:: Thursday, August 31, 2006 ::
Retiring The Chief
Via CapitolFax, the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the university will be turning over control of the Chief to an organization formed of the previous people to portray him. As such, the UofI's wayward mascot will no longer appear at university athletic events, while keeping the Chief alive for a little while for the racial bigots who can't quite let go.
Why this wasn't thought of earlier as part of the "consensus" process the BoT was pushing for years? Oh, I know! It's 'cos the BoT wanted nothing to do with retiring the Chief and merely wanted to keep the status quo while appearing to do something. Silly me.
While some might not be happy with this solution, I am, because without the reinforcement of the so-called tradition at sporting events, future classes of UIUC students won't give a rat's ass about the Chief, and will come up with new traditions of their own.
As of publishing, there's no mention of this on the UIUC or Trustees webpages. I wouldn't be surprised if the university was trying to keep this as quiet as possible for as long as possible on campus. To this end, I note that the Daily Illini doesn't have anything on this today, though it may have run previously and I just missed it.
:: The Squire 12:20 PM :: email this post :: ::