Baylor's Model U.N. Team to Compete at Harvard Feb. 5-8

Jan. 29, 1998

Victorious for the past two years, Baylor University's Model United Nations Team will try for a third straight win of the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest award given at Harvard University's prestigious Model United Nations Competition, scheduled for Feb. 5-8. The Baylor team received the coveted award in the 1996 and 1997 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 10th annual tournament.

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 the United Kingdom.

Each team member will work on a U.N. committee such as the Committee on Human Rights or the Security Council. Team members 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.

The Baylor team received its country assignment in November and has been hard at work ever since, said Dr. Linda Adams, associate professor of political science and director of the Model U.N. team. To prepare for the Harvard tournament, the team has watched films on the issues, has listened to speakers discuss the assigned country's positions, and has participated in a mock competition.

The Baylor Model U.N. team is open to students throughout the university. Tryouts for the team are held during the fall semester. Baylor's Department of Political Science organizes the Model U.N. team and offers a course to prepare students for the competition.

For more information, contact Adams at 710-3161.

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