UMVMUN is first and foremost dedicated to providing an opportunity for delegates to debate world issues and to be exposed to a challenging and thought-provoking environment. Our award system reflects this dedication. Our award system is based on the three points of Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle and pushes delegates to be as diplomatic and engaging as possible throughout their time here at UMVMUN. We have seen that our criteria encourages delegates to practice statesmanship in a unique and innovative manner. Awards are decided as follows:Pre-requisites for delegates who wish to be considered for awards must come to UMVMUN with resolutions if they are participating in a non-crisis committee, or position papers if they are participating in a crisis committee. Attendance to all committee sessions is a prerequisite to be considered for these awards. Also, only delegates exhibiting good citizenship and decorum will be eligible for these awards.
The three awards being presented at UMVMUN are based on the three points of Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle—pathos, ethos, and logos. While the three different persuasive appeals involve the incorporation of emotions, character, and logic, respectively, ideal candidates for these awards exhibit elements of all three. Award consideration will be determined by first cumulative point totals, regardless of category, and then delegates' particular strengths for a certain type of rhetorical appeal.
The Pathos Award is awarded to a delegate within a committee that effectively incorporates emotional appeal into their diplomatic strategy to captivate their peers and to persuade them. This delegate beautifully crafts an argument using powerful language as well as a powerful delivery. Real life anecdotes are often employed by this delegate to win over the minds of committee.
The Ethos Award is awarded to a delegate within a committee that effectively incorporates the appeal of character into their diplomatic strategy to captivate their peers and to persuade them. This delegate has a high moral standard and is ethically sound in his/her views and proposals. This delegate also epitomizes professional and courteous behavior to their peers in committee, and also is able to collaborate well with others.
The Logos Award is awarded to a delegate within a committee that effectively incorporates the appeal of logic into their diplomatic strategy to captivate their peers and to persuade them. This delegate relies mainly on facts and hard logic. His/her views are reasonable and realistic. This delegate is well researched and is knowledgeable of committee issues, as well as past approaches and solutions to problems similar in nature.To better prepare yourself for debate and the fine use of rhetoric at UMVMUN 2016, and to learn more about Aristotle's Three Ways to Persuade, click here to read a short article by Dr. John R. Edlund, a professor from California State Polytechnic University.