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Pomona College Delegation Wins Model Arab League Western Regional Competition

The Pomona College Model Arab League (MAL) team, representing the country of Bahrain, sent a delegation to the Western regional competition held April 13-15 at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. and won the Overall Outstanding Delegation award. This is the highest honor at the conference and the second year in a row that the team won this award. Additionally, Pomona College was named as the site for the 2008 conference.

Similar to the Model U.N., the Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation, which gives students the opportunity to engage in research, public speaking, and debate. The objective is to learn as much as possible about the region, and the assigned country, in order to later represent that country in one of five councils in a mock meeting of the League of Arab Nations. These five councils include: the Councils on Joint Defense, Political Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Environmental Affairs, and Arab Social Affairs.

Each of the 12 student delegates received an award—Pomona’s team was the only delegation to be distinguished in this way. The team included two Pitzer College students and one from Scripps College. The Oldenborg Center and the Departments of International Relations and Economics sponsored the Pomona MAL team.

Two Pomona students, Jemel Derbali ’10 and Stephen Laux ’09, were nominated to be secretary general for next year’s conference. Derbali declined because he will be studying abroad, but Laux accepted his nomination and was voted in as secretary general for the 2007-08 academic year.

Jessica Alampay Lozano served as the program coordinator for Pomona’s MAL team and the faculty trip member was Fernando Lozano, Pomona College professor of economics.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.