September 04, 2016

U of Iowa prof fears menacing mascot might "trigger" students

David MenziesMission Specialist

Herky the Hawk is the University of Iowa’s mascot and has been since 1948. But a professor at the university thinks Herky should be put out to pasture and it isn’t even a “cultural appropriation” thing this time.

Rather, this professor fears Herky looks too menacing because he sports a constant grimace and that expression might trigger bad reactions in sensitive students.

Incredibly, Professor Resmiye Oral is urging the athletics department at the U of I to come up with a kinder, gentler-looking mascot. Here’s the professor in her own words:

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages. However, Herky’s angry faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instil in our students and campus community.”

Thankfully, Professor Oral’s quest for a kinder, gentler Herky isn’t gaining traction despite repeated pleas including one packaged as concern for student “safety”.

Maybe Professor Oral can choose a less angry bird to serve as her own personal mascot. I suggest a cuckoo.

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commented 2016-09-06 15:57:35 -0400
These idiot women are a detriment to society as we knew it.
commented 2016-09-05 22:20:52 -0400
More left wing wingnuts. I’d be embarrassed to say something like that in public. I wonder what her kids are like.
commented 2016-09-05 18:46:03 -0400
WOW , i guess we better wipe out the real world , that is just too scary for these creampuffs.
commented 2016-09-05 18:45:23 -0400
Bravo Zulu same thing has been happening for some years on the pipeline, farm raised guys are good , but city wimps are running home to momma’s basement. One of them lasted a whole 3 days on a job i was on in 2012. And he didn’t really do any hard work yet. You could tell the second you saw him that he was soft . Was not exactly a surprise.
commented 2016-09-05 18:20:12 -0400
I am never sure whether to be ‘triggered’ or just go hide in my ‘safe space’ and ‘wallow’ in my White privilege.
commented 2016-09-05 18:20:12 -0400
I am never sure whether to be ‘triggered’ or just go hide in my ‘safe space’ and ‘wallow’ in my White privilege.
commented 2016-09-05 16:55:23 -0400
I’m with Robert Raymond on this one… It’s a publicity stunt to gain her some fame on campus…. Nothing more… Given her background she has seen some real “triggers” in her life…
commented 2016-09-05 11:02:17 -0400
Let’s face it, we have a generation of manufactured psychotocs who can be made emotionally unstable with conditioned triggers – kind of like a mad scientist crossed a Manchurian candidate with a fainting goat.
commented 2016-09-05 10:43:57 -0400
The goal of the marxist education system is to control and destroy the coming generations. They don’t want high achievers, they want a dumbed down society, that clings to the government and the one world religion of evil, that they are implementing against the will of the majority. They have turned anything normal, into a 3-ring circus for misfits. This professor is an example of the ignorance and activism that has been used to brainwash normal, and healthy development in our children. Thanks to the UN fed unions, this is an example of a traitor to humanity.
commented 2016-09-05 07:10:58 -0400
Go Hawkeyes.
commented 2016-09-04 22:43:40 -0400
Does this professor teach a kindergarten class? Or is her university an extension of kindergarten? I’m confused.
commented 2016-09-04 21:44:52 -0400
Bwahahaha, these people are so stupid.
commented 2016-09-04 21:30:25 -0400
If Herky the Hawk is too menacing and angry looking and makes you go into a state of mindless depression—— You may as well commit suicide . There is nothing left in this world for you to aspire to—- Concentrate on the After life . Think of Islam. Think of Death .
commented 2016-09-04 19:30:50 -0400
This mascot is a terrifying horror, and it (as well as other scary mascots) must be banned.

We can’t even look at it, it’s so creepy!
commented 2016-09-04 18:23:30 -0400
If the professor doesn’t like it, she should mind her own business. I’m sick of these “professors” sticking their noses in where they aren’t wanted. Especially the female and feminist types. Just because they are teachers, doesn’t mean they know everything. They certainly want to destroy anything entertaining in western culture. She needs to go back to Turkey, and lecture Erdogan. That would likely get her beheaded. These people don’t appreciate freedom of any type. They shouldn’t even come here to begin with.
commented 2016-09-04 16:37:10 -0400
I’d flip her the Bird!
commented 2016-09-04 15:06:08 -0400
The real problems will begin when Prof. Oral discovers that Herky’s football is also totally contrary to her warm and fuzzy values. And students and their parents actually have to pay to have access to her?
commented 2016-09-04 13:55:28 -0400
Send the Marxist prof to hell.
commented 2016-09-04 12:58:44 -0400
Once we are all pussyfied we will be ripe for an Islamic takeover.
commented 2016-09-04 12:00:39 -0400
Hey Bugs,

More proof that Turkey is a rather sick society. I wonder how the adults can condone this activity.
I know that anyone sexually harming my kids or grandchildren would suffer some rather dire consequences. Aren’t the parents of these victims ready to press charges or retaliate when thier kids are abused?
Oh, I forgot. It is a cultural thing and the parents are quite probably the abusers.
I guess what does not kill you makes you stronger . . . shame of it is, the kids grow up to be the same as the parents, sexual predators and abusers.
To paraphrase the queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, “Off with their dicks!”

commented 2016-09-04 11:45:03 -0400
ROBERT RAYMOND commented that she is trained in Turkey and “she should be fighting to eliminate things that really terrorize children.”

You’re right — it’s bizarre that she chooses to waste her energy worrying about a duck. Meanwhile, in Turkey:
commented 2016-09-04 11:24:18 -0400
professor oral obviously has too much time on her hands…maybe her position is redundant? she is obviously another person educated beyond her intelligence with no common sense…
commented 2016-09-04 11:24:04 -0400
Checking into her credentials, she was trained in Turkey and graduated from university there.
She has published many articles and has chaired many positions over the years in American universities.
I wonder if she endorses FGM being from a part of the world where this barbarism is practiced.
Instead of trying to shoot down a mascot, she should be fighting to eliminate things that really terrorize children such as ISIS, Muslims and so on.
Then, she may gain some legitimate respect.

commented 2016-09-04 11:13:31 -0400
She just needs to grow up.
She may have a lot of education but, she’s still in kindergarten.
However, is this just not an easy way to make a name for herself?
She now has her fifteen seconds of fame.

commented 2016-09-04 10:41:30 -0400
Are not all sports violent in one way or another. Maybe she wants to ban football next or replace it with tag football.
My recommendation; she seek employment in a less violent university.
commented 2016-09-04 10:37:51 -0400
The continuing campaign to pussify everything. What’s next changing the pigskin to nylon and lace, so a football game isn’t so mean to animals. I’ll bet this moron doesn’t even watch any sports, I wonder what she has to say about that violent Pokeman Game.
commented 2016-09-04 09:35:39 -0400
Clint eastwood is right, Generations of pussies, a mascot scares them ha ha These people better stay in university as they will be utter failures in the real world. Whats next cancel the cartoon channel. This crap is way out of control.
commented 2016-09-04 08:58:36 -0400
The weakness in today’s snowflakes is encourage by idiots like this professor.

Far better to tell them to suck it up and run with it.

No wonder so many “educated” are now failing out of military training.

The farm boys and farm girls are still doing well.

It is now obvious to me the reason why!

Take this so called professor out back and give her a couple hits with the 2 × 4 to straighten her out or to make her run away.

The world will be a better place when the “lady” idiot is gone.