There’s a skeleton in the corner. There are about eight college students throwing laughter in the air. You might not recognize any of them, but without them GatorMUN as we know it would cease to exist.
Any other weekend in the year, it is just a classroom. Just a tiny little room in Matherly, the kind of classroom with thirty-five desks crammed into it and windows barely a foot above the ground. But, come January 29-31, room three of the Matherly building comes alive.
We all know crisis committees. They’re the places where anything can happen and almost every option is on the table. As someone who traveled to almost every crisis committee, I was almost aghast at how… Normal it looked. I had expected swords, enormous maps, or maybe a bucket of baseballs labeled “curveballs”. These college students have sent shock after shock after shock at their committees, they are responsible for responding to every badly-written crisis note, and, somehow, they just look like college kids.
The skeleton, Taylore Presta laughingly says, come from her mother who had starting texting her pictures of the skeleton (later named Grimwald Barebones) in various poses. Naturally, old Grimwald became a meme and then he became part of crisis.
Brady Sweet, otherwise know as one-thousand-and-one characters not seen in GRIMM, a crisis committee whose behind the scene’s action takes place in this crisis staff room. “I really like the idea behind this crisis, I really liked dealing with all the crazy stuff all these princesses are going through, trying to see how they are going to use their role to influence committee.” And the princesses’ roles give them incredible powers, such as the power to influence animals, the power to bring things back to life, and incredible sword skills.
Speaking of some of the unexpected things to go through crisis, Brady told about how “Snow White, actually, she prayed to the Irappo goddess of foxes, for him to bless her so she could help capture Pocahantas, and to do so she sacrificed six of her dwarves… She burnt them at the stake… It was so unexpected and ridiculous, it changed committee entirely.”
While Brady assured me that crisis plots can change, but “we do have a set… Idea. We knew that Princess Anna was going to be assassinated and that Elsa would go crazy and kill some of our delegates. But there is, obviously, room for change, based on people’s crisis plans. Like Merida, she turned Captain Hook into a half-bear creature… We ended up with a private fraternity and pirates roaming the seas.”