Club continues decades-long tradition

SJMUN maintained its reputation as long-running, hard-working, fun-loving club while in Chicago.

Written By: Tom Moschella ‘18
The Saint John’s Model United Nations Club attended the University of Chicago’s twenty-ninth annual conference from February 1st through the 5th. Saint John’s is one of four schools to have attended the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC) since its very beginning. The club has built a great relationship with the University of Chicago and has been recognized for its proficiency in MUN. As a result, Saint John’s was awarded the role of representing the Republic of France along with other specialized positions in various committees.

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Model UN in Chicago

36 students led by moderators Mr. Chuck Abdella ’92, Mr. John Berger, and Mr. Kevin Browne as well as Head Delegates Ben Burns, Drew Griffin, and Sam Malone (all class of ’17) headed out very early Wednesday morning, February 1, thanks to airport transportation from Foxy Travel and the Menard family whose two sons graduated from SJ.  The SJMUN delegates participated in 22 different committees covering pressing topics in today’s world, as well as in an historical context.  Some of the committees included: the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the Cabinet of Russia (2004), International Criminal Police Organization, World Cities Summit, and many more.

The club is proud to announce that 11 of our delegates received awards at the conference. The award winners are: Stephen Johnson ‘19, John Whalen ‘17, Dan Ramirez ‘19, Caleb Rocha ‘19, Cam Sheehy ‘18, John Button ‘18, Ben Burns ‘17, Chris DeWolfe ‘17, John Hayeck ‘17, Sam Malone ‘17, and Drew Griffin ‘17. Although the goal of Model UN is not to “win” but rather compromise, SJMUN is very proud of all its members in a successful conference.

The trip to Chicago for Model UN is not all business. While in Chicago, SJMUN has many traditions. Thursday morning the club visited the Billy Goat Tavern, famous for its “Cheezborger, Cheezborger” skit in an episode of Saturday Night Live.  The owner’s son-in-law is SJ alumnus Mark Constantinou ‘01. While in the Windy City, the three moderators met up with SJ alums Russell Johnson '05 and Sean Langan '10 as well.

Another part of the club’s tradition is the annual football game at Millennium Park. The game ended in a 14 to 14 tie between team Abdella and team Browne, with Mr. Berger as the referee. After the football game, we celebrated the end of our National Conference season with a Team dinner of Chicago deep-dish pizza at Pizzeria Ora, owned by Mr. Walid Bitar, who is considered family to SJMUN.  

Most importantly, SJMUN returned to Shrewsbury three hours before the kick-off to Super Bowl LI—ending our successful trip with the joy of a Patriots victory!
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