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EuroSim brings European politics to Brockport

by Kiara Alfonseca - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 11:00 pm
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MODELING DEMOCRACY EuroSim, an international simulated model of the European Union is coming to Brockport and is bringing all the excitement, politicals and international connection of the actual EU.
Photo courtesy of brockport.edu MODELING DEMOCRACY EuroSim, an international simulated model of the European Union is coming to Brockport and is bringing all the excitement, politicals and international connection of the actual EU.

 Four days, over 200 students and more than 20 countries represented; The College at Brockport's EuroSim organization will be hosting this year's mock European Union conference just in time for the group's 30th anniversary. Visitors and guests are welcome to watch the conference with open sessions held Friday, March 31, at 2 p.m., in the Seymour College Union Ballroom, and Saturday, April 1, in the McCue Auditorium, at 2 p.m. Students from all over the world will come together to debate, organize and challenge the proposal focused on this year's topic: energy. Brockport is one of few public universities to participate.

Although the complexities of EuroSim and the ongoings of the European Union seem to be infinite, to put it simply, students practice their assigned role with their faculty advisors in their respective universities, learn their topics like the back of their hand and travel to the host university to engage in the simulation. The conference host switches between the United States and Europe annually.

Arielle Ingrassia and Jamie Russell are both on the commission this year, which is completely composed of Brockport students; the commission is the group in charge of the proposal the entire conference will be centered upon. Students are assigned their positions and set off to research their titles, stances and arguments for the simulation. Although intimidating, Ingrassia, who's in her second year with EuroSim, says the experience is rewarding, culturally and politically.

She will take on the role of President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. 

"[My first conference] was a little intimidating because I am just a finance student from Brockport, but everyone was really friendly and it was all about trying to network and build interactions and break down cultural barriers," Ingrassia said. "It's a lot of fun and it goes by really fast. You make a lot of friends by the end of it."

These international college students take on topics including the migrant crisis, food safety, cyber security and more. Last year, at the conference in Belgium, the migrant crisis was a real and current event that made the conversations within the EuroSim conference walls that much more impactful. Same goes for this year's debate on current and impending energy policy.

Russell, in her first year with EuroSim, is nervous, but is actively preparing to take on her role in the commission. Discussing real world policy and taking on positions of power within the European Union creates an informed group of students, taking away universal skills from the four day-dialogue.

Russell will take on the role of Miguel Arias Cañete, as Climate Action and Energy Commissioner.

"I'm hoping we'll be pretty prepared," Russell said. "I'm hoping I'll be prepared to answer a lot of questions and get our legislation passed ... it's a really great way to get hands-on knowledge on how this political system works. You can study in class all you want."

A big takeaway from the event? New skills for each participant, regardless of their major or interests.

"Americans don't always know what EuroSim is," Ingrassia said. "If [students] don't know what it is, or just have any curiosity, come to one of our open sessions so they can hear it for themselves." 

Hosting a EuroSim conference is no small task, but with the dedicated students of the organization, they are hoping to show their international counterparts a new part of the U.S. and New York during their stay and host a great conference.

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