The students maintain a Zen-like devotion to their art. They make their
own costumes and drums with funding from their annual spring concert.
Members audition for the group, and once accepted, they practice up to
12 hours a week. As a result, they are a tightly knit band.
"It's the most important thing to me and in some ways it comes before my
schoolwork," says group member Kris Bergstrom, a junior majoring in
English. "But I feel lucky that I've come to Stanford and found my love
in this group."
Some performers among Stanford's extracurricular adherents are more
irreverent. Tune in every other Friday evening to SCBN, Stanford's
student-run cable channel, and you will find "The Oval," a sharp-witted
30-minute comedy sketch show that's part Saturday Night Live, part Monty
Python and part Mr. Bean with a few locker-room jokes and plenty of
goofy sight gags. The actors and writers, several of them English
literature majors, say they do the show primarily to amuse themselves
and their friends - and the few hard-core fans who show up for the
tapings. Nothing is sacred on "The Oval," whose cast has poked fun at
the university president's student tea