Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you already know that it’s Big Game Week! This means a slew of fun stuff on and around campus. On Monday there was a cable car rally in San Francisco. Tuesday saw the Tree-chopping Rally in front of Sproul Hall, and Wednesday night was the Laugh Your Axe Off comedy show. Thursday there’ll be the Night Rally starting at Bowles and marching around campus for all to hop in on. Finally, the Friday night before the game will be the Big Game Rally, complete with fireworks for the very first  time!

Try to catch as much of this week’s happenings as you can. But for those of you who’ve missed some, we’ve generously chronicled what Sproul’s looked like thus far.

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The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

The Cal Straw Hat Band and Cal Dance kicked off Tuesday's rally, with Oski sauntering in and out of the action as usual.

Cal Forestry enthusiastically obeyed the crowd's chants of "Chop that wood!" We all showed great appreciation of mascots here. Especially when the club announced they would be selling shirts that say "Not all trees deserve a hug".

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Despite the fact that the image Rally Comm chose for the BONFIRE RALLY!!! Facebook event kind of looks like a crackling inferno, the annual pre-Big Game bonfire rally is generally pretty fun and school spirit-y and overflowing with tradition and not hellish. In fact, it’s supposed to rain. It’s this Friday, November 19, at 7 p.m.

You might want to head up to the Greek Theatre early, though, because it fills up pretty fast and you have to get a ticket. The good news is, you do not have to pay for said ticket, and Facebook event attendance does not often correspond to reality attendance. So there’s that. read more »


In the hills of Berkeley, there exists a bright beacon of Golden Bear pride, and that is the Big C. It’s a steep hike (give us a break–we work behind computers!), but the Clog sallied forth at 10 p.m. to visit and otherwise disrupt UC Rally Committee’s guarding during Big Game week.

First things first: If you plan to take pictures, make sure you have a charged camera ready to go. So much for being tech savvy.

Needless to say, we managed to take some pictures …

After huffing and puffing, we reached the top, where “C” marks the spot. Despite our loud comments of “Let’s paint it red!” and “Ambush Rally Comm!,” there was no one to hear our genius. We walked across the C, stepping on a light (oops), and we realized the C had a whole string of lights looped around. So we plugged it in.

Unfortunately, Rally Comm sucks at lighting, but perhaps that’s all for the better, considering they had Christmas lights against the dry brush of the hill. Their decorated C was lackluster at best.

We must have signaled to them because soon after three bewildered Rally Commers came trudging up the hill. We greeted them, offered chocolate, but they spurned our hospitality. They attempted to fix the lighting, and we took pictures of ourselves.

The view was amazing at the top of the hill, especially during this holiday season. If you are either drunk or have a camera that’s about to die, the view would look something like this:

The Rally Commers walked the perimeter of the C, finding a smashed bulb at the base. “It must have been Stanfurd,” we said. Of course. Oh, how we love school rivalry!

Then we really thought Stanfurd was coming up the hill when a whole herd of men arrived at the scene. Immediately they stared snapping away, their flashes bright in the nakedness of the night.

“Take pictures of them taking picture of us!” one of us shouted.

Engineers! They weren’t Stanfurdites at all, just some pleasant (albeit awkward company). At least they were friendly enough to scarf up our chocolate peace offering.

Rally Comm never did figure out the lights while we were up there, but it was still enjoyable to hang out around a demented-looking-candy-cane string of lights. While they futzed about, we dusted off our pants and bid all a good night, knowing that would be the last time we’d ever hang around that many freshmen and engineers.

Image Source: Dena Fehrenbacher