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Stanford Report, November 15, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column

QUICK. HOW DOES CONDI RICE SPELL HER FULL first name? Readers of the Sunday Examiner & Chronicle got to test their spelling skills when former Provost Rice, a key adviser to presidential hopeful GEORGE W. BUSH, appeared in the paper's weekly news quiz. Readers were asked to choose from among four variations of her first name: Condoleezza. Rice's late mother, a teacher, named her after the musical term "con dolcezza," which means to play "with sweetness."

CARDINAL FANS WILL TRAVEL ACROSS THE BAY on Saturday to watch the Farm's football players face off against Cal in the 103rd Big Game. The team wants a sixth straight win against Berkeley. The usual round of pre-Big Game lunches will be accompanied by the not-to-miss Gaieties tonight, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. in MemAud. The annual Big Game bonfire rally at Arrillaga Plaza follows the show at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow. As Cardinal and Cal fans know well, this team rivalry dates back to 1892 and remains one of the most exciting in college football.

GIVE BLOOD AND LAUGH ABOUT IT THIS Saturday at a special drive hosted by members of the Golden Gate Clowns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanford Blood Center at 800 Welch Road. The nonprofit troupe will give blood in honor of members DON and DELORIS BURDA, and then will entertain donors and their kids with magic tricks, and balloon animal and hat making. Donors must be between 17 and 74 years old, but children are welcome to enjoy the fun, says recruitment supervisor DOREEN LEITH. Babysitting will be provided. The center also will host a Thanksgiving blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to noon. "There is no better way to give thanks for good health than by sharing it with others, particularly at a time of year when it is so desperately needed," says the center's CARYN HUBERMAN. Call 723-7831 or log on to to make appointments for both drives.

STANFORD'S SANTA, ALSO KNOWN AS R.T. CARR of Green Library, will spread lots of seasonal cheer next month with charitable appearances at campus basketball games, rest homes in Palo Alto and San Jose, and a Christmas parade. Santa can be spotted in Maples Pavilion at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 at a women's basketball game and at the Cardinal Invitational Tourney at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19. Families with young kids shouldn't miss the "'Tis the Season" parade on Dec. 2 in Redwood City, where Santa will ride a 1930s fire engine through the downtown, ending up at a tree-lighting ceremony and sing-along in front of the city's main library.

Write to Lisa Trei at lisatrei@ leland or mail code 2245.