An Iowa professor has asked the school if Herky the Hawk can display different facial expressions since his standard face conveys an “invitation to aggressivity and even violence.”
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral wrote in an email to the athletic department, which was obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “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.”
The clinical professor of pediatrics wrote her email due to a series of posters and fliers on campus with messages welcoming new students with images of Herky and the Tigerhawk, Iowa’s standard logo, according to the Press-Citizen.
“I would like to bring to the Faculty Senate’s attention that the attached Herky images are totally against the nonviolent, all accepting, nondiscriminatory messages we are trying to convey through campus,” Oral wrote.
Iowa has no plans to change the mascot’s face as of now.