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June 6, 2014
How childish, immature and senseless was the Towson University cheerleaders' hazing ritual ( "Towson U. hazing details released," June 4). The veteran cheerleaders taunted the new ones by having them wear diapers, offering them alcohol (some were under 21) and blindfolded them during the ritual. Where was the cheerleading coach? Did she know this was going on? I'm glad university officials suspended the team for a semester. And I will say to the veteran cheerleaders what I said to the Salisbury fraternity members who were recently caught up in a hazing scandal: Where is your creativity?
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NEWS
June 6, 2014
How childish, immature and senseless was the Towson University cheerleaders' hazing ritual ( "Towson U. hazing details released," June 4). The veteran cheerleaders taunted the new ones by having them wear diapers, offering them alcohol (some were under 21) and blindfolded them during the ritual. Where was the cheerleading coach? Did she know this was going on? I'm glad university officials suspended the team for a semester. And I will say to the veteran cheerleaders what I said to the Salisbury fraternity members who were recently caught up in a hazing scandal: Where is your creativity?
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NEWS
September 10, 2013
The Towson University cheerleading team has a right to appeal the suspension handed down for alleged hazing, however, the details of what supposedly happened must be made public ("Appeal hearing scheduled for Towson cheerleaders," Sept. 5). Towson University is a public institution. Therefore, the public has a right to know the charges. Also, in the current politically correct world we live in, hazing is nothing more than bullying. If this is true, the suspension must be upheld. C.D. Wilmer, Baltimore
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Towson University's top-ranked cheerleading team encouraged its new members to drink alcohol before they put on blindfolds, pulled adult diapers over their shorts and performed a dance described as a hazing ritual last summer, newly released documents show. The documents, obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public records request, outline violations of the student code - including serving alcohol to those under 21 - and detail for the first time why Towson's cheerleading team was suspended by the university for the 2013-2014 academic year.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | October 31, 2011
We haven't done a caption contest in a while, but we have a perfect storm for one this Halloween. The Ravens cheerleaders on Sunday continued their annual tradition of wearing Halloween costumes at M&T Bank Stadium , though I am sad to report that none were dressed up as a hot dog this year ( I'm sure I deserve most of the blame for that ). And we just received tickets to watch Mark Turgeon and his new-look Maryland men's basketball team play Notre Dame at the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Sunday, December 4, 2011.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | May 14, 2014
If you'd told me that a woman would be favored to win the White House and we would still have NFL cheerleaders, I'd have laughed at you. I'd have told you that there was no way the country would be ready for a woman president in my lifetime, but surely the nation's school-boy obsession with grown women leading cheers while wearing not much of anything would eventually be politically incorrect. And I would have been wrong. Those NFL cheerleaders may be going the way of go-go boots, but it is not because football fans have lost their appetite for them.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2012
On any given weekend, you'll see some gymnastics late at night at downtown Baltimore's Power Plant Live. The over-intoxicated kind. The running from someone yucky who's hitting on you kind. But this weekend, it was the real kind as the Ravens cheerleaders surprised the late-night bar crowd with a performance. It was actually a flash mob -- planned in complete surprise -- with one cheerleader after another joining the show as folks finally figured out what was happening.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The Towson University cheerleading team is scheduled for an appeals hearing Friday after being accused of hazing and suspended from competing. The national championship-winning team's hearing will be in front of the school's student appeals committee, university spokeswoman Gay Pinder said. Last month, the entire team was suspended from competing for the school year following the hazing allegations. Officials have not released any details on what the cheerleaders are accused of doing.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
Here's a vision of your vacation: Cheerleaders. In swimsuits. The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders and 98Rock are teaming up again this year for the Spring Fling trip to the Grand Bahama Islands . Fans can join the station's talent and staff, along with the Ravens squad of cheerleaders, at the Grand Lucayan Resort, April 8-15. In addition to sun, fun, beaches and entertainment from 98Rock live broadcasts, fans will also be able to watch as the Ravens cheerleaders pose for photos that will be used in their 2012-2013 Swimsuit Calendar.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
In a barn-like practice field at the Ravens training facility, 121 women pranced, pirouetted and kicked their way through Saturday morning under the watchful eye of the cheerleaders whose ranks they hope to join. For the past 10 years or so, the cheerleading team has been running clinics before the formal tryouts to help aspirants hone their skills and know what to expect. Director Tina Galdieri said there has been more interest than usual this year on the back of the Ravens' Super Bowl win. Amber Lloyd, 25, a student at Stevenson University and an army veteran, said it was her second year trying out. She expects the competition to be tough, she said, because this year there are "a lot prettier girls.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | May 14, 2014
If you'd told me that a woman would be favored to win the White House and we would still have NFL cheerleaders, I'd have laughed at you. I'd have told you that there was no way the country would be ready for a woman president in my lifetime, but surely the nation's school-boy obsession with grown women leading cheers while wearing not much of anything would eventually be politically incorrect. And I would have been wrong. Those NFL cheerleaders may be going the way of go-go boots, but it is not because football fans have lost their appetite for them.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
One can always tell when there is a particularly damaging issue or incident entangling President Barack Obama and/or his administration because The Sun goes to the defense with a disingenuous editorial ( "The latest Benghazi attack," May 6) or front page attacks on those who seek a truthful accounting. The latest debate isn't about the Obama administration failing to hand over one memo, as your editorial states. The memo is but a smoking gun of the long suspected cover up of a deliberate misinformation account (which made no sense from the beginning)
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Molly Shattuck opens the front door of her sprawling brick North Baltimore home in a blur of color and energy. It's 10 a.m. on a gray February day, and she's wearing a tight purple dress that highlights her famously firm physique. Her blond hair is twirled into loose curls that descend past her shoulders, her lips are brightly glossed, and her blue eyes are accented with sea-green liner. Her feet are clad in scuffed pink slippers to protect the marble and wood floors, though she'll slip into nude 4-inch peep-toe Jessica Simpson pumps for photographs.
NEWS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
Would-be cheerleaders are getting a leg up on the competition in Owings Mills Saturday as the Baltimore Ravens hold clinics in advance of their annual tryouts. During the sessions, the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading coaching staff and former Ravens cheerleaders provide information about the rigorous process and training tips. NFL cheerleaders have recently been in the news as a group of Oakland Raiders cheerleaders have sued the team over low wages. Deadspin wrote about a former Ravens cheerleader who provided the website with documentation that showed the Ravens cheerleaders must follow strict rules despite low compensation.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
The Towson University cheerleading team has a right to appeal the suspension handed down for alleged hazing, however, the details of what supposedly happened must be made public ("Appeal hearing scheduled for Towson cheerleaders," Sept. 5). Towson University is a public institution. Therefore, the public has a right to know the charges. Also, in the current politically correct world we live in, hazing is nothing more than bullying. If this is true, the suspension must be upheld. C.D. Wilmer, Baltimore
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
Towson University's championship cheerleading team will be allowed to practice but not perform after an appeals committee decided to significantly reduce the sanctions over an alleged hazing incident, school officials said Tuesday. Towson University's Student Appeals Committee put members of this year's cheerleading team on "social probation," saying that the team will not be allowed to perform or appear at any university or off-campus event, including athletic competitions. The sanction applies only for the fall semester.
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1996
Cheerleaders from Atholton and Oakland Mills high schools in east Columbia won top prizes in a regional cheerleading contest last month and were invited to compete for a national title in February, school officials said yesterday.At the competition held Nov. 23 at Atholton High, Atholton's junior varsity team won a first-place award for the second year in a row, and its varsity team took a second-place award, said Scott Elliott of the Universal Cheerleading Association, which sponsored the event.
NEWS
By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,Sun Reporter | January 13, 2007
There is a Ravens pennant on her porch and a Ravens doll on her front door. But what's in Rosemary Baldwin's heart? Baldwin is a former Colts cheerleader. For 13 years she rooted them on from the sidelines, in rain and snow and boot-sucking mud. At 66, she remembers the jumps, shouts and kicks that trumpeted Baltimore to NFL championships in 1958 and '59. Her faded Colts outfit lies, folded carefully, in a cedar chest in her home in Federal Hill. Hence her conflict this afternoon when the Ravens host Indianapolis in an AFC divisional playoff game.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The Towson University cheerleading team is scheduled for an appeals hearing Friday after being accused of hazing and suspended from competing. The national championship-winning team's hearing will be in front of the school's student appeals committee, university spokeswoman Gay Pinder said. Last month, the entire team was suspended from competing for the school year following the hazing allegations. Officials have not released any details on what the cheerleaders are accused of doing.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Towson University's championship cheerleading squad has been suspended from competition for the academic year over an alleged hazing incident, school officials confirmed Thursday. The school declined to provide details, instead issuing a statement that said the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education learned of the hazing allegations Aug. 6 and "immediately launched a full investigation," which led to the suspension that took effect last Friday. "Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University.
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