URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Nine years after the University of Illinois retired Chief Illiniwek a student committee is recommending that the school consider a replacement.
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot recommended that administrators create a process to potentially pick a mascot.READ MORE: Police Warn Of Retail Thefts in Gold Coast
University spokeswoman Robin Kaler told The News-Gazette in Champaign that interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson plans to meet with students to discuss the report. The Student Senate has already endorsed the idea.READ MORE: Police Surround Apartment Of Barricaded Subject In Villa Park
The university stopped using Chief Illiniwek in 2007 under pressure from the NCAA.
The committee said a new mascot could give the school something to rally around and the idea appears to be supported by at least a small majority of students. The committee found that most alumni, however, are opposed to the idea.MORE NEWS: Missing Bensenville Dog Reunited With Owners
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