The Doc Farber statue, located in front of Dakota Hall, got a makeover — 12 makeovers, to be exact.
Members of the University of South Dakota Mock Trial team created a 2013 calendar fundraiser featuring the campus landmark sporting a themed outfit for each month.
Outfits ranged from workout clothes for a New Year’s resolution-themed January photo, to a football game day-themed November photo — jackrabbit on the grill and all.
The funds raised by the $15 calendars will go towards a Mock Trial scholarship to be awarded to one student on the 16-member team at their year-end banquet.
Sandy McKeown, the Mock Trial coach, said the funds will go towards the team’s biggest year-end award, the Top Advocate Award.
“The purpose of the (Top Advocate Award) is to recognize the student who has engaged in advocacy, not only on the Mock Trial team, but in their community, through community service and engagement,” she said. “It’s nice to be recognized, but I think it’s also nice to be able to pay for your books.”
Awarded for the past six years, this will be the first year a Top Advocate Award recipient will also receive a cash prize.
Breanna Helland, sophomore and Mock Trial team captain said although the new cash prize is a “good incentive,” the calendar project was more about team bonding.
“It was more so just spending time with each other outside of the classroom, because already we’re really close as team because a lot of us have similar interests,” she said. “Doing something outside the classroom really helped bring us together even more.”
Starting in October, team members provided all the props, wrote the captions and set up and took all the photographs before USD Creative Services laid out the calendar and printed 200 copies.
The team has been selling the calendars since mid-December.
So far, Helland said a lot of faculty and family members have bought about half of the calendars.
“Profit-wise we’re getting about $8 from each calendar so we’ve sold roughly anywhere from 80 to 100 (calendars) so (the scholarship prize) is somewhere in the $600-700 range,” she said.
Fundraising aside, McKeown said the rewards do not end at the scholarship aspect.
“Although we are really happy to be able to put some money on the award, our real goal here was team building, engaging in a fun activity that was outside of our regular practice time and showing the team’s sense of humor.”