Saturday, March 12, 2005

UI trustees draft guidelines on Chief

Excerpt: Members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees have a set of draft guidelines to use to resolve the Chief Illiniwek issue. Board Chairman Larry Eppley drew up the guidelines, with help from Trustee Frances Carroll. Eppley has distributed them to other board members and asked for input, but the board has not formally adopted the guidelines.

Proposed Chief guidelines:
Draft Guidelines/Framework – Focus on why we have the Chief, not the Chief itself.
1. Seek consensus.
2. Preserve tradition and heritage in concert with the board's heritage resolution.
3. Retain the names "Illini" and "Fighting Illini."
4. Recognize the diversity of Illinois' American Indian culture, past and present.
5. Engage American Indian involvement in our efforts.
6. Reflect the University's core values of excellence, integrity and respect.


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