Politics, Testimonials

Goodbye, Chief Illiniwek!

The University of Illinois has at long last retired its Mascot Honored Symbol.

That’s awesome! My Alma Mater made a significant contribution to the modern Internet, but culturally speaking, we are still dragging ourselves kicking and screaming into the latter half of the twentieth century, when we the civilized world figured out that it was somewhat rude to use other peoples’ cultures to “honor” our sports rituals. Some of our fine White People took great offense when told that they must endure the shackles of political correctness. They responded that it was incorrect to call the Native American Mascot a Mascot, that the preferred nomenclature was that Chief Illiniwek is an Honored Symbol, following an Honorable Tradition, wherein the Illini people from whom our state took its name would be remembered by having a White Guy an Eagle Scout who is 1/8 Native American perform an exaggerated Lakota “war dance” during the half time performance at sports games. What better Honored Tradition could we possibly maintain for these people? (A Native American Studies Program or a Museum? Boring! You liberals love your museums and cultural programs–get down from your ivory towers and get with the team!)

The argument against retiring the Hollow Hallowed Symbol is that a lot of alumni would get freaked out and stop contributing money to the campus. That always struck me as silly . . . but just to be sure, I have been stingily holding back from giving anything until we adopted a new mascot Honored Symbol. Right? If some alumni are going to stop giving when the Chief goes away, then other alumni ought to be waiting for the Chief to go away before they give.

Guess I get to pay up . . .

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  • -berto

    Hehehe. You’re not the only one that has to pay up. My sister who graduated from UIUC in ’92 was part of the anti-chief protests back then, and she said she would never dontate or join the alumni association until they dropped the chief. I just sent her an email telling her that she can start writing a check soon.

    Personally, I was indifferent to the entire controversy. I became permanently wired to the internet from day one at UIUC, so you can tell what part of campus tradition I was appreciating at the time.

    here’s a flashback…

    telnet ux7.uiuc.edu

    login: r-ayala
    password: ************

    you have new mail.

  • Berto, that’s a really lame password.

  • Wow I didn’t realize you were a UIUC alumnus too!

    I read a Champaign News-Gazette article that mentioned that since the University owns the trademark for the Chief, they could sell it. And guess who wants to buy? A newly formed non-profit organized by all the guys who’ve played the Chief! That makes me unlikely to give!

  • cshay

    I want to see Dannyman Station Wagon become new UIUC mascot. Station Wagon burn rubber and do donuts at centercourt at halftime while crowd go crazy. Good Show, Dannyman!

  • -berto

    hey…don’t make fun of my secure insecure password. Besides, the one I used at the time was pretty lame. And if you knew me well at the time, you could probably guess what it was.

  • It was going to happen sometime, that was pretty clear… in my two years of Champaign I only saw the Chief ‘live’ twice, and I have good memories…