Not a sport?

Cheerleaders reflect on life as an ‘activity club’ Marcus Clem | copy editor Wave your pompoms, dance a few simple moves, repeat chants, stand on the sideline and look pretty: That is the pop culture job description pegged to cheerleaders. It couldn’t be further from the truth, Mickey Walker says. The activity of cheerleading has evolved to become much more challenging athletically. People who say it doesn’t deserve “sport” status are wrong, Walker says. “There are always going to be people who believe that, but don’t judge a book by its cover,” Walker, sophomore in biology, said. “A lot of these girls and a lot of these guys work really hard.” Last October, the American…

No Vancancy

Cheerleaders perform a stunt during their half time performance during the homecoming football game on October 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium.

Groups fear lack of practice rooms in Weede expansion Marcus Clem | copy editor Students in the cheer squad and dance team are worried that current plans indicate that the dance studios in the Weede Athletic Complex will be phased out in the future. The conversion of these spaces, which could turn the larger dance studio into a hall of fame and the smaller studio into a kitchen or hallway, sources say, will be timed with the construction of the Weede expansion project. The students are concerned because the preliminary diagrams they’ve seen for the Weede expansion show no space dedicated to dance and cheer team practice. “For them to turn around and not make…