It is with my warmest regards that I welcome you to UPMUNC 52 and one of the most interesting crisis committees we will be running at conference! First, just a little bit about myself. I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and have pretty much spent my entire life living in that area. I attended the Horace Mann School, where I first got involved with Model UN, from 6th grade onwards. Outside of MUN, I was very involved in athletics in High School. I was a member of the varsity swim and water polo teams, and was selected to be the captain of the water polo team my senior year. I also enjoyed playing spikeball on our school’s main field at all hours of the school day. I am currently studying in a dual-degree program known as VIPER, looking to major in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching many of Penn’s performing arts groups, and am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I am excited for the amazing few days we will have together debating some of the most interesting topics I’ve ever seen displayed in a committee before. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have before or even during conference, whether it be about UPMUNC or UPenn in general. I am always happy to meet new delegates and help them in any way possible.
Sincerely, Veer Sobti
Welcome to Australia! My name is Jordan Dewar, and I am incredibly excited to be your Crisis Director for an incredibly exciting and intellectually stimulating weekend. We’ve all been working very hard to make sure this weekend is one of the best UPMUNCs yet, and I hope you enjoy this weekend immensely. To introduce myself, I am a senior in the Wharton School studying Business Economics and Public Policy as well as Operations and Information Management and working on a dual degree in the College of Arts and Sciences in Political Science. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and have been to the Air and Space Museum too many times to admit, though my family comes from Guyana, Brazil, and a few other places. I participated in Model UN throughout high school and currently travel and compete with Penn’s intercollegiate team. Model UN for me has been a great experience both in terms of intellectual activity and general excitement, and I hope that I can share that experience with you over the weekend. This is my fourth UPMUNC, and I’m very excited to be working with Veer and Raj, amazing people that I’ve worked with before and am excited to work with again. This year we hope to engage you in a crisis simulation that will be entertaining while provoking thought about Australia during a transitional period in its history and the history of the Asia-Pacific region in general. I hope you all take the time to read the background guide and begin researching innovative and interesting solutions for the problems at hand so that we can all see your ideas play out in committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of us or your USG, Morgan Taylor. I can’t wait to see you when you arrive at UPMUNC!
Sincerely, Jordan Dewar
On April 28th, 1996, 35 people were killed and 23 wounded at the historic Port Arthur former prison colony in southeastern Tasmania, Australia. 28-year-old Martin Bryant pleaded guilty to having carried out the shootings with a semi-automatic rifle he had legally purchased and was given 35 life sentences without the possibility of parole. Soon after the incident and the dealing in court, it was released in the media that Bryant had significant intellectual disabilities, leading to the question: why was someone with pertinent intellectual disabilities allowed to by such a dangerous weapon in the first place? These series of events led to some of the most intense changes in gun regulation laws in Australia’s history.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Morgan Taylor at email@example.com