Robert's Rebellion -- Duking It Out in the House of Lords

By Nishanth Selvalingam

Lord and Ladies of various Halls and Houses have titanic tugs of war for power, threatening to pull us all off plot. Following a successful rebellion against the mad king Ares Targaryen led by Robert Baratheon (hence, “Robert’s Rebellion”, in case you were baffled) the committee is taxed with the process of post-war rehabilitation. A small coalition of independent Houses decide post-rebellion to secede from Robert’s nascent nation following a passionate soap-opera-esque falling out between Robert and his uncomfortably close friend, Eddard Stark. It is at this juncture that I join the committee, now consisting of the consortium of independents running off into one corner to start a fledgling fiefdom of their own.

The first concern of this ragtag assembly of rebel lords is to establish how to protect themselves from an invasion from the North (Robert, after all, is a Northman and still has loyal to his banner a large number of Northern states).  Some suggest the best defense is offense. Rickard Karstark of House Karhold suggests the use of wildfire, an alchemical explosive that the Dragon-riding Targaryen household was rumored to have invented and that the Northern rebellion is rumored to have captured upon seizing the capital, King’s Landing to blow up the Great Wall, a structure that separates the civilized part of the realm from the brutish terrain of the Wildlings such that the Wildlings would overrun the North and cause mayhem.

In the meantime, following after the footsteps of our august President, Karhold suggests building a new wall in the south to lock out the Wildlings and the Northmen alike. This is a popular plan. Other lords suggest economic sanctions in place of military action to starve the North, an arid and unarable land. To decide a course of action, the coalition would have to take a step back and focus on nation-building, which at this juncture meant establishing a Small Council, or rather, a group of executives. When the council was adjourned for a rebel lunch, they were in the midst of debating amongst themselves to elect a Master of Coin (The Finance Minister), a Master of Law (The Attorney General Lawmaker), a Master of Ships (The Naval Captain), a Master of Whispers (The CIA Head) and the King’s Hand (A Glorified Prime Minister). The election continues as the lords and ladies duke it out. 

State Council of the PRC -- Building Roads Between People

By Keiyoko Bennett

China has been ambitious in the pursuit of building a massive trade system that connects Africa, Europe and Asia together. There have been numerous issues that have arisen due to how they will make the route functional and efficient. It will have to have the capability travel through multiple different terrains and even be able to travel through the ocean to get to a key trade point Kenya.This type of system requires the consent of numerous nations. There are many that have expressed an interest in the ambitious program. The trade route boasts the ability to boost the other nations economy. However, there have been social component this zealous plan is seen as China’s way of expanding its territory into nations where some don’t believe it belongs. Since there would only be Chinese workers constructing the route this made nations skeptical of China’s true intentions of building a route that benefits everyone or weather they are beginning to imperialize more nations for itself.

There have been politicians in other nations such as Japan and the United States that propose that they could do better in building a better trade route. There has also ben doubt that China wouldn’t build a technologically advanced system but rather a dingy unsophisticated system that will falter.

The delegates were up for the challenges that they faced in building the ultimate trade route. One directive to address the issues they faced was “For the People” it has the goal to hire people from all of the nations involved so that they can also benefit from the route. The directive even aims for transparency to have outside auditors to monitor the progress of the route while it is being built and publish their findings. The delegates truly have their people’s interests in mind. 

ITU -- Connecting the World Through Technology

By Keiyoko Bennett

The International Telecommunication Union developed a plethora of strategies to integrate great technological advances and human needs in order to create a better world for all. The debates began with how delegates can use AI and Communication systems together to create more effective ways to aid nations during a disaster. The committee also debated other issues that were crucial to integrating people and technology so that no one is diadvantaged.

Other issues that were addressed during the committee were how the economics were going to function under these new plans that are recommended that nations abide by.  One of the hotly debated topics was how to prevent brain drain from nations that were poorer but had intelligent individuals that have the capability to add to the transforming economy. Efforts were being put forth to encourage individuals to stay and advance their societies to be able to catch up to the already technologically advanced world.  The Resolution AIDE in AI that was passed in a session of the committee, recommends the proper solution to this problem.

The resolution seeks to develop AI systems that are easily accessible interface and operating system.The next major issue that delegates finessed was how to get more women in the tech workforce, keeping them there, and aiding them. The Resolutions that the committee was able to debate and are in the process of passing combatted these issues. Recommendations that women have access to affordable health care and paid maternity leave were among the standards that should not be overlooked by any high tech employer.

JCC -- Clash between Britain and America

By Anusha Goyal

JCC Britain and JCC USA have been at each other throats this weekend. We have seen everything thing from defaulting to organized killings. However, by the 2nd day the American cabinet had already formally declared war on the British and this war could be won anytime by either power. The roots of all this chaos were the Americans supporting Napoleon in his endeavours and the Americans punching into British territories in North America. On the other hand, Britain’s abuse of its own power was aggravating the US and imposed on America’s neutral rights.

The beginnings of this committee entailed many diplomatic efforts by the USA in response to the British Naval presence in the Atlantic Ocean, this was an attempt by the British to create a blockade for merchant ships trading with France and other European entities. Thus, began the major naval back-and-forth between the 2 countries. The USA pushing for social directives that focused on increasing motivation to join the army or the navy within the public. Moreover, British spies had emerged in the USA causing tension within the cabinet.

On the other hand, the British were experiencing more success as their investment schemes were proving to be lucrative and they managed to kill 2 American tradesmen utilising their resources sensibly. The British were also focused on ensuring they still had power in their Canadian territories by incentivising the workforce with higher wages, this occurred over the passing of two directives. Soon the formal declaration of war directive passed in the JCC USA committee and swiftly federalists began protesting against the war. Though there was some concern by the federalist politicians, the protests seemed to be less important to the committee than military action in the now progressing war.

There was more interest in methods that the USA needs to employ to encourage citizens to enter the army, especially since Florida was now under Spanish rule. Simultaneously, an Opium addiction has broken out in London because a member of the committee had been smuggling it in for a personal objective. This reopened the tensions between the Catholics and Protestant politicians. In addition, the British had conducted a successful attack on New Orleans, which rendered the port destroyed and undefended from more British infiltration. The British planned to use this as a distraction from the North so they can further their presence in the North East of the USA.

Following these developments, the war only got more intense with a leader of a Native American tribe offered to provide the US committee with 100 troops in exchange for cultural and social independence. They did this whilst ignoring Britain’s offer to provide the Native American’s with their own sovereign state. The committee was in heavy debate as to the legitimacy of the Native American’s offer when the President was taken and experienced an attack during which he lost a few fingers. This sent the committee into frenzy.

The British have had the upper hand for a while and recently they had successfully executed the Head of US Navy. On a winning streak, the committee are making plans to drive the American army into Canada from Philadelphia because in Canada the British have a good chance of defeating the Americans. On top of this, the Governor of New York flees to the British looking for help. He offers the committee his resources, knowledge of American strategy and aid in exchange for rule over New York “When Britain wins the war”.

The Governor urged the committee to make a hasty decision as his life was in danger in the US as several efforts to assassinate him had already been made. Through an emergency vote the British accepted the politician. The outcome of this war looks promising for the British but the tables can easy turn anytime.

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The Second United Front -- A Intelligence Upgrade

By Stacey Scolinos

The Second United Front was engaged in talks today regarding an intelligence upgrade for the committee. Liu Bocheng, of the Communist Party of China (CCP) was adamant in his stance for such a program, saying “...we need to be able to better defend China and make sure our civilians are protected.”

Wang Jingwei of the Kuomintang (KMT) echoed Mr. Bocheng’s sentiments, pointing out that Manchuria is almost entirely under the control of Japanese forces. Besides this he supported the program for its potential to make sure civilians were properly protected. Others present at the talks of the Second United Front proposed alternatives, saying that perhaps others would consider the need for an intelligence network rather than an intelligence agency, one that would be more extensive and include intelligence officers from both the CCP and KMT. Vice President Li Zongren, nodding in favor of increased intelligence programs and capabilities also states that: “We lost Manchuria, and now if we collaborate on this intelligence program, we can help win the war.

Following recent attacks on China as well as the IED’s stolen from Nie Rongzhen to carry out these attacks on civilians, many are certain that the Second United Front will take the  necessary steps to develop mutual intelligence programs. The Front has not yet commented on either the intelligence program, or the attacks.

 

 

Catalonia -- Killer Milk and Political Intrigue

By Stacey Scolinos

This afternoon, a Catalonian man died after drinking what investigators believe was poisoned milk. The milk was from a relatively well-known factory in the region, and yet Catalonian leaders suspect foul play in connection to their plans for the referendum, especially because traces of cyanide were found in the man’s milk. The man (unnamed until further notice from the authorities) was not the only victim of poison milk. In fact several other ordinary civilians are thought to have been killed by poison-laced milk. However, it is not yet known if these other milk poisonings involved cyanide. Said Catalonian Vice President Oriol Junqueras of the situation: “We cannot stand for milk poisoning in our committee….this cannot be a Catalan issue, especially with all the other current troubles in our region.”

While it remains to be seen whether or not the string of milk poisonings is the work of resentful Spaniards or a serial killer, inside sources have revealed that while certain members of Catalonia’s government are deeply regretful of this loss to their community, others have no qualms about using it to their political advantage in the upcoming referendum. The Minister of Health Antoni Comin was overheard saying: “We can use this milk poisoning in our favor to blame the Spanish government, and paint them in a bad light. This way we can get support from people everywhere.” As other member of the government gasped in horror, others were seen nodding in agreement, and it is currently unclear how Catalans will publicize the milk deaths in their region.

Cell phone footage of the man’s body being dragged was supposedly taken immediately after his death, but authorities have yet to comment on his death and the supposed footage.

 

Facebook 2012 -- A Shortage of Females in the Boardroom?

By Stacey Scolinos

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As of late, the public has heard murmurs of Facebook’s declining capital and struggle to keep up with updated Skype features and the messaging app Whatsapp. But what others neglect to mention in all this hubbub, is the startlingly low number of females working for the company and participating in key decisions. I spoke with Eric Antonow, the company’s product marketing director for user experience to learn how Facebook plans to deal with the disparity.

SS: Mr. Antonow, what do you think of the reports that Facebook and the tech world in general is not inclusive of women?

EA: Clearly women are underrepresented at Facebook. Tech is a field that is really male-dominated, and while I believe that any program introducing women to the field is key, I also believe that opportunities for women in color are important as well. We need more women educated for tech professions.

SS: How do you think women’s participation in the field can be increased?

EA: I think a lot of the problem with have so few women in the field is lack of encouragement and opportunity. There need to be more scholarship programs, and I think it’s really important to expose girls to tech as early as elementary school, and continue this through secondary school.

SS: How do you propose to increase female representation in your own department?

EA: Well I have entire control of the hiring process. I will personally focus on integrating people of color into my office, as well as integrating females.

SS: Do you think this could lead to discriminatory hiring processes?

EA: Well no, I personally will not be hiring people who are unqualified. I see it now as a matter of getting more women into tech education in the first place, and then in regards to hiring, it’s an investment, and I’m sure that only qualified candidates will be hired in this field. This should be a good movement to make tech a more inclusive and friendly field.

 

UNSC -- Calamity in Kurdistan

By Anusha Goyal

The UNSC has been deliberating over two very important current affairs and there was a lot of tension in the room especially between P5 and non-P5 countries. The main topic of discussion was pertaining to the Kurdish crisis, where Turkey’s concerns surrounded Syria’s Kurdish and the United States of America’s possible alliance with the Kurdish. Some of the countries in the committee sought it unnecessary to intervene initially due to the problem being contained to Turkey’s concerns. Senegal brought up the need to encourage negotiations between Iraq and the Kurdish about peace-keeping, military involvement and such.

This catalysed the debate in the committee with many countries having different ideas. Russia was particularly concerned with breaching the sovereignty of another country. The United Kingdom posed another stance that considered creating another referendum that will be UN-monitored and kept non-violent but many were against the idea of another referendum.

Later in the committee events escalated as a press release revealed that the French foreign minister publicly condemned Turkey’s policies regarding the Kurdish people and he even asked the other NATO members to follow suit. Many of the members agreed but focused on the negotiation talks between a representative from the Kurdish population and a representative from the Iraqi government that preceded. During the negotiations, the Kurdish representative expressed concern over ISIS and asked Iraq to help them fight this by providing militia but that they should also respect the Kurdish sovereignty.

This promptly led to the Iraqi representative storming out as they will not recognise a ‘fake country’. Although some countries seemed put off by their plan of peaceful negotiations ‘failing’, other countries including Senegal and Sweden were insistent on focusing on humanitarian efforts. The UNSC keeps passing directives and attempting various strategies to combat these problems some proving more effective than others.

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.

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NOVICE DISEC –– “Unification is the solution.”

By Sanah Mehta

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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!”

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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.

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A Guide to a Successful Model UN Conference

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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’!”

LSD in UNSC?

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.