Bird-Brained

Herky The Hawk

A professor at the University of Iowa believes incoming (adult) students should not be exposed to the traumatizing scowl of the school’s mascot, and is calling for its facial features to be changed… for the children.

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.

“And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community,” she argued. (H/TAOSHQ)

So the clinical professor of pediatrics apparently treats everyone like children. Well, at least she’s consistent. She is not, however, a realist. The real world does not welcome new employees with “nurturing, calm, accepting, and happy messages.” There are no safe spaces in the corporate world, and nobody gives a rat’s ass about trigger warnings.

The University of Iowa, and most American universities, are setting up their students to fail.

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5 thoughts on “Bird-Brained

  1. They must change the mascot’s grimace. The Hawk has gritted teeth, but hawks don’t have teeth. Correcting this anatomical error is vitally important.

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  2. And, as a huge Hawkeye football fan, they had better not change one feather on Herky’s head. I am so sick and tired of us treating grown a$$ people like children. Personally the professor’s last name offends me as it sometimes refers to a sexual act. So, since your name threatens me, change it, you overpaid piece of work. I believe I will message U of I and make that very point.

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  3. Toothy – An apropos nickname, if you ask me.

    Metoo – Kyle has told me on more than one occasion that he doesn’t want to go to college. Stories like these make me think he’s on to something.

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