Train whistle, impaled Oski and Gaieties herald the 116th Big Game

November 19th, 2013
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The Beat Cal sign hangs from Meyer Library. (Photo: Kate Chesley)

Members of the STANFORD AXE COMMITTEE have begun marking the hours until the 116th BIG GAME against the University of California-Berkeley with hourly blows on the Stanford Train Whistle in White Plaza. The noisy tradition is just one of many festivities leading to the annual Big Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Stanford Stadium. At stake? The Axe, symbolic of the annual Big Game winner.

Other traditions include the “bearial” of a stuffed replica of the Cal mascot, Oski the Bear, which took place on Monday. Oski was impaled on the top of the Claw fountain in White Plaza by the Axe Committee and Stanford Band. A Big Game Rally was also held on Monday, featuring an eight-minute fireworks display. On Tuesday, the annual Rivals for Life blood drive pitted Stanford against Cal in a competition of blood donations.

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Members of the Stanford Band play with an impaled Oski in the background. (Photo: Kate Chesley)

Tonight, Wednesday, performances of Gaieties begin. Gaieties, a student-created musical comedy that pokes fun at Cal, is—at 102—one of the oldest traditions at Stanford. This year’s Gaieties is called Gaietiesburg: A Campus Divided and features a jaded Disney channel star, four hapless freshmen and a rift that threatens to end Stanford forever.

And, on Friday, members of the Stanford community will be able to purchase Nerd Nation T-shirts at the Arrillaga Alumni Center from noon to 2 p.m.

Saturday’s football game isn’t the only athletic competition between Stanford and Cal this week. On Tuesday, the two schools held the Big Sail, pitting the Stanford and Cal sailing teams in a competition on San Francisco Bay. Big Splash, also on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Avery Aquatic Center, is the annual clash of the Stanford and Cal men’s water polo teams.

For more information, visit the Big Game website, watch the Big Game video and check out the Big Game Axe Committee webpage.

Can’t make the game? Then watch it on Fox. Go Cardinal. Beat Cal.