I hope it goes without saying that I’ve been passionate no only about Carleton since my first year, but CUSA as well. My involvement on campus stems from a desire to build the best university experience possible for myself and for other students.
I think I can best convey my love of Carleton by sharing my thoughts on my favourite Carleton moment(s): Panda Game.
After 60 years since its first meeting, the story of a how a stuffed panda became the centre of so much heat has pretty much become a legend. “Pandanapping,” “world tour,” “vandalism,” and “local jeweler” all play a role in the telling of its tale according to the Panda Game Wikipedia page.
Each year, fellow students, alumni, and football fans make their way to opposing stands to cheer on their school. On in the past few years since I started at Carleton has the Panda Game has returned to its original field at Lansdowne Park. The proximity makes the match feel like a home game for the Ravens, with most students’ dressing rooms only a 15-minute walk away from TD Place. The student-housed Sunnyside Avenue (or Glen Avenue, home of yours truly) features pre-game parties and face paint tutorials, while the Glebe fills up in the early afternoon before kickoff.
Having only a year of school left to go (I know I said that last year), Panda will surely be one of the best parts of my university experience to look back on. Last year I was able to capture everything from the fanatic students, to the thrilling game and even the pre-game frenzy from behind my lens.
The tradition, fandom, and sheer excitement that all Ottawa residents feel for this event year in and year out is truly something to remember. Luckily, I have the pictures to prove it.
I anticipate Panda still being around for my children to one day enjoy. Hopefully they won’t be GeeGees.