Yale University hosted its annual Specialized & Crisis Simulation at Yale (SCSY) in its 42nd iteration over the weekend of October 24-27, 2019. This year’s conference was led by Secretary-General Lauren Gatta and was held on Yale’s campus.
Secretary-General Lauren Gatta provided this quote about SCSY XLII and the weekend, “SCSY XLII was the most challenging undertaking of my college career so far, yet I loved the experience of providing exciting committees to delegates coming from all over the country and the world. The whole team worked to build upon the successes of last year, and improve what we felt needed the most attention. I’m extremely proud of our initiatives in rebranding the conference, providing professional materials, and ensuring that delegates had a fun time both inside and outside of committee. Working with limited resources and unfortunate circumstances (30 delegate drops in the week before the conference), we were nonetheless able to put on a small but powerful conference. I’m confident that future years will continue to reinforce the legacy of SCSY.”
MUN01 was provided the following delegation list by SCSY:
- Anderson University
- Baruch College
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Florida International University
- Hamilton College
- Kutztown University
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- McGill University
- Princeton University
- Seton Hall University
- Tufts University
- United States Military Academy
- University of Connecticut
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Virginia
- West Point
- College of William & Mary
SCSY XLII offered a wide array of committee topics, all within the crisis realm, including one Security Council committee. The 17 committees were: Ad Hoc, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Board of Theranos, The Council for the Unification of the Subcontinent (CUS) 2050, CCCC: Climate Change Crisis Committee, Colonization of Mars, Fyre Festival, Hunger Games, Kashmiri Conflict, JCC: Anglo-Zulu War (British v. Zulu), NAFTA Renegotiations, Non-Aligned Movement, JCC: Peloponnesian War (Delian League v. Sparta), UN Security Council, and Taiwan Strait 2020. This year’s ad hoc topic was a meeting of El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel in 2001.
In regards to background guide quality, the guides had a satisfactory amount of information. The guides also offered a good amount of links to further investigate the topic. The formatting could have been improved upon.
As it should always be said, the committee comments section should serve as a balanced critique of the conference. MUN01 recognizes the hardwork and dedication that all Secretariat members put into the weekend. However, MUN01 also believes that delegates should be able to receive honest opinions and conferences gain feedback to grow and improve every year!
Delegates praised the location of committee on the beautiful campus of Yale. There were lots of easily accessible food and coffee locations during breaks which helped delegates refuel throughout the day. The schedules on Friday and Saturday were also appreciated, with no start times for any days before 12pm. Delegates also appreciated the wide array of topics to choose from for the weekend. Overall, delegations seemed satisfied with weekend and said they were looking forward to returning next year!
Most rooms did not have more than a Crisis Director and maybe one staffer and some seemed to have no separate back room at all. Overall, some committees were extremely small (5 delegates) with the average being 8-12 delegates. A recommendation was made during feedback to condense the amount of committees offered to expand on crisis staffing size and ensure committee sizes around 10-15 delegates. However, MUN01 also acknowledges the difficulty of ensuring all of your rooms are the perfect size with late delegation drops!
This year, SCSY provided one social for the weekend on Friday night at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. A separate area with a bar, TVs, and a dance floor with music was rented out for delegates to mingle and enjoy themselves. As the night went on, delegates got more into dancing and having fun. However, some were disappointed at the lack of BBQ at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.
The end of a long weekend came during Sunday’s closing ceremonies. After Secretary-General Gatta’s quick speech, individual awards and delegation awards were handed out.
Delegation Awards were given out as follows:
Best Large Delegation – University of Pennsylvania
Outstanding Large Delegation- West Point
Best Small Delegation- McGill University
Outstanding Small Delegation- Princeton University
To learn more about SCSY XLII click here to see their conference website. Thank you to the teams and delegates who participated in building this article with their comments and critiques. A thank you as well to SCSY for providing conference information. The article has been updated to reflect this new information. Congrats to all who competed in or staffed the conference!