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Chicago Diplomats complete Model UN “Triple Crown”

The University of Chicago’s Model United Nations Team has completed the “Triple Crown” of college diplomacy.

Last weekend, the 29-member team captured first place at Harvard University’s prestigious National Model United Nations conference, which brought together more than 2,000 student delegates from around the world. Earlier this academic year, the Chicago diplomats won first place in both the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University Model United Nations conferences — regarded as the two other prizes in the world of simulated diplomacy.

The Chicago squad not only received the “Best Delegation” award at the Harvard conference, but also garnered awards for 13 of the 18 committees the team’s delegates served on.

Team president Will Segal, who represented the Israeli Army and reenacted Israel’s strategy in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Yasser Ghanchi, who plotted attacks against Israel as Egypt’s minister of war, both won best delegate awards for their respective committees. Awards are based on several criteria, including the delegate’s ability to present strong ideas and circumvent the strategies of competing delegations. .

After the awards ceremony in Boston, the Chicago team concluded with its traditional cheer. “Themistocles, Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, X squared, Y squared, H2SO4,” they shouted. “Who for? What for? Who we gonna yell for? GO, MAROONS!”
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