Cheerleaders Rebut Charges, Defend SquadThe all-female cheerleading squad rebuts charges that they discriminated against male students during tryouts, stating that no qualified males auditioned.
Cheerleaders Rebut Charges, Defend Squad
By ERIC WAXMAN
The all-female cheerleading squad yesterday rebutted the charge that males had been purposely excluded from the squad.
According to third-year woman Deborah Austin and second-year woman Marty Lee, two of the squad members, no men ever took part in final tryouts.
â€œOnly three guys came to the final tryouts in September and they did not even try out,â€ Miss Lee explained.
â€œThe men said that more guys had to come out before they would try.â€
Second-year man Bill Preston was one of the three who appeared at the final tryout but did not compete.
â€œI wanted to go out but Mr. Edwards (the cheerleader advisor) made it clear that we would not have a chance.â€
â€œDuring the spring tryout we were told that we would not be able to compete in the final spring tryout. We were hoping for a better turnout in the fall.â€
He attributed the absence of male members on the squad to a â€œcombination of a lack of turnout and a lack of communication.â€
According to Miss Lee, candidates were judged on their appearance, ability and personality. The judging committee consisted of gymnasts, dance instructors, coachâ€™s wives and athletic representatives.
â€œPeople in the committee were people who are interested in cheerleading, per se,â€ said third-year woman Betsy Dworshak, another cheerleader.
â€˜New and Differentâ€™
â€œThe cheerleaders last year were picked for something new and different, which never came about,â€ she added.
Miss Austin defined the cheerleaderâ€™s role as, â€œwhat we do is encourage enthusiasm, get the people behind the team. We try to appeal to everybody,â€ she explained.
To appeal to everyone first0-year cheerleader Jann Griffith said, â€œwe have to do more than the four things done traditionally: â€˜Defense,â€™ â€˜Go, Wahoos, Go,â€™ â€˜Rugby Roadâ€™ and â€˜The Good Old Song.â€™
â€œWe want to promote Spiritâ€ Miss Lee said. Miss Dworshak added, â€œCheerleaders are not just visible on the field, they are public relations people for the University.â€
Referring to criticism of their â€œUNC typeâ€ routine, most of the squad said they had never seen the UNC routine and that there was no effort to implement their style.
â€˜Something To Look Atâ€™
â€œGymnastics give the people something to look at, not a bunch of deadheads,â€ said Miss Lee.
All seven members of the ten-woman squad at the meeting voiced support for â€œThe Good Old Song.â€
However, several members said that because of its slow tempo it should not be sung after touchdowns when the enthusiasm of the crowd is at its height.
|Date Added||July 14, 2015|
|Date Modifed||January 25, 2018|
|Collection||Cavalier Daily: articles about gender discrimination|
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