Thursday 1st March was the date for students to choose their representatives both on the University Senate and on the Boards of 12 Faculties and Institutes. With all the nominations received, elections were however required for only the Senate and 5 Faculty Boards, with the other 7 Faculty and Institute Boards being uncontested.
The big news was that Michael Piccinino was re-elected onto the Senate for another term of two years, taking 51% of the 1,289 votes cast. Piccinino finished ahead of the two other candidates Thomas Camilleri, who obtained 37%, and Amy Camilleri, who obtained the remaining 12% of the votes, in the election.
The Faculty of Arts also saw a well-contested election with four candidates vying for two places on the Faculty Board. Out of the 113 votes cast, Martina Tabone and Josyln Saliba were elected with 72 and 61 votes respectively, whilst Nico Muscat missed out by just 4 votes, with 57, and Alexander Gatesy Lewis finished with 37 votes.
The Board of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences had a single vacancy and that was taken up by Damian Cuschieri who obtained 30 votes out of 44 votes cast, beating Daniel Briffa in the process. The vacancy on the Faculty for Social Wellbeing Board was taken by Duncan Muscat, who had already held this position before. He came out ahead of Stephania Fenech and Kelly Anne Zerafa to take that place.
Elections for the two vacancies in the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Board were very close, with Nicola Camilleri and Michelle Cortis both being elected with the same number of votes, and Emanuel Agius missing out by just the single vote. The elections for the three vacancies in the School of Performing Arts saw a tie as well; second year students Robyn Elishah Vella and Julian Chircop were both elected with an equal number of votes, whilst another election will be needed to separate Matthew Gellel and Daniel Formosa and to see who of them will take the third spot.
The full results with the vote count, can be found below;
|Senate Election Results||1289 votes cast|
|Amy Camilleri||151 votes|
|Thomas Camilleri||480 votes|
|Michael Piccinino||658 votes||Elected|
|Faculty of Arts Board||113 votes cast|
|Alexander Gatesy Lewis||37 votes|
|Nico Muscat||57 votes|
|Josyln Saliba||61 votes||Elected|
|Martina Tabone||72 votes||Elected|
|Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences Board||44 votes cast|
|Daniel Briffa||14 votes|
|Damian Cuschieri||30 votes||Elected|
|Faculty for Social Well-being Board||120 votes cast|
|Stephania Fenech||42 votes|
|Duncan Muscat||62 votes||Elected|
|Kelly Anne Zerafa||16 votes|
|Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation Board||13 votes cast|
|Emanuel Agius||8 votes|
|Nicola Camilleri||9 votes||Elected|
|Michelle Cortis||9 votes||Elected|
|School of Performing Arts Board||8 votes cast|
|Gloria Borge Lasarte||2 votes|
|Julian Chircop||6 votes||Elected|
|Daniel Formosa||5 votes||Second Election Required|
|Matthew Gellel||5 votes||Second Election Required|
|Nicoletta Pizzicotti||0 votes|
|Robyn Elishah Vella||6 votes||Elected|
There were 7 other boards that needed vacancies filled, and these all ended up being filled exactly; meaning that there was no need for an election. The list of people taking up places in the boards are as follows;
Faculty of Built Environment – Kylie Mangiani and Adam Pace
Faculty of Engineering – Nathan Gatt
Faculty of Information and Communication Technology – Jason Micallef (Post-Graduate), Julian Demicoli and Matthew Vella (Both Undergraduate)
Faculty of Law – Clint Meli (Post-Graduate)
Faculty of Science – James-Nicholas Grima Delia Spiteri Cornish
Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development – Yolande C. Newton and Anthony Rizzo
Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture – Owen Grech
The Yuppie would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them luck in their terms!