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Model European Union Team Wins 2014 National Delegation

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 9:00 AM
Ball State's Model European Union team won the best national delegation at the 22nd annual Midwest Model European Union competition on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. Eighteen Ball State University students joined students from eleven other universities and colleges for the competition. During the 10-12 April simulation of EU decision-making on current issues, students played the roles of officials from the 28 member states. BSU students had the assignment of representing Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

Six BSU students were recognized for outstanding individual performances in their role categories: Matthew Smith took first place as the German chancellor (head of government); Aric Hopper, first place as the German finance minister; John Caviness, second place as the Austrian chancellor; Caleb Hoagland, second place as the German foreign minister; Kay Ajayi, second place as the commissioner from Germany; and Quintin Thompson, third place as the German environmental minister.

The students are current (or recent) members of Dr. Gene Frankland's Political Science 385 class, "The Politics of the European Union." Nadeem Nooristani has been assisting with the course. This is the eighth time that Dr. Frankland's students have won the best delegation award at the Midwest Model European Union, which is five more times than any other university. Their participation this spring was made possible by the support of: the Department of Political Science, the Office of the Associate Provost, and Office of the Dean of Sciences and Humanities.