All members of the Montrose community seem to have some opinion on the school WiFi policy: whether a senior, sixth grader, teacher or parent, we all have something to say on the matter. With the WiFi access extending to the sophomores recently, the members of the Montrose Model United Nations (MUN) club decided to hold a General Assembly conference simulation to debate WiFi policy, as well as to practice essential MUN skills.
It was an exciting debate with lots of great insight and ideas. Interestingly and entertainingly, members represented both student grades and faculty members. As student delegates, Maddie Marcucci ‘19 and Giulia Rozzo ‘19 represented the sophomore and junior classes, respectively. Alex Condrin ‘18 acted as the essential Mrs. Snieder, director of technology. And I, Gabby Landry ‘18, took on the role of Head of School Dr. Bohlin. President Mary Glynn ‘17 and Vice President Nathalie Falcao ‘17 served as co-chairs, running and overseeing the committee. After conducting appropriate research, such as interviewing faculty members and students, members prepared to debate current policy as well as propose possible solutions to the issue.
Members truly enjoyed tackling a Montrose hot topic in the setting of a practice debate. Maddie said, “The WiFi debate was really helpful to see how a normal committee runs in a no-stress environment.” Giulia added, “Although I found it really hard not say my own opinions and truly represent another group’s opinion, I had a lot of fun!” Similarly, Mary said, “Overall it was a lot of fun to see different girls from different grades to come together about a fairly controversial problem for us all and debate about it. It was short but fun–and having never been chair before, it was nice to get out of my comfort zone and do something new!”
As members presented their positions and viewpoints, the common goal was to come up with a resolution paper that would propose practical solutions to the issue. Among the proposals were: enforcing the responsibility form more effectively, blocking more unnecessary and irrelevant websites as needed, and designating student tech help teams to keep the technology in class running effectively and efficiently.
This debate was the first of what is sure to be many. As Montrose strives to increase collaboration in all areas of school life, the Model UN club offers one practical opportunity for students to listen to and voice opinions — and also bring about pragmatic change.