Hulsey said she was in favor of including alumni in any final decision. Susan Zhou, speaker of the senate for the Illinois Student Government — an organization that has endorsed the idea of a new mascot — helped get the kingfisher on the student ballot. But she thought the time has come to embrace something different. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher -- a blue and orange bird native to the state and known for its high-speed dives -- the school’s new mascot.
The vote is not binding, it […] Pritzker has issued a disaster declaration to fight COVID-19. “At the end of the day, I believe students should be able to build new traditions with a symbol or a mascot,” she said. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher -- a blue and orange bird native to … This funding will be used to spread awareness of the Kingfisher. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher -- a blue and orange bird native to the state and known for its high-speed dives -- the school’s new mascot. ‘Belted Kingfisher’ mascot passes student body referendum, How to Watch Illinois vs. Iowa: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds. The Belted Kingfisher would not replace the name ‘Fighting Illini,’ but would be a replacement mascot after the NCAA banned Chief Illiniwek in 2005. Illinois Students Vote In Favor Of Belted Kingfisher Mascot March 10, 2020 - 16:39 PMStudents at the University of Illinois last week voted in favor of adopting the Belted Kingfisher, an orange and blue bird native to the state, as the school’s mascot. The new mascot would be the “Belted Kingfisher.” Students voted in favor of the mascot with a 4,222 to 3,597 vote. The undergraduate student senate at the University of Illinois has voted 105-2 (with 4 abstaining) in favor of replacing the Fighting Illini mascot with the belted kingfisher. “Once the administration sees enough public will to back the kingfisher, they can get the ball rolling,” she said. “It hunts by beating its prey against a rock and swallowing it whole. Ever since that time, the Illini haven’t been represented by a mascot. The idea originated with senior physics and astronomy student Spencer Hulsey, […] The two-day, non-binding vote will gauge whether to make the belted kingfisher the new mascot. Len Kasper’s move from Chicago Cubs TV to White Sox radio might have come as a surprise. The resolution called for Chancellor Robert Jones to adopt a new mascot, condemn public displays of Chief Illiniwek and consider the kingfisher as a potential successor. The 105-to-2 vote, though merely advisory, was … “We can see a kingfisher dunking a basketball or we can take pictures with it. After Hulsey fleshed out her doodle and presented it to the Illinois Student Government, the organization decided to put it to a campuswide vote. The school has been without an official mascot since 2007 when they rightly canned Chief Illiniwek, a Native American stereotype who was (nearly always) played by a white male student wearing warpaint and a feathered headdress while dancing around during halftimes. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The students have spoken. Who comes up with this nonsense?”. “The logo gives it that good, aggressive look,” he said. “I think it works. She said the kingfisher, if adopted as the university’s official mascot, could help to heal wounds that remain raw on the downstate campus. In a referendum on the student body’s spring 2020 ballots at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a vote to make the ‘Belted Kingfisher’ the official mascot of the University passed 4,222 to 3,597. That could be changing, though. On Monday, the school's Senate will officially vote on the proposal. Back To Topics. Susan Zhou, speaker of the senate for the Illinois Student Government -- an organization that has endorsed the idea of a new mascot -- helped get the kingfisher on the student ballot. Last year, a proposal that sought to fill that role with the cheekily named Alma Otter lost by 300 votes in a student referendum. Do you think the Illini can win their third in a row? There’s still a lot of time to right the ship. “A kingfisher that’s a female? Chad Eliason, an … The idea came to Spencer Hulsey in a doodle. A belted kingfisher is making the rounds as a potential mascot for the University. She also pointed out that the nickname Fighting Illini would not change under the proposal. The University of Illinois will begin the search for a new mascot nine years after it retired Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA. A proposed new mascot for University of Illinois, the belted kingfisher. Chief Illiniwek was the symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), associated with the University's intercollegiate athletic programs, from October 30, 1926 to February 21, 2007. The bird’s ability to withstand those impacts without obvious damage to its brain is the subject of new research, he said. In a nonbinding poll, students at the University of Illinois are asking for their own feathered mascot, a belted kingfisher. It’s a charismatic bird.”. The kingfisher would also be the lone Big Ten mascot to be overtly female: The male of the species is blue and gray, while the female is blue and orange. “We were just so amazed by the response that it got,” she said. University of Illinois senior Spencer Hulsey's design for a new mascot: the appropriately orange-and-blue-colored belted kingfisher, which is native to Illinois. “To me, this is crazy,” a woman said in a Facebook video. The Belted Kingfisher would not replace the name ‘Fighting Illini,’ but would be a replacement mascot after the NCAA banned Chief Illiniwek in 2005. One confused correspondent, she said, referred to her as an “uninformed millennial” (“I’m technically Gen Z,” she said). The Belted Kingfisher is a new proposal, which is native to Illinois, is the school colors of Blue and Orange, and only the female Kingfisher is Blue and Orange so that it would be the first female mascot in the Big Ten. What? Reply. We can have something to interact with.”. An advisory panel in 2018 suggested the school consider adopting an official mascot, but little has happened since then. The kingfisher logo was designed by a current University of Illinois student. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher — a blue and orange bird native … A belted kingfisher sits in a branch above the rushing waters of Salt Creek, in Oak Brook, in 2011. 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The two-day, non-binding vote will gauge whether to make the belted kingfisher the new mascot. This week, the kingfisher proposal passed by a margin of 625 votes out of about 7,800 cast. Found almost throughout North America at one season or another, it is the only member of its family to be seen in most areas north of Mexico. Students at the University of Illinois last week voted in favor of adopting the Belted Kingfisher, an orange and blue bird native to the state, as the school’s mascot. Alumni appeared to be less enthusiastic. “Last year an otter, now this. Following the vote, plenty took to social media to slam the bird. WHEREAS, a new mascot idea, the belted kingfisher, is gaining widespread grassroots support and its adoption would resolve many of the issues aforementioned; and, WHEREAS, belted kingfishers are native, predatory birds of Illinois, which have not yet been used as a mascot by any major American business, notable sports team, or university in Susan Zhou, speaker of the senate for the Illinois Student Government -- an organization that has endorsed the idea of a new mascot -- helped get the kingfisher on the student ballot. Don’t jinx it. Good Morning Illini 192 Published on Feb 28, 2020 GMI's Jose Zepeda has all the details on the newest proposal for a University of Illinois mascot: the kingfisher. Illinois has a shot to end a long losing streak to the Hawkeyes. That’s perfect,” said designer Spencer Hulsey, senior in LAS. It’s been over a decade since the University of Illinois decided to retire Chief Illiniwek, the school’s official mascot and logo. Pritzker has issued a disaster declaration to fight COVID-19. “It’s a pretty intimidating predatory bird,” Zhou said. Growing up on a farm in Kinmundy, Illinois, Hulsey always loved birds, especially the kingfishers … But to him, calling games on AM radio is the purest form of baseball broadcasting. Developer had big plans for land polluted by the steel industry on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Athletic department must make the change though. Illinois senior Spencer Hulsey came up with the idea to make the Kingfisher the new university mascot. “I could get behind a soldier/Abe Lincoln combo, but anything else feels forced and ill-fitting.”, “As an alum I think this is a stupid idea,” a man tweeted. I see in the comments on Facebook and in my inbox that people are like, ‘If we can’t have our symbol, then nobody should have anything,’ and I think that’s just wrong.”. The effort, however, hasn’t made much headway. Students at the University of Illinois last week voted in favor of adopting the Belted Kingfisher, an orange and blue bird native to the state, as the school’s mascot. By Satchel Price @SatchelPrice Mar 10, 2020, 2:32pm CDT Hulsey, a senior, said she will leave the politics around the potential new mascot to others. It may be seen perched on a high snag, or hovering on rapidly beating wings, then plunging headfirst into the water to grab a fish. Zhou said her next move will be to try to get the Illinois Student Government to pass a resolution favoring the kingfisher as the school’s mascot. She said the bird’s crisp graphic design and uniqueness as a mascot gave it an edge over Alma Otter, which started as a jokey meme. Many consider Chief Illiniwek … The kingfisher would also be the lone Big Ten mascot to be overtly female: The male of the species is blue and gray, while the female is blue and orange. “I think a mascot would allow us to have the same experience at games that other schools get to have,” she said. Hulsey, though, said she has already received blowback from alumni worried that a new mascot would scuttle any chance that Chief Illiniwek might come back. Eliason attended the University of Akron, and thus has no dog — or bird — in Illinois’ fight. But the kingfisher just might have a different fate. 1; 2 SelfconFour. A vast majority of the University Senate voted in favor of an orange-and-blue belted kingfisher as a new mascot for the University at Monday’s meeting. “It’s fair to allow students to pick something new. Many consider Chief Illiniwek a symbol of the University, rather than a mascot. The kingfisher logo was designed by a current University of Illinois student. During a physics discussion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she idly sketched a belted kingfisher, a blue and orange bird she saw many times while fishing on her family’s farm outside Kinmundy, Illinois. The referendum’s explanatory text said the Kingfisher will now be sent to the University Administration, who would still have to decide whether or not to adopt the non-binding referendum. Illinois Student Gov just passed the “Kingfisher” as the new Illinois mascot. Have you lost your minds, you crazy students?”, “I graduated seven years ago and things change, but why is there this burning need for a mascot?” a commenter wrote on Reddit. The University of Illinois might adopt the Belted Kingfisher as their mascot. The nonbinding referendum — … “These birds are orange and blue, literally. It’s not clear what happens next: The vote was merely advisory, and a university spokeswoman did not return messages seeking comment. The idea originated with senior physics and astronomy student Spencer Hulsey, who recalled seeing the birds near the pond at her childhood home in Kinmundy, Illinois. URBANA — Alma Otter may have gone down in defeat, but mascot talk at the University of Illinois goes on. Illinois Students Vote In Favor Of Belted Kingfisher Mascot. She plans to lobby the faculty senate to join the cause, too, she said. The vote ended up being “41-0 vote in favor to be put in the ballot.” In a couple weeks university students will vote on if this will be the new mascot in the future. Female Belted Kingfisher: Potential UI Mascot. The Belted Kingfisher is often first noticed by its wild rattling call as it flies over rivers or lakes. She was aware of the drama her school has endured since retiring Chief Illiniwek, the American Indian symbol the NCAA deemed to be “hostile and abusive.” While many still pine for the chief’s return, others have suggested breaking from the past with a new mascot. 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Over the weekend, the Illini Creative Twitter page tweeted out a photo of a new potential mascot […] The concept was more than enough to carry the vote.”. But he said the belted kingfisher could make for a fine mascot. A previous student referendum had made clear that many are in favor of the move beyond just the senate. It's a bird native to Illinois. Instead, he flipped the property for millions, and now taxpayers likely will pay for the cleanup. Illinois says no plans for new mascot after Belted Kingfisher passes student vote In a non-binding resolution, 4,222 students voted to adopt the blue and orange bird, while 3,597 voted against it. Chad Eliason, an evolutionary biologist who studies birds at the Field Museum, said the belted kingfisher is also distinguished by its rat-a-tat call and high-speed dives into water. A proposed new mascot for the University of Illinois, the belted kingfisher. 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