I’d like to take this opportunity to wish luck to all those participating at the MUN at St. Thomas’ in the upcoming days. St. Thomas’ MUNs are highly competitive, so you are advised to stay on your toes, be aggressive, try to control debate by passing paperwork yourself, and most importantly, keep your placard up at all times. That increases the chance your stand will be appreciated, especially in large committees. Try not to hammer on the same points and make sure you provide actual solutions rather than talking about the problem during Moderated Caucuses. Have fun…I’m sure you will come to understand why St. Thomas’ MUNs are the gold standard to emulate, and I hope we will be able to recreate their success in coming years. Delegates, you have the floor.
MUNners, with school back in session, there are a few things of importance which you should take note of. Firstly, most of you have not actually signed up to be Contributors. Members of the MUN team are expected to do this by clicking on ‘Follow Blog’ on the right hand side of the main page, following which you will receive an invitation to contribute on the blog. Some of you have already done this, but the majority have either not made an appearance on the blog yet or have not accepted the invitation I have sent out.
Now, you might be wondering why it’s important to be a Contributor, seeing as this blog looks very empty at the moment and has not been updated since my last post. Simply put, being a Contributor gives you the power to make posts on the main page (like the one you are now reading), enabling you to keep this blog looking fresh with new content. Your posts will basically enable everyone to know how you feel this blog and this team can be improved. Suggestions for future MUNs, or tips in general should also be put forward through your posts. If you have become a Contributor, then you can post on the main page by clicking on ‘New Post’ in the overhead black bar. Note that non-members of the MUN team cannot become Contributors, but they can still follow the blog in the same manner as specified above. We would invite non-members of the MUN team to put forward their thoughts as well by asking some other member of the MUN team to post about it, with due acknowledgement to the person who makes such a suggestion.
That being settled, I would also like to comment on the use of the Socialize page, which is not being used in an organised manner at the moment. It is probably not very clear to you how it is supposed to be used, so I will elaborate. Say you want to talk about something in general. If you see that there is no appropriate sub-page under ‘Socialize’ pertaining to general/miscellaneous topics (as of now, no such sub-page exists because nobody has asked for it), then you may request an Editor or Administrator to make a ‘General’ page under the Socialize page, where anybody wanting to talk in general about something will be able to write comments there. (Was that last statement too ‘general’?) In a similar manner, if you wanted to talk about sports, request for a ‘Sports’ page under Socialize. However, if you notice that such a sub-page already exists, don’t request for another page, just comment in the relevant place. This might sound cumbersome to you, but it will make it easier for everyone to understand what is being discussed if the topics are segregated in this manner, rather than everything being under one page, which will become confusing when there are a lot of random comments flying about. Note that in no way is commenting a substitute for posting. If you have a great idea, don’t comment — post!
Apologies for the long monologue again. I would like to put up something interesting for you guys to talk about for the time being. Here’s the topic: What do you think the topic for the next MUN should be? To answer this question, sound off in the comments below by clicking ‘Leave a Reply’ at the bottom of this post, or clicking on the speech bubble at the top of this post. After we get a lot of topics, I will set up a poll for everybody to vote on the best ideas. Who knows, your topic could be seriously considered for upcoming MUNs at Dolna (bragging rights attached)!
Till next time, Decorum Delegates!
-Dilapidated Sec Gen
EDIT: I should have mentioned that once a delegate writes up a post, it is sent to an Administrator or Editor for review, who approves and subsequently publishes it. Read Soumik Sarkar’s post for reference.
Welcome. If you are compatible with history, you have come to the wrong place.
But I digress. For the past few months, I’m sure all of you have been doing one of the following:
1. Observing with interest the progress of Dolna Day School’s Model United Nations (MUN) team, or
2. Feel that this entire undertaking was just an enormous waste of energy, or
3. Have no idea what on earth MUNning is, although you heard some ‘MUN team’ was started at Dolna, or
4. MUN? Monkeys’ Union of Nigeria? Are you delusional? (Where have you been?)
Well, I’m here to dispel all this confusion. This is the one stop site for you to get the latest information on what’s going on in Dolna Day School’s Model United Nations (MUN) Team, hosted on WordPress.com. Whether you’re a MUNner or just a spectator, this is the place to interact and share anything about the team.
If you’re new to the site, you can start by checking out the various pages avaiable in the overhead bar. People new to MUNning or MUNners requiring a copy of papers distributed can refer to the Resources page.
Wait! Don’t close your browser yet. Take five minutes to register yourself as a follower of this blog – just enter your email id under ‘Follow Us’ on the right and hit ‘Become a Follower’ (Alternatively, you can click Register in the Options section, but make sure you select ‘sign up for just a username’ (in small blue letters) on the subsequent page in either case- you will find this on the right hand side). Then follow the instuctions on screen. Becoming a follower allows you to make comments on this blog, as long as you are a student or ex-student of Dolna Day School. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your identity sometime later (please have patience!), after which you will be able to make comments on any post or page (Pages are like permanent posts, seen in the overhead bar). Please don’t make comments until you’ve replied to this email, but do not reply to the automated email from WordPress.com, but to the email from me. This link is a useful resource to get acquainted with some terms: http://www.likoma.com/a-simple-wordpress-glossary/
Now that you’ve done that, head over to the Rules page and give it a thorough reading. If you are a member of the MUN team, you will be promoted to a Contributor, allowing you to make posts like the one you’re now reading. Contributors can do this by clicking ‘New Post’ in the upper right or by going through the options available by clicking on the WordPress ‘W’ in the upper right. Followers can only comment, but can still get their ideas across to a larger audience by asking an Administrator or Editor to make a post in their stead.
Apologies for the long wall of text, or in blogging lingo: tl;dr(look it up)! If you scrolled to the end of it, please start reading from the beginning. That’s like a teacher skimming through your answer script and giving you half the marks you deserved because she just ‘wasn’t interested’. Thanks.
I would hope that this undertaking becomes a grand success. As former Secretary General and founder of this blog, I declare munwithdds.wordpress.com to be officially open!
-Abhishek Biswas a.k.a The Dilapidated Sec Gen