Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Last Dance

Last night was Chief Illiniwek's last dance. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the video the university put together here. (I'm surprised with all the controversy that the university had the guts to use its resources to make such a video. I'm sure the anti-Chief crowd will be screaming about that soon.)

And speaking of the crowd that is intolerable of opinions other than their own, check out this press release from S.T.O.P. (Students Transforming Oppression and Privilege). If you aren't familiar with this group, you will be soon because they have the momentum and, as this space predicted earlier this week, are going after all things Chief and Illini (in order to stay relevant they have to have a cause).

Take note of this line in the press release: Neither should the trademark be transferred to any other public or private entity that considers the mascot an "honorable tradition."

You know why they don't want that? Because they are scared to death that some wealthy alum who loves the Chief (and there are many) will buy the trademark and they won't be able to do a thing to control it.

Perhaps S.T.O.P. would sue this wealthy alum. However, if the alum is wealthy enough to buy the trademark, he/she is probably wealthy enough to pay a couple of high-priced attorneys. And that means S.T.O.P. either goes broke with legal fees (unless they've got a big donor behind them) or they have to give up.

Please, someone buy the trademark.

And by the way, since when does a student group basically dictate to the university how it operates? I'm all for the students having a say but the demands in this press release are over the top. The University of Illinois needs to put its foot down soon or the inmates will be running the asylum if they aren't already.

Incidentally, here is S.T.O.P.'s website.

Finally, I forgot to mention earlier this week that IlliniPundit had a great take on this whole controversy earlier this week. I highly encourage you to check it out.


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