Stop changes to the 3 in 1 medley.
  • Petitioned Phyllis Wise

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Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phyllis Wise

Stop changes to the 3 in 1 medley.

    1. Katie Eichstaedt
    2. Petition by

      Katie Eichstaedt

      Park Ridge, IL

The 3 in 1 is an integral part of the musical tradition of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The administration appears ready to eliminate any reference to the Native American culture that was once a dominant force in the State of Illinois and gave the State (and the school) its name. The 3 in 1 is not meant to mimic or mock Native American tradition or culture and the majority of the medley was composed before the controversial Chief Illiniwek was first conceived. The music is intended to be a proverbial nod to the Native American roots of the Midwest and the history of the University of Illinois. Removing any such references would only serve to sanitize our history by eliminating Native American elements and would be a disservice to those who came before.

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    1. 7,506!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      Two weeks, over 7,500 signatures. Your turn out has truly been amazing, and is appreciated! Please, keep spreading the word. Let's see if we can hit 10,000 signatures in the next few weeks.

      In case any of you missed it, we were mentioned in a Chicago Tribune article (link below). Illinois is still giving the same line, that organic changes to the music happen and will continue to happen. But the actions taken by the University are not the kinds of “organic changes” they insist are taking place. The changes they have been asked to put in place and are attempting to put in place call for the total elimination of a portion of the 3 in 1. Those same changes also ask that student athletes not clap to the beat of music meant to bolster school spirit.

      We want an assurance that the 3 in 1 will stay, as is, without pressure on student athletes to behave a certain way during its performance, whether they wish to clap or not.

      Oskee-Wow-Wow, Illinois!

      Katie

    2. Reached 7,500 signatures
    3. Thank you!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      We've been live for a little over a week, and have 6,812 signatures. There are about 11 more weeks left on the "official" deadline. I can't wait to see how many we have by then!

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. Fun Fact

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      Fun Fact:

      If you run a Google search for "Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign", this petition comes up on the bottom of the first page.

      Nicely done, everyone!

    6. Over 5,000 and still going strong!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to tell you all one more time, thank you so much for your support! Please, keep posting the petition on Facebook, Twitter, wherever you can!

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. 3,051!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      I'm sorry for sounding like such a broken record, but you guys really are the best. Thank you!

      Some of you may be curious as to what turned my attention to these events. It was a post on the excellent Illini sports boards, Illinois Loyalty (link to post at bottom). In the post, the author linked to several University of Illinois documents that indicate an effort by university officials to eliminate or alter portions of the 3 in 1 due to a weak connection to the now-retired Chief Illiniwek. As outlined in the petition letter, this simply is not the case!

      Please, peruse the links at your own leisure. Just remember to keep all arguments civil and on topic: it is foolish to alter the 3 in 1 because of the Chief, because the music's only connection to the Chief is that he happened to dance to it.

      The 3 in 1 exists outside the Chief and can be used to pay homage to the legacy of the Native Americans who lived and still live in Illinois.

      Oskee-Wow-Wow, Illinois!

      Katie

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Thank you all for this amazing response!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      Hello again, everyone!

      In light of the huge response this petition has received (thanks to all of you!), I felt now was the appropriate time to alert Chancellor Wise’s office of its existence. That being said, I still ask that we wait for a response from the Office of the Chancellor before going to any media. It is only fair that the administration be given a chance to respond to us directly before bringing in any kind of media.

      Again, thank you all so much for your kind support. I am truly overwhelmed by this out pouring of support.

      Oskee-Wow-Wow, Illinois!

      Katie

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. Over 500 Signatures in Fewer Than 24 Hours!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for this wonderful start.

      At this time, while the urge may be great, I am asking that we not lash out at those with differing viewpoints. One of the best things about living in the United States is that we live in a plural society. More than one idea can be considered in a debate. In fact, that is what we are asking Chancellor Wise and the University of Illinois to do. We are asking them to acknowledge that the Native American "tom tom" beat in a portion of the 3 in 1 is not meant to be a nod to the Chief, but was rather composed with the intention of honoring the Native American heritage of the State of Illinois. This information is summarized in the link below.

      Again, please keep your arguments civil. Those who disagree with us are as entitled to their opinions being heard with respect as we are. Thank you again for all your support!

      Oskee-Wow-Wow, Illinois!

      Katie

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. 306 Signatures So far!

      Katie Eichstaedt
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone, thank you so much for your support! Right now, we've reached 306 signatures on a goal of 500. We'll be able to send our petition to Chancellor Wise and really show her where we stand.

      A few reminders: this is not strictly a Chief issue. A few members of the administration are attempting to use the Chief as an excuse to stop students, student athletes and fans from clapping during the 3 in 1. Remind them that the majority of the music predates the Chief, and that the clapping is a way of fans showing support for our Illini. This will show them that the previous connection of the Chief to the 3 in 1 is not a valid reason to drastically rearrange the music performed at halftime of sporting events, and gives us a unified, persuasive argument against the logic they are employing in this situation.

      Again, thank you all so much for your help and support! Please, keep posting to Facebook, Twitter and emailing friends and other alumni!

      Oskee-Wow-Wow, Illinois!

      Katie

    15. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Martin Suffield KOKOMO, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why are the administrators so eager to finish the NCAA's politically correct but misguided purge of anything relating to the Native American? It only serves to farther marginalize them. This is an attack on your alumni, pure and simple.

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    • Judith Suffield KOKOMO, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      As an Illinois grad, I was pleased to see & hear that the traditional music was still part of Homecoming. You've already taken away the Chief, let the rest be!

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    • Timothy Fogle LITCHFIELD, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Honor and Tradition that connect generation upon generation. Stop taking steps to eliminate both. Also, bring back Chief.

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    • Madison Blaydes VERNON HILLS, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      My brother and father both attend/attended U of I so issues relevant to the school are important to me. I also believe diversity and recognition of our roots is a big part of a better future.

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    • Heath Port LITTLETON, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Is there really concern that Illini students, alumni and fans, participate in the 3 in 1 with the intent to mock others? From a logical perspective this makes little sense and seems like a poor reason to continue to erode a proud school's tradition.

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