Keep Cheerleading and Dance Separate at Canisius!
Hello, my name is Shamar Smith and I am a student at Canisius College. After being reinformed, in my opinion later than I should have been (considering all the heat and passion the former intent of this petition had created), I was informed on the afternoon of June 8th, 2016 that my school has NOT terminated both the cheerleading and dance teams, but has intentions of bringing them together as one team. I was a member of the Canisius Cheerleading team for the 2015-16 academic year, and had all intentions of continuing on with this amazing program, as this past year was my freshman year. Having junior coached my senior year of high school, trying out, and making the cheer team in college, I have been involved in cheerleading in more ways than one up to present day; I love it with all my heart and it has really shaped me into the person I am today. This decision was made with the intention to "revamp." But I strongly do not believe this is the right idea, nor do I believe that any "revamping" will occur. Cheerleading and dance should remain seperate for one main reason: they are two SEPARATE activities. Both are sports and both spread school spirit, but they are carried out in different ways. One cannot train a cheerleader and train a dancer in the same way. It just cannot happen; cheerleaders do not turn and dancers do not stunt. We are different from one another. Also, to take into consideration, this new rumored "Spirit Squad" will be coached by one person. This is completely unfair to the coaches that were formerly in place of the both the cheerleading and dance teams. If one were to be chosen, the other would be out of a job opportunity. And even worse, neither is guarenteed the future coaching position. So if someone new were to come in, it is almost a bit of a slap to the face. I now ask that any and everyone sign this petition in support that cheerleading and dance remain separate. I completely understand if signatures are revoked, as this petition is for a different purpose now, but I, along with anyone else who may view the petition, will have no other choice than to believe that any and all signatures on this petition are in favor for it. Thank you.