Come out to Theta Tau’s first annual Bike-A-Thon. It’ll be a day full of fun and riding. The purpose of the Bike-A-Thon is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to raise money for Relay for Life, an event put on by the American Cancer Society. The participation fee is $5 and all proceeds go towards the cause! So come out, get fit and join the fight to cure cancer!
Q. & A. with Mekbeb Hagos, Research Director at UC Riverside’s MUN Team
Why did you get involved in Model United Nations?
When I first started I just wanted to improve my public speaking because I was really weak in that area. But eventually I got really interested in international affairs and with working with other people. So after a while I kind of got addicted to it and thought, “while i’m here I might as well take a leadership opportunity.”
Can you tell us a little bit about the conference?
Pretty much what you do is represent a country as a diplomat on their behalf. You’re working to compromise with other countries and find solutions and be diplomatic. It teaches you how to work with other people and speak, like I said, and think on your feet. It’s long, yesterday we were here for about 13-14 hours, but it helps build your mental stamina.
Can you tell us about the New York conference coming up?
Yea, it’s coming up in two weeks, right after our finals. We’re pretty much wrapping up our preparation, we’re going to have one more meeting this upcoming Wednesday. The conference is going to be held between March 24th through to March 28th, the Sunday through Thursday of Spring Break. We’re going to be there for the most of Spring Break, so we’ll be able to enjoy the city and everything like that. It’s a competitive conference, you have schools from all around the world that show up. You have long days like the one we had yesterday, you have short days like the one we had today, so it teaches you to work around an “up and down” work schedule. You don’t sleep much while you’re there but it’s still a lot of fun.
How do you feel about UCR’s chances going into New York?
We feel pretty confident. I mean we’ve been doing research this whole quarter, so it’s been what…two and a half months now. Even last quarter we were having a lot of practice meetings so a lot of our newer people know how it works. I don’t really consider anyone new anymore, everyone’s pretty much a veteran because they’ve had so much practice. So we feel pretty confident.
The third annual Sum of All Equals Conference was held in the Highlander Union Building on February 9th 2013. Focusing on community building, Ʃ = Δ hosted student workshops ranging from those “Freakin’ Hipsters” to Islam Phobia. Student participants apart from receiving a swag bag also took advantage of the major networking opportunities begetting positive changes for the campus. Do not fret, for Spoiled Minds got your back and will fill you in with the deets.
Spearheaded by Jared Mitchell and William Ibekwe the conference hosted the following workshops: Mithil: Queer Invisibility in The Greater Middle East, Freakin’ Hipster: Exploring the Sub-Culture Everybody Loves to Hate, The Best part of a Disability is the Parking, A “Trap” Influence, Critical Thinking in College, Welcome to the after “Life”, Twisted Fitness, Let’s Get it on, Intersectionality & Social Identity, Mariachi, Media Representation of the LGBT Community, Open Mic with POOR, Towards Sociopolitical Consciousness in Entertainment, Critical Fitness, Pioneering Changes Through ASUCR, The Color of Climate, Frolic with Improve Anonymous. All topped with two guest speakers Scott Silverman, and Captain James Yee.
Summing every workshop is impossible, and we apologize in advance the best we can do is give you the gist of a few. [Read more...]