Interview With Kenza Halimi, President Of The BDE

By Alexandra Oh

As a first year student constantly coming across Facebook alerts from an account called “Beady Yi,” I had a few questions: What is this organization? What do they do? What’s planned for this year? I interviewed Kenza Halimi to find out more about the people behind Integration Week.

Kenza Halimi, Euraf 2A, is the current president of the bureau des élèves (BDE)– one of the four permanent bureaus and one of the loudest and clearest voices on campus. The BDE is in charge of student life and coordinating between associations as well as between the students and the administration regarding student life. They plan events and trips to keep students involved and social, and they both represent and serve the student body. This year, the BDE consists of 14 students: seven Eurafs and seven Eurams. They are also in the midst of the recruitment process and plan to add around nine new first year members to their ranks. Kenza’s path to BDE president did not begin like those nine first years however; this will be her first complete year in the bureau. Elections are open to every student on campus and are held in the spring after a week-long campaign. The entire school votes on which list they would like to see represent the student body and organize student life the next year.

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Source : Facebook user Kenza Halimi

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Source : Facebook user Beady Yi

This year, Kenza hopes to build on the legacy the previous members of the BDE left behind, as they were an exceptionally dedicated and effective group. However, as she commented, they are “a different group of people with new ideas and a different vibe and style,” so there will be some differences from last year. She plans to keep up the numerous events planned around nightlife in Reims, but also add more of a variety, including increased daytime events, so that everyone can enjoy the BDE’s efforts regardless of whether or not they drink. Kenza also intends to make all the events more affordable for everyone, which is sometimes challenging to balance with a limited budget. This year’s BDE is focusing on inclusivity, availability, and fostering a close relationship with the student body. It aims to be more involved on campus to answer questions and lend help whenever necessary.

As for events this year, Kenza confirms that there is a lot in store for us. Much of it will be kept secret, but the main events this year will include the first semester ball, the fall trip, and the end of year gala. The first semester ball was a huge hit last year, and this year’s BDE intends to continue that tradition. There also might be a winter trip this year, but it is dependent upon student interest. Prior to the publication of this article Kenza was especially looking forward the first of what she said will be many club nights: La Conquête de l’Olympe. It was held on a recent Thursday evening with two other schools in Reims– Neoma and Infirmiers–with whom Sciences Po students have had little interaction with in previous years. Another favorite project was the integration week, as it was the first time new students experienced life in Reims, at Sciences Po, and with second year students.  

The BDE plays an important role at Sciences Po and works hard to make sure their presence is felt and contributes positively to students’ lives. They offer hardworking and exhausted students a way to unwind, relax, and interact with everyone on campus. I know I’m excited to see how the year unfolds with the BDE’s events, and if you’re interested in becoming a part of this inclusive and motivated group of students, elections will be held at the end of the year.

 

Rentrée politique sur le campus de Reims

Par Antoine Humbert ; interview avec Mattia Mancino

«  Je suis peu curieux des nouvelles ; la politique m’assomme, tout cela m’abrutit ou m’irrite. »

Il est évident, d’après cette citation si bien tournée, que Gustave Flaubert n’affectionne pas particulièrement la politique et qu’il n’aurait pas cherché à intégrer notre merveilleuse institution. Pour nous étudiants de SciencesPo, la politique fait bien entendu partie de notre quotidien, que ce soit à travers les cours, les débats ou les conversations toutes plus animées les unes que les autres dont l’on entend des brides en passant dans les couloirs ou dans la cour. Malgré la pause estivale des vacances puis l’excitation des premiers jours, le campus revient petit à petit à ses habitudes et la politique reprend sa place dans le quotidien animé des étudiants rémois.  Cette année post-élections semble être dédiée essentiellement au renforcement des partis, au débat de fond et à la remise en question des politiques du gouvernement Macron. Les étudiants de deuxième année les plus engagés dans leur partis respectifs sont déjà à la recherche de leurs successeurs de l’an prochain alors que ceux-ci cherchent encore à s’adapter à leur nouveau mode de vie. C’est dans cette euphorie partisane que notre campus accueille cette semaine la rentrée d’une association politique restée longtemps inactive et que beaucoup attendaient,  l’association rémoise du parti Les Républicains. A cette occasion, j’ai pu interviewer son président, Mattia Mancino.

Mattia, afin de commencer notre interview, que penses-tu de la place de la droite en France ? Celle-ci a-t-elle était fragilisée par l’absence de la droite « traditionnelle » au second tour des dernières présidentielles ?

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M.M. : Bien qu’on entende beaucoup dire ces derniers temps que le clivage gauche-droite est dépassé, que 

 

nous ne sommes plus de gauche ou de droite mais à la fois de gauche et de droite ; je suis persuadé que ce clivage existe toujours. Il me semble que la majorité des gens sur le 

 

 

campus le ressent, le vit et en a conscience. Par conséquent, la droite, les idées de la droite, les valeurs portées par la droite sont encore essentielles en France. Il est vrai par ailleurs que cette droite n’est pas unique mais qu’il en existe plusieurs. Historiquement, il y avait deux partis de droite qui se mettaient d’accord pour ne présenter qu’un candidat aux grandes élections. On assiste aujourd’hui à une division semblable entre la droite de Pécresse et de Juppé et la droite de Wauquiez et de Fillon. Ces droites ne sont pas pour autant antithétiques mais seulement deux façons différentes d’appliquer des valeurs communes. Quoi qu’il arrive, il faut que la droite reste unie et forte pour faire avancer ses valeurs.

La défaite de la droite aux dernières élections est à la fois dû à une réalité conjoncturelle et des raisons sous-jacentes qui perdurent depuis ces 15-20 dernières années.  On a assisté durant ces années à une “moyennisation” du discours politique. La différence entre la droite et la gauche se résumaient pour beaucoup à des questions techniques : augmenter la TVA pour baisser la CSG ou augmenter la CSG pour baisser la TVA. Cela a eu pour conséquence de déconcerter l’électorat qui votait un tour un droite un autre à gauche et ne savait plus se positionner sur l’échiquier politique. Macron a pu profiter de cette moyennisation ainsi que de la faiblesse de ces adversaires, aussi bien du PS où la campagne de Benoit Hamon fut un désastre en raison du manque de soutien du parti et de la percée de Mélenchon, qu’à droite où les affaires ont déstabilisé la campagne. Malgré tout, on retient que les valeurs de la droite font quand même l’adhésion d’une vaste majorité des français puisque malgré les affaires, Fillon est arrivé à moins de 470 000 voix du second tour.  

Etre de droite dans une institution de gauche, ce n’est pas un peu compliqué par moment ?

M.M. : Non, ça va. La majorité des étudiants de SciencesPo sont politisés et s’il est vrai que par moments certains ont du mal à distinguer la personne politique de la personne en elle-même, ils restent en minorité. Je suis en collocation avec un petit blondinet qui vote Macron, je suis très ami avec un Hamoniste/Mélenchoniste et tout se passe très bien. Les croyances font partie de l’identité de chacun et non l’inverse. Néanmoins, il est vrai que certaines personnes restent clivées et ne parviennent pas à être tolérants tout en prônant la tolérance.

Mattia, tu es italien, né en suisse, tu résides à Monaco, et par conséquence tu n’as pas le droit de voter en France. Comment se fait-il que ce soit toi le président des Républicains du campus et pourquoi un tel engagement de ta part ?

M.M. : Je suis en effet italien, né en suisse et je réside à Monaco et c’est pour cela que je suis président des Républicains. Derrière mon engagement, il y a une volonté à termes d’obtenir la nationalité française et pour l’instant je vis mon engagement politique à travers le militantisme ce qui me permet de faire entendre ma « voix » à travers les longues nuits de collage, d’affichage, de tractage, d’organisation des événements… Donner mon temps, c’est une façon pour moi de faire entendre mes convictions politiques.

Pour terminer, vous organisez une réunion d’information demain soir avec Catherine Vautrin, présidente du grand Reims, vous attendez-vous à voir beaucoup de monde et quels sont vos projets pour cette année universitaire ?

M.M. : Catherine Vautrin, qui est la marraine de notre section pour cette année nous fait donc l’honneur de venir nous voir demain, mercredi 12 septembre à 17h30 pour notre réunion d’information dans la salle des Actes. On choisit cette salle car il s’agit d’un lieu de passage où chacun peut se rendre et c’était là, le but de la réunion : l’ouverture. Nous ne sommes pas là pour rester entre nous. Au contraire, nous voulons que des personnes n’ayant pas encore d’opinion politique ou ayant des opinions politiques contraires ou ayant des fausses idées sur la droite aient le courage d’entrer pour échanger, écouter les discours voir voler deux-trois petits fours et un verre de coca afin d’en apprendre plus sur la droite et ses valeurs. On veut casser l’image du jeune de droite qui vient de Neuilly et qui va tous les dimanches à la messe en latin ; il y a différentes droites, on peut être issu de la droite populaire comme de la droite des classes moyennes, la droite c’est seulement un ensemble de valeurs, de la droite catholique comme de la droite nietzschéenne. On espère évidemment avoir le plus de monde possible et de voir des gens ayant le courage de faire un tour et qui se sentent concernées.

Cette année, on va faire de très nombreux événements, où tout le monde est le bienvenu, (pas forcément sur le campus) peu importe leur orientation politique. Nous avons notamment une série d’évènements qui s’intitule « Les Républicains à la rencontre de… » où nous irons rencontrer des agriculteurs, des élus locaux, des sans domicile fixe, des retraités etc. Nous avons aussi une rencontre prévu avec un ancien ministre le 17 octobre prochain, mais aussi de nombreux autres événements, des débats, des conférences… On espère que ce sera une année riche et très intéressante.

Les Républicains lancent donc leur rentrée demain, mais ce ne sont pas les seuls sur le campus à s’activer en ce début d’année. Ce matin, un groupe d’étudiants de SciencesPo se sont notamment rendus au boulevard de la Paix afin de manifester contre la Loi Travail du nouveau gouvernement et défendre leurs convictions sur le travail et les libertés syndicales. Toujours est-il que malgré l’absence de toutes élections nationales cette année, celle-ci s’annonce riche d’un point de vue politique et promet des débats animés aussi bien entre les représentants des différents partis qu’entre les étudiants au fil de l’actualité politique et des mesures prises par le nouveau gouvernement.  La semaine prochaine, nous interviewerons Audrey Barbe et Samuel Teichman, co-présidents de l’association En Marche du campus.

Refugees, Le Pen & Polls

By Megan Evershed

On the first day I went to go visit the refugees, there was a dead bird desiccating on the pavement outside of their apartment building. I turned to Lili, the girl who I was volunteering with, and made a face at her.

Before getting on the bus to a part of town I had never been to before, we had been given strict instructions not to give the refugees our phone number, not to tell anyone else in the apartment complex what we were doing there, and to keep a low profile. Needless to say, I was nervous and the rotting bird corpse was not helping my peace of mind. Nonetheless, we rang the doorbell to their apartment and were buzzed through the door.

Climbing four flights of stairs, I didn’t know what to expect. I had signed up to Interagir on a whim. I had never had any experience working with social justice issues, but I felt that I needed to do something to get outside of my campus bubble. Now here I was, notebook in hand, heart in my mouth, knocking on the door.

In 2016, there were 85,244 applicants seeking asylum in France. Out of these, there were 18,555 people claiming refugee status. The majority of these refugees are from Sudan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Albania, and Syria. About 150 of those with refugee status have settled in Champagne-Ardenne. Noor and Mustafa and their two daughters are four of these refugees, and are the family who I work with.

Over the nine months I worked with them, they quickly became staple figures in my life. Noor welcomed us each week with a warm “Bienvenue,” Mustafa following with a jolly “Ça va?” As we built up a friendship with them, they became more comfortable with us. Noor would pray in the room while we were there, which Lili and I took as a profound display of trust. We would talk about laïcité in France, the upset Noor felt at having to remove her hijab to take a government photo, and the strange looks they got from neighbors.

In a country where Islamophobia and xenophobia have gripped the ongoing presidential election, the wariness Noor and Mustafa’s neighbors felt upon a Syrian family moving in next door isn’t that surprising. France has been in a state of emergency since late 2015 when the Paris attacks took place, and terrorism and immigration have been central topics in tabacs, kitchens, and cafes ever since then. Marine LePen, presidential candidate for the Front National, has made crushing terrorism a vital part of her platform. And the French are responding to her calls.

In a historical election where none of the mainstream political parties were elected to the second round, it’s safe to say she’s gotten her message through. The vote followed the death of a policeman on the Champs Elysées, who was killed by an “Isil-inspired” French national. Following the news of the attack, Le Pen called for the reinstitution of border checks and the expulsion of foreigners who are on watch lists. Many of her critics feared the attack would increase her voting percentage in the first round, which she passed with 21.7% of the vote.

In fact, she seems to be increasing her popularity. On April 27th, Presitrack recorded that Marine Le Pen would likely garner 41% of the vote in the second round, which was up one percent from just the day before. It’s plausible that with the intense atmosphere of xenophobia already bubbling in France, Le Pen’s percentages could grow before the May 7th voting date.

Of course, it’s not just France where we’ve seen presidential candidates capitalizing on fear and Islamophobia. In Trump’s America, where two travels bans have been passed and the government is attempting to fulfill the campaign promise of banning all Muslims, we need openness more than ever. I have lived in the US for ten years and became a green card holder only a few years ago. The first travel ban included a restriction on the entry of green card holders. Going to school in France, it struck me that if I came from Iran instead of the UK, I wouldn’t be allowed to go home.

More importantly, however, a family like Noor and Mustafa’s would not able to seek refuge in a country purportedly devoted to liberty and welcoming the “huddled masses.” For the sake of Noor and Mustafa, I hope we won’t see a repeat of the US presidential election. They’ve already suffered enough, and having Le Pen in the Palais Elysée would be an insult to their struggle.

SPE Debate: April 19th 2017

Moderators: Megan Evershed and Gaelle Fournier for the Sundial Press

For Greenception: Cyrielle Goldberg, Grégoire D’Allest

For Specimen: Anton Mukhamedov, Jake Jackowski

Megan: Okay we’re getting started…Zak you’re transcribing? If both teams could just present their programs in two minutes to begin?

Cyrielle: We are Greenception. Our program is mainly based on the idea of being a stronger bureau in Reims. Our main points are to develop the panier bio, especially for those who benefit from bursary funds; to do another Cop simulation, because the COP 22 worked really well. Regarding the city itself, we’d like to be further implanted inside the city with more partnerships, more deals with restaurants, and more initiatives to have a greener city and be more present.

Gregoire: And as the fourth bureau, we’d like to see us influencing the other three bureaux to make them more responsible, to make them greener. Rather than buying plastic cups all the time, to buy large amounts of eco-cups– say 300– and share them at the beginning of the year.

Anton: We’re Specimen. I’m Anton, I’m president, and this is Jake, who will be responsible for the Paniers bio if he’s elected. We think that Sciences Po Environnement has a huge potential to connect many actors on campus as well as on the local level. Here on campus, a lot of people are motivated to help the environment, but many people either don’t have opportunities to help out or they are not aware of them. Our plan is to make these issues more accessible by hosting regular spaces to discuss environmental affairs and assist in integrating that into student life. We don’t believe that we are too small to make change, but rather that within the prism of this campus that we can make the campus more sustainable. But for that, we need the information to make the campus more sustainable. We’d like to install a carbon and material footprint report that would be published monthly. We also plan to increase all the current projects in place on campus, by creating a partnership with farmers to make a farmers market on campus and sensibilizing students to important agricultural issues on campus.

Gaelle: If you had one project you could implement, what would it be?

Cyrielle: Cop 23 would be the most important. This year when they did it, it was really difficult to organize. But we’ve seen just how much of a success it’s been, and how people can get more involved in the environment on a political level. For COP 23, I think we’d like to go farther, and implement it as a tradition.

Gregoire: I really want to have COP as a discussion space to pool students from really diverse origins. RIMUN this year was very successful, and If we can make cop 23 as successful as RIMUN, that would be excellent.

Jake: The most important part of our platform would be a carbon footprint report. I think finding the extent to which we contribute to global warming and finding concrete steps to reducing our footprint– reducing water use, for example, would be a really concrete action.

Anton: Carbon footprint is not seen as a single measure but as something that really connects everything. It would allow students to feel responsible and help us form working groups to reduce that footprint together once we have that information, and whether we can utilize things like rain water for Sciences Po Potager and other projects. It wouldn’t just be a solid figure or number, but a series of sectors that would let us know about the various “ecological weights” on campus.

Gregoire: If I might, the footprint of food products at the CROUS is available on campus in the cafeteria.

Anton: Yes, but we don’t know the monthly level of carbon–

Grégoire: But especially for the Crous–

Anton: But we don’t know how much per month is consumed. We need that in order to negotiate and find more sustainable options.

Gregoire: But on an individual level, you already know, and that’s what allows you to —

M: Alright, let’s move to the next question. What will you guys do different from the current bureau?

Anton: Well, we actually appreciated a lot of the projects that SPE did this year. We would like to expand what’s already been done. For COP 23, I don’t want to plagiarize but it really is an important project and we’d like to invite ecologists on campus to give feedback and really expose us to their knowledge. We’d like to see greater exposure with the Panier bio and the potager programs. We also think that despite the great work SPE does, many students do not feel a part of it. We want to create stronger ties between the bureau and the student body.

Cyrielle: We think that one of the main things might be communication, so every student feels like they can act at their own level to see how they can be useful and what impact they can have. Sometimes when we speak of the environment, it feels far away, like we can’t affect it; we wanna sensibilize people onto the impact they can have.

Gaelle: Why did you want to run for SPE?

C: I wanted to run because at the start of the year I wasn’t really implicated  in  the association. As I kept working, I saw just how much we could do with so little. On a personal side, I’d like to work in environmentalism and I come from a city that has a lot of political and social action dedicated to environmental affairs– like bike lanes and sustainable design for example. I’d like to see similar actions being implemented in Reims.

G: For the whole first semester I wasn’t engaged in any association really, but the one that stood out the most on campus was SPE. I didn’t do COP 22, but I heard so much about it that I regretted doing it. We took Panier Bio in 23nd semester and always regretted not doing it before. I think that it’s really important to show that it’s an association that can take from the beginning of the year to the end. I’m tired of missing opportunities.

J: I don’t think any of us aren’t environmentalists. I wasn’t really in the loop for SPe events in the first semester and really want to continue with what I did in high school in environmental associations and push for activism here on campus.

A: On a personal level, I’ve always been interested in ecological problems on the macro level– I’ve read a lot of analyses. Then I realized it was much more interesting to apply this in terms of local solutions, because for each problem there are several solutions. Even in food waste, for example, we see there are so many alternatives to living a different life and using our waste effectively and creating. Having talked to other people I felt like I could bring some more connections to create this list.

M: How did you guys come up with the name?

A: We hesitated about our name for quite a while, but when we heard Specimen we kinda fell in love with it. Because of the meaning that the word Specimen carries; it means a lot of stuff and the very definition of it is something that stands out to represent a species. It makes people think.

J: Our original team name was “special snowflakes”, I’m really glad we changed.

C: We had lots of ideas, but one day it was like “Green Ception”

G: Shout out to [not clear]

C: Everyone voted unanimously for it because we liked the idea of “planting ideas” in people’s heads like they do in the dream, only we’re planting, not stealing ideas. We’re creating urgency to make change.

G: We also liked the ideas of layers– layers of the dreams, layers of action. We both have good names.

Gaelle: Did you form your list based on friendship or other opportunities?

J: Not just on friendship. For example, I didn’t know a lot of people in the list. Anton was the person who roped me in I would say– so I think everyone connects back to him in a certain sense, but we draw from a diverse pool of students– many are international, some are LGBT, and other students all come from diverse walks of life.

A: I connected the people, but I didn’t know many of them before speaking to them about this project. I spoke to a lot of people to see how motivated and environmentalist they were. So this list was based on ideas. When people had an idea I thought was interesting, we were inclusive with it. Even if someone wasn’t friend’s with us, we always welcome them into our list to suggest things. Friendship was the goal but not criteria.

C: We asked everyone from the association this year what they expected for next year. We drew in a mixture of motivated old people as well as new people, based fully on personal motivation as well as the fact they must be environmentalists. Friendship ties played a minimal role, which is what makes it really diverse.

G: I wasn’t in the association before, and I didn’t know most of the people before. Cyrielle and Ines were really successfully in pulling interested and competent people into the final project.

M: Okay, now we’re taking a question submitted by the student body. “How is your vision different from the other list? I’m worried because often communication is in French, or the English translation is riddled with errors. As an English speaker I’m concerned we’ll be ignored next year” That seems like two questions, so let’s start with the second.

C: Well, sorry for the mistakes, but we have anglophones in both our lists….

J: And we’re doing the debate in English.

C: We do everything bilingually.

C: There are english people in our list, of course they’ll be involved.

A: I didn’t spot any grammatical mistakes in our programs. I think the question is fair because something could be lost in translation, though. Some of the criticism we heard is that we have too many anglophones, but I’m confident that this problem can be resolved as I’m a french speaker, and we have many strong french speakers or francophones on our list. There are solutions to any problem, and the posts we make are usually translated. When we make a post just in english, it’s to quickly get the point across in a  time of urgency.

M: So how is your vision different from the other list?

C” I don’t think it’s that different. Maybe some technical things, but it’s not like we’re so different. We like the same things and have the same vision of ecology

G: I really think that what is going to be the decisive factor for voters are who we see more as enviro-friendly, or maybe just competence. Competence more than the former. I think we’re all for the same cause in the end. And regarding the last question. I don’t see how SPE could favor francophones.

A: Well the first question is hard to answer without trying to interpret the other lists vision, which I wouldn’t dare to do. But even when we speak about such a common goal like ecology, there are differences. We’re united by a lot of the same principles, but we really tried to offer something unique with our program. I personally want people to vote on programs, whether they are relevant and applicable. The vision our list has, I would say, is holistic in that it tries to create links between levels and actors in a systematic way– not only thinking of small things we can improve but also how we can make the system work in such a way so as to improve as many things as possible.

G: From that, we might be more bottom-up. We won’t be able to go further– like to the national level– and are scared we might lose ourselves, even with our operations at the regional level we’re already stretched thin.

A: The only thing we can dare to do on the national level is cooperating with other SPE programs to share ideas in the country, and possible put more pressure on the sciences po administration in the national level. But systemic change only comes with bottom up pressure, so we need to be responsible and transfer some of that to the student body whenever they are ready and committed to doing it. Decentralization is important to us.

G: Another question from the student body: What new events and programs to you plan to bring to the campus?

A: For instance, we mentioned water collection on campus for Potager. This is something very small that has a very symbolic impact, it might seem small or silly but there’s a lot that can be done in that. Ecology is also about dealing with what we have already, and the student lounge might become a very welcoming space if we can bring plants and discussions to the space to use it properly.

J: Making recycling more visible on campus is a small and easy concrete step, as well.

G: We have a fridge in the student lounge that is basically always empty. We like to see what’s happening with Residium and bring it to campus, so that when you leave on a holiday you can leave things there and people can take it and eat it in the idea of limited waste. People are also lost as to what they can throw in the recycling box– their greasy pizzas and such–, so I think we need more communication on this.

A: I think people also feel that recycling is a bit useless, that waste all goes in the same place. Our questionnaire found that recycling came up really often and was a big priority on campus.

C: I think people need to understand what happens to the rubbish they throw out– it’s not just going in the bin. People might see SPE as a joke, but we really need to make clear that we are necessary.

M: How do you justify giving out free meat and plastic cups when there are detrimental effects for the environment?

C: Well, we had a bbq with the AS and we were attacked by Specimen–

A: There is someone from our list who posted a comment. Whether I agree with that comment or not is irrelevant, but we took no official stance.

C: We’d like to respond that we are aware of the effects of meat on the ecosystem. But it was an interlist event and it’s the AS, of course they’re going to have meat. We didn’t contribute to buying meat, we had organic fruits and vegetables for people who wanted a different meal. We only brought recycled eco-cups for the list.

G: And plastic dishes that we washed and reused. The meat we gave out was taken from someone who would have otherwise thrown it out, so it would have been wasted otherwise.

A: I think the more useful strategy for this campaign is not to condemn. Our alternative to that event is the vegan bbq on saturday to which you’re all invited. We don’t want to involve ourselves with anything involving meat, but we’re aware of the plastic problem and we have cups made from a recyclable, returnable plastic from the same material as your cups. We bought plastic cups for juice but only because we didn’t have enough of the former cups. We’re aware of the problem and are switching our strategy.

G: Some people have complained about their mental health on campus– any solutions from SPE to address these issues?

C: Of course we can work with other bureaux. We’re trying to get a nap room on campus because students are just so exhausted.

J: I think that de-stressing is wonderful. We all need to do it and alleviate our stress.

A: I wanted to just mention our vice president is Monica. She is one of the people who is most committed to personal welfare and health, and she teachers yoga and added most of the well-being ideas to our list. I would very much like to go in the direction of improving student life, because ecology is also about personal welfare and how you feel. A very big chance that would transform a lot of stuff would be negotiations to remove classes between 8 and 10 AM, because studies have claimed that it is actually equivalent to torture in terms of mental health. I think having that discussion and working about working in discord with your own biological health would bring welfare.

C: I feel most effective in the morning, personally.

A: I’m not a scientist, but generally I think there needs to be a student- wide discussion on whether those classes are important for personal health.

C: I’d rather take away the ones from 5-7.

G: I think it’s also eating well– that’s important for mental health, which is why we need the panier bio. During exams you need carbs, things like potatoes, pasta, and rice to get people eating and sleeping well.

M: We’ll now open up to questions from the audience.

Teddy: Regarding Greenception’s point; you say the other list had a semblance of being active without being pragmatic–

G: We said we are more bottom-up.

A: One of the 4 sections of our platform is about student implication, actually.

Teddy: You said the COP 23 simulation was the most important thing to do. So the accusation of the other list of being pragmatic– don’t you think engaging in real change is more important than eating meat, simulations, having your T shirts made in Bangladesh…

GREENCEPTION LIST MEMBER: Our shirts are made in Belgium, actually.

Teddy: So if I take a peek back there, there won’t be any Bangladesh?

GREENCEPTION LIST MEMBER: I think you looked today actually, and you saw it was Belgium.

Teddy: Fair enough.

G: The COP 23 is not giving an example but rather to show– when you do a MUN simulation, for example, that stimulates interest in the subject and makes you passionate about it. For individuals doing the simulation that will likely be really important for them. It’s about engaging the individual into understanding what are the problems with doing environmentally friendly policies around the world, but also about what is happening. You need the causes to find the solutions.

C: In resolutions, you actually get to see what could be done about the problem. COP 23 is important for us, we agree on that, and we also agree on reducing sciences po’s carbon footprint– light, heating, and printing, because we know people like to get involved in that kind of thing.

GREENCEPTION LIST MEMBER 2: It’s also just not a symbol. Personally, I didn’t have interest in environmental protection during the COP 22, it’s’ really to deepen awareness of the student body. I think it’s great to change the lightbulb, but it’s also a great objective to make each student think about their own actions.

Teddy:  But is environmentalism not more about collective action more than individual reflection?

Marianne Carre (Greenception List Member): But you don’t have collective action if you don’t have action. COP 23 is more about the fact that if you’re talking about student engagement, and you’re saying that you need to engage students in environmental life, then this is the greater example to engage them. They’re loving what they’re doing, discovering a lot of things… you cannot force people to be environmentalists.

Teddy: I think it’s an interesting response. I’ve never had good experiences at MUN… I just seep people in suits, drinking and partying. I would prefer that the most important project be real environmental change.

C: The other projects are just as important.

Teddy: Fair enough.

G: Just to reiterate from the previous question: the plastic plates were reused.

Mark: Are you guys elected, or did you just assemble the lists?

C: We had a discussion of who wants to do what, and no one else wanted to be president. People liked their polls and I wanted to do more than just work in one poll, and I was very motivated to take concrete steps regarding the environment. And they said “sure”.

G: It was consensual.

A: When we started working on the list we were 3-5 people trying to get other people who are motivated and engaged. Since the beginning when the discussion positions of leadership happened, I said that I could be the president, but I would be fine with anyone else who is as engaged to be president. So yeah, there were no elections but it was very consensual. At one moment, we thought about whether Monica would be president, and I actually proposed that. We wanted to be co-presidents, but apparently it’s not possible, which is a pity.

Audience Member: Sciences Po students don’t meet other people at Reims: We have the other 3 Bureaux who organize things with other schools, other ideas?

C: Currently, we’ve written a petition for more bike paths in Reims which NEOMA and other students are helping us spread. We’d like to have a closure of this petition and then do something with them after, acknowledging that they have environmental associations that we can also work with. People are asking for petitions a lot– we’ve been told 5-6 times to ask for more recycling bins in Sciences Po.

Audience Member: But a petition is not about involvement– for example, trips that you do to Epernay maybe?

C: I mean, we are so far away from them [URCA], we don’t even know they exist. We’d like to organize more hiking trips with them if we can.

A: To get to know other students in Reims, we have to see what we can do together. Sciences po Reims students are far from the only ones with bikes, we’ve discussed partnering with an association that helps repair and recycle bikes. Very few people know about it that they can get their bikes to be repaired for free or even repair them themselves. with that, we could propose cooperation with other campuses in Reims by showing its in all of our interests to use this kind of service. As for more bike paths, for it to happen we’d need a lot of people interested in this who are willing to participate and willing to organize and put pressure on the Reims mayor.

C: Which is why we also participate with them [the bike association].

Mark: How politically engaged do you want to be? Would you endorse a candidate who is more ecologically friendly?

C: I don’t think that really matters. We’re apolitical, the important thing is that we support the environment and ecology.

A: We don’t endorse anyone officially. A lot of people in our list don’t have the same political opinions, and I don’t think it should be relevant. My opinion is that ecological candidates need to unite together, and that’s great for debate, but I think endorsing someone is counterproductive. No candidate can end climate change.

Teddy: How is ecology and the environment apolitical?

C: I think you can be right wing or left wing and still be an environmentalist; just in different ways. Left wing wants to stop consumerism and change growth, and the right just wants sustainable growth. They’re different ideas in the same list.

Teddy: Where do you place yourself?

C: I don’t think that matters. I support Hamon, but you could support Fillion and still be an environmentalist.

A: Same conception of this. Some of our ecology prizes are books, one of which analyzes the ecological propositions for all the candidates. Environmentalism might be political, but it shouldn’t reduce itself down to candidatures. That’s counterproductive.

Audience Member: Do you plan on organizing more conferences with guests?

C: The problem with conferences is you never know who is going to show up. If we can have more people here to speak that’d be great.

A: It was a great pity that there were not enough environmental activists or scientists or activists on campus this year. It’s a very crucial point, and while preparing for the campaign we received responses saying they’d be very willing to come next year, including people from Terre et humanisme and other permaculture organizations. We’d love to organize more discussions and conferences in a convivial setting.

Audience Member: Do you have any partnerships with restaurants in Reims?

C: We have le Cabasson, Chez Lou, and Symbiosez *(soap shop, organics) we do already have quite a few. Le cave a pain, as well.

A: We circled the bakeries in and outside of Reims to see what’s happening with food waste, and we were happy to see that a lot of them are in agreement with us. Bakeries and shops usually give unsold food to the homeless, which is something that is obviously really important. There are good things happening here, and if we’re not specifically talking about food waste, we don’t have many partnerships with restaurants. We focused on local urban agriculture organizations.


« Parce que je suis plus grand, je suis plus fort, j’ai des flingues. »

By Sarah Tosca Levy, photos by Juliette Briey.

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Samedi 1er avril, dans le vieux réfectoire, le sol était constellé de miettes –celles d’une brioche effritée, celles d’un immeuble éventré, celles des corps disloqués. Le petit déjeuner est servi. Au menu ? Un kamikaze, deux amants qui batifolent, une quarantenaire presque folle, une fille jetée à terre, une psychologue, des condoléances, des danses hallucinées. Drama’thalia, la troupe de théâtre du campus de Reims, nous offre une interprétation bilingue de « War and Breakfast » des plus goûteuses.

« War and Breakfast », c’est d’abord une pièce de Mark Ravenhill, publiée en Angleterre en 2008, soit cinq ans après le début de la guerre en Irak menée aux côtés des Etats-Unis, sous le gouvernement Blair. Initialement composée de seize scènes, la pièce aborde des sujets aussi variés et puissants que la guerre, le terrorisme, l’intolérance, sans pour autant sacrifier une certaine fraîcheur et une impertinence chères à Nathanaël Ruestchmann, le metteur en scène. « On a choisi de jouer six scènes, deux en anglais, quatre en français. On a aussi ajouté deux scènes de transition, qui sont plus légères et optimistes. Pour nous, il était important de réussir à faire sourire le spectateur, le faire décompresser entre deux scènes difficiles par leur violence.»

Les défis étaient multiples pour Drama’thalia, troisième troupe française à n’avoir jamais interprété War and Breakfast : le texte, poétique et noir, peu apprivoisable pour la mise en scène ; l’engagement frontal de la pièce et l’humilité qu’implique l’incarnation des victimes et bourreaux de la guerre. C’est d’ailleurs avec l’aide de Guillaume Piketty, professeur d’histoire à Sciences Po Paris dont les recherches portent entre autres sur le phénomène guerrier au vingtième siècle, que la troupe a pu nourrir son interprétation du texte.

Le résultat ? Une pièce mémorable au sens originel du terme – une pièce qui laisse des marques sans laisser indifférent, une expérience sensorielle portée par une troupe dynamique et émouvante. On se prend à fredonner « Où va le monde », chanson de La Femme ô combien pertinente et amère dans le contexte de la pièce ; on se crispe face aux sanglots d’une mère amputée de son fils mort au combat ; et surtout, on réfléchit, on n’arrête pas de réfléchir, on ne veut plus arrêter de réfléchir. Comme un enfant qui poserait des questions sur ce qui l’entoure, sur ce qui est évident aux yeux de tous – qui est bon, qui est mauvais, qui meurt et fait mourir.

Prochaine et dernière représentation le jeudi 13 avril de 19h15 à 20h45, Salle François Goguel (Paris 7ème)

Réservations et informations sur la page Facebook de la pièce : https://www.facebook.com/events/236991583436923/

Humans of RIMUN

By Gaëlle Fournier.

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Gustave Lebeau, Irak Delegate, League of Nations Committee, ESPOL ” Je viens de Lille, c’est pas loin, c’est le cas de le dire. On est vraiment contents d’être venus au Rimun, on est trente de l’ESPOL dans notre délégation cette année. Le campus de Sciences Po à Reims est super agréable. J’étais déjà venu l’an dernier, et ça m’avait bien plu. La conférence d’entrée au Centre des Congrès hier était vraiment sympa, et celle de l’an dernier aussi. Le concert à Capella était vraiment cool. C’est pour toutes ces différentes raisons que nous sommes revenus. Et puis, c’est toujours intéressant de découvrir le fonctionnement d’assemblées internationales, et ce qui se passe en réalité en politique. “

 

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Karim Baghdadi, Venezuela Delegate, Security Council, Euram 1A ” Rimun is a unique opportunity to step into a mysterious world. »

 

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Yann Le Meillour, Russian Federation Delegate, ECOSOC, Euram 1A ” J’ai choisi de participer à Rimun afin d’apprendre des ‘new skills’ en anglais, mais aussi pour me permettre d’approfondir et de comparer avec les autres pays la politique extérieure de la Russie par les recherches que j’ai eu à faire pour préparer cette assemblée. Rimun, c’est également des rencontres avec de nombreux étudiants d’autres campus de Sciences Po et d’autres universités pour discuter de ces affaires internationales. “

 

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Michele Cingolani, Sciences Po, 2A, Campus de Poitiers ” J’ai choisi de faire Rimun car je l’avais déjà fait l’an dernier et j’ai déjà fait plusieurs MUN. Rimun, c’est toujours une excellente occasion de se rapprocher des autres campus, l’ambiance est très détendue, c’est super. “

 

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Aminaa, Australia Delegate, SOCHUM Committee, 2A Administration Economique et Sociale, URCA «I’m from Mongolia and I study here in Reims in Université de Champagne Ardenne. I decided to come here to experience something new because I have never done any MUN before. For now we are adopting a resolution draft. It is going pretty good and I’m loving the experience, by getting to meet all these students from all over the world and discussing the topics that usually I don’t feel particularly interested in and reading in my everyday life. So I’m getting a lot of knowledge out of it and that’s great. “

 

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Adèle Rivet, Australia Delegate, WHO Delegation, Euram 1A ” Quitte à ne pas avoir notre mot à dire dans la vraie société, autant avoir l’impression de l’avoir à Rimun ! “

 

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Agathe Semlali, Venezuela Delegate, WHO Delegation, ESPOL “C’est mon premier MUN. Faire Rimun, c’était un peu stressant au début, mais je me suis dit qu’il fallait me lancer. Je n’ai pas eu beaucoup d’entrainement jusqu’à présent. Je pense que Rimun peut m’offrir un aperçu des situations auxquelles je serai confrontée si je deviens diplomate et si ce métier est fait pour moi. Rencontrer des étudiants qui viennent de partout, et aborder tous ensemble des sujets très divers, c’est une expérience unique. Je conseille vraiment de s’inscrire et de participer au Rimun (le campus de Reims est génial !) ou d’autres MUN en général. “

 

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Anne-Claire Kaiser, WHO Delegation, Euram 1A ” J’ai choisi de participer à Rimun car c’est vraiment un événement phare de Sciences Po, qui rythme l’année. Mais Rimun, c’est également la possibilité de rencontrer les étudiants d’autres campus et l’occasion de travailler mes ‘skills’ à l’oral . “

 

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Benedetta Schiavone, Chair Committee, DISEC, Euram 1A “I do Rimun for the same reasons why I played being a princess when I was younger. You do what you want to be in the future. You are not sure whether you’ll become a delegate or an active member of the Chair Committee because you are realistic that this would not probably happen but you can still pretend to be one. It is nice to see how working hard during a committee, being either chair or delegate, brings you something. You create something by coming at the end with the draft resolution and just seeing it is really rewarding. “

 

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Samuel Teichman, Saudi Arabia Delegate, DISEC, Euram 1A ” Rimun permet de se mettre dans des situations dans lesquelles je n’aurais jamais été. Par exemple, en étant dans DISEC, le comité qui se charge de limiter les armes, je représente l’Arabie Saoudite et vend donc des armes à tous les groupes terroristes possibles et imaginable et je trouve ça … génial ! C’est génial d’être là et de nier toute responsabilité en faisant genre ‘ non c’est pas vrai, c’est pas moi’, d’autant plus que les autres pays ne peuvent rien dire, vu que je leur vend aussi du pétrole. Grâce à Rimun, je me mets dans des situations dans lesquelles je ne me retrouverai vraiment jamais et c’est trop bien “.

 

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Mathilde Renaudie, Nigeria Delegate, DISEC, Euram 1A ” Je représente donc le Nigéria dans le comité DISEC qui s’occupe de la sécurité et du désarmement international. En participant à Rimun, j’avais envie d’élargir mes horizons, de découvrir des étudiants de nationalités différentes mais aussi de collaborer non seulement avec des universités françaises mais aussi étrangères. Pour le moment j’ai trouvé ça super enrichissant et ce malgré le poids très infime que j’ai sur la scène internationale (rires ). J’ai contribué à l’éradication du commerce noir – illicit arms trade – en Afrique qui a fait de nombreuses victimes avec Boko Haram par exemple. Et merci pour les pains au chocolat, ils étaient fort appréciés ce matin, merci Rimun, on vous aime ! “

 

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Claire Mouchotte, Pôle Relations Publiques, RIMUN Team, Euram 1A ” Je ne connaissais pas RIMUN avant, je n’en avais jamais fait dans mon lycée. Je me suis dit que le fait d’être dans l’association et de voir comment ça se déroulait de l’extérieur pouvait être vraiment intéressant pour une première approche. Faire partie du pôle relations publiques, qui est un pôle en français, me permet d’apprendre à gérer tout ce qui concerne les contacts avec l’extérieur, les partenariats et c’est vraiment intéressant. Avec RIMUN, j’ai appris à avoir le sens des relations et à promouvoir un projet. “

 

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Andreea Flora, Security Council Chair and RIMUN Team, Euram 2A ” RIMUN is a great opportunity for us to finally get to practice all that we have been learning about in class. I’m a MUN addict so I do a lot of MUNs. RIMUN is an amazing experience, it is a great weekend and I’m really happy this happens in Reims.”

 

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Clara Martín, Security Council Chair and RIMUN Team, Euram 2A ” RIMUN is a great way to meet new people, to be aware of the issues that we face today, to become familiar with them but also to have a ton of fun in a diplomatic context. “

 

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Sitara Herur, Chair of UN Women Committee and her Vice Chair “I chose this committee because I’m really passionate about women’s rights issues. Moreover, I chose to come to RIMUN and chair here because I participated last year and I really wanted to contribute to the growth of this initiative.” “I was really interested by the fact that we have a Women’s Committee. I also got to get out with friends from primary school, so this is really nice! “

Métamorphose

By Alexis Romet.

 

L’esprit fécond de juin fertilise la terre ;

La flore explosant, une festive éclosion

Parsème la forêt de germes de mystères.

Fol endroit, où s’opèrent ces transformations,

Dirige moi au travers de ton monastère,

Et montre moi cet arbre fort en ton bastion.

*

Gravé dans l’écorce de ce bois ancestral,

Un visage convulsionné se tord de peur.

Le temple sacré fait des fleurs ses vestales,

Prophètes le parfumant d’un fluide trompeur.

Au milieu de ce champêtre champ de pétales,

L’homme paralysé glisse dans la torpeur.

*

Les rameaux antiques du père trop âgé

Dissimulent la vérité aux yeux profanes,

Qui se fait feuillé dévot d’un voile ombragé.

Les sens étourdis par la jouvence diaphane,

Dans la pénombre se noient au lieu de nager ;

Puis, tel un bouquet, dans la vive passion fanent.

*

Avant que tu ne files dans la vieillesse,

Profite de ce vaste monde qui t’oppose ;

Laisse la nature surgir en ta jeunesse.

Libérant ton corps chaste d’une fin morose,

Elle te déflorera pour que tu renaisses.

Divulgue toi avec cette métamorphose.