Model UN gives students real-life debate

by Molly MishlerStaff Writer

For those of you interested in politics, international affairs and finding out how to become a part of the world-changing action, Model United Nations is right up your alley.

Model UN is a one-credit class that meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. during the spring semester in McNeill Hall. The purpose of the class is to make students aware of international issues and to get hands-on experience in trying to solve them.

The students are able to role-play as delegates of the United Nations at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference (MMUN). The students are able to choose the country they would like to represent and are then placed into committees and given topics they are required to research that will be debated at the conference.

According to the MMUN official website, the goals of the conference are to promote interest and understanding of the nations of the world and to help students gain a broader perspective of global issues and the role of the United Nations in world politics. The MMUN has been around since 1960 and is a non-profit organization that has an official relationship with the United Nations.

The conference will take place on Feb. 21-24 in St. Louis, Mo. Over 100 colleges willrepresent the 100 nations that are in the United Nations.

Senior Eric Adams will be debating the topic of small arms trade between borders.

“I’m hoping to get into international law, so MMUN gives a great hands-on experience,” Adams said. “It’s great real world practice for things you can’t learn in a textbook.”

Many of the students that participate are political science and international management majors. Others joined because the class sounded interesting.

“I thought it was just going to be more social, but it turned out to be a good learning experience and I had a lot of fun,” Stillman said. “It’s great to go out with your colleagues and have fun, but equally it’s fun to learn and enjoy the conference with other Simpson students.”

Stillman is representing the Czech Republic and will be debating the topics of migration in and between countries and the role of the private sector of the development of a global partnership for development.

“I’m expecting to communicate and share ideas with different schools regarding political issues with our world today,” Stillman said.

Senior Nate Nims is going to the conference for the first time this year.

“The class is mainly focused on the trip,” Nims said. “I’m excited to go down and interact with the students of the different colleges.”