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Enter a MUN conference and you'll hear a world of different vocabulary. Unmod, mod, caucus, voting bloc, white paper, working paper, draft resolution... it's enough to make anyone's head spin. By the time we all enter our second, fiftieth or one hundredth conference, we generally know the basics. But if you only attend MUNs in one area, you may never hear some other MUN vocab.
Circuit - A collection of MUN conferences, with some sort of link. In the U.S. there's two main circuits - World and National. Best Delegate has an excellent article explaining the difference between the two, but the short answer to that is one (World) is run by students only and usually by more prestigious universities and the other (National) is usually run by non-profits and include conferences like National MUN (NMUN).
However, outside of the U.S., the circuits get a little less defined. There's a continental (Europe) circuit, an Asian circuit and a British circuit. Each have their own set of rule of procedures, ways of chairing and vibes in general.
Rapporteur (Rapps) -
Usually in large committees there are at least two chairs, maybe three. If defined in the rules of procedure, there will be a rapporteur, or Rapps as we like to call them. These are the ones who are in charge of counting votes, taking roll call and other little things that help the committee run smoothly. I've seen Rapps be in charge of timing software (wxMUN in the UK) and formatting working papers to turn them into draft resolutions.
A dais, technically speaking, is a raised platform where people stand to speak to an audience. In MUN terms, this means the chair's table. It doesn't have to be raised (though Merriam-Webster says so), but it needs to be clearly distinguished from the delegates area. In a conference I attended, the dais was on a platform and it was not only where the Director, Chairperson and Rapporteur sat, but the speaking podium was also there. In small committees, the chairs might not be separated from the delegates (the circular style of the Security Council being a good example) and therefore, there might not be a dais. There also might not be a dais if you are chairing from the floor.
The dais can also refer to the chairs in general instead of the physical place where the chairs are.
Chairing from the Floor -
This is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of having your chairs sit at tables or daises, they rove or stand at the front of the committee. This is a much looser form of chairing because you're level with the delegates instead of being perched up somewhere. It also can mean that you're roving during unmoderated caucuses, checking up on groups, helping wherever you can and helping to format and create working papers and resolutions.
Fellow MUNers, what vocab has baffled you in the past? What did I leave out?