Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Editor7
Statement: The Insite Leaders’ Debate
To students, non-students, media and members of the political parties,
Insite would like to thank you for following today’s Leaders’ Debate, which we believe was successful. This announcement shall serve the purpose of addressing a number of complaints received.
Admittance to the Hall
Days before the debate, it was made clear that entry would be solely restricted to individuals over the age of 18. Entry was hence solely subject to the presentation of identification in order to verify such.
This approach was recommended by the University’s administration; Insite, fully aware that this did would not limit non-students from entering the hall, accepted that it would be agreeable for a number of reasons stated hereunder:
- To date, there is no official identification for University students. The only form of identification provided to students the library card, which has been discontinued.
- Having the University administration check the student list in order to admit students to the hall was not feasible, both for the administration itself and due to logistics. Such was made clear during a number of meetings with the University registrar.
Both the university administration and the Insite executive board agreed that the hall’s capacity should not be exceeded due to security reasons.
The regulations for the event, as seen below, were fully adhered to. Insite categorically denies any statements claiming otherwise.
Terms and conditions:
1. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are asked to use the main entrance of Sir Temi Zammit Hall. Doors open at 11:15, and close at 12:15 – latecomers will not be admitted.
2. This is an 18+ event, so please bring some form of identification. Persons under 18 will not be admitted. 3. Students are reminded that this is not a mass meeting or political rally. Banners, scarves, flags, horns, whistles, or any other political merchandise will not be allowed in the hall.
4. In order to ensure that the debate is a civilized and fair one, students are asked to remain seated during the debate and to refrain from shouting, chanting, cheering, booing etc.
As a result, students were not admitted after the hall’s capacity was reached and all doors were shut at 12:15.
We acknowledge that there was a sizeable queue around the hall well before 11:15, and that political parties may have gathered non-students to come to the debate.
What happened outside the hall was not within Insite’s control, and never was.
Notwithstanding, Insite predicted that there would be a number of disgruntled students due to such terms – hence the debate was also screened the debate at the quadrangle.
Screening and Streaming
The event was streamed live at the quadrangle, it was visibly evident that the students made use of the stand set up; moreover, the event was also streamed online.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the live-stream link [livestream.com/insitemalta] faced a number of limitations which did not allow all users to view the broadcast. Despite this, the screening at the quadrangle was functional, with a single exception.
We would like to offer our sincere apologies for those who were not able to view the live-stream online, and shall be uploading recordings of the event shortly.