by Soham Shah ’24
The Saint Ignatius Model UN Club attended the University of Michigan’s Model United Nations Conference from January 12th-15th. In addition to staying overnight at a hotel and enjoying its amenities (swimming pool, gym, etc.), students were able to walk around the campus, eat at local restaurants, and attend a dance. The conference was highlighted by Fitz Lokiec ‘24 winning an Outstanding Delegate award and Patrick Laudolff ‘24 winning an Honorable Mention.
Model UN is a simulation and competition in which students act as a delegate for countries, corporations, and high-powered individuals. They give speeches, work with other delegates, and write resolutions to solve their committee’s central issue using parliamentary procedure. At MUNUM (Model UN University of Michigan), the topics included UN-HABITAT, FAO, IMF, SOCHUM, African Union, HUAC, CCPCJ, UNSC, North Yemen Civil War, World War I, Ortega’s Cabinet, Persian-Greco Wars, Ad-Hoc, and the International Press Corps.
The club is going to one more major overnight conference this year — likely at Michigan State University. Anyone, regardless of experience, is welcome to attend this conference. In order to get a spot, it is required that you attend the meetings on Mondays in Mr. Foster’s room (SC102) during the activities period. There are several spots available for the conference, including for those who want to join now, so bring your friends and head down to Mr. Foster’s room to sign up for MSUMUN. Contact any of the Secretariat (Shivam Pandya ‘24, Soham Shah ‘24, Fitz Lokiec ‘24, and Patrick Laudolff ‘24) regarding any questions you may have.