Letter to the Editor | Lots of choices for UI's new mascot

Letter to the Editor | Lots of choices for UI's new mascot

The News Gazette of Nov. 30, 2018, carries reports again about the status of not "choosing a mascot" for the University of Illinois. This clearly implies the need for further investigation of this topic. One outcome of this investigation, using a Google search, indicates the presence of about 650 mascots at U.S. universities and colleges.

A sampling of their names is as follows.

The Battling Bishop, Artie the Fighting Artichoke, Attila.

A railroad locomotive (Purdue, of course), Boll Weevil, Venom, Uga (a bulldog).

Fighting Pickle, Gladys the Squirrel, Gaylord (a camel), Herky the Hawk, Porterhouse (another bulldog), Purple Cow, Sammy the Owl, Will D. Cat, Zippy the Kangaroo (U. of Akron; John Groce could weigh in here).

There are several hundred more that could be of assistance in this unique and entertaining, yet solemn and dignified, consideration of not choosing a mascot for the University of Illinois.

PETER BARRY

Champaign

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