YMUN XLV has officially come to a close! This last day was much shorter and more relaxed than the rest of our days here. We started with breakfast at 8 am and then headed out to committee at 9. We slipped and splashed our way through the slush in the aftermath of last night’s snowfall and this morning’s freezing rain storm, but we all made it safely! Committees began at 9:30 a.m. and finished between 11 and noon. Those that finished early had their chairs answer questions about life at Yale.
At 12:45, closing ceremonies began in the ballroom of the Omni Hotel. Three of our delegates were recognized within their committees by their chairs for their outstanding work:
After closing ceremonies, we all had lunch at Shake Shack, stocked up on some snacks for this afternoon and tomorrow, and made a quick stop at the campus store before heading back to the hotel. We are now doing homework, working out, or taking a nap - relaxing in general until we take off tomorrow! We’re hoping to see the lunar eclipse tonight, but we will see as the weather will drop to the teens!
Today was a full committee day from 9:30 am to 6 p.m. with only two breaks: one for lunch and a short 15-minute afternoon break. Your delegates have been hard at work in their committees making speeches, writing resolutions with delegates from other schools, presenting these resolutions with their co-sponsors, answering questions about the resolutions they made, and fluctuating between unmoderated and moderated caucuses as they solve the issues presented to them by their committees.
Our first six delegates below all represent Ecuador in their respective committees.
Our remaining three delegates each serve unique roles in time and space:
After committees let out at 6 p.m., we all met up at Box 62 for a group dinner, and now we are at the delegate dance! We will head home when it ends at 9 p.m.--and definitely engage in a snow fight once the storm has rolled in. Only one more day!
Check out today's photos in our google photo drive!
We awoke today to snow blanketing New Haven after a late-night fall. The glee at getting to see and play in the snow did not abate throughout the day, and it was actually a much warmer day than the past two have been.
Today was jam-packed:
There are some select photos from the tour below, but we have so many from committees and the day that they are now on our Google Drive, which will be updated daily as well!
Also, in case you are interested, Yale live streams the committees on a rotating schedule: http://www.ymun.yira.org/committee-livestreaming/
Day 1 began yesterday at 4:30 am when we all met at San Diego’s Terminal 1 to catch our Southwest flight to Baltimore and then on to Hartford. From there we caught a shuttle to our hotel in New Haven, where we promptly checked in and then checked out our winter gear with a brisk walk to the legendary Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria.
This morning we were able to sleep in, get some work done, and further prep for the conference. Our day began when we all met in the lobby at 10:30 am and walked to the Atticus Bookstore Café where we met two LJCDS alum, Brandon Camp and Randall Kras, both of whom graduated in 2016. Our delegates were able to ask them questions about their studies, their lives here at Yale, and college life in general. Next, we went to the Yale University Art Gallery before heading to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which featured an authentic, pristine copy of the Guttenberg Bible.
After a break at the hotel to get ready, we met up again at 4:15 to walk over to the Omni Hotel where delegates grabbed an early dinner, attended delegate training, and joined 1600 other students at the Opening Ceremonies at Woolsey Hall for YMUN, the largest MUN Conference on an Ivy League campus. The opening speaker, a former ambassador and assistant to Secretary of State Rice, spoke of his experiences from India, the Philippines and Zimbabwe. Delegates then headed to their first committee session until at 11 pm, and we advisors headed to an advisor meeting!
Tomorrow is a day full of “Yale Day” activities, including a lecture, another lunch with alumni, a tour of Yale’s campus, and a “Yale Showcase” featuring many of Yale’s performing arts groups. Delegates will be back in community sessions starting tomorrow at 4:30 pm.