The Underdogs of The Vietnam War

By: Shira Haus

As the Vietnam war draws to a close, the South Vietnamese Council scrambles to protect valuable areas of South Vietnam while holding a strong offensive line. The United States delegation has been removed as the US withdraws from Vietnam, leaving the South Vietnamese military low on troops and civilians low on supplies. The situation is dire, and the council has been passing one action after another to combat the North Vietnamese.

Both the city of Saigon and the Ho Chi Minh trail are crucial to protect from North Vietnamese forces. The committee must find a way to spread troops around their territory to cover civilian zones and fend off North Vietnamese troops from capturing these regions. The council decided not to move troops further south, for they believe it would only aid North Vietnam in their advancements. South Vietnam is going attempt to hold enemy fire. “It’s down to the nitty gritty,” says Nguyen Cao Ky, who believes that South Vietnam will hold for a final push.

However, South Vietnamese tactics include more than traditional warfare. The committee decided to place Agent Orange, an agent containing deadly chemicals, in rivers running through North Vietnam. This choice to infect the environment with Agent Orange has left many North Vietnamese citizens angry since they depend on those water sources for survival.

The tension between the communist minority and the capitalist majority in the council escalated when the communists managed to sway the ex-president of the South Vietnamese Council over to their side. Although the communists have no voting rights or real power to make decisions in the committee, this small victory was enough to worry the capitalist members.

Communist members of the council have also come under fire as a note from a councilmember to North Vietnamese military command surfaced, detailing the strategies proposed in committee. As if the council already didn’t have enough to deal with, a mole has infiltrated their ranks, and attempted to send top-secret information to the enemy.When caught, the mole is likely to face consequences that equate to the magnitude of their crime, a punishment most severe: removal from the council and community service.

With the end of committee, a decisive battle looms on the horizon. Will South Vietnam pull a surprise victory at the end? If so, that final battle will certainly be one for the history books.

Phony Peace Plans?

By: Zainab Nasser

The past few days, the United Kingdom has been taking strides to occupy Egypt, starting with Port Said. Delegates rush to scribble battle plans, looking for every possible method to strike the U.K. army and recover their city. As time passes, it becomes evident that the delegates have realized their mistake -- the U.K. army is much stronger than theirs and will always be prepared for impact.

To tackle this issue, Egyptian delegates discuss potential political manipulation. They believe the most effective method will be to approach the U.K. generals with “peace negotiations” to make it appear as if they are not interested in fighting. This will catch the U.K. military off guard and make them vulnerable and unprepared for an attack. Then, Egypt wants to leak false battle plans to open up entry points into the city and direct their military towards the outskirts of the city. The Egyptian military will then take advantage of this newfound vulnerability and attack the city from five different points on the border of the city, inflict an embargo onto the city by blocking all imports, and drop explosives from the air.

Delegates recognize that this plan has the plan to be faulty due to the United Kingdom’s pre-existing distrust towards this military. In the past, Egypt and the U.K. have already made peace plans that they have already broken. Delegates believe making another peace plan may be redundant, suspicious, and ultimately ineffective.

As the committee continues to discuss this pressing matter, it becomes evident that this deceiving plan has the likely potential to spiral.

NGO puts the UN in (UN)friendly

By: Megan Dailey

10:10. The committee voted to go into an unmoderated caucus. 10:11, after asking Korea and the Asian-Pacific Forum multiple times to remove her from clause 9 of their resolution, Landesa was striked from the working paper for which she wrote an unfriendly. Clause 9 stated that Korea and the Asian-Pacific Forum were receiving funding from Landesa as well as several other organizations.

As of this morning, all nine draft resolutions regarding the second topic had been introduced. Delegates were scattered around the room during the extended unmoderated, asking others on how they were planning to vote on the items. Nigeria approached Landesa and Namibia in the back corner, attempting to persuade to them to vote against draft resolution 2.5. The delegate said that the resolution was largely focused on building the fund network and said that “We don’t want money to be influencing our elections. This is not what this is about.” He went on to talk about how hostile of an environment  resolution 2.5 could cause for the United Nations.

Many delegates feel that the committee is in a counterproductive period and that several items should not be passed and will not be passed due to the overlapping and contradictory ideas. “Some want quotas, some don’t want quotas, some are dealing with quotas individually.” spoke Namibia.  The only paper that went through voting procedure is 2.3 and that too failed before the body went into another unmoderated caucus. 2.2 and 2.6 decided to merge, which changed the vote of several delegates who only supported one or the other. Here are to hopes that delegates can come to a solution and fast as there is not much time left yet during MUNUM XXXII.

Humans of MUNUM

Goodbye, MUNUM

By: Megan Dailey

The first week of school my sophomore year, My AP world history teacher told his classes about Model UN. He said that it was a simulation of the United Nations, something I knew little about at the time. I did not know anything about Model UN other than what he told us, but a few friends and I went to the meeting anyway, and I have never looked back.

Our first conference was MUNUM, and we did not know what to expect -- we even forgot to bring pencils! I was thrown into the Historical General Assembly as Greece and did not know quite what to do. The seniors at East Kentwood and our advisors did what they could to help. I quickly learned and fell in love with the program. Wednesday after school, the three of us and a freshman had put together a slideshow of pictures and told all that were interested about our experiences. From then on, our club grew exponentially, and we brought many delegates to a conference in East Grand Rapids.

My junior year, we brought students who never went to Model UN before to MUNUM and even more kids than we had to any other conference. I got to experience IPC and fell in love with journalism in a way I did not know I could. Getting to make new friends, write, and observe committees was a dream for me. I have made so many friends over the years at MUNUM that I still stay in contact with.

Now that I am a senior, it is almost bittersweet to see how our club has grown and gone full circle all because of this conference. It makes me so happy to see how excited our freshman and sophomores get and how much hope all three of our advisor have for our club, our new advisor, included. MUNUM is always the first of two or three conferences we go to every year and it has been a chance for our delegation to bond, get no sleep, and make many runs in the cold to Starbucks. Thank you, MUNUM, for giving me experiences I did not even know were possible.