Saturday, February 19, 2011

Model United Nations team tackles the Midwest Model United Nations Conference

Misty Grady

     Every spring, NSU’s Model United Nations team goes to St. Louis, Mo. for the Midwest Model United Nations Conference. Now, with more than a month into school the team is ready to take on the competition next week from Feb. 16-19.
     Model United Nations is a class instructed by Dr. Ron Becker, assistant professor of political science. Students may take the class three times for one credit hour each time. Most of the financial burden is carried by the student organization, Government and International Studies Society, who raise funds for the conferences. MUN participates in one conference per semester, last fall having attended a conference in Chicago, Ill.
     Ethiopia, Israel, and Austria are the three countries NSU’s team was given to represent, and the delegates have spent quite a bit of time learning the background of their countries and the stances their countries take on the global issues in committees.
     “I am optimistic about our team’s chances at conference because MUN is full of diverse people from different places, filled with different outlooks, perspectives, ideologies, each having our own strengths and weaknesses, and this is a team that works well together,” said Dylan Ward, Catoosa sophomore and president of the Government and International Studies Society.
     For those wanting to get involved in MUN or wanting more information on the group, contact Becker at

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