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Meet your JCC I Director, Brendan Hogan!

Brendan is a junior at UConn working towards a dual degree in political science and psychology (B.A.) and a separate degree in philosophy. Last year he served as the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and has also spent four years participating in Model UN on his high school’s team. Besides participating in UCMUN, he loves to interview people for Humans of UConn and enjoys spending his spring break with HASB, an alternative UConn spring break group, working alongside Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he loves to spend time traveling both across the nation and internationally, hiking, and relaxing in his hammock. Feel free to reach out to him at brendan.hogan@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your JCC I Topic Specialist, Noah Frank!

Noah is a sophomore and a current political science and economics double major with an interest in history and geography. This is his second year as a part of UCMUN, previously working closely with JCC as a member of the Crisis staff. Outside of UCMUN, Noah is a senator for Northwest in the Undergraduate Student Government and Vice Chair of State Affairs in the External Affairs Committee. He is proud to be a member of the UConn “Conn-Men,” an all-male a cappella group on campus. Noah also loves singing, playing guitar, research, spending time with his family and friends, and geeking out about history. He is incredibly excited to be a part of the UCMUN XXI, and especially to meet all delegates at the conference. Feel free to email him anytime at noah.frank@uconn.edu.

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Meet your JCC II Director, Christopher Choi!

Christopher Choi is the co-Director for the Joint Crisis Committee for UCMUN 2019. He is a UConn senior pursuing a dual degree in materials science and engineering (MSE) and history. He has been a staffer at UCMUN for his four years of undergrad (serving as Assistant Director and Topic Specialist for the Historical Crisis Committee during UCMUN 2016 and 2017, respectively, and Director for the JCC in UCMUN 2018) and attended the UCMUN conference as a delegate thrice during his time as a high schooler. His enthusiasm for historical topics has predisposed him for work in the JCC, and he is looking forward to UCMUN 2019.

 

Meet your JCC II Topic Specialist, Addison Poffenberger!

Addison is a sophomore currently majoring in economics and minoring in history and German. This is his second year on the UCMUN staff, and he was an administrative assistant for JCC at last year’s conference. Outside of UCMUN, Addison was the leader of a group of students that started their own business, enjoys spending time volunteering as a youth soccer coach, and started his high school’s Model UN club. Addison also loves to talk about history, soccer, and politics in his free time, and he is thrilled to be a part of JCC, hoping to make it a truly remarkable conference for the delegates. Feel free to email him with any questions you may have at addison.poffenberger@uconn.edu.

 

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Topic: Antarctica and Conservation

It is the year 2035, and the world faces unprecedented environmental challenges. The government of the Netherlands has just ordered a total evacuation of Amsterdam due to rising sea levels and habitual flooding threatening the population. This trend has become a worldwide epidemic from the islands of the Pacific to the coast of East Africa, directly attributed to melting Antarctic ice shelves. The melting of Antarctica presents several other issues, such as the thawing of ancient microbes and carbon dioxide pockets in the ice sheets. Moreover, with Antarctica’s land becoming uncovered, there has been a sudden rush by nation members to stake their own claims on the exposed areas. The two committees represented in JCC 1 and JCC 2 have wildly different goals coming into this conference. The first, comprised of a body of powerful nations, is primarily concerned with laying claim to the greatest possible portion of the Antarctic landmass beneath the ice. The second committee is comprised of a medley of environmentalists, private interests, and UN-appointed officials with the goals of preventing further environmental degradation. There have been many attempts on behalf of the international community to solve the issue of Antarctic sovereignty. The “Antarctic Treaty System” put in place by the 1961 Antarctic Treaty states that no nation is entitled to claim the land or resources of Antarctica. Despite this, problems persist as many, including signatory nations of the treaty, have designs on the future of the continent.