By From the Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- UMass Lowell's International Relations Club recently returned from the North American Model United Nations conference in Toronto, where the club represented the countries of France and Japan.
Model United Nations conferences simulate the United Nations, assigning each school a country to represent and having one student represent each body of the United Nations. Topics discussed included U.N. financial reform, the production of GMO food, the Iranian nuclear program and accessing guilt in the Bosnian genocide.
Model U.N. conferences provide students from around the world an opportunity to learn about foreign policy from the point of view of another government. Further, they put students in the position in which they must remain diplomatic and open to compromise while upholding the foreign policy of the government they are representing.
Due to the intensive research undertaken by each member of the UMass Lowell's International Relations Club, as well as the dedication of professor Ardeth Thawnghmung at ensuring that each delegate was prepared for the task he or she undertook, UML was awarded the Best Delegation award at the NAMUN conference.
In addition, UML took home 11 individual awards.
Winning the Best Delegation award is of significant honor because the award represents a collective action undertaken by all members on a given delegation. The award was earned by the members representing France, and indicates that all delegates representing France excelled in their respective committees.
Of the 13 schools in attendance, UMass Lowell received 11 individual awards. Awards were earned by members of both the French delegation and the Japanese delegation, with two delegates winning the Best Delegate, five members winning the Outstanding Delegate and four members winning an Honorable Mention.