The fierce rivalry between law and architecture students was renewed today in what can be described as a tamer but equally competitive edition of the annual SACES vs ELSA Waterfight, ending in a stalemate which left the presidents of both student societies in brace while being carried on the shoulders of their exponents.
In contrast to previous years, makeshift shields, worn-down cars, cherry pickers, coffins and garbage skips were absent from the event due to apparent health and safety concerns by the University administration. Water browsers parked at both ends of the road were limited to keeping their pipes close by, and the unofficial rules were changed, requiring students to simply capture the president at their end of the street rather than place him in a skip.
However, despite the absence of grandiose structures, the event still attracted crowds from both faculties and a significant audience. Chants from both sides kept the mood high as future lawyers chanted: ‘ ‘Tal-ligi, tal-ligi, ala bieb z****a’ (‘Law students don’t give a s***’), whereas architecture students sang a spin-off of the popular ‘Tara l-Alla’ chant; ‘Titwieled… Tidhol ligi… Tispicca tahdem Waiter… Tmut… Tmur Il-Genna [Mhux ghax haqqek]…’ (‘You’re born… enter the law course… end up working as a waiter… go to heaven [not that you deserve it]).
Architecture and law students congregated at their respective faculties, collecting water balloons and painting themselves in anticipation for the event before making their way to the road leading to quadrangle at around 2pm. The battle ensued as students charged and formed scrums throughout the street, pushing each other either way in search of the opposing team’s president.
Architecture students, led by SACES president Adrian Cassar, seemed to have gained an early lead as much of the commotion started at the lawyers’ end, however the battle quickly evened out to last approximately an hour leaving students exhausted and inevitably wet.
After both sides seemed to be overly exhausted to carry on, the two seemingly reached a mutual agreement for a stalemate – carrying their presidents towards each other on shoulders; both embraced each other in a somewhat festive spirit as students chanted ‘Busu Busu’ [Kiss him! Kiss Him!].
Watch out for Insite’s video of the waterfight which is to be released soon.