|berkeley co-op stories: Big C Circus
||[Sep. 27th, 2004|10:28 pm]
House traditions and recreations were not restricted to 2315
Dwight Way and environs, of course. It is claimed that members
of the hall in the late ’30’s were responsible for destroying a
vaunted Cal tradition, the Big C Circus. Held every four years,
the Big C Circus featured a parade down Telegraph Avenue
full of floats built by various living groups, classes, and other
subcategories of the student community The parade preceded a
carnival/sideshow in Edwards Field. For one of these circuses
Barrington decided to enter a float. One must understand two
facts about Cal student life and current events to appreciate
the Barrington contribution. First, Berkeley and Stanford University
were then, as always, involved in a sports rivalry. Second,
Stanford’s Hoover Tower had just been raised in honor of
Stanford’s most famous graduate. The Barringtonians, full of
Cal spirit, gathered together all the trash—tin cans and the
like—that they could find, stapled it all together into a vaguely
phallic shape, balanced their sculpture on a flatbed truck, labeled
it Hoover’s Last Erection and rode this creation past the
unamused gaze of Robert Gordon Sproul and the Berkeley administration.
A member of that administration subsequently
cancelled the Big C Circus.
— The Green Book, Page 21.