UofI students: Bring back Chief Illiniwek
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 14:55:53 GMT —
University of Illinois mascot Chief Illiniwek was sent into retirement a year ago, but the school's students don't appear ready to let go.
A majority of students voted yes in a campus election Thursday when asked if they believe the chief should come back. The ballot question, one of several students were asked to consider, is non-binding.
Student Senate spokesman David Mangian says more than 7,700 students voted to bring back the mascot, 79 percent of all votes cast.
The university shelved the 81-year-old mascot last year after pressure from Native Americans and the NCAA. Both deemed the dancing, buckskin-clad mascot insulting.
Chief supporters maintain the mascot honors Native Americans.