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5 Things I Learned from the Asha Holi Festival

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Asha Holi Festival is an annual Indian festival that celebrates the arrival, vitality, and color of spring by having a huge paint fight. At this year’s event on Sandhill Fields, people got dirty, ate Indian food, and enjoyed a huge dance party. There’s nothing like spending a Sunday afternoon dancing in the sun covered in paint. But more than amusement, I learned life lesson’s from this year’s Holi.

1. No matter how pretty it is, do not taste the rainbow. I got a mouth full of pink today and the texture and flavor isn’t for everybody.

Blue skies and multicolored people.

2. Color is a viable alternative to clothes. I’m not referring to nudity here but paint powder did seem to replace tops for some people.

3. Apparently, the phrase “Happy Holi!” makes up for any form of overly intimate contact with strangers. Rub your face? Grab your shoulder? Just say that phrase and everything’s good.

4. Even though there were musical performances and the field was just as messy as most packed concert venues, the Holi Festival was not a rock concert. This means that most people will look at you like you’re insane if you randomly try to crowd surf or start a mosh pit at a packed festival.

5. Little kids are cute with guns. Squirt guns, of course. Or giant super soakers. Even if they’ve just shot you in the face, they’re so tiny that it makes everything okay.

Moral of the story: HAPPY HOLI!

Access: De-Nyed

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The level of hysteria and fandom was as viscous as sodium silicate; the roar of the room louder than that of a Boeing 747 engine. People climbing over walls and through windows, and not even to make a horribly ad nauseastic Antoine Dodson reference. You would think that some sort of celebrity was talking about Sudan or directing a movie about necrophilia. Until you noticed all the bowties.

"I missed Bill Nye talk? Dang it!" (Photo Credit to Samir Junnarkar)

Yes, thanks to the Professor Scott Hubbard and the Stanford AIAA, Stanford students congregated upon Building 200 on Wednesday, regardless of major or area of academic interest, to catch an impromptu Q&A session with the Sultan of Science himself: Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Laugh It Up: Stanford’s Comedy Takes the Stage

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

With finals just around the corner, laughs are a much needed commodity on campus.  And while that witty pun your Chem TA pulled about how you’ll all “polymer-ace the course” is well and good, sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals…er, professionals-in-training.

So what’s on the menu in terms of Stanford comedy?  Quite a bit actually.

Stand Up Comedy Competition, Friday, Feb. 25

Saunter on over to Toyon at 8pm to see the Campus-wide Stand Up Comedy Competition, hosted by Spiked Punchline.  It’s free and any student can enter, so whether you are laughing histerically with them or at them, it’s guaranteed to be entertaining.  Not to mention that if you stay to the end, the audience gets to vote on who should be the winners who advance on to the National College Comedy Competition hosted by Rooftop Comedy.

And as a reminder, Spiked Punchline also hosts a monthly Comedy Night at the Coho on Tuesday night from 8pm-10pm.

The Pillowman, Thursday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26

And for you fans of the darker side of comedy, a student production of The Pillowman, produced by Nathaniel Nelson, is showing through Sunday.  I can’t tell you too much about what happens, but apparently it involved child murder (that may not sound funny, but don’t even pretend you’ve never told a dead baby joke).  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Showtimes are:

Thursday Feb. 23 at 8pm
Friday Feb. 24 at 8pm, 12 am (midnight)
Saturday Feb 25 at 2pm AND 8pm
Sunday, Feb 26th at 2pm

at Prosser Studio Theater

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Happy Monday

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It’s the fourteenth of February.

Otherwise known as Read to Your Child Day, though I imagine most undergrads won’t be in observance. Much more applicable to us is the loved and loathed Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, depending on your outlook). I was going to write a post about all the cutesy shit Stanford couples could do on and off campus without breaking the bank (such as making some pottery together a la Ghost, taking some fun photos, having an indoor picnic and the like.). I have since changed my mind. It’s not that I am one of those extremists who begins to gag at the sight of red and pink or couples holding hands. Whatever floats your boat. I am actually working my way to neutrality. And why write about a bunch of adorable activities that I can’t even take part in, anyway?

It's not that bad.

I am simply determined to make it not suck to be alone this Valentine’s Day. It shouldn’t be that hard. I don’t see how it can have much of an effect on a busy college student who lives on campus and has many single friends. I will not be Sad Keanu on a park bench. I’m not going be sitting alone in the dark, watching The Notebook, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s there to catch my tears. Regardless, I give to you some of the tips I’ve come across.

By far the most popular suggestion is to surround yourself with friends and do something fun. Just because it’s a day about love doesn’t mean it has to be romantic love, right? Let’s keep telling ourselves that. Anyway, get together with your best buddies and watch a movie or grab dinner. Bake something to share with the people you care about (people generally like baked goods. I made cookies and now have friends I didn’t know I had before). Something on campus you can do tonight is go to Black Love at 7 in the Toyon lounge. Omarion can sing your troubles away.

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Failtastic Love Songs

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

"A boombox is not a toy." TheLonelyIsland

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again.  CVS has become a glycemic nightmare, the LikeALittle posts are increasing in frequency and desperacy, and you can’t take a walk around campus at night without stumbling upon canoodling couples.  Awkward.

Bust out the Disney pop-out valentines and the predictable romantic comedies, ’cause it’s almost Valentine’s Day.

This post serves primarily as a warning to any intrepid young men hoping to pull a John Cusack boombox scene like in Say Anything: some love songs are stupid.  Yeah, sure, well-intentioned, maybe.  But stupid.  Follow along as I assess some of Western culture’s favorite love songs… and why they’re so dysfunctional.

Your Song – Elton John

His gift is his song and this one’s for you.  “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”  Awww.  Until he gets to the part where he, um, forgets the color of his sweetheart’s eyes.  Boys: you should know this.  If you don’t, Facebook-stalk your girlfriends, quick!  Girls: if he can’t remember the color of your eyes and doesn’t have amnesia, he’s not exactly committed.  Run away, run away!

Yikes.

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult

This song attempts to romanticize death.  More specifically, an allusion to the death of Romeo and Juliet.  In case you weren’t paying attention in eighth grade English class, Romeo dies by poison and Juliet stabs herself with a dagger.  Um, creepy much?

Every Breath You Take – The Police

In what is also known as the stalker song, Sting insists that no matter what you’re doing, he will be watching you.   He dreams and “can only see your face.”  Yes, it’s a catchy song, but the level of obsessive adoration and devotion approaches that of a psychological disorder.

You May Be Right – Billy Joel

“Friday night I crashed your party / Saturday I said I’m sorry / Sunday came and trashed it out again.”  So he trashes your parties.  Routinely.  “I may be crazy / but it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for.”  Remember Jack Nicholson in The Shining?  Ladies, I can assure you that you’re not looking for a lunatic.

Bad hair day, Bowie?

Rebel, Rebel – David Bowie

Even the driving guitar riffs and British accent aren’t enough to make up for the fact that he calls you a “hot tramp” and “tacky thing,” admits a degree of confusion about your gender (“not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”), and he’s encouraging your use of sedative-hypnotic drugs….  At least the catchy song puts some fun in the dysfunctional?

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V-Week: Speak out Againt Violence Against Women and Girls

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Stanford’s annual V-Day tradition continues this year during February 14-18. V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day groups all over the world host events, most commonly Eve Engler’s acclaimed play, The Vagina Monologues. Stanford, in conjunction with the international V-Day organization, hosts V-Week, a week-long series of events shedding light on violence against women and girls.

Click here to see a complete list of upcoming events or contact Viviana at vcarcia@stanford.edu


    You’re Doing It Wrong: Dating and the Fairy Tale Phenomenon at Stanford

    Friday, February 4th, 2011

    Constant weddings on campus = no pressure, right?

    At Stanford, as at many elite universities, there tends to be a predominant view that dating here is somehow flawed.  We’re working too hard, we claim, we don’t have time to develop meaningful relationships.  There’s no middle ground, others complain, where’s the route between frat party flings and near-obsessive-already-planning-the-wedding-in-Mem-Chu couplings?

    And sure, there are more people who want to be in relationships than actually are.  Depending on your metrics, that might be sufficient data to prove the there’s-no-dating-at-Stanford hypothesis.

    But I don’t think that dating at Stanford is fundamentally flawed.  I think that many of us are just going  about it the wrong way.

    Like… only a little?

    Artificial dating constructs don't work... but those purple boots sure do! I think I need a pair.

    We Stanford students like for things to be effortless.  High school valedictorians, sports stars, musical prodigies – you name it, we’re used to things coming easily.  We focus on our academics and extracurricular activities and often assume that the rest will fall into place without any additional work on our part.

    Cue LikeaLittle.com, the very definition of half-hearted, lazy pursuit of meaningful relationships.  Oh, sure, it’s much easier to confess that crush under the guise of anonymity of the Internet.  But that post took you, what, 30 seconds to write?  With relationships, as with any other meaningful pursuits, you receive according to the effort you put into something.  So if your admiration for someone is really only worth a 30-second post, go for it.  And watch absolutely nothing happen.  Don’t accuse flirting of failing you – pin the blame on the sad excuse for a flirt medium in which you engaged.

    In real life, there are no fairy godmothers to make your wishes come true.  If you want something to work out, TALK to the object of your affections.  Yeah, it’s difficult and potentially awkward, but we’re all too busy to assess the intricacies of chance meetings.  If you’re actually interested in someone, you really “need to be bold, need to jump in the cold water” and put yourself out there.  If you don’t put forth at least that much effort and interest, why should they?  And for the hesitant out there: honestly, what’s the worst that could happen?  The math is in your favor.  If it doesn’t work out with crush #1 or #2, there are over 15,000 other Stanford students to choose from.  There are plenty of fish in the sea.

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    A Winning Combination

    Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

    Everyone loves chocolate, and everyone loves vaginas. This year, the organizers of Stanford V-Week are doing feminism proud by selling tasty treats in the shape of women’s genitalia Friday Feb. 4th from 2-4 pm at the Women’s Community Center.

    V-Week, held every year in February, is a week-long series of programs that bring attention to the issue of violence against women. The highlight is an annual performance of Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues.

    Look out for V-Week and chocolate vaginas coming your way soon.

    How Stanford is Redefining Cool

    Friday, January 28th, 2011

    The $2.8 billion tank top? High-grossing Avatar brought Stanford's "cool cachet" to the silver screen.

    Stanford has pretty impressive street cred.

    I started to catch on to this when I watched Avatar for the first time.  James Cameron’s carefully-crafted CGI masterpiece may be one of the most meticulously constructed cinematic works of our generation.  Which is why I was so surprised to encounter a truly glaring instance of product placement: Sigourney Weaver‘s avatar wears a bright red Stanford tank top.

    It’s easy to write this off as clever marketing (though the University was in no way involved) or simply an homage to Weaver’s alma mater.  But it’s not actually that simple.  Stanford has unquestionable purchasing power: not just as a highly-valued institution, but as a cultural symbol of an almost paradoxical confluence of brainpower and, well, coolness.

    In this instance, Stanford is identified with the environmentally-conscious “good scientist,” with a confident and powerful female protagonist who is literally trying to save her world.  To those familiar with the Farm today, these are certainly resonant themes on campus which validate our claim to  “coolness.”

    But Avatar is only the tip of the iceberg….  (Get it?  James Cameron directed Titanic….)

    The Ubiquitous Stanford T-Shirt:

    Just like Weezer, we're doin' things our own way and never giving up.

    Primed by the Avatar incident, suddenly I was seeing Stanford T-shirts everywhere.  This is almost no surprise, as few universities have a T-shirt design as consistent and uniquely identifiable as ours.  But the numbers are staggering: there are 828,000 Google hits for “Stanford T-shirt” and only 269,000 for Harvard and 694,000 for Princeton.  Google doesn’t lie.

    The cultural icon: The Blues Brothers shows how the Stanford T-shirt's cool power spans generations.

    The unifying theme I noticed was the context in which the shirts appeared: Stanford T-shirt wearers are cool.  In the case of Sigourney Weaver, it’s a badass scientist working with state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize the way we interact with the world.  In The Blues Brothers, Mr. Stanford Shirt and his fellow concert attendees are, by and large, a bunch of young, fun-loving twenty-somethings rocking out for charity.  (Dance Marathon, anyone?)  The presence of the Stanford T-shirt in Weezer’s “Troublemaker” music video is yet another perfect distillation of Stanford’s pop culture power.  In the video, Weezer and their fans seek to break numerous world records, pushing the boundaries of the possible and having a blast while doing it – a parallel to Stanford’s prominence as a research institution.  On a more obvious level, the lyrics of “Troublemaker” can be seen as an analogy to the Stanford entrepreneurial attitude.  As the bold West Coast foil to the traditionally-grounded Ivies, we are indeed “doin’ things [our] own way and never giving up.”  You’re right, Rivers Cuomo.  “There isn’t anybody else exactly quite like [Stanford].”

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    We’re at War, Remember?

    Thursday, January 27th, 2011

    Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried, discussed war and its ethics with fellow author and Vietnam veteran Tobias Wolff at Cubberley Auditorium on Monday night.

    Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday tried to address every major problem facing the U.S. in one hour. He arguably succeeded, despite getting interrupted by applause every couple of sentences. While most of what he discussed was to be expected–creating jobs, reforming education, celebrating his administration’s triumphs (or disasters, depending on your point of view)–at the end he touched on a topic one hardly hears discussed at Stanford or in the media: the nation’s two wars.

    The United States is nearing its eighth year in Iraq and tenth year in Afghanistan. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the Stanford community got a chilling reminder on Monday night about the realities of war from authors and Vietnam veterans Tim O’Brien and Tobias Wolff. O’Brien and Wolff, who teaches English at Stanford, discussed their memories of war, its conflicts with ethics, and the role of conscience in society before a packed audience in Cubberley Auditorium.

    The novelty of what these authors shared reinforced how distant we have become from our country’s present conflicts. “All I recalled was generalized chaos,” said O’Brien. “War erases memory. Chronologies get scrambled…. I wrote about the aftermath, what I carried with me for the rest of my life.” O’Brien went on to write novels that would make him one of the most famous voices of the Vietnam generation, including the fittingly-titled The Things They Carried. Yet as O’Brien pointed out, he had to press his content beyond “the killing and dying.” His anger–at the chicken-hawk politicians who had drafted him and sent him into the conflict without putting their own bodies where their thoughts were, at the supposed heroism of his task in the wake of My Lai, at the way war sought to “divorce him from life”–pushed him to expose the “petty horrors of war” that had evaded the rest of his countrymen. Ultimately, O’Brien’s work sought to answer the following question: what is the role of conscience in society?

    We talk about conscience like an existential notion that we achieve when we know ourselves. Yet how can we know ourselves when we don’t even think about the men and women getting shot and blown up overseas supposedly defending our way of life? Wolff admitted at one point that he left for war seeking a taste of adventure, a desire that deserted him as soon as he arrived. His misconception is mild compared to the ambivalent way we view the volunteers who serve us today, if we even think about them at all. (more…)

    A Final Plea for Sudan

    Saturday, January 8th, 2011

    Tensions run high in the southern regions of Sudan

    Sudan is less than 48 hours from a historic precipice.  Depending on whether the Southern Sudan referendum passes on January 9th, Sudan will either descend into renewed anarchy or emerge triumphant with the hope and promise of a more peaceful future.

    As you may remember from my earlier article when George Clooney and John Prendergast visited Stanford, the current referendum in Sudan proposes the splitting of Sudan with the hopes of preventing future religiously and economically motivated violence.  With very high stakes in the form of oil-rich regions, this option is one of the few viable solutions for finally obtaining peace in the tumultuous Darfur region.  In a frantic, last-minute push, Prendergast and Clooney have returned to Sudan to implore the Sudanese government to seriously consider the referendum and begin taking the necessary steps to protect all Sudanese people.

    Supporters of secession

    If you’re writing the Sudan issue off as another distant tremor in war-torn Africa, please think again.  Consider for a moment the movie Hotel Rwanda.  Just a decade ago, during our lifetimes, genocide in Rwanda led to the death of 800,000 citizens.  Not combatants.  Not soldiers.  Men, women, and children who were raped, shot, and slaughtered by machete.  In Sudan, we have a new Hotel Rwanda waiting to happen.  The very thought that something like that could happen under our watch is truly bone-chilling.

    Our generation can do better.  Our generation can stop genocide before it begins.

    The clock is ticking, but the battle’s not over yet.  If you care about the people of Sudan, if you empathize with the thousands of displaced refugees and heartbroken widows this conflict has produced, please consider doing the following to make your voice heard:

    • Sign a petition at sudanactionnow.org:  ask Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough (Obama’s point person inside the White House on Sudan) to “make sure Sudan’s leaders fully comply with the benchmarks for progress in both Darfur and South Sudan before any incentives are granted by the U.S. Government.”
    • Write a personal letter to Obama himself:  ask him to remember the January deadline.
    • Join STAND, Amnesty International, or any of Stanford’s other anti-genocide groups on campus.

    Oh no, UConn’t!

    Friday, December 31st, 2010

    ...and the crowd goes wild!!

    Yesterday, December 30, 2010, #8 Stanford women’s basketball beat #1 UConn 71 to 59 without ever losing the lead.  In so doing, Stanford decisively ended the longest winning streak in major college basketball history.  You go, girls.

    Stanford Cardinal 71, University of Connecticut Huskies 59, and what occurred here Thursday night just might be the best thing to happen to women’s basketball since it was decided girls no longer had to play in skirts.”
    Let me break it down for you by the numbers.
    • 90 games.  The last time UConn lost was in 2008, when the Cardinal defeated them in the Final Four.
    • UConn star and two-time national player of the year Maya Moore was held to 14 points.  She averages 25 points a game.
    • Stanford has won 52 straight home games.
    • 998 days is longer than the United States spent as a combatant in World War I.  998 days is longer than the lifespan of a newt.  998 days ago, George W. Bush was still our president, and nobody had heard of avian or swine flu.  998 days is a long time ago.

    Senior Pohlen goes in for the kill.

    Stars of the game:

    • Jeanette Pohlen: our 6-foot, do-everything point guard “crack[ed] the game wide open with sheer grit and physical toughness” with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.  “I just had that mentality. I’m not giving up until that buzzer goes off,” said Pohlen, after hitting five 3-pointers. “I think our team was really looking for me to get my shot. We got the win, and our team played awesome.”
    • Kayla Pedersen: her 11 rebounds gave Stanford a 43-36 advantage on the boards.
    • Stanford freshman Chiney Ogwumike played only 19 minutes, but her tough defense was enough to throw UConn’s star Moore off her game.
    We just didn’t play like ourselves. Give credit to Stanford. I think they played an unbelievably good game.”
    –  Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma
    Start your engines:
    • With impressive momentum like this, it’s up to the fans to keep up the vibe.  Breathless, senior Pohlen gushed, “I’ve never seen [Maples] this loud or crazy. Even our freshman year, the Tennessee game here, it was packed but nothing like this. It was amazing. Such a great atmosphere to play in.”
    • Perhaps more exciting is the potential of our program.  With Coach VanDerveer collecting her 800th win and younger players like Chiney Ogwumike already taking on difficult roles, Stanford women’s basketball is looking great.
    • So keep up the energy, sports fans.  With a season as promising as this, it would be hard not to get excited.

    Crash Course: VEVO

    Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

    An odd mix, but Vevo encompasses them all

    What do Iron Maiden, Rick Astley, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson, Sublime, Shania Twain, Limp Bizkit, and Abba have in common?

    Vevo channels.

    Are you surprised?   Perhaps on the basis of the wide variety of musical genres represented by these artists, yes.  However, with regard to current trends in music consumption, online and elsewhere, Vevo makes perfect sense – which is why it’s taking over how America receives its music.

    Vevo to the rescue?

    According to Credit Suisse analysts, YouTube only makes 0.4 cents per video view.  This garners a measly $240.9 a year for a venture whose bandwidth, licensing, and operation costs will run upwards of $700 million.  In other words, “Google will lose $470.6 million on YouTube, for which it paid $1.76 billion in 2006.”

    Vevo's "world premiere" of the Telephone music video changed the way we perceive online music promotion.

    Vevo may provide the solution to Google’s online video woes.  Launched on December 8, 2009, with the slogan “Music Evolution Revolution!,” Vevo overcame MySpace Music as #1 music site in the US within its first month.  The company represents a collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media.  Vevo has domain over music videos from three of the “big four” major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and EMI.  (Warner partnered with MTV Networks.)

    Today, approximately 23,000 videos are available on Vevo.  Vevo’s near dominance of the major music labels is allowing it to approach monopoly status.  According to Wired Magazine, “there could soon be no other game in town.”

    How does this help Google?  Well, Google and VEVO share the advertising revenue, and the institution of Vevo ended Google’s licensing difficulties with Universal Music Group.  “The purpose behind Vevo is to sell advertising at higher rates than YouTube does now.”

    Changing music as we know it

    According to Wired, Vevo “could save the music business.”  Mashable’s top 5 predictions for the music industry in 2011 suggest the following:

    Now, we’re not saying Vevo has single-handedly sparked the renaissance of the music video, but it has helped give the format a kick in the you-know-what.”

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    Our Athletes Are Better Than Yours

    Friday, December 17th, 2010

    Our athletes have won more Director’s Cups than any other school in the nation.  There, I said it.  Article done, right?  But I feel like that’s a cop-out – everyone knows we have the number one athletics program in NCAA Division I.  What’s actually newsworthy, what actually matters, is that our athletes are quantitatively and qualitatively the best in the nation.  Here’s why.

    For Andrew Luck, luck's got nothing to do with it.

    Our athletes are held to a higher academic standard than those at other schools.

    Coach Jim Harbaugh said it best: “We’re looking not for student athletes but scholar-athletes. No other school can carry this banner.”

    Take Andrew Luck, for example.  Our star quarterback, who by all fair comparisons was robbed of the Heisman Trophy, was his high school valedictorian and is majoring in architectural design.  There’s no doubt, as Fox Sports put it, that Andrew “has the smarts to go with the impeccable athletic skills.”  Indeed, according to teammate Doug Baldwin, “The only thing Andrew can’t do very well is sing.”  Luck‘s likely to be the #1 NFL draft pick and, according to the Mercury News, “it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”  Our beloved scholar-athlete seems like a pretty stark contrast to this year’s Heisman winner Cam Newton and the NCAA controversy surrounding his dubious recruitment.

    Yeah, our athletes cure diseases. No big deal.

    Our athletes are changing the world.

    Chemical engineer Jake Vandermeer is a busy guy.  A United States Presidential Scholar and former principal cellist for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Jake walked on to our #1 men’s volleyball team last year.  Just this September, Jake joined the team at the White House celebration of the 2009-10 NCAA championship teams.  But what really makes Jake stand out is how he’s radically improving the lives of others.  This summer he helped develop a potential cure for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease – a crippling disease that affects about 1,200 children a year.  That’s really something to cheer about.

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    Stanford Bowl Situation…again

    Monday, November 29th, 2010

    So I realize that Kevin just blogged about our bowl situation.  But that was before BCS standings came out.  And frankly, this is an amazing year for Stanford football.  We are #5 in the AP Poll, 11-1 for the first time ever, Luck just set a single season school touchdown record, and we have had 3 shut outs this season.  We have the best quarterback, arguably the best player (HEISMAN!), in college football.  We are in my mind the best one loss team in the country.  IN THE COUNTRY.  In fact right now our football team is nationally ranked higher than our academic program…and we are Stanford.  We have created one of the most dynamic football teams in the nation without jeopardizing the high academic standards that make Stanford the incredible school we know it to be.  Just a little while ago when we were 1-11, the idea of a BCS bowl seemed impossibly far off, yet here we are, thanks to our amazing players and astounding coaching staff.  In fact, this season has been so amazing that I think it deserves, not one, but TWO bowl articles.

    Now that I am done gushing, let’s get down to business.   I will try and make this as simple as possible, but keep in mind that this involves the BCS, so it can’t really be all that simple.

    First thing first.  In case you didn’t know, we are #4 in the BCS rankings this week.  Those ranked in the top four get an automatic invite to a BCS bowl game (in BCS speak, an automatic berth).  The schools closest behind us have already finished their regular season, as have we.  With a .0228 lead on Wisconsin, we can comfortably say, unless the voters go insane before their next vote, we should remain ahead.   This essentially means STANFORD WILL PLAY IN A BCS BOWL!  “Which BCS bowl?” you ask.   Here is where things get tricky. (more…)