New York City Officials vs. Five Points Gangs: Five Points Gangs

Email: jcc-gangs@ucbmun.org

Background Guide Coming in Dec. 2018


Alison Spencer

Dear Delegates,

My name is Alison Spencer and I am excited to tackle the challenges of the Five Points of New York with you in what promises to be a lively crisis committee.

A little bit about myself: I am a senior majoring in economics and minoring in English and history. I was a USG of crisis my sophomore year and enjoyed the opportunity to oversee several committees. The past spring I was abroad, so I’m happy to have one last opportunity to be involved in UCBMUN. Outside of Model UN, my hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, and exploring all the great restaurants of the Bay Area.

Given my passion for 19th century US history, I’m glad to have the chance to examine this pivotal period with you all. This committee will require delegates to envision the daily lives of the gang members they represent, and the religious and ethnic tensions, economic concerns, and violence they faced. Additionally, delegates must consider the wider backdrop of the Civil War and the effect of national events on this neighborhood. I look forward to hearing your ideas. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Alison Spencer
Head Chair



Megan Conner

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to UCBMUN XXIII! My name is Megan Conner and I’m truly honored to serve as this committee’s Crisis Director. A brief introduction: I’m a fourth year Environmental Economics and English double major here at UC Berkeley. Outside of MUN, I dabble in creative writing and swing dancing. Inside of MUN, I’ve previously served as a crisis director twice, and I'm the present UCBMUN club President. Since this is my last conference, I am thoroughly excited for this go-around in the crisis room. Facilitating and invigorating debate is a tremendously rewarding experience and this committee topic is particularly exciting for me. Our committee will run in standard joint crisis committee fashion as it simulates the New York City Officials vs. the Five Points Gangs conflict. Delegates should aim to establish themselves in positions of high power and security, as they fight against the opposition. Accept change as a constant. Have some fun too! This is indeed a unique opportunity for delegates to rewrite history. I’m looking forward to reading some witty crisis notes and unraveling your conniving plots behind the scenes. Please contact me with any inquiries.

Warm Regards,
Megan Conner
Crisis Director