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Cheer team leads MAC schools at national competition

(01/18/16 11:34pm)

The Central Michigan cheer team finished seventh in the Division I Small Co-Ed United Cheerleaders Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida this weekend.Teams are placed in the same division as their football program, which is why CMU's cheerleading team competes against Division I opponents. The Chippewas had to receive a score higher than 80 during the semifinals in order to reach the finals.

Van prepared to lead cheer team to national competition

(01/10/16 9:06pm)

Nicky Van was less than two weeks away from leading the Central Michigan Cheerleading team to the 2015 University Cheerleaders Association College National Cheerleading Championship for the first time as head cheerleading coach.He never made it that year.On a chilly night in early January 2015, Van sat at his kitchen table, eating dinner when he heard the phone ring.Van’s sister, Tracy Van, was on the other line and what she told him sent shivers through his body.Their father, Dan Van, had just experienced a brain aneurism, which caused fatal hemorrhaging.

Rose Pool closure leaves club sports teams treading water

(11/17/15 1:54pm)

When the Rose Center pool closes in June 2016, many teams will be left without a place to practice, and the Mount Pleasant community will have one less place to swim.Due to improper regulations, a committee of students, staff and faculty from Central Michigan University decided that renovating the pool isn’t worth the potential $4.6 million that it would be required to spend.The pool is four feet deep on the sides and eight feet deep in the middle, which makes it difficult for both swimmers and water polo players.

Editorial: Gender-based intramural rules are unfair, outdated

(02/20/14 11:58pm)

Several intramural sports on campus operate with rules that are designed to create gender equality among players by awarding advantages to females. This manifests in varying degrees, but ultimately makes their contributions either mandatory or of higher consequence than that of their male counterparts, to guard them against perceived inequalities. These guidelines are unnecessary and reinforce negative stereotypes about women competing against men in athletics. Although these rules were put in place with good intentions, to create equality and participation among men and women in IM sports, isn't the idea that women need extra help to be equal contradictory to the meaning of equality? Equality is not looking at an athlete less because of their gender, one needing a crutch in order to perform at the same level.