Symbol contest received 45 entries

Symbol contest received 45 entries

A contest to find a new symbol for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus brought in 45 entries, which are featured on the sponsor's Facebook page.

The student group Campus Spirit Revival sponsored the contest along with the Illinois Student Senate.

The entries range from the serious and elaborately designed to the apparently tongue-in-cheek (i.e., "Rabid the Squirrel").

"Everybody knows and loves, or fears the squirrels on campus. They are a part of the culture and physical environment of our campus," Rabid's designer wrote.

Another shows a character shaped like the state of Illinois with boxing gloves, a pipe and an Abe Lincoln hat, described as "tough, Historic and blatantly Illinois."

Quite a few incorporate aspects of the old circular Chief logo with different images inside, including a tiger, bison, wolf, eagle, owl, Abraham Lincoln or World War I doughboy soldier.

Another uses the Greek god Apollo (wielding a bow and arrow) and his horses, representing the UI's greek sororities/fraternities, among other things, according to the designer.

Several entries incorporate Lincoln or the Block I symbol or both ("Illinois Abes," "Fighting Abes," Abe the railsplitter). Others play off the state's corn crop — including "Colonel Kernel."

Some are entirely new designs, such as the "Illini Fire," "Illinois Invaders" and a real fire chief.

"We get to keep the 'Chief', and a more politically correct chief at that! And everyone could still chant "Chief" at the games," the designer wrote.

To see the entries, go to: http://on.fb.me/YiYnLk

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Orbiter wrote on February 23, 2013 at 9:02 am

The entries range from the serious and elaborately designed to the apparently tongue-in-cheek (i.e., "Rabid the Squirrel").

Just to be clear: squirrels and other rodents do not transmit rabies.

http://thegazette.com/2009/08/12/rabid-squirrels-extraordinarily-rare-la...

 

mark taylor's ghost wrote on February 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

I was chased halfway across campus by a gang of rabid squirrels just last week. And I swear I saw one of them lighting up a cigarette with a zippo.