It’s Big Game Week. Go Stanford. Beat Cal.

Beat Cal
A large Beat Cal sign hangs from the Bing Wing and in front of a fountain spouting red-colored water. (Photo by Kate Chesley)

Puzzled by that hourly train whistle emanating from White Plaza?

The Axe
The Axe

Get used to it. It’s members of the STANFORD AXE COMMITTEE marking every hour leading up to BIG GAME on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. The 122nd Big Game will take place at 1 p.m. Buy tickets here. Alumni worldwide will also be gathered at watch parties in areas ranging from Tokyo to Anchorage to Washington D.C.

And you’ve probably noticed that large banner proclaiming “Beat Cal” hanging from the Bing Wing of the Green Library. You may also have paused before a few of the campus fountains that are spouting red water.

The bottom line is that there’s a lot at stake this year, besides possession of the Stanford Axe, which is the storied symbol of this classic athletic rivalry. If you are new to Stanford and want to know more about the Axe, you can read “The Tale of the Majestic Blade” on the Stanford Axe Committee website.

So what else is at stake? Well, if our beloved Cardinal wins, that’ll be 10 Big Game wins in a row, and you got to assume that will make Cal kind of mad. In addition, the Cardinal needs wins against both Cal and Notre Dame to become bowl eligible.

The week began with the Stanford Band gathering in White Plaza to impale Oski, that poor pathetic fool, in a bloody spectacle on the Claw.

GaietiesThe week also featuresĀ GAIETIES, the annual student-written musical extravaganza dating back to 1911. This year’s Gaieties, produced by Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, is titled “Midterm: Impossible, Ghost Proto-Cal.” Ram’s Head never reveals the plot of the show, but you know that it is not going to be good for Oski, the rascally Cal mascot, or the Cal Bears.

Other events include RIVALS FOR LIFE, the annual Blood Drive that pits Stanford against Cal, on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The drive is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation on Galvez Street and the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center on Santa Teresa Street. Learn more.

Current Stanford students will receive Nerd Nation T-Shirts free from the Stanford Alumni Association beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in White Plaza.

The Big Game Rally will be on Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Sponsored by the Stanford Axe Committee, the rally will featureĀ a retelling of the history of the Axe and a first-year dorm banner contest. Senior football players will be recognized before the last Big Game.

Go Cardinal. Beat Cal.