ABSENCE of competition has meant that a bunch of 'mere kids' looks likely to take over the executive committee of the Students' Union of the University of Hong Kong this year. The Kids, as the 11 enthusiastic students headed by second-year social work student Rosa Mok Pui-han are calling themselves, will know by tonight if they have secured the minimum 10 per cent vote from union members to take over. 'The Kids carry the symbol of hope and positive thinking. They are also a group of people who are ready for new concepts and ideas,' Ms Mok said. Finding the campus engulfed in indifference and apathy, the group hopes to bring a new dimension to students' thoughts. 'They might not be positive towards the future, but we must combine our efforts and have our future in our own grip,' Ms Mok said. In their campaigning during the past few weeks, the Kids have not stopped short of tackling sensitive subjects such as the selection of a new university vice-chancellor and academic freedom. Ms Mok could be set to become the union's first female president in more than 20 years, but the 21-year-old said: 'I don't see any significance in whether the union is to be chaired by a male or female. We compete for the post on the basis of our own abilities and strengths.' A disappointing experience last year as the external vice-chairman of the Social Work and Social Administration Society prompted her to stand for election as union president. 'I expected university students to show care about the society, but they seemed to be a lost generation living in the midst of confusion. They only came to university to study. 'When they had free time, they opted for going to karaoke bars rather than joining any students' movement,' she said. The union, representing all students, could provide the Kids with a better opportunity to arouse interest and concern in students, Ms Mok said.