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’Twas the Night Before HSMUN
Hello delegates, hope you are prepared and excited for the start HSMUN 2017. The executive volunteers, diplomatic aides and dias staff have put in many hours to make this the best conference yet. Although it is our job to provide you with a wonderful conference experience, there are things that you, as a delegate, can do to facilitate the success of this experience.
1. Participate!
Regardless of if you’re a returning veteran or a first time delegate, positivity and a willingness to participate gets you a long way in council. Obviously, there will be some first time jitters on Thursday night, but let me assure you that HSMUN is a much more rewarding experience if you participate in debate. All countries, no matter how small ( Woo! Go San Marino, you tiny micro nation! ), have important matters to discuss and enlightening ideas to contribute … so speak!
2. Get to know your Dias Staff.
One of the best parts of HSMUN is engaging with students and facilitating discussion. Please do not hesitate to come up to us during an unmoderated caucus and ask questions. HSMUN related or not, we’ll do our best to help!
3. Get to know the other delegates.
Another wonderful aspect of HSMUN is the breadth of schools present. It’s not every day that you have individuals form schools across Edmonton, Alberta, and Western Canada attending and participating in the same event. So mingle, send notes, use and HSMUN pick-up line (for those in the know), and try to make some new pals. Who knows, you may just meet the HSone.
4. Be respectful
There is always room for some playful quips and lively debate in council, but we urge you to always be respectful of other delegates. We do not want any discomfort or frustration in council, let’s leave that for the real UN.
With that, I wish you good luck in the conference delegates!
See you tomorrow,
Natalie
Chair

What the HECK is Happening Between the Koreas?

 

On August 4th, 2016, two South Korean border officers were injured when a North Korea military operation tested land mines close to the border. This act (intentional or not), sparked quick action from South Korea, who raised a state of emergency and began blaring anti-North Korean propaganda on speakers located on the border (a tactic that has not been used since 2005). Although South Korea’s retaliation was eerily similar to the revenge tactics that I, myself, used as a child, North Korea deemed it an act of war and augmented their military presence along the border. This rising military tension between the two Koreas quickly caught the world’s attention, as a stand-off between two notoriously volatile nations usually does: especially when one of those nations has a propensity for testing their NUCLEAR MISSILES whenever they so choose.

Due to their rocky history (the Koreas have technically been at war for 50+ years, with only truces, not peace treaties to halt combat), any slight friction between the Koreas could ignite armed conflict and throw the nations into another bout of unrest. As fire was exchanged across the border on August 20th, this was the reality that many experts and leaders were predicting. Entering into negotiations, South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded a formal apology from the northern neighbour, as well as the demilitarization of the border. Her counterpart, leader Kim Jung-Un, entered talks asking for South Korea to halt all propaganda being projected across the border over loudspeakers.

On August 25th, an agreement was reached between the two nations, which included the withdrawal of all military presence along both sides of the border, an agreement to halt further broadcasting of anti-North propaganda and an expression of “regret” from North Korea for injuring the South Korean border officers. Although this has defused tensions somewhat, this latest resolution is simply a band-aid on a wound that has been festering for the past 70 years. In order to make long lasting, impactful change regarding North-South relations, both countries


Well guys, the US election certainly caught a lot of us off guard (notably Hillary Clinton, the media, and the entire political establishment). We are now faced with the reality of a Donald Trump Presidency, which will bring with it drastic changes to the US foreign policy. For example, how will Trumps bromance with Putin and promise to restore ties between the two states affect Russo-US relations? Could we see a year where the US and Russia actually get along? Delegates for Russia and USA in particular need to closely follow the news to follow up on Trumps foreign policy, which will ultimately affect the nations of all delegates and all nations in general. Happy trails and I’ll keep you posted on anything else important that comes up in the future!

  • Gavin Hughes, FPA

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Good day ladies and gentlemen. This first blog post will be covering the basics on what you need to know in terms of your countries government type and foreign policy. In order to ensure this goes as realistically as possible (that means no instant reunification of Korea L) you will need to thoroughly review through each of your governments type, structure, constitution, and its foreign policy and attitudes or alliance towards other nations. As Foreign policy advisor I will assist and correct those who make inaccurate or unrealistic proposals based on their countries foreign policy, but ultimately it’s up to you guys to make sure this experience is as a real and fun as possible.  So hit the books and constitutions and I look forward to seeing your countries in action in the future.

  • Gavin Hughes, FPA

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Hello and welcome to the Security Council blog page. Here, we’ll be posting relevant information pertaining to all things SC: be it research paper tips, topic information or council procedures.This page will be your resource before, during and (maybe, if we do our jobs right) after the council.

 

Although the conference is months away, it is NEVER too early to start your research paper! Actually, if you started in the summer we might label you as a bit keen, but in that case, we expect a stellar paper. However, no matter if you have already finished your paper, or if you’re planning on starting the Thursday afternoon before the conference (10/10 would not recommend), there is one thing all great papers have in common: they are free of plagiarism! Plagiarism is a daunting word, it is often at the centre of spooky stories about university expulsions and failing grades. However, have no fear, plagiarism is not a creepy gremlin that clings on to your paper and refuses to release your work from its clutches. In fact, you can prevent plagiarism all together. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most common misconceptions about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

 

Plagiarism, what is it?

 

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, plagiarism is “the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person”. For example, if I had not stated that I found the definition of plagiarism on the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and simply stated those exact words as my own, that would have been plagiarism. As you can see, plagiarism is a bit of a tricky thing. It is, not only, copying and pasting the eloquent work of someone far more intelligent and well versed in writing than you *AHEM Melania Trump* , but forgetting to cite a statement or writing something that may too closely resemble the work of another.

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How to avoid plagiarism

 

There are many things you can do in order to avoid getting pegged for plagiarism. The simplest rule of thumb for avoiding plagiarism is as follows: if it didn’t come from your own brain, you must cite it. This can be done in the text itself by referencing the source of the information and by also providing a detailed bibliography in a works cited section of your paper. This ensures that all your bases are covered and you have adequately given credit to the people who gave you this information. It also shows the reader that the sources of your information are trusted and not simply a rant posted on MSN from 2003. If you have any questions about citing in research papers, take a look at  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/, it’s a wonderful resource and gives you great examples about how to cite and create bibliographies.

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Another difficult part about writing a research based paper is that, in all the research you encounter, the authors sound so intelligent. They create such perfectly phrased sentences that evoke the EXACT meaning of what you want to say, that it almost seems like a shame leaving this beautiful flower of a phrase in the environment in which you found it. It would be so nice to pluck it up and place it into the vase of your own paragraph so it can brighten the room that is your paper. However, we all know that these flowers usually contain some sort strange of pollen that you’re allergic to and it will end up giving you hives, or at least that’s what Osho said. I’ll drop the metaphor for now, but essentially, you have to resist the temptation of plucking up the glorious sentence… it will only lead you to trouble. Instead, read the sentence and turn it over in your mind a couple of times. Think about its meaning and then try to convey this meaning in your own words, without looking at the original phrase. This will allow you to avoid plagiarism and you will become a better writer because of it. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll have your own beautiful garden of phrase flowers.

 

Well, I didn’t quite give up on the metaphor, but I hope this post shed some light on plagiarism and gave you the tools you need to avoid it all together! If you have any follow up questions on this subject, or any other future posts, do not hesitate to drop us a line at hsmun.sc@gmail.com.

 

Best of luck with your papers,

 

Natalie

Security Council Chair

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