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Students parade the Axe past Hildebrand Hall
Students from the UC Rally Committee sweep past Hildebrand Hall as they parade the Stanford Axe across campus. (Steve McConnell photos)
The Axe is Back!
25 November 2002

Berkeley - Celebrating Cal's first Big Game victory of the millennium, hundreds of Cal students and boosters paraded across campus Monday with the spoils of victory – the coveted Stanford Axe.

Oski and cheerleaders do a victory dance
Oski leads a victory dance on Sproul Plaza.

The Golden Bears' 30-7 defeat of the Stanford Cardinal in Saturday's 105th Big Game brought the Axe back to Berkeley, and the UC Rally Committee wasted no time showing it off. Starting with a noontime victory rally on the steps of Sproul Plaza, a crowd of boisterous Bear fans carried their trophy through Sather Gate to begin a meandering victory parade.

Stopping in lecture halls and classrooms at Dwinelle, Evans, Pimentel, Le Conte and Wheeler halls and elsewhere, the high-spirited horde carried the Axe on high as they led cheers and sang of the glories of Blue and Gold. With a chorus of "Sons of California" on the steps outside Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl's office at California Hall, the jubilant throng left no doubt that the Axe is now firmly lodged in Bear Territory.

The victory parade wends its way across Memorial Glade
The victory parade wends its way across Memorial Glade as passers-by join in the cheers.

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  Rally Committee members pose for photos in front of the Campanile
Rally Committee members pose for pictures with the Axe in front of the Campanile.


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