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GALLERY: Students model a world for the future

Throughout November, one Central Michigan Life photographer, Layla Blahnik-Thoune documented Central Michigan University Model United Nations students on their path to the American Model United Nations Conference (AMUN) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk Hotel in Chicago.

About one thousand college students, including nine CMU students, attended the three-day conference that began on Nov. 20. Representing Palestine, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, they tackled issues such as sustainability, anti-racism, discrimination, xenophobia and the poverty-environment nexus. 

Earlier that month, on Nov. 12, the MUN class held the annual ChipMUN conference for high school students from Forest Hills Central High School, Mount Pleasant High School and Lowell High School. The registration proceeds are used to support the Fall and Spring conferences the MUN class attends each year.

Palestine delegates of the UN Environmental Assembly, Hope-Marie Delgado and Josh Moody won Best Representation of a Delegation. Along with Wyatt Heppner, they also won their case in the International Court of Justice. 

The MUN class, PSC 354, plans to attend a conference in New York in the Spring, and encourages anyone interested to sign up as they are currently low on students. Registration closes at 4 p.m. Dec. 17. Prerequisites are waived. Email Kay Purtill at or Jennifer Clemens at for more information about the class next semester.