Racist and sexist remarks allegedly made at Enginooner event

(Ryersonian File Photo)

(Ryersonian File Photo)

Racist and sexist comments were allegedly made at a Ryerson engineering event Thursday and left some of those in attendance uncomfortable.

Enginooner, which took place at the Ram in the Rye, was organized by the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS). But the student group says the comments did not come from organizing members.

Jonathan Forani, a master of journalism student who was having lunch at the time of the event, took to Twitter after overhearing some of the comments.

 

Lauren S. Murphy, who was with Forani, also tweeted to express her dismay with what she heard.

Enginooner events typically take place seven times a year and are played in the style of the game show Jeopardy!.

According to Forani, approximately 50 people attended the event, which took place at the front of the bar. Microphones and speakers were used to amplify the game, making it possible for everyone at the bar, including those who were not participating, to hear what was being said.

Rose Ghamari, president of RESS, addressed the comments made during the event in an email response to The Ryersonian. 

“The event takes place at a pub where people are generally rowdy and loud. Those phrases mentioned in the tweets did not come from RESS organizing members of the event, but rather the people who were at the pub at the time and who decided to participate in the event. Please note that the event is open to everyone – not just students from one particular faculty, and anyone may participate. It is not possible for RESS to control the speech of everyone at a public pub event.”

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