CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 16: Controversial symbol "Chief Illiniwek" of the University of Illinois performs during the half-time show of a game between Illinois and Michigan at Memorial Stadium October 16, 2004 in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan defeated Illinois 30-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Students at the University of Illinois on Friday rallied for a new school mascot.
Several campus groups staged the protest outside the Swanlund Administration Building at noon in an effort to pressure school officials to pick a replacement for Chief Illiniwek.
The student groups said they want a new mascot to end what they call an atmosphere of racial tension on campus.
Another protest and rally is planned for Saturday. This weekend is Homecoming weekend at the university.