Model U.N. Team to Compete in Harvard Tournament Feb. 11-14

Feb. 9, 1999

Baylor University's acclaimed Model United Nations team will compete in Harvard University's prestigious Model United Nations Competition, scheduled for Feb. 11-14. Victorious for the past three years, Baylor's team will try for an unprecedented fourth straight win of the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest award given at the tournament. The Baylor team received the coveted award in the 1996, 1997, 1998 tournaments as well as in 1992 and 1994.

Teams from more than 200 universities, including such schools as Yale, Princeton and the University of Chicago, will compete in the 11th annual tournament. Baylor will send a team of 22 students to the competition.

The event simulates the activities of the United Nations, with each university playing the role of a particular country. In this year's competition, the Baylor team will represent Argentina.

"This is the first time that the Baylor team has not played a Security Council country such as Great Britain or Russia, but we wanted to play an emerging country this year," said Dr. Linda Adams, associate professor of political science and director of the Model U.N. team.

Team members will work on various U.N. committees, such as the Committee on Human Rights, and will argue their country's position and negotiate with the other nations on the committee to work out a resolution on specific topics.

Awards are based on skill in negotiating, speaking, resolution writing and knowledge of the nation's policies and of the committee's topic areas. The Outstanding Delegation Award is based on the cumulative number of individual awards received by team members.

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