Seven ways to get into the Big Game spirit

Still reeling from Saturday’s loss to the University of Oregon? Here are a few ways to move on:

1. Contribute to the “BIG DRIVE” and Support Second Harvest Food Bank: The Cardinal Council, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the Stanford Athletic Department, is sponsoring  a competitive canned food drive between Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley.  Through Thursday, Nov. 17,  donate can goods by placing them in bins located on the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, on the first floor of the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation and on the pool deck of the Avery Aquatic Center. Student-athletes also will be collecting non-perishable food items at the women’s basketball game against Old Dominion on Nov. 17  and the women’s volleyball matchup against Oregon on Nov. 18.  The  goal is to collect more than 4,000 pounds of food, which will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

2. Attend the BIG SING, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., in Toyon Hall: This free concert will feature 11 a cappella groups from Stanford and Berkeley. Admission is free.

3. Give during the RIVALS FOR LIFE BLOOD DRIVE, which takes place Wednesday Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Arrillaga Sports and Recreation Center.  See which school  — Stanford or Cal  — can  donate more blood. Each donor will receive a commemorative T-shirt. For more information, visit the Stanford Blood Center website.

4. Attend the 100th anniversary of the GAIETIES.  This year the student-written and directed musical comedy titled “Leland Junior Must Die,” is scheduled for 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-18,  in Memorial Auditorium.  Reminder: The program is for mature audiences. More information can be found in the Events Calendar.

5. And speaking of the Gaieties, check out the GAIETIES EXHIBIT in the Bender room on the fifth floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing through Jan. 3, 2012.

6. Take in BIG JEOPARDY, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p. m., in GSB’s CEMEX Auditorium. Stanford vs. Cal vs. IBM’s Jeopardy-playing computer, Watson.

7. And, of course, there is the BIG GAME at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. BEAT CAL!

More details about these and other Big Game week activities are available on the Athletics website.