Saturday, April 29, 2006

Chief Illiniwek's last dance?

My alma mater, the University of Illinois, may have be saying good bye to its mascot, Chief Illiniwek. The forces of political-correctness may have finally prevailed over 80 years of tradition.

AP has more:

The NCAA's executive committee on Friday rejected an appeal by the University of Illinois to continue using its Chief Illiniwek athletic mascot but removed Bradley from a list of schools with imagery the organization deems "hostile" and "abusive."

The ruling means Illinois will not be allowed to host NCAA championship events unless the school drops its long-debated Indian mascot, a fixture at the Urbana-Champaign campus since 1926. School officials criticized the ruling and said they would explore what to do next.

On the positive side, Peoria's Bradley University will be able keep their "Braves" nickname.

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