Editorial: Carleton now a top football school

If a record-setting season that saw the Carleton Ravens football team win a home playoff game for the first time in 30 years wasn’t enough to sway skeptical fans, then the results at the 2017 CFL combine should be enough evidence to show that Carleton is quickly becoming one of the top football schools in the country. Since returning to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) in 2012 following a lengthy absence, Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah has built the roster into a Yates Cup contender. Along with potential first-round draft pick Nate Behar, the roster boasts elite talent such as wide receiver Malcolm Carter, offensive lineman Kwabena Asare, and defensive backs Nathaniel Hamlin and Tunde Adeleke Although Behar previously told […]

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Letter: Dave Smart has a shot at NCAA coaching

March Madness has now become the one month of the year where college basketball fans can rejoice and watch their favourite teams compete for the title of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champions. It’s become a platform that every aspiring college basketball team hopes to attain by the end of their season, and has been known to bring attention to some of the brightest coaching minds in the game. But this year, the spotlight is shining bright on Dave Smart, Carleton Ravens men’s basketball head coach. Despite being with the Ravens since 1999, Smart has shown no signs of losing his winning touch, as his team was able to win their seventh straight national championship this season and 13th championship […]

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Letter: Doping points to pressures student athletes face

Over the past decade, Canadian anti-doping programs have continued to implement extensive testing procedures for university athletics, in order to dissuade student athletes from competing using banned substances. For one Carleton student, this practice reveals pressures that extend far beyond the field of sports. Ravens defensive back Daniel McNicoll has been suspended for two years after traces of Adderall were found in a urine sample taken on Oct. 1, 2016. Upon conducting the investigation, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport determined the reason McNicoll ingested the drug was to help study for upcoming first-semester midterms. Some people will call this a violation of academic integrity, as the drug was used by McNicoll to improve his cognitive focus in class—and […]

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Carleton hosts Throwback week

Once a Raven, always a Raven. That’s the spirit of Carleton’s fourth annual Throwback celebration. From Sept. 12 to 17, the homecoming event featured on-campus speakers, panel discussions, live entertainment, sports, and opportunities for alumni and students to reflect on their personal experiences at Carleton. Both alumni and current students were encouraged to come out, network and have fun at a series of events that attracted over 10,000 people last year, according to the Throwback website. Each individual activity is run by a different faculty or department, said Steven Reid, Carleton’s media relations officer. According to Louise Hayes, the current president of the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA), there are over 20 events being held this year that provide opportunities […]

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Letter: Carleton baseball deserves more recognition

Some sports are more popular than others, we all know that. But when the question most frequently asked about our baseball team is, “we have a baseball team?” that’s a problem. Yes, we do have a baseball team, and they are actually quite successful. Playing in the Northern Division of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA), the Ravens finished third at nationals and had two players nominated for end-of-season awards, top pitcher Wil McIntyre and top hitter, past team member, Ryan Kerstains. Yet when you go onto the GoRavens website, which is supposed to the “home” of Carleton’s athletics, there is no mention of baseball under the dropdown menu that displays all the sports teams. The reason for this exclusion lies […]

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