Idea Of Replacing Chief Illiniwek Causing Uproar On Twitter
Even though Illinois’ Chief Illiniwek has been gone since 2007, this hasn’t stopped the controversy associated with the former mascot.
From current students, to alumni, to even just Illinois fans, the debate over creating a new mascot has exploded all over Twitter. The prospect of devising this new mascot has created an uproar, because many feel that even though Chief Illiniwek is no longer the official University of Illinois mascot, the chief is still the mascot in their hearts and minds.
“The use of Chief Illiniwek predates the use of mascots in most sports teams.” The chief is more than just a mascot to us. #Chiefornothing
— Sean McQuinn (@seanmmcquinn) January 11, 2013
— Al Greaney (@algreaney) January 9, 2013
Ah, it looks like the issue of Chief Illiniwek is causing a bit of a stir on twitter this afternoon
— Greg Zeck (@thegregzeck) January 11, 2013
But realistically, will anything ever truly replace Chief Illiniwek?
— UIUC PRSSA (@UIUCPRSSA) January 9, 2013
WAIT! Why can Notre Dame have a cute little Irish man as their mascot but Illinois can’t have Chief Illiniwek?
— Alex Booker(@aBooker15) January 8, 2013
Chief Illiniwek: Former mascot of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, retired in 2007 amidst controversy. #Chicago Word of the Day!
— Chicago Words (@ChicagoWords) January 5, 2013