Barnyard Cadets Student Cowbells

Ringing in the new school year in style

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This project received pledges on Tue 28 Aug 2018

The Barnyard Cadets are looking to raise money to fund our cowbell tradition (est. 2015) where cowbells are to be given to new students for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Barnyard Cadets

We are the Barnyard Cadets, which is a traditions focused club at SDSTATE. The Barnyard Cadets is a group made up of roughly 15 "Captains" from a variety of ages, majors, states, and backgrounds. Having been established in 2015, we are always looking to start new traditions and finding ways to support current ones. Along with the cowbell tradition, here is a list of other events and traditions we have started, taken part in, or supported.

Game Day Walk:

Campanile Climb:

Charter Day Banquet:

Coughlin the Rabbit:

as well as other activities such as the State Shout, Hobo Day, Sporting Events, and Little International.

Why Cowbells?

To give you an idea of why we hand out cowbells, here's some history on the cowbell at SDSU:

Ringing cowbells at SDSU athletic events has been a cherished and well-established tradition dating back to the 1920’s. The tradition is believed to have started when a member of the South Dakota State College cheer squad, recognizing that opposing teams, notably the USD Coyotes, referred to SDSC as the “cow college,” decided that the school should be proud of that nickname and got permission from the college president for fans to ring cowbells at athletic events to answer the taunts of opposing teams. The cowbell tradition is immortalized in SDSU’s fight song, “Ring the Bell.” Although cowbells are not allowed into sporting events anymore, we are continually putting efforts toward getting them back into games and we still believe they serve an important purpose to the many traditions at SD State.

The tradition of giving cowbells to new students at SDSU was established by the Barnyard Cadets in the year 2015. Each year cowbells are given to these students as a way to give them a little piece of SDSU when they first arrive on campus. This has been an incredibly successful project in previous years and we are looking to continue this tradition for years to come. In the past, designs for on the cowbells have included:




And our current design for the 2018 bells is:

Now this is where you come in. We need YOU in order to continue this new standing tradition at South Dakota State University.

Where will the money go?

All donations received will go toward the purchase of cowbells for all new students on campus. There are roughly 2500 new students on campus that will be given the bells. Any extra funds we receive will be put in our cowbell account for the following year.

To give you an idea on how you can help by donating:

A $20 donation will cover 15 bells.

A $50 donation will cover 35 bells.

A $100 donation will cover 70 bells.

A $200 donation will cover 140 bells.

Updates on our project and about the Barnyard Cadets will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Find us here

Barnyard Cadets Facebook:

Barnyard Cadets Twitter:

Coughlin the Rabbit Instagram:

Coughlin the Rabbit Twitter:

You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in an in person conversation or on your blog. Thank you for any support you are able to provide to help us reach our goal!