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According to Stephon Moore, political

science junior and President of the

Student Government Association, the

Model United Nations is essentially

just that; a “model” or “mock” United

Nations where students are given

a country and are asked to portray

that country in the Security Council.

“It’s basically a big role-playing game

that involves a lot of research and

international politics,” Moore said.

Dr. Cliff Staten, the IU Southeast

faculty sponsor for the Model UN,

said that the College Model UN is

sponsored by the Indiana Consortium

for International Programs. “IU

Southeast students have participated

for 37 years in this program and each

year always win several awards. This

will be the 26th year in which I have

advised the IU Southeast student

participants. The site of the event

alternates between IU Southeast and

the University of Indianapolis. It is

based upon a simulation of the UN

Security Council.” The 36th model

UN was recently hosted by the

University of Indianapolis on October

30-November 1, 2014.

The 35th Annual Indiana Model

UN Security Council Conference

for Colleges and Universities took

place Nov. 7, 8 and 9, 2013, in the

IU Southeast Library. Students from

IU Southeast joined teams from

the Universities of Indianapolis,

Evansville, and Louisville. Dr.

Clifford Staten, Model UN Director

and professor of political science

and international studies, said IU

Southeast has participated in the

program since its beginning in 1978.

“As director I assign countries to the

students from various schools.”

Elizabeth Sacasas, biology

sophomore, got involved in the

Model UN after a friend introduced

her to it. “It’s really great to be able

to join an activity on campus and to

be interacting with other students

who have so many interesting ideas

about different issues that are going

on all over the world,” Sacasas said.

“I wanted to be a part of this kind of

important debate since issues that

arise in other countries can also

affect us right here in America. It’s

important to be mindful of events

around the globe.”

Staten sends out an email to all faculty

at the beginning of each fall semester

to invite students to participate in

the Model UN. Anyone can become

involved; there is no application

process. However, it does require

dedication and self-discipline to

study the topics and attend the group

meetings. Staten said the program is

something students “must prepare

for on their own,” although the group

from IU Southeast “met weekly to

discuss the issues for each country

and how they might approach them.”

Moore, a 2013 delegate, said he

and his partner Lauren Pangburn,

international studies senior, were

dealt the country of China. “We

studied for about four hours straight

the night before and about an hour

a week four weeks prior.” Moore

and his partner’s hard work ended

up winning them best delegation at

the conference. Pangburn said their

rewards were simply satisfaction

and fame. “You know, all those fuzzy,

warm things.”

“Model UN really opens your eyes

to how difficult these problems are to

solve, and why they are so difficult.”

Stephon Moore