which was formed in 1915, and hasbeen played 114 times — with theearliest previous date coming onNov. 8.Both Stanford and Cal officialsexpressed their disappointmentwiththe 2012 Big Game date.“The October 20 date for BigGame is 2012 is certainly not ourfirst choice but the conference isgoverned by the will of the major-ity and we have a duty to respectthe outcome of the vote,” saidStanford’s Director of AthleticsBob Bowlsby in a press release.“We will work with Californiaand the Pac-12 Office to advocatefor the Big Game and all rivalrygames to be scheduled toward theend of the season in future years.”This will be only the fifth timethat the Big Game has not beenplayed in November. The gamehas previously been moved to thefirst week of December, as wasthe case in 2006 and 2007, to avoidconflicts. However, now that theconference has expanded to 12teams and includes a champi-onship game — scheduled forNov. 30 — that is no longer possi-ble.“The Pac-12 Conference val-ues the importance of our historicrivalry games and the importanceof scheduling them in traditionalend-of-season dates,” said Pac-12commissioner Larry Scott in astatement. “However, with theaddition of our ChampionshipFootball Game the last week of the season, and new televisionagreements commencing in 2012,there will be additional prioritiesthat need to be balanced whenmaking the schedule that willmean occasional date adjust-ments to rivalry games.“In this case, we made everyeffort to create a schedule thatwould allow the Big Game to beplayed at the end of the season.Cal and Stanford were clear thatthey did not want to play the BigGame Thanksgiving week so wepresented additional options toour member institutions for dis-cussion and a vote. Ultimately themajority vote determined theschedule.”
The majority vote
According to the Pac-12, theconference considers initial inputfrom every member school ondates they prefer, specific issues,and other requests before draft-ing initial schedules. Several pos-sible schedules are then put outfor discussion before they are nar-rowed to three finalists. The mem-ber schools then vote on the threefinal proposals.The three final proposals slot-ted the Big Game for Oct. 20, Nov.17 and the Friday after Thanks-giving. Both Cal and Stanford fa-vored the Nov. 17 date and lob-bied for its acceptance.“While this version kept theBig Game on a more traditionalSaturday late in the season, otherdates for conference games weresignificantly impacted,” said a Calpress release. “In line with confer-ence policy, the schedules wereput to a vote among the 12 athlet-ic directors, and the majority votefavored schedule A — whichslots the Stanford-Cal game onOct. 20.”The Pac-12 would not elabo-rate further on the voting process.Officials from the athletic depart-ments at Arizona State, UCLA,USC, Utah and Washington de-clined to comment on the votingprocess. Officials from the athlet-ic departments at Arizona, Col-orado, Oregon, Oregon State andWashington State could not bereached for comment by the timeof publication.A Stanford Athletics Depart-ment source confirmed that theother Pac-12 presidents voted infavor of the Oct. 20 date.Officials from Stanford andCal repeatedly pointed to themany Big Game week traditionsheld by both schools and theiralumni to reasons why the Fridayafter Thanksgiving date wouldnot work.“There are dozens, if not hun-dreds, of events on both campusesthat are tied to the Big Game,”Bowlsby said in an interview withthe Mercury News. “With bothschools on break, Thanksgivingweek won’t work.”However, the 2012 schedulewill still impact many Stanfordtraditions.
Richard Muschell, Stanfordassistant athletic director and di-rector of ticket sales, said his of-fice has received calls from alum-ni and season ticket holders aboutthe Big Game date.“People aren’t happy aboutthe break in tradition for BigGame,” Muschell said. “Andthat’s to be expected. Hell, weweren’t happy. We weren’t happyabout it either. But you kind of play with the cards you’re dealt.”Muschell said the student sec-tion, which was about 5,000 seatsthis past season, will be smallerfor the first three home gameswhen students are not on campus.Muschell noted that there will beroom for all students who wish tosit in the Red Zone.“If we had our druthers, I’dhave the entire [home] scheduleafter the students got back,”Muschell said. “The students addso much electricity to it. That’senormous.”The early home games, lack of an obvious “road trip” date andearly Big Game could also affectthe Band, according to LSJUMBPublic Relations officer BrianFlamm ’13.Flamm noted that the Bandtypically uses the NSO footballgame followed by a mid-Octoberroad trip to recruit freshmen andnew members. However, therewill be no game during NSO thisyear, and the away games be-tween the start of classes andThanksgiving Break are in Col-orado and Washington—too farfor an effective road trip, accord-ing to Flamm.“The big disadvantage of theschedule is having Big Game soearly,” Flamm wrote in an emailto The Daily. “For band, BigGame is not just a game, but thereis an entire week of events pre-ceding the game. . . Big Gameweek is probably the most impor-tant week of the fall for band, andthis earlier date could affect someof our traditional events.”The early Big Game will alsopresent unique challenges to theproduction of Gaieties. Gaietiesusually casts during the first weekof school in the fall, which allowsfor six to seven full weeks of re-hearsal and set-building beforethree nights of performancesleading up to the Big Game. In2012, Gaieties will have a littleover three weeks between thefirst day of class and the tradi-tional first night of performanc-es.“Because of the earlier dateof Big Game the staff and castwill have much less time duringthe fall quarter to produce theshow,” wrote 2011 Gaieties pro-ducer Nora Martin ’12 in anemail to The Daily. “Because of the scale and length of the pro-duction, our timeline for hiringthe staff, writing the script, cast-ing the show, rehearsing all thematerial and building the set willhave to be adjusted. While noconcrete decisions have beenmade, the show is called BigGame Gaieties and it is our prior-ity to stay true to the 100+ yearold tradition. I will be workingwith next year’s producer, Ram’sHead and the University adminis-tration to create an abbreviatedschedule that will still allow theshow to be performed during theweek leading up to our gameagainst Cal.”The Band and Gaieties are notthe only student groups affectedby the 2012 football schedule.Students, alumni, season ticketholders and, most importantly,the players will all have to adjustto a different schedule this year.How will the team adjust? Tunein Sept. 1.
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While she acknowledges the long-standing marriage between journalism and al-cohol, Margaret Rawson ‘12 struggled to open her bottle of victory champagne.She promised to “throw down with her homies” in the future.
Rawson reigns asDaily’s new MC
by SCOOP SCOOPERSTEIN
After three and a half years of hard, soulless work, MargaretRawson ’12 wanted to branch outand make the most of her finalmonths at Stanford. Knowing thatnobody balances work and playbetter than The Stanford Daily,the Bethesda, Md. native figuredthat a stint as Editor in chief would be the best way to go outwith a bang.With the votes tallied and hervictory made official early thismorning, Rawson donned mili-tary-grade safety glasses to popopen her bottle of celebratorychampagne.“So, how do I do this exactly?”the senior asked with a smile anda shrug. “Pop it like a blizzard,right guys?”Wanting to make her journeyinto party-dom one step at a time,Rawson insisted that the festivi-ties continue to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth.
Rawson’s election means thatthe EIC post will be held by aspring-quarter senior, and manyDaily staffers are eager to see herbring that “senior spring” partymentality into the office.“I’m looking forward to a lot of parties at The Daily, especiallyones with a lot of BJs” said headcopy editor Stephanie Weber ’12.“Who doesn’t love Bartles andJaymes wine coolers?”Long-time sports editor JacobJaffe ’12 wasn’t too surprised withthe result, but in typical form, hewas ready to get down.“To be honest, I knew how thiswould play out a long time ago,”the senior said. “I saw the finalvote count on the bottom of aSnapple cap. And you know thatshit’s legit.”To celebrate, Jaffe donned apair of stunna shades and de-clared, “I’mma make it rain Skit-tles up in this place.”Former editor in chief ZachZimmerman ’12 was too movedby the moment for words, sittingand silently staring into Jaffe’s en-trancing hazel eyes.Zimmerman then kissed his bi-ceps, tore the sleeves off his GrantHill t-shirt and proclaimed, “Thisbro tank’s for you, Mags.”Zimms then shotgunned an en-tire bottle of Johnnie Walker,hopped in his DeLorean with Car-oline Caselli ’12 and hit 88 milesper hour.Deputy editor Nathan “Flare”Adams ’12 was not in the officefor the vote. But he managed tocall in from his Ford Bronco tocongratulate Rawson.“Put chyo **** on da phone,”Adams said in a raspy growl.Photography editor MehmetInononononononu ’09 was sothrilled by Rawson’s election thathe leapt up and ripped his shirt off,beat his chest in a primal scream,then ran off into the night, howl-ing at the moon to join his wolf-brothers. He later returned to fin-ish his night’s work, breaking out around of Ouzo for the entire of-fice.“More like Mehmet In-oyesyesyesyes,” he said.As Rawson’s current co-man-ager of the news section and jortfashion icon, Billy Gallagher ’14was so elated with the result thathe didn’t know how to handle hisemotions.“Margaret was practically cry-ing after the results came out,” herecalled. “But anytime feelings getthat close to me, I’m conditionedto just shotgun a Steel Reserve.Tall and frosty, baby.”
Clueless, but swaggerful
Other staffers, though, were soeager for The Daily’s next six-month shindig that they forgotsome of the day’s procedural de-tails.Sports desk editor Jack Blan-chat ’12 was unaware of electionday, and casually dismountedfrom his steed, Dale Earnhardt Jr.Jr., walked into the office and spatin Rawson’s celebratory glass of champagne, proclaiming in hissouthern drawl, “Rawson? I gotmy first third-base while watchingRawson’s Creek. It was sixthgrade . . . she was in my agricul-ture class.”Despite working at The Dailyfor a fifth consecutive year, salesmanager Sam Svoboda ’11 wasn’teven aware that he had submitteda vote.“I burned myself frying somechurros, and I just grabbed a pieceof paper to wrap my hands up,”the fifth-year said. “If it was al-lowed, I probably would’ve justvoted for the Taco Bell dog.”Englishman and sports colum-nist Thomas W.R. Taylor was alsoin the office for the election, butwas noticeably confused.“Perhaps I simply do not un-derstand American elections,”Taylor said, “but should the editorin chief’s throne not simply bepassed to Kathleen’s eldest son?This system is, to be quite frankwith you sir, bloody bollocks com-pared to what we have in Britain,”he said before riding off into thenight on his Revolight Troncycle.Sports editor Miles Bennett-Smith ’13 strolled in two hoursafter the election ended, holding astrawberry topper and giggling tohimself as he ignored the wholeoffice and hurried over to his com-puter.“Congratulations,” said hisMacBook’s text-to-speech featurewhile Bennett-Smith Tebowed
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