The University of Iowa’s Herky the Hawk mascot is too angry, “conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence,” complains a pediatrics professor.
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” wrote Resmiye Oral in an email to UI athletic department officials and the Faculty Senate.
In a phone interview with the Press-Citizen, Oral said university symbols — Fighting Herky, the “Old School” Flying Herky and the Tigerhawk logo — should show a variety of facial expressions.
Aggression is OK for the football field, but not for posters welcoming new students, she argued.
Angry Herky images on posters “are totally against the nonviolent, all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey through campus,” she told colleagues.