Carleton University students will be joining the University of Ottawa community in honouring Loic Kayembe, a student and popular member of the Gee-Gees football team, at the Panda Game on September 30. The Gee-Gees defensive lineman died in his sleep Sunday morning.
Although the Panda Game is typically a contentious matchup between the cross-city rivals, this year the two schools will be coming together to honour Kayembe’s memory. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) will be distributing black armbands on Thursday and Friday to students attending Saturday’s game. The armbands are marked with Kayembe’s jersey number, 49, to commemorate the player’s contributions to the team.
“We encourage students to wear the armbands at the game on Saturday to honour Loic’s memory,” says the Carleton University Students’ Association President Zameer Masjedee.
The first Panda Game was held in 1955, and at the peak of its popularity, was the most attended university football game in Canada. Last year’s game brought a modern-day record turnout of 23,329, and Saturday’s game is already sold out.
“We’re expecting a big crowd on Saturday, and we think it will be a great opportunity to come together as a community and honour a talented player,” says CUSA Vice President Student Life Abdullah Jaber.
As part of Panda Weekend, Carleton students can also look forward to Panda Night at Oliver’s Pub and Patio on September 28, and the Panda Concert featuring DVBBS on September 29. Oliver’s will also be hosting a pre-party the morning of the game, where students can expect face-painting and a pancake breakfast.
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