Published on October 12th, 2011 | by Jake Dalli17
Freshers Week: The Good The Bad & The Ugly
The year is well under way; accompanied by numerous rants with regards to timetable changes, cancelled lectures and summer nostalgia. Admist such reactions, are praise and critisism surrounding this year’s freshers week. Overshadowed by a students’ aspersion of the transport minister, freshers’ week was given little to no attention by the general media; yet a week on, people’s opinions have started to surface.
As happens year after year, a handful of corporations took the center stage populating the largest stands offered by KSU – bringing along vibrant colours, loud music and the free samples which make the week so popular with students. Despite the energetic surrounding, the atmosphere left a bitter taste for some; One student commented : “…the entire scene gave me the impression that we had all just arrived at a party [music playing louder than at Paceville]. Whilst I do not have any particular qualms about corporatism, I do wish to comment on the ill-thought out planning – where bigger names whom essentially have nothing to do with university were placed in the center of quad, whilst smaller organization were given a tiny box in an obscure part of the infrastructure.”
The critisism did not stop there another student noted that not much was being done to help the student: “I would have expected the KSU stand to be more of helpful one re: information about where certain lecture halls were and which meetings were in which halls … At the end of the day that is what a fresher needs and not a diary without a timetable and bunch of pens.”
Moviment Graffiti, Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh and Ir-Realta Collective shared the same opinion in a press release earlier this week; reiterating that Freshers’ week should be “of the students, by the students and for the students.”
In relation to a campaign Moviment Graffiti held during freshers week, it stated that “It is telling that of the banners Graffitti put up around campus, the one that said ‘L-Universita’ Taghna Mhux Tal-Kumpaniji’ was taken down and stolen within 10 minutes, prior to the opening ceremony. No one was bothered by a banner speaking on drugs, but heaven forbid anyone criticises the almighty companies. Who stood to lose from this message getting across to the students?”
The collective of left leaning organisations carried on to question KSU’s policies and interests when serving students “Is this the correct policy for KSU to follow? Is it not in KSU’s interests to have students emerge from their university years more educated, more mature people? Or is their vision so twisted that they see students best served by getting GO and Vodafone offers?”
The dull weather did not cease rivalries, as SACES and ELSA went head to head for another consequent year. Also challenging the weather were the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and other members of parliament who made their visit to the campus for the event. The weather neither kept KSU from concluding the week with it’s yearly Campus Fest on Friday night, albeit having to cut the line-up short due to permit restrictions; the event did not leave much to be desired, providing an excellent social atmosphere coupled with a wide selection of performances to suit everyone’s musical apetite. Campus fest’s great vibe carried on till late Saturday night when 30 student organisations rocked Amazonia club with the traditional Freshers Party – Freshed Up.