Cheerleaders Exclude MalesFor the first time, the University cheerleading squad consists exclusively of women, on the basis that "there weren't any qualified males," sparking controversy about gender discrimination.
Cheerleaders Exclude Males
By ALLEN IRISH
For the first time in University sports history, there will be no men on the cheerleading squad, Advisor George Edwards said yesterday.
â€œWe tried to selects as many qualified cheerleaders as we could,â€ Mr. Edwards added. â€œThere just werenâ€™t any qualified males.â€
This year, the squad will be funded totally by the Universityâ€™s athletic department, rather than receiving partial funding.
Mr. Edwards said that he was appointed by Athletic Director Eugene Corrigan to â€œadviseâ€ the squad after about the third or fourth football squad last season.
This seasonâ€™s cheerleaders were chosen by a committee selected by Mr. Edwards consisting of five townswomen and two students, third-year women Ruth Haseman and third-year man Wally Walker.
â€œI was not impressed with the thing at all,â€ Miss Haseman said.
She also expressed her displeasure with Mr. Edwardsâ€™ plans for the cheerleading squad. â€œHe wants a UNC-type of cheerleading squad, doing flips, gymnastics and dance-type things.â€
â€œHe told us he only wanted the best, only the girls and guys that everybody thought were great. Only six girls made it last spring and one quite over the summer,â€ she added.
Mise Haseman also said she disapproves of the way cheerleading tryouts were conducted.
â€œA lot of unnecessary comments were made among the judges about the physical appearance of the people trying out.â€
One former cheerleader expressed her doubts about Mr. Edwardsâ€™ planned changes in the cheerleading routines.
â€œThere are a lot of people who donâ€™t understand cheerleading the way it used to be â€“ theyâ€™re letting a lot go down the drain,â€ she said.
Mr. Edwards defended the changes, and said, â€œOne of the things we did was to sent [sic] to schools in the conference and asked them for their criteria â€“ alst [sic] yearâ€™s cheerleaders just werenâ€™t what we wanted. They were just too disorganized.â€
He said he thought â€œThe Good Old Songâ€ should be abolished, and a â€œpeppyâ€ fight song should be instituted in its place.
â€œWhen you hear 20 or 30,000 people singing a peppy song, it gives the team a psychological set. It keeps your adrenalin flowing,â€ he commented.
â€œI suggested to Steve (Mershan, Pep Band President) that they should change it, but he said that the band people didnâ€™t want to,â€ Mr. Edwards added.
â€˜Good Fight Songâ€™
â€œA good fight song is an important part of a winning tradition. I like the song personally, but not after a touchdown.â€
Pep Band Managing Board Chairman Hugh Riley said that â€œthere are no plans to change the song, as of yet.â€
|Tags||protests and demonstrations, student publications|
|Date Added||July 14, 2015|
|Date Modifed||January 25, 2018|
|Collection||Cavalier Daily: articles about gender discrimination|
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