The Chief is Dead

Man, I sure am blogging up a storm today, eh?

So, “our long national nightmare is over?” I sure hope so. From the FAQ, the team names and whatnot will still be “Fighting Illini,” since that’s shorthand for the name of the state, and a general term for anyone who may find themselves living there. The stupid dance that some student does dressed up like a native american (feathers and all) at half time at sporting events will probably go away. Yes, I always thought it was stupid. Not necessarily offensive, but lame and out of place, and maybe inappropriate. Actually it turns out that they’re getting college credit for dancing around like fools. The “performers” have, of course, sued to prevent their elimination, saying that it may jeopardize their scholarships (last paragraph of this article).

Nevertheless, this too shall pass. I don’t really care too much about the issue either way, but something needed to get settled. The whole mess was making the entire university seem like a bunch of screaming drunk morons, pinko liberal commies, and backwoods old-fashioned good-ol’-boy klansmen.

Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 09:41:48 -0600 (CST)
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Subject: MASSMAIL – Chief Illiniwek

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