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DBD 10.12.12: Big Game is in one week!

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE PAC-12 FAMILY! THIS WEEK, WE EXPLORE THE ORIGINS OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGAR.

Sure there is a game tomorrow up in the Palouse, but Cal Spirit is revving up for BIG GAME WEEK . . . here is Cal's schedule for the next week:

Sat. October 13 (7:30p): California at Washington State - Martin Stadium
Next week, all week: GET THE RED OUT T-SHIRT DRIVE - Sproul Plaza
Mon. October 15 (~12p): Cable Car Rally - Ends at Union Square
Tues. October 16 (12p): Tree Chopping Rally - Sproul Plaza
Wed. October 17 (8p): Laugh Your Axe Off - Haas Club Room
Fri. October 19 (9p): BIG GAME RALLY - Edwards Stadium
Sat. October 20 (12p): HOLY SHIT, IT IS BIG GAME - California Memorial Stadium

Because it is Friday, you should learn yet another Cal song, this week, you should get to know Golden Bear, the oldest song currently played by the Cal Band.

GOLDEN BEAR (musicentire song's lyrics)

Oh, have you seen the heavens blue, heavens blue,
When just sev’n stars are shining through, shining through
Right overhead a jovial crew?
They’re joining hands to make the Bear.
Right overhead a jovial crew?
They’re joining hands to make the Bear!

And oh, that Bear’s a glorious sight, glorious sight,
A-circling ‘round the pole all night, pole all night;
And once you’ve seen him, you’re all right,
You’ve seen our California Bear.
And once you’ve seen him, you’re all right,
You’ve seen our California Bear!

Oh have you seen our banner blue, banner blue?
The Golden Bear is on it too, on it too,
A Californian through and through,
Our totem, He, the Golden Bear.
A Californian through and through,
Our totem, He, the Golden Bear!

CAL BAND ON GOLDEN BEAR:

The oldest song currently in the Cal Band’s repertoire is “The Golden Bear,” with lyrics written in 1895 by Professor Charles Mills Gayley. In order to understand the origins of the song, it is important to consider Gayley’s background and association with the University of California. Gayley was born in Shanghai in 1858, educated in England, and received his A.B. in 1878 at the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor of Latin, and later Professor of English, at Michigan. While at Michigan, he displayed his flair for school songs by editing the songbook, “Songs of the Yellow and Blue.” In 1889, Gayley moved to California, serving the University of California as a professor of English Language and Literature, research lecturer, and professor emeritus. Like many of his fellow professors at the new university, he encouraged the development of traditions that would foster school spirit and loyalty; his most lasting contributions to his development are his songs.

In 1895, Berkeley was still in its infancy, having only been founded 27 years earlier. The University of California track team, underfunded and without a coach, decided to travel to the East in order to compete in the prestigious Eastern Track Meets, where California ran against Princeton University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Chicago University. The upstart university from the west coast surprised everyone by winning the meet! At the meet, the team had displayed a blue banner with a golden bear upon it for good luck, and when the local newspapers noticed the totem, they began to claim that it had “jinxed” the Eastern schools. After the track meet, the exhausted team returned to Berkeley in the dead of night and was greeted by the faculty and students at the West Berkeley railroad station. As the team made their way off the train clutching their banner, the words to “The Golden Bear” came to Gayley in a sudden flash of inspiration, and he soon set the words to a popular Air of the time, “The Pope.” Because he was known and loved by the student body for his sincere and genuine concern for their welfare, it is fitting that Gayley’s songs still remain a vital part of the California Spirit.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE PAC-12 FAMILY! THIS WEEK, WE EXPLORE THE ORIGINS OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGAR.

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