Friday, February 8, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 89


 
 









 

UH plays host to mock U.N.

By Keenan Singleton
Daily Cougar Staff

The usual foibles of the typical high school student acne, peer pressure and the prom were replaced with the more
global-encompassing issues of terrorism and the World Bank at the 27th Annual Houston Area Model United Nations on Thursday.



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High school students from across Houston participate in the 27th Annual Houston Area Model United Nations conference on Thursday at
the University Center. The two-day event concludes today.

The mock U.N. gives high school students a chance to learn about current events outside of their textbooks, said Stephanie Smith, an
under-secretary general for public relations.

"It gives high school students a better idea of what's going on in the world," said Clear Lake High School senior Andrew Tran. "It makes
us more aware and gets us prepared for the future."

The 1,500-plus students in attendance debate on issues ranging from information technology for developing countries to genetics.

Sponsored by the Language and Cultural Center, the model U.N. also serves as a scholarship fundraiser for the students in attendance,
Smith said. 

The Language and Cultural Center also helped the students gather data on the different nations and is filming a documentary as well.

"It really gave me a chance to open up my mind to various plights across the world," Chloe Wilkes, a Langham Creek sophomore, said.
"For example, my country, Senegal, is resolving to keep its natural resources and getting more aid."

The discussions were held on the third level of the University Center. The main conference room was placed in the Houston Room,
where general issues were discussed.

"The general assembly plenary in the Houston Room has about 150 students involved," Smith said. "The schools are placed in a
random pool and each school sends about 12 to 15 representatives per country."

"It's good for them to walk in someone else's moccasins," Carol Groppe, chair of the Board of Governors, said. "It makes the students
appreciate what's going on in the world."

"The students start researching their respective countries in August usually," Groppe said. "The event tries to stay as strict to the real U.N.
as possible," she said.
 
 
 

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