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    Apr 2007


    uOttawa students live in this house. They hung this banner for what would have been Panda Game Weekend. Alas, the Pandemic did it in.

    And from The Fulcrum editorial board:


    It’s 9:20 a.m on a chilly, but fresh, Saturday morning. Running down the street is a student in his jogging clothes – a regular Saturday in Sandy Hill. A crunching sound breaks the background noise from the nearby highway, as an elderly couple holding hands stroll down the sidewalk – they long for yesterday.
    It’s quiet, but there is a clear sense of abandonment; in previous years these cracked streets were littered by inebriated students in their garnet sweatshirts, screaming obscenities. However, frightened by an invisible biome, most are enjoying a well-earned sleep after suffering through an enhanced online course load.
    There will be no Pedro the Panda this year, Sandy Hill seniors won’t get angry at students enjoying their youth, taxpayers won’t spend thousands of dollars so police can enforce pointless public drinking offences, and there won’t be a poorly attended student union party to satisfy city officials.
    This is 2020, the year of eternal disappointments, the cancellation of the Panda Game is but a microcosm in this global pandemic. One of the millions of necessary sacrifices along with varsity sports to slow down the spread of this deadly virus.
    A janitor sweeps the empty stands at TD Place Stadium; on the field COVID-19 celebrates its first-ever Panda Game win, it’s quite nothing but a bunch of folded-up empty seats make up the scenery. It’s truly a desolate scene, but a necessary one, one that makes us realize that one instant can change the world – and its trickle-down effect has caused the cancellation of cherished moments – moments we will never get back.
    This pandemic has forever changed the attitude of our generation, rare will be the times once a vaccine is found where friends will say “not tonight”. This virus has given us a sense of urgency, a sense to live our lives to the fullest – it made us realize that tomorrow never knows.
    Last edited by ottawafan; 2020-10-06 at 05:21.
    Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa adopted its official colours Garnet and Grey, and like many nineteenth-century institutions, the athletics teams were known only by the school's colours. Eventually, a connection was made between the shorthand "GGs" and "Gee-Gee", the common British nickname for a racehorse. The unique Gee-Gees name and iconic logo known today is a result of 170 years of history in Ottawa

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