Students beat professors in trivia night showdown

Wooden Blocks with the text: Trivia

Brock’s Biological Society held an event entitled Are You Smarter Than a Prof? to finally answer the age-old question.

The Biological Society (BBS) is a club that aims to support students not only in the field of biology, but also in related fields. The club provides opportunities over the academic year for students to build upon relationships with like minded peers and works with faculty and other students to ensure this shared environment is academically enriching.

The November 22 event pitted student trivia teams against professors in a showdown that lived up to the club’s expectations of ensuring collaboration and engagement between scientific minds. The game saw three teams, one consisting of professors and the other two being student teams. The professors named themselves Old Folks and the two student teams opted for Just Robots and Flying High. The students’ team managed to take home first and second place with the Old Folks falling behind in third. Flying High finished the game with 120,267 points. Just Robots finished close to Flying High with 117,519 points. Unfortunately Old Folks received only 110,036 points — but can we blame them for getting questions about Jennifer Aniston and The Avengers wrong?

There were four categories of questions in the game. Sports questions were sometimes facts about players, teams or mascots. Others were about different types of sports played in various countries. The history section included challenging questions from varying eras and regions, from Ancient Rome to contemporary history. Geography questions were primarily questions about different flags of the world. Culture is where it got tricky for the Old Folks. There were questions about movie plots and characters. There were also questions about the Kardashians and Post Malone, such as asking what holiday falls on the same day as Post Malone’s birthday.

The club’s co-presidents, Shealin Murray and Matt Condez want more students to get involved with BBS programming. They will be hosting another trivia night in the Spring. Dates are undecided but as more information becomes available students can find it on ExperienceBU.

The club has remained an active player in the Brock community, hosting an array of events of the years. In the past the club has arranged for experts to speak about biological issues, such as Dr. Glenn J. Tattersall and Dr. Jeff Stuart who spoke on the geology of the Galapagos in 2013. Stuart and Tattersall remain professors in biological sciences at Brock, and members of the Old Folks team at trivia night.

The club also arranged for a trip to the Ontario Science Centre in 2016 to provide hands-on learning experiences within the community.

The club will soon be hosting a review night as they have in the past. During exam time this is a perfect way to lighten the load of studying. Review nights are typically dedicated to a specific demographic, as they focus on a course at Brock and help students enrolled in that course get ahead in their studies. In the past the club has hosted a session for the course BIOL 1P92 and asked students to bring a canned food item to be later donated.

Trivia is not for everyone, so during this time last year the club hosted a Minute to Win it night. BBS advertised the event as an opportunity for students to come together to have fun before the stress of exams sets in. The club hosts small events similar to the Trivia and Minute to Win it throughout the year, and the co-presidents encourage students to stay updated through social media.

The BBS public Facebook page can be found under “Brock Biological Society” and they are registered under ExperienceBU under the same name.

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