MAM con­cerned about grad­u­ates ‘wreak­ing havoc at univer­sity’

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Malta yes­ter­day said it is con­cerned by re­ports of grad­u­ates wreak­ing havoc at Univer­sity dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion cel­e­bra­tions.

It is ap­palling be­hav­iour to de­stroy Univer­sity prop­erty and it is hoped that the per­pe­tra­tors will be caught, MAM said in a state­ment.

While en­cour­ag­ing newly grad­u­ated med­i­cal doc­tors to cel­e­brate in a dig­ni­fied man­ner off cam­pus, MAM calls on new doc­tors to re­spect Univer­sity stu­dents and lec­tur­ers by not dis­rupt­ing their classes. MAM would like to clar­ify that this be­hav­iour was not done by med­i­cal grad­u­ates.

This re­ac­tion came af­ter Univer­sity Pro Rec­tor God­frey Bal­dacchino con­demned the ‘dis­ap­point­ing be­hav­iour’ af­ter a re­cently re­fur­bished lec­ture theatre was dam­aged by stu­dents on their bus cades fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion.

Head of Depart­ment of So­ci­ol­ogy, Prof Mark An­thony Fal­zon ques­tioned why stu­dents “pay homage to the Prime Min­is­ter at Castille, and to the Leader of the op­po­si­tion in Pi­eta” when they then “smash up Univer­sity”.

Deputy Dean of the Fac­ulty of Eco­nomics, Man­age­ment & Ac­coun­tancy, Dr Ge­orge Vi­tal Zam­mit said that it was “about time that this shame­ful be­hav­iour is put to an end” even go­ing as far to call for a ban on the cel­e­bra­tions. Depart­men­tal head of the Fac­ulty of Me­dia & Knowl­edge Sci­ences, Dr Gorg Mal­lia said that whilst he agrees that grad­u­ates de­serve to cel­e­brate and en­joy them­selves, he con­demns this “ex­treme, dis­rup­tive and de­struc­tive” be­hav­iour.

Philip Von Brock­dorff, Head of Depart­ment of Eco­nomics also called for a stop of the fes­tiv­i­ties. Anna Zam­mit, a lec­turer at Ju­nior Col­lege, said that this be­hav­iour was not lim­ited to the univer­sity grounds; in­sist­ing that the grad­u­ates “sick­en­ing” be­hav­iour brings the col­lege un­der siege.

“I ex­pect bet­ter be­hav­iour from ed­u­cated adults” - Rec­tor re­acts

The Malta In­de­pen­dent reached the Univer­sity Rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Al­fred Vella for a com­ment who un­til our phone call had no idea what had hap­pened.

He said that he still has to look at the pho­tos but con­demned this be­hav­iour. “Some­times I don’t un­der­stand cer­tain be­hav­iour. To cel­e­brate, you don’t have to an­noy any­one.”

The rec­tor said he ex­pects bet­ter be­hav­iour from ed­u­cated adults. Asked if he would be tak­ing ac­tion, the rec­tor said he would if any dam­age was caused and those re­spon­si­ble are iden­ti­fied.

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