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WATCH! According to Prof, Iowa Mascot Must Be More Nurturing

Herky the Hawk, the University of Iowa mascot, looks too aggressive and like he might be discriminatory. Seriously?

A professor has written a letter opposing the University of Iowa mascot.

According to the Washington Times,

Herky has come under fire from a professor at Iowa’s medical school who thinks his constant state of angered agitation is just too much for the delicate souls who could encounter him at a Hawkeyes sporting event.

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UI, wrote recently in an email to UI athletic department officials that was obtained by the Press-Citizen. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”

She also wrote:

I would like to bring to the Faculty Senate’s attention that the attached Herky images are totally against the nonviolent, all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey through campus.

The professor of pediatrics seems to think that the University mascot should conform to the rules of a pre-school. The way she speaks of the need for what she thinks are positive messages sounds like she is caring for toddlers, not adults.

While this professor isn’t getting her way yet, the way she writes is revealing. Clearly, the colleges that offer “safe spaces” and worry about “triggering” students are treating them like babies. People who are entering adulthood and will soon face adult responsibilities are being encouraged to act like infants and he cared for like infants.

And what does a grimace have to do with being discriminatory?

Do these student’s look like they are being traumatized by the University of Iowa mascot?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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