Professor Deeply Worried Mascot And Logo Look Too Scary
Why is professor worrying about the mascot and the logo for the University of Iowa? Surely there are more important things for him to worry about.
The mascot and the logo for the University of Iowa’s sports teams are terrifying and promote aggression and violence, according to a deeply concerned medical school professor at the taxpayer-funded school.
The pediatrics professor, Resmiye Oral, is urging the Big 10 school’s athletic department to modify the logo and the various facial expressions of the mascot, Herky the Hawk, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Oral wrote in an email to the athletic department this week. “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.”
Oral said she is plagued by worries about the facial expression of several versions of the Iowa mascot, including Fighting Herky and Flying Herky. She also fears the consequences of people seeing Iowa’s famous Tigerhawk logo — which was conceived at the behest of legendary football coach Hayden Fry when he arrived on campus in 1978.
The Carver College of Medicine professor also addressed her unease about the logo and the mascot to the University of Iowa’s faculty senate.
“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,” Oral wrote to her faculty colleagues, according to the Press-Citizen.
“As we strive to tackle depression, suicide, violence, and behavioral challenges and help our students succeed, I plead with you to allow Herky to be like one of us, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, sometimes angry, sometimes concentrated,” the pediatrics professor explained.
Faculty senate president Thomas Vaughn, a public health professor, said he knows of no plans to change Herky the Hawk’s appearance. More