Varsity vs. competitive club: What are the costs?

Being a student can be tough—it comes with the never-ending challenge of trying to balance studies, finances, health, extracurricular activities, and some kind of social life. Throw in a commitment to a varsity or competitive club sports team, and that balance becomes all the more difficult. Time commitment Joel Szota, a second baseman on the Carleton Ravens baseball team—a competitive club—and fourth-year public affairs and policy management student, said he spends between 20 to 25 hours at games, practices and other team commitments per week during the season. He admits that baseball season can be intense, but it’s one of the shortest for sports at Carleton. “We average four games and two or three practices a week, so it really […]

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Women’s gym hour campaign posters vandalized

Posters for a campaign for women’s-only gym hours at Carleton have been torn down and vandalized, according to Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator of the Womyn’s Centre. Schneider said she received a message that someone had seen a poster being torn down and thrown in the garbage. She said she has also seen posters go missing from the billboards in the University Centre. “Overall, the support for this campaign has been overwhelmingly positive, but obviously there are a few people who are against it,” Schneider said. “It’s sad that they’re not using proper language calling it segregation, saying it’s not equal for men when what it is, is not segregation . . . It’s offering more alternatives to let women be […]

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Ottawa rivalries extend beyond Panda

Ask any Carleton University student about the University of Ottawa (U of O) and they will gladly bad mouth their cross town rivals. The Panda Game and the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic are often marketed as major rivalry games between the two schools. “The Panda Game, the Capital Hoops Classic—and we are about to build up the Colonel By Classic—it brings out a lot of school pride, and alumni, they will be wearing the school colours, get painted up to cheer on Carleton Ravens,” said Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s director of recreation and athletics. But these aren’t the only sports at Carleton that have big rivalry games against the U of O Gee-Gees. The Carleton Ravens men’s baseball team defeated the […]

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Women’s field hockey pursuing varsity status

The Carleton University women’s field hockey team has high aspirations—obtaining varsity status. Entering their second year of existence, the team has been classified as a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) club. This means that they receive their funding directly from CUSA rather than from Carleton Athletics. The team has applied to athletics for approval to take the next step towards varsity: becoming a competitive athletic team. The women’s field hockey team filed an application on June 7, but did not recieve a response until Sept. 28. They have not yet been informed of a decision, according to Halley Chopra, the captain and president of the team. “Our goal was to be a competitive [recreational] team by this year . . […]

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Original Pedro the Panda trophy found

The Carleton Ravens football team successfully protected Pedro the Panda on Oct. 1 at the Panda Game when they defeated the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees by a score of 43-23. After the game, the Ravens were presented with the Pedro trophy, which is actually the third version of the trophy since the Panda Game began. The original Pedro was created in 1955. Bryan McNulty, a U of O student, asked a local jeweller to donate a stuffed panda to the school. It was to be used as the Carleton versus Ottawa mascot and act as a promotional aspect for the game itself. BIG news @uOttawaGeeGees & @CarletonRavens: @apt613 found Pedro the Panda, missing since 1976 https://t.co/iNIkYkZl6T #PandaGame #ottsports pic.twitter.com/YhaEEf2sdF — […]

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