A petition has been circulated calling for a major reduction to the print budget, as well as the removal of on-campus accommodation and salary for the Editor https://t.co/CYw3l785tX
— The University Times (@universitytimes) March 20, 2019
From top: Scenes from the Kights of Campanile ceremony under the campanile (bell tower) in the Library Square of Trinity College; the Knights of Campanile society president Ben Arrowsmith; tweet this afternoon from The University Times
On March 15, student journalists Edmund Heaphy, Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee reported in The University Times, published from Trinity College Dublin, about an initiation ceremony on February 27 for what they termed an “elite, invite-only Trinity sporting society”, called the Knights of the Campanile.
The society, a sporting fraternity, is described as an “all-male society with over 1,200 members” while “a maximum of 50 students members are allowed at any one time”.
They reported that they could hear members being told to “bend over”, “get in the shower” and “start whispering insults in each other’s ears”, while they could hear “groaning, gagging and retching sounds” all coming from a second-floor apartment where an initiation ceremony was apparently taking place.
The journalists had left a recording device outside the apartment but this was later found by the members.
The following day, according to the journalists, the society’s president Ben Arrowsmith brought the recording device to the office of the University Times and threatened legal action.
Arrowsmith called the Editor of the newspaper, Eleanor O’Mahony, a “stupid bitch”, and said he would hand over the recording device once he had deleted the recording of his “pre-drinks”.
Yesterday, the newspaper released a statement defending their use of a recording device.
Further to this…
Cormac Watson, in The University Times, is today reporting that a petition is now circulating calling for the removal of the newspaper editor’s salary and on-campus accommodation from 2020/2021.
Mr Watson reports:
The petition to change the constitution of the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) would also see the paper get just €3,000 a year to go towards publishing in print – this would cover just one issue.
If the petition is signed by more than 500 people, a student-wide referendum will be triggered.
Campanile pic: Eleanor O’Mahony (The University Times)