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And This Is Why We Call Them Snowflakes

Posted by V the K at 9:03 am - August 29, 2016.
Filed under: Academia

Oh, Good Lord.

A University of Iowa professor is asking the athletics department to make the university’s mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions, arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students.

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages, ”Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen….

And in case you suspect that Resmiye Oral was a middle-aged liberal woman, you are correct, sir.



  1. Reminds me of how my alma mater, formerly all-male Lehigh University, changed it’s athletic-name from the “Engineers” to the “Mountain Hawks” due to complaints from the Liberal Arts and Business School weenies soon-after I graduated.

    When I was there the football mascot was a skinny-Nerd in a white short-sleeved dress shirt (top-button buttoned) clutching a slide-rule and flinging used IBM computer punch-cards in the air that he kept in his pocket-protector.

    No-doubt the school book-store also chimed-in bitterly since they hardly sold any school-monogrammed “LU” sweatshirts and boosterism T-shirts or memorabilia back then. It didn’t help that our school colors are sh*t-brown and white. I think the only ones who actually wore them were girls who wanted to get-laid by the football basketball teams. The wrestling and swim teams took care of themselves…if you know what I mean. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 29, 2016 @ 9:23 am - August 29, 2016

  2. Traumatizing students, what are they little children?

    Comment by James — August 29, 2016 @ 9:40 am - August 29, 2016

  3. Traumatizing students, what are they little children?

    Yes, James. Yes they are.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — August 29, 2016 @ 10:09 am - August 29, 2016

  4. Someone needs to remind them that the mascot is supposed to look aggressive so the opponents get the idea that their team is tough.

    Comment by Craig Smith — August 29, 2016 @ 11:30 am - August 29, 2016

  5. Well, her specialty is pediatrics and colleges are stuffed with post-pubescent babies…

    She also specializes in “adolescent medicine” and, as Mark Steyn has observed, adolescence now stretches lazily into what used to be called “middle age”.

    I find myself increasingly torn by the immigration debate. On the one hand, we need more low-skill workers and people from hostile cultures like we need pubic lice. On the other hand, if I had to hire from a pool of whiny, delicate, hair-trigger offendees requiring nannies, I’d be tempted to look offshore as well.

    Comment by KCRob — August 29, 2016 @ 11:43 am - August 29, 2016

  6. Good grief. Is it a university or pre-K?

    Comment by Tom — August 29, 2016 @ 3:19 pm - August 29, 2016

  7. For the Progressive, a pediatrician is a primary-care provider.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — August 29, 2016 @ 4:29 pm - August 29, 2016

  8. a weak, meek, people are easy to conquer.

    Comment by salg — August 29, 2016 @ 5:24 pm - August 29, 2016

  9. I don’t think boomers have gotten around to growing up yet either.

    Comment by Steve — August 29, 2016 @ 7:14 pm - August 29, 2016

  10. Just shared on FB. Waiting for an OSU teacher to want to change the Buckeyes because having nuts as a mascot is offensive to women.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 29, 2016 @ 9:47 pm - August 29, 2016

  11. ^ Plus, as everyonr knows, a Buckeye is just a useless nut, anyway! 😉

    Comment by Ilíon — August 29, 2016 @ 11:39 pm - August 29, 2016

  12. Her surname is Oral. There is a lot of oral garbage in that orifice.

    Comment by davinci38 — August 30, 2016 @ 8:21 am - August 30, 2016

  13. Just shared on FB. Waiting for an OSU teacher to want to change the Buckeyes because having nuts as a mascot is offensive to women.
    You know, that makes more sense that what you hear coming out of most universities. (and I work at a university)

    Comment by John F in Indy — August 30, 2016 @ 8:52 am - August 30, 2016

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