The Sir Temi Zammit Hall seemed transformed on Wednesday as the spirits of the outgoing KSU Council were high and vibrant. The scent of accomplishment overwhelmed, and the KSU executives wore this sense of pride as they sat side by side on the large stage.
“I haven’t got the words, or the time, to describe what this year has been like,” expressed the outgoing KSU President, Carla Galea.
The Council was sure to focus on some of their greatest highs throughout the year, namely the Student 4 Climate March, the Alternative Modes of Transport campaign, the Autism Awareness initiative and their work on accommodating for Gozitan students studying in Malta.
Some of the ‘old’ KSU highlights also got a mention; the KSU Ball, Fresher’s Week, the KSU Treasure Hunt and the yet-to-come Student’s Fest. Each member on the executive board expressed that by placing a clear focus on sustainability as well as getting closer to students and student organisations, these events were made even greater successes this year.
As the Outgoing Financial Officer Eman Haber shared an inside joke towards the end of the speech, Galea couldn’t laugh but let out a giggle and soon the entire panel was chuckling along. At the end of the speeches by the Outgoing Culture & Entertainment Coordinator and Officer, Celine Bartolo and Matthew John Dougall, each couldn’t help the tears from letting loose. “Thank you everyone who supported me!” proclaimed Bartolo, “and sorry for all of this crying!”
Despite their lists upon lists of achievements, their greatest gain was certainly the solidified friendship that they formed with each other. The Council worked together “shoulder to shoulder,” as Jean Claude Scicluna, the Outgoing Education Commissioner, said. And surely, that is what each member will remember for years to come.
In all of the speeches and votes (of which there were plenty) that took place today, it was impossible not to notice the elephant in the room: the withdrawal of Kris Bajada’s candidacy for KSU President. This would have been the second year that the independent candidate will have contested for the role. He was unable to provide The Yuppie with further comments when questioned on the reason for withdrawing.
This meant that the AGM ended with speeches by the SDM candidates, who are the only candidates of this year’s elections. Acting as the Chair, Michael Piccinino addressed them, saying “to the new Executive team; you have a high benchmark to overcome, and I wish you the best of luck.”
William Farrugia, Celine Bartolo, Christian Aquilina, Eman Haber, Thomas Mifsud, Matthew Xuereb, May Hefny, Naomi Attard, Naomi Deguara, Julia Cini, and Matthew Gauci; we look forward to reporting on what you have up your sleeves for this coming scholastic year. The best of luck to you all.
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