23, No. 15, March 4, 2004
Trustees postpone vote on Chief
UI Trustee Frances Carroll said she will not reintroduce her motion
to retire Chief Illiniwek as the symbol of athletic teams on the Urbana-Champaign
campus when the UI Board of Trustees holds its regularly scheduled meeting
on March 11 in Urbana.
“I am a consensus builder, and it is important to me that consensus
be reached on this topic before I bring it back to the board. Therefore,
I am withholding the resolution,” Carroll said.
Carroll did not set a time frame for when the board should act on the
Chief Illiniwek has been an iconic figure on the Urbana-Champaign campus
since 1926. In recent years, the Chief’s presence has put the
university at the center of a debate between those who revere Chief
Illiniwek as a symbol of the spirit of the campus and those who consider
it anachronistic. The board of trustees approved a resolution in 1990
to affirm Chief Illiniwek as the symbol of athletic teams on the Urbana
Carroll proposed at the board of trustees meeting last November that
Chief Illiniwek be retired as the symbol of athletic teams at the Urbana-Champaign
campus, but her motion called for retention of the name “Fighting
Illini” for the teams. She withdrew the proposed board resolution,
Carroll said, when it became apparent the measure lacked the votes necessary
for approval. Carroll indicated at the time she would bring the motion
forward again at the board meeting scheduled for March.