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  • Screen scrimmage: Famous scenes shot at Stanford and Berkeley

    About an hour and 15 minutes into “High School Musical 3,” Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) steps into an arcade near Main Quad’s East Gateway, smiles in the courtyard behind Wallenberg Hall and bikes past the Papua New Guinea garden.  Beyond “High School Musical,” Stanford and UC Berkeley’s campuses have been settings for some iconic films…

  • Whistles, flags and staring contests: Axe Committee keeps school spirit alive

    If you’ve begun to believe that Stanford’s train schedule has picked up in the last week, you can thank the Axe Committee. As Big Game approaches, the committee embraces its many duties to rally up campus energy. Among them is a staring contest with UC Berkeley’s Rally Committee during the final quarter of the game. …

  • Thank you for the music: Bands at Stanford and Berkeley thrive despite rough odds

    As annual debates over academic and social superiority resurface between Stanford and Cal students amid the buzz of the Big Game, the culture surrounding student bands and musicians at the two universities suggests the Bay’s notorious collegiate rivals have more in common than meets the eye — or the ear, for that matter. While the…

  • ‘The Games of California and Stanford’ traces thrilling beginnings of football rivalry

    In the spring of 1892, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley came together for their very first football game as rivals. This historic moment, along with later encounters between Cal and Stanford through 1900, are recorded in Jack F. Sheehan and Louis Honig’s book “The Games of California and Stanford.” In 1892, seven years…

  • University terminates Sigma Chi lease of 550 Lasuen

    The 550 Lasuen house is under Stanford ownership and management as of Aug. 31, after the University terminated an 86-year-old ground lease held by a group of Sigma Chi alumni.  550 Lasuen, Neighborhood Magnolia’s only non-theme non-Greek Row house, was home to the Sigma Chi fraternity since its construction in 1938. After the fraternity was…

  • Stanford leads in Big Games across all sports

    As the biggest rivalry within Stanford athletics since 1892, the Big Game brings anticipation, school spirit and a flurry of longstanding traditions every fall. But although the annual football game typically draws the most attention and excitement, it is not the only showdown to watch between the Bears and the Cardinal. The Big Game extends…

  • Enemies to contemporaries: Rising authors at Stanford and Berkeley

    Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley both boast talented youth authors among their students and alumni. College rivalry aside, this generation of rising writers has much in common with one another. The Daily interviewed four about their creative processes and literary focuses. Aparna Verma (Stanford ’20) From her early imaginative scribbles to her recent,…

  • Student-athletes cautiously eager about move to ACC

    Stanford announced on Sept. 1 that it would be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2024 alongside the University of California, Berkeley and Southern Methodist University. While there is promising financial upside to the long-term media revenues of the ACC, the move raises larger questions about the well-being of student-athletes and the future of…

  • What’s in a name? Philanthropic histories bridge buildings across the Bay

    Walking through the University of California, Berkeley campus, a Stanford student may be struck by déjà vu. Some of the building names on the two campuses are identical — but does it boil down to mere coincidence? Looking closely, the stories behind these building names are a reminder of the decades-long history that bonds us…

  • FloMo expands Kosher breakfast options

    The Graduate Student Council (GSC) heard updates on campus dining and social life and deliberated over the circumstances that would warrant GSC funding for campus events and organizations at its Tuesday meeting. Housing and dining updates Representatives from Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) and Student Housing Operations updated GSC members on housing and dining on…

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