As students, alumni, and fans of the University of Illinois, we have not
yet been able to bring back Chief Illiniwek as the official symbol of
the University that we love. That does not mean that we do not still
consider The Chief as our symbol in our hearts and minds. To select a new
mascot or symbol is to push out the hope of bringing back what is such
an integral part of the spirit of our University and what it means to be
a Fighting Illini. Signing this petition signifies that instead of
selecting one of the options for mascot that are brought to the
University of Illinois administration on February 7th, 2013, you are
instead stating that no symbol presented is better than Chief Illiniwek
and that you would rather continue to have no official symbol. Please
pass this petition on to anyone that feels strongly for Chief Illiniwek and the University of Illinois, most importantly current University of Illinois students.
Current students please use your University of Illinois email address
when signing this petition so we can show that this stance is well
supported by current Fighting Illini. Let’s do this for The University
of Illinois Fighting Illini!
University of Illinois - College of ACES Class of 2010
University of Illinois - College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015
I went to U of I in the 1980's. I chose the school over ones that many consider to be more "prestigious" and was proud to do so. It's a pathetic shame that the once-great U of I has let itself turn into a miserable copy-cat of those mealy-mouhed, politically correct and intolerant "presitgious" institutions in California and the northeast... the ones I elected not to attend for the very same reason. Midswesterners are supposed to be more reasonable than those on the coasts - not try to emulate them and their faults.
Elizabeth A. Franck
Alumni - B.S. - 1975 and M.A. - 1980
I do miss Chief Illiniwek....
As an alumnus (MS '57) I am sick of the political correctness mentality at the U of I and long for the day UI regains the respect it once had. If you need a model, look to Hillsdale College.
John Fisher2 months ago
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