CMUNNY kicked off this year with over 350 delegates and some of the most creative and dynamic committees on the circuit. Delegates took the roles of not only diplomats and heads of state, but also pirates and rap stars. The Supreme Court not only deliberated the legitimacy of Obama’s health care bill, but also, on the last day of committee adjudicated a rap battle between the warring west coast and east coast factions of rap stars.
Check out some of our photos here or read below for several committee recaps as well as the awards!
Ramzi Abdoch, the chair of “The Greatest Story Ever Told: Defjam and Badboy 1994” committee said:
“We instituted a “”rapper’s list””, similar to a speaker’s list, in which the delegates could only debate in rhyme. Ultimately, allegiances were tested, turf contested, and raps bested. West side brought the heat and laid down some science, while the East Coast imploded, exhuming the snitch we all so desperately wanted to reveal. Via crunchy beats and tender noods, we amplified and dissected the true definition of Hip Hop’s growth and struggle. Together, we helped tackle the issues of Black on Black Crime, Crack Music, and project planning on the most fundamental level, through the lens of the thing we love most: Hip Hop.”
Other committees ranged from a symposium of pirates to our historical ad-hoc. Chuck Roberts and Will Leonard, the master minds behind the historical ad-hoc on the McCarthy spoke of his committee:
“It has been said by none other than the junior senator from Wisconsin himself that ‘McCarthyism is nothing but Americanism with its sleeves rolled up.’ By this logic it was over the objection of certain Unamericans that the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations rolled up its sleeves and set about the solemn task of protecting the United States from an ominous enemy within: the massive Communist Conspiracy, which the chairman assures you all would have been uncovered had his devices been given full sanction by his honorable colleagues. Alas, this was not to be and the American people had to settle for small fish in the great sea of impending doom within our government and our institutions of higher education–an executive assistant, and a Columbia Professor. Perhaps this was the beginning of the end for chairman McCarthy; perhaps it was not. For him and for others like him from 1954 until today however Edward R. Murrow still rings true: No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. Good night and good luck.”
Best Large Delegation: University of Chicago
Outstanding Large Delegation: Georgetown University
Best Small Delegation: George Washington University
Outstanding Small Delegation: University of Massachusetts – Amherst
The University of Chicago absolutely dominated last Fall and they got off to another great start this year by winning Best Large Delegation. Chicago was led by gavel winners Rohan Sandhu, Clara Spera, Susannah Wang, William Wilcox, Erin Britton, and co-delegates Blake Alex and Will Shaw.
Georgetown kept the competition very close though with one more total award but one less gavel than U. Chicago and took home the Outstanding Large Delegation ahead of Harvard and NYU. Besides those four schools, UPenn and William & Mary also took home many awards.
George Washington won Best Small Delegation in a very tight contest between the small delegations. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst won the Outstanding Small Delegation in what could be considered an upset over several more well-known names.
Other schools with delegates receiving individual awards included: Miami, Michigan State, McGill, Boston University, Emory, Rutgers, North Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast University, Princeton, Bard, and the American University of Dubai.
CMUNNY is the first of four consecutive weeks of conferences in the competitive World Division circuit. SCSY is up next followed by BarMUN and NCSC to finish up a busy October for college MUNers.
Thank you to Secretary-General Duygu Yilmaz and Director-General Sarah Lee for the hospitality, to USG of Committees Tejraj Antooa for showing Best Delegate around, to USG of Public Relations Lauren Birriel for helping us with this article, and to the entire CMUNNY staff for a great start to the college MUN season!