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  • 126th annual Big Game traditions continue alongside student activism

    Many students across campus demonstrated their Stanford pride by participating in Big Game traditions. Over the years, Stanford has continued its many traditions leading up to the Big Game, and the 126th Big Game is no different. Hoover Tower is lit up red at night, and the fountains course with red water. This week, students…

  • ‘We must fear the tree’: Indonesian president calls for sustainability collaboration at Stanford

    “Do I look like a member of the Stanford family now?” Indonesian President Joko Widodo, commonly known as “Jokowi,” asked the audience at Schwab Residential Center as he showed off his red tie worn in the Stanford spirit. “Now you see how it is important to be connected to each other as people, and so…

  • Rooting for the story: Q&A with Stanford professor and Cal alumnus Gary Pomerantz

    When communications professor Gary Pomerantz watches the Big Game, he does not root for the teams — he roots for the story. As an accomplished sports writer who has covered the NFL for The Washington Post — in addition to multiple Super Bowls, World Series, Rose Bowls and Wimbledons — Pomerantz knows sports.  The Stanford…

  • From a former editor: The Big (Game) question

    Jason Cole ’84 was a managing editor for sports at The Stanford Daily in 1983. He shares his thoughts on Stanford and Cal’s move to the ACC ahead of Big Game. The daunting question surrounding Big Game this year is not who will win. It’s whether the Stanford and Cal athletic programs will survive in…

  • From an athlete: We should be excited to move to the ACC

    As we approach the last matchup between Cal and Stanford football in the Pac-12, the 126th Big Game is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate support for our Cardinal student athletes as they transition into the ACC. Despite historic changes across the NCAA, one thing remains: the battle for the Axe.  Camille Peisner ’25 is a…

  • Stanford vs. Berkeley: Which campus has better public art?

    Among many aspects of Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley’s historic rivalry, none has stood the test of time better than that between the two school’s iconic public artworks. I will review well-known sculptures, statues and mosaics on the two campuses, presenting them in their glory. Battle of 19th-century figure sculptures: “The Football Players”…

  • Q&A with Daily Cal Sports Editor Mia Wachtel

    Saturday will mark the final Big Game between Stanford and Cal before they leave the Pac-12 for the Athletic Coast Conference. Although both have rich histories behind them, they each enter the matchup under .500 for the third year in a row. However, as is the case with any Big Game, plenty is at stake…

  • On Call Café: Answering the call for community

    Three years after the pandemic began, discussions about the effects of COVID-19 have faded into the periphery. Still, the restrictive distancing protocols of times past have left tangible impacts on Stanford’s culture and student life. In response, a team of undergraduate and coterminal students banded together to create On Call Café, a student-run late-night café…

  • This Week In Sports: Basketball starts solid, cross-country sweeps NCAA Regionals

    Welcome to “This Week in Sports.” We are Kenneth King and Charis Charitsis from The Daily’s sports section, and we will be walking you through the major games, events and stories from the past week. Men’s basketball Stanford (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) started the season strongly. Last Monday, men’s basketball picked up its 13th consecutive season…

  • Ranking the 15 best football players from Stanford and Cal

    In the 131-year history of the Big Game, some great players have suited up for both the Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears. Many of them continued into the NFL, with some becoming legendary figures in the sport.  In preparation for the 126th meeting between these two storied programs, here’s a (relatively unbiased) ranking…

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