It is my privilege to welcome you to what will be one of the most accurate, intense, and rewarding committees UPMUNC has to offer. Your chair and I are great friends and compete on Penn’s intercollegiate MUN team together! So it’s safe to say that committee chemistry will be perfect. In a few moments, you will plunged into the Ivan The Terrible committee; however, first let me be like Djon Taylor and “Introduce myself”. Though I love rap (yes, this will win you points in committee), I am not the gangster that you probably take me for. Though I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA I was born and raised on a small farm near Darnestown, MD and attended a Jesuit Prep School in Bethesda, MD (shout out to the DMV). I am a current junior at the University of Pennsylvania enrolled in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business pursuing degrees in Economics and International Studies with minors in Biological Basis of Behavior and Spanish. Aside from chairing, I am into biomedical and healthcare policy research at Penn and I think that is largely because I am committed to positive change and think that medicine is a phenomenal way to make a difference. Additionally, I compete on the intercollegiate circuit for MUN where I am known for my loud outfits and degeneracy. When I am not causing problems or solving them, I love to lift weights, visit cafés, and explore the world around me (HMU if you want me to share any spots I’ve been to or have any to share). As for my passions, all of you already know that anyone doing UN is passionate about International Relations but I’m sure a little insight into my background wouldn’t hurt anything but our attention spans. I centered my whole high school around IR and studied abroad in Argentina, Europe and throughout Southeast Asia! It was abroad that I fell in love with the diversity and international politics. One thing that always has fascinated me during my time abroad has been finding modern infrastructure in poorer areas. After coming back from abroad, I taught classes over the summer on the role of the UN in international development while simultaneously introducing the class to fake news and rap. It is my sincere intention to incorporate my knowledge from these experiences into this committee. Now what does that mean? It means that if you have done your research and bring new perspective to committee, you will enjoy the overall quality of committee. Though Crisis committees are often overlooked as a learning experience, they are a goldmine for applying modern IR knowledge to major historical events. Most importantly delegates, you struck gold with this committee and I promise you that we will make this committee as intense and entertaining as possible. For those of you still reading, thanks for sticking through my rigmarole; now it’s time to do your research—you will be the ones deciding how to prioritize and resolve different international and domestic threats to historic Moscow and you will determine what policies the Tsar takes up and you will decide what the world makes of this crazy time period, and I have total faith that you will all do amazing! Over the next few months, your crisis team and I will be preparing extremely hard for what should be an insane committee. Feel free to reach out to me or your USG, Beau Staso, for questions, but otherwise, I hope you all get excited for Committee!
Sincerely, Zachary Sweeney
Welcome to the Ivan the Terrible Crisis Committee at UPMUNC 52! My name is Elizabeth Peartree, and I am excited to serve as your Crisis Director for this incredible weekend. I will be working with Alexandre Imbot, your Chair, and Amanda Paolino, the Deputy Crisis Director, alongside the UPMUNC secretariat and stuff to provide you with a stimulating, exciting, and devious committee experience. To introduce myself, I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in International Relations and French and minoring in English literature. I grew up in McLean, Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C., but my family lives in London now. I discovered my love for Model United Nations during my sophomore of high school, and over the years, I’ve had an incredibly rewarding experience both competing in and planning conferences. I am currently a team member of Intercol, Penn’s competing Model United Nations team. I have also served as an Under Secretary General of General Assemblies for ILMUNC, and the year before that, I worked as an Assistant Secretary General for ECOSOC committees. I have chaired the Macbeth crisis committee at UPMUNC, the Medici crisis committee at ILMUNC, and the DISEC General Assembly at ILMUNC China. I am really excited to crisis direct for the first time, and am very excited to see what kinds of crises you will bring into committee throughout the weekend. Outside of the International Affairs Association, I am the Managing Editor of the Penn Sustainability Review magazine, I play the trombone in the Penn Wind Ensemble, and I am a Student Fellow at the Perry World House, a global policy research center on Penn’s campus. I also conduct research on military technology. I also love to read, run (sometimes), hang out with my friends, and to explore the Philly restaurant scene. I am fascinated by Russian history and am really excited about the opportunity to learn more about Ivan Vasilyevich’s infamous reign. While I have some crises in mind, I am looking forward to incorporating delegate-driven crises into this committee. We can’t wait to see how your ideas play out! If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to us.
Sincerely, Elizabeth Peartree
The Livonian War launched by Ivan the Terrible in 1558 marked a point of economic and political turmoil. Ivan aimed to gain access to the Baltic Sea but was facing opposition from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. Additionally, treason of the Russian boyars was brought into question, leading Ivan to execute a number of nobles at random. In this committee, you will act as members of the zemsky sobor, a national assembly of Russian boyars and clergy, meeting in 1566. You will be tasked with carrying out the administration of the empire and addressing the concerns of not only the Livonian War, but also internal reforms and Ivan’s mental issues.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Beau Staso at firstname.lastname@example.org