Hope College to Sponsor Annual Model United Nations
Posted February 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- On Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7,
Hope College will sponsor its 31st annual Model United
Nations conference. More than 900 students and faculty from
approximately 45 high schools will be participating.
Acting as delegates from the 189 member nations of
the United Nations in two General Assemblies, seven Security
Councils, one International Court of Justice (ICJ), and one
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the students will be
taking part in simulated exercises focusing on significant
Among the issues to be discussed are terrorism,
global health care, global water crisis, sustainable
development, the status of women, weapons of mass
destruction, Colombia, the Middle East, Iraq, Congo, and
Kashmir. The International Court of Justice simulation will
be seeking an advisory opinion for a hypothetical case
involving North Korea and the United States; it will be
discussing the legality of preemption.
Model United Nations is designed to give high
school students an opportunity to take on the roles of
professional diplomats with the goal of achieving a
particular country's national objectives, while fostering a
desired international consensus for real solutions to
questions facing them. The department of political science
at Hope College sponsors the event.
Participating students have been working with
their high school advisors for several weeks in preparation
for the conference, and have been identifying the current
issue positions of countries they have chosen to represent.
During the conference, they will share knowledge with their
peer delegates, striving to attain solutions to
ECOSOC, Security Council, and ICJ members begin
their sessions on Thursday evening, continuing all day
Friday. General Assembly members arrive on Friday morning,
debating throughout the day.
In addition to their sessions, ECOSOC, Security
Council, and ICJ members also attend a banquet. This year's
keynote speaker is Bruce vanVoorst, now retired after 35
years as a correspondent with "Newsweek" and "Time"
magazines. He served as bureau chief for the magazines in
Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and diplomatic
correspondent (for both magazines) in Washington, D.C.
Before working for "Newsweek" and "Time," vanVoorst, who is
a 1954 Hope graduate, was a reporter for the "Holland
The Hope College Model United Nations is organized
by students in a political science course aimed at the
understanding of international politics and the United
Nations' role in international disputes. The Hope students
serve as session chairpersons and perform other
administrative tasks throughout the formation and execution
of the event.
The Secretary General for this year's conference
is senior Elisabeth van Houwelingen, a political science
major from Traverse City. Serving as Deputy Secretary
Generals are sophomore Vance Brown, a political science
major from Whitehall, and senior John Collins, a history
major from Bloomfield Hills.
Sophomores Lindsay Bosak of Livonia and Stephanie
Szydlowski of Muskegon are the directors of the General
Assemblies. Juniors J.K. Granberg-Michaelson of Oakland,
N.J., and Kia Weeldreyer of Mattawan are the Security
Council directors, while sophomore Jon Hecksel of Flint is
the director of ECOSOC. The International Court of Justice
is directed by senior John Collins of Bloomfield Hills.
Students involved in the General Assemblies are
the following: senior Megan Danielson of Manistee; freshman
Nick DeKoster of Hudsonville; freshman Shawn Evers of Cedar
Lake, Ind.; freshman Will Guy of Adrian; junior Katie Hall
of Holland; sophomore Jake Kain of Williamston; freshman
Junna Otake of Tokyo, Japan; junior Tracy Quandt of Peck;
junior Jon Sedon of Midland; sophomore Joe Turbessi of
Nunica; sophomore Trevor VanDyke of Traverse City; and
sophomore Lindsay White of Traverse City.
Participating in the Security Council sessions
are: junior Sara Barber of Grand Rapids; sophomore Matt
Buursma of Zeeland; freshman Lori Clark of Kalamazoo;
sophomore Jason DeBruler of Jackson; freshman James
Grandstaff of University City, Mo.; freshman Kristen Harris
of Newberg, Ore.; sophomore Paul Hayes of Grand Rapids;
junior Scott Hinze of Shelby; freshman Melissa Ipema of
Lockport, Ill.; sophomore Becky Knooihuizen of Grandville;
freshman Noree Logsdon of Dixon, Ill.; sophomore Chris
Paglino of Troy; freshman Anne Schuster of Dublin, Ohio;
freshman Katie Smith of Sumner; junior Nate Sorensen of
Bloomfield Hills; junior Adam Throop of Waterford; sophomore
Gerald VanderWal of Wyoming; sophomore Pete VanLaan of
Lowell; and senior Steve VanLaan of Lowell.
ECOSOC participants are the following: freshman
Jennifer Blackman of Crete, Ill.; senior Mary Chambers of
Holland; freshman Asuka Chujo of Kawasaki, Japan; junior
Tiffany Drendall of Lapeer; freshman Tasuku Nishino of
Chiba, Japan; freshman Sarah Quesada-Lubbers of Mexico; and
senior Johnny Vega of Holland.
The following participants are involved with the
International Court of Justice: senior Hillary Stone of
Middleville; senior Andrew VanEngen of Glendora, Calif.; and
freshman Ryohei Yamumura of Fukuoka, Japan.
Dr. Joel Toppen and Dr. Jack Holmes of the
college's political science faculty are serving as faculty
advisors for the students.