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Laura Byrne

Tulane’s Model United Nations team took home the first placetrophy last weekend, beating Emory University in Duke University’sInternational Security Conference. 


“It’s a big deal,” senior Kelsey Rogut said. “We beat Emory,University of Virginia and University of North Carolina-ChapelHill.”


In addition to winning the Top Delegation award, four Tulanestudents placed first in their respective committees: senior SethBenzell, senior Kelsey Rogut, junior Greg Savageau and sophomoreZach Sperling.


“We walked away with four gavels,” Rogut said. “It was a hugewin for our club and for Tulane.”


Tulane’s team also won outstanding delegate, two honorablementions and one verbal recognition. 


“It was an amazing weekend,” Rogut said. “We’re so proud.”


DISCon is an annual, invitation-only conference that presentsthe delegates with international crisis situations and allows themto have unrestricted debate on these various scenarios. 


“One member of our team was on each committee, but all of thecommittees were integrated,” Savageau said.  


This year was the first time Tulane participated in theconference. 


“This is a huge victory for all of Tulane,” Benzell said. “Itputs us on the map for a very important academic competition.” 


Emory University, UVA and UNC were among the 15 teams thatcompeted at Duke University. 


“We were up against a lot of Tulane’s rival schools,” Savageausaid.


Benzell said that the team’s victory is a testament to seniorsrestoring the team to its pre-Hurricane Katrina glory. Tulane’sModel United Nation team was reinstated six years ago after thestorm. 


“It started with three members, and now, we have 26 members,”Rogut said. “It’s exploded.”