alright, this is made up.’ It’s not. It’s a real thing,” adds Croke. “I think just simulating that and knowing that it’s real and knowing that what these delegates may come up with is totally plausible, is one of the coolest things.”

To prepare for this exciting committee, the staff has one major recommendation - come well-prepared. Croke explains that the Church is “this whole political, financial, legal body. It’s run like a government. People are quick to assume that it’s like the Illuminati or something that defies logic - but it really is run like a tight ship.” She encourages delegates to find out what makes Scientology more than just a “wacky” religion before attending committee.

Above anything, this committee will allow delegates to be innovative when handling a wide variety of crises. “There is a set history about what happened, but it’s not a very well-developed history. It’s still very shady, so it’s going to be mostly up to them,” says Guziak. “We’ve been preparing for all kinds of contingencies to make sure we can handle whatever they throw at us.”

“At the end of the day, we’re simulating a cult,” Croke concludes. And it’s true - after what’s sure to be an unforgettable committee, you may never want to leave LAMUN.

Capitol Records: The End of an Era

By Samantha Wolf and Sahej Verma

Capitol Records was one of the biggest record labels in music history. But in the early 2000s, they faced turmoil with the rise of iTunes and online piracy. This year, LAMUN is reviving Capitol Records’ former glory to present a multi-faceted crisis committee relevant to modern day.

Los Angeles is a vibrant city known for its music legends. Committee chairs David Clymer and Shushan Ginosyan crafted the Capitol Records committee to capture the impact of this iconic industry. As a music major, Clymer has taken special interest in Capitol Records as a symbol of LA’s rich music history. “It’s an LA landmark. And now it’s just a building, with history,” says Clymer.

The goal of the committee is to re-experience the booming success of Capitol Records. Artists such as Frank Sinatra, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg have all been signed to the company. However, after the creation of Limewire, a music piracy website, Capitol Records took a hit. Music began facing extreme devaluation.

This crisis committee is unique in many ways, especially in its unconventional topic. “A lot of MUN topics are always about diplomacy across borders,” explains Stephanie Yip, a member of the dais. “This is a committee that’s just about one place, and it’s a specific era of time, and it doesn’t really have anything to do with politics.”

Yip also mentions that this committee will be facing tough decisions, similar to the rigor and excitement of a real music industry. Delegates should be prepared to make tough decisions as a group, such as deciding which artists to sign. “It’s super fast paced, more fast paced than normal committees,” she says.

Nevertheless, there is a lot to look forward to. The committee staffers all share an anticipation for this upcoming LAMUN conference, like Keiyoko Bennett, another member of the dais. “This will definitely bring up a lot of creativity in the delegates, and that is definitely going to be one of the best parts about this,” she says.

The dais expect delegates to come ready to work, because the music industry is no easy business. For a lot of delegates, their job will be on the line. Everyone should be prepared to save Capitol Records - by any means necessary. “Even backstabbing. I kind of want to see that,” adds Bennett.

An important feature of this committee is its modern-day relevance. With the rise of technology and online industries like iTunes and Spotify, more and more artists are becoming independently signed while the idea of paying for music is a thing of the past. “People are losing jobs due to technology. Everything is being given up,” says Yip.

Clymer fears for the future of Capitol Records. “It’s one of those terrifying things to realize - this industry’s done.” Despite this, both chairs faith that delegates will find an appropriate solution. Ginosyan has one tip for delegates: “Be creative and think big. This is Hollywood, people!”