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NEW PHOTO CONTEST: Winter at Stanford

Thursday, March 7th, 2013


EDIT:  updated (bigger!) prizes – see below!

Winter at Stanford evokes myriad images in our day to day lives.  From the sidewalk scrawlings of “regarde le ciel” (look at the sky), to the Barista art in the foam of your mocha, it’s often the little things that add spice and color to your day.

For this photo contest, we’re asking YOU to submit your favorite photos from this winter, be they artsy, fartsy, or just plain cool.  Whatever “winter” means to you, in this place, in this time, on however much caffeine you’ve been drinking, email it to

The stakes:  $30 $50 gift card to the overall winner: choice of Ike’s, Starbucks or Amazon!  $15 $25 gift cards to the three honorable mentions (same choice).  And if you’re awesome enough, we’ll just add more prizes.  Because we can.  The contest ends on 3/22.

Thank you to Safemart for helping to make the Winter at Stanford contest on The Unofficial Stanford Blog possible. Whether it’s sipping hot chocolate at the CoHo in the Winter, playing Ultimate Frisbee at the Oval in the Spring, crunching leaves underfoot as you take a Fall stroll to Cantor or running around Lake Lag during the Summer, Stanford has a million things to offer. But at some point, most of us venture out of the Stanford bubble (at least for a few years).  Are you graduating this year and planning on sharing a house in Palo Alto with your draw mates while you work for the latest hot start-up?  Or perhaps you’ve got that investment banking job or Teach for America position that you’ve always wanted and will be moving to the Big Apple.  Wherever you end up post-graduation, Safemart has the home security solutions you’ll need to keep your new apartment or house secure.  Check out state-of-the-art Safemart alarm systems and related home security products today!

TUSB Contest: Stanford Football Fanatic

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Think you’re the Cardinal’s biggest, craziest, most devoted fan? Then bring your camera to the Rose Bowl this Tuesday and take a photo to prove it! Send your best shot to by January 11 for a chance to win a $25 Ike’s gift card and have your photo posted on the Blog. Consider it TUSB’s Fan of the Game competition. Runners up will receive $10 dollar gift cards to Coupa Cafe. This contest is open to current Stanford students. We’re looking for crazy, so (short of harming yourself or others) go as nuts as you possibly can. Go Card!

Stanford Fans

Not bad, but you can do better!


Haiku Contest Winners!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We had some great entries for this year’s haiku contest, and we’re happy to announce the happily Ike’s-endowed winners and their clever poetry:

That's a grand prize if I ever saw one. Mmmm.

Julia:  Doing Nyquil shots / Popping cough drops, throats on fire / Contagion party!

Lilian:  Could it be, char star, / a seg-fault on function call? / Pray, let this be all.

Chris:  Eww, naked people! / Why did I go to Columbae / right before Full Moon?

Many thanks to all those who participated!  We’ll announce another fun TUSB contest soon.  :)


Six Word Story Contest Winners

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Six Word Story Contest! We had over 125 entries, and so many of them were fantastic.

We’ve selected three prize winners, with a good mix of plot, humor, and wit:

Freud seems skeptical about that third one.

Tree falls, crushes mime.  No sound. by Seth.

Large crowd, cheering my name? …Zombies! by Sophie.

Freud slipped and yelled “Mother Fucker!” by Carlo.

These were also great, and definitely worthy of an honorable mention:

To do: Overthrow Dictator, Celebrate, Repeat.
It seems counterintuitive, but trust me.
Julius Agreer came, saw, and concurred.
The men never saw Earth again.
Gun-show ticket scalpers never succeed.
Fwd: fwd: I moderately support this!
Jack Bauer, Red-Green colorblind. Boom.
Hitting command+S: illusion of productivity.
Six foot woman, five foot coffin.
For sale: Hemingway book, never read.
Horse tattoo is now a giraffe.
Fired employee stole rope and stationery.
In search of baby. Have shoes.
For sale: assless chaps. gently used.
Invisible sheep make herding more fun.
Jedi mind trickster gains free refills.
Scrabble in Chinese was really hard.

Thanks again for all the entries, all but one of which were actually six words long! Well done! Our winners will receive a brand-spanking new TUSB t-shirt, as well as a gift certificate.

Last Chance: Enter Our Six Word Story Contest!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Showcase your creative talent and send us your best six word stories before it’s too late! The contest ends at 11:59pm tonight (Sunday, Feb 27), so don’t miss out. You can email them to us at stanfordblogging AT gmail DOT com or comment them below or tweet them at us with a hashtag sixwordstory.

Full details here.

Good luck!

TUSB Writing Contest: Six Word Stories

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Hemingway's decent submission to our contest.

The Unofficial Stanford Blog’s latest contest:

Prove your wit by submitting entries.

Who has time for long stories?

Six words, no fewer, no more.

Submit via email, twitter, or comments.

Use hashtag or subject line “sixwordstory”.

Unlimited entries, prizes for the best.

Writer’s Block? Here are good examples:

I did! For the whole post!

One tree – thousand matches. One match…

Scientists just broke up; no chemistry.

From ugly duckling to beautiful cassoulet.

Emo cowboys draw weapons, shoot themselves.

Escape velocity meant nothing without her.

It sounded better seventeen hotdogs ago.

Good luck! Enter by February 27th.

Our First Twitter Contest!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We’re kicking off the new year and the new quarter with our first ever Twitter contest! Three long wintry weeks are over and it’s time to dive back into the icy lake of p-sets and papers. Our football team made us proud on national TV, but students on the Farm are already complaining about classes. What’s your story from these first few weeks? Tell us and you could win free sandwiches at Ike’s.

Here are the rules to play:

1. If you aren’t doing so already, follow us on Twitter! Only those following us can win prizes.

2. Tweet anything about the first two weeks of the quarter. It could be a funny comment about a class you’re taking, an awkward or awful professor moment, or something interesting about the subject you’re learning. Anything and everything is welcome, from life after the Orange Bowl to death by PowerPoint. Leave a little room in your tweets so you can hashtag them with #tusb–it makes it easier for us to keep track of entries.

3. That’s it! We’ll choose the three best tweets and the authors will each receive a $20 gift certificate to Ike’s Place in the Engineering Quad.

The deadline is January 14th (next Friday) at midnight. Happy tweeting!

[EDIT: Multiple submissions are allowed and welcome! You can submit as many tweets as you want, but only one tweet per winner will be selected.]

And the winner is…

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Sophomore Jonathan P.’s awesome procrastination nation picture received the most reader votes. He will receive the last of our much sought after gift cards. The photo was taken with his new ultra-wide lens and came out beautifully. Jonathan’s best procrastination advice: lie down, close your eyes and listen to Pandora for a while. You’ll either get a much needed nap or gain energy from simply relaxing for a few minutes.

Keep an eye out for upcoming TUSB contests! Thanks to all who sent in submissions and voted.

TUSB Photo Contest Winners – Vote!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Congratulations to Joshua W., the staff-selected winner of TUSB’s Procrastination Nation photo contest! Joshua is a freshman who enjoys praising God and dabbles in online shopping, late-night eating, and singing obnoxiously. His best tip for procrastination: do something active! He snapped this photo on the roof of Durand while putting off writing a PWR paper.

Because we got so many fantastic submissions, we had a little trouble deciding on a second winner. That’s where you come in. Take a look at the photos below and vote for your favorite! There’s still one last Amazon gift card at stake.

Napping on a tree branch

Aiming a water gun threateningly

Playing around with an iPhone

Which photo deserves to win?

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TUSB Contest: Procrastination Nation

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

It’s midterm season. We all know that stress in high volumes quite often leads to madness, frustration, and, most of all, procrastination. You’re probably procrastinating right now. Sometimes it’s necessary just to keep us from losing our minds. At TUSB, we are happy to offer you the chance to benefit from your time-wasting activities.

Photo from

In the Unofficial’s second official contest, we’d like you to share your most anti-productive moments with us! Snap a photo of procrastination at its finest, send it to us at, and get the chance to win a $25 gift card. The deadline is November 13th at midnight. Two winners will be selected and each will receive a gift card, as well as the prestige associated with winning a TUSB contest.

To make a short story shorter:

  • Take a picture of your best (or worst?) procrastination
  • Send it to
  • Deadline: November 13th at midnight
  • Get the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Happy procrastinating!

TUSB’s Facebook Contest Winners!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Well, folks, the buzzer has sounded and the fat lady has sung. Our inaugural TUSB contest — fan the blog on facebook and be entered to win — has ended, and we have selected, notified, and prized our winners.

Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) staring intently at TUSB to see when the next contest will be.

That’s right, winners (plural): we had such a strong response to the contest that we decided to double the odds and select two winners. We randomly chose from among those who were fans of the blog on facebook by the contest deadline. We want to thank all of our Facebook supporters — as well as our readers of all shapes and sizes — for reading the blog. We also want to encourage you to “like” us on Facebook if you have not done so already, and/or follow us on twitter and RSS — these are not just ego-boosters for us bloggers but great ways to stay connected and not miss out on any of the great content.

Without further ado, our contest winners are:

Robbie S. and Gigi G!

Each of them has earned the $30 Amazon gift card prize. Congratulations to our winners! Stay tuned for our next contest, and keep reading and contributing to the blog.

-The TUSB Staff

TUSB Contest: Fanning our Fame

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Welcome everyone to the 2010-2011 academic school year! This school year stands to improve on all previous ones, mainly by tying for the most 1’s in the year since that great class of 1911. Being a ragtag bunch of students, we bloggers are just as pumped up about it and wanted to reward all of you fine readers for your loyalty in putting together our first of hopefully many contests. It’s simple: become a fan of us on facebook, and we’ll hold a drawing in 2 weeks for a $30 Amazon gift card to give to a random fan.

Like us on Facebook and get a chance to win money. Not too shabby.

Okay, we admit it: we’re mainly interested in increasing the number of fans we have on facebook. But we still care about our loyal readers who go above and beyond clicking a button on facebook and actually read our contest. Hence, we’ll let you in on a scheme to increase your personal chance for benefitting from this contest*. It’s fairly simple:

  1. Become a facebook fan yourself if you aren’t already.
  2. Tell all of your friends that you know a get-rich-quick scheme but that you only want a small part of it (say, half of it).
  3. When they agree, suggest that they become a fan of us on facebook.
  4. Point them to this post so that they also do the same thing

Now you might be thinking, “Please, Kevin, I’m not a sucker for a pyramid scheme.” But it’s not! Technically, this idea is NOT based on the contributions of those who join down the line: the prize is a fixed amount. Besides, we like to think of it as “multi-level marketing,” or so wikipedia calls it. I’m simply offering a method of maximizing gains.

Anyways, back to important things**. Details on the contest follow:

  • The prize is a $30 gift card to We will contact the winner via email or facebook or somehow.
  • The deadline is Thursday, October 7th, 10PM. Or roughly around there. It’s whenever we get around to pulling down the list of fans, which will be sometime that night
  • The winner will be picked almost entirely randomly from all facebook fans. I say almost because we need to exclude our staff from potential winners. What that does mean is that stanford student or not, undergrad or not, the rest of you are all eligible.
  • I don’t think it’s really possible for one to have multiple facebook accounts, but if we think that you somehow are trying to game it that or any other way, we’ll frown heavily upon and potentially act accordingly.
  • If you have any questions about the contest, contact us at . I have never done anything like this before, so hopefully I’m not forgetting anything really important. I will update this page with any important details as they come up

If you missed the link, here it is again, and to the right sidebar in 2 places. Good luck, and visit us at the activities fair tomorrow!

* please don’t take this seriously. Except for the part about suggesting to your friends that they become fans

** you can pay attention again

(Edit: it’s $30. That was a bad typo)