The investigation concludes that an inappropriate comment was made prompting the old hosts to resign
-UPDATED AS 19/03/15-
According the Owl’s twitter account trivia night is being held today, March 13,2015 at 8 p.m. As soon as we have more information we’ll report.
-UPDATED AS OF 12/03/15 –
URSU released a statement today, March 12, concluding their investigation into the March 5 incidents at the Owl. The hosts have apologized and have resigned from hosting trivia in the future.
The report states that “an inappropriate and offensive remark was made by the hosts” during last weeks trivia night. It also reported that the hosts did in fact behave “aggressively and inappropriately towards patrons.” Though there was no evidence of any physical altercation, or throwing of chairs.
To see the URSU press release click here.
Thursday night trivia at the Owl is one of the student union run bar’s most popular events, but after an incident on March 5 trivia will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
The cancellation comes after comments made by the hosts of the event. Though the exact comments are unknown at this time several accounts describe one of the hosts making a joke about rape.
As trivia night participant Kayla Adams noted, the comments came during the answer portion of the round. “We were on slang words or sayings, and the answer to one of the questions was bite the bullet. The announcer, or trivia guy, said ‘or commonly known today as letting your girlfriend know to bite the pillow,’” said Adams.
Sonia Stanger, a University of Regina student, who was also in attendance, was one of the first people to speak out about the joke on Twitter. “We were a bit shocked because you know, the hosts are the authority figure at trivia,” said Stanger.
Her tweet, which reads “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could attend pub trivia @theowlbar without hearing a rape joke? Gross,” was followed by several other complaints.
The day after the incident the University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU) stated that it was conducting an investigation into what happened. “We saw the allegations on Twitter early Friday morning and upon seeing that, immediately started reaching out to our staff trying to find out what was going on. The investigation started right there,” said URSU President Devon Peters.
There have been issues with trivia night at the Owl before. Regarding homophobia and the offensive nature of some team names.
The investigation will include testimonies, the initial response on Twitter, and camera footage from the Owl. The footage will be used to verify allegations that one of the hosts threw, or kicked a chair. The exact details are unknown at this point.
“Obviously we take the security of our students, especially at our bar, very, very seriously. So we started to reach out to the people on Twitter, that we knew had been there and get statements,” said Peters.
Response from students has been disapproval towards the comments, but at the same time many are upset that trivia night has been cancelled. “It’s unfortunate that he did say that, because people have to be aware that this can trigger people, but at the same time I didn’t feel many people were deeply upset,” said Adams.
“There are often certain taglines and team names and things that are said that are inappropriate but I’ve never personally seen it cross that line. Especially from the host,” said Stanger.
Stanger feels that cancellation could cause some to blame those who spoke out against the comments, rather than being upset with comments themselves.
Regardless, as Peters said “It’s completely unacceptable, we’ll take the measures we need to correct this.”
If you have any information on the incident or were at the trivia night, contact campus security at 306-585-4999 to make a statement.
As the story develops the Carillon will continue to report on the issue.