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May 2, 2012
By Tony Phifer
Tim Brogdon, with help from ASCSU, Athletics and the Division of External Relations, is hoping to form a student group to support all CSU events.
Tim Brogdon graduates next week with a degree in political science, but he wants to make sure he leaves a lasting impression on the school he loves.
Brogdon, a self-proclaimed Ram fanatic, has worked with ASCSU, Athletics and CSU’s Division of External Relations to create Ram Ruckus, a student booster group. The hope is that the group will be up and cheering in September when the Rams take on rival Colorado in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver.
“I’m really passionate about this project,” said Brogdon, the director of student services for ASCSU. “I want every student to feel as proud of this school as I do.”
Brogdon came up with the idea after watching student cheering sections at other schools. He was particularly intrigued by “The Show” – a student support group at San Diego State, one of CSU’s rivals in the Mountain West Conference. “The Show” was formed by passionate Aztec fans and now claims thousands of members who belt out creative cheers and hold up giant cut-out heads of celebrities during SDSU basketball games.
“We want to come up with innovative and fun cheers that are also appropriate,” Brogdon said. “We want to make it feel like this is the thing for students to do – this is what you’re supposed to do as a CSU student.”
Gary Ozzello, senior associate director of athletics, said the department has been trying for years to form a student support group that would have staying power.
“We had never had buy-in from ASCSU, and we felt like to sustain the program we would have to have that buy-in,” Ozzello said. “Tim did a ton of research and has done a great job of putting his proposal together, and we feel confident that, with ASCSU support, Ram Ruckus will be sustainable.”
Membership will cost $25 for the school year, and includes a special T-shirt and other items. In addition, Ram Ruckus members will have first access to game tickets and the best seats in the student section at Hughes Stadium and Moby Arena for home games.
And the group won’t focus solely on athletics.
“We also will support events at the UCA (University Center for the Arts), campus blood drives, CSUnity – things like that,” he said. “We want to support CSU in every way.”
Brogdon hopes to have 500 members in place for the CSU-CU football game. By the end of the year, he’s hoping for 1,000-plus members, with a long-range goal of 5,000 members.
“We want to be sitting in the front row, rain or shine, at every home game, supporting the Rams,” he said. “I envision students wearing their Ram Ruckus T-shirt, singing the fight song and screaming ‘I’m proud to be a CSU Ram!’ I have very high hopes for this, and I think it’s really going to catch on.”
Ozzello is excited about the prospect of having a consistent, passionate student presence at home games.
“We would love to develop a student support group that enhances the environment at all of our games,” he said. “And in the long term, we want to cultivate these students to become life-long Ram fans and active alumni.”
If all goes as planned, students can sign up for the group when classes resume in August. Brogdon hopes to have a Ram Ruckus website and Facebook page in place by mid-summer. In the meantime, questions about the group can be e-mailed to RamRuckus@gmail.com.