Over winter break, a great expedition took place. Six brave JCC students battled the polar vortex, flew across the ocean, and arrived alive and intact in Brussels, Belgium for the 27th annual SUNY Model European Union. This simulation puts students from around the globe into the shoes of the European Union delegates. Students discuss and debate agenda items such as Iranian relations, youth unemployment, and data protection. All of the agendas and meetings are prepared and officiated by students. Within the first 24 hours of our trip we defeated the largest polar ice storm of the past century, survived a bus driver from hell, and somehow managed to arrive at our hotel despite a complete inability to understand or communicate with our cab driver. Here are just a few quick highlights from our trip:
“Manneken Pis,” the famous statue in City Center. Sound it out…
Our side trip to Bruges!
The Grand Place in City Center, Brussels. Our delegation enjoyed some fresh mussels (the famous local cuisine) and fine French beverages in a restaurant nearby (Le Petite Bruxelles).
A picture of the JCC delegation. From left to right: James Snider, Eddie Santiago, Kate Seiflein, Dr. Greg Rabb, Kelsey Tsitso, Rey Muniz III, and Jeany Melendez.
Negotiations heat up at the simulation as delegates grow impassioned.
Some delegates got a little tired.
Rey (The Swedish Prime Minister) gives an impromptu speech on Corporate Income Tax.
The Swedish and Polish Delegations at the closing ceremony of SUNYMEU ’14. From left to right: Jeany Melendez, Eddie Santiago, Kathleen Dowley (program coordinator) Rey Muniz III, Kelsey Tsitso, Dr. Greg Rabb, Kate Seiflein, and James Snider (aka, Mr. Universe).