Alma Otter / Champ Mascot

#51
Little Rock, Arkansas
I’m hoping the otter isn’t our actual mascot. Like, we won’t be the University of Illinois Fighting Otters or anything right? What I’m hoping is that we are the Fighting Illini, like always, and simply have a goofy mascot, for the kids/entertainment, running around. If that is the capacity of this funny character, and we don’t change our name to the Otters or something, I’m okay with this.
 
#53
Illinois grad / fan living in Madison.....true story, my 5 year old daughter just saw me looking at this and goes...."Ooooh, Bucky Badger!!!"
 
#61
The otter thing is not going to happen. It was the ISG goofballs mocking those who have a sincere concern about the symbol of the University of Illinois. It wasn’t a serious proposal to begin with, just a sophomoric stunt.

Si that otter won’t fly, especially because too many people don’t like it. Mike Epstein tweeted as much, and you know the rest of the team feels that way as well. (And think about recruiting...) The board of trustees will gag on it. The chancellor does not want to die on a a hill called. The alumni will have apoplexy And the students are likely to feel about it as they did when they last voted Chief or nothing.

Certainly the Orange-faced doughboy and the otter won’t happen. So don’t get riled about either. It’s not worth the effort. Just be patient. Good things will come.
 
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#66
As a non-dues paying member of PETA, I do not approve! Enough with objectifying the bodies of beloved animals. Even faux fur is harmful to society as it perpetuates the belief that animals are to be adorned as articles of clothing. I much rather you objectify humans since Illinois has such a great accounting program, how about you use an Auditor as a mascot. They're pretty scary. If you don't believe, take a bunch of write-offs before April 15th.
 
#67
Invisible and Bulletproof
Miracle Mile
I've long felt that we should strive to offend everyone equally with whatever comes next - the University of Illinois Fighting Butt Pustules or similar. But this Otter idea is so transparently and aggressively inoffensive that I'd be okay with it too.
 
#68
Glad to see there has been quite a lot of vocal opposition to this dumb idea over the past weekend. Hopefully our administration has a bit more common sense and awareness than the ISG does.

As I've said. If someone in the Krush wants to dress up as an unofficial otter mascot, go right ahead. But it better get no where near official status.
 
#70
Little Rock, Arkansas
As a non-dues paying member of PETA, I do not approve! Enough with objectifying the bodies of beloved animals. Even faux fur is harmful to society as it perpetuates the belief that animals are to be adorned as articles of clothing. I much rather you objectify humans since Illinois has such a great accounting program, how about you use an Auditor as a mascot. They're pretty scary. If you don't believe, take a bunch of write-offs before April 15th.
So you’re saying we should start killing auditors and wearing their skin as clothing?

While tempting, I don’t think I can endorse this.
 
#72
We could do a lot worse than an otter.



A lot worse.
Haha, nothing wrong with the Banana Slugs. I don't recall seeing UIUC get any promotional shots in Pulp Fiction. (Edit: Credit to BirdDog9048 for just beating me to the punch).


In a somewhat serious note, I think UIUC should take a page out of the obscure mascot handbook of minor league baseball teams. There's got to be something better out there. I'm not anti-otter, but there's some sense of panache missing with it.