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A Look Into The Ramblerettes

Helen dances as part of the fall football games.

Helen dances as part of the fall football games.

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Helen dances as part of the fall football games.

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Helen dances as part of the fall football games.

Emilio Leone, Writer

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    The Ramblerettes – they are seen everywhere. They are at all the football and basketball games whether they are at Loyola or not. For as much as they are seen, how much do we really know about the Ramblerettes?

    To get to know the Ramblerettes a little bit better, two girls on the team where interviewed, Helen Hebson and Katherine Penn. Both girls on the team talked about how much they loved their teammates.

During the interview with Helen Hebson she said that “it’s kind of like being in a mini sorority.” It was really made clear that the Ramblerettes is more than just a cheer team, they are also a family.

While most people know the Ramblerettes from the football or basketball games, they do more than just cheer on Loyola’s sport teams. The Ramblerettes also compete in their own competitions. The completions are all day events that take place at different schools and have different categories and rules for the different styles of dance performed. The Ramblerettes actually go to nationals every single year. That makes a lot of sense when you look at how much the Ramblerettes practice and train.

The Ramblerettes have a very intense training schedule. The normal amount of times they practice is 5 days out of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. There is also random practice days that may or may not be thrown into their schedule making their practice to 6 times a week. Their training is so time consuming that “[they] don’t really have any other time to try other things” said. Helen Hebson. Also they practice practically year around always learning new dances and routines so it is no big surprise that the Ramblerettes go to nationals every single year.

Even though the Ramblerettes are a super dedicated team that always supports Loyola’s football and basketball, they don’t alwayts get the respect and support they deserve. One of the many things that should change is the fact that the Ramblerettes are still considered a club. Even though they compete, they are not considered a sport.

Another thing that is very unjust is that they sometimes have to practice in the cafeteria. When the gym is being used by another group, they’re pushed out and have to practice in the caf.

Katherine Penn said that “they manage pretty well.” It still doesn’t change the fact that they deserve a place to practice their sport that doesn’t also serve food.

Throughout all they do for Loyola’s football and basketball and their dedication to practice and getting better, it only feels right that they at least get seen as a sport at Loyola. With practicing 5 to 6 times a week and almost year round, it makes sense that they get a proper place to practice and train. Finally, for how much they try and dedicate themselves to this time consuming sport, and how often they go to nationals the, Loyola’s community should support the Ramblerettes as much as they support us.

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