Editorial: Capital Hoops needs to move to a better venue

This year the annual Capital Hoops Classic saw a drop in attendance of 1,500 people. With an official attendance of 8,579, this is the lowest attendance the game has had since 2014. If Carleton and the University of Ottawa (U of O) hope to keep Capital Hoops relevant, they need to reconsider the Canadian Tire Centre as the host of the event. The Canadian Tire Centre is over a 30 minute drive (with no traffic) from Carleton’s campus, and even farther from the U of O, meaning that for students, the travel time alone to Capital Hoops could exceed two hours. Add on the fact that the night features two games, a student would have to spend nearly six hours […]

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Opinion: Jewish students were left out of Panda

Panda Game is one of the most awaited days of the entire Carleton University school year. It is the day when the University of Ottawa Gee Gees face our Carleton Ravens in a legendary football game. For the last four years, Carleton has brought the cup home along with immense school spirit. It is a holiday, a school-wide gathering, and a celebration all wrapped into one. However, this year, the Panda Game happened during a real, United Nations-recognized holiday: Yom Kippur. This holiday is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time when Jewish people fast all day to repent their sins and enjoy a big, festive dinner with their families in the evening. But how will […]

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Editorial: Respect goes hand-in-hand with Panda Game rivalry

School spirit brings students together, supports student athletes and builds a sense of pride in the school itself. However, you should not let your school spirit get in the way of being respectful. At Panda Game this year, there were many great moments, but these will be tainted by the disrespectful events that followed. Before the game started, there was a ceremony held in remembrance of University of Ottawa (U of O) defensive lineman Loic Kayembe, with the Carleton Ravens Twitter account tweeting numerous reminders at fans to respect the moment of silence. And yet, during the moment of silence, “Fuck You, Ottawa U” chants could be clearly heard. When players were on the ground injured, both sides yelled at […]

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Carleton Ravens win fourth Panda Game in a row

In front of another record-breaking, sell-out crowd, the Carleton Ravens marked their fourth consecutive Panda Game victory, defeating the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees by a score of 33-30 in double overtime. “This game is such a rivalry, this game is talked about weeks in advance and when you walk on that field there’s a whole lot of pride in both programs,” said Carleton Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah. But, this year’s Panda Game opened up with a deeper meaning to both sides. Carleton, coming off a blowout win last season, looked to turn around their season after a disappointing 1-3 start. For the U of O, tragedy rocked the team with the sudden death of defensive lineman […]

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Editorial: Extend marketing of rivalry games to other CU sports

Panda Game is the largest U Sports event in Canada with last year’s crowd coming in at 23,329 spectators and this year’s game on pace to sell just as well. Along with Panda Game, Carleton has heavily marketed rivalry games with the University of Ottawa (U of O) in basketball (Capital Hoops) and men’s hockey (the Colonel By Classic). While these varsity sports pull massive crowds with their rivalry games, club sports are neglected and their games against the U of O come and go with little to no marketing. For example, this month the Ravens baseball team played their rivals from the U of O in a three-game O-Train Series. Given the lack of marketing of this series, how […]

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