Announcing… Mr. & Ms. School Spirit!


Announcing... Mr. & Ms. School Spirit!

After a week of a very competitive voting, MIT Cheer and the UA would like to congratulate this year’s Mr., Ms. and Professor School Spirit!

Mr. School Spirit: Chris Lang ’15

Ms. School Spirit: Michelle Morales ’13

Professor of School Spirit: Professor Eric Lander


Thank you to everyone who voted! We will continue to spread school spirit at this year’s NCA Nationals in Daytona, FL this April. Sad you didn’t see your name up there? Stay tuned! You’ll have your chance next year!


MIT Cheer & The UA Present the 2013 Mr. & Ms. School Spirit Competition!

Do you think MIT is the best place on earth? Are you an ISawYou celebrity with something to prove? Do your friends excuse themselves from dinner when you talk about just how much you love MIT? Are you the lone fan screaming at MIT games? Do you cheer as loud as you can at Ring Premiere (with or without the alcohol)?  Late at night, do you fantasize about Tim the Beaver?
Oh–not you, but your “friend” fits these qualifications? Then nominate them for the Mr. and Ms. School Spirit Competition hosted by the MIT Cheerleading Squad! Let your peers decide in the Institute’s first School Spirit Competition. Let your money do the talking, and vote all week in Lobby 10, or Thursday at the Student Center.
1. You can donate any dollar amount to cast your vote
2. Throwing coins in a candidates bucket will count as a deduction against them
3. At the end of the week, we will announce a Mr., Ms., and Professor School SpiritThank you for your support! All donations will go towards MIT Cheerleading Squad’s 1st-ever Trip to NCA Nationals.


Cambridge Community Gymnastics

Last Sunday, March 3rd, the MIT Cheer Squad had the pleasure of participating in a 3-hour Gymnastics Workshop led by Abbie Green, Head Instructor & Executive Director of Cambridge Community Gymnastics (CCG), and two of her fellow staff members.

Abbie and her staff worked with our squad in learning basic warmups, exercises, and drills that focus on improving the tumbling in our 2013 NCA Nationals routine. As our squad contains members with all different backgrounds, the level of professionalism and experience Abbie and her staff have was very helpful in enabling our team to improve its technique in such a small amount of time.

The MIT Cheerleading Squad would like to send a special thank you to Abbie and Cambridge Community Gymnastics for volunteering to hold this workshop in support of our organization’s endeavors to compete at Nationals for the first time ever. If you or a friend is interested in learning more about CCG and its programs, you can contact them by email here or visit their website at: 

Try-out For Our Competition Squad Over IAP!

NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship
The Band Shell/Ocean Center/Peabody Auditorium
Daytona Beach , Florida
April 10-14, 2013

This is an exciting, first-time opportunity for the MIT Cheer Squad and we are looking to recruit students who are willing and ready to help us reach the top at Nationals!

If you have experience with gymnastics tumbling and/or cheering…WE WANT YOU!
If you are an athlete looking to try something new….WE WANT YOU!

Try-outs will be held on ***SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2013*** in the Z-Center Gymnastics Room and T-Club Lounge.

All those trying out will be rated on their ability to learn and perform a set of cheers, dance choreography, jumps, and a short interview. Remember, no prior experience is required to join the team! Please wear athletic clothing and shoes. Bring water and a snack. No jewelry. Hair should be tied back.

Please fill out the form below to sign up! We are looking forward to meeting all of you!

If you have any questions, please email us at

Introducing Our Very First Maroon Sponsor: Randall Beans!

The company, Randall Beans, is starting their new campaign to support and power amateur athletics with their organic, homegrown variety of beans. These grown and made in America beans are fueling athletes across the country in an effort to spread the word about the nutritious effects that beans have on the body. Randall beans is owned by Meredith Keating and has been in operation since 1876. In regards to this “Powered By Beans” movement, Randall Beans is very excited to begin its partnership with MIT Cheerleading as a supporter of amateur athletics and has graciously donated $1,000 to the MIT Cheerleading squad in an effort to become our very first maroon level donor!

To learn more about Randall Beans, please visit their website at:

MIT Cheer Revere Beach Day!

MIT Cheer believes that team bonding is crucial to the continuous success and growth of its program and for its individual members. Throughout the year, our squad holds bonding events to facilitate the close friendships within our community. Today, our squad had its First-Ever Revere Beach Day! As a team, we took a day trip to the beach, drilled techniques, practiced cheers, and spent some time under the sun! We also introduced our Big-Little Program to our new members, which pairs a new member of the squad with an older member in order to promote unity and provide each new cheerleader with a support system for getting used to life away from home at college, the academic rigors of MIT, and life as an MIT Cheerleader. Below is a video compilation of pictures and footage taken from our day at the beach!

Thank you to all those who came out today! We encourage everyone to start having fun with their new bigs/littles & look out for our next bonding event!

Congratulations & Welcome To Our New Members!

MIT Cheer Fall 2012 Try-Outs were held on Sunday, September 9th. Those who came out were asked to drill techniques, learn several new cheers and jumps, and perform a short piece of dance choreography. They were also evaluated during individual interviews with the team Coach and Captains in order to discuss our core team values and culture.

We Would Like to Congratulate & Welcome Our 10 New Members to the MIT Cheer Family!

Leigh Rojeski, ’15
Emma Christie, ’16
Andrea Lopez, ’16
Sophie Cao, ’16
Annie Kuan, ’16
Emele Uka, ’16
Katrina Hui, ’16
Shanasia Sylman, ’15
Tori-Danielle Finney, ’16
Kianna Jackson, ’16

To learn more about our new members, please check out their bios here!

Sign Up For Fall 2012 Try-Outs!

Tryouts will be held THIS SUNDAY September 9th from 11 am to 2 pm in the Z-Center Gymnastics Room and T-Club Lounge.
All those trying out will be rated on their ability to learn and perform a set of cheers, dance choreography, jumps, and a short interview.
Remember, no prior experience is required to join the team!
Please wear athletic clothing and shoes. Bring water and a snack. No jewelry. Hair should be tied back.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in trying out. We are looking to meeting all of you!

Welcome New Recruits!

The MIT Cheer Squad would like to extend a warm welcome to the Freshman Class of 2016! To all of those who attended the Club Sports Midway or the Athletics Gateway this week and saw us, thank you for stopping by our booth and watching our performances!

If you are interested in becoming a new recruit, please feel free to shoot us an email here and/or stop by at anytime for one of our practices on Tuesday 9/4 or Thursday 9/6 between 6:30 and 9 PM located outside by the BBQ Pits on Kresge Field. These will be open practices geared towards beginners. It will be a relaxed environment where everyone can get to know each other and ask any questions you may have!

Check Out A Video Recap of Our Performance at the Athletics Gateway!

Please let us know if you have any questions about joining the MIT Cheer Squad. We are very excited to introduce new members to our community and you should be too!


  • Friday 9/7, 10am-5pm – School Spirit Day Booth in Lobby 10
  • Saturday 9/8, 1-4pm – First Home Football Game at Steinbrenner Stadium
  • Sunday 9/9, 11am-3pm – Freshman Cheer Tryouts at the T-Club Lounge and Gymnastics Room (in the Z Center)

Meet Our New Coach!

Traditionally, the MIT Cheer Squad has been run by students for students as an instructional co-ed Club Sport with minimal financial or training support. Although we have functioned this way in the past and the leadership displayed by students has enabled us to reach many goals, having a coach is tremendous asset that we never had the benefit of before. Recently, the MIT Cheer Squad Captains received an email from a young woman who works on MIT’s Campus and has an impressive career as a cheerleader. She reached out to us in order to figure out what she could do to improve our program. After meeting her and introducing her to our squad, she was impressed by our hard work and how we have managed to function without a Coach thus far. The team was equally impressed with how well she was able to understand and relate to us, and began to support us and help us grow right from the start of practice.

Arianna Vahsen-Crosby is now officially the new Cheerleading Coach for the MIT Cheerleading 2012-2013 Season. She has been involved in cheerleading her entire life prior to becoming a coach. With a background in gymnastics, dance, and coaching, Arianna has over 10 years of cheering experience. She was a cheerleader at Bow High School in Bow, NH and cheered for Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. East Celebrity Elite, formally known as Cheer Gym, was the home of her all-star career.

Featured Accolades:

  • 2007 3rd place Spirit States competition
  • 1st place Top Gun Stunting
  • 1st place Senior Night Crowd Pleaser champion

The MIT Cheerleading Squad is happy to welcome Arianna to our community with open arms and is extremely excited to see how far we are able to grow this season!