University of Illinois group calls for new mascot

Champaign, Illinois (AP) November 2010

A group of students at the University of Illinois wants the school to choose a new mascot to replace the now-retired Chief Illiniwek.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Students for a United Campus scheduled a protest on campus last week to try to pressure administrators to pick a replacement.

The university stopped using the Chief mascot in 2007 after NCAA sanctions and years of complaints by American Indians and others. But the school continues to call its sports teams the Fighting Illini.

The student group says it wants a new mascot to end what it calls an atmosphere of racial tension on campus.



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