I thoroughly enjoyed Once it was Only Sis-Boom-Bah! by Pat Ryan in your SI Jan. 6 issue. I am disappointed that you failed to mention the most famous college cheer of all, that of the University of Arkansas: Oooooo Pig Souieeee, Oooooo Pig Souieeee, Oooooo Pig Souieeee, RAZORBACKS.
This cheer was very effective in New Orleans last week: Arkansas 16, Georgia 2.
OKLA BEN SMITH
Fort Smith, Ark.
I was very concerned to learn that the death of Dr. Martin Luther King had upset the campaign plans of Johnny Morgan. How thoughtless of Dr. King to allow himself to be murdered at such a vital turning point in America's history as the cheerleader elections at Ole Miss. I feel that the least we should do, as conscientious citizens, is to start a fund-raising drive to help Mr. Morgan defray the cost of the extra cards, which Dr. King's unfortunate sense of timing forced him to have printed.
ROBERT A. MARSHALL
Being an exchange student and new to this country, I was surprised, to say the least, after reading your Jan. 6 article on college cheerleading. I consider myself an intellectual to a great extent and to be one of many who consider this country as being in a somewhat perilous state.
With organizations such as SDS, to name one, I thought that bigotry and racism were slowly dying, for I assumed that this country's youth had discovered that there is no justification for hatred. Boy, was I misled. It was interesting to find out that Mary Jo Mansour was "sweating like a colored person." I think she would faint if she heard a black say that he or she was sweating like a white. After all, whites and blacks do sweat equally as much. I was also interested to know (compliments of Johnny Rebel) that there was a not at Mississippi because the "niggers" refused to sit at the back tables in The Grill.
"It is pointed out with pride at Ole Miss that few beards are seen." At a place where Confederate flags are waved I found that quote to be amusing. Didn't Jefferson Davis wear a beard?
From your article, all that I can conclude is that when today's college students in America become tomorrow's leaders, America will still be in a perilous state.
Cheerleading is one thing and student activism is another. The combination, on the field or in print, is incongruous.
We go strong for the Purdue-type cheerleading—Diane Teder, Girl Scouts, milk shakes and a world of cheering optimism. Let's not give up a good thing!
I guess Pat Ryan just couldn't make the squad.
J.J. WEISHAAR JR.