MARCH 21, 2000

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



Fundraiser benefits Model U.N.


The Model United Nations team at California State University, Bakersfield is hosting a "Wine Tasting and Beer Garden" to help raise funds for the team to attend the Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

The event is Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room in the Walter Stiern Library on the CSUB campus. Donation is $20 per person

All proceeds go toward supporting CSUB's Model United Nations team, which competes each year against other collegiate teams at the Model United Nations Conference. Team members prepare during the school year for the competition in which they demonstrate their knowledge of world affairs, as well as creative problem solving in global economic, demographic, and political issues.

The tasting will feature several wines and microbrews, said Model UN team member Eric Bullard, a CSUB senior. "We'll have several wineries from the Central Coast, plus wine collectors have donated wines for the tasting," he said. "And Bakersfield microbrewery Lengthwise Brewery has generously donated the beer for our event." He said the beers featured will be Centennial Pale Ale, Voluptuous Blonde Ale, Triple Hop Red Ale and Kern County Crude Porter.

Additionally, a variety of hors d'oeuvres will be served. A live jazz band will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon.

The tasting has become an annual event. "We'd like to invite the community to come taste some wine and beer, enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and meet the students who will be on our team this year," political science professor Stanley Clark said.

CSUB's team will represent Grenada at this year's Model UN, scheduled April 8-15 at the United Nations.

"This is a wonderful experience," said CSUB political science professor Mark Martinez, who coaches the team and will accompany it to the conference. "The educational opportunities simply can't be measured. It's a wonderful learning experience.

"The model United Nations provides a tremendous hands-on experience for our students to understand the intricacies of diplomacy in the modern world. Every participant who has gone over the past six years comes back a more informed and energetic student, with a clearer vision of what they want to do with their lives."

Tickets for the tasting can be obtained by calling the Political Science Department at 661/664-2141. Tickets will also be sold at the door.


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