Carleton named twice in top 50 Ottawa sports moments

Joining the wave of Canada 150 celebrations across Canada, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame revealed the top 50 moments in Ottawa’s sports history at its yearly induction gala on June 2. Carleton was mentioned in two of the top 50 moments, etching Carleton’s athletic feats into the city’s history. The moments chosen were the Ravens men’s basketball championship dominance and the first-ever Panda Game in 1955. Ranked as number 13 on the list, the tradition began when a University of Ottawa student donated a stuffed panda bear named Pedro to be used as the trophy for the annual football game between the rival schools. Following a 14-year absence after the Ravens football program was cut in 1998, the rivalry […]

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Capital Hoops Classic celebrates 10 years

When the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees hit the court on Feb. 3 as part of the Capital Hoops Classic, it will mark ten years since the inaugural event. The first Capital Hoops was held on Jan. 23, 2007, when U of O guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe hit a game-winning buzzer beater to win it for the Gee-Gees by a score of 64-62 in front of 9,750 fans at the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC), then known as Scotiabank Place. Only a men’s basketball game was played as part of the first Capital Hoops Classic, though the women’s basketball game was added to the event the following year. Since the inaugural event, the rivalry has been considered […]

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A history of Pedro and the Panda Game

Panda-monium took over the TD Place stadium Oct. 3 as the Carleton University Ravens faced off against the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees in the annual Panda Game. The first Panda Game was held in 1955 after Brian McNulty, a student at the U of O, decided something needed to be done to spice up the rivalry between the two teams. McNulty came up with the idea of using a stuffed panda named Pedro as the Gee-Gees’ mascot, and enlisted the help of local jeweller Jack Snow to stage the first ever panda kidnapping. In the years that followed, Pedro became the face of the game, with both schools fighting to be the one to take him home. […]

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A Ravens football history of homecoming

Alumni and current students were invited to participate in a variety of events designed to promote school spirit during Carleton University’s third annual homecoming, which ran from Sept. 16-19. Homecoming has been at Carleton since the late 1950s. However, it disappeared along with the football program after the team was cut following the 1998 season. In the years that followed, Carleton didn’t have any kind of homecoming. “That was the biggest disappointing thing in my first year, that we didn’t have a football team, so homecoming wasn’t even mentioned,” said Sam Cox, a fourth-year public affairs and policy management student. “They had nothing.” During those years, alumni were invited to participate in homecoming-type activities in May, said Mark Savenkoff, Carleton’s […]

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Fall semesters see spike in sexual assaults

First-year English student Amanda Horvath moved into her Carleton residence just two weeks ago, but she said the fear of sexual assault is already on her mind. “I’m concerned,” she said. “Being a young woman, it happens.” Two weeks of living in Carleton’s Lanark House, Horvath said she is still learning the gist of university life—good and bad. “Some of the guys can get out of hand and make some snide comments and talk really crudely about some of the girls on the floor,” she said. First-year female students at universities across North America are most likely to be sexually assaulted in the first three months of this semester. Experts have warned policymakers on college campuses of this period, which […]

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