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MSU students attend Model United Nations of the Far West conference

April 16, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN –A Montana State University student addressed the opening session of the 64th annual Model United Nations of the Far West conference held in San Francisco last week as a representatives of Qatar.

Luke Howard, a senior majoring in political science from Fort Collins, Colo., addressed the full session Thursday evening. Howard was one of 13 MSU students serving as model delegates for Qatar and Zimbabwe, two of the 79 real-world countries that comprise the United Nations of the Far West.

According to Eric Raile, MSU assistant research professor of political science and team adviser, the Qatar delegation was selected to make the opening remarks because of the quality of its preparation. Howard, the permanent representative for Qatar, delivered the opening remarks as the member with the most experience, Raile added.

Only four of the 79 countries were invited to speak at the opening session, Raile said.

Students from 32 colleges and universities attended the conference. According to its website, Model United Nations is a simulation program for college students in which they model sessions of the U.N.

“Participating in conferences like this teaches us a lot of skills:  how to negotiate policies and come to an agreement,” Howard said. “It is a good learning experience.”

Raile attended the conference along with team coach and adviser David Swedman, a former MSU Model Arab League competitor now living in Bozeman.

Contact: Eric Raile (406) 994-5239,