It’s that time of year again. The time when America literally shuts down to watch football. What’s to happen February 2nd has become the ultimate unofficial national holiday. Everyone watches, from business tycoons to people crowding into dive bars.
Football fans range from the devout to the indifferent. Some can recite the playbook in their sleep, while others are still trying to grasp the concept of a ball that isn’t round. This article is for neither. The first group already knows what I’m going to say. The second group is probably beyond help. They should watch a simpler sport, like soccer, or basketball. This article is for the middle ground. The people who know about the game, but haven’t followed all the ups and downs of drama this season. With these tips, you can easily fake it.
1. Omaha. No, not the largest city in Nebraska. Omaha is what Peyton Manning yells right before the ball gets snapped. If that doesn’t make sense, then just follow these instructions. When the Broncos (Orange Team), are on offense, shout “Omaha” every 30-40 seconds. It’ll be hilarious. If anyone asks why, just say you’re a huge fan of Omaha Beef. The indoor football team, or the steak. For further explanation, watch Manning’s response to questions about the play here.
Here’s a secret: dead week is more stressful than finals week. Dead week is all anticipation. We’re dreading the exams, dreading the studying and late night library sessions. The last thing we want to do at 12:30am is cook dinner. The SCU, APB, RLCA and Late Night Stampede understand how difficult finals week can be, and they make every effort to lower stress levels and keep us sane. How do they do this, you ask? Breakfast food.
Midnight Breakfast is an SCU tradition. There’s nothing like tucking into a plate of hash browns and bacon to cap off a late night study session. After all, why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food? Midnight Breakfast happens in Benson, on Thursday night at 11:30pm-12:30am.
Even if you've never seen the movie, you've heard the music. Footloose is a classic tale of teenage rebellion. The age-old story of parents versus kids, fighting to balance morality, tradition, and self-expression is something we can all relate to. The struggle between the rigid Reverend Moore and new, young troublemaker Ren McCormack is a tale that has happened in all our communities, in one form or another.
But Footloose is more than another dull tale of teenage rebellion. It's a raucous musical, with fast-paced music and dancing, starring sophomores Kyle Van Zanten and Sonya Venugopal as Ariel. Expect your foot to be tapping the entire time to famous songs like "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and, of course, “Footloose”.
Santa Clara’s rendition of this classic show opens Friday May 31st at 8pm and runs through Saturday, June 8th. Tickets are $10 for students. For more information, check out the show’s website.
Bay to Breakers. The biggest, wildest party in the Bay Area. Every third Sunday in May, thousands of people, ranging from professional runners and San Francisco residents to public nudity enthusiasts, will run, walk, and stumble from one side of San Francisco to the other.
Oh and drunk college kids. Lots and lots of drunk college kids.
Bay to Breakers was started in 1912 as a way to lift San Francisco’s spirits after the devastating 1906 earthquake. For over 100 years, the 7.46 mile route has remained unchanged and is one of the world’s largest footraces. However, Bay to Breakers is more than a race: it’s an experience unlike any other. From the crazy train ride into San Francisco to the course itself, it’s something every Santa Clara student should partake in at least once. It’s guaranteed to be the wildest, craziest, and most spectacular Sunday you’ve ever had.
However, do note that because of the Boston Marathon tragedy, Bay to Breakers will be increasing security measures this year. There will be a ban on backpacks and runners will be required to wear an official bib. Additionally, all bags must be smaller than 8½” x 11” x 4”. Be sure to keep these things in mind when planning for this Sunday!
Cal Train tickets go on sale May 13 until the 18. Simply go to the train station off El Camino, and buy your ticket using the ‘Bay to Breakers’ option. The train leaves at 5:30 AM on Sunday, May 19, so don’t be late!
The SCU theatre department has a history of pushing the limits with the shows they choose. We vary from the better known choices such as Shakespeare and The Crucible. Our theatre department knows that they can push boundaries, challenge people’s thinking, and give audiences new perspective.
The theatre department’s latest project does just that. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf is not your typical play. Instead of having set acts, For Colored Girls is a choreopoem consisting of of 20 poems. Each poem focuses on the many difficulties that women of color face in their lives. It portrays seven different female characters, all of whom are known only by color. Written by Ntozake Shange in 1975, many of the themes still ring true today such as what it’s like to be young and hopeful after graduation, or dealing with sexual abuse and domestic violence. The play is a must-see social commentary on what it’s like to be a black woman in the modern world, but successfully draws in all audiences regardless of race or gender..
Opening night is Friday, May 10th, at 8pm and runs through May 18th. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for all others, and are available for purchase at the box office at Mayer Theatre Wednesday – Friday from 3:30-6:30 PM and one hour before the shows.
We’re so spoiled with the weather here in California that even the few months of cold and wet weather we get seem torturous. Flip-flops and tanks go back in the closet, and out come the rain boots and jackets. Fortunately, spring is here, and with it comes warm weather and bright sunlight. It can be easy to let yourself go during the winter months. We all look shapeless with all those layers on, anyways. With spring arriving, now’s the time when people think about getting back into “swimsuit shape.” We’ve got a harsh reality to share with you: it’s not going to happen overnight. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start. Don’t think of it as getting in shape for swimsuit season. Don’t think of it as a rush diet to drop 3 pounds before we all head to the pool after classes. Think of it as getting in shape for life.
Too much of fitness media is written with bad intentions. Just look at the covers of health magazines. They scream about “new” and “exciting” routines, secret tips and tricks that will help you lose weight quickly and easily. Fitness publications have stopped being about health and well-being. Instead, they’re about gimmicks and destinations. Instead of helping people live healthy, active lives, they talk about looking good for beach season or fitting into a wedding dress. It’s the wrong message to send.
Fitness shouldn’t be about preparing for frivolous goals. It should be about promoting well-being. Otherwise, all the mistakes we make will catch up with us in the end. Right now, we’re in the prime of our lives. Most college students can drink all night and be right as rain in time for class the next day. We can stuff our faces with pizza and chicken tenders and feel perfectly healthy. Not tackling these bad habits will come back to haunt us in the future. Age has a way of making us feel our mistakes. Check out this picture:
Summer is a great time to be a movie buff. All the major studios are gearing up with their biggest hits. Sadly, we have to wait a few months before getting to all the big blockbusters.
Fortunately, there’s a way to satisfy your film cravings right now. Come to the 7th annual Children’s Film Festival on April 27th at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. See some amazing amateur films made by children and young filmmakers of all ages. The festival takes place over two days, with over a hundred films to be screened, from live-action to animation to documentaries.
Featured films include Abridged, an animated short about two pieces of the Bay Bridge that work together and fall in love, and Alex & Alex, a comedy about two children who seek to protect themselves from the sun after learning it is expanding every day.
Admission is free with paid museum admission, so go relieve some stress and get reconnected with your inner child at this fun, family-friendly event. For more information, check out the festival’s website here.
Most of us went on a tour of the school before we decided on coming to Santa Clara. On that tour, chances are that you passed by an odd looking house in a strange place, between Malley and the parking garage. What most SCU students don't know is that this building represents one of SCU's biggest achievements. It's the 2009 Solar Decathlon house, and it has helped to propel Santa Clara into the top tier of engineering schools.
The Solar Decathlon is an international competition run by the U.S. Department of Energy, where twenty schools from around the world compete to design and build a completely solar powered home. The houses, which are fully student designed and built, are transported to the competition site, where they're judged in a variety of contests, ranging from architectural beauty to engineering efficiency.
Santa Clara has competed in the Decathlon twice before, taking third place in both 2007 and 2009. We're back in it again and our prior successes put our team in the top seed for the competition this fall. The current SCU team is celebrating the start of construction on April 25th. Come to the back lot of Sobrato at noon to see what the current team is planning for their house. Both President Engh and the mayor of Santa Clara will be speaking, so don’t miss out on this unique and exciting event!
Spring is in the air. With it come wonderful things like tanning, beach trips, and day parties. For SCU students, spring also means another inexpensive concert sponsored by the school. Past years have featured artists such as Diplo and Hoodie Allen.
This year, Love and Theft are coming to campus. Love and Theft is a country music duo made up of members Eric Gunderson and Stephon Barker Liles. Their hit singles ‘Runaway’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ have both reached Billboard Top 10.
This year’s Spring Concert also brings a new twist. Instead of an up-and-coming artist to open the show, the school is hosting a Battle of the Bands to determine which talented group of SCU students will open for Love and Theft. Battle of the Bands takes place on Monday, April 8th at 8:00pm, in Locatelli Center. Come out and vote for your favorite SCU Band!
The Spring Concert takes place on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 8pm. Tickets will be on sale for $10 in Benson.
Friends, it's week 10. This is the point in the quarter where the only thing on our minds is getting through finals. Dishes pile up in the sink and we start digging through the bottom of our closets for the one clean shirt we know HAS to be in there. We exist for three things: studying, sleeping, and occasionally stuffing our faces with whatever sugary snacks the cellar has to offer. Nerves are frayed, and tempers rise. It's not a fun time of year to be a student.
But fear not! One of the many great things about Santa Clara is how much the school cares about the students’ well being. APB, and RLCA are teaming up to put on two great events for students to de-stress before finals week. Bronco Night is on Thursday March 14th, from 9:00pm to 11:30pm. Come to the Locatelli Center for some fun activities that take the edge off of studying. Play trivia and win prizes, get a massage and mud mask, or just grab a snack before you go back to the library!
Then, at 11:30pm, head to Benson for the quarterly Midnight Breakfast! What’s become a Santa Clara tradition, Midnight Breakfast, offers pancakes, eggs, orange juice, and all your favorite breakfast goodies. Recharge your batteries with some great food before you get back to the books!