Music for nations

 In order to support MUN, a benefit concert will be held to raise money

By Alyssa Tremblay

A benefit concert will be held in support of Dawson’s Model United Nations (MUN) on Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the college’s Multi-purpose Room.

All proceeds from the event will go toward lowering the cost of registration fees and travel expenses for students looking to participate in two upcoming Model United Nations conferences, the first hosted by McGill in January, and second in New York City in April.  “We’re hoping to send 38 students to McGill and 28 to New York,” Elli Stylianou, a second year student and MUN’s vice-president of projects, said.  

The concert, which will feature an eclectic mix of performers including Scottish folk group Arisaig and senior opera diva, Marie Beauregard, is also open to the public. “I thought it was important to get people outside of the college aware,” Susan-Judith Hoffmann, the teacher who chose to organize the event in order to lend a hand in raising funds for MUN, said.

As student president of MUN, Christine Waldvogel appreciates the help. “Having a Model U.N. is an exciting new venture for us,” Waldvogel said. “But there’s a lot of work to be done, so it’s really great to have the school supporting us.”

Open to students of all programs, the MUN is a para-academic group led by Dawson students and Ted Irwin, profile coordinator of the Law, Society and Justice Program.  The organization allows students from different programs to explore world issues.  This knowledge is then put to the test at Model United Nations conferences held around the world, in which the students must act as delegates and represent an assigned country in simulations of real U.N. assemblies.  

“I think it’s important that Dawson has a Model U.N.,” Irwin remarked.  “When you see how much [the students] get out of it, it’s really worth the while.  It’s selfish to say this, but I really get a lot of fun out of it too!”

Concert tickets are $15 each and can by bought from Ted Irwin in his office (5D.21) or from MUN members around the college.

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