Danger Down Under: 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis
In 1972, Gough Whitlam of the Australian Labor Party has just been elected Prime Minister of Australia. Although the Whitlam government has attempted to make strides towards real change in Australia, elusive senate seats have been a major hinderance. Numerous domestic and international crises have pitted Whitlam's Ministry against politicians and reporters alike. Delegates must maneuver a complex political sphere at the edge of the world as they attempt to procure power for their party and change their country by any means necessary.
Jacob Schwessinger is a third-year student at USC studying Political Science and Philosophy. Born in Michigan, Jacob has served as an assistant crisis director at both TrojanMUN and SCMUN, and has competed at several conferences. Last year, Jacob was apart of the U.S. National Security Council committee. Outside of MUN, Jacob conducts independent research on climate policy and enjoys playing soccer and tennis. He is also a member of TAPP (Trojan Advocates for Political Progress) and worked last summer in the office of Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) in Washington D.C. He looks forward to meeting delegates in October and working with Betty and Megan to make this committee as exciting as possible!
Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Betty Thai is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She has been a crisis staffer at past conferences, and she is excited to take on the role of Crisis Director. Highly involved on campus, from Phi Alpha Delta, USC’s first and only pre-law fraternity, to policy debate, to the Chamber Ballet Company, and to working at Thornton School of Music, Betty likes to find a balance between personal and academic interests. In her free time, she enjoys playing harp and piano, playing PC games, watching Parks and Rec for the fifth time, and eating Matcha flavored anything.
Megan Tebbenhoff is a fourth-year student at USC double majoring in Neuroscience and International Relations. She is originally from Bedford, New Hampshire. Megan has staffed every TrojanMUN since arriving at USC, and she is excited to chair the Danger Down Under committee in her last installment. Megan is also a founding member of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed international relations fraternity at USC, and she writes for the Trojan Health Connection. In her free time, she likes to travel, read novels, watch Netflix, and try new restaurants.