Big Horns fur up

A closer look at the student group

As new students, and even returning ones, it is sometimes hard to find a niche at the university – a place where you belong, and feel comfortable in your own skin.

There are many unique and diverse student groups which offer various opportunities to get involved on campus – one of these is the Big Horns.

“The Big Horns are known for wearing giant fur hats and making a scene at Bison games,” said co-founder and social media electronic wizard David Grad. “A furry flair and boisterous attitude is the hallmark of our members but our friendly nature is what we value the most.

“It can be hard to meet new people and it’s often a struggle to find a connection with campus outside of class, so our goal is simple: get students to games and events to meet new people and find a connection to our school.”

The process of getting involved with the Big Horns is rather simple.

“In terms of getting recruited, it’s best just to approach a Big Horn at a [Bison] game,” said current president Darren Sancartier. “That way you’re going to experience and see what you’re getting into.

“We do a lot of outreach, but at the same time, if you’re really interested and we haven’t had the opportunity to get to you, then coming to us at a game or seeing us at the Hub will work. Those are kind of our digs.”

The Big Horns are implementing a few changes into their group this coming year in order to add more interest.

The first is electing a representative for the students in residencies. These students have a big effect at Bison games, especially during the Spirit Cup.

“In terms of the residence population, we have a person that’s kind of repping that this year,” Sancartier said. “He’s going to be going to a lot of Spirit Cup events—the pre-parties, so to speak—and doing a little bit of recruiting there as well.”

The second change has to do with the recruiting scheme, which is a bit more structured this year.

“Every individual Big Horn has the opportunity to recruit up to three Little Horns,” said Sancartier. “At that point, those Little Horns belong to the Big Horn, in terms of the group.”

The Little Horns will then accompany their Big Horn to sporting events, and UMSU events for three weeks. After those three weeks are up, the Little Horn will sit down with the Big Horn executives, and tell them why they feel they should be a part of the group.

An important aspect that Grad really stressed is the family atmosphere of the group – both within the Big Horns and toward the athletes participating in games.

“Home field advantage isn’t rocket science,” said Grad. “Home field advantage is about atmosphere, support, and intimidation.”

“Atmosphere is for fans. It involves a shared experience where everyone feels like they are part of the team and part of a larger family.”

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