Watch out Laker Girls, here comes Marshall's own dance team, the Supreme Court.
The idea to begin the dance team is credited to Band Director Baruch J. White-head.
Sarah Gillian, junior elementary education major from Nitro and member of the dance team, said the band had auditions and the dance team has been evolving ever since. The team is named the Supreme Court, because of the association with John Mar-shall, namesake of the school, Gillian said.
"We've gone through a lot. For us to be here at all is a great accomplishment," said Michelle Delaney, junior social work major from Parkersburg.
Brandi Jacobs, junior advertising major, said, "We put a lot of effort into our shows. We practice four or five times each week for about three hours at a time."
She said, "I think it's a positive thing for the university to have a team such as this. Marshall is a growing university and most of the big schools have had dance teams for years."
The only complaint the members had was that they don't receive any funding from the university.
Jolita Donahue, senior business management major from Pt. Pleasant, said, "We get funding through the band's budget, but neither the university or athletic department provide any money for this squad.
"We really need support and financial backing. They want us to be here on campus, but they don't want to give any money," Donahue said.
Jacobs said, "The only way they will give us any money is we become recognized as a national organization, but it takes a lot of time to build a program that strong."
The team performs at both basketball and football games.
Jamon Kelley, sophomore psychology major from Mid-dlesboro, Ky., said, "In football season, we do a pre-game feature dance and a half-time show with the band. And during basketball season, we are pretty much on the floor all game. We do pre-game, time-outs and half-time."
The team has aspirations to take their show on the road. Donahue said, "We hope to go to a competition in Florida this spring, but all of the details have not been worked out yet."
Not only does the team provide exercise and extracurricular fulfillment, the girls say they have enjoyed meeting new people.
April Smith, junior biology major from Monogah, W. Va., said, "It's been a unique experience and I've met a lot of new friends, which was great for me, because I transferred from a smaller school in Fairmont."
Amber Tippens, senior chemistry major from Parkersburg, said, "I think our greatest accomplishments are the friendships we've made."