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Mines fraternity trades specs for spurs at 35th annual Cowboy Party
Release Date Monday, April 7, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 7, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is known for its trailblazing discoveries and pioneering research. But at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Mines fraternity Delta Sigma Phi plans to forge a different frontier.

Trading today’s state-of-the-art for yesterday’s Old West, Delta Sigma Phi will host the 35th annual Cowboy Party at the Central States Fairgrounds. Featuring a raffle for prizes, hand-chopped logs and a homemade corral, the party will also showcase the band Slamabama. A self-described blend of Sugarland and Van Halen, Slamabama will begin its performance around 9 p.m.

“The Cowboy Party is a great way to have fun, listen to a quality band and dance. The money generated goes to a great cause and we certainly have fun putting it together,” says Ty Murphy, a Delta Sigma Phi member.

Open to the public, tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the gate, with a large portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rapid City Club for Boys.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Surbeck Center, Tuesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 10, or by contacting Ty Murphy at or Adam Chally at

For more than a century, Delta Sigma Phi has helped young men become better leaders and citizens, working hard to have a hand in the positive development of the campus and challenging its members to make a difference in their communities and their world.


About SDSM&T

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at