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Visiting Professors Get
Taste of American Life
BY CRISTINA SMITH
They came to the United States less
than two months ago. Their new home in
Chapel Hill is thousands of miles away
from the homes they left behind in Russia.
As scholars with the Junior Fellowship
Development Program, three university
instructors from Russia have come to UNC
to focus on their specialities in the School
of Journalism and Mass Communication
and learn about life in the United States.
Professors at the People’s Friendship
University in Moscow, AlexeiMalakhovski
and Valeri Mouzykant, have different
fortes. Malakhovski is concentrating spe
cifically on the history of journalism.
Mouzykant’s expertise is in advertising
and public relations, and he has recently
authored the first book to be published in
Russia on these topics.
Sergei Dobrynin, an instructor and lec
turer at the Pedagogical Institute in Sibe
ria, specializes in the linguistics aspect of
Mouzykant said the three came to study
at the University on the invitation of the
U.S. government. He said Gorbachev’s
perestroika and lifting ofthe “iron curtain”
had lessened tensions between Russia and
the United States and had opened a world
of new possibilities for cultural interaction.
“That’s why we are here,” Mouzykant
For Malakhovski and Mouzykant, this
is their first time visiting the United States.
Dobrynin spent a summer visiting friends
in Albany, N.Y., two years ago.
Mouzykant said he remembered his first
impression upon arrival in the United
States. “Our plane was four hours late,”
Mouzykant said. “I was afraid no one
would be waiting for us. But we got there
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and there was this beautiful smile waiting
for us it was Professor (Robert)
Stevenson, a professor in the school of
journalism who is the coordinator of the
Russians’ stay here, has been a big help in
assimilating to life in Chapel Hill,
The three agreed that they had, so far,
found Americans to be open, friendly and
“I don’t feel like an outsider here, which
is good,” Dobrynin said. “And it’s thanks
to the people who make it a very warm and
welcoming atmosphere. It’s very easy to
make acquaintances here.”
Malakhovski recalled the way Ameri
cans were stereotyped in Russia. “It was
imposed on us that the people in America
are always competing with each other and
never helping each other,” Malakhovski
said. He also talked about the Americans
portrayed in Russian films as being pres
sure-driven drug addicts.
As this stereotype of Americans has
proven false for Malakhovski, he said the
American stereotype of Russians also
should be disregarded.
“Russians are not evil,” he said. “We
are normal people. We make mistakes just
like Americans make mistakes.”
Malakhovski recalled a Russia with a
history of endless tragedy, never quite fit
ting into European or Eastern culture. The
character of the people reflect the history of
their country, he said. He described Rus
sians as being cynical and pessimistic,
wrapped in self-denial and self-demolition.
“We always looked at ourselves as be
ing backwards,” he said. “But when you
travel, you become wiser. Like you will see
America in a different way, so I see Rus
sian in a different way now. Now I see
Russia is a really great country.”
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Spirit Squad Gives Teams Support From the Sidelines
■ The four different groups
of cheerleaders try to inspire
the crowd and the athletes.
BY MARY CAMERON
The cheerleaders may be UNO’s num
ber one team sports supporters because,
according to assistant coach Mark
Lyczkowski, “During football and basket
ball season, they are always on the side
Lyczkowski said the UNC Spirit Squad
consisted of much more than pompons
and megaphones. This group of more than
50 athletes is composed of four different
squads: the Varsity co-ed, Varsity all-girls
and Junior Varsity cheerleading squads,
and the High Kicking Heels dance team.
The squads are under the supervision of
head coach Don Collins and four assistant
coaches: Lyczkowski, Sandy Bass, Donna
Sigmund and Courtney Greer.
Collins has served as head coach for 10
years, but his coaching staff has been as
sembled over a shorter period. Sigmund
has been involved with the Spirit Squad for
almost eight years and Lyczkowski for
four years. Greer and Bass are both new
Out of the coaching staff, Lyczkowski
and Bass are both former cheerleaders.
Lyczkowski cheered at UNC-Wilmington.
Bass cheered at Durham Jordan High
School and then at UNC for four years.
Both agree that cheerleading has changed
a lot since they were in their prime.
“They do not just do splits and cart
wheels anymore; it is not about that,” Bass
said. “If you do not have tumbling ability
nowadays, you will not make the squad.”
Bass said the squads had more gymnas
tic and athletic ability now. “I cheered
under Don Collins from 1989-1993, and he
transformed me from a cheerleader into a
gymnast,” she said. “Today, we are trying
to teach gymnasts to be cheerleaders.”
The Spirit Squad participates in most
major UNC sporting events year-round.
“Varsity co-ed cheers at home and away
football and basketball games during both
semesters,” Lyczkowski said. “The High
Kicking Heels are present at most home
football and basketball games.”
He said the JV and Varsity all-girls
squads have not yet cheered at a sporting
event this year, but both plan to be present
at most home football and women’s bas
Bass said the Varsity all-girl cheerlead
ers were a newly organized squad this
year. “Don Collins wanted to give more
girls coming out of high school a chance to
cheer in college,” she said.
Bass said prior to the formation of the
all-girl squad, many talented cheerleaders
had to be eliminated during tryouts be-
cause of their physiques.
“There were so many skilled girls who
were wonderful cheerleaders, but they were
just too big to make the squad,” she said.
“In order to make Varsity co-ed, a girl has
to be no taller than 5 feet 3 inches and
weigh 100 pounds.”
Bass said all four squads, including the
Varsity all-girls were scheduled to cheer at
UNC’s Homecoming football game against
Wake Forest University.
Bass said it was time to make an orga
nized effort to pump up the UNC crowds.
“We had to find some new ways to get the
crowd more involved in the games.
“Student fans seem to get excited about
the games, but a lot of alumni just want to
sit in their seats, drink their wine and eat
their cheese,” she said.
“Leading the crowd is an incredible
job,” Lyczkowski said. “This year we are
planning on trying some new stuff.”
He said one new method is their empha
sis on the “mike man.” “Scotty Teel is one
of our cheerleaders who is suffering from a
broken hand, so we put him on the micro
phone at all home games,” he said.
“He helps us do more cheers to orient
the whole crowd, not just the home side,”
Terra Mangum, a junior business major
from Raleigh, is a member of the High
Kicking Heels. She said the squads were
also trying anew “Go Heels” cheer at
home games to pump up school spirit.
“The squads also have started to rotate
sides at each quarter in order to cheer to
both the home and visitor sides and get
everybody involved,” Mangum said.
Lyczkowski said he was putting empha
sis on this year’s slogan, “Be There, Wear
Blue.” “Games are such social gatherings
and a lot of people foiget they are there to
support a team,” he said. “We would re
ally like to see more team colors and more
activity from the crowd.”
He said the squads saw the 1995-96
sports season as a particular challenge.
“Football has started off fairly well, but
we are still anxious to get the crowd into
sideline activities, ” Lyczkowski said. “Bas
ketball will be tough. It was not too hard to
get crowds going last year with a play er like
Jerry Stackhouse on the court.”
Bass said in order to pump up school
spirit with their performances at games,
the Spirit Squad must find time to practice
three timesaweek. She said the four squads
practice together on Mondays, Wednes
days and Fridays in the Carolina Gymnas
tics room at Fetzer Gym.
“The squads use practice time to work
on stunts, jumps, pyramids, basket throws,
gymnastics, cheers, dances and sideline
chants,” Lyczkowski said.
With the amount of practice time, Bass
said the cheerleaders were in tip-top shape.
“The squads’ bodies are just as conditioned
as many team athletes’, but just in a differ-
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Cheerleaders from the Junior Varsity and Varsity all-girl squads practice their
aerial routines on Connor Beach.
“Student fans seem to get
excited about the games, but a
lot of alumnijust want to sit in
their seats, drink their wine
and eat their cheese. ”
Assistant cheerleading coach
ent way,” she said. “Training the way we
do, it is hard to maintain good condition.
The only way to stay fit is to cheer.”
The squads use these practices not only
to prepare for games, but to ready them
selves for competition as well. Lyczkowski
said the Varsity co-ed squad and the High
Kicking Heels dancers go to national com
“The squads id not compete last year,
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but the High Kicking Heels placed second
in 1992 and fourth in 1993 and 1994,” he
said. “Varsity co-ed won the national title
Lyczkowski said the success of the Spirit
Squad was due in great part to Collins’
dedication. “Taking on four squads is a
huge responsibility,” he said. “It is all on
Don’s shoulders if something goes wrong.
So far nothing has. He got us to our first
Tomeika Simmons, a junior psychol
ogy major from Creedmoor and a member
of the Varsity co-ed squad, said the most
important commitment the squads had was
to the players.
“I’ve seen the players when the crowd
gets going,” she said. “They start waving
their towels and getting energized. When
we help the crowd get excited, the whole
team gets excited about winning. The play
ers feel they are supported. That is what we
are here for.”