Cheerleaders Deny Allegations; Reschedule Tryouts for MenFollowing talks between Student Council and cheerleading coach George Edwards, the cheerleading squad reschedules tryouts in an attempt to find qualified male members.
Cheerleaders Deny Allegations; Reschedule Tryouts for Men
By GEORGE RODRIGUE
The cheerleading squad will make another effort to find qualified male cheerleaders, and plans to continue singing â€œThe Good Old Songâ€ after every touchdown.
These and other topics were discussed yesterday at a meeting between Cheerleadersâ€™ Coach George Edwards and Student Council President Dan Hobbs.
Mr. Edwards said tryouts for male cheerleaders will be held on October 14, and added â€œI personally hope that they are very successful.â€
He denied charges that there was a â€œpolicyâ€ against male cheerleaders.
â€œI personally asked several guys to try out, and we did our best to let everyone, male and female, know about the fall tryouts. We put a letter in every first-year studentâ€™s mail box; the girls went around to all the fraternity houses, asking guys to be cheerleaders. We gave an announcement to The Cavalier Daily, but it was never printed,â€ he said.
Mr. Edwards added, â€œI have always wanted to have at least five male cheerleaders. I have begged and pleaded with several of them to try out for the team.â€
He said the only reason there are no male cheerleaders on the present team is that â€œonly one qualified male actually tried out for the team in the fall.â€
He said the team needs â€œat least four menâ€ if they are to have any at all, and noted that they had never had more than five men practicing for the team at one time.
Because of the poor turn-out last spring, â€œthe judges asked several of the guys who tried out last spring to wait until the fall tryouts, when they hoped to have a better selection due to the arrival of first0year students,â€ Mr. Edwards said, adding he was not a judge during the spring selections.
Cheerleader Lynn Ingram said she â€œpersonally put most of the letters into the first-year mailboxes,â€ and explained that all the girls were looking forward to having men on the team.
â€œI guess that most of the guys were afraid to come out,â€ she said.
Miss Ingram, one of the coordinators for the cheers, said, â€œâ€˜The Good Old Song,â€™ will continue to be played after every touchdown.â€
She said Mr. Edwards never insisted that the song not be played and added that he rarely advises them on their program.
â€œWe just try to do what the crowd wants,â€ she said. â€œWe did a survey last fall during the basketball season and thatâ€™s where we get a lot of our ideas. The newer cheers are designed to appeal to several groups of people.â€
Mr. Edwards admitted that he thought â€œThe Good Old Songâ€ was not peppy enough for a touchdown song, but said that he never told the girls to stop singing it.
â€œI just asked people in the band about it, and they said they wanted to leave it in. So I just dropped it. I have nothing to do with the girlsâ€™ cheers, or with the songs they sing,â€ he said.
Mr. Hobbs said he was â€œmainly worried about the rumors that males had been excluded from the team and that â€˜The Good Old Songâ€™ was being phased out.â€
|Date Added||July 14, 2015|
|Date Modifed||January 25, 2018|
|Collection||Cavalier Daily: articles about gender discrimination|
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