Live Blog Part II: Cornell Model United Nations Conference (CMUNC)

by Conna on April 14, 2014

At this year’s iteration of the Cornell Model United Nations Conference (CMUNC), the committee sessions and events on Saturday and Sunday proved to be some of the most exciting moments of the conference. After the thrill of committee on Friday, especially for those delegates who attended Midnight Crisis, everyone showed up on Saturday morning for even more intense debate.

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Students raise their placards and their voices in the SOCHUM committee

CMUNC committees discussed myriad topics on Saturday, the longest and most in-depth day of debate a compromise. While the Commission on the Status of Women worked to promote women’s access to education, the International Olympic Committee worked feverishly to decide the location of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, both sides of the Secret Cold War Joint Crisis Committee plotted against each other, with CIA and KGB agents alike using covert tactics and espionage to gain the upper hand. In all three General Assembly committees, including DISEC, SOCHUM, and Legal, delegates crafted lengthy yet comprehensive resolutions. Throughout the day, delegates truly lived up to CMUNC’s theme – “raise your placard, raise your voice.”

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Students enjoy a break from dancing at the Museum of the Earth

After a long yet productive day in committee, delegates were rewarded for their efforts at the CMUNC Delegate Dance. Famous for its location at Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth, the dance party was a great success. Delegates danced the night away under the Museum’s enormous whale skeleton exhibit, and were able to check out the Museum’s other paleontological attractions throughout the night. Everyone, including delegates and Secretariat and staff members alike, seemed to have an amazing time.

On Sunday morning, delegates were eager to head to their last committee sessions of CMUNC 2014. Candy grams were delivered to the delight of many delegates, and final donations to Jar Wars were made. The NGO Forum won the all-committee Jar Wars philanthropy competition, and its delegates were rewarded with breakfast treats. All in all, CMUNC’s philanthropic efforts raised over $1500 for this year’s charitable organization, Samasource.

Following Sunday’s committee session and a quick lunch break, delegates and staff headed to Statler Hall, home of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, for Closing Ceremonies. After heartfelt sentiments from all members of the Secretariat, awards were distributed. Congratulations to the following schools for delegation awards:

  • Best Large Delegation: Horace Mann School
  • Best Small Delegation: West-Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
  • Outstanding Large Delegation: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Outstanding Small Delegation: The Masters School

Congratulations to all delegates, advisors, staff members, and Secretariat members for a wonderful weekend filled with creative and impressive debate. See you all next year at CMUNC 2015!

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Delegates dance under a huge right whale skeleton at the Museum of the Earth

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Secretariat members Rebecca and Stephen with CMUNC merchandise at the Delegate Dance

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Secretariat members Varun and Chris looking pretty intimidating

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Staffers work hard to make sure the committee experience is great for all delegates

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Delegates from the International Criminal Court debate during their trials

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Delegates from the CIA debate about how best to undermine the KGB

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Delegates in the Joint Crisis Committee worked tirelessly throughout the weekend

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Closing Ceremonies

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Director-General Conna Walsh addresses delegates at Closing Ceremonies

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Awards for the Irish Republican Army

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Awards for the United Nations Security Council

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This year’s Secretary-General and Director-General, Gerrit Wissink and Conna Walsh, with last year’s Secretary-General and Director-General, Meril Pothen and Fiona Ismail

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CMUNC Secretariat & Staff

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