Not the Onion: Iowa prof. suggests Hawk mascot Herky driving students to suicide

Not the Onion: Iowa prof. suggests Hawk mascot Herky driving students to suicide
Herky terrorizes students at orientation. (Image: UI Student Life, Twitter)

[Ed. – Oh, come on.  Herky’s a hottie. I don’t know any college kids who are this absurdly fragile.]

A professor at the University of Iowa is concerned that the school’s hawk mascot, Herky, looks angry — and its appearance could be contributing to a culture of violence, depression, and even “suicide.”

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” clinical professor of pediatrics Resmiye Oral, wrote in an e-mail to the school’s athletic department, according to an article in Iowa City Press Citizen.

Oral continues to say that although she believes the school is “doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words,” she’s afraid that all of that is just not going to be enough if the school’s mascot has an angry face.

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