Denison's Model European Union Group Participates in Event at Indiana University
Posted: April 25, 2005
Denison University's Model European Union group participated in The Midwest Model European Union (EU-Midwest) at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University from Thursday (April 14) through Saturday (April 16). This is one of only four events of its kind in the United States.
The EU-Midwest was founded in 1993 and is designed to help college and university students learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. This year, 16 school delegations represented 26 countries in the simulation. The Denison delegates represented Latvia and spent three days playing the roles of prime ministers and presidents, ambassadors and commissioners, ministers and diplomats. Two of the days are spent haggling over policy, resolving disputes, building compromises and charting the course of European identity.
The core of EU-Midwest is a simulation of the bi-annual meeting of the European Council, which involves the heads of government and foreign ministers of the EU member states. To give the participants a better idea of how the different EU institutions work and interrelate, meetings of several other group were simulated that do not normally meet at the same time as the European Council, such as the College of Commissioners, the directorates-general of the Commission, the General Affairs Council, Economics and Finance ministers, the Agriculture Council and the Environment Council. At EU-Midwest, the actual format and proceedings of these institutions is replicated as closely as possible.
The Denison participants included first year students John King (Darien, Conn.), Neha Singhania (Mumbai, India), Laura Hughes (Maryville, Texas) and Jaimie Ernst (Dallas, Texas), sophomore Shikha Shah (Mumbai. India), junior Bojan Catipovic (Vienna, Austria) and senior Adam Morris (Orlando, Fla.). Their faculty adviser was Sue Davis, assistant professor in the political science department. Teams came from Drake University, University of Missouri, Butler, the Indiana University campuses at Bloomington, Southeast, South Bend, and Purdue University Indianapolis, Drury, Ball State, University of Arkansas, University of Indianapolis, Rose-Hulman and DePaul.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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