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. – READ MORE