Daily Show readying segment on Chief Illiniwek 4-25-07

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Haven't had enough Chief Illiniwek yet?

“The Daily Show” apparently is ready to fill the void left after the University of Illinois retired the mascot earlier this year.

A crew from the popular Comedy Central fake-news program was on campus Monday, filming “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi in a bar.

Mandvi, wearing a suit and blue and orange face paint, drank fake shots with a group of students, chanted the Illinois fight song “Oskee Wow Wow” and staggered with the help of students - faking again - onto the sidewalk outside Brothers Bar.

“It's easily one of the top three things I've done while I'm in school,” Jeff DeHaan, one of the students, told the student newspaper The Daily Illini.

The school decided to stop using the chief after decades of debate about whether the mascot - portrayed for 81 years by students wearing buckskins and an Indian headdress - was a racist symbol or an honorable tradition.

A spokeswoman for “The Daily Show” said Wednesday that the segment is still in the works and hasn't yet been scheduled to run.

A message left for a U of I spokeswoman was not returned.