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University of Chicago Model U.N. team wins Ben Franklin Cup

Wins UPenn converence for second consecutive year

The University of Chicago Model United Nations team swept the University of Pennsylvania conference, one of the most prestigious Model U.N. conferences in the world, winning five best delegate awards out of seven and coming home with the Ben Franklin Cup.

Last year, the University won three of the four largest conferences, Yale, UPenn and Harvard.

Fifty-eight of the nation’s most elite schools competed in the four-day conference, simulating debates in U.N. committees on such topics as control of biological and chemical weapons, international computer crime, cloning and the continuing tensions in Iraq.The University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference, at 31 years old, is the fourth largest collegiate conference in the world.

“Head delegates from other schools and the UPenn staff kept asking questions like ‘What do you do to train so many high-quality delegates?’” said Tim Crowhurst, Vice President of the University’s Model U.N. team. “Since other schools spend several hours every week working on country policies, they were astonished to learn that we just make sure that everyone knows the rules of parliamentary procedure. The substantive research and policy formation is left almost entirely up to our individual delegates.”

Fourteen out of the 21 University of Chicago delegations were recognized with Outstanding Delegate awards, Honorable Mention awards, or Verbal Commendations. The winners of the Outstanding Delegate awards were University of Chicago senior Kate Wittekindt, senior Sid Bale, sophomore Victor Glowacki and the two-student teams of senior Ivan Chan and junior Alia Vinson, and senior Alison Bennett and junior Gary Tozbikian.

Model United Nations is the most popular form of organized debate in the world. The worldwide system is a collection of conferences, mostly in the United States, but also in many other nations, where students and adults of all ages gather and represent nations or diplomats in debating real world issues over the course of a day or a few days.
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