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Five of the eight freshman cheerleaders made their debut
as cheerleaders last fall. Mike McNeil, pre-med major from
Abilene, said the group relied heavily on head cheerleader
Kathy Carr for help because the men and one of the women
had never cheered before.
Being a novice to the field, McNeil had nothing with
which to compare college cheering. His impression of the
experience was that he learned more about seven other peo-
ple than about cheering. Unless they cheered with the varsity
squad, McNeil said the freshmen really had "very little au-
dience to get fired up anyway" because attendance at
women's sports was sparse.
. . lt's a characteristic of ACU: we had more fun getting
to know each other than cheering," said McNeil.
Granted, the group wasn't in the limelight. But the
freshmen had a season to learn the physical skills of cheering
as well as seeing all the extra work the squads did.
Starlyn Thomas, public relations major from Vernon, said
college cheering was different from high school because all
the organizing was left up to the squad.
"It was easier in high school because we all had the same
schedules and a sponsor. The problems here we've had to
work out ourselves," she said. "It was good experience. We
knew we'd make up because we could tell when somebody
was mad. We sat down and talked about it."
There were no special charms for this bunch of freshmen.
just like their classmates they had to make adjustments if
they wanted to get along. -Amy Haweld
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perfect balance in the hands
of her partner Chuck
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