(Liveblog written by Hannah Lowry, Chargée d’Affaires for BarMUN VI)
Delegates and staff were at their very best on Saturday, finishing off the conference strong with some fantastic debate, crisis updates and directives.
Saturday was an intense day of debate, as the historical track further integrated as delegates across the track addressed mass killings in Serbia, and chemical weapons were smuggled across borders to Libya. The integrated aspect of crisis really showed its good side and delegates fought to stamp out the weapons being taken across the borders while dealing with their own domestic crisis.
On the modern track, crisis really ramped up the drama, as all committees got roped into some sort of crisis. In Mali, a terrorist attack took place on a Uranium plant operated by McKinsey. A few French nationals were killed in the attack, and Malian snipers rescued the rest of the French nationals. The North Korean committee had to deal with the kidnapping of their leader, Kim Jung-Un. In retaliation towards the North Korean leader, HSBC froze all of the royal family’s accounts. Although active ‘abroad’, HSBC was also dealing with domestic crisis, as the committee learned that the Zetas had taken over all Latin American ATMs. Finally, China decided to nationalize Huawei, and delegates of the committee had to decide how to proceed with a new structure to their company.
After a busy, and quite frankly dramatic day in committee, delegates took time to unwind in the notorious Saturday night BarMUN boat party, which went as smoothly as possible and was a highlight of the conference. Teams had a fantastic time as the boat cruised the Boston harbor and DJs Sam Shaffer and Isaac Falcones kept everyone entertained for the night.
On the final day, Sunday Funday ensued, where wedding crashers and protests wreaked havoc over committees and everyone finished off the weekend on a high note. In closing ceremonies, Secretary General Dustin Vandenberg and his secretariat delivered their final remarks and handed out awards to a vast array of schools who collected their well – deserved awards. In the final few minutes, Duke collected their outstanding small delegation award, Boston College grabbed best small delegation, University of Pennsylvania celebrated their outstanding large delegation award and Michigan State University chanted their school song as head delegate, Chris Bourdganis, collected their well deserved best large delegation award.
Overall, BarMUN VI was a highly successful conference, with innovative committees and a fantastically coordinated logistical set up. Delegates had a fantastic time and cannot seem to wait for next year’s conference.