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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Stanford vs. Cal

So when I was at Cal, I was aware that there was some vague rivalry between Stanford and Cal. It all seemed kind of light and fluffy and I didn't know anyone who actually cared. There was this big game on the weekend. That was about it.

Here at Stanford, they're terribly serious about it all. Riding to my class at noontime, there were students with bullhorns shouting "Get your Gaieties tickets now!" and "Wear Red." They actually seemed to care. There's posters everywhere for Kill Julie, the annual big game spoof. Tonight the birdcage was all lit up and there was a neon 71 sign. I have no idea what that means. Apparently there were some pranks pulled over at Berkeley this week too. The phone number for getting tickets to Stanford games is "1-800-BEAT-CAL". (Of course, it's also "1-800-BE-AT-CAL" but that's just me.)

But all that weird rivalry aside (I mean, hello, that's soooo high school!), there's one thing I can honestly say Berkeley beats Stanford at hands down: the bell tower. Both schools have a bell tower. But the Stanford tower plays irregularly at best and my god it's so flat! And I think they were trying to play "Comedy Tonight" from The Producers on my way back to my office, but it just came out as a bunch of sour notes. The Campanille is actually pretty to listen to. And I'm not just saying that as a Cal grad.

3 Comments:

  • I noticed the rivalry a lot when I was at Berkeley; but I knew people on the Rally Committee, and people who'd pulled some spectacular pranks. But there's definitely a large segment of the campus who just doesn't care.

    Then there was the TA of mine who wore crimson that week, because he was from Hahvahd, and "The Game" was the same weekend, but took pains to point out that he was wearing crimson, not cardinal red.

    Are you going to wear blue and gold to work at all this week?

    By Blogger Anthony, at 8:40 AM  

  • Um, no. I didn't wear it when I was at Cal, so why now? Of course, I'm not wearing Cardinal Red either. It's a terribly tacky shade of red.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 12:39 PM  

  • I'm pretty sure the presence and quality of rivalry depends on your circles. Most of the Stanford students I know are convinced that while Cal takes things far more seriously than we do, in depth of rivalry if not in conspicuousness. The 71 was an hour countdown, by the way. At least they haven't started blowing the foghorn yet.

    By Blogger Eric, at 4:17 PM  

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